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Blockade halts work at iron ore mine on Labrador-Quebec border

tata-steel-blockadeInnu community block access road to highlight environmental, employment concerns

Judge orders removal of blockade against northern Alberta pipeline construction

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TransCanada’s headquarters in Calgary, Alberta.

‘Strict adherence to the construction schedule is essential,’ says TransCanada Corp.

By David Thurton, CBC News Jan 25, 2017

A Fort McMurray judge has issued an order that authorizes the RCMP to remove a blockade set up to protest construction of a natural-gas pipeline.

Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Keith Yamauchi issued the order for demonstrators with the Chard Métis Society to dismantle their protest camp by 4 p.m. Wednesday.

For the past week, as many as 15 protesters have been gathering outside the pipeline’s construction site. Read the rest of this entry

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

Mt Polley Blockade Ends – For Now

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Graphic via Tori Cress, Instagram

By Greg Fry, 250 News, August 5, 2016

Likely, B.C. – Things are back too normal at the Mt Polley mine in Likely.

This following a blockade by the Secwepemc Women’s Warrior Society yesterday.

“There were a few activists that gathered at the entrance to the access road to the mine yesterday,” said Imperial Metals spokesperson Steve Robertson.

“Their numbers grew throughout the day. There wasn’t much in the way of blockade activity until late in the afternoon when they were not allowing vehicles to go in and were slowing down vehicles that were going out. But that lasted for a short period of time and the activists were all gone by early evening.”

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Blockade Tactic: The Spike Board

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In this video still, a car is forcing its way through the blockade at Mount Polley, BC, on Aug 4, 2016.

by Warrior Publications, August 5, 2016

On August 4, 2016, a land defender was injured during a blockade action at the Mount Polley mine site in central BC when a driver, reportedly a worker for Imperial Metals, drove through the blockade.  The blockade was comprised of people standing in the roadway to stop traffic, never a good idea in my opinion.  The fact is, people blockading vehicles will always be dependent on the driver not forcing their way through for the simple reason that a group of people cannot physically stop a car or truck. Read the rest of this entry

Amazon tribe blockade railroad in protest against Brazilian mining giant


Warriors of the Awa tribe in the Amazonian region of Brazil blockade train tracks used by mining corporation, June 2016. Photo: Survival International.

Survival International, June 17,  2016

Members of Brazil’s Awá tribe have blockaded a railroad owned by Vale mining company in the eastern Amazon.

The company has moved to expand the railroad, but the Awá say the expansion will increase the number and size of trains which transport iron ore from the Carajás mine to the port of São Luis – and that this will make it harder for them to hunt for food. Read the rest of this entry

Fox Lake Cree Nation blocks road access to 3 Hydro sites

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Fox Lake Cree Nation has blocked Highway 290, preventing workers from accessing three Manitoba Hydro sites. (Fox Lake Cree Nation)

First Nation suspects Manitoba Hydro involved after sacred site damaged

By Jillian Taylor, CBC News, May 12, 2016

A northern Manitoba First Nation has put up a road block to keep Manitoba Hydro workers from three sites.

Fox Lake Cree Nation Chief, Walter Spence, said the decision was made after a ceremonial site was desecrated.

“One of our members happened to be out on the land and came across the site,” said Spence. “The prayer flags that were tied to trees, those trees were cut down…tobacco ties [were] on the ground as well.” Read the rest of this entry

Elsipogtog roadblocks planned to keep drugs out of community

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John Levi, an Elsipogtog warrior chief, plans to set up roadblocks in his community to stem the flow of drugs. (Ian Bonnell/CBC)

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

Kanuha Found Not Guilty Of Obstruction on Mauna Kea


Kanuha in court. Photo: BigIslandVideoNews

WAIMEA, Hawaii – Kaho’okahi Kanuha was found not guilty by Judge Barbare Takase at the Third-Circuit District Court in Waimea.

Kanuha was charged with obstructing Thirty Meter Telescope crews on the Mauna Kea Access Road on June 24, 2015. He was one of 12 arrested on the mountain that day. Kanuha was a leader in the effort to block construction of the TMT which was granted the right to proceed with the project by the state. The $1.4 billion observatory was set to be located on the northern plateau of the Mauna Kea summit, an area prized by astronomers for being one of the best spots in the world from which to observe the cosmos. The Hawaii Supreme Court later invalidated the telescope’s conservation district use permit, remanding the project back to the start of its permit process, effectively delaying construction for years. The high court ruled that the state did not follow proper procedure when it awarded the permit. Read the rest of this entry

Grassy Narrows First Nation marks 13 years as ‘the voice of the forest’

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Grassy Narrows youth blockade logging trucks, 2002.

Grassroots blockade against logging trucks north of Kenora, Ont. started on Dec. 2, 2002

By Jody Porter, CBC News, Dec 3, 2015

In the beginning, Randy Fobister of Grassy Narrows First Nation, in northwestern Ontario, disagreed with community members who were stopping logging trucks from entering their traditional territory, but 13 years later the deputy chief says “it’s really important the blockade is still there.” Read the rest of this entry