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Traditional Mi’kmag 1st and 7th District Chiefs oppose Junex projects in Gaspesie, Quebec

by Suzanne Patles & Gary Metallic, The Media Coop, August 24, 2017

Today, we traditional council chiefs from the 1st and the 7th Districts of Mi’kma’ki have gathered at the Junexit Banquet organized by the Camp by the River. We are here not only to support the occupation that has been set up on August 7th against Junex but also to assert our inherent rights and title over our unceded and unsurrendered territory, as affirmed by the 1763 Royal Proclamation. We assert our presence here to protect our territory under the Protection clauses for unceded lands, as protected by Constitutional Rights, Charter Rights, Human Rights, and International Rights. Read the rest of this entry

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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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Luutkudziiwus First Nation on Petronas Cancelling PNW LNG project

Gitxsan Madii Lii logoMadii Lii, August 14, 2017

Mohd Anuar bin Taib, Executive Vice President and CEO of Upstream at Petronas announced cancellation of the Pacific NorthWest LNG (PNW) project on July 25th.

In light of that decision, Richard Wright, who serves as the spokesperson for the Luutkudziiwus, says “the federal government breached its constitutional obligations to consult and our court challenge to quash the approval order still stands.” Read the rest of this entry

Video: Defending the Water: Indigenous Resistance to Industrial Fragmentation

By Grassroots Rendering, Posted to Youtube on Oct 6, 2016

A short documentary on the initiatives of the Unist’ot’en, Madii Lii and Lelu Island camps and their resistance to prevent the development of LNG and fracking infrastructure in their lands and water.

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First Nations communities in the Gaspé unite against fracking

Fracking protest signsGroup of First Nations leaders threaten legal action over Petrolia drilling projects

CBC News, October 8, 2016

A group of First Nations communities in Quebec have come out in opposition to hydraulic fracturing projects on their territories in the Gaspé and on Anticosti Island. Read the rest of this entry

Gov Orders Police To Cut Water Supply To Native Americans As Pipeline Protesters Skyrocket In Number

Dakota Access pipeline protest fistsCounter Currents, August 23, 2016

Thousands join protest camp as supporters are holding a rally in Washington D.C. on Wednesday outside of Army Corps hearing.

Growing in number and spirit, the Standing Rock Sioux protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline is swiftly gaining strength ahead of a federal hearing on the controversial project. Support has spread across the country, and thousands have descended on the peaceful “prayer camps” in recent days, prompting state officials on Monday to remove the demonstrators’ drinking water supply.

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Innu community moves to bolster injunction request against Anticosti drilling

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nnu Chief Jean-Charles Piétacho said Indigenous peoples are “affirming our rights” to be consulted, which he alleges has not happened when it comes to the Anticosti project. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press)

Request for provisional injunction follows permanent injunction request last Friday

CBC News, July 18, 2016

An Innu community is requesting a provisional injunction against drilling for oil and gas on Anticosti Island while a judge considers its request for a permanent stoppage.

Ekuanitshit Chief Jean-Charles Piétacho requested the provisional and interlocutory injunction Monday at a court in Quebec City.

The move follows a request Piétacho made for a permanent injunction last Friday and would ensure that no drilling can take place while a judge considers that case. Read the rest of this entry

New Brunswick extends fracking ban indefinitely

Two more First Nations sign agreements over Prince Rupert pipeline

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Map of the proposed Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project.

Alaska Highway News, April 15, 2016

The Takla Lake First Nation and the McLeod Lake Indian Band have signed project agreements with TransCanada over the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission (PRGT) project, the company announced this week.

Specifics of the agreements weren’t released, but they include employment and contract opportunities, along with initial and annual payments to the two groups over the life of the pipeline.

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All-Native Basketball champs cry foul over LNG sponsors

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Skidegate Saints’ point guard Desi Collinson plans to press his anti-LNG message off the court at the All Native Basketball Tournament. (Facebook)

Reigning champs fear they could be kicked out of tournament for public anti-LNG stance

By Betsy Trumpener, CBC News, Feb 05, 2016

A champion Haida sports team is crying foul over liquefied natural gas (LNG) sponsorship of the All Native Basketball Tournament. And the Skidegate Saints fear they’ll be turfed from play for pushing their anti-LNG message.

But it’s a risk Saint’s point guard Desi Collinson is willing to take. Read the rest of this entry