Tag Archives: oil and gas pipelines+Indigenous resistance
Leader says conflict will continue to escalate until the government decides to negotiate in good faith and honour First Nations rights
If Canada fails to respond to live up to its obligations to consult First Nations, British Columbia’s Grand Chief Stewart Phillip believes it will almost certainly see another Oka Crisis, referencing a 78-day standoff in 1990 between the Mohawk people, the Quebec police and the Canadian military that broke out when the province tried to build a golf course on a traditional burial site. Continue reading
by Lee Veeraraghavan, Occupy.com, Feb 25, 2014
As the battle over the Keystone XL pipeline intensifies in the United States, the Canadian province of British Columbia faces similar battles of its own. Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline, if approved, would transport diluted bitumen from the Alberta tar sands to the Pacific Coast. Continue reading
by Travis Lupick, The Georgia Straight,Feb 12, 2014
An email sent by the president of Kinder Morgan Canada to the B.C. premier’s office reveals in frank language the challenge for oil companies posed by First Nations opposing pipeline projects. Continue reading
February 8, 2014
What’s happening? What should we do? What happens next?
WORK HAS STARTED ON THE PIPELINE ROUTE
It’s not clear exactly how much work has been done on the Pacific Trail and Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline route. Most likely they are clearing trees and brush. Worst case: They are digging trenches and laying pipe already. The info from Unis’tot’en Camp says the work is starting from the east and west and it will meet the indigenous blockade in the middle. http://unistotencamp.com/?p=761 Continue reading
CBC News, Jan 30, 2014
An oil and gas company is investigating after one of its contractors accidentally ran over and killed a black bear near Fort Nelson, B.C., last week.
The black bear was hibernating in a shallow, unidentified den approximately 100 kilometres northwest of Fort Nelson, in the Liard Basin of northern B.C. Continue reading
Beginning in the AM, a crowd of over 500 showed up to an event organized by Skwomesh Action, at Chief Joe Mattias Centre in the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh territories (so called West Vancouver). Continue reading
Activists say direct action to stop the project remains a last resort, but BC’s north wonders: is the RCMP prepared?
By Andrew MacLeod, Jan 24, 2014, TheTyee.ca
There are worries in northern British Columbia that aside from the environmental risks, approval of Enbridge Inc.’s Northern Gateway pipeline proposal and the resulting protests could seriously disrupt the economy in communities along the proposed route. Continue reading
Phil Fontaine’s speaking engagement at University of Winnipeg rescheduled
CBC News, Jan 22, 2014
Angry protesters took over a planned talk by First Nations leader Phil Fontaine in Winnipeg on Wednesday, resulting in the rescheduling of the event.
Fontaine was scheduled to speak at the University of Winnipeg in the early afternoon on First Nations issues in the past, present and future. Continue reading
by Carlito Pablo, The Georgia Straight, Jan 8, 2014
At night, around campfires under a New Brunswick sky, Ambrose Williams thought about imminent battles back home. Last November, the young Vancouver man and nine others travelled more than 5,000 kilometres east to the town of Rexton. Their mission was to reinforce the Mi’kmaq of the Elsipogtog First Nation who had clashed the month before with the RCMP. The confrontation happened on October 17, 2013, when heavily armed police dismantled a highway blockade by Natives opposing a gas-exploration project. Continue reading