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HELP TORONTO’S URBAN ELDER CONTINUE HIS WORK!

Vern Harper is one of Toronto’s (and Turtle Island’s) most important figures – he is one of the key founders of the concept of the “urban elder.”

While so many indigenous people on Turtle Island have been forced off the land and into the urban working class, healers such as Vern have gathered the tools to make sure indigenous resurgence is not only possible, but powerful, in our cities. Vern helped organize the Red Road March on Ottawa in 1973; founded the Wandering Spirits Survival School in Toronto, which has saved so many indigenous youth fighting colonial violence; and is the only indigenous elder to have been granted Chaplain Status at CAMH when so many indigenous peoples were being violently institutionalized by a brutal colonial regime.

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Ancestral Pride: Funding For Frontlines

Ancestral Pride millingby Ancestral Pride, February 2016
THIS IS A FACT and if you feel I’m lacing your shoes about this than so be it and be laced, but do something to change it and please don’t get pissy or defensive or at least not to me, talk to your friends or peers about it and than plan and organize around funding the frontlines and not the (e)NGO’s. We run many different campaigns for funds and so do our very solid resistance Fam, when we say we need help many people cant wait to chime in on social media and say: “how can I support, solidarity, I stand with you, I will help in anyway I can” etc; but when it comes to money it’s crickets time and suddenly no one is loud and proud about helping us. Solidarity in the form of money somehow is seen as us being colonized or asking for hand outs.”Those natives always seem to want something! Doesnt their bands help them? Its not my responsibility to give them money. Don’t they have any gumption to get money themselves?” Read the rest of this entry

Free Orlando Watley

Orlando Watley 1by Orlando Watley Innocence Project

Orlando Watley, a Chickasaw Native & Bantu African, from Corcoran, California, is a political prisoner with a life sentence at Calipatria State Prison in the Imperial Valley. He was charged and acquitted for one crime, a double armed robbery and double attempted murder, and then Riverside County tried to pin another crime on him, a triple homicide, because they were trying to clear unsolved cases by targeting Native Youth and People of Color.  Despite being 100% innocent, Orlando was convicted based on falsified testimony and DNA evidence, and has been in prison for twenty-two years for crimes he didn’t commit. For 22 years Orlando proclaimed his innocence and continues to fight for his Freedom.   Read the rest of this entry

Australia Day: Invasion Day rallies held across nation

Australia invasion day 2016 9ABC News, January 26, 2016

Invasion Day rallies have been held across the nation to remember the First Fleet landing in Australia and the ensuing killings of Indigenous people.

For many Aboriginal people, Torres Strait Islanders and activists, there is little to celebrate on Australia Day, which is seen as the dispossession of Indigenous land and a day of mourning over the First Fleet’s arrival at Port Jackson, Sydney, in 1788. Read the rest of this entry

National Energy Board doing poor job of enforcing pipeline safety

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Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion: lowering pipes into trench.

by APTN National News, January 26, 2016
OTTAWA – There’s fresh fuel for the raging national pipeline debate as a new audit has found the National Energy Board is failing to track pipeline approval conditions or follow up on compliance problems.

The annual report from federal environment commissioner Julie Gelfand says the Calgary-based board isn’t adequately checking to ensure the safe operation of some 73,000 kilometres of existing oil and gas pipelines operated by about 100 companies. Read the rest of this entry

La Loche shooting: Teen suspect charged with four counts of 1st-degree murder

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Don Herman, a uncle of two of the victims, holds a rosary as police investigate the shooting scene at the La Loche Community School on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016. (Jason Franson/Canadian Press)

CTV News, January 23, 2016

A 17-year-old male has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder following a mass shooting that left four people dead in La Loche, Sask.

At a press conference on Saturday, RCMP Supt. Grant St. Germaine said that the suspect, who can’t be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder, seven counts of attempted murder and a single count of unauthorized possession of a firearm. Read the rest of this entry

Suspect ‘opened fire in the building’: At least five dead, one person in custody, in La Loche school shooting

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School in La Loche, Saskatchewan, that was the scene of a shooting incident. Photo: CTV News

Star Phoenix, January 22, 2016

“Right now, La Loche is devastated,” said an emotional First Nation chief after at least five people were killed and a suspect was taken into custody after a daytime shooting at the community school in the northern Saskatchewan community.

Those in the remote Dene town of about 3,000 people on the eastern shore of Lac La Loche were left searching for answers and details but found themselves with only more questions in the wake of the shooting, approximately six hours north of Saskatoon. Read the rest of this entry

BC Hydro seeks injunction against Site C dam project protesters

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Protesters at the Site C dam project in northern B.C. have been posting signs like these around the worksite. (Yvonne Tupper)

Protesters say they’re ‘shocked’ as they were expecting to negotiate with BC Hydro

CBC News, Jan 20, 2016

BC Hydro is seeking an injunction against protesters at its Site C dam project, claiming they have been preventing contractors from completing their work on the south bank of the Peace River since Jan. 4.

In a petition filed in B.C. Supreme Court, Hydro asks for an injunction to prevent protesters from impeding work on the site and from threatening or intimidating contractors. The utility is also asking for punitive as well as general damages and costs.  Read the rest of this entry

Bella Bella herring fishery to re-open with much smaller catch

Heiltsuk herring DFO 1Agreement comes after First Nation’s occupation of DFO offices in March 2015

By Radio West, CBC News Jan 19, 2016

Less than a year after members of the Heiltsuk First Nation occupied federal fisheries offices in Bella Bella, the two parties have reached an agreement over the Pacific herring fishery.

Last March the Department of Fisheries and Oceans opened up the herring roe fishery in the Spiller Channel, which the Heiltsuk Tribal Council said should have remained closed to preserve herring stocks. Read the rest of this entry

Seven activists arrested on Kinder Morgan barge

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This activist-submitted photo shows seven people on Kinder Morgan’s drilling barge Monday morning with an anti-Kinder Morgan banner. The Burnaby RCMP arrested seven people Monday for boarding the barge, which the company is using to conduct underwater drilling for soil samples. Photograph submitted to Burnaby Now.

Jennifer Moreau, Burnaby Now, January 18, 2016

Police have arrested several activists that occupied a Kinder Morgan drilling barge near the Westridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby Monday morning.

According to anti-pipeline activist Adam Gold, two protesters boarded the barge Sunday and stayed overnight. More protesters arrived to join them and bring supplies Monday morning. That’s when police showed up and removed the group.

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