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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

Cindy Gladue Case: Rallies Across Canada Seek Justice For Slain Aboriginal Woman

Heiltsuk wins herring dispute as government agrees to close fishery

DFO director a no show at Heiltsuk herring dispute in Bella Bella

Heiltsuk fisherman Frank Brown speaking to DFO officers on Denny Island on Sunday. Photo by Mychaylo Prystupa/Vancouver Observer.  March 29, 2015.

Heiltsuk fisherman Frank Brown speaking to DFO officers on Denny Island on Sunday. Photo by Mychaylo Prystupa/Vancouver Observer. March 29, 2015.

“I just got the text.  Sue Farlinger is a not coming up.  This action is a sign of terrible disrespect,” said Heiltsuk fisherman Frank Brown

Aboriginal Affairs shared wide range of information with spy agency to bolster Idle No More surveillance: documents

Idle No More rally in Ottawa, Dec 21, 2012.

Idle No More rally in Ottawa, Dec 21, 2012.

The federal Aboriginal Affairs department shared information with Canada’s spies and other federal law enforcement agencies to bolster surveillance of the Idle No More movement, internal government documents show.

The documents, obtained under the Access to Information Act, also reveal how easily Canadian authorities assume the possibility of violence when it comes to monitoring First Nation demonstrations.

The Harper government’s proposed anti-terror bill, Bill C-51, would make it easier for federal departments and agencies to share information on widely-defined national security grounds. 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

Protesters march on Rapid City Hall for racial equality

People take to the streets in Rapid City, South Dakota to protest racism, Feb 26, 2015.

People take to the streets in Rapid City, South Dakota to protest racism, Feb 26, 2015.

In frigid, windy but sunny conditions, more than 100 protesters Thursday marched on the Rapid City-School Administration Center downtown as part of a movement calling for government accountability to resolve social injustices toward Native Americans.

The Thursday march coincided with the release a 12-page report by the Lakota People’s Law Project, “Native Lives Matter,” which asserts the U.S. justice system is responsible for those injustices.

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Protester shut down Carcross Tagish First Nation offices

Carcross Tagish First Nation 2‘They’re deciding our future and we don’t have a say’ says Stanley Jim

CBC News, Feb 23, 2015

A member of the Carcross Tagish First Nation shut down a council meeting over the weekend and prevented Chief Dan Cresswell and council from entering their offices Monday, protesting his government’s lack of consultation with its members.

“Right now, all I see is they’re deciding our future and we don’t have a say,” says Stanley Jim while sitting in front of the main administrative building where he built a wooden door jamb to bar the entrance.  Read the rest of this entry

First Nations activist Audrey Siegl plans to file complaint after allegedly being injured by VPD

Video: Shut Down Canada – Port Metro Vancouver

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A short video on the #Shutdown Canada action at a main entrance to the Port of Vancouver (Clark Drive and Hastings Street) on Friday, Feb 13, 2015.  Posted by Bear on Feb 16, 2015. Read the rest of this entry