Indigenous Peoples

09/01/19
Author: 
CBC staff

Hereditary chiefs expected to give update on talks with RCMP when media reach camp

Jan 09, 2019

RCMP have opened their roadblock on a remote forest road in northern B.C., allowing access to a camp that has been the focal point of a First Nations protest against a proposed natural gas pipeline, about 300 kilometres west of Prince George. 

09/01/19
Author: 
Emily Rauhala
Protesters voice opposition to pipelines during a rally on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Jan. 8. Dozens of rallies are planned in British Columbia, across Canada and as far away as Europe to support pipeline protesters arrested in northwestern British Columbia. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press/AP)

Jan. 9/2019

The pictures emerging from the scene of an anti-pipeline action in British Columbia could not be more off-brand for Justin Trudeau.

09/01/19
Author: 
CTVNews.ca Staff
[Editor: see videos of protests from across Canada at link]
 
CTVNews.ca's Josh Dehaas, with files from CTV's Kevin Gallagher in Ottawa and Melanie Nagy in Vancouver 
Published Tuesday, January 8, 2019 11:09AM EST 
Last Updated Wednesday, January 9, 2019 9:46AM EST
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: 
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.

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