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#ShutDownCanada planned for Feb 13 reaches the thousands/masses

#ShutDownCanada planned for Feb 13 reaches the thousands/masses

On February 13th 2015, thousands of people plan to partake in a variety of direct actions and demonstrations to “shut down Canada”. Over 3700 people have “joined” the Facebook event page that was created for the event. The group is asking for “communities across Canada to blockade their local railway, port or highway on February

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On February 13th 2015, thousands of people plan to partake in a variety of direct actions and demonstrations to “shut down Canada”. Over 3700 people have “joined” the Facebook event page that was created for the event. The group is asking for “communities across Canada to blockade their local railway, port or highway on February 13th. Don’t buy, don’t fly, no work and keep the kids home from school… The goal is to significantly impact the Canadian economy for a day and demand there be an independent inquiry into the 2000+ cases of missing or murdered indigenous women.”

The group, made up of grassroots organizers from the West coast such as Shannon Hecker and Dan Wallace, sparked this initiative through social media. The Facebook account ‘In Solidarity with all Land Defenders’ is encouraging people to show their discontent with the current state of affairs. The group is calling for diverse tactics that would disrupt the everyday flow of the Canadian economy. Organizers feel disturbed with how the Canadian state is trying to rule the continent: “The system has failed us miserably. There is no democracy and we the people have an obligation to demand justice for all.”

Plans to demonstrate outside city halls, shut down highways, occupy high traffic areas and more have been organized by groups in Calgary, Espanola, Edmonton, Fredericton, Halifax, Hamilton, Kamloops, Lethbridge, London, Moncton, Montreal, Niagara, Oshawa, Ottawa, Regina, Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg.

The Facebook page states that “while the issues are many and varied throughout different regions, it is all interconnected and it is this corrupt government that is responsible.” The eight points listed for the day of action focus on institutional racism, systematic violence, destruction to the land paired with the illusion of jobs, lack of prior and informed consent with First Nations across Canada and poor planning for man-made environmental disasters. They also highlight Canada’s refusal to launch a national inquiry into MMIW, existing and operational fracking wells, open pit mining projects, the Site C Dam construction, and the widespread devastation that tar sands and related pipeline projects brings to all life forms, ecosystems, families and communities.

Wallace says he was “wanting more direct action that will prove to government people are sick and tired of how they are treating us.” Hecker adds that “stopping the economy is the only way to get the government to listen. We would like to see unified action happen on a more regular basis, especially because this is so called Canada’s election year. February 13th is just the beginning, a date chosen to coincide with the nationwide Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women’s memorial on February 14th (25th annual in Vancouver).

Some suggest the mass organizing and projected attendance of this event is a continuation of general discontent and a demand for justice that sparked other mass movements like Occupy and Idle No More. This day hopes to highlight a wide variety of issues that is hard to describe under an umbrella term, but Ethel Peason captures the objective well. “If you try and take something away from the ‘white man’ that he paid money for, then you will be listened to.”

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  • Ichy Smith
    January 26, 2015, 4:51 pm

    I think we need to give the Mounties report on Murdered First nations women, a widespread and broad distribution on the day of the protest, then we should demand from the Leaders an explanation of what exactly they are doing to remediate this situation, immediately after which we should demand that all treaty money be placed in the hands of the women of the tribes until the murders stop.
    The Mounties claim they solve 80% of the murders of women on the Reserves and most of those women are murdered by their families, their boyfriends or acquaintances. If the Murders are done by people from the reserves, how can outsiders help? Perhaps there is a reason so many First nations Women flee the reserves to live on the streets of towns away from their families. Time we found out.

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    • Gail Dyer@Ichy Smith
      January 27, 2015, 1:54 pm

      Unfortunately the Aboriginals don’t want to accept responsibility for their behaviour. At least the members of the #ShutDownCanada Group don’t want to accept responsibility. They are more into ‘all Governments are Terrorists, white man has white privilege, Gail is a troll (because I present FACTS), just do it. We have the right to civil disobedience’ and on and on.

      One problem I see is the Aboriginal Chiefs are not all on the same page. There is always infighting and there always has been. Until the Aboriginal community unites as one and presents in a reasonable manner – their problems and what they see as fair solutions – then we really can’t do more to help. There is little wonder that Chief Shawn Atleo resigned.

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      • Dan Wallace@Gail Dyer
        January 31, 2015, 6:20 pm

        How do you take responsibility for being a part of the oppressive part of main stream Canada Gail?
        The craziness you are spouting off is equal to kicking someone when they are down…. You should be ashamed of yourself because you are sounding allot like a residential school teacher.

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        • Gail Dyer@Dan Wallace
          January 31, 2015, 6:58 pm

          I am not even going to respond to your stupid nonsense. You are a paid protester that goes from protest to protest not having a bloody clue what the issues are. Who is paying you? David Suzuki Foundation? Tides Foundation of Canada? Rockefeller Foundation? The Saudis pay good money to do anything in their power to stop oil flowing in Canada. Follow the $$$$$

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        • Dan Wallace@Gail Dyer
          January 31, 2015, 7:15 pm

          lol yup your an idiot. You wear your ignorance like a badge of honour….. No one pays me like you are suggesting…. You really need some metal help. You do not seem to realize what you are sharing is border line hate mongering Gail. How old are you? you really should be ashamed of yourself

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  • sourgrapes22
    January 26, 2015, 1:03 pm

    Um, depriving our kids of education has nothing at all to do with making a political statement. I prefer to work towards positive change and participation by all in our economy. Participation is not a gift we give to politicians, rather it is something we all benefit from and contribute to. It may not be ideal, but there are more productive ways to make change. I will continue to shop at locally-owned retailers, buy local produce, make a living, pay my taxes and educate my kids.

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    • Star Pishew@sourgrapes22
      January 27, 2015, 3:05 am

      right because one day of action will forfeit everything you have ever worked for. one fucken day for the problems that are being ignored in canada. its not like your going to stop educating your kids and shopping at grocery stores while listening to “i think we’re alone now” forever. GEEZE.

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      • Gail Dyer@Star Pishew
        January 27, 2015, 1:41 pm

        Your immature response tells me plenty about your character. What problems are being ignored in Canada and what is YOUR solution for fixing the problems? You see I went to school some decades ago now and we were taught to think for ourselves and present facts and solutions. We didn’t have this LIEberal nonsense thrown at us.

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        • Gail Dyer@Gail Dyer
          January 27, 2015, 10:18 pm

          As usual – when I ask a straight forward question – what problems are being ignored and what is your solution – 9 hours have passed and I do not see a reply. Typical LIEberal behaviour.

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        • Billy@Gail Dyer
          January 28, 2015, 12:08 am

          Lol… This guy seriously needs a life!

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      • Mjones2nd@Star Pishew
        January 31, 2015, 10:25 pm

        For problems that are being ignored in Canada? or for problems that are to do with aboriginals and only aboriginals. How about a protest on how our Government is treating our veterans?

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  • Mjones2nd
    January 26, 2015, 12:08 pm

    Sorry, but I for one am fed up with this, when the natives want to look into the way their chiefs and others are running the reserves, take a look at who is doing the violence to their own people, and start saying lets look into all women not just aboriginals, maybe then, but until then, no. And the use of the term “white man” in the last sentence, the racist tone says it all.

    “The system has failed us miserably. There is no democracy and we the people have an obligation to demand justice for all.” the only thing that has failed you are your own leaders.

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    • Dan Wallace@Mjones2nd
      January 31, 2015, 6:27 pm

      Oh it offends you to be called a “white man” huh…. And who are your leaders? Harper? and you think he is not failing? lol

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      • Mjones2nd@Dan Wallace
        January 31, 2015, 6:38 pm

        That’s the best you can come up with?

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        • Dan Wallace@Mjones2nd
          January 31, 2015, 6:46 pm

          seemed simple enough for you.

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        • Mjones2nd@Dan Wallace
          January 31, 2015, 7:34 pm

          so you have no objection to natives being called redskins?

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        • Dan Wallace@Mjones2nd
          January 31, 2015, 8:10 pm

          what?

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        • Mjones2nd@Dan Wallace
          January 31, 2015, 8:23 pm

          exactly what I said, you say I object to natives using the term white man in a derogatory way, so I am asking you if you object to the term i stated as being objectionable, too simple for you to understand Dan?

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        • Dan Wallace@Mjones2nd
          January 31, 2015, 10:30 pm

          Ah I understand now. Well being called “Indian” is the legal term we as a people are called…. Do I like and is it a correct way to identify my people..

          The point is it happens and I don’t see any professional sports teams called Kansas city Whitey’s, The Chicago honkies, the Washington White skins….. What are you hung up other then being identified as a white man…

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        • Mjones2nd@Dan Wallace
          January 31, 2015, 10:48 pm

          I am not hung up on anything, just the way the term is used as it was in my first comment. I prefer the term Canadian, it is much more encompassing overall and denotes a term of equality, something the natives have not given in to yet.

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        • Dan Wallace@Mjones2nd
          January 31, 2015, 11:25 pm

          lol ok.. “Natives”…… hmm I had a cop come up to me one day and said he was a “Native, a native Canadian”…..

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  • James Payne
    January 26, 2015, 10:49 am

    I like the idea but if anyone is stupid enough to barricade the railways and roadways possibly getting people injured will deserve the many charges that will follow

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  • Scott Jackson
    January 26, 2015, 10:06 am

    Had me with you until the last sentence. It ruined the article. It didnt capture your objective well at all. According to this article your objective is to have the government and people pay attention and take action. But that last statement made it sound like a race issue, like natives vs the white man. The government is not a person, let alone a ‘white man’. And shutting down the economy will affect all races, not just the ‘white man’. And as you see this is my point…. im so hung up on the nonsense of the last sentence that ive almost forgotten the point of your article.

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    • Star Pishew@Scott Jackson
      January 27, 2015, 3:06 am

      yeah i agree with you.

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    • Dan Wallace@Scott Jackson
      January 31, 2015, 6:23 pm

      It was a quote from Ethel Pearson. I suggest you watch “Dancing Around the Table” from the national film board…

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