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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: http://www.mediacoop.ca/video/barrier…

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