From earthfirstjournal.org, background from Oct.4:
‘Legal maneuvers with crucial tactical implications in the struggle between Mik’maq First Nations and the exploiters of natural resources present new challenges in the historic struggle for self-determination against colonial land grabs.
Earlier this year, the Elsipogtog First Nation, which is part of the Mik’maq band government, was supported by the Signigtog Grand Council, representing Mik’maq communities throughout southern New Brunswick and northern Nova Scotia, in occupying the land that the energy companies wanted to exploit, halting their activities and commandeering a vehicle.
Earlier this week, the Elsipogtog camp was brutally cleared by Canadian police, and in response, the Mik’maq blockaded Route 134, halting all traffic on the highway and blocking the gas company’s access to their vehicles. Their singular struggle has been a leading inspiration in the resistance to land grabs and gas fracking.
Yesterday, however, a Canadian Judge issued an order to Mi’kmaq protestors demanding that they remove their barricades on Route 134 and allow the natural gas company SWN Resources Canada access to its equipment in the area.
The Canadian police have agreed not to enforce the order of eviction until dialogue between Elsipogtog councilor Robert Levi and New Brunswick Premier David Alward. Right now, there are ongoing negotiations, and the mood is tense. ‘
[Update: TRRN has video up, so i’ve switched out the original video.]
From Censored News:
‘New Brunswick — Support poured in for Mi’kmaq after police attacked First Nations women and elderly with heavily-armed snipers, tear gas and police dogs today. Natives were defending their land from a Houston fracking company, Southwestern Energy. The support came from every avenue, from the American Indian Movement and the Longest Walk to a Nez Perce council member and the Council of Canadians.
Anishinabe Terrance Nelson called for railroad blockades across Canada and urged warrior societies to take action in support of Mi’kmaq.
“I expect railway blockades to occur immediately across Canada and they will continue until the Federal Government of Canada comes to their senses. I expect to be arrested along with many others,” said Nelson, vice chairman of the American Indian Movement.’
‘Angela Giles, Atlantic Regional Organizer, said, “To defend the rights of an American company, the RCMP came in with essentially para-military units including snipers, to remove the opposition. The New Brunswick government does not have the social license to allow fracking and the people will continue to fight for the future of their families, their province, and the environment.”
“Protesters in Rexton are standing up to a Texas company that wants to profit on the backs of New Brunswickers while placing the water and the environment at risk,” says Emma Lui, Water campaigner based in Ottawa.’
Longtime First Nations activist Ellen Gabriel speaks clearly to the issues involved, and parses ‘peaceful protest’, agent provocateur warnings, and ‘defense of our elders’, peaceful coexistence, and…love..
Alex White Plume, Lakota on Pine Ridge in South Dakota, shared this Honor Song “for our northern relatives making a stand for Unci Maka (Mother Earth.) You can watch and listen to the song here.
*Earthfirst update from yesterday, from which the title derives, can be read here.
Keshagesh = Greedy Guts!