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Grassy Narrows First Nation declares emergency over bad water

Graphic: APTN

Graphic: APTN

Uranium, potential cancer-causing agents found in samples, First Nation says

CBC News, Aug 27, 2015

Grassy Narrows First Nation in northern Ontario is declaring a state of emergency on Thursday because no safe drinking water is available in the community.

The First Nation, also known as Asubpeechoseewagong, has been under a boil water advisory for more than a year, but new concerns are emerging about the extent and longevity of the problems. Read the rest of this entry

Australia: Tent embassy prepares to leave the Block as Indigenous housing ‘guaranteed’

Aboriginal men and women raise their arms in support at the Block in Redfern before negotiations resolved the dispute. Photo: Kate Geraghty

Aboriginal men and women raise their arms in support at the Block in Redfern before negotiations resolved the dispute. Photo: Kate Geraghty

by Rick Feneley, Sydney Morning Herald, August 27, 2015

The Redfern Aboriginal tent embassy is preparing to walk away from the Block, claiming it has seized a moral victory from the jaws of legal defeat under a $70 million deal that will see 62 homes built for Indigenous families.

Federal Aboriginal Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion has been brokering the deal with the Aboriginal Housing Company, which will learn in the Supreme Court on Thursday morning when it can evict its Indigenous rivals, the tent embassy protesters who have occupied the historic site for 15 months. Read the rest of this entry

Federal government seeking end to long-running Ipperwash dispute offers $95M, return of land

Blockade of highway near Ipperwash, Ontario, 1995, after the shooting death of Dudley George by Ontario Provincial Police.

Blockade of highway near Ipperwash, Ontario, 1995, after the shooting death of Dudley George by Ontario Provincial Police.

by Barbara Simpson, National Post, August 14, 2015

SARNIA, Ont. — Almost 20 years after a deadly confrontation between natives and police at Ontario’s Ipperwash Provincial Park, the federal government is offering to pay a $95-million settlement and return Camp Ipperwash — a military training site adjacent to the park — to the natives from whom it was expropriated during the Second World War.

The 56-hectare park and adjacent camp at the southern end of Lake Huron were the site of a 1995 native occupation that resulted in the death of Dudley George, an unarmed native protester who was shot and killed by a member of the Ontario Provincial Police. Read the rest of this entry

Tear gas, clashes as thousands protest in Ecuador capital

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Russia Today, August 14, 2015

Clashes between protesters and security forces erupted as a rally against Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa swept the capital of Quito and several other cities Thursday.

After riot police tried to block around 10,000 protesters near the San Francisco Plaza, they fired tear gas while protesters threw sticks and rocks. More than a dozen police officers were reportedly injured.

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The power of Indigenous peoples has never come from voting in federal elections

Understanding Diversity Of Tactics & Why It Should Not Be Dismissed

The 1990 Oka Crisis is a good example of a diversity of tactics being used.

The 1990 Oka Crisis is a good example of a diversity of tactics being used.

by Caretaker, Aug 4, 2015

So here’s the thing – we humans are different throughout the world. Our point of view in life, our culture, our political ideology, our religion, our governance structure, our interaction with other human beings, our understanding of life, our treatment of the planet & people, our way of living is all based on personal experiences of being alive. Everyone’s life is based on context. There’s no denying that.  But here’s the tough shit that some people do deny; staying alive. Read the rest of this entry

Hawaii: Police Identify 20 Arrested and Charged For Demonstration Blocking Telescope Convoy

Land defenders block transport trucks, July 31, 2015.  Photo: Maui Now.

Land defenders block transport trucks, July 31, 2015. Photo: Maui Now.

by Maui Now, July 31, 2015

Maui police identified the 20 individuals arrested and charged for blocking a convoy of heavy equipment and telescope parts from being delivered to Haleakala for the ongoing construction of the Daniel K Inouye Solar Telescope.

On Thursday, July 30, 2015 at around 10 p.m., officers with the Maui Police Department were summoned to Central Maui Baseyard to assist with crowd control and public safety issues involving the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope transport project. A representative of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy initiated a complaint that numerous individuals were blocking the exit, according to Maui police. Read the rest of this entry

Protestors Carried Away in Stand Against Development Atop Haleakalā

Police begin arresting protesters. Photo: Maui Now.

Police begin arresting protesters. Photo: Maui Now.

By Wendy Osher, MauiNow.com, July 31, 2015

In a show of solidarity against further development atop Haleakalā, demonstrators on Maui secured themselves in rows and bound their arms to others in a human chain across the pavement, in an attempt to block a planned convoy of vehicles scheduled to deliver equipment to the Daniel K Inouye Telescope currently under construction on the mountain. Read the rest of this entry

Tribes preparing for climate change impact on Indigenous Foods

Image: Blackfire.

Image: Blackfire.

by George Plaven, East Oregonian, July 24, 2015

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation have secured hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding for climate change projects.

Against the backdrop of a region-wide drought, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation are bracing for the potentially harmful long-term effects of climate change.

The tribes have secured hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Bureau of Indian Affairs to study climate change in the Pacific Northwest and come up with an action plan to protect the reservation’s natural resources, including traditional First Foods.

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Peace Valley group appeals failed attempt to quash Site C dam

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