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Traditional Mi’kmag 1st and 7th District Chiefs oppose Junex projects in Gaspesie, Quebec

by Suzanne Patles & Gary Metallic, The Media Coop, August 24, 2017

Today, we traditional council chiefs from the 1st and the 7th Districts of Mi’kma’ki have gathered at the Junexit Banquet organized by the Camp by the River. We are here not only to support the occupation that has been set up on August 7th against Junex but also to assert our inherent rights and title over our unceded and unsurrendered territory, as affirmed by the 1763 Royal Proclamation. We assert our presence here to protect our territory under the Protection clauses for unceded lands, as protected by Constitutional Rights, Charter Rights, Human Rights, and International Rights. Read the rest of this entry

Indigenous water protector faces bail hearing arising from Gaspesie anti-fracking blockade

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Surete du Quebec at the site of the blockade during the raid of August 14, 2017.

This morning, 10:30am Atlantic time, Anishinaabe water protector and Ottawa resident Fredrick Stoneypoint will receive the decision of judge Denis Paradis’ on whether he will get bail release for the severe charges he is facing.

Stoneypoint has been in custoday since August 14 when Quebec provincial police (‘SQ’) took down an over-a-week-long blockade that was preventing oil/gas company Junex from proceeding on its exploratory fracking activities in the Gaspesie, eastern Quebec.

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Quebec Innu signal intent to claim prime fishing location at posh private lodge

Innu fish protest

Innu protesters planted a flag Saturday asserting ownership of choice Moisie River salmon waters.  Photo: National Post

by Graeme Hamilton, National Post, June 12, 2017

For more than a century, the Moisie Salmon Club has been among the continent’s most exclusive fishing destinations, a 10-kilometre stretch of river reserved for its wealthy American members.

Anglers reportedly pay annual dues running to six figures to fish the choice Moisie River pools and swap tales over fine food and wine in the lodge. At the airport in nearby Sept-Îles, Que., the June arrival of private jets carrying CEOs and high-powered lawyers is a sign that salmon season has opened. Read the rest of this entry

Quebec Inuit village in shock after 3 fatal stabbings, followed by police shooting


Akulivik, Que., is a village of less than 1,000 people located on the shores of the Hudson Bay, 1,700 kilometres from Montreal. (Makivik Corporation/Submitted to CBC News)

Police in Akulivik shot and killed the suspect as he attempted to break into another home

By Brennan Neill, Antoni Nerestant, Jonathan Montpetit, CBC News June 10, 2017

A remote ​northern Quebec community is reeling after a fatal police shooting brought an end to a series of stabbings that left three residents dead and critically injured two others. Read the rest of this entry

First Nations communities in the Gaspé unite against fracking

Fracking protest signsGroup of First Nations leaders threaten legal action over Petrolia drilling projects

CBC News, October 8, 2016

A group of First Nations communities in Quebec have come out in opposition to hydraulic fracturing projects on their territories in the Gaspé and on Anticosti Island. Read the rest of this entry

Treatment of Inuit in Quebec jails called ‘unacceptable’ by ombudsman

hi-bc-120604-prison-cellsReport notes dramatic rise in number of Inuit in provincial jails, from 549 to 898 over last 6 years

CBC News, Feb 18, 2016

Quebec’s ombudsman has released a scathing report on the treatment of Inuit in the provincial justice system.

Raymonde Saint-Germain describes the conditions of people arrested and convicted as “unacceptable.”

She says the detention conditions are “below current standards” and infringe on the constitutional right to human dignity. Read the rest of this entry