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SWN wants meeting with Elsipogtog fracking opponents: RCMP

By Jorge Barrera, APTN National News, Nov 20, 2013

RCMP protecting SWN vehicles, Nov 14, 2013.

RCMP protecting SWN vehicles, Nov 14, 2013.

ELSIPOGTOG FIRST NATION–A Houston-based energy company forced to stop its shale gas exploration work in the face of a fierce Mi’kmaq-led resistance has “tentatively” agreed to a meeting involving the provincial government and its opponents from Elsipogtog First Nation, according to negotiators with the RCMP. Read the rest of this entry

PDF: Low Intensity Operations by Frank Kitson

Kitson low intensity operations bookcoverThe classic counter-insurgency manual written by former British Army officer General Frank Kitson.  With experience in countering anti-colonial resistance in Kenya, Malaysia, and Northern Ireland, Kitson was one of the first to articulate the theory and practise of modern counter-insurgency operations, including how to co-opt resistance movements by allying the state with the pacifist reformist elements within the movement.

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In Focus: Analysis of Indigenous resistance and counter-insurgency strategy

by Sakej Ward, Nov 1, 2013

RCMP in riot gear during raid on anti-fracking blockade, Mi'qmak territory, Oct 17, 2013.

RCMP in riot gear during raid on anti-fracking blockade, Mi’qmak territory, Oct 17, 2013.

Due to some unavoidable technical glitches we lost some interview time on the APTN InFocus show on Indigenous Resistance.  This means I wasn’t able to address all the key points I wanted to, so now I would like to get some out on here.
In reference to the Mi’kmaq warrior society being targeted and raided I spoke in the interview about the similarities it had to the raid made by INSET (Integrated National Security Enforcement Team – Canada’s counter terrorism law enforcement department) against Dave Dennis and I. Read the rest of this entry

Colonization: A War for Territory

By Zig-Zag,

(Originally pub. 1999 as Colonization is Always War, Revised 2012)

“If anyone is trying to destroy you, STOP HIM!”
Karoniaktajeh – Louis Hall, Warrior’s Handbook p. 1

War & Colonization

Just slightly over 500 years ago, in 1492, three European ships under the command of Christopher Columbus arrived on the shores of what has come to be known as the Americas. With this began a genocidal war aimed at destroying Indigenous nations, occupying our ancestral territories, and plundering the natural wealth of the earth. How many tens of millions of Indigenous people were killed in this war will never be known, although the methods of massacres, biological warfare, executions, torture, and the enslavement of entire nations, has been well documented by historians. Read the rest of this entry

CSIS calls surprise work visits a ‘legitimate investigative strategy’

Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press/Globe and Mail, Sunday, Mar. 04, 2012

Canada’s spy agency considers surprise workplace visits to be a “legitimate investigative strategy” despite persistent public concerns about the practice, a newly disclosed policy memo says.

The memo surfaced recently further to a complaint lodged by an Ottawa woman who took exception to being visited by Canadian Security Intelligence Service officers at her office.
The previously secret document shows that CSIS makes it a point to suddenly turn up at people’s offices in order to intimidate them, said Paul Champ, the woman’s lawyer. Read the rest of this entry

Matt Gurney: A native uprising isn’t likely, but it’s possible

WarriorPublications Note: a good example of the type of propaganda pumped out by the corporate media essentially calling for greater surveillance and potential military intervention against Native peoples in Canada.

Matt Gurney, National Post, Jan 24, 2012

Burnt Church blockade, 2000

Led by a charismatic young leader, small groups of natives strike a series of Canadian military bases and launch terrorist attacks in major Canadian cities. While the numerically tiny and underequipped Canadian Army scrambles to respond, a second wave of attacks by native insurgents bring Canada’s petroleum industry and electrical generation capability to a halt, causing economic disruption and blackouts in the United States. Eventually, the U.S. mounts a major military incursion into Canadian territory to restore order and stabilize their own economy. Read the rest of this entry

CSIS Targeting of Natives Questioned

Two corporate news articles on the targeting of Natives by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), including a university professor and a child welfare advocate. Read the rest of this entry

RCMP spied on protesting First Nations

Intelligence unit collaborated with partners in energy and private sector

by Tim Groves & Martin Lukacs

The federal government created a wide-ranging surveillance network in early 2007 to monitor protests by First Nations, including those that would garner national attention or target “critical infrastructure” like highways, railways and pipelines, according to RCMP documents obtained through access to information requests. Read the rest of this entry

State Surveillance of Indigenous Protests in Canada

‘Splinter group’ protests worry Indian Affairs: documents

APTN National News, June 8, 2011
-The federal government has developed a “Hotspot” reporting system to monitor First Nations protests that includes the involvement of several departments, police and intelligence agencies, according to documents provided to APTN National News. Read the rest of this entry

Amnesty International Calls for Review of Police Actions During Tyendinaga Protests

31 May 2011

Amnesty International calls for public review of police handling of Tyendinaga Mohawk protests:  Key recommendations from Ipperwash Inquiry ignored


A new brief by Amnesty International says the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) must be held accountable for a dangerous over-reaction to land rights protests at the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory in Eastern Ontario in 2007 and 2008. “Our research shows that the OPP decision to deploy snipers and large numbers of other heavily armed police officers was out of proportion to any reasonable assessment of the need to protect public safety,” says Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada. “Police have a legitimate and necessary role in ensuring that protests are peaceful and stay within the law. However, an excessive police response threatens both public safety and the legitimate right to protest. An independent review is needed to get to the heart of why the OPP response at Tyendinaga went so dangerously wrong.”

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