It was in the midst of a police raid Sunday at the Burns Lake band office, after Tibbetts and his son were allowed to re-enter the premises to retrieve some of their personal belongings, including his son’s Xbox game console, when he said he saw RCMP officers with their guns drawn. Continue reading
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April 7, 2013
On day 14 of a non-violent protest held at the Burns Lake Band office, approximately 50 or more riot police, many with shotguns drawn evicted three adults and one 12 year old child. 92 percent of the eligible voters on-reserve had signed a petition in support of the protest despite claims to the contrary by the INAC chief councillor, Albert Gerow. Continue reading
New 50-officer RCMP anti-contraband force fulfils 2011 Conservative campaign pledge
CBC News, Mar 5, 2013
The Harper government has introduced legislation to set mandatory minimum prison sentences for trafficking contraband tobacco.
A new 50-officer RCMP anti-contraband force is also being created to target illegal tobacco sales. Continue reading
Environmental activist Rod Marining knows the feel of steel handcuffs on his wrists.
As co-founder of Greenpeace International, he sailed aboard Greenpeace ships campaigning against French atmospheric nuclear testing in French Polynesia, Japanese whaling in the Pacific and was thrown in jail for demonstrating against mahogany lumber imports to Europe.
“I am considered a national security risk,” he said, noting that the RCMP keeps a file on him, for his eco-warrior activities on the high seas.
But these days, activists can get on the security radar for a whole lot less: according to a Guardian report on documents released under freedom of information laws, the RCMP and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) are increasingly blurring the line between real terrorists and average citizens who organize petitions, attend protests and express dissent. Continue reading
The Assembly of First Nations worked closely with the Mounties and provincial police to exchange information about protests and develop common stances before a national aboriginal day of action in the summer of 2007, according to RCMP documents.
The revelations are likely to provoke anger among Idle No More protesters and provide ammunition to aboriginal critics who have argued the AFN’s relationship with the federal government has become too cosy, with few gains to show for it. Continue reading
OTTAWA — A new report by a respected international human rights watchdog has accused RCMP officers of abusing aboriginal women and girls in northern British Columbia.
New York-based Human Rights Watch uncovered one allegation of rape and others of assault by Mounties against aboriginals in rural B.C. communities. Continue reading
Thoughts on Idle No More & Critical Infrastructure
by Shiri Pasternak, The Media Coop, January 14, 2013
News reports are ablaze with reports of looming Indigenous blockades and economic disruption. As the Idle No More movement explodes into a new territory of political action, it bears to amplify the incredible economic leverage of First Nations today, and how frightened the government and industry are of their capacity to wield it. Continue reading
VANCOUVER — Rights advocates say the release of a five-page report from the Crown isn’t enough to explain how a First Nations man from Terrace, B.C., emerged from a confrontation with RCMP with severe brain damage. Continue reading
CBC News, Nov 2, 2012
The BC Civil Liberties Association and the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs are demanding a special prosecutor investigate why charges were not laid when a Terrace man was permanently disabled in RCMP custody.
The BCCLA says Robert Wright, 47, was taken into custody by Terrace RCMP in apparent good health, after his wife called police out of concern for his safety on Apr. 21. Continue reading
Documents raise fears that info on environmentalists, Indigenous groups and more shared with industry at biannual, secret-level, briefings.
by Tim Groves, The Dominion, October 10, 2012
TORONTO—The Canadian government has been orchestrating briefings that provide energy companies with classified intelligence from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, the RCMP and other agencies, raising concerns that federal officials are spying on environmentalists and First Nations in order to provide information to the businesses they criticize. Continue reading