SNC-Lavalin teams with First Nations group on proposed B.C. oil refinery

Native Resistance to Canada’s Worst Mining Disaster – Mount Polley

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by Kanahus Manuel, posted to Youtube Aug 1, 2015

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Sea change: Here’s what’s wrong in the Pacific Ocean

This image shows the July 13-19, 2015 sea surface temperature departure from the 1981-2010 average. In addition to the warmer than normal waters generated by the El Nino conditions, the Pacific Decadal Oscillation is also creating persistently higher than normal sea surface temperatures in the northeastern Pacific. (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

This image shows the July 13-19, 2015 sea surface temperature departure from the 1981-2010 average. In addition to the warmer than normal waters generated by the El Nino conditions, the Pacific Decadal Oscillation is also creating persistently higher than normal sea surface temperatures in the northeastern Pacific. (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

By Tara Kulash, The Oregonian/OregonLive, July 31, 2015

Weird things are happening off the Pacific Coast.

And at the center of the action is a warm-water mass that scientists call “the blob.”

It’s turning the coastal ecosystem on its head. Species are dying along Washington, Oregon and northern California: sea stars, marine birds and sardines, among them. Read the rest of this entry

Protestors Carried Away in Stand Against Development Atop Haleakalā

Police begin arresting protesters. Photo: Maui Now.

Police begin arresting protesters. Photo: Maui Now.

By Wendy Osher, MauiNow.com, July 31, 2015

In a show of solidarity against further development atop Haleakalā, demonstrators on Maui secured themselves in rows and bound their arms to others in a human chain across the pavement, in an attempt to block a planned convoy of vehicles scheduled to deliver equipment to the Daniel K Inouye Telescope currently under construction on the mountain. Read the rest of this entry

TransCanada quietly wooing First Nations leaders ahead of Energy East project

Mount Polley Disaster Memorial Gathering, August 4, 2015

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Documents reveal Indian Act chiefs colalboration during 2013 New Brunswick anti-fracking protests

Mi'kmaq face RCMP riot cops on Oct 17, 2013, near Elsipogtog, NB.

Mi’kmaq face RCMP riot cops on Oct 17, 2013, near Elsipogtog, NB.

Internal documents show repeated Warrior Society requests for negotiating assistance denied

by Miles Howe, Halifax Media Coop, July 29, 2015

KJIPUKTUK (Halifax) — An Access to Information request has revealed that during the course of anti-shale gas protests in New Brunswick in 2013, 5th Canadian Division Support Base (CDSB) Gagetown, Eastern Canada’s largest military facility, was contacted on two separate occasions by high ranking members of the Mi’kmaq Warrior Society. On each occasion, the Warrior Society – one of the key strategic groups involved in the on-the-ground protests that would ultimately see 100 activists arrested – requested negotiators from the Canadian Armed Forces, citing a breakdown in trust and an increasingly toxic working relationship with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Read the rest of this entry

‘Quit faking': Police ignored Native American woman’s pleas for help before she died in jail

Image: Sarah Lee Circle Bear (Facebook.com)

Image: Sarah Lee Circle Bear (Facebook.com)

by David Ferguson, Raw Story, July 28, 2015

The deaths in police custody of women like Sandra Bland and Rekia Boyd have drawn national attention to the potentially lethal threats posed to women of color by racist police.

On Tuesday, Indian Country Today reporter Sarah Sunshine Manning wrote about the July 6 death of a 24-year-old Lakota woman named Sarah Lee Circle Bear of Clairmont, South Dakota. Read the rest of this entry

RCMP pays out undisclosed amount for “horrifying” treatment of First Nations woman in Saskatchewan

Ethel Pelly, photo: APTN.

Ethel Pelly, photo: APTN.

by Larissa Burnouf, APTN National News, July 28, 2015
YORKTON, SASK — A First Nations woman has won an out-of-court settlement for an undisclosed amount of money against the Yorkton RCMP for mistreatment following her arrest more than three years ago.

Ethel Pelly, 42, was arrested and charged with a drug offence in February 2012 and taken to the Yorkton holding cells.

In an interview with APTN National News, Pelly said that’s where her “horrifying” treatment at the hands of the RCMP began that started with being stripped of her underwear. Read the rest of this entry

Sockeye face ‘catastrophic’ collapse in South Okanagan

A spawning sockeye salmon is seen making its way up the Adams River in Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park near Chase, B.C. Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)

A spawning sockeye salmon is seen making its way up the Adams River in Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park near Chase, B.C. Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)

Only 18,000 sockeye expected to return to B.C.’s South Okanagan

CBC News, July 28, 2015

A potentially catastrophic collapse of the sockeye salmon run is unfolding on the Columbia River system this year.

Scientists once predicted that about 100,000 sockeye would return to spawning grounds in the rivers and streams in British Columbia’s South Okanagan region.

In fact, it was supposed to be one of the largest sockeye runs in recent history, said Okanagan Nation Alliance fish biologist Richard Bussanich. Read the rest of this entry

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