CBC News, Photo Credit - Jennifer Choi/CBC
SWN Resources Canada is suing 13 anti-shale gas protesters for damages it claims it has suffered as a result of protests in New Brunswick, court documents obtained by CBC News show.
The company has lost $650,000 since the protests began, according to an affidavit by Christopher Cainsford-Betty, a staff operations geophysicist for Southwestern Energy Company, the parent company of SWN.Read more
IMMEDIATE RELEASE Oct. 31, 2013
Grassy Narrows rejects Forest Management Plan for the Whiskey Jack Forest 2012 – 2022 on the basis of failure to consult and infringes on Aboriginal and Treaty Rights
Today Grassy Narrows Chief and Council sent an open letter to Premier Wynne rejecting Ontario's Forestry Management Plan 2012 - 2022 for another decade of clear-cut logging on Grassy Narrows Territory. The Forest Management plan for the Whiskey Jack Forest 2012-2022 is in the final stages of approval and is currently posted for public comment.Read more
By CBC , Photo Credit Jennifer Choi/CBC
Band Council issues resolution in midst of shale gas dispute, plans reclamation day for Saturday
Mi'kmaq Band Council is urging it members to reclaim all Crown land in the midst of the shale gas dispute in New Brunswick.
It plans to hold a "reclamation day" on Saturday. "We will become steward of the land," a resolution issued on Wednesday states.
The resolution comes one month after First Nations people began an anti-shale gas protest near Rexton, which has since been relocated to across the street from the provincial legislature in Fredericton.Read more
By Anna Maria Tremonti - CBC (Photo Credit AP/Brennan Linsley)
Jessica Ernst says she could light her water on fire as it came out of the tap from her well in rural Rosebud, Alberta. She blames hydraulic fracturing or fracking for her problems but her attempts to sue Alberta's Energy Regulator have hit a snag: the regulator has immunity.
Solidarity with Mi’Kmaq Nation
Yesterday and today we celebrate with Elsipogtog First Nation after the Court of Queen’s Bench decision to lift Southwestern Energy's (SWN) injunction! This injunction was filed by the Texas based company to end the blockade protecting Mi’kmaq traditional territory from fracking.
For the last three years, the Mi'kmaq people in New Brunswick have proclaimed their right to consultation regarding shale gas exploration, commonly known as “fracking”, and have been part of a series of peaceful actions to protect their unceded territory. On Thursday Oct 18th, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) violently attacked their peaceful encampment.
48 Elsipogtog Anti-Fracking Actions and Events are confirmed and many more are being organized! Check the list below or view them all on a map http://www.idlenomore.ca/events
If you know of other events please add them. If you don’t see an event in your area organize one!
Solidarity Events and Actions:
1. Elsipogtog: Blockade - Route 134
2. Ottawa: Elsipogtog Solidarity - Ottawa, Unceded Algonquin Territories
3. Ottawa: Sit in on the Parliament Hill in support of our Mi’kmaq familyRead more
Our Mi'kmaq relatives need our support. Members of the Elsipogtog First Nation and supporters of the Anti-Shale, Anti-Fracking Nonviolent Action in New Brunswick (Canada) were under attack today because of state-initiated violence by the RCMP. Idle No More denounces this state violence and calls out to all of our supporters GLOBALLY to light your sacred fires or other peaceful actions to show support and alliance with the people of New Brunswick.Read more
Our Mi'kmaq relatives need our support. Members of the Elsipogtog First Nation and supporters of the Anti Shale, Anti Fracking Non Violent Action in New Brunswick (Canada) are in crisis. Idle No More is calling out to all of our supporters GLOBALLY to light your sacred fires or other ceremonial actions to show support and alliance with the people of New Brunswick. They are currently under direct threat of civil and military discipline by both RCMP and other outside military forces. Settlers and Indigenous protestors and Warriors have been subjected to violent action from the police for their participation in a legitimate peaceful non violent action defending their lands and asserting their sovereign duty to protect the land and the people. Click here to take action in solidarity or text "solidarity" to 306-994-7009 (Photo credit Ossie Michelin)Read more
A banner drop and a series of gaged protestors demonstrated what is being left out of the National Energy Board (NEB) hearings that are taking place this week in Toronto. The subject of the hearings is Enbridge's Line 9 reversal and expansion proposal, which would allow the company to ship tar sands bitumen from Sarnia to Montreal. Groups today protested the fact that the hearings have explicitly banned discussion of upstream and downstream impacts of the pipeline reversal and expansion, which would allow the tar sands to expand production and refining.Read more
Indigenous Nations Are at the Forefront of the Conflict With Transnational Corporate Power That Affects Us All
On Monday, October 7, 2013, indigenous nations and their allies held 70 actions throughout the world proclaiming their sovereignty. The call to action was issued by Idle No more and Defenders of the Land to coincide with the 250th anniversary of the British Royal Proclamation of 1763, which was the first document in which an imperial nation recognized indigenous sovereignty and their right to self-determination. As we wrote last week, treaties with First Nations are not being honored, and even the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples does not adequately recognize the sovereignty of indigenous peoples.Read more