Watching the events in Ferguson, Indigenous Australians will immediately draw a parallel with Australia’s response to black deaths in custody
by Larissa Behrendt, The Guardian, Nov 26, 2014
After a Missouri grand jury declined to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown, prosecuting attorney Bob McCulloch said that the decision was based upon physical and scientific evidence, not “public outcry or political expediency”.
This call for objectivity does little in a situation where autopsies show Wilson had shot Brown at least six times, twice in the head. McCulloch seemed to compromise his own objectivity by blaming social and news media for beating up a story, rather than acknowledging that when a young person is shot by law enforcement, people expect a level of accountability.
Top oil producing First Nation launches $50 million court action against Ottawa over First Nation financial transparency legislation
by Jorge Barrera, APTN National News, Nov 26, 2014
EDMONTON-The country’s top oil producing First Nation has launched a $50 million court action against Ottawa over damages suffered as a result of “punitive measures” imposed by the federal Aboriginal Affairs department after the Cree community refused to publicly disclose its finances as required by recently passed legislation.
The legal action also seeks to have the Federal Court find that the legislation, known as the First Nation Financial Transparency Act, has no force on Onion Lake Cree Nation and that the legislation breaches the community’s treaty rights. Onion Lake is also seeking a ruling that finds Ottawa has breached its fiduciary duty. Read the rest of this entry
By Susana Mas, CBC News, Nov 25, 2014
Three Western Treaty First Nations say they will “resist” the federal government’s order to comply with the financial transparency act by tomorrow or risk losing federal funding.
The government tells CBC News that 84 First Nations bands have until Wednesday to post their audited financial statements for the last fiscal year, including the salaries and expenses of their chiefs and councillors. The grand majority — 498 out of 582 First Nations bands — have complied. Read the rest of this entry
It won’t end here: Anti-pipeline protesters vow to remain on Burnaby Mountain as long as Kinder Morgan is there
Note: Cops love co-opting Native culture and spirituality as part of their repression of Indigenous resistance, and they often find willing and naive accomplices from within Native communities to do this…
Officers working with elders to bring in firewood
by Warrior Publications, Nov 23, 2014
Since November 20, 2014, there have been scores of police on Burnaby Mountain, enforcing a court injunction prohibiting people from interfering with Kinder Morgan’s drilling of bore holes. As of Nov 23, there have been over 60 arrests. While the majority of these have been symbolic “voluntary arrests,” some have been the result of aggressive police actions during their crowd control activities.
METRO VANCOUVER — At least 10 more people have been arrested this morning after crossing the police line, as anti-pipeline protesters continue to rally on Burnaby Mountain. The arrests were peacful and without too much force.Meanwhile, the sound of drilling by Kinder Morgan crews at two sites on Saturday morning muffled the crackling of the sacred fire, which police on Friday moved rather than extinguished so aboriginal elders could keep the blaze burning. The fire is significant to aboriginal people because it symbolizes the fight to save the land.