Idle No More protest near Sarnia, Ontario, on January 5, 2012, that blocked border crossing.
Canadian government closely monitoring how legal rulings and aboriginal protest pose an increasing ‘risk’ for multi-billion dollar oil and mining plans
By Martin Lukacs and Shiri Pasternak, The Guardian, March 2014
The Canadian government is increasingly worried that the growing clout of aboriginal peoples’ rights could obstruct its aggressive resource development plans, documents reveal. Continue reading
Fish Lake, targeted by Taseko’s proposed mine.
APTN National News, Feb 27, 2014
The Harper government has again rejected a proposed open-pit gold and copper mine in British Columbia that threatened to destroy a lake sacred to the Tsilhqot’in nation. Continue reading
Munduruku Indian warriors stand guard over an illegal gold miner who was detained by a group of warriors searching out illegal gold mines and miners in their territory near the Caburua river, a tributary of the Tapajos and Amazon rivers in western Para state January 20, 2014.
By Lunae Parracho and Caroline Stauffer, Reuters, Feb 17, 2014
As Brazil struggles to solve land disputes between Indians and farmers on the expanding frontier of its agricultural heartland, more tensions over forest and mineral resources are brewing in the remote Amazon. Continue reading
Munduruku warriors on their way to evict miners from their territory, Feb 2014.
by Larissa Saud, Terra Magazine
Translated from Portuguese by Thomas Walker / Earth First! Newswire, Feb 3, 2014
Night had hardly arrived when indigenous Munduruku people landed on the bank of a mine on Tropas River, a tributary of Tapajós river, in a region west of Pará. From the five speedboats, all of them full, came warriors and children, all with one objective: to drive out illegal miners from Munduruku land. Continue reading
Teck smelter in Trail, BC.
Up to 25,000 L of sodium hydroxide solution flowed into sewer leading to the river near Trail, B.C.
CBC News, Feb 01, 2014
A mining and smelting company spilled a large volume of chemical solution into a domestic sewer line near Trail, B.C., on Tuesday. Continue reading
Mine will create $17 billion in taxes, royalties and create 750 full time jobs, Shell says
Banner drop on Shell station in Vancouver, Oct 23, 2012.
Angela Sterritt CBC News, Dec 09, 2013
The largest known reservoir of crude bitumen in the world is about to get even bigger, but Alice Rigney is in no mood to celebrate.
Rigney was raised in Northern Alberta on the Athabasca River that now runs directly through multiple oil sands projects.
“That river is our lifeline and has been for thousands of years. It has always sustained us with fish, food, water and travel – everything,” said Rigney. Continue reading
A mine in the Tar Sands of northern Alberta, showing the “potentially damaging” impact of Tar Sands operations.
Environment minister says negative environmental effect is ‘justified in the circumstances’
CBC News/The Canadian Press, Dec 06, 2013
Shell Canada’s Jackpine oilsands mine expansion plan has received the go-ahead from Ottawa, despite the environment minister’s view that it’s “likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.” Continue reading
Proposed New Prosperity mine would have signficant effects on Fish Lake, report concludes
Tsilhqot’in protest against Taseko Prosperity Mine.
CBC News, Nov 01, 2013
First Nations leaders in B.C. are declaring victory after a new environmental report concluded Taseko’s New Prosperity mine proposal poses “significant adverse environmental effects”.
Coun. Marilyn Baptiste, secretary-treasurer of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, said, “We are victorious!” in a statement issued late Thursday night after the report was released. Continue reading
Tahltan Elders protesting proposed Fortune Minerals coal mine in northwestern B.C.
CBC News/The Canadian Press, Sept 24, 2013
Tahltan camp at sacred headwaters.
One day after Mines Minister Bill Bennett held a weekend visit at a First Nations protest site in northwestern B.C., 40 Tahltan members ordered workers at a nearby Fortune Minerals exploration camp to leave the area, considered sacred by aboriginals. Continue reading
Tahltan Elders protesting proposed coal mine in northwestern B.C.
CBC News, Sept 20, 2013
Mines Minister Bill Bennett is expected to visit the site of a First Nations protest in northwestern B.C. tomorrow, as members of the Tahltan Nation accuse the government of reneging on a land management deal covering the headwaters of the Nass, Skeena and Stikine rivers. Continue reading