Author Archives: Zig Zag

BC Premier Christy Clark visits remote First Nation divided over Pacific NorthWest LNG project

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BC Premier Christy Clark speaking at an LNG conference.

by Brent Jang, The Globe and Mail,  Jan. 18, 2017

B.C. Premier Christy Clark has travelled to Lax Kw’alaams for the first time, visiting the remote aboriginal community that is deeply divided over a controversial liquefied natural gas project.

Pacific NorthWest LNG is expected to make its final investment decision this summer about whether to build an $11.4-billion export terminal on Lelu Island in the Port of Prince Rupert – after this May’s B.C. election. Read the rest of this entry

Leonard Peltier Denied Clemency by Obama

leonard-peltier-in-art-roomDemocracy Now!, January 18, 2017

The Office of the Pardon Attorney has announced President Obama has denied clemency to imprisoned Native American activist Leonard Peltier. Peltier is a former member of the American Indian Movement who was convicted of killing two FBI agents during a shootout on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 1975. He has long maintained his innocence. Read the rest of this entry

Canadian police hit by major computer network outage

RCMP car logo‘It’s like flying blind,’ 1 frontline RCMP officer said about computer outage

By Alison Crawford, CBC News Jan 19, 2017

The failure of a critical core computer network device prevented Mounties and other police agencies including the Toronto Police Service from accessing a critical computer program they need to do their jobs called the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) database. Read the rest of this entry

Faceless

Mask my identity graphicAncestral Pride, January 18, 2017

What I know on the subject of why I mask up. There are many times when people are at “political” actions or see pics/footage of direct actions pertaining to Indigenous Land Defence or any kind of resistance to the government or corporations and we are masked up. There is always people who take it upon themselves to question you as if they are the grand arbiter of how you can or cannot participate in resistance. Read the rest of this entry

Decades later, Grassy Narrows First Nation waits for solution to mercury poisoning

grassy-narrows-warning-signCBC News, January 18, 2017

The Grassy Narrows community in northern, Ont., has been plagued with mercury poisoning  for decades — affecting its river, its fish, and its people.

In the 1970s, Kas Glowacki, who worked in the old Dryden, Ont., pulp and paper mill — upstream from Grassy Narrows First Nations — emptied out a salt vat and came across mercury. Read the rest of this entry

Protesters tear gassed, 3 arrested in latest Dakota Access Pipeline protest

RCMP investigate damage to pipeline in northwest Alberta

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Pipeline being placed into trench.

Damage is estimated at $500,000 to $700,000, police say

CBC News January 16, 2017

Police say they are investigating significant damage to an oilfield pipeline under construction in the Hythe area in northwest Alberta.

Beaverlodge RCMP received a report on Sunday about mischief at a pipeline site north of Hythe, Alta. Read the rest of this entry

Land Protectors in Labrador shut down Aboriginal Affairs office in Goose Bay again over #MuskratFalls promises

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Protesters shut down Aboriginal Affairs office. Photo: APTN National News.

by Trina Roache, APTN National News, January 13, 2017

A group of Labrador land protectors shut down the Office of Aboriginal Affairs in Happy Valley- Goose Bay early Friday morning as part of ongoing protests against the Muskrat Falls hydro-electric project.

The group blocked employees who showed up to work at 8 a.m. from entering the office for Newfoundland and Labrador’s Aboriginal Affairs, which also houses the local constituency office for the province’s Environment Minister Perry Trimper. Read the rest of this entry

‘Apartheid system’ of reserves to blame for Innu suicides: Quebec coroner

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Kids walk down main street in Uashat-Maliotenam. Photo by Phil Carpenter / Montreal Gazette

Report says 5 suicides in Uashat-Maliotenam in 2015 were avoidable

By Jonathan Montpetit, Marika Wheeler, CBC News, Jan 14, 2017

Canada’s “apartheid system” of reserves shares some of the blame for a string of suicides that devastated an Innu community on Quebec’s North Shore in 2015, a coroner’s inquest has found.

Coroner Bernard Lefrançois was tasked last year by the Quebec government with looking into the deaths of four women and one man over a nine-month period in Uashat-Maliotenam, an Innu reserve near Sept-Îles, Que. Read the rest of this entry

Alexander First Nation band members sue leaders for alleged ‘illegal’ payments

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Former Alexander First Nation chief Herbert Arcand, a current councillor and band administrator are being sued by band members for alleged “illegal” financial activities. (Supplied)

Three band members are suing their former chief, a current councillor and an adminstrator

By Andrea Huncar, CBC News, January 13, 2017

Three band members of the Alexander First Nation northwest of Edmonton are suing their former chief, a current councillor and a band employee for alleged conflict of interest and “illegal and improper” financial dealings. Read the rest of this entry