Posts Tagged ‘Wet’suwet’en’

Can Canada’s Conservatives resist temptation to try to sabotage the accord with the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs?

March 3, 2020

It will be interesting to see how the Conservative Opposition in Ottawa and Alberta’s Conservative government react to yesterday’s announcement the federal and British Columbia governments have reached an accord with the Wet’suwet’en First Nation that would recognize its system of hereditary governance.

‘Enforcers of the colonizers’: Wet’suwet’en crisis casts spotlight on long, difficult history between RCMP and Indigenous peoples..

March 1, 2020

“There’s the notion, increasingly challenged, that the Mounties played a protective role for Indigenous peoples, when in reality the Mounted Police were modelled after the Royal Irish Constabulary, a paramilitary colonial police force that the British used to control the Irish. In the Canadian case, the Mounted Police helped with the process of moving Indigenous peoples onto reserves to free up land for European settlers.

Ontario police arrest First Nations protesters amid standoff with Canadian government over pipeline..

February 25, 2020
Police in Ontario arrested 10 people and dismantled the Tyendinaga Mohawk blockade that had shut down much of Canada’s rail traffic for the past two weeks, but the battle over a pipeline going through indigenous lands continues.

Mohawks set up barricades on the Canadian Pacific railway track on February 8, in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs over in British Columbia, who are protesting efforts to build a natural gas pipeline through the land they claim. They demand that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau order the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) out of their territory before any negotiations can begin.

Wet’suwet’en solidarity blockades: corporate media’s punditocracy is yesterday’s news..

February 23, 2020

Once again, the corporate media are putting a pro-extractivist spin on the news. A recent poll conducted for Global News shows that 61 per cent of Canadians oppose the blockades in support of the Wet’suwet’en resistance to the Coastal GasLink pipeline in northern B.C. As the mainstream media constantly remind us, these solidarity blockades have led to disruptions of rail traffic across the country, with associated economic costs. On its website, Global News headlined its poll, “61% of Canadians Oppose Wet’suwet’en Solidarity Blockades; 75% Back Action to Help Indigenous People.”

That emphasis obscures the astonishing finding that 39 per cent of Canadians support the blockades, notwithstanding the outrage from media, political and business quarters.

Thousands rally at Queen’s Park to support Wet’suwet’en solidarity movement..

February 23, 2020

Thousands gathered at Queen’s Park Saturday in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en leaders with a simple message for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: It’s not over.

Protests by Indigenous peoples a culmination of centuries of political abuse and neglect..

February 21, 2020

A recent poll found that a majority of Canadians favour police intervention to stop Indigenous protesters and activists from blocking railway services.

Are these anti-protesters unaware of the long and brutal mistreatment of Indigenous peoples that led up to these protests? Or do they simply not care about it?

In any case, perhaps a brief history lesson may be helpful, starting after the initial invasion of Canada by European settlers.

Shut Down Canada Until It Solves Its War, Oil, and Genocide Problem..

February 20, 2020

Indigenous people in Canada are giving the world a demonstration of the power of nonviolent action. The justness of their cause — defending the land from those who would destroy it for short term profit and the elimination of a habitable climate on earth — combined with their courage and the absence on their part of cruelty or hatred, has the potential to create a much larger movement, which is of course the key to success.

Shut Down Canada Until It Solves Its War, Oil, and Genocide Problem

The politics of the Wet’suwet’en crisis are thorny and dangerous..

February 20, 2020

For some federal politicians, the crisis engendered by the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs’ refusal to allow a natural gas pipeline through their territory is also an opportunity.

For Andrew Scheer, it is a chance to flex his law-and-order muscles. He fulminates not only against the Trudeau government’s lax and slow response, but against the “small group of radicals” who, he says, are endangering the country’s economy.

Something’s happening here..

February 20, 2020

Little did I know how relevant it would be in Canada. As the unprecedented support for the Wet’suwet’en grows to a level we have never seen before in this country, we have to recognize that what is happening is the result of the both the tremendous organizing of Indigenous groups and individuals over the past decade, and the immediate response of young environmentalists who deeply understand the relationship between Indigenous sovereignty and saving the planet.

Legacy media’s shameful ‘whitesplaining’ of the Wet’suwet’en land defence..

February 18, 2020

As Canada’s crippling rail shutdown reaches into its third week, an overwhelming majority of voices in the country’s mainstream media have spoken: The Aboriginal demonstrators, who say they are defending their lands from a liquefied natural gas pipeline they do not want, are lawless thugs or fringe activists, and it’s time for action, not talk, to get them the hell out of our way.

Those voices are certainly not letting the facts get in their way.