SHORT VIDEO: First Nations elder & former chief, Bob Lovelace talks about his reasons for joining the Canadian delegation aboard the Freedom Flotilla III which is due to sail for Gaza this month.
Transcript: ‘I know I can’t live well because others suffer, and therefore I have to take action. My action at home has been to protect the land and the water from exploitation from additional settlements from mining, from taking our wild rice away, but it can’t just be here, we have a responsibility to our brothers and sisters in humanity who live all over the world, who like us, have fought and continue to fight colonialism. The people of Gaza have the right to build an economy, they have a right to fish in the sea, they have a right to use international waters, they have a right to explore for mineral resources in offshore areas of their territory, they have the right to garden and farm in the soil of their homeland, no one has the right to take that away from them, and they have the right to raise children free of poverty free of fear and able to make good relations with their neighbours. The creator has given us our beautiful creation to live within, to use and sustain ourselves, and we need to find a way to live in peace with other people, and with other creatures that live in this world with us, that are so important to our lively hoods and our way of life. Humanity is like a tree, it has a strong strong trunk that holds many branches, all of us share the qualities of life, we all have language and thought and song and feelings, and our branches represent the cultures that are part of the environments that we live. There is enough sunshine for every branch, I hope you can do your part in making sure that the the Palestinian people have the sunshine that they need and the space to grow.’
Pulitzer-prize winner, Alice Walker and former Anishanaabek Chief Robert Lovelace aboard the 2011 Freedom Flotilla II in protest of Israel’s illegal sea blockade of Gaza.
Lovelace, a long time activist, was sentenced to six months in a Canadian prison in 2008 for refusing an Ontario judge’s order to stop blocking trucks from entering Frontenac Venture’s uranium mining claims on the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation’s traditional land, a huge aboriginal territory located in the Madawaska, Mississippi and Rideau watersheds.
A former chief of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation and a professor of Indigenous Studies at Queen’s University in Canada, Lovelace was a passenger on Canada’s Boat to Gaza in 2011. The boat attempted to leave Greece for Gaza with the Freedom Flotilla II but was stopped by the Greek coast guard.
Here is a link to his Bob Lovelace Decolonization Blog on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bob-Lovelace-Decolonization-Blog/222117117808310
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