The protestors have remained strong and peaceful for numerous days and the RCMP have become more aggressive and violent; arresting a man as he held a sacred pipe in his hand, as well as arresting community members at the site of the sacred fire. SWN contractors have also threatened to run over Mi'kmaq youth at the site.
In total, this past weekends Aboriginal Day's 12 arrests brings the total number of arrestees to 29 from both the Mi'kmaq and non-Indigenous communities at the location of a sacred fire being kept (located at the junction of highways 126 and 116 west) in Kent County near Moncton. These arrests included the arrest of a eight and a half month pregnant Mi'kmaq woman as well as local man, Dave Morang. Mr. Morang was injured by an SWN-contracted security truck, who failed to stop after hitting him.This peaceful resistance is on-going to prevent SWN Resources Canada from fracking in the immediate area.
INM organizers have been in contact with Elsipogtog First Nation community members and have requested further support.
Sovereignty Summer Campaign-Idle No More & Defenders of the Land
Call to Action PSA: War Chief - John Levi & Amy Sock of Elsipogtog
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For more information please contact:
Elsipogtog First Nation -
Amy Jo Augustine - Local Media Contact
506 523 3826
Sovereignty Summer Campaigner
cell 613 297 7515