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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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TransCanada Trespasses in Unist’ot’en territory – June 2015 update

Published to Youtube on Jun 22, 2015 by Thehhammer

Throughout May and June, TransCanada has made repeated attempts to survey for their CoastalGaslink pipeline by trespassing in Unist’ot’en territory. A new checkpoint has gone up on the Chisolm Forest Service Road, while supporters at the main camp encountered a helicopter that landed without the clan’s consent and kept it grounded until the hereditary chiefs could be reached. The clan continues to make sure that no pipelines will be built on their unceded territores.

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Group blocks motorists who refuse MMIW flyer at Ontario/Manitoba border

Photo: APTN

Photo: APTN

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A group of Aboriginal people were blocking motorists along the Trans-Canada Highway at the Manitoba/Ontario border any time someone refused informational flyers on missing and murdered Indigenous women Friday. Some people sat in their cars and refused to take the flyers, which sometimes led to shouting matches. Read the rest of this entry

Video: A Voice for the Voiceless

by River Voices, Published on May 23, 2015

On March 16th Voice for the Voiceless Camp set up to protect Junction Creek area.

Today the camp is denying access to Aspen Planers the company who will be trying to start up their logging again in Junction Creek any day now. It is the wish of Xwisten elders, the camp, children of Xwisten among many others that there be no further logging in this area of their territory.

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St’at’imc re-occupation aims to stop logging, call for support

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Christine Jack, on right, at Junction Creek, Xwisten Territory in the St’at’imc nation, March 16, 2015.

From Voice of the Voiceless, Junction Creek (Xwisten Territory, St’at’imc Nation), April 13, 2015

We have heard that Aspen Planers is going to start logging at Lac Le Mer, very near the camp, this week! We think they will be trying to start at Junction Creek too. Christine Jack who has been living at the camp is requesting support. We need more people up there ASAP!!!!

Voices of the Voiceless camp is an Indigenous re-occupation of Junction Creek area in Xwisten territory, St’at’imc Nation. This camp was set up on March 16th under the direction of Xwisten elders to stop the logging by Aspen Planers. The site of the VoV Camp is just below a heritage site that has huge cultural significance to Xwisten people. Junction Creek summer village has been a traditional meeting place where people come to hunt, gather and process food. The Xwisten people continue to access and use Junction Creek for these traditional purposes today. Read the rest of this entry

Barricades not out of the question to fight pipeline: Mohawk leader

Warrior and Canadian soldier face off during the Oka Crisis of 1990.

Warrior and Canadian soldier face off during the Oka Crisis of 1990.

Anne Caroline Desplanques, QMI Agency, April 11, 2015

MONTREAL — Twenty-eight years after the Kanesatake Mohawk First Nation squared off against police during the Oka Crisis, the community’s grand chief has not ruled out barricades to prevent TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline from being built in its territory.

“It’s possible because it’s been helpful in the past,” said Serge Simon. “At the moment, this isn’t our strategy, but it could happen.”

According to the planned route, the pipeline will pass through the northern part of Kanesatake in Quebec.

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Hawaii: Protesters arrested blocking road to giant telescope construction site

Hawaii telescope blockade 1New Zealand Herald, April 3, 2015

Protesters on Hawaii’s Big Island have been blocking the road to a mountain peak where one of the world’s largest telescopes is being built.

Hawaii County police spokeswoman Chris Loos said Thursday that some people have been arrested for blocking the road to the Mauna Kea summit, which is held sacred by Native Hawaiians. Read the rest of this entry

Feds put protest activity under microscope in compiling national ‘risk forecast’

Drum group at Sarnia CN rail blockade, Dec 23.

Drum group at Sarnia CN rail blockade, Dec 23, 2012.

‘In a true democracy, protest and dissent should be celebrated, not investigated': Paul Champ

The Canadian Press/CBC News, March 18, 2015

Use of social media, the spread of “citizen journalism,” and the involvement of young people are among the key trends highlighted by a federal analysis of protest activity in Canada over the last half-decade.

A growing geographic reach and an apparent increase in protests that target infrastructure such as rail lines are also boosting the impact of demonstrations, says the Government Operations Centre analysis, obtained under the Access to Information Act. Read the rest of this entry

Prince Rupert LNG pipeline clearing expected by fall


Gitxsan Madii Lii camp.

Gitxsan Madii Lii camp.

by Chris Gareau,  Smithers Interior News, Feb 16, 2015

Pre-construction clearing for the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission project is expected to start before the leaves start falling this autumn. The LNG pipeline route travels just north of the Hazeltons on its way from northeast B.C. to Lelu Island near Prince Rupert.

Project president Dean Patry told the crowd gathered at the Smithers District Chamber of Commerce Thursday that prime contractors for the TransCanada pipeline will likely be hired in the second quarter of this year. Community outreach for local subcontractors and employees for the pre-construction is set for the third quarter. Read the rest of this entry


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