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Warrior Publications

by Reclaim Turtle Island, November 20, 2013New Brunswick Mi'kmaq free our warriors


Southeastern Regional Correctional Centre in so-called New Brunswick has just placed Germain “Junior” Breau, 22, into solitary confinement. This is part of the ongoing mistreatment of Indigenous peoples inside of the Prison Injustice System, and a slap in the face to Land Defenders and Warriors standing up for the peoples against fracking.

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Why Reverse Racism Isn’t Real


There is no system of oppression in America that actively works to oppress and subjugate white people. Sorry to break it to you, but your individual suffering is just that, individual. The individuals acting against you do not have the institutionalized power to actively oppress you in every facet of your life, nor would their racism be upheld and supported by government, media, and legislation if they did. Because you’re white.

via Why Reverse Racism Isn't Real.

Are green groups ready for tarsands deal?


Dawn Paley

Here’s a piece I worked on while I was up in Vancouver this summer, out in this week’s Georgia Straight. It builds on some previous work I have done on the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement.

Are green groups ready for tarsands deal?

by Dawn Paley on Nov 20, 2013

Gone are the days when the tarsands were an obscure experiment in making oil from tar. Today, the bitumen deposits in central and northern Alberta have become a political hot potato, an issue forced onto the world stage by coordinated protests and direct actions.

But a look at the history of the environmental groups that have signed on to the tarsands protests raises the question of whether or not an agreement between green groups and tarsands operators is on the horizon.

In Canada, Native-led opposition to the Enbridge pipeline through central B.C. has become one of the most visible faces of…

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‘BC’ 2013 ‘Election’ Campaign: Dismantle Provincial Legislature


So called ‘British Columbia’, the colonial governmental authority that asserts ill-gotten power over hundreds of un-ceded indigenous territories, is in the midst of one of it’s regular farcical election campaigns.  I too have a campaign for this ‘race’. It’s called ‘Revolution Now’ and the platform is simple: Put an end to the genocide and historicide and dissolve the provincial legislature totally and permanently. Recognize the authority of the traditional governance systems and stop assuming the right to exploit the land as we please. Read the rest of this entry

Nowhere to Run To: A Global Resistance to Toxic Extraction Industry?


On April 12, 2013, the province of British Columbia announced four new proposals for LNG export terminals on the north coast. One of the four companies involved, Australian based Woodside Petroleum, announced on the very same day that they were shelving plans for a $47 billion dollar LNG terminal in Australia.

The reason Woodside gave for cancelling this project, which was the largest proposed construction project on the horizon for that country, was that the economics were no longer feasible. Nothing I’ve come across in the media references these two projects together, and so the company has not publically stated whether the Canadian proposal had anything to do with this decision.

These four new LNG proposals put the total number of proposed terminals on the BC coast to nine. When referencing these projects, the media is careful to mention that not all these terminals may be built. The reality is that if any of these terminals are to be built at all, it is a virtual impossibility that all nine of these proposals will survive. Back when there were just 5 proposals, estimates were that it would have requirred a tripling of current gas extraction.

The race to get LNG to Asian market is not exclusive to these nine projects. Various projects in Australia and US (and to a small degree in a dozen or so other countries) are also competing for these limited contracts. Completion of these projects range anywhere from later this year to 2019.
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The Un-Natural Gas Boom: Another Bridge to Nowhere

Wedzin Kwa, in Unist'ot'en territory. Several gas pipelines are proposed to tunnel under this salmon bearing stream, just past that bridge.

Wedzin Kwa, in Unist’ot’en territory. Several gas pipelines are proposed to tunnel under this salmon bearing stream, just past that bridge.

I’ll admit I wasn’t fully aware of the scale of the un-natural gas boom until I arrived at an indigenous-led blockade of seven proposed gas pipelines.

The Unist’ot’en camp was built in the path of the proposed Pacific Trails Pipelines by a group of grassroots Wet’suwet’en people who oppose the incursion onto their unceded territory. Coincidently, the same pipeline right-of-way was originally planned to be used for the Enbridge pipeline, that is until the Unist’ot’en built their clan cabin on the banks of the Wedzin Kwa (colonial name: Morice River). Read the rest of this entry

Demand/Create Free, Safe Transportation for Women Along the Highway of Tears


If you’ve ever driven along the 800km stretch of highway 16 from Prince George to Prince Rupert, you’ve probably noticed the large billboards with photos and details of several missing women.

You may even be aware that this particular stretch of highway is known far and wide as the Highway of Tears, and that in the past 40 years, as many as 45 women (most of whom are indigenous) have gone missing while travelling along this road. The most recent (known) case occured in 2011, and an attempted abduction occured along the highway on Christmas Eve, 2012.

Like many Canadians, I had been unaware my entire life that this horror was unfolding, just as I was unaware that there have been almost 3000 cases of murdered and missing (mostly indigenous) women in this country within the last 4 decades. (The RCMP maintains that this number is closer to 600, which is still horribly shocking).

I have been haunted by the knowledge of these tragedies since I met Gladys Radek and Bernie Williams (organizers of the walk4justice) six years ago. As of this writing I am currently staying in Unist’ot’en Wet’suwet’en territory, close to where Gladys Radek’s neice went missing,(I came to assist the Unist’ot’en with their resistance to oil and gas pipelines) and I find myself probing deeper into this issue, wanting desperately to see justice happen, to be part of creating a society where women are honoured as they should be, where nightmares such as this no long happen.

Why is this happening? What can we do to stop it? Those are the questions I have, the questions I hope you have as well.
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