Idle No More protest near Sarnia, Ontario, on January 5, 2012, that blocked border crossing.
Canadian government closely monitoring how legal rulings and aboriginal protest pose an increasing ‘risk’ for multi-billion dollar oil and mining plans
By Martin Lukacs and Shiri Pasternak, The Guardian, March 2014
The Canadian government is increasingly worried that the growing clout of aboriginal peoples’ rights could obstruct its aggressive resource development plans, documents reveal. Continue reading
Canadian soldier and warrior face off during 1990 Oka Crisis.
Leader says conflict will continue to escalate until the government decides to negotiate in good faith and honour First Nations rights
Erin Flegg, Vancouver Observer, Feb 26th, 2014
If Canada fails to respond to live up to its obligations to consult First Nations, British Columbia’s Grand Chief Stewart Phillip believes it will almost certainly see another Oka Crisis, referencing a 78-day standoff in 1990 between the Mohawk people, the Quebec police and the Canadian military that broke out when the province tried to build a golf course on a traditional burial site. Continue reading
Freda Huson, Wet’suwet’en.
by Lee Veeraraghavan, Occupy.com, Feb 25, 2014
As the battle over the Keystone XL pipeline intensifies in the United States, the Canadian province of British Columbia faces similar battles of its own. Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline, if approved, would transport diluted bitumen from the Alberta tar sands to the Pacific Coast. Continue reading
Two (of six) police vehicles torched, Oct 17, 2013, Mi’qmak territory (Rexton, New Brunswick).
Documents give new insight into clash between police and anti-shale gas protesters in October
CBC News, Feb 19, 2014
A provincial court judge has granted an RCMP request to have access to videotape and photographs taken by CBC and four other media organizations during a clash between police and anti-shale gas protesters in Rexton, N.B., last October. Continue reading
by Annie Clair, Halifax Media Coop, Feb 14, 2013
Annie Clair with her son, Junior, on his 21st birthday. (Photo: Shanelle Clair)
Hello, my name is Annie M. Clair. I was born and raised in Elsipogtog. I have four children and three grandchildren. (I am Junior (Germain) Breau’s mother.) I would like to share this with you: how it’s really been difficult to go sleep at nights and to think about my son in jail for such a long time. Continue reading
Unist’tot’en camp members stop surveyors, November 2012.
February 8, 2014
What’s happening? What should we do? What happens next?
WORK HAS STARTED ON THE PIPELINE ROUTE
It’s not clear exactly how much work has been done on the Pacific Trail and Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline route. Most likely they are clearing trees and brush. Worst case: They are digging trenches and laying pipe already. The info from Unis’tot’en Camp says the work is starting from the east and west and it will meet the indigenous blockade in the middle. http://unistotencamp.com/?p=761 Continue reading
Sinixt winter camp at Mt Sentinel, January 2014.
Sinixt Nation, Feb 7, 2014
Lim Limt to all the supporters and allies that came and visited us at Mt.
Sentinel. Lim Limt again for the donations of food, coffee, firewood and
money. And above all, Lim Limt to all the stories and laughs shared around
the fire. Continue reading
RCMP surround “thumper” seismic testing vehicles contracted by SWN Resources, Nov 14, 2013.
Finance Minister Blaine Higgs says more money set aside for any 2014 protests
CBC News, Feb 04, 2014
New Brunswick spent $9.5 million policing the shale-gas protests last year, Finance Minister Blaine Higgs said Tuesday.
Demonstrations stretched over six months, as people blocked highways to oppose SWN Resources Canada’s seismic testing. RCMP were present for most protests. Continue reading
Grassy Narrows youth blockade logging trucks, 2002.
Longest running First Nations blockade effectively stopped logging since December 2002
By Crystal Greene, CBC News, Feb 03, 2014
The Asubpeeschoseewagong First Nation (Grassy Narrows) is on alert for logging trucks to come in April 2014.
Grassy Narrows is the home of the longest running First Nations blockade in Canada. Its original Slant Lake blockade site, about 100 km north of Kenora, Ontario, started on December 2, 2002. Continue reading
Suzanne Patles of the Mi’kmaq Warriors Society spoke at a strategy session co-sponsored by First Nations Studies SFU, and the English Department, SFU at the downtown Harbour Centre campus Friday, January 24th, on unceded Coast Salish Territories. Continue reading