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Brazilian indigenous protesters armed with bows and arrows have clashed with police inside the National Congress building in the capital, Brasilia. The group, with some 30 men, tried to break into the building to protest against a bill on indigenous lands. Police officers used pepper spray and blocked access to a committee that was due to vote on the proposal. An arrow struck a policeman’s boot but he was uninjured, said the Brazilian authorities. Following the brief confrontation, the committee session was called off. Read the rest of this entry
Massive hydro project would flood a large area of the Peace River Valley in northern B.C.
CBC News, Dec 16, 2014
B.C. has approved the $9 billion Site C dam — a massive hydroelectric project that would flood a large area of the Peace River Valley in northeastern B.C.
In making the announcement, Premier Christy Clark said the Site C Clean Energy Project will provide B.C. residents with a reliable source of power for the next 100 years for the least cost to the taxpayer.
“Affordable, reliable, clean electricity is the backbone of British Columbia’s economy,” said Clark. “Site C will support our quality of life for decades to come and will enable continued investment and a growing economy.” Read the rest of this entry
APTN National News, Dec 12, 2014
WINNIPEG – An inquest has found the death of an Aboriginal man during a 34-hour wait in a Winnipeg emergency room was not homicide and doesn’t require a public inquiry.
But Judge Tim Preston says in his final report that Brian Sinclair, a 45-year-old double amputee, “did not have to die.”
Sinclair’s family had argued that failing to provide medical care to a sick person is akin to failing to provide the necessities of life. Read the rest of this entry
MARK HUME, The Globe and Mail, Dec 9 2014
Large pieces of Stanley Park, Galiano Island and Saltspring Island are being claimed by a small Indian band that has largely been ignored in British Columbia, although its main village once came under fire from the British Navy.
In a notice of claim filed in the Supreme Court of British Columbia, Chief Raymond Wilson and a group he identifies as the Hwlitsum First Nation seek the return of key lands and financial compensation for loss of access to what it claims as its traditional territory. Read the rest of this entry
CTV Montreal, December 8, 2014
Montreal police have arrested two demonstrators and fined two more, as a group of protesters clashed with police at a demonstration against Quebec’s proposed Northern Plan mining project in Montreal on a frigid Monday morning.
Two will be charged with assault, according to police.
“Age 28 and the other one aged 22 were arrested for armed assault on police officers. The 28-year-old was also charged with the P6 bylaw infraction for wearing a mask,” said Montreal police spokesperson Laurent Gingras.
Members of the First Nation have long walked the beach, but addition of vehicles has sparked safety concerns
The Canadian Press/CBC News, Dec 07, 2014
Cooler heads should prevail and upper levels of government must step in after a First Nation in southwestern Ontario tore down barriers and began driving along a stretch of beach near the site of the 1995 Ipperwash crisis, the local mayor said Sunday.
Kettle and Stony Point First Nation took down the gates blocking vehicle access to Ipperwash Beach on Lake Huron on Friday, saying the route encompasses the band’s “historical trails” and that the community wasn’t consulted when the no-entry gates first went up in 1973. Read the rest of this entry
CBC News, Dec 04, 2014
Members of an aboriginal group in Labrador are celebrating a big win in the Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court of Appeal.
On Wednesday, a panel of three judges threw out an injunction preventing members of NunatuKavut, formerly the Labrador Métis Nation, from protesting at the Muskrat Falls construction site.
The injunction stemmed from a demonstration at the site in October 2012.
NunatuKavut president Todd Russell said its right to freedom of expression had been denied for two years, and now members have been vindicated. Read the rest of this entry