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Video: Algonquins of Barriere Lake Confront Copper One Shareholders

Posted to Youtube on Jun 2, 2017 by Michael Toledano
An Algonquin band councillor and a group of youth from Barriere Lake travel to the shareholder’s meeting of Copper One, a junior mining company with a mining claim on unceded Algonquin territory. Article by Shiri Pasternak and link to full statement:…

Inside INAC’s ‘coup d’état’ that decapitated Algonquin leadership system

Algonquins of Barriere Lake protest in Ottawa, 2010

Algonquins of Barriere Lake hold protest in Ottawa, 2010

By Shiri Pasternak, APTN National News, May 27, 2017

Before the axe dramatically fell on Barriere Lake’s customary government in August 2010, there were many forewarnings that the customary band’s days were numbered.

As early as 1995, during the first leadership crisis with the IBC, the Department of Indian Affairs debated imposing Section 74 of the Indian Act onto the community as an exit strategy to the Trilateral Agreement. In March 2008, an internal report summarizing impact scenarios of Ratt council recognition over the Nottaway council also offered the possibility of not recognizing both councils and instead imposing Section 74 on the community. Read the rest of this entry

Algonquins of Barriere Lake Stop Unauthorized Forestry Operations

Barrier Lake blockade Dec 3 2013By Barriere Lake Solidarity,Montreal Media Coop, Dec 3, 2013

Barriere Lake, Quebec / – Today the Algonquins of Barriere Lake non-violently stopped forestry operations that are devastating their lands in Western Quebec.

On November 24 the Chief and Council of the community sent a letter to the Quebec government demanding they respect a signed agreements with Barriere Lake that are supposed to prevent logging on ecological and culturally sensitive areas. Read the rest of this entry

ALERT: Algonquins threaten blockade while Montreal riot cops stand on alert

Barriere Lake Solidarity, Monday, July 16, 2012

July 16, Poigan Bay, QC – As the standoff between the Algonquin community of Barriere Lake, QC, and Resolute Forest Products (formerly known as Abitibi-Bowater) enters its thirteenth day, members of the Algonquin community are moving their protest camp site closer to logging operations to prevent further cutting.

Algonquin families have camped alongside the road where logging has been destroying the community’s sacred sites and moose habitat, and have succeeded in periodically stopping the cutting. Quebec police, including a riot squad from Montreal, have escorted the loggers and maintained a large presence, issuing threats of arrest to community members. Read the rest of this entry

Algonquins of Barriere Lake Continue Protest Against Imposed Council

By Gale Courey Toensing, Indian Country Today, February 27, 2012

Algonquins of Barriere Lake protest in Ottawa, 2010

While Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was holding his first Crown-First Nations summit with indigenous leaders at the Old Ottawa City Hall last month, the Algonquins of Barriere Lake gathered outside to rally against what members say is an unwanted and illegitimate council imposed on their community by the Canada government. Read the rest of this entry