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The economics of insurgency: Thoughts on Idle No More and critical infrastructure

By Shiri Pasternak, January 14, 2013.  Source: Media Co-op

blockade_in_aamjinaawg_first_nationNews reports are ablaze with reports of looming Indigenous blockades and economic disruption. As the Idle No More movement explodes into a new territory of political action, it bears to amplify the incredible economic leverage of First Nations today, and how frightened the government and industry are of their capacity to wield it.

In recent years, Access to Information (ATI) records obtained by journalists reveal a massive state-wide surveillance and “hot spot monitoring” operation coordinated between the Department of Indian Affairs, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), local security forces, natural resource and transportation ministries, border agencies, and industry stakeholders. These efforts have been explicitly mobilized to protect “critical infrastructure” from Indigenous attack.

What is critical infrastructure? According to an RCMP internal document concerning the risk of Aboriginal protest, “critical infrastructure refers to infrastructure, both tangible and intangible, that is essential to the health, safety, security or economic well-being of Canadians and the effective functioning of government.” RCMP National Security Criminal Investigations have prioritized four critical infrastructure sectors: finance, transportation, energy, and cyber-security.

On January 5 alone, INM protests included five border crossing blockades, bridge blockades, and rail line disruptions spanning the country.

And it’s not only intelligence services that are warning of threats to critical infrastructure.
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Surveyors evicted by B.C. First Nation

Note:  You can read more about the Wet’suwet’en struggle to stop the Pacific Trails Pipeline here.

-The GJEP Team

November 21, 2012.  Source: CBC

Members of a First Nation in northern B.C. have evicted surveyors working on a natural gas pipeline project from their territory and set up a roadblock against all pipeline activity.

A group identifying itself as the Unis’tot’en clan of the Wet’suwet’en Nation said surveyors for Apache Canada’s Pacific Trails Pipeline were trespassing.

“The Unis’tot’en clan has been dead-set against all pipelines slated to cross through their territories, which include PTP [Pacific Trails Pipeline], Enbridge’s Northern Gateway and many others,” Freda Huson, a spokesperson for the group, said in a statement.

“As a result of the unsanctioned PTP work in the Unis’tot’en yintah, the road leading into the territory has been closed to all industry activities until further notice.”

Huson was not available for comment.
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Community corridor: Halting the rise of pipeline infrastructure with creative radical resistance

By Julien LaLonde, Novemeber 14, 2012. Source:  Toward Freedom

In a recent series of direct actions resisting the path of the Keystone XL pipeline in Texas, environmental activists have deployed ingenious configurations of tree-houses, platforms, ropes and banners erected and organized in an almost ‘Ewok-style’ resistance. These remarkably well-organized actions have created enthusiasm and inspiration for many.

These eco-warriors were able to delay for two days loggers clearing the right-of-way for the Keystone XL pipeline. After they were removed and arrests handed out, they returned further up the route and set up the tree resistance yet again to force industry and police to go through the same process of removal a few days later. This way the delays and the complications continue for industry, and so does the necessity to dispense time, money, and resources time and again to remove the disruptions. If these efforts continue and multiply themselves in frequency and into different areas, it gets more and more difficult for industry to operate. With environmentalists, and more prominently and importantly indigenous communities resisting on the frontlines, industry is forced to employ either private security contractors or to turn to the state in order to remove the activity disrupting business. This gradually begins to affect industry’s bottom-line, and as for the state, it is forced into the uncomfortable and politically precarious position of having to use repression against “citizens.”  Eventually the cumulative impacts of this resistance will begin to show results and become a deterrent to the further expansion of industrial infrastructure.

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Action Alert: Support grassroots Wet’suwet’en resistance to Pacific Trails pipeline

September 25, 2012.  Source: Unis’tot’en Action Camp

Note: Here at GJEP, we feel that solidarity with communities on the front lines of extreme energy extraction, environmental destruction and other forms of domination is a crucial piece of building a movement for the world we want to see.  Please consider hosting a kitchen party (see below) or finding another way to support the many ongoing struggles to shut down the Tar Sands, gas extraction fields, and their associated pipelines.  Whether you can provide money, supplies or even put your body on the line, your support is needed to stop one-percent’s continued assault on frontline communities across the continent.

-The GJEP Team

“In the face of unbridled industrial and economic expansion the grassroots Wet’suwet’en are calling out to like-minded individuals who are interested in helping us stop the oil and gas corridor from coming through our unceded and unsurrendered lands. I feel that everybody has the responsibility to protect what is left from the tyrants of greed and corruption.” Toghestiy, hereditary chief, Likht’samisyu Clan

For the past three years, grassroots Wet’suwet’en from the Unis’tot’en clan (along with members of the Gitimt’en and Likhts’amisyu clans) have held an annual action camp to raise awareness about and promote resistance to proposed pipeline developments through their unceded lands. Now as construction of the Pacific Trails pipeline attempts to move forward, the camp is rapidly transitioning into a full-time community. Vital support is needed in terms of food, materials, and people to sustain the camp through winter.
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