Category Archives: State Security Forces

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

Province apologizes after wildlife officers seize fish from northern Alberta Métis camp

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A video still showing Alberta Fish and Wildlife officers seizing fish from a Métis camp outside Conklin, just south of Fort McMurray. (Roxy Power/ Submitted)

‘We will take steps to ensure this doesn’t happen again,’ Indigenous Relations Minister says

By David Thurton , CBC News, September 16, 2017

The Alberta government has apologized to a northern Alberta Métis community after wildlife officers confiscated 25 fish from a camp near Christina Lake on Friday.

“This was an unfortunate circumstance,” Indigenous Relations Minister Richard Feehan said in a media release Saturday. Read the rest of this entry

Gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous inmates growing, latest statistics show

prison cellsMinisters of justice and public safety say the government is not turning a ‘blind eye’ to the issue

By Alison Crawford, CBC News, September 15, 2017

There are more Indigenous offenders in Canada’s prisons and they serve more time before being released on parole than other prisoners, according to fresh statistics from the federal Department of Public Safety. Read the rest of this entry

Military personnel in Proud Boys incident return to regular duty

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Military personnel and members of the Proud Boys who disrupted a Mi’kmaq ceremony in Halifax on July 1 are back at their regular jobs. (Anjuli Patil/CBC)

No criminal charges or demotions against men who harassed people at Mi’kmaq ceremony in Halifax

By Susan Bradley, CBC News, August 31, 2017

Four of the five Canadian Forces personnel who said they were members of the group the Proud Boys and disrupted a Mi’kmaq ceremony in Halifax on July 1 have been allowed to return to their regular duties. Read the rest of this entry

Criminalization of Indigenous Communities

RCMP cougar attack 1Voices-Voix, August 1, 2017

In January 2017, Public Safety Canada (PS) disclosed that the Government Operations Centre (GOC) gathers information on Indigenous rallies for the purpose of “maintaining awareness” of events that may impact the safety and security of Canadians and events effecting the national interest. According to PS, the information gathered consisted generally of the date, location and purpose of the protests and rallies, including in relation to missing and murdered Indigenous women. Natural Resources Canada also reported that they monitor publicly available information such as Twitter, Facebook and media reports regarding protest activities that may impact the department, its employees or facilities. Read the rest of this entry

Injunctions, RCMP deployment “classic pacification”: Professor

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RCMP protect equipment brought in for construction at Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project, July 2017.

By Justin Brake, The Independent, August 3, 2017

Nalcor’s use of court injunctions and the government’s approval of RCMP deployment to quell resistance to Muskrat Falls are common tactics used to remove Indigenous people from their lands and facilitate resource development, says Shiri Pasternak. Read the rest of this entry

Death of First Nations man handcuffed and stepped on by police was accidental, inquest says

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Romeo Wesley, 34, was held by police on the floor of the nursing station at Cat Lake First Nation, about 400 kilometres north of Thunder Bay, Ont. in 2010. He died there. (Cat Lake First Nation)

Nurse in northern community called police in 2010, concerned about Romeo Wesley’s erratic behaviour

By Jody Porter, CBC News, July 26, 2017

The death of an Ontario First Nations man who was pepper sprayed, beaten, handcuffed and stepped on by two police officers was accidental, a coroner’s inquest has determined. Read the rest of this entry