NYC #ElsipogtogSolidarity Action + Anti-Fracking Demo
SOLIDARITY DEMO AT THE NEW YORK CITY CANADIAN CONSULATE: 4:00pm, FRIDAY. OCT 18th.
STAND WITH THE MI'KMAQ NATION'S DEFENSE OF THE LAND AND WATER.
RESIST FRACKING ON TURTLE ISLAND.
RESIST POLICE VIOLENCE AGAINST INDIGENOUS PEOPLES.
RISE & UNITE AGAINST COLONIALISM.
BRING YOUR DRUMS, SIGNS AND VOICES!
BACKGROUND: "Elsipogtog First Nation announces major land reclamation in ongoing anti-fracking struggle"
MORE INFO: On the morning of October 17th, heavily armed members of the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) descended on a peaceful protest against fracking led by the Mi’kmaq Indigenous nation and including their allies in the local Anglophone, Francophone and Atlantic Canadian communities.
It now appears that several people have been and that many prominent activists, as well the many members of the local Mi’Kmaq government, have been arrested. As of writing, reports indicate police cars have been set ablaze. We are hoping that the situation does not deteriorate further. There are elders and children at the protest site, and reports indicate the RCMP are toting live ammunition.
Throughout the summer, these groups had protested and confronted the right of SWN Resources, a Texas-based corporation, to do exploratory testing in advance of fracking and so threaten their common water, land and health in Kent County (a few hours East of the Maine border). Over 40 protesters were arrested for non-violent civil disobedience this summer.
In September, tensions flared when the protesters blockaded a compound where SWN was storing several of its “thumper” trucks (used for seismic testing). Ultimately, this action led to negotiations with the Premier of New Brunswick. These appear to have broken down as the RCMP have, as of October 17, sought to enforce an injunction filed by SWN to clear the road of the blockade.
The struggle against fracking is one that has seen popular movements rise across the continent. In New Brunswick, we have seen an unprecedented alliance of groups come together in defense of their shared home and in support of Indigenous rights.
This conflict is underscored by the fact that the land on which the fracking is set to take place is considered by the Mi’Kmaq to be unceded indigenous land and, as such, any such extraction without explicit Mi’Kmaq consent is illegal. The Mi’Kmaq have made it clear, time and again, they do not wish to see fracking on their lands and have issued eviction notices to SWN.
This act of colonialism comes only a day after the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous People filed a preliminary report after his visit to Canada, suggesting that Indigenous Rights are the country’s most pressing human rights concern.
At 4:00pm October 18th we will call on the Canadian government to negotiate on a nation-to-nation basis with the Mi’kmaq. We call for an end to fracking in New Brunswick and throughout Turtle Island (North America).
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