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Aboriginal rights a threat to Canada’s resource agenda, documents reveal

By Martin Lukacs, March 4, 2014. Source: The Guardian

A man waves a Mohawk flag at a Montreal demonstration in support of the indigenous Idle No More movement in January, 2013. Photograph: Oscar Aguirre/Demotix/Corbis

A man waves a Mohawk flag at a Montreal demonstration in support of the indigenous Idle No More movement in January, 2013. Photograph: Oscar Aguirre/Demotix/Corbis

The Canadian government is increasingly worried that the growing clout of aboriginal peoples’ rights could obstruct its aggressive resource development plans, documents reveal.

Since 2008, the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs has run a risk management program to evaluate and respond to “significant risks” to its agenda, including assertions of treaty rights, the rising expectations of aboriginal peoples, and new legal precedents at odds with the government’s policies.

Yearly government reports obtained by the Guardian predict that the failure to manage the risks could result in more “adversarial relations” with aboriginal peoples, “public outcry and negative international attention,” and “economic development projects [being] delayed.”

“There is a risk that the legal landscape can undermine the ability of the department to move forward in its policy agenda,” one Aboriginal Affairs’ report says. “There is a tension between the rights-based agenda of Aboriginal groups and the non-rights based policy approaches” of the federal government.

The Conservative government is planning in the next ten years to attract $650 billion of investment to mining, forestry, gas and oil projects, much of it on or near traditional aboriginal lands.

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Tar sands facing First Nations legal onslaught in 2014

January 2, 2014. Source: CBC News

This Sept. 19, 2011 aerial photo shows an oilsands mine facility near Fort McMurray, Alta. There are hundreds of major resource projects worth billions planned in Western Canada over the next decade.  Photo: Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press

This Sept. 19, 2011 aerial photo shows an oilsands mine facility near Fort McMurray, Alta. There are hundreds of major resource projects worth billions planned in Western Canada over the next decade. Photo: Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press

Simmering disputes over the oilsands between Alberta aboriginals and the provincial and federal governments will break into the open in 2014 as virtually every one of the many recent changes in oversight of the controversial industry comes under legal and political attack.

“All litigation, all the time, is what I see on the horizon,” said Larry Innes, lawyer for the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation.

Over the last 18 months, Ottawa and Edmonton have rewritten the book on resource development. Everything from how aboriginals will be consulted to land use planning to oilsands monitoring to the basic ground rules for environmental assessment has been changed.

Governments say the new regime is more efficient, predictable and transparent. Aboriginals say it violates their rights and ignores their recommendations.
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Emergency day of action – Solidarity for #Elsipogtog

November 29, 2013. Source: Reclaim Turtle Island

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A message from the HWY 11 Land Defenders:

Elsipogtog-150x150“We are not giving up despite these harsh weather conditions, sacrificing time with our families, our jobs, our homes, not only to protect land, water and people but to ensure a brighter future for the next 7 generations. We are asking for more support, through road blocks to be in solidarity. This is not just an Elsipogtog issue, this is a global issue and we need to raise awareness. Show us support any way possible, sending thank you’s, road blocks, banners, even dropping by, all and every type of support is appreciated.”

The 3rd encampment in Mi’kmaq Territory, at HWY 11, which saw stand off’s between the Mi’kmaq peoples protecting the water and RCMP protecting corporate interests, is requesting widespread global support.

The Provincial Court of New Brunswick has approved an injunction which names 5 people, including “Jane” and “John Doe”, to target the HWY 11 encampment. This encampment has successfully turned away SWN vehicles and is preventing SWN from conducting seismic testing on unceded Mi’kmaq lands. Each day that SWN cannot conduct its testing, it costs the company $54, 000. SWN is once again looking to the RCMP to enforce the injunction most recently granted. At this time, the RCMP have used the injunction to target the Mi’kmaq and have set up a “check point” on HWY 11, where the RCMP stop vehicles to arrest passengers and drivers at their whim.

We remember the last time the RCMP enforced an injunction against the Mi’kmaq people. As seen historically, the RCMP will continue to enforce the violation of treaties and attack Indigenous self-determination. At this time, the RCMP are not only harassing Mi’kmaq Land Defenders and non-Native supporters, but continuing to throw them in jail. On Thursday, November 28th the Mi’kmaq again turned SWN away – declaring another day of victory. They are standing up against brutal police repression, and continued theft of Indigenous lands and ongoing colonization. Show them they are not alone!
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Aboriginal blockade in British Columbia targeted

Makeshift bomb explodes on Aboriginal blockade, Hereditary Likhts’amisyu chief Toghestiy says

By Krystle Alarcon, Oct 30th, 2013. Source: Vancouver Observer


Trail of the accelerator that was set off last night that burnt the sign set up by the Unist’ot’en Camp. Photo from Unist’ot’en Facebook page.


A warning sign set up by Unist’ot’en leaders on their land, near Houston, a forestry and mining town in the northern interior of B.C., has apparently been torched by a makeshift bomb. The sign, which reads  “Stop: No access without consent,” lit up around 10:20 p.m. last night.

Hereditary Likhts’amisyu chief Toghestiy, together with his wife, Freda Huson, the spokesperson for the Unist’ot’en Clan, set up a roadblock against the proposed Northern Gateway’s Pacific Trail Pipeline.

Their clans, together with the Git’dum’den, are three out of five Wet’suwet’en First Nation clans that built cabins last year as a permanent defense camp against the pipeline and mining projects. The $1-billion pipeline project would deliver natural gas from northern B.C. and Alberta to Kitimat for shipment overseas. The pipeline is slated to pass through Wet’suwet’en land. Continue reading

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Activist group Idle No More gets busy again in Canada

By Benjamin Shingler, 6 October, 2013. Source: Al Jazeera

One of the 1,000 Idle No More protesters who gathered on the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor, Ontario last January and blocked traffic for several hours. Geoff Robins/AP

One of the 1,000 Idle No More protesters who gathered on the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor, Ontario last January and blocked traffic for several hours. Geoff Robins/AP

In the past few weeks alone, First Nations groups in Canada have set up a blockade to stop shale gas exploration in New Brunswick, marched outside the Ontario premier’s house to protest high mercury levels, and forced a coal-mining company in British Columbia to delay exploratory drilling.

The protests are part of a growing First Nations activism that took root in Canada last winter, with the powerful movement known as Idle No More. The mass protests that drew thousands to snow-lined streets across the country have gone quiet in recent months, but activists insist the fight is far from over.

On Monday, they will try to take that message to the wider public, with events planned across Canada along with several more in the United States. That day marks the 250th anniversary of the British Royal Proclamation, which led to the founding of Canada. Continue reading

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Tahltan First Nation activists serve Fortune Minerals with eviction notice

By John Ahni Schertow, August 16, 2013. Source: Intercontinental Cry

Protest over coal mine at Mt. Klappan.  Photo: Skeena Watershed Coalition

Protest over coal mine at Mt. Klappan. Photo: Skeena Watershed Coalition

On Wednesday night, citizens of the Tahltan Nation served Fortune Minerals Limited with a “24-hour eviction notice” informing the company that it must vacate the Tahltan’s unceded traditional territory. Although the 24-hour deadline has now passed, the Tahltan activists say they have no intention of backing down.

The action was a direct response to Fortune Mineral’s infringement on a hunting camp located near the site where the company has set up a small camp of its own. As reported by Allison Bench of CFTK TV, the hunters complained that a helicopter was scaring away all the animals. The activists, who identified themselves as members of the “Klabona Keepers” Elders Society, decided that enough was enough.

According to the Tahltan Central Council, which is the governing body of the Iskut First Nation and the Tahltan First Nation, the activists may now set up a blockade against the company’s air travel in and out of the area, where Fortune Minerals has been conducting exploratory work for its Arctos Anthracite Coal Project (formerly known as Mount Klappan Anthracite Metallurgical Coal Project).

A controversial project to say the least, Fortune Minerals and its partner POSCO Canada Limited (a subsidiary of South Korea’s POSCO), wants to dismantle Mount Klappan, replacing it with a massive open pit coal mine that would impact more than 4,000 hectares of pristine wilderness in the Sacred Headwaters.
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Mathias Colomb Cree Nation delivers eviction notice to Hudbay Minerals, Province of Manitoba

July 1, 2013. Source: Intercontinental Cry

Today, the sovereign Nation of Missinippi Nehethowak as represented by Mathias Colomb Cree Nation (MCCN) delivered an eviction notice to Hudbay Mining and Smelting Co., Ltd. (Hudbay) and the province of Manitoba to vacate MCCN traditional, treaty and reserve territory.

Previously, on January 28 and March 5, 2013 Chief Dumas served two Stop Work Orders to Hudbay and the Province of Manitoba. Both site visits were peaceful gatherings where community members engaged in drumming, singing and cooking traditional foods. Hudbay subsequently sued Chief Dumas, MCCN band members and Pamela Palmater, an Indigenous activist, and obtained injunctions to prevent them from attending the site.

Today, a delegation representing sovereign First Nations and individuals from various parts of Canada, acting under their own control and direction have indicated that they will attend at the Lalor Lake mining site on MCCN territory to support the community of MCCN. Despite recent letters from Hudbay threatening to go afer individuals who support MCCN, the delegation is determined to defend the Aboriginal, treaty and inherent rights of MCCN.

Chief Arlen Dumas said, “The spirit and intent of the treaties was to share the lands, waters and natural resources, not allow one treaty partner to unilaterally prosper while impoverishing the other. We have a responsibility to protect the lands, waters, plants and animals for all our future generations — First Nations and Canadians alike.”
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BREAKING NEWS: Idle No More delivers Sovereignty Summer message for Canada Day – This is stolen Native land.

Note: The following was sent to Global Justice Ecology Project by our good friend and board member Clayton Thomas-Muller.  Thomas-Muller is the National Campaigner with  Idle No More/ Defenders of the Land #SovSummer Campaign, and is the Co-Director of the Indigenous Tar Sands Campaign.

-The GJEP Team

July 1, 2013

Activists with No More Silence and Idle No More unveil surprise banner at Canada Day celebration in Toronto, call attention to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

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At this evening’s Canada celebration at Mel Lastman Square, a group of activists as part of Idle No More’s Sovereignty Summer campaign, scaled the main stage at Toronto’s official Canada Celebration and ‘dropped’ a banner reading, “Oh Canada, your home on Stolen Native Land.”

Also, members and supporters of the group No More Silence were on hand at Mel Lastman’s Square handing out educational flyer’s about Idle No More and also No More Silence’s campaign to call attention to the tragedy of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. Silvia McAdams, a spokesperson for Idle No More says, “there is a deep interconnection between the ongoing extractive industries based economy of Canada and the violence that industry represents against our most sacred mother earth and this country’s ongoing failures to address and resolve the murdered and missing First Nations  women’s  and girls’ crisis. Sovereignty Summer calls for an immediate national Inquiry led by grassroots Indigenous women to develop a national action plan.”
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Victory! Council of Yukon First Nations declares traditional lands “frack free”

By John Ahni Schertow, July 1, 2013. Source: Intercontinental Cry

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On Friday, June 28, 2013, the Council of Yukon First Nations (CYFN) passed resolution declaring their traditional lands to be “frack free” and calling on the Yukon government to prohibit all fracking in the territory.

The resolution reads:

Be it resolved that the Council of First Nations calls on the Yukon Govt. to prohibit fracking in the Yukon and declares our traditional territories to be frack-free.

As reported at Rabble.ca, “The resolution was passed by full consensus of the general assembly of those present.”

The Council of Yukon First Nations is a central political organization that represents eleven of the fourteen First Nation governments in the Yukon on a national and International level.

First Nation governments in the Yukon consist of:

  • Carcross/Tagish First Nation
  • Champagne and Aishihik First Nations
  • Ehdiitat Gwich’in Council
  • First Nation of Nacho Nyak Dun
  • Gwichya Gwich’in Council
  • Kluane First Nation
  • Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation
  • Nihtat Gwich’in Council
  • Selkirk First Nation
  • Ta’an Kwach’an Council
  • Teslin Tlingit Council
  • Tetlit Gwich’in Council
  • Tr’ondek Hwech’in
  • White River First Nation

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Members of Elsipogtog First Nation arrested for blocking shale gas exploration vehicles

June 14, 2013. Source: APTN News

Photo: @1tnb

Photo: @1tnb

Twelve people were arrested Friday morning by the RCMP at the site of a sacred fire as part of an on-going protest in New Brunswick over seismic testing in the area.

RCMP spokeswoman Cpl. Chantal Farrah said the arrests were made because people were attempting to block trucks and workers.

Farrah said seven men and five women were taken into custody on Route 126 outside Moncton near Elisipogtog First Nation.

The sacred fire was lit by members of Elsipogtog on June 11 beside a highway where seismic testing vehicles are searching for shale gas deposits.

Opponents of the exploration fear that once the company, SWN Resources Canada, finds shale gas, it won’t be long before it employs a controversial drilling technique called hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, to get at it.

Photos on social media show some of the arrests, including one that appears to be a man holding a sacred pipe, with his hands in plastic cuffs.

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