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Halloween marked the end of the Saturday, October 24 to Saturday, October 31 Indigenous Sovereignty Week, a pan-Canadian event in support of Indigenous rights, self-determination and justice.

The event was organized by Defenders of the Land, a group of Indigenous Peoples in Canada who are defending lands and water, ways of life, and rights for Indigenous Peoples.

CUPE has pledged strong support for the event, and assisted in organizing and supporting events across the country this week.

CUPE National President Paul Moist and CUPE National Secretary-Treasurer Claude Généreux have issued a statement in support of Defenders of the Land.

Indigenous Sovereignty Week offered a range of discussion forums, cultural events, educational opportunities and opportunities for action for the following regions (for full list of regions – see Defenders of the Land web page at http://www.defendersoftheland.org): Fort Chipewyan, Alberta; Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (Big Trout Lake), Ontario; Asubpeeschoseewagong (Grassy Narrows), Ontario; and Pmicikamak Cree Nation (Cross Lake), Manitoba; Dene and Blackfoot Nations; Barrier Lake Algonquin; Alberta Beaver Lake Cree Nation; Kahnawake First Nation; Neskonlith Indian Band of the Secwepemc Nation; Papaschase Cree First Nation; Roseau River First Nation; Six Nations of Grand River (Mohawk, Wolf); Mi’kmaq Nation; Bear Clan; and Afton Nova Scotia.

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