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
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
Idle No More is one of the largest Indigenous mass movements in recent history – sparking hundreds of teach-ins, rallies, and direct actions across the globe. What began as a series of teach-ins on November 10th, 2012 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to protest laws that would scale back on environmental protections and threaten Indigenous self-determination, has now changed the social and political landscape of Canada and beyond. We know that many communities will be holding symbolic celebrations on Nov 10th to honour the birth of Idle No More. Idle No More organizers hope that all of us as individuals and as groups do take a moment on Nov 10th to look back and look ahead. And if you are planning a celebration or action on Nov 10th then please add it to the events listing on the website and if you are able to, please join the webinar below! To mark the One Year anniversary of the Idle No More Movement, we will be launching a series of webinars, beginning with renowned Anishnaabe activist Winona LaDuke.Read more
Idle No More urges you to learn more about current “hotspots” of indigenous resistance (Elsipogtog, Unist’ot’en, and Grassy Narrows) as well as other upcoming actions and events.
Read the updates below, attend the events if you can, and take action in support of these struggles.Read more