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‘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

Prominent Mi’kmaq Warrior evicted from apartment calls for reform

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Suzanne Patles on Treaty Day in 2016 with her son. Patles received an eviction notice from her landlord in Eskasoni. Photo: Trina Roache/APTN

by Trina Roach, APTN National News, April 7, 2017

An eviction notice for a well-known Mi’kmaq warrior has her raising questions around housing security for people who rent apartments on reserve.

Suzanne Patles, a key figure in the 2013 fracking protests near Elsipogtog, NB, is a band member of the Eskasoni First Nation in Nova Scotia. She’s lived in the same apartment there for over 11 years, along with her partner and three sons. Read the rest of this entry

‘It’s … insulting’: Mi’kmaq warrior chief says of Canada’s 150th celebration

No Justice Stolen Land logo‘The First Nations are struggling,’ says John Levi. ‘We’re pretty much living in Third World countries.’

By Oscar Baker III, CBC News, Jan 25, 2017

As Canada celebrates its 150th year of Confederation, Mi’kmaq Warrior Chief John Levi says First Nations people are still struggling with poverty and he’s made a call to action to remind the country of its shortcomings. Read the rest of this entry

Lawyer removed from Alton Gas case after inflammatory arguments

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Sipekne’katik Band councillor Cheryl Maloney, right, questions Alton Gas security about the location of a fence along the Shubenacadie River in October. (FRANCIS CAMPBELL / Local Xpress / File)

Alex Cameron, a lawyer who argued on behalf of the provincial government that the Sipekne’katik Band was a conquered people, has been removed from the Alton Gas case that is before the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia.

by Francis Campbell, Local Xpress, December 8, 2016

The lawyer who disparaged Nova Scotia’s Mi’kmaq population in a divisive legal brief presented to the Nova Scotia Supreme Court has been removed from the Alton Gas case.

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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

Sipekne’katik band prepared for long protest at AltaGas site

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Band member Cheryl Maloney says the sit-in won’t end until the work stops and a court appeal of the environmental permits is completed. (Robert Short/CBC)

‘We’ve started to allow big business to dictate how our environment is going to be,’ resident says

By Paul Palmeter, CBC News, September 29, 2016

Indigenous people and other residents near Stewiacke, N.S., aren’t backing down in their opposition to a Calgary company’s plans for a natural gas storage site in the area.

About a dozen people including Sipekne’katik band members began a sit-in Monday in the area where AltaGas plans to store natural gas in three underground salt caverns near the Shubenacadie River. Read the rest of this entry

Mi’kmaq protesters block entrance at proposed Alton gas storage site