Opposed to racist hate speech found on Facebook sites (such as "Idle no more Resistance") towards First Nations peoples.
Facebook pages such as "Idle no more Resistance" (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Idle-no-more-Resistance/410479792366981) clearly contains racist hate speech, contrary to Facebook Community Standards:
Facebook does not permit hate speech, but distinguishes between serious and humorous speech. While we encourage you to challenge ideas, institutions, events, and practices, we do not permit individuals or groups to attack others based on their race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability or medical condition."
Despite several complaints to Facebook this page has been allowed to remain. The racist hate speech is directed towards First Nations/Native peoples. Mostly because of the Idle No More movement, a non-confrontational grass roots organization, which has come forward to bring awareness and educate others on First Nations issues.
"Idle no more Resistance" states in its "About": "For Canadians sick of paying taxes to support aboriginal "rights" . Lets just all work, pay our tax and treat every Canadian the same. Enough hand outs." The moderator will not reveal his (or her) name since he (or she) says they are afraid they may be harmed. If you have nothing to hide, why wouldn't you provide a name.
On top of that, Facebook doesn't see anything wrong with "Idle no more Resistance". Here is their response:
Thanks for your recent report of a potential violation on Facebook. After reviewing your report, we were not able to confirm that the specific page you reported violates Facebook's Statement of Rights and Responsibilities."
Then suggest looking at their so-called Community Standards....which are quoted above....so despite their Community Standards clearly staing hate speech isn't tolerated "Idle no more Resistance" is allowed to remain....wonder if FB actually took the time to read some of the comments posted there???? Pretty sure they didn't.
There are other similar pages also...."Canadians Against Idle No More" (https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Canadians-Against-Idle-no-More/514624981910488?fref=ts) with only 1 Like so far....and then there is the "Assembly of Second Nations Against Aboriginal Racism" (https://www.facebook.com/#!/AssemblyOfSecondNations) whose site describes as follows: 'The Assembly of Second Nations -peoples standing up against institutionalized racism, to abolish The Indian Act and move beyond race based laws.' And states further in its Description: 'due to an extreme case of severe racist, abusive, threatening, intimidating, and sheer disgusting posts from First Nations peoples, they are no longer permitted to post on my page. This is for Second Nations, all the people who are not the right race to be able to call this home, according to the aboriginals who say they own it all and we can "get lost" if we don't like paying them rent. So, this is not a place for them, they have their page to do their race based politics. Here we are all different races who come together.' The moderator even claims to "formally filed a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission for hate crimes from The Assembly of First Nations, against the citizens of Canada."
Then there is "Idle No More Get A Damn Job" (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Idle-No-More-Get-a-damn-job/429641760440455?fref=ts). Here is how their Facebook page reads:
Idle No More - Get a job, join society, quit your B*#@$ing!
Idle no More has gained notoriety recently in the news with blockades and flash mobs. This is a tongue-in-cheek response page designed to represent the average Canadian who wants one law for all Canadians, regardless of culture or race.
We support repealing the Indian Act, equal rights for all peoples and encourage open debate and points supported by stats/literature. Hate, Racism and otherwise embarrassing behavior will not be tolerated here."
No racism or embarrassing behavior tolerated?!?!?....really????
Most of the comments allowed on such sites are very similiar to what goes on in the "STORMFRONT" White power on-line forum. I don't agree with or appreciate the hate speach that these White Power folks spew out. But I also realize that they will most likely not change their hateful views just because we speak out or argue with them. However we shouldn't have to put up with such racist ignorant hateful speech on a public online social media provider like Facebook. At the very least this info will raise awareness that these sorts of hateful people are on here spreading and perpetuating hate.
This petition closed over 3 years ago
To end racism and hate speech against First Nations peoples on Facebook.