SOLEMN DECLARATION OF THE GRASSROOTS PEOPLES COALITION
Ki-low-na, Suknaqin (Okanagan) Territory, November 24-25, 2005SHAME ON CANADA! CANADA RESPECT YOUR CONSTITUTION!We, the grassroots Indigenous Peoples, we have gathered in Ki-low-na, to assert our inherentIndigenous rights and sovereignty as peoples, with continuing ownership of our lands and resources.We, the grassroots Indigenous Peoples and original inhabitants of what is now called Canada callon all Canadians to stand up for the respect and recognition of inherent indigenous rights and Title to this country.We, the Indigenous Peoples are calling on Canada and the international community to recognizeour jurisdiction and ownership of all unceded, unsurrendered and undefeated indigenousterritories of OUR ANCESTRAL soil and waters.Impoverishment of our Indigenous Peoples will disappear as Canadians and their Governmentsrecognize our inherent Indigenous Title and Rights.We share deep concerns about:
extreme poverty, homelessness, epidemic disease amongst our own peoples,
the apprehension of our children and their removal from our communities and families
the threats to indigenous languages and cultures;
the violations of the rights of Aboriginal women, including lack of investigation of serialkillings;These issues cannot be resolved without addressing the root causes stemming from a long historyof colonization and oppression of our peoples.We are calling on Canada to recognize the sovereign position upheld by our ancestors and still binding today and to implement the constitution of Canada to:
STOP violating the Canadian Constitution, especially Section 35 recognizing Aboriginaland Treaty Rights!
STOP violating indigenous rights through Canadian policies of extinguishment and assimilation!
STOP enabling and subsidizing corporations by giving them free access to indigenousland and resources!
STOP promoting corporate interests over indigenous title and rights!
STOP poverty caused by the Crown governments claiming exclusive jurisdiction over our indigenous territories and resources!
START honoring existing treaties and STOP building debt bondage throughcomprehensive claims treaty making processes!We will continue to assert our sovereignty and take our concerns to the international level. TheUnited Nations Human Rights Committee has recently repeatedly called upon Canada toimplement the indigenous right to self-determination and stop violating indigenous rightsthrough their policies of extinguishment and assimilation.