Message from Incarcerated Indigenous Grandmother Beatrice Hunter from a Maximum Security Men’s Prison

Beatrice Hunter is an Innu Grandmother who had been battling with the community against the crown corporation Nalcor Energy to protect her traditional territory of Nitassinan. The community has been protesting over flooding as well with concerns over methylmercury contamination. Beatrice was sentenced to 10 days for participating in a protest on May 22nd of this year.

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Despite the fact that Beatrice is serving a very short sentence for non-violent peaceful protesting and exercising her constitutional rights the crown has relocated her 1,000 kilometers from her community and placed her in a maximum security men’s prison.

The following message is from Beatrice Hunter who is presently incarcerated in Her Majesty’s Penitentiary, St John’s Canada.

Please show your support for Beatrice Hunter and all other imprisoned activists, revolutionaries, warriors and other political prisoners.

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Please Support Incarcerated Indigenous Labrador Land Defender Beatrice Hunter

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Thank you Matthew Behrens for creating this graphic and post (from Ottawa: Make Muskrat Right)

Following statement was issued from the Labrador Land Defenders on May 29, 2017.

While Trudeau tries to make it look like he cares about Indigenous people while meeting with the Pope, back at home, an Indigenous woman, Beatrice Hunter is thrown in jail for trying to save the future of her land and people from a Trudeau-backed megaproject at Muskrat Falls.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/muskrat-falls-protester-arrest-1.4136431

Please write and call the Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador Dwight Ball, who is ALSO Minister of Labrador, Intergovernmental, and Indigenous Affairs
dwightball@gov.nl.ca
(709) 729-3570

Demand of Premier Ball
1. Immediate release of Beatrice Hunter
2. Dropping of all charges against Labrador Land Protectors and lifting of the anti-democratic injunction against land protectors brought by NALCOR Energy
3. Cancel the Muskrat Falls hydro project because it is too dangerous in the short and long term, whether from catastrophic collapse of the North Spur (which is built on quick clay, which moves) or from methyl mercury poisoning.

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This is what I believe, if any of the Labrador Land Protectors server jail time than it’s to show that we’re fearless and to make us stronger, it’s not to teach us a lesson.” – Beatrice Hunter, May 26, 2017

I am going to the gate tomorrow at 10 am hope to see you there, have to stand by a good honest man, Darren Hill, he’s put his job and livelihood on the line for his people. Stand beside him. I will not live in fear of court or arrest anymore, we are doing the right thing, saving lives, and babies who aren’t even born yet, innocents.” – Beatrice Hunter, May 19, 2017

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A petition demanding the release of Beatrice Hunter can be found here.

Links to the Labrador Land Defenders page as well as their legal expense fund raiser can be found here.

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Unist’ot’en LNG Pipelines Threat

Following statement issued from the Unist’ot’en People, traditional Wet’suwet’en Territory on May 24, 2017.

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Image courtesy of Unist’ot’en Camp

‘And so it begins! the skies are busy above camp today. The Construction Crew who are working on the Healing Center are constantly being interrupted by chopper activity flying overhead.

To date we know that TransCanada (with the Coastal Gas Link pipeline) as well as Chevron (with the Pacific Trails pipeline) have issued public notices stating that they intend to survey for their pipeline projects and construct service roads to the proposed pipeline Right of Ways. The BC government issued a letter about 2 months ago to the Unist´ot´en People stating that they wanted the steel gate removed from the bridge so that they can access ¨their¨ resources. Despite the Final Investment Decision for the LNG Plant facilities in Kitimat being put on hold indefinitely these pipeline companies want to force unwanted work onto the unceded lands of the Wet´suwet´en.


Doing so would be ignoring Supreme Court of Canada case law as well as (and more importantly) breaking Wet´suwet´en Laws on occupied territories.

If you had thought about coming up to offer your support please visit the https://unistotensolidarity.com/page or if you want to help us protect these lands from Oil and Gas but cannot find the time or logistical support to physically join us please visit us at the https://unistoten.camp/support-us/page to look over ideas on ways that you can employ to join us in our fight.

End of statement!

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From what I understand Wet’suwet’en Territory does not get much if any air traffic so this is highly unusual, however sadly it is not unexpected. The Unist’ot’en Camp is something I have long supported because preventing pipelines from reaching our coastline is something I am very much in favor of as well as something I am presently benefiting from and wish to continue doing so. I am not in favor of having tanker traffic or oil spilled on our traditional waters, not many are.

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The Unist’ot’en have not been shy in regards to expressing their opposition to having any pipelines, bitumen or lng, on their territory. That is exactly why they constructed that gate, to keep oil and gas employees from accessing their territories without their consent as it seems they are fully intending to do.

The Unist’ot’en are not alone in their position either, globally there is a massive amount of opposition to these industries, the products they produce and the destruction they cause! There is far too much for us to lose to allow these projects to proceed, they will harm our communities, ecosystems, industries and economies.

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The Unist’ot’en do not have a treaty with the government’s that are claiming ownership of their territories and resources as they have been doing for the past 150 years. The Wet’suwet’en People have also established title to their territories through the Canadian Supreme Court’s Delgamuukw decision. Despite the Wet’suwet’en People’s legal rights it appears as the government are intending to force these pipelines upon the Wet’suwet’en People’s territories, violating their constitutional rights and a Supreme Court of Canada decision in the process.

Are these people who are spinning ‘reconciliation’ as part of their big ‘150’ celebration going to actually apply the UN declaration on rights of Indigenous Peoples and cease with their colonial nonsense as they promised they would? Or is this ‘reconciliation’ spin nothing more than the manufacture of consent for a relationship in which no consent has actually ever been given?

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Well if you consider the heavy RCMP presence at the Imperial Metals Investors Meeting in Coquitlam yesterday and the fact that they used force against Secwepemc People in order to prevent them from attending the meeting my guess would be it is only spin, don’t get your hopes up. When you consider the fact that the taxpayers had to foot the forty million dollar bill for Imperial’s Mount Polley Disaster you have to wonder where all those normally angry taxpayers are? Whatever side you stand on it is not in anyone’s interest that this type of corporate welfare continues. It is harming our environment, contaminating the water, destroying our economies along with our communities, the responsibility to stop it falls upon all our shoulders.feathernew

Arrests and Potential Violations of Canadian Constitutional Rights and Freedoms Transpiring on Unceded Shishalh/Skwxwú7mesh Territories

For the past few years, fifty to be precise a very twisted battle formed on top of the already twisted colonial occupation that is also an still an ongoing issue, the primary one in fact.

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This lesser struggle which effects both indigenous and settlers alike is one against logging, which is not only destroying lands and is not only offensive due to it being visually less preferable. This logging is aiding in destroying waterways which is causing severe water shortages in the communities and is destroying fish spawning habitat and the only success’ that has ever had any success in preventing the destruction has been through direct civil disobedience and that is what is happening once again.

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Yesterday a stand off once again occurred between the community members vs. Peninsula Logging who brought with them the RCMP who were there to enforce an Interim Ex-Parte Injunction Order!

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What that means is Peninsula Logging applied for and received an Ex-Parte court order which is a court order which is one sided, the decision has been made with only the knowledge and input from one side, Peninsula Loggings side. The two men in the above photo whom I have never seen before are the recipients of the injunction ‘protection order’ against the community.

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However with an Ex-Parte Court Order “Persons applying ex parte to the Court must use the utmost good faith, and if they do not, they cannot keep the results of their application.” and they are temporary, they only can be upheld for ten days.

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Ex-Parte Orders were designed to be used in emergency situations in order to prevent injury to people or their property, basically they are created to provide Emergency Restraining Orders which to protect people from harm after threats, assaults, rapes, murder attempts and other horrific events.

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An Ex-Parte is a stopgap which must be made on strong evidence that it is preventing serious irreparable harm and these claims must be made in good faith however both parties are expected to settle their dispute at a later date which is how is reasonable in emergency situations which involve potential violence from violent people.

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I have not as of yet read the document however the injunction, (restraining) order which Peninsula Logging took out to protect themselves from the residents of the sunshine coast that the RCMP are actively carrying out does not appear to protect their homes or business offices as far as I know so we are allowed to do business with them, just not to prevent them from doing business. The RCMP are only arresting people who are within the boundaries of the area that Peninsula Logging is planning to clearcut, not only protesters but also people out for a walk, people gathering medicine, people praying will all be arrested within certain areas on our territories. The RCMP will be used for the next ten days at tax payers expense to protect unceded indigenous land from the people in the community who do not want the forest destroyed without fair and reasonable consultation and their very serious concerns to be addressed transparently.

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Orders like this are very dangerous because they completely strip everyone of their rights and freedoms and that is suppose to only be allowable if someone does indeed commit or threaten to commit a serious violent act against another party. If such an actual threat was made to anyone at Peninsula Logging then I would hope that that person be singled out and punished however the community at large is very peaceful and do have constitutional rights and freedoms which cannot be erased without their having committed a legitimate criminal act, exercising your constitutional rights is not a crime. The injunction that is currently tearing a part this community was issued by a Justice who sits 500 km away in Vernon which is always the case. I have found no evidence of a local Justice ever signing such an order and I have found evidence of people who have been detained during one of these out of the blue police actions against the community that come from a Vernon Justice have had those charges overturned immediately by other Justices because they are unconstitutional. This is how the game is being played, the courts and police are being used by business and violating the rights of the members of the communities. Personally I would rather not have my tax dollars wasted subsidizing bad and unethical business practices which are distressing and weakening the community especially when I contributed in good faith and expect those resources to be better used to directly help the community. The RCMP clearly do not act in that capacity, I have not found any evidence that they are a positive factor, the mere presence of them triggers trauma in many people, so unhealthy.

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At this time I have been informed that there have been seven arrested and one elder had to be attended by paramedics after police attempted to physically remove him, he was not arrested.

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The contested area is still occupied by community members and they are asking for more supporters and witnesses to come and help with this struggle which will continue for the next eight days while the temporary order is in effect. The side which was not included in this decision would very much like a day in court to decide the issue before the forest is destroyed, not after.

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Island Timberlands attempts to restrict all people from accessing unceded Shishalh Skwxwú7mesh territories!

My attempts to journey to the site of destruction of the homes and property of land stewards as well as doing my hunter gatherer thing, which is kind of necessary for my survival was prevented by the same unpleasant entity that created the destruction who have blockade all access to all citizens and have been posting these signs as well having barricaded access roads. Did I mention that they also destroyed recreational bike paths and ramps as well as the homes, Island Timberlands does not want you to get healthy and enjoy yourselves on our territories either.  I do want you getting healthy and enjoying yourselves on my territories, to do so is necessary and entirely human, so go for it.

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Island Timberlands is now attempting to block all access to all people un-unceded indigenous land including a public park that the community fought hard against the logging to preserve. They now claiming the right to decide who gets to hunt and gather on our territories, apparently they are more than just a logging company, they now assume to have the right to be our overseers on our own un-ceded territories, how quaint.

But I think not, our ancestors have been using those territories for over ten thousand years until the genocide perpetrated against us prevented that from happening. Corporations and companies do not and should not have greater powers than human beings, this is looking much more like a kleptocracy than a democracy from where I am standing. Am I alone in this, is any of this feeling democratic to anyone?

To make you understand how horrible this seemingly benign act is against indigenous people is for us realize that most of the elders here remember the starvation that they endured when their families were not allowed to leave the reservation in order to hunt and gather on their own lands. They remember all to well how it felt to be confined in a concentration camp ghetto where they apply for a permit from the Indian agent in order to obtain permission to leave to be able to find food for their children. Many of my family also remember how hungry they were in the residential schools were they worked growing food for others yet only received half a turnip daily as their share.

The colony keeps playing this nasty little game, they restrict and prevent us from being able to access to our territories and then claim we abandoned our territories which makes them available for exploitation and destruction. When things like this happen the question that first comes to my mind is how vile is this going to get again, can I soon expect members of my family to be rounded up and taken away again? Will I soon be kept in solitary confinement within and again as I was as a child? Will this happen to my grandchildren? I have to admit that multi-generational terrorism is not really working for me, it is actually a terrible burden and stress to carry around, and I also know many of the settlers are not liking to have to carry the shame around with them. None if this is equating into healthy or productive communities for anyone and if this is not stopped it will only get worse and that we can not allow to happen.

We see your sign Island Timberlands and we will raise you a Canadian Constitution Act!

Also thanks for the offer but we are not currently looking for new Indian agent to issue permits and violate our rights on unceded Salish soil, we have had quite enough of the genocide. Despite what this sign says the Canadian Constitution Act says otherwise and I do not fear signs but I do fear fascism.

“The “west”-what curse has fallen upon it that at the term of its trajectory it produces only these businessmen, these shopkeepers, these racketeers with their blank stares and atrophied smiles… is it with such vermin as this that a civilization so delicate and so complex must come to an end?”
― Emil Cioran

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Island Timberlands destroys Shishalh Squamish Land Stewards Homes

Not long ago, less than a fortnight actually, while I was doing my hunter gatherer gig as well assessing the massive environmental destruction that people are perpetrating against the Mother and ourselves, (this is never fun for me but can’t be avoided because it is everywhere I go) I happened across something unexpected by me but something that made my heart lighten, a new cabin taking shape on land that had fairly recently had been clear cut.

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The owner graciously invited me in and allowed me to freely examine the structure and answered all my questions about, water, heat and waste and I was completely satisfied of about the quality, safety and soundness of the cabin.

cabinI will even go further than than I admired the ingenuity and environmental consideration that the builder had implemented in the design and I am not the only person who felt the same about this cabin, its construction was supported by members of both the native and non native communities. I do not feel that way about the nearby settlements that are serving as mostly gluts for energy consumption, consumption and are producing far to much harmful and needless waste, this cabin was a valid and comfortable alternative which I am pleased that the owners chose to create. When I departed I did with a hug and promise to return for tea once it was done however on April 4th Island Timberlands with the aid of the RCMP took my host and his partner into custody while they commenced with destroying their home along with several others in the area.

They were not charged with any crimes, because they had not committed any and were released once their home was completely destroyed, it was smashed like all the others but did not have to be. My host and friend you see had gone to the expense and trouble of constructing the cabin to disassemble for easy removal to protect the environment, now broken glass, insulation,metal screws, smashed lumber and the remains of this young couples hard work, hopes and dreams are now littering our mountainside.

wrecked houseIsland Timberlands is claiming in the media that they caused this environmental destruction in order to prevent potential environmental problems from this ingenious, little, green cabin built with the Native Elders approval and support. There was no urgency to do this, the tenants were causing no harm and have been living off grid in that area for more than three years. The forest had already been destroyed so industry was not being impeded, they were not preventing access to anyone. They were doing less harm than they would have been had they lived in the government created and approved communities, that is why they chose to live like this. Their home should not have been destroyed ever, they could have had their day in court and if they lost they would have willingly moved their home. The way this was carried out has to change big time, in my opinion as far as environmental stewardship Island Timberlands earns a big F, they have violated the rights of people who are invited guests on our lands, they have destroyed their property and caused environmental damage to our lands and by doing this they have raised my ire!

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The local colonial media claims erroneously that Island Timberlands owns the property, this is not uncommon in the mainstream media, research everything you read or hear, there are even environmentalists utilize this belief to aid them in their fund raising efforts so be wary. They do not own the land, all they possess is a tree farm license from the province of BC who have not even made a treaty with our nations. Language matters as do facts, Island Timberlands does not own property on our still un-ceded lands, they do not pay property taxes like the rest of us are forced to do. What right does Island Timberlands have to declare that un-ceded indigenous land is not designated for dwellings? This type of belief that a company had won the right to control indigenous territories because of a trade monopoly established in a foreign country is what started this greed motivated occupation in the first place. Those, as we have be amply shown are not the solid foundations we need to build a healthy and productive society upon. We do not need corporations or anyone else violating our rights to live in non harmful peaceful communities, practice our own traditional cultures which includes sharing our abundance with other people if we so chose too.

smashedThe fact that they committed this act of destruction without showing a court order requesting it much less allowing the administration of due process of law to address the issue in a civil court so all sides could state their cases publicly and openly is not sitting well with too many people in and around these communities. The fact that the police who are paid through their tax dollars and resource extraction, are being utilized in this way while ignoring criminal activity and are even being proven to be participating in harmful activities that contradict the purpose they are suppose to serve.

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Local resident Roger Lagassé posted this comment, it is the best example from many messages and offers of support for this young couple and this cause. ‘We need to take away the huge tracts of land that were given as Tree Farm Licenses to big forest companies by the government and return them to First Nations. Now today, there is no shortage of land in Canada. Greed makes land unavailable for young people. This needs to change. Hats off to Emily and Douglas who kept a positive attitude through this ordeal. You two are amazing! It takes vision to change this obsolete system. You have vision…’

The fact is settler youth are coming here for many years now reaching out to natives and elders because they too are very much being marginalized by the same systems that are violating our rights. They are far less eager than their parents to support their own enslavement to corruption and ongoing unchecked criminal behavior within our banking systems, they don’t want fiat dollars, many do not want currencies involved in any trade system. They do not want gmo foods, pesticides, unclean drinking water, destruction of environment or minimum wage service industry jobs that provide less than they need to cover their basic expenses. They are not in favor of having a police force that acts to protect corporate interests while violating the rights of the people who pay them their salaries through their tax dollars. They do not want police forces which ignore the suffering and terrorisation of the people that they are suppose to be protecting, they do not want misogyny involved if their sisters, mothers or daughters are violated, they do not want ignorance and humiliation applied this if their brothers, fathers or sons are violated either. It happens. They do not want to be ashamed, nor do they want anyone else to be made to feel to be ashamed due to their skin colour, disabilities, sexual orientation or spiritual beliefs. They want to work and help the communities they live in through their efforts, not harm them, nor do they want to harm the global communities and they particularly do not approve of making wars for economic or any other reasons. They want to live in communities where people are protected from harmful or mentally unstable people, who doesn’t? I sure wouldn’t mind a little of that myself. They have dropped out of the colleges and universities, or refused to apply at all, big pharma is completely out of favor, capitalists are not loved, two party partisan politics and hegemony’s are very much despised, gnu/linux is being installed as their operating systems and anti colonialism is trending big time. They do not want the genocide of first nations cultures, lands and people. They know that civility is direly lacking in present day civilization and they are taking part in its reintroduction.

These are the youth, they are the future, and with the current economic and political situation it is pretty much guaranteed that they will keep coming to us and other marginalized people to stand along side us. From all this darkness, this misery that has been created for our benefit comes the motivation to create something better and that equates to hope for us all so they are very welcome here by me unlike Island Timberlands!

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Attempted Assaults against Land/Human Rights Defenders

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A peaceful anti logging blockade on unceded Shishalh territory has been subjected to ongoing assaults and abuse from person or people unknown. This blockade was destroyed by an person or people in a vehicle, fortunately none of the land defenders have been harmed so far.

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This blockade which has been personed for over a month has been constructed due to an ongoing, fifty years, problem with logging in and around watersheds which has been destroying the terra firma, causing landslides and is destroying the fish habitat and spawning grounds.

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This fifty year problem is the result of colonial occupation of unceded indigenous territories, which is the root cause of all the discord, genocide and corruption.

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The blockade is only protecting a small area which is within the water shed, outside of this area there is a great deal of active logging taking place unimpeded yet the assaults and threats against the community and land defenders continues unabated.

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The land defenders have been subjected to theft and destruction of property as well attempted assaults which fortunately failed. The person or persons unknown have been attempting to run down the activists with their vehicles, fortunately so far only the blockade has been damaged as it was yesterday.

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Both the settler and indigenous communities are suffering due to the water quality, quantity issues that the logging has caused and have been actively fighting against this for fifty years now, to no avail. The blockade has been created and is supported by the people who live here so it is suspect that any local person or people would attempt to destroy what has been created to protect them.

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These practices have already destroyed the salmon spawning beds, which due to the low water levels caused by the logging cannot be accessed by the salmon anymore. So oxygen, food and water are all being destroyed in order to fulfill human greed and ego, yet we claim to be a superior life from, when it is quite obvious that by willingly destroying the basic neccesities of life in order to fulfill fantasy’s we have constructed about ourselves that we are not.

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The following photos of a still standing forest near the watershed will give you just a little glimpse of what will no longer exist thanks to human kind!

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