Anti-pipeline Gitxsan angry over province’s deal with unelected band chiefs

Gitxsan blockade Dec 2014

Gitxsan protest against proposed LNG projects, including the Pacific Northwest LNG pipeline.

‘You’ve brought shame to Gitxsan’

By George Baker, Andrew Kurjata, CBC News, October 20, 2016

Members of the Gitxsan First Nation opposed to pipeline development are outraged that nine unelected hereditary chiefs are working on a deal with the province connected to a natural gas pipeline on B.C.’s North Coast. Read the rest of this entry

Blockade continues at Muskrat Falls main gate, protesters let workers out but not in


Blockade at Muskrat Falls, Oct 20, 2016. Photo by Ossie Michelin, Facebook.

Nalcor cancels day shift, says workers being financially affected by protest

By Anna Delaney, CBC News, October 20, 2016

Protesters are letting workers at the controversial Muskrat Falls project leave the site Thursday, but are not letting them enter.

Nalcor announced early Thursday morning the day shift at the hydroelectric project in central Labrador was cancelled due to the protesters preventing workers access to the site. Read the rest of this entry

Nalcor ordered to increase clearing at Muskrat Falls reservoir


Dozens of protesters demonstrated over their worries about methylmercury contamination at the Muskrat Falls project on Saturday. (Twitter/@JacindaBeals)

‘This is a shift in government policy. We are raising the bar,’ says environment minister

By Marilyn Boone, CBC News, October 19, 2016

After weeks of pressure and protests, the Newfoundland and Labrador government is ordering Nalcor to remove more forest cover at the Muskrat Falls reservoir to further address concerns surrounding methylmercury. Read the rest of this entry

Update on court cases against #NoDAPL protesters


Water protectors in North Dakota locked themselves to construction equipment in non-violent direct action against the Dakota Access Pipeline Tuesday, Sept 6, 2016.

Updates on court cases against people charged for participating in actions against the Dakota Access Pipeline, with felony charges being dropped against several and a charge of rioting against Democracy Now journalist Amy Goodman being dismissed by a North Dakota court. Read the rest of this entry

Historic land deal with Algonquin peoples signed by federal, Ontario governments


Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett, right, and her Ontario counterpart, David Zimmer, left, have signed a historic agreement with the Algonquins of Ontario that will eventually see wide swaths of eastern Ontario signed over to the Indigenous people as part of a modern treaty. (John Paul Tasker/CBC News)

Agreement in principle involves more than $300M, roughly 36,000 square kilometres of land

By John Paul Tasker, CBC News, October 18, 2016

Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett and her Ontario counterpart have signed a historic agreement with the Algonquins of Ontario that will eventually see wide swaths of eastern Ontario signed over to the Indigenous people as part of a modern treaty. Read the rest of this entry

‘Warning!’: Regina activists label indigenous Halloween costumes as dangerous materials


Warning label attached to Native Halloween costume. Photo: Colonialism No More.

Labels warning shoppers to “avoid contact” with a number of revealing Halloween costumes depicting indigenous women were on display at Regina’s Spirit Halloween location.

On Sunday, members of the Saskatchewan Coalition Against Racism (SCAR) entered Spirit Halloween and added two-sided labels to costumes named “Reservation Royalty” and “Wolf Dancer”, among others. Read the rest of this entry

Arson suspected in latest Dakota Access pipeline fire

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Arson attack in Iowa in early August, 2016.

Associated Press, October 17, 2016

Authorities suspect arson in the latest burning of heavy equipment being used in the construction of the four-state Dakota Access pipeline in central Iowa.

The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office says the blaze late Saturday near Reasnor, Iowa, caused about $2 million damage to an excavator and three bulldozers. The equipment is operated by a contractor for Dakota Access, a subsidiary of Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners.

Opponents have for months been protesting the $3.8 billion, nearly 1,200-mile project pipeline, warning its construction could jeopardize water supply and damage cultural artifacts.

Another suspected arson of construction equipment happened on Aug. 1 at the same site, about 30 miles east of Des Moines.

No arrests have been made in either fire. The Iowa Fire Marshal Division and the FBI are investigating.

9 arrested at Muskrat Falls in early morning police raid


9 people are in custody after an early morning raid at the construction site of the Muskrat Falls hydro-electric project. Photo courtesy: Justin Brake/The Independent.

by Trina Roache, APTN National News, October 17, 2016
Happy Valley-Goose Bay, N.L — Nine people arrested in an early morning raid on a camp at the entrance to the Muskrat Falls hydro-electric construction project are in custody and waiting to go before a judge. Read the rest of this entry

North Dakota: Arrests made during Saturday pipeline protests


October 15, 2016. Photo by Mike McCleary, Bismarck Tribune.

MORTON COUNTY — Opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline protested at multiple locations near St. Anthony on Saturday morning, causing construction to pause at some work sites before resuming later in the day.

Police arrested 14 people during the demonstrations which involved a series of roadblocks and took police and protesters — by car and foot — through the prairie by rural gravel roads.

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‘We’re expecting to camp out until they realize we’re not moving’: Protest continues at Muskrat Falls


Tony Wolfrey Sr. from Rigolet has been on the Muskrat Falls site since about 5 a.m. Sunday. (Katie Breen/CBC)

Close to 200 protesters gathered Saturday, about 30 there early Sunday morning

CBC News, October 16, 2016

A protest at Muskrat Falls that started Saturday is continuing with no signs of slowing down.

Organizers told CBC they will continue to block the site, even going so far as to not let first responders, sewage vehicles and other essential services such as fuel trucks from going in or out of the facility. Read the rest of this entry