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RCMP force a retreat at Wet’suwet’en barricade

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RCMP Emergency Response Team (ERT) member clambers over barricade erected at Gidimt’en checkpoint on Jan 7, 2019. Photo by Jesse Winter/StarMetro Vancouver

by Perrin Grauer and Jesse Winter, StarMetro Vancouver

MORICE WEST FORESTRY SERVICE ROAD, B.C.—A checkpoint camp was abandoned behind a massive fallen tree and a barrier of flame on Monday afternoon as dozens of RCMP officers finally pushed past the barricade set up to bar entry to the traditional territories of the Wet’suwet’en people.

Fourteen people would be arrested by the end of the day.

The checkpoint, for weeks a movable gate at the mouth of a bridge, had been fortified by the Gidimt’en clan of the Wet’suwet’en nation as the RCMP marshalled in nearby towns over the weekend. Read the rest of this entry

Poster: Ts’Peten 1995

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Poster and introduction by Gord Hill

The siege at Ts’Peten (Gustafsen Lake) occurred in Secwepemc territory (in the south-central interior of “British Columbia”) in the summer of 1995, after a white American rancher began harassing an elder and his family at a Secwepemc Sundance camp. Warriors responded to the elder’s call for help, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) began a large paramilitary operation to clear out the defenders, deploying some 450 officers, mostly heavily armed Emergency Response Teams. They also received assistance from the Canadian military, including nine Bison armoured personnel carriers (APCs). Read the rest of this entry

Police killed northern Ontario First Nation man, inquest jury concludes

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By Jody Porter, CBC News, May 13, 2016

The jury at the coroner’s inquest into the death of a Lac Seul First Nation man, shot by provincial police in 2010, made recommendations this week that police find ways to respond more quickly to critical incidents in northwestern Ontario.

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Overview of RCMP deployment against Mi’kmaq blockade, Oct 17, 2013

by Zig Zag, Warrior Publications, Oct 22, 2013

RCMP ERT member providing cover fire for Tactical Troop, Oct 17, 2013.

RCMP ERT member providing cover fire for Tactical Troop, Oct 17, 2013.

There has been a lot of speculation and misinformation concerning the deployment of RCMP officers during the assault on the anti-fracking blockade in Rexton, New Brunswick (in Mi’kmaq territory) on Oct 17, 2013.  So much, in fact, that I have been inspired to provide this brief overview of the RCMP deployment, units, weaponry, and tactics. Read the rest of this entry