A single campaign in the country's smallest province is now a flashpoint for land rights of First Nations communities
MONTREAL — It’s a single shale gas exploration project in one of Canada’s smallest provinces, but it has become a flashpoint in the debate over indigenous land rights in the country.
What began this summer in a small encampment near the Elsipogtog First Nation in New Brunswick has triggered a broader movement with a groundswell of support across the country.
Algonquins Erect Land Protection Camp to Save Cultural Sites & Critical Wildlife Habitat from Destructive Logging within La Verendrye Wildlife Reserve
(Kitiganik, Algonquin Territory/December 9, 2013) This past Spring, Quebec’s Ministry of Natural Resources—without meaningfully consulting the Algonquins of Barriere Lake—issued permits for the 2013-14 operating year to Resolute Forest Products and other large logging companies who have subsequently clear-cut vast tracts of the forest this past summer and fall, up to last week, when the Algonquins stopped the unauthorized logging, which has been taking place in violation of signed Agreements with the First Nation.
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Rising Tide Toronto #LockDownLine9 December 3, 2013
(Toronto, ON) Members of Rising Tide Toronto have locked down to equipment at an Enbridge Line 9 river crossing, effectively halting construction. This construction is taking place before the NEB has approved this pipeline reversal project.
This action, taking place on Mississauga New Credit territory, was done in solidarity with Indigenous sovereigntist and environmental justice struggles across Turtle Island. All First Nations Band Councils who participated in the hearings urged the reversal not be granted. Amidst outstanding land claims, there has been absolutely no consultation with any Indigenous communities along the route of Line 9.Read more
By Krystle Alarcon - Vancouver Observer
As the young, Indigenous, women-led movement of Idle No More approaches its first anniversary on Dec.10, the Vancouver Observer profiles four indigenous women who are making a difference in BC. These four women are ignited by a passion for change because of what they experienced at home or in their communities.Read more
Please sign the petition in support of Barriere Lake - click here
We call on the Quebec Government to halt all resource extraction on Barriere Lake's lands until they have honoured an environmental trailblazer agreement with the First Nation.
Why is this important?
Today, the forests of the small First Nation of Barriere Lake are being devastated by giant forestry corporations.For decades this Algonquin community in northern Quebec has been in the forefront in protecting and stewarding their lands and waters for future generations of native and non-native society.Read more
#INM1yr Webinar - Violence on the Land is Violence on our Bodies: Criminalization, Incarceration and Resisting State Violence
This is a reminder about the amazing webinar this Sunday at 4pm EST with the Native Youth Sexual Health Network (Erin Marie Konsmo, Krysta Williams) as well as Marmie Jotter and Sarah Deer.
#INM1yr Webinar - Violence on the Land is Violence on our Bodies: Criminalization, Incarceration and Resisting State ViolenceRead more
In response to many requests about how to send donations to support Elsipogtog, here are two places you can contribute, in order to support land and water defenders in Elsipogtog: http://www.gofundme.com/4v80u4 and http://www.gofundme.com/Saving-Mother-Earth
ALGONQUIN WOMEN GO FASTING FOR CHILDREN
QUEBEC- Earlier this week Micheline Anicinapio from Lac Simon started a fast for our children that placed in Foster care. The fast is to urge Quebec Child Services and the Complaint Board to meet with the community of Lac Simon.
Thursday evening she was joined by Carole Dumont.
This fast is taking place in their community of Lac Simon located near Val'Dor in the region of Abitibi-Temiscamgue, Quebec. Helen Papatie (pictured in the middle) sleeps with the 2 women in the evenings to offer support and Bernadette Wabanonik is the main helper to the women in fasting who prepares the broth and all that is needed for the women that are still yet in waiting to meet with the Quebec Child Services.
Their community hall has been prepared by meetings with the young parents, reviewing an agenda which are in a waiting period to discuss a new approach and workplan with the Quebec DPJ Child Services.
Share the info.. Migwetch to our brave women warriors for their lives the are sacfricing to bring betterment, fairness and equality for our families in the communities. Some donations are needed to serve visiters coffee. tea/s and snack Migwetch!!! - via Shannon Chief
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Support and Alliance for Elsipogtog
I and Jessica Gordon have been following the state of circumstances since late June regarding the continually escalating events occurring in Elsipogtog, New Brunswick with the Rcmp raids. The current state is absolutely unacceptable and it is known that the women and children on site are the core of land, air, and water defenders. We also know that mainstream media and other sources of isolating native and non-native land defenders, also known as Warrior Societies, have been negatively targeted to create a public perception that they are harmful and dangerous. This is not so.Read more
By Sarah Lazare - Common Dreams, Photo Credit Miles Howe
Renewed protests follow announcement that energy company will re-start shale gas exploration
Elsipogtog First Nations members are heading back to the streets in New Brunswick this week to defend their land from a gas drilling company eager to re-start exploratory fracking operations in the region.The new wave of local anti-drilling resistance will resume an ongoing battle between the community members who faced a paramilitary-style onslaught by law enforcement agencies last month that sparked international outcry and a wave of solidarity protests.Read more