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RCMP tracked movements of Indigenous activist from ‘extremist’ group: documents

RCMP cougar attack 1Jorge 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

Anticipating rebellion: citizens vow to “stop the bulldozers” if Enbridge pipeline approved

Two of six police vehicles torched, Oct 17, Mi'kmaq territory, 2013.

Two of six police vehicles set on fire, Oct 17, 2013, Mi’kmaq territory (near Rexton, New Brunswick).

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

Burns Lake chief Albert Gerow will leave office at the end of the year

Okays Enbridge, Accepts job at TransCanada Pipelines Ltd

by Charlie Smith, The Georgia Straight, Dec 11, 2013

Burns Lake Indian Band chief Albert Gerow has announced his resignation effective  Dec 31, 2013.

Burns Lake Indian Band chief Albert Gerow has announced his resignation effective Dec 31, 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

Envoy to deal with First Nations concerns on pipelines

Vancouver lawyer Doug Eyford to submit preliminary report to Harper by June

CBC News/The Canadian Press, Mar 19, 2013Enbridge anti-pipeline logo

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

Gateway showdown might dwarf Idle No More

By Will Braun, Winnipeg Free Press, March 4, 2013Enbridge No andy everson

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

BC Natives fear disastrous oil spill inevitable‏

By Gordon Hoekstra & Trish Audette, Edmonton Journal, January 7, 2012

Exxon Valdez oil spill destruction, 1989

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