December 13, 2012

For Immediate Release

London, ON — The Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians (AIAI) commends the widespread, peaceful activities of grassroots Indigenous people participating in the Idle No More movement.

Beginning on December 10th this cross-Canada demonstration of Indigenous solidarity asserts the sovereignty and nationhood of Indigenous peoples across Turtle Island. The momentum continues today at a demonstration in Windsor, Ontario.

While the Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island are diverse in our cultures and histories we are united in our intolerance for the Canadian government’s violation of our original relationship of sharing, respect, and co-existence.

The numerous federal Bills, including the C-45 omnibus bill, now tabled in the Canadian Parliament is an unprecedented legislative attack on the self-determination of Indigenous peoples and the health of our lands and waters. Citizens of our nations, in being Idle No More, are sending the message loud and clear: This must stop.

AIAI also supports Idle No More in its message of alliances with non-Indigenous supporters. We all deserve freedom in a healthy environment supported by sustainable resource development.

“To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others” ~ Nelson Mandela. The AIAI community stands shoulder-to-shoulder with all who find truth in these words.

The AIAI is mandated as a political territorial organization to defend and enhance the Indigenous and Treaty rights of its eight member First Nations. Visit us online at,,,


For more information please contact: Victoria Deleary, Policy Analyst — 519-434-2761 or