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Poster: Ts’Peten 1995

TsPeten-PosterGraphic History Collective Poster Series

Poster and introduction by Gord Hill

The siege at Ts’Peten (Gustafsen Lake) occurred in Secwepemc territory (in the south-central interior of “British Columbia”) in the summer of 1995, after a white American rancher began harassing an elder and his family at a Secwepemc Sundance camp. Warriors responded to the elder’s call for help, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) began a large paramilitary operation to clear out the defenders, deploying some 450 officers, mostly heavily armed Emergency Response Teams. They also received assistance from the Canadian military, including nine Bison armoured personnel carriers (APCs). Read the rest of this entry

Criminalization of Indigenous Communities

RCMP cougar attack 1Voices-Voix, August 1, 2017

In January 2017, Public Safety Canada (PS) disclosed that the Government Operations Centre (GOC) gathers information on Indigenous rallies for the purpose of “maintaining awareness” of events that may impact the safety and security of Canadians and events effecting the national interest. According to PS, the information gathered consisted generally of the date, location and purpose of the protests and rallies, including in relation to missing and murdered Indigenous women. Natural Resources Canada also reported that they monitor publicly available information such as Twitter, Facebook and media reports regarding protest activities that may impact the department, its employees or facilities. Read the rest of this entry

Injunctions, RCMP deployment “classic pacification”: Professor

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RCMP protect equipment brought in for construction at Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project, July 2017.

By Justin Brake, The Independent, August 3, 2017

Nalcor’s use of court injunctions and the government’s approval of RCMP deployment to quell resistance to Muskrat Falls are common tactics used to remove Indigenous people from their lands and facilitate resource development, says Shiri Pasternak. Read the rest of this entry

Grenade launcher goes missing after falling out of police vehicle on Golden Ears Bridge: RCMP

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The RCMP is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a 40MM Abrams Airborne Mfg Inc. Less Lethal Multi-Launcher.

, Global News, July 24, 2017

An unusual search is underway after a non-lethal grenade launcher fell off the back of a police vehicle near B.C.’s Golden Ears Bridge.

A 40mm Abrams airborne multi-launcher and a large case containing ammunition went missing Sunday before 7:30 a.m. Read the rest of this entry

Torching of RCMP SUV in Innu community draws local online praise

RCMP-CAR-BURNING-1-BG-HD-1by Jorge Barrera, APTN National News, May 31, 2017

A 29 year-old man was arrested in the Labrador Innu First Nation of Natuashish following the torching of an RCMP vehicle Tuesday evening that was praised on social media.

Newfoundland and Labrador RCMP did not immediately release the arrested man’s name. RCMP Cpl. Trevor O’Keefe said the man was in custody, but had not been officially charged. Read the rest of this entry

Video: Confrontation at Imperial Metals AGM

Heavy police presence as protesters urge investors to divest from Vancouver mining company

Spies in our midst: RCMP and CSIS snoop on green activists

RCMP defends use of secretive cellphone surveillance technology for the first time

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An IMSI catcher pretends to be a cellphone tower to attract nearby cell signals. When it does, it can intercept the unique ID number associated with your phone, the International Mobile Subscriber Identity, or IMSI. That number can then be used to track your phone. (CBC)

Unprecedented briefing with reporters comes in wake of CBC investigation into illegal spying in Ottawa

By Dave Seglins, Matthew Braga, Catherine Cullen, CBC News, April 5, 2017

The RCMP for the first time is publicly confirming it uses cellphone surveillance devices in investigations across Canada — but at the same time says the potential of unauthorized snooping in Ottawa, as reported by CBC News, poses a threat to national security. Read the rest of this entry

RCMP watchdog’s probe into review of northern B.C. policing thwarted by poor record keeping

RCMP car logoAgency looked at reports of public intoxication, missing persons, domestic violence and strip searches

By Alison Crawford, CBC News, Feb 15, 2017

The RCMP’s federal watchdog has found that nearly half of the missing persons reports in northern British Columbia fail to show that Mounties investigated cases quickly or thoroughly.

It’s one of the findings of the self-initiated report by the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP, which is looking into how Mounties do their jobs in the 35 detachments in B.C.’s North District.

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