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Chevron officials kicked out of Unist’ot’en

July 25, 2015 via Submedia

Yesterday Chevron, the company behind the Pacific Trails fracking pipeline, attempted to enter our unceded territories. They have no consent from our chiefs and our hereditary governance system, who are standing strong in their stance against all pipelines. Next to the Wedzin Kwah river, which is pure enough to drink from, Chevron presented us with an offering of bottled water and industrial tobacco. Read the rest of this entry

A July Snowstorm in Hawaii? The Mountain Answers Protectors’ Prayers

Hawaii road closed

“It’s summer in Hawaii and Poliʻahu, the snow goddess, came to grace us in mid-July, the hottest month of the year. This is the power of pule (prayer) and believing in your culture and where you come from,” wrote Ku’uipo Freitas on Facebook. (Ku’uipo Freitas/Facebook via Indian Country Today)

by Christina Rose, Indian Country Today, July 21, 2015

It seems Mauna Kea herself has joined in the resistance of the construction of the copy.4 billion Thirty Meter Telescope. On Saturday, July 18 at about 3 a.m., there was a snowstorm on top of the mountain—in the midst of one of the hottest spells some can remember in their lifetime. The protectors, dressed in sweatshirts and warm jackets, shivered against the cold and rejoiced in the reawakening and reconnection of the people and the mountain.

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Voice for the Voiceless: Indigenous camp aims to protect ancient village and trading ground from logging

by Nicky Young & Adam Gold, Ricochet Media, July 15, 2015

A flag with an eagle crest blows in the wind above a logging road that shows the concave impressions of roofs of ancient pit-houses. Looking up, mountains are scarred from clear-cutting and pine beetle infestations, and the haze of forest fires lies over the horizon. Downward sits a camp of tents and tipis, where Elders visit, laugh and share stories with guests.

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RCMP blocked from entering Unist’ot’en Camp

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by Unist’ot’en Camp, July 18, 2015

We have not signed any treaties permitting Canada to police our territories, yet the RCMP has been attempting to exercise illegal authority on our unceded lands. We have informed them of our protocols and Unist’ot’en law for entry.

Unist’ot’en Call for Physical Support and Solidarity

Members of Unis'tot'en camp, November 2012.

Members of Unis’tot’en camp, November 2012.

July 18, 2015
Dear Friends and Supporters,
Thanks to everyone who responded to our Action Camp and Chevron PTP  update. It is becoming clear that the situation here is moving toward an  escalation point.
Today at one o’clock a low flying helicopter flew over the ridge line  and crossed the river a couple kilomoters south of the bridge. It  followed a route that corresponds to the path of the proposed PTP  pipeline, then circled back and flew in a northern direction following  the river toward Houston. They flew low enough to take photos of  activity happening at bridge and our camp. Read the rest of this entry

Unist’ot’en 6th Annual Action Camp Report and Pacific Trails Pipeline Update

Wet'suwet'en members and supporters of Unistoten camp in front of healing centre, under construction.  July 2015.

Wet’suwet’en members and supporters of Unist’ot’en camp in front of healing centre, under construction. July 2015.

July 15, 2015 – Last week we hosted successfully our 6th annual Action Camp. This year we had participants with wide and diverse backgrounds gathered to learn and conduct workshops on a variety of topics, continue the construction of our Healing Lodge, and strengthen relationships between the closely intersected work we are all engaged in. Read the rest of this entry

Innu blockade Hydro-Quebec construction in northern Quebec

Innu blockade Hydro-Quebec construction near Natashquan, July 15, 2015.

Innu blockade Hydro-Quebec construction near Natashquan, July 15, 2015.

Innu protesters say Hydro-Québec is not respecting agreement it signed with the community

CBC News, July 16, 2015

Quebec’s Minister of Aboriginal Affairs is urging members of Natashquan’s Innu Community to stop their blockade near the La Romaine construction site.

The group of protesters set up a barricade Thursday near Havre-Saint-Pierre in eastern Quebec, about 200 kilometres east of Sept-Îles.

It says Hydro-Québec is not respecting an agreement it signed with the community before work on the hydroelectric project began.

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Oka Crisis deepened understanding of land claims in Canada

Warriors keep watch and read the funnies at Kanesatake, 1990.

Warriors keep watch and read the funnies at Kanesatake, 1990.

25th anniversary dredges up difficult memories for those involved

By Giuseppe Valiante and Peter Rakobowchuk, The Canadian Press/CBC News, July 7, 2015

It was a crisis that grabbed international headlines, with Mohawks and Canadian soldiers involved in a lengthy stand-off that often appeared on the verge of exploding into full-blown combat.

Twenty-five years on, the legacy of the Oka Crisis for many of those who experienced the tension west of Montreal is a greater awareness of indigenous issues. Read the rest of this entry

Long Shadow of the Pines: 25 Years Since the 1990 Oka Crisis“>

My name is Clifton Arihwakehte Nicholas, I am a Kanienkehaka (Mohawk) from Kanehsatake (Oka).  I was a young man involved in the 1990 Oka Crisis from it’s start and throughout that summer.  The Crisis was a critical point both in my life and in the community of Kanehsatake.  It’s impact is still being felt in Kanehsatake and moreover throughout Indigenous communities and movements in Canada from coast to coast.  An examination and retrospection of those events needs to be told by those intimately involved in that historic summer.  Furthermore a wider perspective as to the impact the crisis had on Indigenous people, movements and the government responses to them in light of the events of 1990 from Idle No More to Elsipogtog. Read the rest of this entry

Hawaii: Giant telescope work crews turn back; 11 arrested

One of eleven people arrested today blockading construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope.

One of eleven people arrested today blockading construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope.

West Hawaii Today, June 24, 2015

Workers trying to make their way up Mauna Kea to restart construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope were forced to turn back after protesters blocked the road to the summit with a trail of large rocks.

Starting early this morning, five trucks being escorted by police were stopped repeatedly by more than 300 protesters who set up about two dozen “lines of defense” across the Mauna Kea access road near the Visitor Information Station, which is located at the 9,200-feet elevation.

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