Author Archives: Zig Zag

Indigenous demonstration forces closure of the Pinery provincial park

pinery_closedOPP says demonstration is about land claim issue that is before the courts

CBC News, Nov 10, 2017

A group of indigenous demonstrators has forced the closure of the Pinery — an Ontario park on the shores of Lake Huron — with police saying the action is connected to an ongoing land claim. Read the rest of this entry

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Canadian police spied on Indigenous protesters on Parliament Hill

unsettle canada 150 ottawaBy Hilary Beaumont, Vice News Canada, Nov 10, 2017

Documents obtained by VICE News show the RCMP watched closely as Indigenous protesters erected a teepee on Parliament Hill this summer, with the force’s national protective intelligence unit believing activists could disrupt Canada Day celebrations, and that the ceremony attended by communists “may not remain peaceful.” Read the rest of this entry

Activists Paint Anti-Pipeline Mural Outside Wells Fargo

mural wells fargo sfThe guerrilla mural project was done in protest of the corporation’s relationship with fossil fuel companies.

Nuala Sawyer, SF Weekly, Nov 6, 2017

The Wells Fargo and Co. headquarters at 420 Montgomery St. had a colorful awakening Monday afternoon, as hundreds of activists armed with paint created a large mural on the pavement outside. The group successfully shut the street down around noon, and in the span of about two hours, painted a 35-foot blue and black “thunderbird woman” on the asphalt, with “Water is Life!” emblazoned across the top.  Read the rest of this entry

Aboriginal Tent Embassy ‘evicts’ Commonwealth from Canberra’s Lobby restaurant

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From left, Ngunnawal representative Charlie Brown, Aboriginal elder Uncle Kevin Buzzacott, and Ngunnawal representative Nioka Coe outside the Lobby restaurant on Monday. Photo: Jamila Toderas

by Sherryn Groch, Canberra Times, Nov 6, 2017

It’s hosted Canberra’s prime ministers, diplomats and brides but now the iconic Lobby restaurant is home to a quiet occupation.

Nioka Coe, a Ngunnawal person, joined forces on Sunday with the Aboriginal Tent Embassy to “reclaim” the restaurant in an act of sovereignty. Read the rest of this entry

Dennis Banks, the American Indian Movement

Dennis Banks AIM Leader

Dennis Banks during the occupation of Wounded Knee, South Dakota, in 1973.  He passed away on Oct 29, 2017.

by Delphine Red Shirt, Lakota Times, November 2, 2017

What many people don’t know is that the activism that Dennis Banks and others became involved in started in the period from 1953 to 1954 when the U.S. engaged in a policy known as termination. Where Congress decided to dismantle the reservation system. Read the rest of this entry

B.C. needs a full public inquiry into fracking, coalition says

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Hydraulic fracturing involves pumping water and chemicals deep into earth to fracture shale rock beds and release natural gas for extraction. (Brennan Linsley/The Associated Press)

Group calling on province to commit to public inquiry or commission into hydraulic fracturing

By Cory Correia, CBC News, November 6, 2017

A coalition of environmental, community and First Nation organizations is calling on the B.C. NDP to broaden a campaign promise to review fracking by instead ordering a full public inquiry or commission. Read the rest of this entry

Squamish Nation challenging B.C.’s approval of Kinder Morgan project in court

Kinder Morgan gate sign

Kinder Morgan Westridge Marine Terminal gate – photo by Mychaylo Prystupa, Vancouver Observer.

Provincial judicial review expected to last all week, Squamish Nation arguing consultation was inadequate

CBC News, November 6, 2017

The Squamish Nation says it was not given adequate information about the safety risks associated with Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain expansion project. It’s taking that argument to the B.C. Supreme Court this week in hopes of stopping the expansion. Read the rest of this entry

Dancing protesters urge end to fish farms

FISH FARM FIRE PROTEST

First Nations demonstrators gather around a fire at the B.C. legislature on Thursday, calling for an end to open-net fish farms. They drew about 200 supporters to their cause. Photograph By Amy Smart

by Carla Wilson, Times Colonist, November 2, 2017
First Nations protesters danced and drummed around a crackling fire in front of the B.C. legislature Thursday, calling for an end to open-net fish farms.

Leaders of the protest, which drew about 200 supporters, say now that the NDP says it’s listening, they want to see farm tenures revoked. Read the rest of this entry

Brayden Bushby now charged with 2nd degree murder in death of Barbara Kentner

Barbara KEntner. (Willow Fiddler/APTN National News)

Barbara KEntner. (Willow Fiddler/APTN National News)

Charge upgraded from aggravated assault in Thunder Bay court Friday morning

By Matt Prokopchuk, CBC News, Nov 3, 2017

The man charged with throwing a trailer hitch at an Indigenous woman in Thunder Bay, Ont., is now charged with second degree murder.

was originally charged with aggravated assault by Thunder Bay police in February. Barbara Kentner, 34, died in July. Read the rest of this entry

WARRIORS REMOVE KINDER MORGAN ANTI SALMON SPAWNING NETS

(Swift Creek, Unceded, Unsurrendered Secwepemc Territory)
Wild Salmon Warriors returned home yesterday after conducting a two week observation and removal of Kinder Morgan’s anti-salmon spawning mats that illegally disrupted four water ways in Secwepemc Territory. Read the rest of this entry