ELSIPOGTOG, CANADA: INDIGENOUS RESISTANCE

Mi'kmaq attacked by police and snipers

 
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and unidentified snipers attack Mi'kmaq women and elderly who were part of an anti-fracking encampment.

Support pours in for Mi'kmaq attacked by police and snipers. Today, Monday, Mi'kmaq Warrior Tyson Peters shot with rubber bullet risks losing his leg after protecting woman from a bullet.

[ From Global IMC Newswire ]

A Miq'mak Warrior risks losing his leg today after being shot with a rubber bullet when police and snipers attacked Mi'qmak in Elsipogtog, New Brunswick. The RCMP said only bean bags were shot at Mi'kmaq in the anti-fracking camp, but reporter Miles Howe was there. Howe said two people were shot with rubber bullets during the pre-dawn raid by police and unidentified snipers.

Howe reported, "It has taken three days, but sadly there is now the potential of a very serious injury arising from last Thursday's early morning RCMP attack on the anti-shale gas encampment that occurred on a piece of Crown land adjacent to highway 134. Tyson Peters, a member of the Mi'kmaq Warriors Society, today appeared at a community meeting in Elsipogtog using two friends for support. His left leg was heavily bandaged. He tells the Halifax Media Co-op that after being shot in the leg by a 'rubber bullet' shotgun blast, fired by an RCMP officer at close range, there is extensive internal bleeding in his leg. Doctors have advised him that they will know better tomorrow whether the leg will require amputation." Read article:  http://halifax.mediacoop.ca/story/mikmaq-warrior-risks-losing-leg-after-being-shot-r/19398

Global support poured in to Censored News for Mi'kmaq who were attacked by Canadian police and military forces with snipers, police dogs and pepper spray.

In solidarity, First Nations, including Mohawks and Six Nations, are blockading highways. First Nations marched through the streets in Winnipeg and more than 1,000 rallied in solidarity in Vancouver, while hundreds gathered outside of Parliament.

Patricia MacDonald sent this message of solidarity from a highway blockade in Ontario on Saturday.

“We had a gathering today on Highway 17 by Jocko Point in North Bay, Ontario. We said our prayers, blocked the highway with our signs and flags, and blocked the highway with a round dance with about five drummers here at Jocko Point. Lots of support, lots of people with the Warrior fist raised and horns honking as they drove by. Standing in support with you, our brothers and sisters at Elsipogtog.”

Heartfelt messages poured in from the Four Directions.

Cetandi Bolger said, “My heart goes out to you. If creator sees me fit someday I will stand next to you! Your pain and suffering is not in vain, keep walking, we are praying and you are loved. What you are doing for your people, you are doing for the generations and the world, and that is sacred beyond most peoples understanding. But you know! So stay strong in your prayers and stay focused. Love and prayers from this warrior woman to all of you! My relations!

Martha Many Grey Horses said, “Standing strong beside our powerful MiqMaq relatives standing up for the Earth our Mother! Sending protection prayers to them. Remember you are not alone in this struggle, maintain unity and support for each other.”

Terry Chi Ligii said, “Stand firm fellow native.”

Native Americans in the US arose in solidarity.

Candace Ducheneaux, Cheyenne River Lakota, said, “Tatanka Wakpala Tiospaye stands in solidarity with the Mi'kmaq Nation.” Mitakuye Oyasin, We are all related."

Dine' on Navajoland in the Southwest US echoed this solidarity.
Ronald Milford, Dine’ on the Navajo Nation said, “The same greedy, profit-driven energy companies are knocking at the doors of Navajoland again, even after all the devastating and destructive mining they imposed upon our lands. Stand United! Divide and conquer is their modus operandi. That is what they've done in other parts of Canada as well as the U.S.”

Sharon Maize Battles, from Dinetah (Navajoland), said, "I send solidarity, prayers and good thoughts to all the men and Women Warriors of the Mi'kmaq Nation."

Chili Yazzie -- Dine’ tribal leader in Shiprock, N.M., and an early member of XIT band and the sounds of the American Indian Movement -- said, “Many of us, Southwest Dine’ stand with you in Solidarity. Thank you Sisters and Brothers for defending Mother Earth.”

Mervyn Tilden, Dine’, said, “In solidarity from Sovereign Dine’ Nation.”

Teddy Draper Jr., from the heart of Navajoland, said, “Stand strong friends and relations.”

Cat Carnes said, “Support from Indian Territory Oklahoma for Elsipogtog Mi’kmaq."

Helen Taylor said, “Call for prayers and pipes each day at noon each time zone in solidarity with our relatives.”

Messages of support came from as far away as France and Romania.

Messages of support poured in from Europe. In France, Franck Tso said, “I protest with the Mi'kmaq Nation, because shale gas is a poison for the land, water, animals and humans. Gas company, stay away from this territory!”

Zoi Lightfoot said, “All around the world people are watching and standing with you.”

James Blue Eddings said, “Wela’lioq! Continue your walk on the Good Red Road. Justice will prevail!”

In the US, the disturbing images from the assault on unarmed Native women and elderly, was shocking from coast to coast.

Gordon Sturrock in Eugene Oregon said, “Keep up the great work!”

Michelle Keenan said, “With love and solidarity from Pennsylvania. We are all One.”

Sharon Smith, “My heart and my prayers are with you! In Washington DC.”

Mara Indigo said, “I hereby declare solidarity with the Mi’kmaq Warriors who stand up against fracking on their sacred land! There is a Canadian company trying to frack my ancestor’s homelands! If they dare to start drilling, you’ll see me march against them too!”
Annette Howell in Chicago said, “I stand in solidarity with the Mi’kMaq people who are standing up for their land and for the future of their children. I am with you in spirit.”

Ellen Mcrae said, “I stand Solid with the Native people and Mi’k’Maq; this tribe I feel needs all of our support. They are doing nothing wrong but protecting the water for us all and the Children. If mankind had listened to our Native brothers and sisters and elders for thousands of years we could all live happy on Mother Earth and be safe in peace. Our mother Earth is not here to abuse and continue this abuse of water, trees, people and animals. I have said many times, 'listen to what the elders have said, live simple and walk a truthful life, speak from your heart for the good of all. This earth even each grain of sand, each living creature, we are all connected. What befalls the earth befalls the Earth befalls the children of the earth. A'ho.'"

In Arizona, James Zion said, “The true landlord is enforcing the social mortgage on the land.”

Katie Mitchell said, “What you are doing is good. You are even doing it for the ones who don’t know any better. We need this to be heard throughout the world. We are wanting this to stop for our future generations. They deserve clean earth and drinkable water.”

Rema Loeb said, "Thank you for your courageous defense of Mother of us all. Our prayers are with you."

Bravery in face of the military assault

As for those men, women and children who stood firm against the militarized oppression for big oil, Ruth Yaeck Mcintosh said, speaking for supporters around the world, "Thank you for your bravery."

Josephine James said, "I support your protest, prayers and smoke."
Deborah Cassel said, "We are all in this together! Committed to the long haul! No more Sacrifice Zones! Oil and Gas Companies need to clean up the messes and contamination they already made! All our children deserve a future!"

The United Opponents of Fracking International said, "Many of us like minded around the world have seen the brutal treatment of the Elsipogtog Mi'kmaq at the hands of the RCMP. The courage and leadership of the Elsipogtog Mi'kmaq in the face of such danger is an inspiring example that others might do well to follow. We stand in unity with the Elsipogtog Mi'kmaq and pray for strength, safety and victory."

Renee Still Day in the US summed up every one's thoughts: "You have shown such bravery and integrity. Just know we stand with you and you have our support and love!
"Stand Strong!"

Messages of solidarity continued to pour in on Sunday.

Mary Ellen Persuit said, “Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, in Solidarity !

Barb Blackhawk said, “It's probably a good thing I can't be up there with the demonstrators. My temper is too hot. I admire All of you for standing with your commitment to remain peaceful. I'll just sit here and share the information I get from and about y'all around the globe so people know what you're doing and why. Bright Blessings to All of you!”

Kathleen Feeney in New Brunswick, New Jersey sent support “in solidarity! Thank You.”

Irvin Morris, Dine’ on Navajoland, said, “This Navajo sheepherder stands with all of you.”

In Puerto Rico, Irma Iranzo sent this message: "Puerto Rico in solidarity with the Mi'kmaq Nation struggle! United we will win!"
Tim Wozny said, "Northern California in solidarity with the Mi'k'Maq people."

Daryl Hannah, Susan Sarandon, and Mark Ruffalo shared messages on Twitter

Daryl Hannah, who was on Pine Ridge to support Lakotas fighting the Keystone XL tarsands pipeline, shared this photo and these words.
"These are the brave women fighting shale gas facing the RCMP. This is Canada."

Susan Sarandon said on Friday, "I stand with the Elsipogtog First Nation as they defend their water and land from Fracking.

Mark Ruffalo, who is also supporting Native American resistance to the tarsands pipeleine, said, "The strength is in your numbers. We are there with you in spirit! Be loving in your resistance and you will win the day!"

The Sierra Club released a statement in San Francisco.
“Yesterday more than 40 members of the Elsipogtog First Nation, including Chief Arren Sock of the Mi'k Maq Nation, and supporters were arrested by police at an anti-fracking protest in New Brunswick, Canada. Photos of the incident show a militarized police force arresting injured protesters.”

Michael Brune, Sierra Club executive director, issued the following response:

“The Sierra Club stands with anti-fracking protesters in New Brunswick, Canada, and around the world who are protecting their land and their families from the real danger that fracking brings to the health and safety of their communities.

“All Canadians and all Americans should ask themselves whether a police response with tactical units and snipers was meant to serve public safety, or squelch opposition to fracking in the service of the oil industry.”

"With the Keystone XL tarsands pipeline plan thwarted by Native Americans in the US, TransCanada announced a new tarsands pipeline route from the west to the east in Canada. New Brunswick is part of this pipeline plan and Mi'kmaq warriors are now targeted by the oil and gas industry.

On Thursday morning, the same morning that Mi'kmaq were attacked by snipers, Big Oil faced a public relations disaster because the story became public that thousands of song birds, including endangered species, had died in a gas flare in New Brunswick."

 http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2013/10/press-core-rsmp-and-armed-us.html

As it happened, support poured in to Censored News for Mi’kmaq after police attacked First Nations. 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.

In Winnipeg, First Nations marched through the streets and in eastern Canada, Six Nations began a blockade in solidarity.

Nez Perce Council member Leotis McCormack, recently arrested protesting tarsands heavy hauls across sovereign Nez Perce land in Idaho, sent a message of support to Elsipognog. "My prayers and heart are with you all. We as council were arrested also three months ago standing against these corporations. Standing with you in solidarity."

Sharon Heta, Maori, walking across America on the Longest Walk 4 Return to Alcatraz for Indigenous sovereignty and Native rights said the walkers, now in Colorado, were there in spirit, in solidarity.

“Sendings prayers and blessings to the Indigenous Peoples of the Elsipogtog First Nation, supporters and allies as they stand to resist and assert their Indigenous sovereignty to the care and protection of their lands and waters. The Longest Walk 4: Return to Alcatraz supports and walks in prayer in the struggle and defense of indigenous sovereignty.”

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.)"

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67EhRhewnp8&feature=share

First Nation Grand Chief Stewart Phillip and Chief Bob Chamberlin released this statement.

"The UBCIC Executive and the UBCIC Chiefs Council stand in full support with Elsipogtog community and leadership in their defence against fracking and shale gas development within their territories.“This could easily happen in any First Nation community across Canada and in particular in British Columbia and today, we stand in complete solidarity with the Elsipogtog people to express our full support and continue our mutual fight against the devastating and destructive practices of resource exploration and extraction activities within our territories.

"This display of brute force is completely ugly, outrageous and harkens back to the Oka, Ipperwash and Caledonia conflicts,” stated Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the UBCIC.The Elsipogtog First Nation has been protesting energy company SWN Resources outside Rexton, New Brunswick. In spite of best efforts of Elsipogtog Chief and Council to resolve this issue peacefully, the heavily armed RCMP aggressively moved in today to enforce an injunction.

“Canada cannot continue to viciously cast aside our Aboriginal Title, Rights and Treaty Rights. In light of Dr. James Anaya’s, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous Peoples, recent visit to Canada, this type of severe action by the RCMP reflects a government that continues to ignore Indigenous land rights – our human rights – to pretend it has a productive relationship with Indigenous peoples founded on reconciliation and respect” said Chief Bob Chamberlin, Vice-President of the UBCIC.

We await the call from the Elsipogtog for all Indigenous Peoples to mobilize and organize solidarity actions across the country."

Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians, who was recently in New Brunswick, said, “Watching the day’s events unfold online was shocking. I met with the Elsipogtog leaders not long ago and know they are committed to peaceful resistance to stop the destruction of their land and water and what they do is in all of our names. We stand in solidarity with the people fighting to protect the water and the land.”

Dene Nation in Yellowknife calls for Solidairty with the Elsipogtog:
The Dene Nation stands in full support of the Elsipogtog community and leadership in their defence against fracking and shale gas development within their traditional territory.

“We stand in complete solidarity with the Elsipogtog people to express full support and continue their efforts for developing an energy plan for their territory” states Dene National Chief Bill Erasmus.

The Elsipogtog First Nation has been protesting the energy company SWN Resources outside Rexton, New Brunswick regarding fracking and shale gas development for the last month.

Fracking, also called hydro-fracking is a relatively new process of natural gas and oil extraction. Fracking is fundamentally different than traditional gas & oil extraction methods. Fracking wells go thousands of feet deeper than traditional natural wells. Fracking requires between two and five million gallons of local freshwater per well - up to 100 times more than traditional extraction methods. Fracking utilizes "fracking fluid," a mix of water, sand, and a cocktail of toxic chemicals. The amount of wastewate produced by fracked wells is much greater than traditional wells.

“We understand the local Chief Arron Sock is meeting with Premier David Alward later today on the issue. We are pleased with that. However, this is a nation to nation treaty issue and the crown has to be upfront and responsible” said Dene National Chief Bill Erasmus. In addition, “the RCMP and security need to provide safety and security as they did at treaty time. They have to promote peace, order and good government”.

We await further information from the Elsipogtog Peoples to organize solidarity actions for their people.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.

“Indigenous communities like the Elsipogtog First Nation are on the frontlines of defending water and the land for everyone, and this should not be criminalized.”

The Council of Canadians has supported the blockade.

The photos that flashed across Twitter all day told the real story that the mainstream media was concealing. Below, snipers hover, women hold their drums in defense when faced with snipers rifles, tear gas and police dogs, Elsipognog Chief and council members are arrested, and a lone First Nations woman stands in defense of Mother Earth.

Also see: More than 1,000 rally in support in Vancouver:  http://vancouver.mediacoop.ca/photo/west-coast-rally-mikmaq-weve-got-your-back/19363

CBC radio interview with Allan Marsh who was at the scene:
 http://www.cbc.ca/player/Radio/ID/2412962477

[ Originating Article:  http://www.indymedia.org/en/2013/10/966291.shtml ]

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Bias writing

R 15.Nov.2013 11:49

It's sad to see such a bias piece written in this type of medium. Early days of the dispute had Natives lighting RCMP vehicles on fire. The RCMP may have taken things too far at this point, but the earlier chaos induced by the protestors is the cause. The RCPM did not rush in on day one with snipers and assault rifles. The situation has escalated to this point.