Environmental assessment sinks proposed Ajax mine near Kamloops

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CBC News, Dec 14, 2017

The provincial government has opted not to issue an environmental assessment certificate for a proposed open-pit copper and gold mine near Kamloops, prompting applause from the city and local First Nations. Read the rest of this entry

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An Inside Look at Colombia’s Indigenous Guards

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Indigenous Guards in Colombia prior to the beginning of training; each guard carries a baton as a symbol of his or her membership. Photo: Intercontinental Cry

by Robin Llewellyn, Intercontinental Cry, Dec 11, 2017

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos may have received the Nobel Peace Prize, but peace has not come to Colombia. Social leaders and members of indigenous communities have been targeted in a wave of assassinations that has swept through the countryside during this supposed “post-conflict” era–and the state has failed both to stem the killings and to curtail the spread of illegal mining and drug trafficking. Read the rest of this entry

An Activist Stands Accused of Firing a Gun at Standing Rock. It Belonged to Her Lover — an FBI Informant.

DAPL red fawn bwby Will Parrish, The Intercept, December 11, 2017

As law enforcement officers advanced in a U-shaped sweep line down North Dakota Highway 1806 last October, pushing back Dakota Access opponents from a camp in the pipeline’s path, two sheriff’s deputies broke formation to tackle a 37-year-old Oglala Sioux woman named Red Fawn Fallis. As Fallis struggled under the weight of her arresting officers, who were attempting to put her in handcuffs, three gunshots allegedly went off alongside her. According to the arrest affidavit, deputies lunged toward her left hand and wrested a gun away from her. Read the rest of this entry

‘A reconciliation fail’: B.C. First Nations promise court action over NDP’s approval of Site C

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‘There are thousands of people that are bitterly disappointed,’ says leader of Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs

By Andrew Kurjata, CBC News, Dec 12, 2017

Moments after B.C. Premier John Horgan announced his government would allow construction of the Site C dam to move forward, the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations promised to go to court to stop the project, while others criticized the NDP for breaking campaign promises to respect the rights of Indigenous people. Read the rest of this entry

At Six Nations’ deer hunt, aboriginal rights become a target

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Chester Gibson, of the Haudenosaunee Wildlife and Habitat Authority, and co-leader of the Six Nations of the Grand River hunt in Short Hills Provincial Park, speaks to visitors on Dec. 5. PHOTOS BY Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail

by Dakshana Bascaramurty, Globe and Mail, Dec 11, 2017

For much of Chester Gibson’s adult life, deer hunting outside the boundaries of the Six Nations Reserve was carried out stealthily. He’d be in a car going 30 kilometres per hour and dive out of the passenger seat clutching his crossbow, roll in a ditch and then disappear into the woods. When Mr. Gibson, who is Mohawk, was ready to be picked up, he’d plant a stick at the side of the road to alert his driver. Then he’d lug the deer carcass into the back of the truck as quickly as possible, jump in and take off. If caught, he could be prosecuted. Read the rest of this entry

BC NDP to proceed with Site C dam, total cost raised to $10.7B

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Site C dam construction. Photo: Desmog Canada

, Global News, December 11, 2017

It’s official. B.C.’s NDP government says it will complete the controversial Site C dam megaproject.

“Although Site C is not the project we would have favoured and it’s not the project we would have started, it must be completed to meet the objectives our government has set,” said Premier John Horgan on Monday. Read the rest of this entry

5 Years after Idle No More, founders still speaking out

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Idle No More rally in Ottawa, Dec 21, 2012.

CBC talks with Nina Wilson, Jessica Gordon, Sheelah McLean, Sylvia McAdam about movement that changed Canada

By Lenard Monkman, Brandi Morin, CBC News, Dec 10, 2017

It’s been five years since Idle No More was elevated into the Canadian conscious.

Through the work of social media and in particular the hashtag #IdleNoMore, Indigenous peoples we’re able to connect with each other and mobilize in cities and towns across the country. Read the rest of this entry

Warrior Up blog

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Heavy machinery targeted by arson attack during campaign against Dakota Access Pipeline, 2016.

Warrior Up is a research project open to any anonymous input, turning an eye towards the infrastructures and extractive industries that the capitalist economy depends upon – how they function, and how they are vulnerable to direct action. Read the rest of this entry

Youth council scolds AFN for usurping power, authority belonging to First Nations

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Mark Hill, Co-Chair AFN Youth Council

By Deb Steel, Windspeaker, December 5, 2017
“The centralization of the power and authority that the Assembly of First Nations assumes over our First Nations communities diminishes our treaty and inherent rights…” National AFN Youth Council

Stand down from the assumption of power over First Nations peoples and their Nations. The Assembly of First Nations is not a government.That was the message that the AFN National Youth Council delivered to the chiefs in assembly this morning in a powerful statement delivered by co-chair Mark Hill of Six Nations of the Grand River. Read the rest of this entry

Alaska natives sue over B.C. company’s exploration plans near eagle preserve

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The state created the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve to protect salmon and the world’s largest concentration of bald eagles. The preserve is downstream from a copper, zinc, gold and silver prospect that could some day be developed into a hard rock mine. (Matt Hage/Associated Press)

Tlingit village of Klukwan wants permits revoked from Constantine Metal Resources, for area near Haines

The Associated Press, Dec 6, 2017

An Alaska Native tribe and three environmental groups sued the U.S. government, claiming an agency granted mineral exploration permits without considering how a mine could affect a major salmon river and bald eagle preserve. Read the rest of this entry