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Elsipogtog: No Fracking Way!

Video by Devil Dog Productions, Posted to Youtube July 7, 2014

October 2013 the Royal Canadian Mounted Police descended on a peaceful anti-fracking protest led by the Mi’kmaq of Elsipogtog and their allies. In this film the voices of some of the people involved in the anti-fracking movement talk about what happened and why they took the stand against hydraulic fracturing and how the heavy handed police response has affected their people.

Mi’kmaq warriors found guilty of weapons charges

Aaron Francis (right) and Germain Junior Breau (left).

Aaron Francis (right) and Germain Junior Breau (left).

Germain Junior Breau of N.B., and Aaron Francis of N.S., were facing combined 17 charges

CBC News June 26, 2014

Two anti-shale gas protesters charged in connection with a violent clash with police near Rexton last fall have been found guilty of some of the charges against them, and not guilty others.

Germain Junior Breau of Upper Rexton, N.B., and Aaron Francis of Eskasoni, N.S., were tried together on numerous firearm and assault-related charges. Read the rest of this entry

Osprey nest cuts power, delays verdict of Mi’kmaq warriors

Aaron Francis (right) and Germain Junior Breau (left).

Germaine Junior Breau (left) and Aaron Francis (right).

Verdict postponed because of a power outage that affected government computers

CBC News June 19, 2014

Two anti-shale gas protesters will have to wait until next week for a verdict, all because of an osprey nest.  Germain Junior Breau of Upper Rexton, N.B., and Aaron Francis of Eskasoni, N.S., are being tried together on a number of charges related to a clash between police and protesters on October 17, 2013.

The verdict that was supposed to be handed down by the judge on Thursday was postponed because of a power outage that occurred June 9 in Fredericton. Three days earlier, an osprey built a nest on the power lines, which caused power problems for days.

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Mi’kmaq warrior pleads guilty to five charges from anti-fracking resistance

Two of six police vehicles torched, Oct 17, Mi'kmaq territory, 2013.

Two of six police vehicles torched, Oct 17, Mi’kmaq territory, 2013.

Jason Augustine sentenced to 18 months of probation, ordered to stay way from exploration activities

CBC News, May 27, 2014

A man from Elispogtog First Nation has pleaded guilty to five charges related to anti-shale gas protests last year, including one that ended in a violent clash with RCMP.

Jason Augustine, 34, appeared in Moncton provincial court on Monday and was sentenced to 18 months of probation.

He was also ordered to stay at least one kilometre away from any shale gas exploration activities or protests. Read the rest of this entry

Accomplices Not Allies: Abolishing the Ally Industrial Complex

Indigenous Action Media, May 4, 2014Accomplices not Allies graphic

This provocation is intended to intervene in some of the current tensions around solidarity/support work as the current trajectories are counter-liberatory from my perspective. Special thanks to DS in Phoenix for convos that lead to this ‘zine and all those who provided comments/questions/disagreements. Don’t construe this as being for “white young middle class allies”, just for paid activists, non-profits, or as a friend said, “downwardly-mobile anarchists or students.” There are many so-called “allies” in the migrant rights struggle who support “comprehensive immigration reform” which furthers militarization of Indigenous lands. Read the rest of this entry

Mi’kmaq Warrior’s Trial: RCMP ERT member testifies

Al Comeaux, pictured here, had an M-16 trained on Breau, who himself allegedly pointed a firearm at peace officers five times. Comeaux said he saw Breau raise the rifle to "45 degrees or so" in an episode that accounts for 4 of the charges of pointing. [Photo: Miles Howe]

Al Comeaux, member of RCMP ERT during Oct 17, 2013 raid. [Photo: Miles Howe]

More contradictory police testimony as the trial of Germaine Breau and Aaron Francis continues

by Miles Howe, Halifax Media Coop, May 1, 2014

MONCTON, NEW BRUNSWICK – The Crown continued it’s veritable parade of RCMP witnesses today on this, the sixth scheduled day of trial for Germaine ‘Junior’ Breau and Aaron Francis, the two members of the Mi’kmaq Warriors Society who have been incarcerated since the vicious police raid of the anti-shale gas encampment on October 17th, along highway 134 near Rexton, New Brunswick.

Breau and Francis have now spent over half a year in the Southeastern Regional Correctional Centre in Shediac, New Brunswick, much of that time has been spent without access to traditional spiritual services.

Today the Crown brought forward Corporal Al Comeaux, a member of the RCMP for over 24 years, as well as a member of the Emergency Response Team (ERT) for over 14 years.

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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

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

Support “Mocassins on the Ground”: Lakota resistance against Keystone XL pipeline

Keystone XL Lakota support graphicHere’s an excerpt of a recent statement by the Lakota grassroots organization Owe Aku:

“We do not want kxl, we do not want tarsands in our lands, the tarsands must stay in the ground, the extraction and its aftermath is killing humans and all of life up there, and wasting precious water… Please take a moment to help get our words, thoughts, and prayers out to the world, all over Unci Maka, that Lakota People, and many other Red Nations people, we have painted our faces. Our allies up north have painted their faces. For sacred water, for Unci Maka, for our generations.” Read the rest of this entry

Brief Analysis of RCMP Tactical Troop Plan for Oct 17 Raid

New Brunswick Oct 17 warrior flag riot copsby Zig Zag, Warrior Publications, April 10, 2014

As some of you may have already seen, the Halifax Media Coop released a PDF copy of the RCMP’s Tactical Troop “Operational Plan” for their October 17, 2013, raid on the anti-fracking blockade and camp near Rexton, New Brunswick. This was most likely acquired through court disclosures and has been re-posted on Warrior Publications. Read the rest of this entry

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