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Indigenous resistance, title make Trans Mountain pipeline extension ‘untenable,’ says economist


Land defender Kanahus Manuel (centre) and Secwepemc people and allies have vowed to defend unceded Secwepemc territory against the Trans Mountain pipeline extension. Some say Secwepemc title and jurisdiction make the controversial project a risky investment.

by Justin Brake, APTN News, June 8, 2018

The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is a high-risk investment for Canada and any future financial backers because it runs through unceded Indigenous lands, says one economist. Read the rest of this entry

Okanagan man declares court invalid

A First Nations man accused of smuggling a pair of handguns into Canada at Osoyoos opened his trial Monday by declaring the judge and court has no jurisdiction over him.

Alex Louie — also known as Senk’lip — verbally wrangled with Judge Arne Silverman repeatedly in Penticton court, refusing to enter a plea to each of the nine counts read against him. Read the rest of this entry

An Indigenous Mom Explains Why She Doesn’t Register Her Kids with the Government

Kanahus Manuel

Kanahus Manuel. Photo: Facebook

By Sarah Berman, Vice, June 26, 2016

When I first met Kanahus Manuel, she was holding down an Indigenous resistance camp on a mining road in the geographical middle of British Columbia. A copper and gold mine had spilled millions of tonnes of mining waste into rivers and lakes on her traditional Secwepemc territory, and she was leading a charge to stop the mine from reopening. Read the rest of this entry

Colonial Oppression at Elsipogtog: Right to Self-determination

First Nation struggle for decolonization versus working within the colonial system to benefit a few peopleNew Brunswick Oct 17 6 defendants

By Arthur Manuel, October 30, 2013

It is important to understand the dynamics of Colonialism and how it manifests itself inside Canada. Colonialism has basically three parts, dispossession, dependency and oppression. Read the rest of this entry

Ganienkeh Will Never Leave Its Land

By John Ahni Schertow, Intercontinental Cry, Nov 30, 2012Warrior flag

Ganienkeh Territory (November 29, 2012) – Despite an online land auction set to take place tomorrow, The Ganienkeh Council Fire declares that the results of the auction are irrelevant to its territorial rights. As a sovereign and independent territory of the Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) Nation, Ganienkeh Territory and its residents are not subject to the laws or the courts of the United States of America, New York State, Clinton County, or the town of Altona. The outcome of the lawsuit launched by the Turtle Island Trust on November 28th (New York Supreme Court Case 2012-00001702) and of the online auction scheduled by Clinton County for Friday, November 30, are therefore not relevant to Ganienkeh. Read the rest of this entry