5 arrests made during Dakota Access Pipeline protest near St. Anthony

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Masked warriors departing rally site in North Dakota, Sept 27, 2016.

By Sara Berlinger, KFYR TV,

The Morton County Sheriff’s Department says the obstruction was to help people drive to the protest near a Dakota Access construction site. Read the rest of this entry

Federal government approves $11.4-billion LNG project in B.C.

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Banner on Lelu Island, Tsimshian territory.

Vancouver Sun, September 28, 2016

The federal government has approved an $11.4-billion, liquefied natural-gas mega-project that has been central to Premier Christy Clark’s plans to boost B.C.’s economy — and her hopes of re-election next spring.

Approval was announced late Tuesday after Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr and Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc travelled to Richmond after a cabinet meeting earlier in the day. Read the rest of this entry

Mi’kmaq protesters block entrance at proposed Alton gas storage site

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Caravan from Standing Rock Shuts Down Two DAPL Constructions Sties

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Masked warriors on top of destruction machinery at Dakota Access Pipeline construction, North Dakota. Photo: West Coast Women Warriors Media Cooperative.

by West Coast Women Warriors Media Cooperative, September 26, 2016

The latest in a series of escalating actions to stop the continued construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline saw hundreds of Indigenous Land Defenders, Water Protectors and Warriors leave camp on Sunday in a 70 car caravan to conduct ceremony on the still active construction sites. Read the rest of this entry

Trudeau’s pipeline remark puts focus on Pacific Northwest LNG project

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A liquid natural gas tanker in Australia.

$7B TransCanada pipeline would move natural gas to B.C. coast for export to Asia

By John Paul Tasker, CBC News, September 24, 2016

“The Great Bear rainforest is no place for a crude oil pipeline and I haven’t changed my opinion on that.”

That was Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s specific response to a question this week about the proposed Enbridge-backed Northern Gateway pipeline through B.C.’s north.

In opposition, his comments about pipelines moving through this part of the province were less precise. Trudeau did not include the words “crude oil” in earlier declarations, as he did twice on Tuesday. Read the rest of this entry

Audit identifies $2.1M in ‘unexplained payments’ to Alexander First Nation former chief and staff

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Auditors found past chief Herbert Arcand received $405,119 in unexplained payments, in addition to his salary. (Supplied)

‘It’s a one-sided report to me,’ former chief Herbert Arcand says

By Andrea Huncar, CBC News, September 23, 2016

A “forensic investigation” has identified $2.1 million in “unexplained payments” to a former chief of the Alexander First Nation and seven administrative staff, according to a leaked internal document.

The document says about half of the unexplained amounts, totalling more than $1 million, were paid to former chief Herbert Arcand and current tribal chief administrator Alphonse Arcand. Read the rest of this entry

Boy, 12, arrested in Shamattawa fire, but younger kids can’t be charged, police say

shamattawa-fire-1Blaze destroyed only grocery store and crippled services in isolated Manitoba community

CBC News, September 23, 2016

A 12-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with a fire that destroyed the only grocery store and the band office in the remote northern Manitoba community of Shamattawa and crippled some of its essential services.

The boy was one of six children who RCMP believe were involved in setting the blaze on Thursday afternoon. The other five children are under 12 and cannot be charged. Read the rest of this entry

First Nations across North America sign treaty alliance against the oilsands

Dakota Access Pipeline opponents interrupt oil industry meeting to make case

dakota-access-industry-interuptedby Amy Dalrymple, Bismark Tribune, September 21, 2016

MINOT – A handful of Dakota Access Pipeline opponents took over the stage Wednesday as North Dakota’s top oil regulator spoke to an oil industry group’s annual meeting.

The elders of the Oglala Lakota Nation referred to the pipeline as the “black snake” as they took the podium and microphone while Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms was speaking to the North Dakota Petroleum Council.

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