Chile: Mapuche Political Prisoners on Hunger Strike in Angol Prison

Hawaii’s Thirty Meter Telescope website taken down in cyberattack

Jumbo resort ordered to cease construction in avalanche zone

Jumbo glacier in the Purcell Mountains, site of proposed ski resort.

Jumbo glacier in the Purcell Mountains, site of proposed ski resort.

By Matt Kieltyka, Metro Vancouver, April 26, 2015

British Columbia’s Environmental Assessment Office has ordered construction of two buildings at the proposed Jumbo Glacier Resort to stop.

According to an April 24, 2015 letter from the office’s compliance and enforcement department (EAO C&E), the under-construction day lodge and service buildings are located within an avalanche hazard area and breach the conditions of the resort’s environmental assessment certificate. Read the rest of this entry

Meet Judith Sayers, a First Nations Renewable Energy Trailblazer

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Judith Sayers, former chief of the Hupucasath First Nation on Vancouver Island, BC.

by David Dodge, Huggington Post, April 24, 2015

Judith Sayers is a former chief, a negotiator and a pioneer in helping First Nations get involved in the renewable energy business.

Her traditional name is Kekinusuqs (pronounced ke-kay-ana-suks) and she is a member of the Hupacasath (pronounced who-pa-cha-sut) First Nation in the Greater Alberni Valley on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

Trained as a lawyer in Alberta she eventually made her way back to the Hupacasth First Nation where she served as chief for 14 years, as well as chief negotiator. In the ’90s plans for a large natural gas facility in Port Alberni were turned away due to concern about emissions. “As a nation, we asked ourselves, ‘Well, how can we be a part of the solution so that we aren’t creating greenhouse gas emissions,” says Sayers. Read the rest of this entry

Hundreds flee Northern Ontario First Nation amid flood threat

Flooding in Kashechewan, 2013.

Flooding in Kashechewan, 2013.

by CTV News, April 23, 2015

The threat of flooding is once again forcing the residents of a remote Northern Ontario First Nation to flee their homes.

Hundreds of vulnerable Kashechewan residents have already registered with the Red Cross in Kapuskasing, Ont. The rising Albany River is threatening to flood the First Nation for the fourth consecutive year.

One of the evacuees, Gary Wesley, told CTV Northern Ontario that he’s coping with the situation, but it’s “difficult” for others. Read the rest of this entry

Australia: Aboriginal Group To Shadow ANZAC Day March And Highlight Frontier Wars


Michael Anderson.

By Amy McQuire, New Matilda, April 23, 2015

The annual gesture is intended to remind Australians about a war many don’t realise took place. Amy McQuire reports.

It’s the war that Australia doesn’t like to remember, but that has never deterred the group of Aboriginal people who have walked behind the official ANZAC Day march in Canberra each year since 2012, calling on the nation to remember the first people who fell in defence of country. [ANZAC: Australia New Zealand Army Corps]

This year the group, which usually numbers between 20 and 60 participants, are preparing to make their mark on the centenary of Gallipoli. They will mobilise at 10:30 am on ANZAC Parade, which bares no trace of the existence of the Aboriginal warriors who died in the Frontier Wars.

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National Call To Action: April 29 Stop Mt Polley from reopening“>

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Native Actors Walk off Set of Adam Sandler Movie After Insults to Women, Elders

Actors Saginaw Grant and Loren Anthony on the set of 'Ridiculous Six.' Image source:

Actors Saginaw Grant and Loren Anthony on the set of ‘Ridiculous Six.’ Image source:

by Vincent Schilling, Indian Country Today, April 23, 2015

Approximately a dozen Native actors and actresses, as well as the Native cultural advisor, left the set of Adam Sandler’s newest film production, The Ridiculous Six, on Wednesday. The actors, who were primarily from the Navajo nation, left the set after the satirical western’s script repeatedly insulted native women and elders and grossly misrepresented Apache culture.

The examples of disrespect included Native women’s names such as Beaver’s Breath and No Bra, an actress portraying an Apache woman squatting and urinating while smoking a peace pipe, and feathers inappropriately positioned on a teepee.

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Kitselas First Nation signs agreement with TransCanada for gas pipeline

Evicting Indigenous Australians from their homelands is a declaration of war

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Rally against forced closure of Aboriginal communities, held in Brisbane, Australia, March 2015.

Australia occasionally interrupts its ‘normal’ mistreatment of Aboriginal people to deliver a frontal assault, like the closure of Western Australia’s homelands

Australia has again declared war on its Indigenous people, reminiscent of the brutality that brought universal condemnation on apartheid South Africa. Aboriginal people are to be driven from homelands where their communities have lived for thousands of years. In Western Australia, where mining companies make billion dollar profits exploiting Aboriginal land, the state government says it can no longer afford to “support” the homelands.

Vulnerable populations, already denied the basic services most Australians take for granted, are on notice of dispossession without consultation, and eviction at gunpoint. Aboriginal leaders have warned of “a new generation of displaced people” and “cultural genocide”. Read the rest of this entry


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