Australia: Aboriginal protesters explain motivations behind Canberra sit-in

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders protesting in the Marble Foyer at Parliament House in Canberra.

About 100 Indigenous people and supporters called for an end to fracking, coal mining and water sharing.

NITV, Feb. 13, 2019

Bradley Farrar had never been on a plane before he made the journey from the Northern Territory to Canberra to join a sit-in about environmental issues.

The clan leader of the Alawa tribe felt compelled to come and represent his people, who he says will suffer if planned gas fracking projects eventuate. Read the rest of this entry

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Wet’suwet’en Strong shirts dominate All Native Tournament opening ceremonies

Unistoten 2019 solidarity basketball 2Committee vice-president says the basketball tournament in Prince Rupert shouldn’t be about politics

 

Shannon Lough, Coast Mountain News, Feb. 11, 2019

The 60th All Native Basketball Tournament opening ceremonies wasn’t without controversy.

Entire teams dressed in T-shirts with “Wet’suwet’en Strong” printed on the front and “Unceded” on the back. Some players held signs reading “We stand with Wet’suwet’en” as they paraded through the court. Read the rest of this entry

Wet’suwet’en hereditary leaders, supporters call for stop work order on Coastal GasLink pipeline

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Pre-construction work on the Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline is underway along the Morice Forest Service Road near Smithers in northern B.C. (Chantelle Bellrichard/CBC)

Pre-construction work underway in territory past Unist’ot’en camp

45 #NoDAPL Cases Dismissed; Warrants Quashed Upon Review Ordered by Judiciary

Woman or girl slain every 2.5 days in Canada in 2018, new report finds

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CP train blocked in Toronto, March 12, 2014.

The report found that 148 women and girls were killed in 133 incidents in 2018

Wet’suwet’en complaints about pipeline builder to be probed by government, police

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President of Coastal GasLink pipeline Rick Gateman leaves the Office of the Wet’suwet’en after meeting with RCMP members and hereditary chiefs in Smithers, B.C., on Jan. 10. (Chad Hipolito/Canadian Press)

Wet’suwet’en say traplines and tents destroyed, archeological impact assessment not yet done

Huge crowds attend Invasion Day marches across Australia’s capital cities

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Scott Morrison has said 26 January 1788 was “pretty miserable” for his ancestor, in a speech defending the celebration of Australia Day, while tens of thousands of people joined Invasion Day marches around the country calling for the public holiday to be abolished. Read the rest of this entry

Coastal GasLink stops work on pipeline in northern B.C. due to trappers accessing animal traps

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RCMP officers look on as contractors pass through their roadblock as supporters of the Unist’ot’en camp and Wet’suwet’en First Nation gather at a camp fire off a logging road near Houston, B.C., on Jan. 9. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)

Company blames shutdown on hunters accessing animal traps within work boundaries

White-Washing White Supremacy: Media Rushes to Excuse Covington Catholic Students

5c43a2660bda9.image_-1024x560by Jodi Jacobson, Rewire, Jan. 22, 2019

In another incidence of white-washing white supremacy, white journalists are rushing to excuse a clearly racist incident involving white teens from Covington Catholic school in Kentucky, in part by discounting the testimony of a Native elder and former U.S. Marine. Read the rest of this entry

Nuxalk Hereditary Chiefs issue letter in opposition to gold prospecting

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Nuxalk House of Smayusta banner at Bella Coola, central coast of ‘BC’.

The letter, dated January 18, is addressed to Goliath Resources Ltd.

by Caitlin Thompson, Coast Mountain News, Jan. 22, 2019

Nuxalk Hereditary Chiefs have issued a letter outlining their staunch opposition to reports of gold prospecting in the Bella Coola area.

The letter, dated January 18, is addressed to Roger Rosmus, CEO of Goliath Resources Ltd., the company who is heading up the prospecting and exploration. Read the rest of this entry