The fight against Dakota Access is not over. Court battles continue, divestment efforts have pulled billions from the company, and resistance all over Turtle Island is ongoing. But while we, water protectors, stand up for the future generations, a massive strategy by state and federal law enforcement seeks to repress and destroy us.
Author Archives: Zig Zag
As you may have noticed, there’s been a lack of new articles being regularly posted over the past week or so… I have had to engage in some work and travel, including a speaking event in Olympia, Wa. where I spoke at Evergreen State College (thanks to the Black Cottonwood Collective), and another event in Vancouver, BC at the Native Education College. I hope to be back and actively posting articles by around April 30 or so…
by Trina Roach, APTN National News, April 7, 2017
An eviction notice for a well-known Mi’kmaq warrior has her raising questions around housing security for people who rent apartments on reserve.
Suzanne Patles, a key figure in the 2013 fracking protests near Elsipogtog, NB, is a band member of the Eskasoni First Nation in Nova Scotia. She’s lived in the same apartment there for over 11 years, along with her partner and three sons. Read the rest of this entry
Unprecedented briefing with reporters comes in wake of CBC investigation into illegal spying in Ottawa
By Dave Seglins, Matthew Braga, Catherine Cullen, CBC News, April 5, 2017
The RCMP for the first time is publicly confirming it uses cellphone surveillance devices in investigations across Canada — but at the same time says the potential of unauthorized snooping in Ottawa, as reported by CBC News, poses a threat to national security. Read the rest of this entry
by Derrick Penner, Vancouver Sun, March 30, 2017
The Kitselas First Nation on British Columbia’s north coast, on Thursday, signed benefit agreements with the province worth up to $13 million and a 1,227-hectares land grant in exchange for backing liquefied-natural-gas export projects in the region. Read the rest of this entry
This year, the federal government plans to spend half a billion dollars on events marking Canada’s 150th anniversary, prompting a great deal of debate about its historical treatment of Indigenous peoples. The majority of Canadians don’t have all the facts about that, while First Nations continue to live the crisis-level effects of that legacy. Perhaps Canada should cancel its celebrations and undertake the hard work necessary to make amends.
by Randy Shore, Vancouver Sun, March 28, 2017
A Heiltsuk village site on B.C.’s mid-coast is three times as old as the Great Pyramid at Giza and among the oldest human settlements in North America, according to researchers at the Hakai Institute.
The excavation on Triquet Island has already produced extremely rare artifacts, including a wooden projectile-launching device called an atlatl, compound fish hooks and a hand drill used for lighting fires, said Alisha Gauvreau, a PhD student at the University of Victoria. Read the rest of this entry
‘Namgis artist was known for his mask carvings and as an advocate for Aboriginal rights
By Megan Thomas, CBC News, March 28, 2017
World-renowned B.C. Indigenous artist Beau Dick has died.
Dick was a master carver and hereditary chief from the ‘Namgis First Nation in Alert Bay, just off the coast of northern Vancouver Island.
He was known for his mask carvings and as an advocate for Aboriginal rights. Read the rest of this entry
Judge rules the Sinixt have not lost their connection to a huge swath of southern B.C.
By Adrian Nieoczym, CBC News, March 27, 2017
A First Nation declared extinct by the federal government 60 years ago has won a court battle to have its existence recognized.
A provincial court judge in Nelson, B.C., acquitted a Sinixt man from Washington state on Monday of hunting without a licence and hunting without being a resident. Richard Desautel had been charged after killing an elk near Castlegar in 2010. Read the rest of this entry