Five days after a train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, the rural town resembles a scene of desolation. Its downtown is a charred sacrifice zone. 50 people are likely dead, making the train's toll one of the worst disasters in recent Canadian history.
Canadians from many cultural communities call on Feds to #HonourTheApology to Residential School Survivors
ACROSS CANADA (Venues below) - Today, Canadians, newcomers, First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples from all walks of life and religious denominations will reflect upon the impacts of Canada’s residential schools in a national moment of silence, prayer, and commemoration. They are calling on the federal government to release all documents pertaining to the residential schools in Canada to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission IMMEDIATELY, commission a national inquiry into the biomedical experiments on First Nations communities, and to work toward the end of continued violence toward Indigenous peoples in Canada.Read more
Miles Howe - Halifax Media Co-op
Nightfall finds unknown number of activists still in woods along SWN's woodland testing line.
The Canadian Press -
The Canadian government says it's appalled to hear hungry aboriginal children and adults may have been used as unwitting subjects in nutritional experiments by federal bureaucrats.
Recently published research by food historian Ian Mosby has revealed details about one of the least-known but perhaps most disturbing aspects of government policy toward aboriginal people immediately after the Second World War.
"It was experiments being conducted on malnourished aboriginal people," Mosby, a post-doctoral fellow in history at the University of Guelph, told CBC's As It Happens program on Tuesday.Read more
By Martin Lukacs hosted by the Guardian
At the root of the explosion is deregulation and an energy rush driving companies to take ever greater risks
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ACFN disappointed by JRP’s initial approval of Shell tar sands mine expansion; expects mitigation and accommodation to be in place prior to further approvals for the expansion
July 9, 2013 Fort McMurray, AB— Quick on the heels of oil washing up on the shores of Ft. Chipewyan and a 100 km long slick along the Athabasca River, the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) is disappointed by the recent decision by the Joint Review Panel (JRP) to recommend Shell’s Jackpine mine expansion project go forward, despite a Panel acknowledging, for the first time, the significant adverse impacts tar sands have on Aboriginal rights and cultures.Read more
By Miles Howe - Halifax Media Co-op
MONCTON, NEW BRUNSWICK - Elsipogtog War Chief John Levi was today sent to jail until Monday morning at 9:30am, which, according to the presiding judge, was the "earliest convenient time" to set bail.
Levi stands accused of two charges, both related to an anti-shale gas action that took place on June 21st. The first, mischief, is most likely related to the actions of four people, three of whom went out onto highway 126 into the path of SWN Resources Canada's seismic testing trucks. These four people were arrested - along with eight others on that day - and Levi stands accused of telling protesters to "stand their ground".Read more
Wednesday July 3rd 10am
Cayuga Courthouse, 55 Munsee St. N., Cayuga
Rides leave from Keele Subway, Toronto at 8 am
See below for info for other cities.
Six Nations land defender Theresa “Toad” Jamieson and the Two Row Society join Idle No More Sovereignty Summer’s calls for action with a rally and court support at the Cayuga courthouse on Wednesday JULY 3rd at 10am.
Toad has been defending Indigenous land rights and Kanonhstaton, the Six Nations Reclamation site, ever since the land near Caledonia, ON was reclaimed by Six Nations in February 2006. At the height of this winter’s Idle No More movement, the rounddance during her court date sent a strong message that the fight for the land requires lasting support of Indigenous women land defenders.Read more
Stephen Leahy - guardian.co.uk Photograph: Jeff Mcintosh/AP
Native elders to lead a spiritual gathering to heal land, air, water and all living forms harmed by world's largest industrial project.
Hundreds of activists including Bill McKibben and Naomi Klein are going into the heart of Canada's tar sands this week – not to protest the destruction of the local environment, but to pray for the 'healing' of land and the people.
Native elders from all over North America will lead people past lakes of tailings wastewater and massive infrastructure of the tar sands industry along the Athabasca River in Fort McMurray, Alberta.Read more
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: This Friday, June 28th, Idle No More will launch a new website and communications platform that will engage hundreds of thousands of people via the web, social media, email, and text. Timed to coincide with the beginning of Sovereignty Summer (#SovSummer), Idle No More and Defenders of the Land’s joint campaign officially launched on June 21, 2013, the new site will allow the Idle No More movement to coordinate events and actions around the world. On Friday the new site will be live on idlenomore.ca and idlenomore.com.
At the heart of this new website is a contact database of over 100,000 people who are active in the movement. To enable ongoing and effective coordination of future events, this database will create separate contact lists of people involved in Idle No More, such as those living in a specific territory or community, those interested in drumming or singing at an event, or those inspired to host a Sovereignty Summer – Idle No More action or event.Read more