Trans Mountain update: No appeal, gov’t trying new tactics

The federal Liberal government has decided not to appeal the court ruling that cancelled the pipeline based on the fact that the government failed to properly consult First Nations. The court also found the government’s approval of the project violated its responsibility to protect endangered Southern Resident killer whales, siding with Ecojustice clients Raincoast Conservation … Read moreTrans Mountain update: No appeal, gov’t trying new tactics

Dear Orcas: The Trans Mountain death machine has been stopped

Indigenous groups and other humans who are not in climate denial have significant reason to celebrate today, as the Federal Court of Appeal has invalidated the government’s approvals to build the $7.4 billion Trans Mountain expansion project. The court, represented by Justice Eleanor Dawson, found that the federal cabinet based its approval of the pipeline … Read moreDear Orcas: The Trans Mountain death machine has been stopped

In the national interest?

This letter, by CUSJ Past President Frances Deverell, was published in the Victoria Times Colonist. In the National Interest?  According to Mr. Trudeau, Mr. Horgan should compromise because this pipeline is in the national interest.  Why is that?  He doesn’t say.  I see the national interest as one where all of us move in a … Read moreIn the national interest?

“KM doesn’t have indigenous consent, and never will”

Above: On April 12th, a group of artists form a blockade in front of the gates of Kinder Morgan’s Burnaby Mountain tank farm as part of ongoing Indigenous-led resistance. “Let’s not forget in all the provincial and federal squabbling that the company still doesn’t have Indigenous consent and never will,” said Will George, Watch House project … Read more“KM doesn’t have indigenous consent, and never will”

“We will never give up!” Thousands protest Kinder Morgan’s pipeline and tanker project

Saturday, March 10th 2018 was a day for the history books, as thousands marched in an indigenous-led protest against the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline. Coast Salish spiritual leaders and members raised a traditional Coast Salish Watch House* near the pipeline route, which will act as a base for resistance to the project. In addition … Read more“We will never give up!” Thousands protest Kinder Morgan’s pipeline and tanker project

Vancouver UUs host event for wild salmon and for indigenous defenders

Mary Bennet of the Unitarian Church of Vancouver reports: What an event we hosted last night [Feb 19 2018] at UCV. Thanks to the Environment Committee, the Board, the musicians, the speakers, the artists and groups who donated items for the silent auction.. and Tamiko Suzuki – our great emcee for the evening.  I was … Read moreVancouver UUs host event for wild salmon and for indigenous defenders

“Have a heart” rally for First Nations kids’ education

Above: (left to right) Bob Stevenson, Marlene Campbell, Jane Lindsay and Bill Van Iterson holding the CUSJ banner. Did you know that First Nations children on reserve receive far less funding for education, child welfare and health services than all other Canadian children? On Wednesday, February 14th over 500 schoolchildren gathered on Parliament Hill for … Read more“Have a heart” rally for First Nations kids’ education

Montréal UUs learn about the UNDRIP and Canadian law

Top photo: CUSJ Québec Chapter members Susan Czarnocki, Cym Gomery, Genevieve Patterson and Christina Duvander with the speaker, Elisabeth Patterson. On February 11, 2018, I made my way through the icy streets of Montréal to the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, to attend Elisabeth Patterson’s talk on the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of … Read moreMontréal UUs learn about the UNDRIP and Canadian law

A religious conflict

On November 2, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that a ski resort could be built in Jumbo Valley, on land sacred to the Ktunaxa Nation. The Ktunaxa Nation had opposed the ski resort near their community in southeastern British Columbia, arguing that it would affect a grizzly-bear habitat and drive away the Grizzly Bear … Read moreA religious conflict

We could reduce violent crime by 50 percent: Here’s how

CUSJ Past-President Frances Deverell, together with several members of First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa, has been working on the CUC Criminal Justice Monitoring Group mandate. This Group was formed after the May 2016 CUC AGM to address: the over-incarceration of Indigenous peoples; the excessive use of solitary confinement; and greater use of restorative justice in our system. The … Read moreWe could reduce violent crime by 50 percent: Here’s how

What you can do–right NOW–to stop the madness of continued oil sands expansion

Are you feeling frustrated with the fact that the Kinder Morgan trans-mountain pipeline project, and other pipelines, seem to be unstoppable? The Coast Protectors held a webinar this week to discuss actions that are being taken. Inspired by that webinar, here are some actions that all of us can take, right now, to show solidary with … Read moreWhat you can do–right NOW–to stop the madness of continued oil sands expansion

Election 2015 campaign results

The 42nd general election is now behind us, and one can almost feel the land reverberate with our collective sigh of relief. The CUSJ championed many election-related actions on this site, and here we will review the success of each. Proportional representation campaign: huge strides CUSJ supported the Fair Vote Canada “Make Every Vote Count” Campaign to urge … Read moreElection 2015 campaign results

The Spiritual Imperatives of Our Time

Frances Deverell’s sermon to close the Ottawa Social Forum plus reading. Find out what people were thinking about at the social forum.  What has to change for us to “decolonize Canada?”  See Frances Deverell’s sermon given at the end of Ottawa’s Social Forum, August 2014 at the First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa.  

Tsilkqot’in win big victory in Supreme Court

Tsilkqot’in Win Big Victory in Supreme Court CUSJ First Nations Page Tsilhqokt”in Nation Supreme Court Victory will be a Game Changer for government and  resource industries, in BC, Quebec, and other areas of Canada, CBC by Amber Hildebrandt, 20`4 06 27 Time to Grow Up Canada, by Rafe Mair Tyee.ca Tsilhqokt’in Nation Give Canada A New … Read moreTsilkqot’in win big victory in Supreme Court

James Anaya Report – First Nations

United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples:  Initial Report October 15th, 2013 James Anaya leaves after 9 days of visiting with government officials and First Nations Communities across Canada.  His final report will be presented to the United Nations, most probably in a year.  In the meantime he leaves us with a … Read moreJames Anaya Report – First Nations

CUSJ Declares Support for Common Causes

The Council of Canadians been working with 47 organizations (Idle No More, all key labour organizations affiliated with the CLC, Canadian Federation of Nurses, Greenpeace, National Farmers Union, Voices, Alternatives, Canadian Peace Alliance, Lead Now,  many, many more… including Oxfam,) to pull together a common front to tackle the social issues of our day and … Read moreCUSJ Declares Support for Common Causes

Eradicate Ecocide

Raven Courtney is walking across Canada to bring attention to Holly Higgins movement: Eradicate Ecocide.Ecocide is the extensive damage to, destruction of or loss of ecosystem(s) of a given territory, whether by human agency or by other causes, to such an extent that peaceful enjoyment by the inhabitants of that territory has been or will … Read moreEradicate Ecocide

Idle No More: Key Themes

Are you one of those asking – why Idle No More? There are a few key themes: First Nations have ‘had enough’ of unilateral and destructive legislative changes that attempt to destroy their rights and identity; There is a current suite of federal legislative amendments that take the destruction of aboriginal and environmental rights to … Read moreIdle No More: Key Themes

CUSJ Supports First Nations Goals

2013 01 12  First Nations Page updated with results of meetings between Harper and Shawn Atleo and with an excellent handbill on the consequences of Bill C-45 which the First Nations want many parts of to be repealed. CUSJ joins with First Nations. We support their goals to have treaty rights upheld, to have fair … Read moreCUSJ Supports First Nations Goals