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Stop Alton Gas

Alton gas groupMi’kmaq and non-Indigenous allies are actively opposing the completion of the Alton Gas project near Stewiacke, Nova Scotia, and we’re calling for your assistance.

Alton Gas proposes to create two salt caverns in the near future in order to store natural gas underground, with the expressed intention to build  up to 15 more . The creation of these caverns would result in huge quantities of highly concentrated salt brine, which the company plans to dump down the Shubenacadie River. Read the rest of this entry

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Video: Alton Gas Blockade

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by the Stimulator, Nov 9, 2017

To see video, see below… Read the rest of this entry

Mi’kmaq First Nation files land claim for vast portion of New Brunswick

The Elsipogtog Mi’kmaq First Nation is laying claim to a large parcel of land in southeastern New Brunswick.

The land claim, filed in provincial court on Wednesday by first people’s lawyer Bruce McIvor, covers roughly one third of the province. Read the rest of this entry

Oil exploration company halts drilling near Gaspé, announces talks with First Nations

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Junex has several wells at its Galt site, located in the Gaspé. (Radio-Canada)

Junex’s consultations with Mi’kmaq leaders will last 4 months

CBC News, September 2, 2017

Under mounting pressure from First Nations leaders and environmental activists, an oil exploration company has agreed to temporarily halt drilling activities at their site in the Gaspésie and hold consultations with the surrounding M’ikmaq communities. Read the rest of this entry

Military personnel in Proud Boys incident return to regular duty

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Military personnel and members of the Proud Boys who disrupted a Mi’kmaq ceremony in Halifax on July 1 are back at their regular jobs. (Anjuli Patil/CBC)

No criminal charges or demotions against men who harassed people at Mi’kmaq ceremony in Halifax

By Susan Bradley, CBC News, August 31, 2017

Four of the five Canadian Forces personnel who said they were members of the group the Proud Boys and disrupted a Mi’kmaq ceremony in Halifax on July 1 have been allowed to return to their regular duties. Read the rest of this entry

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

A Statement of Support for the Gaspesie Land Defense

‘Offensive and disgraceful’: Protesters cheer as City of Halifax shrouds Cornwallis statue

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Protesters who pledged to remove a statue of Halifax’s controversial founder Saturday say they came away victorious after the monument to Edward Cornwallis was covered. (Darren Calabrese/Canadian Press)

Mayor Mike Savage says veil is a temporary measure, will be removed after demonstration

By Frances Willick, CBC News July 15, 2017

Municipal crews draped a black cloth over a statue of Edward Cornwallis in a downtown Halifax park Saturday as protesters gathered with a plan to remove the statue.

After a city truck arrived, crews informed the gathering they would shroud the monument as a sign of good faith. Read the rest of this entry

Halifax mayor cautions against protesters’ plans to tear down Cornwallis statue

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A statue of Edward Cornwallis in downtown Halifax. Cornwallis, a governor of Nova Scotia, was a British military officer who founded Halifax in 1749. The same year, he issued the so-called scalping proclamation, offering a cash bounty to anyone who killed a Mi’kmaq person.

Removing statue now will ‘set back progress’ on reconciliation with Mi’kmaq people, says Mike Savage

By Anjuli Patil, CBC News, July 11, 2017

Halifax’s mayor says forcibly removing the statue of Edward Cornwallis in downtown Halifax will set back progress on reconciliation with Mi’kmaq people.

A group of protesters is planning to tear down a statue of Cornwallis in a south-end park this Saturday. Read the rest of this entry

‘This is a British colony’: Group disrupts Mi’kmaq ceremony in Halifax

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Some in attendance said the men identified themselves as members of the “Proud Boys,” a U.S.-based ultra-conservative fraternity-like group that believes in “reinstating a spirit of Western chauvinism during an age of globalism and multiculturalism.”

by Jeff Lagerquist, CTV News, July 3, 2017

A First Nations ceremony held in downtown Halifax on Canada Day to honour missing and murdered indigenous women was interrupted by men who identified themselves as part of an alt-right organization — and included two members of the Royal Canadian Navy. Read the rest of this entry