Oil exploration company halts drilling near Gaspé, announces talks with First Nations
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
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
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
‘Offensive and disgraceful’: Protesters cheer as City of Halifax shrouds Cornwallis statue
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
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
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
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
‘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
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.
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.