Group 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
‘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
The Canadian Press, September 12, 2016
STEWIACKE, N.S. — The RCMP says it is staying “neutral” as AltaGas Ltd. and Mi’kmaq protesters are at odds over aboriginal presence on a tiny island near the energy company’s proposed underground natural gas storage caverns.
Opponents of the Alton storage project briefly went out Sunday to the small island that formed where the tidal Shubenacadie River meets a channel in which briny water is to be discharged. Read the rest of this entry
Elders, councillors say First Nation is facing a housing crisis as families are packed into small houses
By Tori Weldon, CBC News, June 20, 2016
People in Elsipogtog are calling for immediate action on what they say is a worsening housing crisis, as many band members live in crowded and deteriorating homes while they wait for the council to assign them a place to live. Read the rest of this entry
Warrior chief John Levi says ‘It’s about time we made a stand and got our community back’ from influx of drugs
By Tori Weldon, CBC News, Apr 28, 2016
John Levi, the warrior chief at Elsipogtog First Nation, is planning to erect roadblocks on the three routes into the Mi’kmaq community in an attempt to curtail what he says is a steady stream of street drugs entering the reserve.
“It’s been many years that we’ve had problems with drugs in our reserve,” said Levi. Read the rest of this entry
‘Are you kidding, are we up to do it again?’ says protester
CBC News, Feb 26, 2016
People involved in the Kent County anti-fracking protests of 2013 were watching the announcement of Friday’s shale gas report closely.
Dozens of people from First Nations and nearby communities in Kent County took part in barricades to block exploration equipment in the area. Read the rest of this entry
by APTN National News, December 7, 2015
New Brunswick’s top doctor was fired by the provincial Liberal government to clear the way for the lifting of a moratorium on shale gas exploration this spring, according to the leader of the provincial NDP.
Provincial NDP leader Dominic Cardy says a senior government source told him Eilish Cleary, New Brunswick’s now-fired chief medical officer, would stand in the way of a government decision to lift the moratorium. Read the rest of this entry
by Trina Roache, APTN National News, November 12, 2015
CAPE BRETON HIGHLANDS, NOVA SCOTIA — Tempers flared as close to 30 protesters confronted Mi’kmaw hunters who were taking part in a Parks Canada project to harvest moose in the Cape Breton Highlands.
“We don’t see it being productive to kill moose in our national park,” said local businessman Wesley Timmons.
“Productive?” asked Mi’kmaw hunter Fred Sylliboy. “The whole mountain is crown land. You’re the ones trespassing on our land.” Read the rest of this entry