Mi’kmaq First Nation files land claim for vast portion of New Brunswick
The Elsipogtog Mi’kmaq First Nation is laying claim to a large parcel of land in southeastern New Brunswick.
The land claim, filed in provincial court on Wednesday by first people’s lawyer Bruce McIvor, covers roughly one third of the province. Read the rest of this entry
Elsipogtog facing overcrowding crisis due to housing shortage
Elders, councillors say First Nation is facing a housing crisis as families are packed into small houses
By Tori Weldon, CBC News, June 20, 2016
People in Elsipogtog are calling for immediate action on what they say is a worsening housing crisis, as many band members live in crowded and deteriorating homes while they wait for the council to assign them a place to live. Read the rest of this entry
Elsipogtog roadblocks planned to keep drugs out of community
Warrior chief John Levi says ‘It’s about time we made a stand and got our community back’ from influx of drugs
By Tori Weldon, CBC News, Apr 28, 2016
John Levi, the warrior chief at Elsipogtog First Nation, is planning to erect roadblocks on the three routes into the Mi’kmaq community in an attempt to curtail what he says is a steady stream of street drugs entering the reserve.
“It’s been many years that we’ve had problems with drugs in our reserve,” said Levi. Read the rest of this entry
Anti-fracking protesters say report won’t lessen their resolve
‘Are you kidding, are we up to do it again?’ says protester
CBC News, Feb 26, 2016
People involved in the Kent County anti-fracking protests of 2013 were watching the announcement of Friday’s shale gas report closely.
Dozens of people from First Nations and nearby communities in Kent County took part in barricades to block exploration equipment in the area. Read the rest of this entry
Documents reveal Indian Act chiefs colalboration during 2013 New Brunswick anti-fracking protests
Internal documents show repeated Warrior Society requests for negotiating assistance denied
KJIPUKTUK (Halifax) — An Access to Information request has revealed that during the course of anti-shale gas protests in New Brunswick in 2013, 5th Canadian Division Support Base (CDSB) Gagetown, Eastern Canada’s largest military facility, was contacted on two separate occasions by high ranking members of the Mi’kmaq Warrior Society. On each occasion, the Warrior Society – one of the key strategic groups involved in the on-the-ground protests that would ultimately see 100 activists arrested – requested negotiators from the Canadian Armed Forces, citing a breakdown in trust and an increasingly toxic working relationship with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Read the rest of this entry
Elsipogtog land defender Annie Clair fights legal charges
Sunday’s silent auction to help with lawyer fees
KJIPUKTUK (HALIFAX) – On April 20th, Elsipogtog First Nation band member Annie Clair will be heading to Moncton to face six charges related to the violent actions of New Brunswick RCMP against defenders of the land in Kent County, New Brunswick.
Clair intends to fight the charges. But she is looking to the wider community for help. Read the rest of this entry
CSIS helped government prepare for expected Northern Gateway protests
Release comes amid heightened concern over new powers proposed in anti-terror bill
By Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press/CBC News, March 17, 2015
Canada’s spy agency helped senior federal officials figure out how to deal with protests expected last summer in response to resource and energy development issues — including a pivotal decision on the Northern Gateway pipeline.
The Canadian Security Intelligence Service prepared advice and briefing material for two June meetings of the deputy ministers’ committee on resources and energy, documents obtained under the Access to Information Act show.
The issue was driven by violence during demonstrations against natural-gas fracking in New Brunswick the previous summer and the government’s interest in “assuming a proactive approach” in 2014, says a newly declassified memo from Tom Venner, CSIS assistant director for policy and strategic partnerships. Read the rest of this entry
RCMP watchdog reviews police handling of shale gas protests
Dozens of anti-shale gas protesters were arrested during months of protests in Kent County
CBC News, Posted: Oct 14, 2014
The independent Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP is investigating complaints about police conduct during the shale gas protests in Kent County.
Commission staff members are in New Brunswick as a part of the watchdog agency’s investigation, which was prompted following the violent clashes between the RCMP and anti-shale gas protesters in eastern New Brunswick last year. Read the rest of this entry
A Close Look at Two Jailed Mi’kmaq Warriors Who Protested Big Oil in New Brunswick
Aug 5 2014
On Tuesday, July 29th, after over nine months in custody and an extended trial which took place over the course of several months, Mi’kmaq Warrior Society members Germaine ‘Junior’ Breau and Aaron Francis were finally sentenced for their involvement in an RCMP raid of an anti-shale gas encampment near Rexton, New Brunswick in October last year. Read the rest of this entry
Elsipogtog man says RCMP officers visited home with questions about Facebook comment
Jorge Barrera, APTN National News, Aug. 1, 2014
A man from the Mi’kmaq community at the centre of intense anti-shale gas protests says he was visited Wednesday by two plain clothes RCMP officers who were asking questions about a Facebook post calling for a protest on New Brunswick Day.
Brian Milliea, a Mi’kmaq man from Elsipogtog First Nation, said the two officers showed up at his house at about 2 p.m. looking for him. Milliea was in his office at the Elsipogtog forestry department when he received a phone call from his wife saying two men wanted to speak with him. Milliea rushed home to find the two officers waiting for him.