Shawn Atleo appointed to lead new round of talks with B.C. First Nations

Former AFN 'grand chief' Shawn Atleo with his political master, PM Stephen Harper, looking on.

Former AFN ‘grand chief’ Shawn Atleo with his political master, PM Stephen Harper, looking on.

Former head of the Assembly of First Nations heads new Shqwi qwai for Indigenous Dialogue

CBC News, Oct 30, 2014

Former Assembly of First Nations national chief Shawn Atleo has been named to head B.C.’s first Shqwi qwal for Indigenous Dialogue.

The announcement was made by B.C. Premier Christy Clark on Thursday at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, where the new office will be based.

Shqwi qwal means speaker in the Hulquminum language, and as its head Atleo will be expected to facilitate dialogue between B.C.’s First Nations, government and industry.

“The Shqwi qwal will develop and support dialogue sessions on education and other topics that will help foster understanding and partnerships between indigenous peoples and the broader public, private, and corporate sectors,” said a statement released by the premier’s office. Read the rest of this entry

Mexico: Joint Declaration from National Indigenous Congress and EZLN on Ayotzinapa and for Liberation of Yaqui leaders

Zapatistas rally in San Cristobal, Chiapas, for the students disappeared in Ayotzinapa, October 2014.

Zapatistas rally in San Cristobal, Chiapas, for the students disappeared in Ayotzinapa, October 2014.

by National Indigenous Congress and EZLN, Oct 29, 2014

Joint Declaration from the National Indigenous Congress and the EZLN on the crime in Ayotzinapa and for the liberation of the Yaqui leaders

(Note: this text was read by CNI members in one of the mobilizations held in Mexico on October 22, 2014, and not by EZLN representatives, as some of the paid press reported.)

Mexico, October 22, 2014

To the students of the Normal Rural[i] Isidro Burgos, in Ayotiznapa, Guerrero

To the Yaqui Tribe

To the National and International Sixth

To the peoples of the world

Because those of us below hurt with rage and rebellion, not with resignation and conformity.” —EZLN, October 19, 2014

From our peoples in struggle, from within our resistance and rebellion, we send our words as a reflection of this part of the country that we have constitute and call the National Indigenous Congress. We are gathered by the pain and the rage that call to us because it is a pain and rage that we share. Read the rest of this entry

Tar Sands Resistance Blowing Huge Hole in Oil Industry’s Bottom Line: Report

tar_sands_blockade‘Business as usual for Big Oil—particularly in the tar sands—is over.’

by Lauren McCauley, Common Dreams, October 29, 2014

The growing tide of tar sands resistance—seen in blockades, tree sits, petitions, education efforts and calls to divest—is having a measurable negative impact on the bottom line of the tar sands industry, according to a new report, prompting researchers to declare that “business as usual for tar sands is over.”

Published Wednesday by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis and Oil Change International, the report, Material Risks: How Public Accountability Is Slowing Tar Sands Development (pdf), finds that tar sands production revenues were down about $30.9 billion from 2010 through 2013. And according to the report, more than half of that lost revenue, roughly $17 billion, can be attributed to the fierce grassroots campaigns that have sprung up throughout North America in the past few years.

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Armed Rangers Confiscate 120 Sheep and Make Two Arrests on Hopi Partition Land

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Hopi Rangers arrested two individuals and impounded 120 sheep this morning at the homesite of Tom and Etta Begay in Red Willow Springs.

Hopi Rangers arrested two individuals and impounded 120 sheep this morning at the homesite of Tom and Etta Begay in Red Willow Springs.

Black Mesa Indigenous Support, October 28, 2014

Hopi Rangers arrested two individuals and impounded 120 sheep this morning at the homesite of Tom and Etta Begay in Red Willow Springs.  Heavily armed rangers guarded and blocked nearby dirt road entrances as well.

“The Hopi Rangers came for our homestead early this morning. They tried to arrest my Aunt Etta who is almost 70 years old and my dad Bahe. They had barricades set up at the top of the hill with two police units, when we tried to get around the barricade they chased us for two miles, trying to hit us with their trucks, and they drew their guns at us.  When we got to the house they brought four more units and tried to block us in by the north hogan. They grabbed us out of our vehicles.  A male officer was grabbing me around my waist. I told them they were violating our rights and violating our elders. They were trying to arrest Etta who didn’t even know what they were saying [she doesn’t speak English]. She wasn’t doing anything. They arrested my younger brother Lance and me. Because we were a threat to them for voicing our rights and defending our family. It took three officers to detain me and another three to detain my brother.   We didn’t  go down without a fight. We were let go after six hours of detainment. I told them they are threatening our family who is all alone and elderly and they come out with guns and threaten and scare them. Who would have defended our family if we didn’t come?  We didn’t come with guns and knives; we are not violent, we just came to protect our family.  Who knows what they would have done if we weren’t there. We said, we are not scared.  We are protecting our elders, if you are going to take us to jail for that, do it. They took 120 sheep from our homestead.”–Milayia Yoe, arrestee. Read the rest of this entry

BG Group pressing pause button on Prince Rupert LNG, citing market conditions

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This is what they’re doing to clean up the worst mining disaster in Canadian history.

Published on Oct 25, 2014 by Kanahus Manuel

More info: https://www.facebook.com/yuctnesenxiymetkwecamp

Keystone pipeline foes energized as tumbling crude prices pinch oil sands

Members of American Indian Movement (AIM) in Colorado protest Keystone XL pipeline and tar sands.

Members of American Indian Movement (AIM) in Colorado protest Keystone XL pipeline and tar sands.

Jim Snyder, Financial Post/Bloomberg News, October 27, 2014

Falling oil prices have energized opponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

U.S. benchmark crude has tumbled 10% this month, closing at $81.01 a barrel in New York trading last week, and further declines are forecast. At $75, a government analysis said producers may be discouraged from developing Canada’s oil sands without pipelines like Keystone.

“It changes the narrative quite a bit,” Anthony Swift, an international lawyer at the Natural Resources Defense Council in Washington, said of the tumble in crude prices. Read the rest of this entry

CSIS powers beefed up under new bill tabled by Steven Blaney

Logo of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS).

Logo of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS).

Public safety minister says it’s time to stop ‘under-reacting to the great threats against us’

By Susana Mas, Chris Hall, CBC News Oct 27, 2014

Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney has tabled a bill in the House of Commons today to expand the powers of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), Canada’s spy agency.

Bill C-44, dubbed the protection of Canada from terrorists act, was expected to be introduced last week before a gunman launched an attack in the capital.

“This bill is bringing clarity into the CSIS Act while protecting individual rights,” Blaney told reporters in Ottawa after he tabled the bill on Monday.

The proposed legislation amends the Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act, as well as the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act and makes a consequential amendment to the Access to Information Act. Read the rest of this entry

Regulatory approval of LNG pipeline faces First Nation resistance

 

TransCanada's headquarters in Calgary, Alberta.

TransCanada’s headquarters in Calgary, Alberta.

Babine Lake, Burns Lake bands say recent Supreme Court ruling changes playing field

One of the first big LNG pipelines has been approved by B.C. after an environmental review, but First Nations say they could yet oppose the mega-project and others like it.

TransCanada’s $4.7-billion Coastal GasLink pipeline to Kitimat was given approval Friday, although the project only goes ahead if the project it fuels is given the green light.

Shell and its partners have yet to give a positive final investment decision to the $12-billion Canada LNG project meant to tap into Asia’s growing appetite for energy.

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Kurdish Women Warriors Fighting Islamic State in Syria and Iraq

Fighters from the Women's Protection Units (YPJ).

Fighters from the Women’s Protection Units (YPJ).

Articles and videos on Kurdish women warriors fighting for liberation and against Islamic State forces in Syria and Iraq.  The Kurds are a indigenous tribal people whose territory is currently occupied and divided by four nation-states (Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Iran).  They number approximately 30 million.  While fighting against oppression and colonization from the states occupying their land, the Kurdish people are currently in the forefront of resisting the expansion of Islamic State mercenaries in northern Iraq and Syria, including the Kurdish city of Kobane located in north Syria along the border with Turkey. Read the rest of this entry

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