Author Archives: Zig Zag

South Africa: Taking farms from whites is justified because ‘it’s not really their land’, says EFF spokesman

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by Joe Wallen, The Independent, March 24, 2018

The national spokesman of a key South African opposition party has said redistributing land from white farmers without compensation is justified because “it is not really their land”. Read the rest of this entry

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Federal court dismisses B.C. First Nation’s bid to block fish farm restocking

fish farm demandsCourt said there is ‘likelihood of harm’ from fish-borne disease, but rejected injunction because of timing

Police officers injured while arresting demonstrators opposed to Trans Mountain pipeline

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Numerous protesters who blockaded an entrance, defying a court order, were arrested earlier Monday while protesting the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)

At least 28 demonstrators arrested in Burnaby, B.C., protest

The Canadian Press, March 20, 2018

RCMP say three officers suffered minor injuries while making arrests Monday evening at demonstrations against the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline in Burnaby, B.C.

The Mounties say one officer suffered a head injury after being kicked, another suffered a knee injury and a third injured a hand. Read the rest of this entry

Indigenous protesters again block entrance to Pinery Provincial Park

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Maynard T. George is leader of the Indigenous family group claiming ownership of Pinery Provincial Park. (Submitted by Colin Graf)

Protester Maynard George says the action is connected to a First Nations claim to the land

CBC News, March 19, 2018

Indigenous protesters are again blocking the entrance to the Pinery Provincial Park, an action they say stems from a longstanding dispute over First Nations claims to the park on the shores of Lake Huron. Read the rest of this entry

Secwepemc run for clean water, against Kinder Morgan pipeline

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Secwepemc youth run for clean water. Photo: CFJC Today

First Nations group hoping to bring more awareness to pipelines, environment

By Chad Klassen, CFJC Today, March 19, 2018

KAMLOOPS — It’s a run for clean water, a journey that began in Valemount on Saturday and wraps up in Kamloops on Tuesday.

The runners and walkers and support team are hoping to bring more awareness about environmental impacts happening within Secwepemc territory.  Read the rest of this entry

B.C. First Nation in federal court in bid to halt fish farm restocking

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The Canadian Press, March 13, 2018

VICTORIA – A First Nation is asking the Federal Court to prevent the restocking of an open-net salmon farm in its traditional territories off northern Vancouver Island.

The Namgis First Nation of Alert Bay says prior to any fish transfer to an open-net pen at nearby Swanson Island, the Atlantic salmon smolts should be tested for the blood virus piscine reovirus. Read the rest of this entry

B.C.’s child representative ‘appalled’ after ministry’s apprehension of Indigenous baby

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October 2017:. Penticton Indian Band members marched and sang, holding signs calling out what they say is systemic racism in the child welfare system. (Mark Brett/Western News)

Huu-ay-aht Nation declares public health emergency over high number of children in provincial care

By Angela Sterritt, CBC News, March 12, 2018

The chief councillor of the Huu-ay-aht Nation on Vancouver Island says the number of children in his nation being taken into provincial care has reached a crisis level.

Last week, the Huu-ay-aht leadership declared a public health emergency over the issue. The declaration comes after B.C.’s Ministry of Children and Family Development took a three-day-old baby into care in January. Read the rest of this entry

Protesters rally for and against Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline plan

Kinder Morgan rally march 10Thousands participated in the anti-pipeline protest, another 200 staged support rally

CBC News, March 10, 2018

Protesters around Vancouver held duelling rallies on Saturday, some welcoming Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project with others decrying it.

Both sides delivered impassioned arguments about the proposed expansion.

Indigenous leaders beat drums and sang out against the project Saturday morning, saying they won’t step aside for construction. Read the rest of this entry

Video: Marine Harvest serves injunction in Alert Bay against fish farm opponents

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March 10, 2018, via Facebook

Marine Harvest serves an injunction against opponents to fish farms in Alert Bay, BC.  See the video below: Read the rest of this entry

Over 5,000 Women Attend Zapatista’s ‘Women in Struggle’ Summit

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Zapatista women soldiers and dancers during a political event in the Guadalupe Tepeyac autonomous community in Chiapas. October 17, 2017. | Photo: raulfernandopl.tumblr.com

Telesur TV, March 8, 2018

The First International Gathering of Politics, Art, Sport, and Culture for Women in Struggle is hosted exclusively by rebel women for rebel women.

Thousands of women from around the world attended a meeting in Zapatista territory Thursday to hold the “First International Gathering of Politics, Art, Sport, and Culture for Women in Struggle,” hosted by women of the National Liberation Zapatista Army in the southeastern mountains of Mexico. Read the rest of this entry