This wonderful video of young salmon on our unceded territory was provided courtesy of the Tidepool Taskforce, please enjoy and share.
This wonderful video of young salmon on our unceded territory was provided courtesy of the Tidepool Taskforce, please enjoy and share.
Black Seed issue 5 is now available at Little Black Cart. This journal is free however Little Black Cart does charge a small fee for shipping and handling.
This issue includes my contribution ‘The Bones of Mayuk’ along with much more good material created and shared by some very excellent people.
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.
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 into 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.
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.
Please write and call the Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador Dwight Ball, who is ALSO Minister of Labrador, Intergovernmental, and Indigenous Affairs
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.
“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
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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