December 1, 2013. Source: Portland Rising Tide
Near the Port of Umatilla two people locked down to a megaload of equipment bound for the Alberta tar sands halting its departure from the Port of Umatilla as tribal members and climate justice groups rallied nearby. The two were later removed from the truck and arrested. The equipment, a 901,000 lb. water purifier 22 feet wide, 18 feet tall and 376 feet in length was met by fifty people and was prevented from departing. Around midnight work was called off and the shipment remains at the port. It had planned to leave the Port of Umatilla, head south on 395, then east on 26 on Sunday night.
This week’s protest was larger than a similar protest last week as news of the shipment has spread throughout the region. An estimated 50 people greeted the megaload with signs as it’s schedule departure time neared. Before it could depart two participants locked themselves to the trucks hauling the megaload, the first time the shipments have been blockaded in this way. This is the first of three megaloads the Hillsboro, OR based shipping company Omega Morgan has scheduled to move through the region in December and January. Similar loads sparked major protests moving through Idaho and Montana including a blockade by the Nez Pierce tribe in August.
Groups organizing the protest, including chapters of Rising Tide and 350.org, oppose the shipments due to the final use of the equipment in the expansion of the Alberta tar sands. This expansion would supply oil for the controversial Keystone XL and other pipelines and many have called the tar sands most destructive industrial project on earth. Umatilla Tribal Member Shana Radford said, “We have responsibility for what happens on our lands, but there are no boundaries for air, the carbon dioxide this equipment would create affects us all. The Nez Pierce tribe said no to megaloads, and so should we.”
By Damien Gillis, October 24, 2013. Source: The Common Sense Canadian
A new video from Parks Canada follows the carving and raising of a 42-foot totem pole on Haida Gwaii this past summer. The first pole raising there in 130 years, it commemorates the 20-year anniversary of the creation of Gwaii Haanas National Park.
The Gwaii Haanas Legacy Pole was raised on August 15, 2013, at Hlk’yah GawGa (Windy Bay) on Lyell Island before a crowd of 400.
“Monumental poles are more than just art. They hold histories, they mark events and they tell stories,” explains artist Jaalen Edenshaw, whose design was chosen by a selection committee made up of a hereditary chief, two Haida citizens, a carver and two Gwaii Haanas staff members. Proposals were submitted without names attached, evaluated solely on their story and design.
In the video, Jaalen shows the different stories carved into the impressive pole, including one which symbolizes the 1980s blockade which protected the region from logging and led to the creation of Gwaii Haanas National Park. Another carved feature recognizes the formative influence of earthquakes on Haida Gwaii, which saw its famed hot springs dry up following seismic activity a year ago.
17 October. Source: EF! Journal Newswire
Images from Twitter
A tense stand off is ongoing between 200 RCMP, Mik’maq blockaders, and about 200 supporters. According to the Stimulator, the chief and tribal council personally blockaded gas company trucks behind barricades. Protesters have hurled rocks and a corporate news tripod at the RCMP. At the moment, RCMP are making mass arrests, SWN vehicles appear to be rolling out of the compound, and six RCMP vehicles have been set ablaze.
Molotov cocktails were thrown from the woods earlier this morning in defense of the land and peoples. The RCMP, some with long rifles, entered the woods. Shots were fired, and screaming was heard. There is an unconfirmed report that activist Steven Gould has been shot. (UPDATE: We are now receiving reports that less-than-lethal rounds have been fired at supporters, as well as tear gas. Pepper spray has been deployed against supporters attempting to get through police lines. The RCMP is currently unloading riot gear.) Continue reading
Warrior Society Call to Support Elsipogtog Seizure of Fracking Equipment
October 12th, 2013
“Rexton, NB” unceded Mi’kmaqi – On “Colombus Day”, a day which celebrates 521 years of genocide and oppression of Indigenous peoples, the Mi’kmaq Warrior Society has released the following video call for support. Suzane Patles, an Ilnu woman and member of the Mi’kmaq Warrior Society calls for physical support at the blockade, solidarity actions across Turtle Island on Oct. 18th and a flooding of Kanadian official representatives’ phone and mail lines. The October 18th Day of Action is a response in protest to the court injunction that SWN is looking to serve against the encampment. Organize an action in your community, use #INDIGENIZE and send us a write up with photos to post online: reclaimturtleisland [at] gmail [dot] com.
The compound, where SWN has over hundreds of thousands of dollars in equipment, has been shut down and their equipment seized by local Indigenous peoples. Patles is among many Wabanaki Confederacy peoples asserting their inherent and treaty rights and titles over their territories at an active road blockade since Sept 28th. The HWY 134 blockade is preventing SWN equipment from illegally excavating Mi’kmaq territory and conducting seismic testing in order to begin the process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, on unceded native lands.
The road blockade has been estimated to cost SWN over $60, 000 a day. Due to the recognition of Indigenous inherent and treaty rights and title, the RCMP have been hesitant to interfere with the blockade though not without conflict. The blockade site has the support of Wabanaki Confederacy traditional governance, and widespread community support amongst Indigenous and settler groups. Flood colonial government mail and phone systems with statements of support for the blockade including the demands of the Mi’kmaq Warrior Society. The Warrior Society has issued the following demands to New Brunswick Premier Alward:
- Produce all Bills of Sales, Sold, Ceded, Granted and Extinguished Lands for New Brunswick.
- Produce documents proving Cabot’s Doctrine of Discovery.
- Produce the Treaty of Peace and Friendship 1686.
- Produce Treaty of Fort Howe 1768.
- Produce consents for Loyalists to land in Nova Scotia/New Brunswick.
- Produce records of Townships created and consents by Chiefs to allow this.
- Produce agreements or consents by all New Brunswick Chiefs who agreed to Confereration of 1867.
- Produce evidence of consents to The Indian Act by all Native Tribes.
- Produce records of Trust Funds.
- Produce agreements for 4% of all mineral shares of finished products in Canada, except coal.
- Produce all correspondence letters pertaining to Numbered Treaties (Promises).
- Produce all documents creating border divisions, that divide the Wabanaki confederacy.
- Produce the Orders from the Lords of Trade to the Governor of the Colonies.
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Note: See the letter from the Mi’kmaq Nation below.
-The GJEP Team
7 October, 2013. Source: Idle No More
Women march at anti-fracking blockade in New Brunswick. Photo: Miles Howe
Houston, TX – Organizers with Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services (t.e.j.a.s.) will hand- deliver a letter from the Mi’kmaq nation located in New Brunswick, Canada, to Houston-based company SWN Resources at 2350 N Sam Houston Pkwy E at 10 a.m., Monday, October 7th calling for their immediate removal from tribal lands.
The Mi’kmaq nation at Elsipogtog is challenging Houston-based SWN Resources who has violated the First Nation’s constitutionally protected inherit, Aboriginal and Treaty rights by conducting fracking exploration operations in their territory without consulting or obtaining their free, prior informed consent.
This comes on the heels of a week of escalated protests by First Nations in New Brunswick, including the six-day blockade of a Shell gas-drilling site contested by residents. The letter was delivered in connection with the Idle No More movement, which formed in response to the gutting of Canada’s environmental laws, including treaty territories.
“Idle No More challenges Canada and all colonial powers neo-liberal economic agenda, an agenda fundamentally based on the continued oppression and dispossession of Indigenous Peoples from our lands and resources. We have chosen this day, the 250 year anniversary of the British Royal Proclamation. We are using this founding document of this country and its anniversary to usher in a new era of reconciliation of Canada’s shameful colonial history, to turn around centuries of neglect and abuse of our sacred and diverse nations,” said Clayton-Thomas Muller, Idle No More National Campaigner. Continue reading
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Global Justice Ecology Project teams up with the Sojourner Truth show on KPFK Pacifica Los Angeles for a weekly Earth Minute each Tuesday and a weekly Earth Watch interview each Thursday.
Note: This announcement comes as the blockade of shale gas developer Southwestern Energy continues in Mi’kmaq territory.
-The GJEP Team
1 October, 2013. Source: Elsipogtog First Nation
Photo: Miles Howe
“There will be no more of our lands being held in trust by governments.”
Elsipogtog First Nation Chief and Council will announce their resolution to reclaim their stewardship over all unoccupied alleged “Crown” land. The Band Council Resolution (BCR) will be publicly unveiled at a media conference at the Rexton shale gas resistance site at the junction of Highway 11 & 134 at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, October 1, 2013.
Compelled to action by their people to save their waters, lands and animals from ruin, the Elsipogtog First Nation and Signigtog District Grand Council are reclaiming responsibility for stewardship of all unoccupied reserved native lands in their territory.
The lands of the Signigtog Mi’kmaq have never been ceded or sold; for centuries, the British Crown claimed to be holding the lands in trust for them. However, the Original people of the territory, together with their hereditary and elected leaders, believe that their lands and waters are being badly mismanaged by Canada, the province and corporations to the point of ruin. Now facing complete destruction, they feel that the lands are no longer capable of providing enough to support the populations of the region.
Because of these threats to their survival and way of life, the Mi’kmaq people of Signigtog are resuming stewardship of their lands and waters to correct the problems and are planning measures to restore them back to good health. Last July, the Signigtog District Grand Council notified the province of New Brunswick that they had served shale gas developer Southwestern Energy (SWN) with an eviction notice.
Elsipogtog Chief Arren Sock states, “We will respect everyone who lives and works in our territories and respects the Treaties of Peace and Friendship and our authority over our lands. We intend to be fair to everyone.”
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By John Ahni Schertow, 24 September, 2013. Source: Intercontinental Cry
Penan blockading against the Murum dam since last week . Photo: BMF
A large group of Penan Peoples have reinstated a blockadeagainst the controversial Murum dam in the Malaysian state of Sarawak.
The blockade originally began in September 2012, when the Penan and Kenyah heard that they would be forced off their lands without fair compensation to make way for the dam’s reservoir.
The affected villagers quickly issued a set of demands in which they asked for adequate compensation for their resettlement and for the government to respect their rights under the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).
As an initial response, the government established a police presence near the blockade and sent in sympathetic politicians to negotiate with the protesters. The government also started throwing out accusations that NGOs instigated the blockade–a claim that was thoroughly denounced by the Indigenous Peoples. Continue reading
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Author’s note: This photo essay is dedicated to the memory of community defender and environmental activist Noé Vázquez, who was brutally murdered on Aug. 2, 2013 as he was preparing for his hosting of the opening ceremony for the 10th anniversary celebration of the Mexican Movement of Men and Women Affected by Dams and in the Defense of Rivers (MAPDER).
By Jonathan Treat, 18 September 2013. Source: El Enemigo Común
Fidel Heas Cruz, resident of Paso de la Reina and member of COPUDEVER at blockade. Photo: Jonathan Treat
The blockade is simple, but its implications profound. A thick steel chain across the only bridge entering the small town of Paso de la Reina, municipality of Santiago Jamiltepec of roughly 500 residents on Oaxaca’s southwestern coast, is attended daily by men and women who prevent the entry of anyone connected with a proposed hydroelectric dam project on the Rio Verde. And for four years that strategy has been successful.
Local community defenders, together with people from other communities and members of Counsel of Peoples United for the Defense of the Rio Verde (COPUDEVER), came together recently at El Zanate, a lush green riverside site near the entrance to the town, to celebrate the fourth anniversary of their ongoing, nonviolent blockade, and their success in halting the project to date.
“We’re here to celebrate this successful and peaceful blockade. Since we decided to put up the blockade at the entrance to our ejido (communal land holding) in July 2009 to prevent anyone from the CFE (Federal Electric Commission) from entering to do their surveys and studies for the project, none of them has been able to do that work. So this is a very significant day, celebrating with our compañeros our decision to put the first stone in the way of the dam project,” explained Eva Castellanos Mendoza, local community activist and a member of COPUDEVER. “And it’s a triumph. The blockade has worked. If it hadn’t been here, I think the CFE would have completed their work and probably started with construction of the dam.” Continue reading
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August 7, 2013. Source: Earth First! Newswire
After a three-hour blockade involving upwards of 150-200 people from the Nez Perce Nation, Idle No More, and Wild Idaho Rising Tide, activists once again dedicated themselves last night to stopping megaload shipments through Idaho.
Omega Morgan, the company responsible for the transport of the 200-ton megaload, has been warned by the Forest Service that the shipment is unauthorized, and the Nez Perce tribe is seeking an injunction. However, Omega Morgan is trying to sneak the megaload through against the law, so direct action must be taken.
The Nez Perce put out a call yesterday for activists to join them in renewed efforts to stop the tar sands equipment from moving through Highway 12. More than 50 protestors came out. They were met by a force of 40-50 police officers in a fleet of cars.