Indigenous Peoples

06/09/19
Author: 
Juliet O'Neill
Green Party of Canada Leader Elizabeth May speaks to reporters on Parliament Hill on May 10, 2019. Photo by Kamara Morozuk

What else does the federal Green party stand for along with its call to put Canada on a “war footing” against climate change?

The Greens have been propelled into prominence because of the potential of their signature issue to be a prime ballot-box question in the Oct. 21 federal election.

What else they stand for is less conspicuous. Their place on the political spectrum is obscured by their slogan: “Not Left. Not Right. Forward Together.”

05/09/19
Author: 
Stephanie Wood
Chief Lee Spahan of Coldwater Indian Band celebrating on Aug. 30, 2018, when the Supreme Court overturned the Liberals' first TMX approval. Photo by Michael Ruffolo

September 4th 2019

Chief Lee Spahan from Coldwater Indian Band was happy to hear the news: the Federal Court of Appeal will hear his nation’s legal challenge against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.

But he said there is still “a long road ahead.”

02/09/19
Author: 
Sarah Cox
Clearing along the Peace River in preparation for Site C dam construction, July 12, 2018. Photo: Garth Lenz / The Narwhal

In a six-month trial, the provincial NDP government will have to fight against the treaty rights of Indigenous peoples whose traditional territory and burial grounds will be destroyed by a hydro project — one that now could be cancelled at the eleventh hour

26/08/19
Author: 
Michael Harris 
13 Aug 2019
 
In Nova Scotia, water protectors have fiercely opposed a gas company’s plans for a decade, helped by a celebrity supporter.
 
Michael Harris, a Tyee contributing editor, is a highly awarded journalist and documentary maker. Author of Party of One, the bestselling exposé of the Harper government, his investigations have sparked four commissions of inquiry.
 
25/08/19
Author: 
Lee Fang
Native American protesters and their supporters are confronted by private security guards at a work site for the Dakota Access pipeline, near Cannon Ball, N.D., on Sept. 3, 2016. Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images
August 19 2019
 
THE AMERICAN FUEL & Petrochemical Manufacturers, a powerful lobbying group that represents major chemical plants and oil refineries, including Valero Energy, Koch Industries, Chevron, ExxonMobil, and Marathon Petroleum, has flexed its muscle over environmental and energy policy for decades. Despite its reach, AFPM channels dark money and influence with little scrutiny.

The group is now leveraging its political power to criminalize protests of oil and gas infrastructure.

23/08/19
Author: 
Geoffrey Morgan
Construction is to restart imminently in multiple communities along the pipeline route and the project will deliver 590,000 barrels of oil per day by mid-2022.Candace Elliott/Reuters
[The federal government purchased the Trans Mountain pipeline and expansion project from Kinder Morgan in 2018, yet Ian Anderson continues to serve as Trans Mountain president and CEO and speak for the company. 
 
What is the function of the federal government in all this? Is it restricted to being the bearer of financial risk?]
 
August 21, 2019
22/08/19
Author: 
Lisa Descary
Arrest of Rita Wong

August 20, 2019

On August 16, climate activists Rita Wong and Will Offley were sentenced to jail for blocking the TransMountain site on Burnaby Mountain. Will was sentenced to 14 days in prison, and Rita to a shocking 28 days, the longest sentence yet in the more than 220 arrests of water and land protectors.

22/08/19
Author: 
Eugene Kung
 First Nations announce the new round of TMX legal challenges at a press conference in July 2019. (Photo: Eugene Kung)
August 21, 2019

The federal cabinet’s re-approval of the Trans Mountain Pipeline and Tanker Expansion Project (“TMX” or “the Project”) on June 18, 2019 was hardly shocking news. After all, federal cabinet ministers have been saying for years that ‘the pipeline will be built.’ They even spent $4.5 billion of public money to bail out the project when pipeline company Kinder Morgan decided to abandon it.

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