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Beau Dick Copper Cutting Ceremony in Victoria to “Shame” Government

Namgis hereditary chief Beau Dick walking to Victoria legislature.

Namgis hereditary chief Beau Dick walking to Victoria legislature.

Scores of Native people rallied at the Victoria legislature on Sunday, Feb 10, 2013, to attend a copper cutting ceremony performed by Namgis hereditary chief Beau Dick.  A world renowned carver, Dick began his journey on Feb 2 from his hometown of Alert Bay, located near northern Vancouver Island.  On the walk to Victoria, Dick and his supporters drew attention to the destructive impact of fish farms in the region, stopping at supermarkets that sell farmed salmon as well as fish farms. Read the rest of this entry

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Diamond mine hit by second Attawapiskat blockade

By Jorge Barrera, APTN National News, Feb, 11, 2013

De Beers Canada Victor diamond mine in northern Ontario.

De Beers Canada Victor diamond mine in northern Ontario.

ATTAWAPISKAT-About a dozen Attawapiskat residents launched a second blockade on an ice road leading to a De Beers diamond mine Sunday.

The blockade, which began Sunday evening, forced a convoy of several empty fuel trucks back to the De Beers Victor diamond mine which sits about 90 kilometres west of Attawapiskat in northern Ontario. Read the rest of this entry

Idle No More protesters and anti-nuclear activists block CP rail line in Toronto

Natives and anti-nuclear activists temporarily blockade CP Railway train in Toronto, Feb 3, 2013.

Natives and anti-nuclear activists temporarily blockade CP Rail train in Toronto, Feb 3, 2013.

By Jessica Smith, Metro Toronto, February 3, 2013

Idle No More protesters and anti-nuclear activists blocked the CP rail line near the General Electric-Hitachi nuclear processing facility in Toronto on Sunday, Feb. 3.

The protesters blocked a train, but left peacefully, according to police at the scene.  The rail-line protest came after a demonstration at the plant and a march through the surrounding neighbourhood earlier in the day. Read the rest of this entry

Idle No More starts to idle…

Women jingle dress at INM rally in Ottawa, Jan 28, 2013.

Women jingle dress dancers at INM rally in Ottawa, Jan 28, 2013.

Idle No More’s Jan 28 Global Day of Action

by Zig Zag, Warrior Publications, January 30, 2013

January 28 was Idle No More’s “Global Day of Action,” yet another in a series of rallies meant to put pressure on the Canadian government to rescind Bill C-45 and engage in “meaningful dialogue” with Native peoples. The date was chosen as it is the day when members of parliament resume sitting in the House of Commons, located in Ottawa. Read the rest of this entry

Chief Spence ends fast as AFN national chief Atleo returns

Chief Spence and the media circus.

Chief Spence (in red toque) and the media circus in Ottawa.

By Laura Payton, CBC News, Jan 24, 2013

First Nations leaders vowed Thursday to keep up the pressure on the federal government, as Shawn Atleo returned to work following medical leave and Theresa Spence left hospital following her six-week hunger strike. Read the rest of this entry

Fledgling AIM Winnipeg chapter ‘committed to action.’

By Jorge Barrera, APTN National News, Jan 23, 2012

Train blockade at Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Jan 16, 2013. AIM flag in background.

Train blockade at Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Jan 16, 2013. AIM flag in background.

The American Indian Movement is in the final stages of sanctioning a chapter in Winnipeg  that is prepared for “direct” action to extract “justice” from Canada, members said Tuesday. Read the rest of this entry

Fasting Elder Raymond Robinson grapples with nephew’s murder

By Jorge Barrera, APTN National News, Jan 22, 2013

Raymond Robinson, on right carrying pipe, during fast with Theresa Spence.

Raymond Robinson, on right carrying pipe, during fast with Theresa Spence.

Elder Raymond Robinson, who has been fasting with Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence, lay on the floor of an Ottawa hotel room Sunday and wept after hearing the news his nephew was dead. Read the rest of this entry

Oily Chiefs, Idle No More, and the AFN

by Zig Zag, Warrior Publications, January 17, 2013Idle No More protect enviro sign

To fully understand the phenomenon of Idle No More, you must imagine two parallel universes. In one, INM is comprised of good-hearted grassroots Native people responding to a call to oppose Bill C-45 and to protect the land and water of their traditional territories. In the other, however, are chiefs using the mobilization to achieve their political & economic agenda, an agenda that includes partnering with corporations seeking to exploit oil and gas resources on reserve lands. Read the rest of this entry

Native protesters stall railways, highways, on national day of action

5-hour blockade of railways between Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal

Train blockade in Portage le Prairie, Manitboa, on Jan 16, 2013.

Train blockade in Portage la Prairie, Manitboa, on Jan 16, 2013.

CBC News, Jan 16, 2013

First Nations demonstrators stopped passenger railway traffic lines between Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal today, while others stalled major highways and rail lines in parts of Manitoba, Alberta, New Brunswick and Ontario as part of the Idle No More Movement’s national day of action. Read the rest of this entry

Cross-Canada Indigenous Blockades Highlight Idle No More Tactics’ Tensions

David P. Ball, Indian Country Today, January 16, 2013

Grassroots warriors at Idle No More rally in Ottawa, Dec 21, 2012.

Grassroots warriors at Idle No More rally in Ottawa, Dec 21, 2012.

Today’s plans for cross-country blockades to disrupt Canada’s economy and infrastructure are revealing tensions within both the Idle No More movement and aboriginal leadership in the country, sparking debate over what tactics are appropriate in the quest for Native self-determination and who gets to police that line. Read the rest of this entry