Defiant northern Chief galvanizes BC First Nations against Premier’s LNG plans

Sharleen Gail, chief of Fort Nelson band.

Sharleen Gail, chief of Fort Nelson band.

The “Fort Nelson incident” has united First Nations against speedy approvals of a $78 billion industry – potentially “destabilizing” the Premier’s entire strategy.

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Key native group in Northern B.C. threatens to stop talks on pipelines

Members of the Gitxsan First Nation opposed to the $5.5-billion Enbridge oil pipeline from Alberta to the British Columbia port of Kitimat warm themselves around a fire at a camp outside the Gitxsan Treaty Office in Hazelton, B.C., on Thursday January 12, 2012.

Members of the Gitxsan First Nation opposed to the $5.5-billion Enbridge oil pipeline from Alberta to the British Columbia port of Kitimat warm themselves around a fire at ablockade of the Gitxsan Treaty Office in Hazelton, B.C., on Thursday January 12, 2012.

By Mark Hume, Justine Hunter, The Globe and Mail, April 21, 2014

Another crack has appeared in the government’s energy strategy, with a key native group in northern B.C. threatening “to stop discussions [regarding] any and all proposed pipeline development” in their territory. Read the rest of this entry

Klamath Tribal Members Protest “Celebratory” Signing of Agreement‏

Klamath protest 1APRIL 21 2014

(CHILOQUIN, OREGON) – U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, State of Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, State of California Governor Jerry Brown, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley, Klamath Tribes elected officials and Klamath Basin irrigators held a “celebratory” signing of the Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement last Friday at Collier Park, 4 miles north of Chiloquin.  With strong support from Senator Wyden, he stated “I am going to introduce in the first few days of May, legislation in partnership with Senator Merkley to make this agreement law.” Read the rest of this entry

Report: Hundreds killed while defending environment, land rights

Ambriosio Vilhalva, a Guarani warrior and leader recently stabbed to death.

Ambriosio Vilhalva, a Guarani warrior and leader recently stabbed to death in Brazil.

Study says activists in more danger as competition for natural resources intensifies, partly due to climate change

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Brisbane Blacks Protest British Royal Family Visit

Australia Royal Welcome 1“It is only through the Royal Family’s false and illegal claim of sovereignty over this continent that the Federal, State and Territory governments derive their authority to pass laws and enforce them.  Give back what you stole.  Our sovereignty has never been ceded!” – Wayne Wharton (Kooma) Read the rest of this entry

Cayoose Creek band refuses to cede salmon-spawning territory

Sekw’el’was Chief Michelle Edwards says the community won’t leave the creek until their demand for meaningful consultation is met

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Defend the Territory PDF

Tactics and Techniques for Countering Police Assaults on Indigenous Communities

A 24 page, 8×11, PDF document.  Download: Defend the Territory PDF Zine  Defend Territory Zine Cover

From the introduction: Communities that are effective in carrying out resistance will inevitably face some form of state repression, most often carried out by police forces. This text is intended as a review of tactics and techniques that have been used in countering police assaults on crowds and communities.

For police, these types of assaults are referred to as “public order” or “crowd control” operations. Communities targeted by such operations may face riot cops as well as armed tactical units, dog teams, armoured vehicles, the use of chemical agents and baton charges. Read the rest of this entry

Mixed martial arts builds aboriginal youths’ confidence

Darwin Douglas from the Sto:lo nation teaching youth at the Four Directions gym in Cheam, "BC."

Darwin Douglas from the Cheam nation teaching youth at the Four Directions Martial Arts Academy.

Sto:lo coach uses MMA to teach discipline, confidence and respect

By David Geselbracht, Jumy Dapo, CBC News, April 15, 2014

Kolton Higginbottom is being choked and is struggling for breath.

From the seats surrounding the ring, hundreds of people are watching intently as Higginbottom twists and turns, attempting to escape his opponent. Read the rest of this entry

SWN returning to New Brunswick as Mi’kmaq plan renewed resistance

, April 15, 2014
Another round of battles loom between the Mi’kmaq in New Brunswick and a Houston-headquartered energy firm exploring for shale gas deposits in the province.

SWN Resources Canada has submitted two proposals under the province’s environmental impact assessment process to drill exploratory wells in separate parts of New Brunswick. The projects were registered with the provincial environment department on Monday, according to an official. Read the rest of this entry

Eagle Spirit pipeline proposal faces First Nations opposition

Enbridge anti-pipeline logoProposed pipeline would carry refined oil from Alberta to B.C. North Coast

CBC News, April 15, 2014

A First Nations-led proposal to build an oil pipeline from Alberta to B.C.’s North Coast will still face stiff opposition from some communities, including one situated at the location of the proposed marine terminal. Read the rest of this entry

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