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12 more opposed to shale gas arrested as RCMP turn violent on National Aboriginal Day

By Miles Howe, June 21, 2014. Source: Halifax Media Co-op

Segewaat, who has been tending the sacred fire for over a week, was among the first to be arrested Photo  by M. Howe

Segewaat, who has been tending the sacred fire for over a week, was among the first to be arrested Photo by M. Howe

12 more people were arrested today in their attempts to stop SWN Resources Canada from conducting seismic testing along highway 126, in Kent County, New Brunswick.

At about 1:15pm, a convoy of cars parked themselves on River Lane, near the town of Kent Junction, about 100 metres from the thumpers. About 40 people then stationed themselves on the side of the road adjacent to the 3 thumpers, and began drumming and singing. The thumpers stopped their procession, and a group then stationed themselves in front of the trucks, blocking their paths.
RCMP forces then arrived, and a confrontation – as happened last Friday morning when 12 people were arrested attempting to halt the thumpers – ensued. The RCMP approached the gathered crowd in a line formation that spanned the highway. The crowd in front of the thumpers thinned to about ten people while the remainder of the crowd moved to the shoulder of the highway and continued to drum and sing. Continue reading

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Guatemalans file lawsuit against Canadian mining company for 2013 shooting

June 18, 2014. Source: Canadian Centre for International Justice and CALAS

Photo from CCIJ, Guatemalan victims, 1 Guatemalan lawyer, 2 Canadian lawyers

Photo from CCIJ,
Guatemalan victims, 1 Guatemalan lawyer, 2 Canadian lawyers

Seven Guatemalan men filed a civil lawsuit today in a Vancouver court against Canadian mining company Tahoe Resources Inc. for injuries they suffered last year when Tahoe’s security personnel opened fire on them at close range. The men, residents of San Rafael Las Flores, where the company’s Escobal mine is located, allege that Tahoe is legally responsible for the violence inflicted on them as they peacefully protested against the mine.

The claimants are supported in Canada by a legal team comprised of Vancouver law firm Camp Fiorante Matthews Mogerman (CFM) and the Canadian Centre for International Justice (CCIJ). In Guatemala, they are represented by the Guatemalan Centre for Legal, Environmental and Social Action (CALAS). Continue reading

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Protesters deliver simple message to Harper: ‘No pipelines’

By Miriam Katawazi, June 18, 2014. Source: Rabble.ca

Photo by Chris Yakimov

Photo by Chris Yakimov

On Tuesday night, numerous British Columbians rallied against the federal government’s approval of the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline.

According to the Global News, protesters gathered in downtown Vancouver to show their disapproval by carrying signs and chanting, “No pipelines,” and “Defend Our Coast.”

Protesters stood across from the main Vancouver library and the CBC Vancouver building, reported the Huffington Post. Two other rallies also took place in Kitimat, where the 1,200km pipeline is expected to end. Another rally was also organized in downtown Victoria. Continue reading

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First Nations prepare for fight against Energy East pipeline

By Shawn McCarthy, May 20, 2014. Source: The Globe and Mail

TransCanada chief executive Russ Girling expects the Energy East pipeline to easily pass regulatory muster.  Photo: Jeff McIntosh/THE CANADIAN PRESS

TransCanada chief executive Russ Girling expects the Energy East pipeline to easily pass regulatory muster. Photo: Jeff McIntosh/THE CANADIAN PRESS

First Nations activists are turning their attention to TransCanada Corp.’s proposed Energy East project, vowing to mount the same kind of public opposition that threatens the Keystone XL pipeline in the United States andEnbridge Inc.’s Northern Gateway in British Columbia.

Some 70 First Nations leaders met in Winnipeg recently to plan a strategy they hope will block TransCanada’s ambitious plan to ship more than 1 million barrels a day of crude from Western Canada to refiners and export terminals in the East, despite widespread political support for the $12-billion project.

TransCanada has been holding consultations with communities across the country, including some 155 First Nations, to inform them of the Energy East project and seek their support. The company has hired Phil Fontaine, former chief of the Assembly of First Nations, to represent it in meetings. But one leading activist says the company has a tough sell.

“In this era of the Harper Conservative government, there is dramatic pressure that has been placed on the shoulders of First Nations peoples, with our constitutionally protected rights, to defend Canada’s air, water and earth from the agenda of Big Oil and other extractive industries like the mining sector and the forestry sector,” Clayton Thomas-Muller, a Manitoba Cree who helped organize the Winnipeg session, said in an interview. Continue reading

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Yukon begins work on new hydroelectric plan

 The Yukon government has released a planning directive that calls for the comprehensive investigation of new large-scale hydroelectric power projects in the northwestern territory. – Michael Harris

[Premier Darrel Pasloski]  says he’s also mindful about consulting closely with Yukoners to ensure widespread support for the project.

“We need to engage Yukoners,” he said. “We need to engage with First Nations. We need to clearly hear what people’s ideas and thoughts are.”
CBC News

Large-scale hydroelectricity is one of the most destructive sustainable energy sources. Take, for instance, Hydro-Quebec’s La Grande project dam (shown below), which flooded thousands of hectares on Cree land, displacing all Cree in that area.

Opposition is already mounting. We’ll find out more about ongoing opposition, and how others who want to support it can help.

PhotoLangelle.org

PhotoLangelle.org

 

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Corporate sponsorship of Indigenous groups: A necessity, or selling out?

By Martha Troian, April 15, 2014. Source: VICE

A drum session at a Truth and Reconciliation Commission event in Victoria. Photo via Facebook.

A drum session at a Truth and Reconciliation Commission event in Victoria. Photo via Facebook.

As the Canadian government slashes the budgets of Indigenous organizations across the nation, many are struggling to stay afloat. Increasingly, Indigenous organizations are accepting lifelines from a controversial source—namely oil & gas or resource extraction companies—sparking a debate over whether taking the badly needed money is ‘building relationships’ or ‘selling out.’

“We’re trying to rebuild our credibility,” says Hayden King, Director of the Centre for Indigenous Governance (CIG) at Ryerson University, an organization dedicated to advancing issues of Indigenous governance. The Centre launched in 2010, with financial help from Hydro One, the Nuclear Waste Management Organization and Vale Inco, a mining company. “The Indigenous community at Ryerson didn’t know this money had been accepted to launch the Centre,” says King.

Although it was the university who accepted these funds, the Indigenous community withdrew their support, effectively shuttering the Centre for about a year in 2011. King came on board after the Centre reopened, but he’s still dealing with the backlash today.”We’re trying to atone for that but maybe there’s no atoning for it,” he says.

Another group under scrutiny is Indspire (formerly the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation), a national charity that’s helped tens of thousands of Indigenous people attain higher education. Indspire also produces an awards show that honours the achievements of Indigenous peoples. Much of the money has come from Big Oil. Continue reading

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Mi’kmaq warrior court case – Pleaded, withdrawn and still up on trial

Note: The following is an update on the ongoing court case for jailed Mi’kmaq warriors, who were arrested this fall for resisting SWN Resources seismic testing in Elsipogtog.

-The GJEP Team

By Miles Howe, March 31, 2014. Source: Halifax Media Co-op

Moncton, New Brunswick – Today was the first day of the week long trial of Mi’kmaq Warriors Germaine ‘Junior’ Breau and Aaron Francis. This morning we learned that Breau and Francis had pleaded guilty to a variety of charges stemming from several different arraignments.

They also had a variety of charges dropped.

They also have a variety of charges to which they have pleaded not-guilty.

For the sake of clarity, here are the following charges; pleaded guilty, dropped and still pending.
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Innu renew resistance to proposed Plan Nord and Hydro-Quebec expansion

Note: The following is a press release from Innu resisting Hydro-Quebec’s plans to construct transmission lines through their territory.  Much of the expansion of Hydro-Power in Innu territory is part of the North Plan/Plan Nord, and a share of the energy is destined for markets in New England, where several governor’s are selling it as “green” energy.

From Alexis: The Band council has decided that it is not going to fight HQ, so the community is back in action. HQ wants to hold a third referendum — because it doesn’t take NO for an answer. Please keep your ears tuned for future developments!

-The GJEP Team

March 31, 2014.  Translated by Alexis Lathem

Elyse Vollant, an Innu activist and grandmother, demonstrates against Hydro-Quebec during a major energy conference in Burlington, Vermont in 2012. Photo: Will Bennington

Elyse Vollant, an Innu activist and grandmother, demonstrates against Hydro-Quebec during a major energy conference in Burlington, Vermont in 2012. Photo: Will Bennington

The Innu of Uashat mak Mani- utenam will leave from the First Nations camp on Route 138, and march to Montagnaise Mall in remembrance of the March, 2012 march from ManiUtenam to Montreal, to denounce the abuses of the Government of Québec concerning the rights of the Innu. The march is scheduled to begin on Tuesday at 1pm.

“We march from war to peace. We carry the voice of the people of First Nations. We fight for the recognition of our rights, for the future of generations to come , for the brith of a just and equitable society . We walk to build a path for our children so they will have a better future, and so our long struggle for our land rights will be finally be won. ”

We cry loudly against all destruction and violation of NITASSINAN. After two referendums, the Innu have answered NO to the Hydro –Québec, which continues to build the tranmission lines without our consent on the use of NITASSINAN .

We say NO TO THE NORTH PLAN . Quebec can not indefinitely ignore us. We demand the RESPECT OUR RIGHTS and JUSTICE in the name of our human rights and the rights of Indigenous People.

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BREAKING: Mi’kmaq women shut down energy minister briefing after PowerShift Atlantic

March 31, 2014. Source: Powershift Canada

novascotiaThis morning Mi’kmaq women shut down a Maritimes Energy Association briefing held at the Westin Nova Scotian by Nova Scotia Energy Minister Andrew Younger intended to give a briefing on the Province’s plan to move forward on oil and gas projects. The action was supported by an occupation of the hotel lobby organized by youth attending PowerShift Atlantic this past weekend. Over a hundred youth occupied the hotel lobby to support Indigenous communities in rejecting the Energy East tar sands pipeline and increased fracking pushes in Atlantic Canada.

PowerShift organizers dropped two banners and carried mock fossil fuel infrastructure to call out the ridiculous plans of the fossil fuel industry to endanger water and devastate the climate.

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Take action against Enbridge’s Line 9

Note: For more background on Enbridge’s Line 9 tar sands pipeline and the recent approval it received by Canadian regulators, click here.

-The GJEP Team

March 17, 2014. Source: Reclaim Turtle Island

Photo: Adam Carter/CBC

Photo: Adam Carter/CBC

#Line9IndustrialGenocide

Without surprise, the National Energy Board has approved the reversal of the Line 9 pipeline. This pipeline crosses every single tributary that flows into Lake Ontario, and cuts up the north shore of the St. Lawrence river….

It was anticipated that this information be released on March. 19th. Instead the rubber-stamping came early.

Indigenous peoples whose territories are being attacked by this project have been silenced throughout this process. It is our communities, and other communities of colour, who primarily live fenceline with the tar sands, its mining, infrastructure and refineries. It is our Sacred sites that are being desecrated by the shady movements of corporate imperialists and colonial-capitalists.

Line 9 shows us exactly what environmental racism looks like, from Aamjiwnaang to Jane & Finch – telling us that bodies of colour and Indigenous bodies are expendable for the larger project of profit. Line 9 is but expanded infrastructure to move the Athabasca tar sands eastward – it is an embodiment of the slow industrial genocide that is being committed by TransCanada, Enbridge, Suncor, and the Government of Canada, to name a few.
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