Category Archives: State Security Forces

Mom of Indigenous man shot dead by police: ‘What did he do that was so bad?’

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The family of Joey Knapaysweet released this photo and a statement Thursday about his recent death. Above he is seen with his mother Micheline Knapaysweet taken just before his death.

by APTN National News, Feb 16, 2018
TORONTO – The grieving mother of a young Indigenous man killed by police in northern Ontario spoke out Thursday, saying the family remains in shock and still doesn’t understand why her son died. Read the rest of this entry

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Emergency measures, military support: Documents reveal heightened concern about Muskrat Falls security

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The last of seven transformers for the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project rolls through at the gate in late August 2017. (Jacob Barker/CBC)

Military provided lodging, meals as police mobilized in the face of more Muskrat Falls-related protests

By Terry Roberts, CBC News, Feb 1, 2018

The Canadian military quietly assisted during a large deployment of police officers to Labrador in 2017 amid fears of more protests about the controversial Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project. Read the rest of this entry

More than $600,000 spent on police gear for pipeline protests

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Costs for policing the #NoDAPL protests reached $35 million.

CBS News, Dec 16, 2017

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota law enforcement purchased more than $600,000 worth of body armor, tactical equipment and crowd control devices during the height of protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline, state invoices show. Read the rest of this entry

An Activist Stands Accused of Firing a Gun at Standing Rock. It Belonged to Her Lover — an FBI Informant.

DAPL red fawn bwby Will Parrish, The Intercept, December 11, 2017

As law enforcement officers advanced in a U-shaped sweep line down North Dakota Highway 1806 last October, pushing back Dakota Access opponents from a camp in the pipeline’s path, two sheriff’s deputies broke formation to tackle a 37-year-old Oglala Sioux woman named Red Fawn Fallis. As Fallis struggled under the weight of her arresting officers, who were attempting to put her in handcuffs, three gunshots allegedly went off alongside her. According to the arrest affidavit, deputies lunged toward her left hand and wrested a gun away from her. Read the rest of this entry

Charges dropped against Siksika man who suffered broken bones at hands of RCMP

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Photos of Christian Duck Chief were taken by his family as he was recovering in hospital. Charges of resisting arrest and assaulting a peace officer were dropped by the prosecutor Thursday. (Facebook)

Christian Duck Chief suffered a broken eye socket, fractured cheek bone and broken nose

By Meghan Grant, CBC News, Nov 30, 2017

All charges have been dropped against a man from the Siksika First Nation southeast of Calgary who suffered broken facial bones during a violent RCMP arrest last year. Read the rest of this entry

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

Tensions rise between RCMP and First Nations against fish farms

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RCMP escorting fish farm vessel, October 2017.

by Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw Cleansing Our Waters, October 17, 2017

For Immediate Release

RCMP, Marine Harvest, and Department of Fisheries and Oceans has just arrived on site to where Members from six First Nations of the Kwakwaka’wakw have been occupying fish farms, in their territorial waters for nearly two months near Alert Bay, B.C.

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RCMP, Tobique in showdown over medicinal marijuana

tribal-releaf-marijuana-dispensary-tobique-first-nationby Tom Fennario, APTN National News, October 12, 2017

Maliseet in New Brunswick and the RCMP are at odds over whether the community of Tobique has the lawful ability to sell medicinal marijuana.

The issue came to a head on Oct. 5 when officers raided the offices of Tribal ReLeaf, a medicinal cannabis dispensary on Tobique First Nation. Read the rest of this entry

Tobique marijuana dispensary raid came close to ‘full-out conflict,’ chief says

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RCMP officers during the October 5, 2017 raid on Tobique First Nation.

Ross Perley says First Nation band sees RCMP raid on Tribal ReLeaf as an ‘attack’ on sovereignty

By Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon, CBC News, October 6, 2017

The chief of Tobique First Nation says the RCMP raid on the community’s new marijuana dispensary Thursday prompted a blockade that could have turned into a “full-out conflict.”

Ross Perley says Tribal ReLeaf, which opened in July, is 51 per cent-owned by the band and has the full support of band council as a “pain management centre.” Read the rest of this entry

Inmate who took part in riot at notorious Iqaluit jail says conditions making inmates worse

baffin-correctional-centre‘I just flipped out … sooner or later someone [else is] gonna flip out too,’ says Steven Akittirq

By Pauline Pemik, Walter Strong, CBC News, October 5, 2017

“My name is Steven Akittirq and I’ve been incarcerated since June 2014.”

On Monday, Steven Akittirq, 27, pleaded guilty in an Iqaluit courtroom to second-degree murder in the June 9, 2014, death of Glenna Attagutalukutuk, a teenage girl in Igloolik, Nunavut. A four-day sentencing hearing is scheduled to be held in the community starting on Jan. 30. Read the rest of this entry