Protest - Revolt

Ben Davis
Anne Pasternak attends The 2016 Brooklyn Museum Artists Ball, Honoring Stephanie and Tim Ingrassia on April 20, 2016 in New York City. Courtesy of Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Brooklyn Museum.

The heads of the Field Museum, Brooklyn Museum, and Queens Museum speak out.

September 21, 2016

Jorge Barrera

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Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould should resign her post over the federal approval of permits for British Columbia’s Site C mega dam, says the chief of West Moberly First Nation, one of the Treaty 8 communities facing territorial destruction as a result of the project.

Telesur staff
Villagers protest after their land was seized to allow for the expansion of a copper mine in Sagaing Division, March 13, 2013. | Photo: Reuters

The International Criminal Court announced Thursday it will now hold corporate executives and governments legally responsible for environmental crimes.

Land Grabs Soar, Worsening Land Conflicts and Climate Change

Jill Stein
North Dakota protest- Defend the sacred banner - Getty

The fight by the Standing Rock Sioux to halt the Dakota Access Pipeline has emerged as one of the defining climate justice fights in the United States.

It has also become a central focal point of the ongoing worldwide struggle by indigenous peoples to have their treaty and land rights respected by other governments and corporations. (The fact that corporations operate as de facto government is a galling example of the need for the Green Party).

Brent Richter
Rueben George, of Tsleil-Waututh’s Sacred Trust Initiative, addresses crowds at Vancouver’s Grandview Park Aug. 23 during viewing of a totem pole that First Nations carvers will tour through the Pacific Northwest to bring attention to the pipeline proposal. photo Lisa King - See more at:

The Federal Court of Appeal has quashed a bid by the Tsleil-Waututh Nation to have the National Energy Board process for the Trans Mountain pipeline declared unlawful.

At issue in the suit filed in 2014 was whether the Crown and NEB had failed in their constitutional duty to consult the Tsleil-Waututh as a First Nation.

The federal court of appeal issued a 44-page decision last week rejecting the claim, stating the Tsleil-Waututh could have raised its concerns about the project with the federal government at numerous times over the last several years.

Katy Quinn
Rolling Justice Bus against Site C Dam photo by Deirdre Kelly

Nine years ago today, on September 13, 2007, the United Nations took an important step towards reconciliation with Indigenous peoples when the General Assembly voted 144-4 to adopt the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. While 11 countries abstained, four countries voted against the Declaration: Canada, the United States, New Zealand and Australia.

Gloria Galloway
People converge on Parliament Hill in Ottawa to protest the Site C hydroelectric dam project on Sept. 13, 2016. (Sean Kilpatrick/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

First Nations leaders from British Columbia were in Ottawa this week to tell federal politicians they have been betrayed by a government that promised a new relationship with indigenous people then approved the construction of a massive hydro dam that threatens their traditional way of life.

The $8.8-billion BC Hydro project on the Peace River, known as Site C, received authorizations from the federal departments of Fisheries and Transport earlier this summer.

Elizabeth McSheffrey
Rueben George of the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation in B.C., and Hereditary Chief Phil Lane Jr. protest the pipelines during the Totem Pole Journey across western North America in September 2016. Photo by Nancy Bleck.

For Indigenous activists fighting pipelines across Canada, the following names are unforgettable: Energy East, Enbridge Northern Gateway, the Trans Mountain expansion.


The struggle to stop these projects has been carved forever into their memories, but as of last Monday, it has also been carved into the journey of a wooden totem pole that travelled more than 8,000 kilometres from the Lummi Nation in Bellingham, Wash. to the heart of Treaty One territory in Winnipeg.


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