Jorge Barrera, APTN National News, Oct 17, 2014
The RCMP closely monitored the movements of an Indigenous environmental activist as it tightened surveillance around possible protests in northern British Columbia targeting the energy firm behind the controversial Northern Gateway pipeline, according to “confidential” documents obtained by APTN National News.
Documents from the RCMP’s Suspicious Incidents Report (SIR) database show police closely monitored the movements of a member of the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) during the summer of 2010 in northern British Columbia. According to the documents, the RCMP considers IEN an “extremist” group and a trip by an IEN member to a direct action camp in July of that year created a flurry of database activity involving RCMP officers with the force’s national security operations in B.C. and Ottawa. [* The IEN is an Indigenous non-governmental organization (NGO) more similar to Greenpeace than an actual resistance group]. Read the rest of this entry
Warrior Publications Note: On the eve of the federal government’s anticipated decision on the Enbridge Northern Gateway, the professional activists, NGOs, and Indian Act band councils that have thus far managed the public opposition to the proposed pipeline project have begun rallying their troops and blowing their battle trumpets. But the last thing they and their funders want is any kind of confrontation or conflict. They want it all nice and legal, and one of their biggest fears is that Natives might go all warrior on them, as we saw in New Brunswick with the anti-fracking resistance. Read the rest of this entry
Okays Enbridge, Accepts job at TransCanada Pipelines Ltd
by Charlie Smith, The Georgia Straight, Dec 11, 2013
The Burns Lake District News has reported that the chief of the Burns Lake band, Albert Gerow, has resigned. Gerow, who is in his second term, will leave office on December 31 because he has accepted a job with TransCanada Pipelines Limited. Read the rest of this entry
Vancouver lawyer Doug Eyford to submit preliminary report to Harper by June
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has named an envoy to deal with aboriginal opposition to resource development in Alberta and British Columbia.
That’s where First Nations opposition to the Northern Gateway pipeline has thrown the future of the project into question. Read the rest of this entry
Chief Theresa Spence is back home in Attawapiskat and Idle No More has faded from view after an impressive run in the headlines. Another aboriginal movement, however, continues to build toward the biggest First Nations stand-off in a generation — the fight against the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline. Read the rest of this entry
By Gordon Hoekstra & Trish Audette, Edmonton Journal, January 7, 2012
The Gitga’at First Nation has been saying no to the Northern Gateway pipeline project since 2006. The project will bring more than 200 huge tankers annually through the waters next to their tiny community of 160 in Hartley Bay at the entrance to Douglas Channel on B.C.’s northwest coast.
The risks and effects of an oil spill are simply not worth any economic benefits, which the First Nation view as nil, says Marvin Robinson, a spokesman for the community.
It’s a familiar refrain among B.C. First Nations. Read the rest of this entry