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Gitxsan industry meets Gitxsan activism in B.C.

Gitxsan blockade mill site

(Members of Wilp Nikate’em maintain a protest camp outside the former Gitxsan Mill. Photo: John Murray/APTN)

by John Murray, APTN National News, October 11, 2017

In the early morning hours in late August, and under cover of darkness, a group in camouflaged dark clothes snuck into the locked compound of the Gitxsan Forest Incorporated (GFI) in South Hazelton, B.C, retrieved keys from an office, started seven vehicles and proceeded to drive away. Read the rest of this entry

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OPP reopen Highway 6 at Six Nations

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OPP vehicles gather on the south side of the bridge that crosses the Grand River on Highway 6 on Tuesday morning – Cathie Coward,The Hamilton Spectator

Hamilton Spectator, September 5, 2017

Ontario Provincial Police say Highway 6 in Caledonia has reopened after protesters relocated a blockade to the area on Labour Day.

The OPP and other worked with other agencies including the Ministry of Transportation to remove debris strewn across the road to open the highway just before 3 p.m. Tuesday.

The Indigenous protest barricade in Caledonia had been moved from Argyle Street to the Hwy. 6 overpass Monday afternoon. Read the rest of this entry

Indigenous water protector faces bail hearing arising from Gaspesie anti-fracking blockade

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Surete du Quebec at the site of the blockade during the raid of August 14, 2017.

OTTAWA, AUGUST 18 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
This morning, 10:30am Atlantic time, Anishinaabe water protector and Ottawa resident Fredrick Stoneypoint will receive the decision of judge Denis Paradis’ on whether he will get bail release for the severe charges he is facing.

Stoneypoint has been in custoday since August 14 when Quebec provincial police (‘SQ’) took down an over-a-week-long blockade that was preventing oil/gas company Junex from proceeding on its exploratory fracking activities in the Gaspesie, eastern Quebec.

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A Statement of Support for the Gaspesie Land Defense

Haudenosaunee people block Caledonia road over ‘lies’ from Ontario government

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Members of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy protest along a street in Caledonia Thursday. (David Ritchie/CBC)

CBC News, August 10, 2017

Members of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy blocked Argyle Street in Caledonia on Thursday.

The group has listed several demands, most aimed at the Ontario government but one directed at the Six Nations elected band council. Read the rest of this entry

Activists have held up construction on private property and surprisingly, they have the law on their side.

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Photo by James Wilt.

by James Wilt, Vice, August 1, 2017

It’s nearly midnight, and a half-dozen Winnipeggers are sitting in the middle of 15-acre clearcut.

Someone occasionally gets up from their lawn chair to feed the campfire with branches from the surrounding area. But everything outside the small circle of light remains silhouetted: the CN rail tracks on one side of the clear cut, massive power lines on the other, the remaining aspen forest behind and a comically large mulching machine a few feet away. Read the rest of this entry

3 protesters arrested at Site C dam project

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Protesters are defying an eviction notice from BC Hydro as the Crown utility presses ahead with land clearing around the Site C hydroelectric project along the Peace River in northeastern British Columbia.THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Verena Hoffmann

Treaty 8 members say $9 billion mega dam being built without First Nations’ consent

CBC News Jan 6, 2016

Three protesters at a construction site for the Site C dam near Fort St. John in northern B.C. have been arrested for blocking vehicles from entering the work site, RCMP said late Wednesday in a statement.

Cpl. Dave Tyreman said RCMP received a report of protesters blocking the roadway shortly after 10 a.m. PT. When officers arrived, he said, they found a man and woman blocking vehicles. Read the rest of this entry

CN BLOCKADE IN NORTHERN BC

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Dene Trappers Block Oil Companies in Northwestern Saskatchewan

Dene trappers Saskatchewan 1by Northern Trappers Alliance, Media Coop, Nov 19, 2014

The Dene people of Ducharme, who have made a living from the land for centuries, have found access to their trap lines blocked by security gates. Life-long trapper, Don Montgrand, reported, “When I drove up to my trap line, a helicopter followed overhead of me, all the way. That’s 106 km.”

On Wednesday, November 19, 2014, a road block [was] established 8 km north of La Loche, Saskatchewan to prevent numerous oil companies road access to exploration camps beyond that point. Read the rest of this entry