Cindy Gladue Case: Not Guilty Verdict Ignites Outrage, Protests

 WARNING: This story contains graphic details. The following information about violence may be triggering to survivors.

The circumstances of Cindy Gladue’s last hours were horrific. The mother of two bled to death in a motel bathtub, suffering from an 11-centimetre vaginal wound.

And the trial of the man accused of killing her was no less appalling, say aboriginal activists.

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Clyde River, Nunavut, takes on oil industry over seismic testing

Jerry Natanine, the mayor of Clyde River, Nunavut, says seismic testing for oil deposits in nearby waters could kill marine mammals. (David Michael Lamb/CBC)

Jerry Natanine, the mayor of Clyde River, Nunavut, says seismic testing for oil deposits in nearby waters could kill marine mammals. (David Michael Lamb/CBC)

Clyde River mayor taking seismic testing companies to court in April

By David Michael Lamb, CBC News, March 30, 2015

Clyde River can without exaggeration be called one of the most remote and inaccessible human settlements on earth.

The only way into this Nunavut hamlet is by air, and the surrounding landscape is mostly empty of humans for hundreds of kilometres in all directions.

But despite its size, remote location and relative anonymity, Clyde River is now getting more attention than it’s ever had before. All because it has decided to single-handedly take on the oil industry. Read the rest of this entry

DFO director a no show at Heiltsuk herring dispute in Bella Bella

Heiltsuk fisherman Frank Brown speaking to DFO officers on Denny Island on Sunday. Photo by Mychaylo Prystupa/Vancouver Observer.  March 29, 2015.

Heiltsuk fisherman Frank Brown speaking to DFO officers on Denny Island on Sunday. Photo by Mychaylo Prystupa/Vancouver Observer. March 29, 2015.

“I just got the text.  Sue Farlinger is a not coming up.  This action is a sign of terrible disrespect,” said Heiltsuk fisherman Frank Brown

DFO Offices in Vancouver Occupied in Solidarity with Heiltsuk

Two of the people participating in the occupation of the Vancouver DFO offices, March 30, 2015.

Two of the people participating in the occupation of the Vancouver DFO offices, March 30, 2015.

by Warrior Publications, March 30, 2015

During a solidarity rally with the Heiltsuk occupation of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) office on Denny Island, near Bella Bella, BC, 4 protesters also began an occupation of the DFO offices in Vancouver, BC, on Monday, March 30, 2015.  Outside the building, around 50 people rallied and blocked the streets.  The offices are located near the intersection of Burrard and West Pender streets. Read the rest of this entry

Heiltsuk Nation occupies DFO office in face of expected herring fishery

Heiltsuk Nation members confront DFO officers at Denny Island coast guard station (Pacific Wild) via Common Sense Canadian.

Heiltsuk Nation members confront DFO officers at Denny Island coast guard station (Pacific Wild) via Common Sense Canadian.

by Damien Gillis, Common Sense Canadian, March 29, 2015

Updated 7 PM

Tensions continue to escalate on the waters of the Great Bear Rainforest over a highly controversial herring fishery, as members of the Heiltsuk Nation are now occupying the local DFO office in opposition to a planned gillnet opening.

A group of Heiltsuk youth, elders and chiefs paddled and boated this afternoon from Bella Bella to the coast guard station on nearby Denny Island  – headquarters of DFO’s central coast operations – to deliver an eviction notice reminding local representatives that Area 7 is a no-go zone for a commercial herring fishery this year. Read the rest of this entry

Toxic Tour takes to the streets in Vancouver

Toxic Tour 6

All photos by Murray Bush-Flux Photo.

by Murray Bush, Vancouver Media Coop, March 28, 2015

COAST SALISH TERRITORIES –  The 2015 Toxic Tour wound its way through downtown Vancouver this afternoon. The guided tour stopped outside major Canadian extractive industry headquarters with information on human rights and other abuses practiced by notorious Canadian resource companies like Chevron, Goldcorp and Barrick Gold.  Speakers came from Latin America, Africa , Northern BC, and the Philippines. Read the rest of this entry

Mexico: Violent Confrontation in Guerrero Between Normalistas and Police

A police car burns after normalista students attack police station, March 28, 2015.

A police car burns after normalista students attack police station in Tixtla, March 28, 2015.

By Erin Gallagher, Revolution News, March 28, 2015

Normalistas from the Ayotzinapa normal school were violently confronted by riot police Saturday afternoon in a village near the city of Chilpancingo. Earlier reports indicated there were various injuries and three young detainees, all of whom we are told have since been released. After the confrontation, several riots took place in Tixtla where apparently four or five members of the Municipal Police were detained by comunitarios (community police). Read the rest of this entry

Muzzle Blast Round Injures woman at Quebec City anti-austerity protests

Quebec City Police fire what appears to be a Muzzle Blast round into a group of protesters outside the legislative assembly in Quebec City, March 26, 2015.

Quebec City Police fire what appears to be a Muzzle Blast round into a group of protesters outside the legislative assembly in Quebec City, March 26, 2015.

A young woman, Naomi Tremblay-Trudeau, was injured by a tear gas round fired at almost point blank range during anti-austerity protests in Quebec City on March 26, 2015.  Naomi suffered a blunt trauma injury to her lower lip, which caused bruising and swelling.

Many people across the country are outraged that Quebec City riot cops fired the round at such extreme range, with some confusing the type of round fired as being a tear gas canister.  While the headlines of the protester being shot with a tear gas round are technically correct, the round was most likely not an actual canister. Read the rest of this entry

Sudden resignation of Shawn Atleo cost AFN more than just its leader

Former AFN 'grand chief' Shawn Atleo with his political master, PM Stephen Harper, looking on.

Former AFN ‘grand chief’ Shawn Atleo with his political master, PM Stephen Harper, looking on.

By Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press/APTN National News, March 27, 2015

OTTAWA – Shawn Atleo’s abrupt resignation as national chief cost the Assembly of First Nations more than just its leader.

New documents show the federal government turned down the assembly’s request for an extra $324,000 to cover the unforeseen expenses that arose when Atleo quit his job last May.

Atleo stepped down amid fears that he’d become what he himself called a “lightning rod” for controversy as a result of having backed the Conservative government’s proposed reforms to First Nations education. Read the rest of this entry

PDF: Where There is No Doctor

Where there is no doctor cover 1A PDF of the 2011 version of Where There Is No Doctor 2011 (click the link to download).  This manual is 503 pages.  A hard copy version can also ordered from the publisher.

From the introduction:

This handbook has been written primarily for those who live far from medical centers, in places where there is no doctor.  But even where there are doctors, people can and should take the lead in their own health care. So this book is for everyone who cares. It has been written in the belief that: Read the rest of this entry

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