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Canada’s wild rice wars

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Processed wild rice. Photo: Al Jazeera.

How a conflict over wild ricing on Pigeon Lake is drawing attention to Indigenous rights and traditional foods.

by Lisa Jackson, Al Jazeera, Feb 20, 2016

Ennismore, OntarioOwners of cottages near Canada’s Pigeon Lake have a bone to pick with James Whetung.

For years, Whetung has been seeding the lake with wild rice. He harvests the crop and then sells packaged products through his company, Black Duck Wild Rice. But some cottage owners aren’t happy.

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Energy East pipeline opposed by Anishinaabe Water Walkers

The Anishinaabe Water Walk protesting the Energy East pipeline will cover 125 kilometres of the proposed route between Dryden Ont. and the Manitoba boundary. (submitted by Alex Hundert)

The Anishinaabe Water Walk protesting the Energy East pipeline will cover 125 kilometres of the proposed route between Dryden Ont. and the Manitoba boundary. (submitted by Alex Hundert)

‘We have the small percentage of clean water that’s left in this world here in this area’

CBC News, Aug 5, 2015

A group of First Nations activists in Treaty 3 territory in northwestern Ontario are walking 125 kilometres of the proposed Energy East pipeline route to demonstrate their opposition to TransCanada’s plan to convert the natural gas pipeline to transport oil.

The walk began at Eagle Lake First Nation, near Dryden, Ont., on Monday and is expected to arrive at Shoal Lake 39 First Nation, west of Kenora, Ont. on Saturday. Read the rest of this entry

Grassy Narrows First Nation holds logging protest in Kenora

Youth leaders from Grassy Narrows First Nation opposed to clear cut logging rally inside the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry offices in Kenora on Monday. (Alex Hundert/Twitter)

Youth leaders from Grassy Narrows First Nation opposed to clear cut logging rally inside the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry offices in Kenora on Monday. (Alex Hundert/Twitter)

Ontario government has cleared the way for logging to resume near Grassy Narrows First Nation

CBC News, March 16, 2015

Members of Grassy Narrows First Nation will be in Kenora, Ont., today to take part in a protest rally being held to show the First Nations continuing opposition to logging in the Whiskey Jack Forest.

Grassy Narrows spokesperson Randy Fobister said the protest will be will be a peaceful one.  “It’s pretty much a rally,” he said. Read the rest of this entry

Anishinaabeg disrupt TransCanada presentation in Kenora, Ontario

Anisihinabe disrupt TransCanada presentation in Kenora, Ontario.

Anisihinabe disrupt TransCanada presentation in Kenora, Ontario.

Anishinaabeg and fellow Energy East pipeline resisters made a presence inside and outside Lakeside Inn on Tuesday, Aug. 12 for TransCanada’s second Kenora, Ont., open house.

This time, the people weren’t interested in hearing TransCanada’s “information session” pitch.    The tradeshow set-up had booths, corporate fact-sheets, and enough staff for one-on-one interactions to keep concerned citizens unaware of each other’s objections to the proposed Energy East pipeline.

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This Holiday Season, Support Spiritual Decolonization Training!

Help Anishinabek youth in Southern Ontario come together to receive elder-guided spiritual training on our path to decolonization! Read the rest of this entry