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Bill C-51 hearings: First Nations could be targeted, Pam Palmater says

Indigenous right activist Pam Palmater and Toronto Police inspector Steve Irwin appear before the House public safety committee, which is currently reviewing the government's proposed anti-terror legislation. (CBC)

Indigenous right activist Pam Palmater and Toronto Police inspector Steve Irwin appear before the House public safety committee, which is currently reviewing the government’s proposed anti-terror legislation. (CBC)

Bill ‘less about Jihadists under every bed… more about increasing the output of tarsands’: Stewart Phillip

By Kady O’Malley, CBC News, March 24, 2015

First Nations activists may find themselves targets of the Conservatives’ proposed anti-terror law, which could “criminalize [their] private thoughts,” Mi’kmaq lawyer Pam Palmater warned the House public safety committee on Tuesday.

She called on the government to withdraw its proposed anti-terror legislation entirely.

Palmater, who currently holds a chair in indigenous governance at Ryerson University, began her testimony by acknowledging that the committee was meeting on traditional Algonquin territory — a fact that, she said, addresses the issue at the heart of the flaws in the bill, as it depends on the continued co-operation between First Nations and Canadian governments. Read the rest of this entry

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One year of Idle No More: update and analysis

Idle No More Dec 21 ottawa sign

INM rally on Dec 21, 2012, in Ottawa.

by Zig Zag, Warrior Publications, Dec 11, 2013

Last month at around this time, I posted one or two corporate news articles about the one year anniversary of Idle No More (INM). Yesterday (Dec 10), there were a few more articles about the one year anniversary. “What’s up with that?” I thought, so I checked out INM’s website. Turns out, the one year anniversary was officially declared to be a month-long series of events by INM Official (the website). Read the rest of this entry

Oily Chiefs, Idle No More, and the AFN

by Zig Zag, Warrior Publications, January 17, 2013Idle No More protect enviro sign

To fully understand the phenomenon of Idle No More, you must imagine two parallel universes. In one, INM is comprised of good-hearted grassroots Native people responding to a call to oppose Bill C-45 and to protect the land and water of their traditional territories. In the other, however, are chiefs using the mobilization to achieve their political & economic agenda, an agenda that includes partnering with corporations seeking to exploit oil and gas resources on reserve lands. Read the rest of this entry