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Boy, 12, arrested in Shamattawa fire, but younger kids can’t be charged, police say

shamattawa-fire-1Blaze destroyed only grocery store and crippled services in isolated Manitoba community

CBC News, September 23, 2016

A 12-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with a fire that destroyed the only grocery store and the band office in the remote northern Manitoba community of Shamattawa and crippled some of its essential services.

The boy was one of six children who RCMP believe were involved in setting the blaze on Thursday afternoon. The other five children are under 12 and cannot be charged. Read the rest of this entry

Man charged with keeping $694K targeted for feeding children at impoverished First Nation reserve


Flooding, access to clean drinking water, improper housing, infrastructure, unemployment and suicide have been chronic problems on the Kashechewan reserve. Photo: Jean Levac, Postmedia.

by Adrian Humphreys, National Post, September 20, 2016

A Thunder Bay, Ont., businessman has been charged with fraudulently misdirecting government money meant to buy breakfasts for children at an impoverished northern Ontario First Nation reserve for his personal use. Read the rest of this entry

Mother of Indian Posse gang leaders hopes book is a teaching tool


Daniel Wolfe at Regina Court of Queen’s Bench on November 18, 2009. Wolfe was found guilty on two counts of first degree murder in a violent home invasion in Fort Qu’Appelle. Bryan Schlosser / Regina Leader-Post

by Barb Pacholik, Regina Leader-Post, September 18, 2016

Before the mother of Danny and Richard Wolfe — founders of the Indian Posse street gang — decided to share her story and theirs for a book, she first sought permission in a spiritual ceremony. Read the rest of this entry

Women, men rally against Alexander First Nation chief


Janet Campbell helped organise the rally. (Peter Evans)

Chief Kurt Burnstick, who is charged with sexual assault, adamant he won’t resign

By Andrea Huncar, CBC News, September 15, 2016

Women, men, elders and youth marched through the Alexander First Nation Thursday calling for the resignation of Chief Kurt Burnstick, who is charged with sexually assaulting two women in the community. Read the rest of this entry

Panama: Attack Dogs and Police Respond as Indigenous Fight Massive Project


People confront riot police during protest against Barro Blanco dam, Sept 2, 2016.

by Rick Kearns, Indian Country Today,  September 14, 2016

Flood gates from a reservoir were opened and washed homes away in August and, according to Indigenous Ngabe protesters in Panama, they were then harassed, shot by police, and now attack dogs have been used at recent protests. Despite these challenges, the protestors are not backing down from their 10-year struggle to prevent a massive hydroelectric dam on their land. Read the rest of this entry

Heavy machinery removed from DAPL work site, former protest site, in Morton County

dakota-access-pipeline-machinery-removal-1By Max Grossfeld, KFYR TV,
MANDAN, N.D. Dakota Access removed about 30 pieces of heavy machinery from a work site in Morton County Tuesday morning.

Pipeline protesters have accomplished their goal by stopping construction on one Morton County site, but Energy Transfer Partners, Dakota Access’s parent company, say they remain committed to the project.

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Why B.C.’s Site C dam could become a national issue

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Opponents of the $8.8 billion dam hope this week’s federal court case marks a tipping point

By Justin McElroy, CBC News, September 11, 2016

For the last week, a large bus with the slogan “Stand with First Nations to protect the Peace River” on its sides has been making its way across Canada.

A federal judge will hear an appeal from two northeastern B.C. First Nations groups in Montreal on Monday about the $8.8 billion dam known as Site C. The Treaty 8 First Nations want construction to stop on the Site C dam site, saying it infringes on their traditional hunting, fishing and trapping rights.  Read the rest of this entry

Obama administration intervenes in Dakota pipeline project opposed by Standing Rock Sioux, halts construction

dakota-access-pipelie-machine-graffitiby Jorge Barrera, APTN National News, September 9, 2016
The administration of U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday moved to temporarily block construction of a controversial four-state pipeline shortly after the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe lost a bid before the U.S. Federal Court to stop the project. Read the rest of this entry

First Nations’ traditional way of life good for ecology: B.C. study

Enbridge set to take over most of B.C.’s gas pipelines

Enbridge comox protest 2012

Protest in Comox, BC, against Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline, 2012.

Northern Gateway proponent gets 55% of B.C. gas pipelines and LNG stake in merger

By Betsy Trumpener, CBC News, September 6, 2016

Enbridge, the company behind the controversial Northern Gateway oil sands pipeline project, is set to take over 55 per cent of B.C.’s gas pipelines as well as major gas processing plants.

As part of a merger with Houston-based Spectra announced Tuesday, Enbridge will also take over Spectra’s stake in a major liquified natural gas export proposal.

The Westcoast Connector LNG project proposes piping gas across northern B.C. along a route similar to the one Enbridge Northern Gateway once mapped out to transport crude to oil tankers on B.C.’s North Coast. Read the rest of this entry