Twenty-four hours after taking over Enbridge’s North Westover pumping station, we’re still here, construction is stopped for a second day, and we’re confident we can hold the space for a while still. We’re confident that energy will continue to build through the weekend, and we invite anyone interested in helping us stop construction to drop by the site.
Hamilton, ON - June 20th, 2013
As this statement is released, we are digging in and occupying Enbridge’s North Westover Pump Station in the Beverly Swamp. We have done this to stop construction in preparation for the reversal of their Line 9 Pipeline to carry toxic diluted bitumen from the Alberta Tar Sands through our communities and watersheds, likely for export.
By Brent Patterson - June 4, 2013
Defenders of the Land, Idle No More and other groups are organizing a 'Sovereignty Summer' for the coming months..."The Defenders of the Land is an established network of Indigenous activists that was formally formed in 2008...As a result of the alliance, Idle No More has now agreed to support non-violent direct action, including blockades, in the cause of Indigenous rights."
By RUTH HOPKINS - Counterpunch Weekend Edition
...[C]olonial language can be used as a tool to denigrate and discriminate against Native people alive today...These semantics of white privilege serve to enforce old colonial notions that attempt to reduce Natives to primitive caricatures. It suggests that we are not equals. It implies that mainstream society owns Native identity, or that we as Natives are relegated to the past.
By JEFF ARMSTRONG - May 29, 2013
In April, a grassroots movement led by Lakota grandmothers toured the country to build support for a formal complaint of genocide against the United States government and its constituent states. Though temporarily overturned, the recent conviction of Efrain Rios Montt for genocide against indigenous Guatemalans should give US officials...pause before dismissing the UN petition as a feeble symbolic gesture.
Predators must have knowledge about their prey if they are going to be successful hunters. It is clear that we have been studied and our weaknesses have been exploited in an effort to exhaust us economically, physically and spiritually. Renowned researcher, Alan Watt goes so far as to state that the perpetrators responsible for this ultimately want to destroy any sense of individuality in us whatsoever.
By Chris Arsenault - 14 May 2013
Living standards for indigenous people on par with "third world" countries, buttressed by a large population of unemployed young men in a "warrior cohort", and easy-to-target economic infrastructure, all mean Canada has conditions for a potential indigenous "insurgency"...That's according to a new report penned by a former Canadian military officer for the MacDonald Laurier Institute, a think-tank supported by corporate executives.
Uninvited and Unwelcome: First Nation Asks Enbridge to Leave Territory Following Botched Consultation
May 17, 2013 - Vancouver Media Co-op
The Gitga’at First Nation has instructed Enbridge to leave its territory after the company and a team of oil spill response surveyors showed-up uninvited, during the nation’s annual food harvesting camp, a time of rich cultural activity and knowledge sharing...Enbridge representatives were instructed to leave Gitga’at council chambers and Gitga’at territory, Wednesday morning, after councilors voiced their displeasure at not being consulted on an Enbridge oil spill response survey.
By Daniel Wilson - rabble.ca
In Stephen Harper's Canada, the art of willful ignorance has reached new heights...Despite a legal duty to consult, insights from First Nations are neither sought nor welcome...Non-governmental sources of information, like the Sisters in Spirit project that brought to light numbers around missing and murdered women, have lost their funding.
By Ollantay Itzamná - Znet
President Otto Perez Molina...decreed, this past May 1, the second state of siege of his term in office. This time, it was to repress indigenous people, the Xinca, in the municipalities of Jalapa and Mataquescuintal...and in Casillas and San Rafael Las Flores...and to protect the “investments” of the Canadian mining company Tahoe Resources (the San Rafael mine).
By Maryam Adrangi - May 9, 2013
When Trevor was 16, he won the Canadian Aboriginal Writing Challenge which Enbridge sponsors. At the time, he didn’t realize who Enbridge was. After a photo shoot with company representatives, his photo was used in an Enbridge print ad displayed across Canada. He came to the Enbridge AGM yesterday as part of a delegation which included his chief, Chief Na’Moks of the Tsayu Clan of the Wet'suwet'en.
By John Pilger - Znet Commentary
More than any colonial society, Australia consigns its dirtiest secrets, past and present, to a wilful ignorance or indifference. When I was at school in Sydney, standard texts often dismissed the most enduring human entity on earth: the indigenous first Australians. “It was quite useless to treat them fairly,” wrote the historian Stephen Roberts, “since they were completely amoral and incapable of sincere and prolonged gratitude.” His acclaimed colleague Russel Ward was succinct: “We are civilized today and they are not.”
April 7, 2013 - Vancouver Media Co-op
On day 14 of a non-violent protest held at the Burns Lake Band office, approximately 50 or more riot police, many with shotguns drawn, evicted three adults and one 12 year old child. 92 percent of the eligible voters on-reserve had signed a petition in support of the protest despite claims to the contrary by the INAC chief councilor, Albert Gerow.
By Daniel Wilson - April 5, 2013
There has been over 4 months of ongoing protest, hunger strikes, long distance marches by Indigenous youth, heated negotiations with First Nation leadership...and widespread calls for action from non-Indigenous people across Canada...Given these circumstances, what can be reasonably foreseen is...the increasingly real risk of outright confrontation. The only question is whether this isn’t in fact the Prime Minister’s intention.
Splitting The Sky Died March 13, 2013: Indigenous Sovereigntist, Prison Justice Activist, Human Rights and Ecojustice Warrior
March 22, 2013 - Vancouver Media Co-op
In the highest of honour I will remember Splitting the Sky who died suddenly March 13 2013 in Adam's Lake, BC...Splitting the Sky, also know as John Boncore, his colonial name, aged 61, was one of the most fierce, uncompromising, warriors I have ever met. He was fighting the pipeline in northern BC at the time of his death, but has been involved in sovereignty issues and many human rights and ecojustice campaigns all over the world.