British Columbia

09/01/19
Author: 
First Nations Leaders
At 10 o'clock on the morning Monday January 6th, 2019, Secwepemc grass-root land defenders lit a sacred fire in Neskonlith Hall to stand in solidarity and support the Wet'suwet'en as they face harassment and intimidation by a militarized police force poised to infringe the human rights of Indigenous peoples.
 
09/01/19
Author: 
Kristy Kirkup
Pipeline protesters block Trudeau speech with drums, chants
The Canadian Press                    January 8, 2019
 
OTTAWA -- Dozens of protesters delayed an appearance by the prime minister Tuesday afternoon, drumming and chanting in a government building where Justin Trudeau was set to speak.

Police kept the prime minister out of a Sussex Drive building in Ottawa, where he was to address a forum bringing together federal officials and representatives from self-governing First Nations that have "modern" treaties with the Crown.

09/01/19
Author: 
Carl Meyer
The Elephant Hill wildfire near Clinton, B.C. on Aug. 8, 2017. Photo by Master Corporal Malcolm Byers, Wainwright Garrison Imaging

Humanity's contribution to climate change made the catastrophic wildfires across the western Canadian province of British Columbia in 2017 far worse, says a new study by Canadian scientists.

The devastating season saw an area go up in flames in B.C. that was seven to 11 times larger than what would be expected without human influence on the climate, according to scientists at Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) and the University of Victoria (UVic).

09/01/19
Author: 
Rita Wong
Wet’suwet’en women at the Gitdimt’en check point standing in solidarity with Unist’ot’en, Dec 2018. Photo from Wet'suwet'en Strong Facebook page.

Jan. 8, 3018

The Unist’ot’en Camp near Smithers in northern British Columbia offers a crucial lesson for all humanity -- that the land provides for everyone who lives on it, and we in turn have a responsibility to reciprocate and care for the land.

09/01/19
Author: 
Carl Meyer
Sabina Dennis of the Lheidli T'enneh First Nation confronts RCMP officers at the Gitdumt'en checkpoint in northern B.C. on Jan. 7, 2018. Photo by Michael Toledano

Anger at Canada’s support for fossil fuel expansion boiled over Tuesday, driving Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to physically change venues before giving a speech to Indigenous leaders in Ottawa — where he failed to mention a blockade in British Columbia that had spurred a nationwide solidarity movement.

Trudeau was originally scheduled to give opening remarks at 2:30 p.m. at a government building at 111 Sussex Drive in Ottawa, near his official residence, where an annual forum was being held concerning treaties between First Nations and the Crown.

08/01/19
Author: 
Perrin Grauer and Jesse Winter
Heavily armed police force their way over a reinforced gate amid screams of protest at the Gidimt’en clan checkpoint.  (JESSE WINTER / STARMETRO VANCOUVER)

MORICE WEST FORESTRY SERVICE ROAD, B.C.—A checkpoint camp was abandoned behind a massive fallen tree and a barrier of flame on Monday afternoon as dozens of RCMP officers finally pushed past the barricade set up to bar entry to the traditional territories of the Wet’suwet’en people.

Fourteen people would be arrested by the end of the day.

08/01/19
Author: 
National Observer
A sign for a blockade check point by the Gidimt'en clan of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation is shown in this undated handout photo posted on the Wet'suwet'en Access Point on Gidumt'en Territory Facebook page.

More than a dozen people have been arrested for protecting territory that is blocking access to a new pipeline expansion project in British Columbia.

RCMP say they arrested 14 people from a blockade to a forest service road in northern part of the province that is preventing access to the pipeline project.

 

Mounties say the arrests took place at the Gitdumt'en checkpoint on Morice West Forest Service Road for various offences, including alleged violations of an injunction order against the blockade.

07/01/19
Author: 
Leyland Cecco

Police officers deployed near checkpoint where protesters have gathered to block the construction of a natural gas pipeline

Indigenous protesters in Canada have called a growing police presence near their makeshift checkpoint “an act of war”, as tensions mount over a stalled pipeline project in northern British Columbia.

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