‘You’ve brought shame to Gitxsan’
By George Baker, Andrew Kurjata, CBC News, October 20, 2016
Members of the Gitxsan First Nation opposed to pipeline development are outraged that nine unelected hereditary chiefs are working on a deal with the province connected to a natural gas pipeline on B.C.’s North Coast. Read the rest of this entry
Nalcor cancels day shift, says workers being financially affected by protest
By Anna Delaney, CBC News, October 20, 2016
Protesters are letting workers at the controversial Muskrat Falls project leave the site Thursday, but are not letting them enter.
Nalcor announced early Thursday morning the day shift at the hydroelectric project in central Labrador was cancelled due to the protesters preventing workers access to the site. Read the rest of this entry
‘This is a shift in government policy. We are raising the bar,’ says environment minister
By Marilyn Boone, CBC News, October 19, 2016
After weeks of pressure and protests, the Newfoundland and Labrador government is ordering Nalcor to remove more forest cover at the Muskrat Falls reservoir to further address concerns surrounding methylmercury. Read the rest of this entry
Updates on court cases against people charged for participating in actions against the Dakota Access Pipeline, with felony charges being dropped against several and a charge of rioting against Democracy Now journalist Amy Goodman being dismissed by a North Dakota court. Read the rest of this entry
Agreement in principle involves more than $300M, roughly 36,000 square kilometres of land
By John Paul Tasker, CBC News, October 18, 2016
Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett and her Ontario counterpart have signed a historic agreement with the Algonquins of Ontario that will eventually see wide swaths of eastern Ontario signed over to the Indigenous people as part of a modern treaty. Read the rest of this entry
Labels warning shoppers to “avoid contact” with a number of revealing Halloween costumes depicting indigenous women were on display at Regina’s Spirit Halloween location.
On Sunday, members of the Saskatchewan Coalition Against Racism (SCAR) entered Spirit Halloween and added two-sided labels to costumes named “Reservation Royalty” and “Wolf Dancer”, among others. Read the rest of this entry
Associated Press, October 17, 2016
Authorities suspect arson in the latest burning of heavy equipment being used in the construction of the four-state Dakota Access pipeline in central Iowa.
The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office says the blaze late Saturday near Reasnor, Iowa, caused about $2 million damage to an excavator and three bulldozers. The equipment is operated by a contractor for Dakota Access, a subsidiary of Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners.
Opponents have for months been protesting the $3.8 billion, nearly 1,200-mile project pipeline, warning its construction could jeopardize water supply and damage cultural artifacts.
Another suspected arson of construction equipment happened on Aug. 1 at the same site, about 30 miles east of Des Moines.
No arrests have been made in either fire. The Iowa Fire Marshal Division and the FBI are investigating.
by Trina Roache, APTN National News, October 17, 2016
Happy Valley-Goose Bay, N.L — Nine people arrested in an early morning raid on a camp at the entrance to the Muskrat Falls hydro-electric construction project are in custody and waiting to go before a judge. Read the rest of this entry
‘We’re expecting to camp out until they realize we’re not moving’: Protest continues at Muskrat Falls
Close to 200 protesters gathered Saturday, about 30 there early Sunday morning
CBC News, October 16, 2016
A protest at Muskrat Falls that started Saturday is continuing with no signs of slowing down.
Organizers told CBC they will continue to block the site, even going so far as to not let first responders, sewage vehicles and other essential services such as fuel trucks from going in or out of the facility. Read the rest of this entry