You’ve probably not heard anything about this outside of Canada, but many First Nations groups are fighting multiple battles against the Canadian government, for multiple reasons.
The gentle Mi’kmaq of New Brunswick, for one, have maintained stand-offs with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to protest and prevent fracking, ongoing since September. The media, of course, seeks to vilify the native people and doesn’t share the truth of the matter.
I interviewed a Mi’kmaq “grandmother” in New Brunswick by telephone in the nineties for a magazine article. Grandmother’s Mi’kmaq name was Sagaligesgw and I still have her business card. She called me a few times after we completed the interviews just to see how I was doing and it was an honour to know her.
Sagaligesgw lived with a foot in two worlds; the old and the new.
She was a medicine woman and harvested herbs and plants as a shaman while at the same time struggling to use a computer to document the medicinal lore and history of her people so the information previously passed on only by the spoken word could be saved and shared more readily with the young.
Grandmother Jeorgina Laroque
Grandmother had adamantly refused that computer many times, she said, but members of her large extended/adopted family (they adopted HER!) insisted she must preserve the traditional ways so they would not be lost.
Since the media in the US and Canada are so heavily censored, we don’t see all the activities the First Nations are engaged in to take back their rights and let the powers-that-were know that they are no longer taking orders from them. They will not allow the corporatists to destroy the planet, steal their land, their rights to natural resources, or silence them—without a fight. Their aim is peaceful resistance, but they will use force where necessary.
This is what the new cycles born on December 21st, 2012 were all about. The Shift of the Ages took place on that date, and with the birth of the New Age—the new consciousness.
The end of those old cycles meant the end of tyranny, of the sleep of forgetfulness, of apathy. As the new energies flood the planet, society is waking up and realizing they must take action. The proof is everywhere if we look beyond the corporate media.
Nothing changes overnight; nothing except birth and death. All else evolves. And we are.
I think it’s plain to see that we are all one. We are collectively removing a common enemy to bring back the Light to our world. We are doing what it takes to restore our sovereignty and reclaim the gifts bestowed on Humanity so many millennia ago. We forgot what it means to be Human, but the new energies are helping us remember.
It’s only fitting that the First Nations help us remember, too, because THEY never forgot, and that is why the governments in North America and other countries have sought to slaughter and remove the aboriginals for hundreds of years… but that is another story.
The women stand with the men in these protests and the ladies in the photo below don’t look intimidated by the RCMP, do they? ~ BP
Mi’kmaq Blockade Update: RCMP Has Withdrawn, Resistance Continues
October 18, 2013
by Trashfire / Earth First! News
After a day of clashes yesterday, the police withdrew around 7pm to cheers from the crowd.
40 people are reported arrested and 5 police vehicles were burned.
Yesterday saw many emergency solidarity actions including a major throughway being shutdown in Winnipeg.
Today is a day of action called for by the Mi’kmaq earlier this week.
Tomorrow is another day of action against fracking organized under the banner Global Frackdown.
There has also been a request that supporters call the premier of New Brunswick to express concerns over the RCMP’s actions against the Mi’kmaq – .New Brunswick Premier – David Alward
Phone: (506) 453-2144
Fax : (506) 453-7407
Charges for those arrested included firearms offences, uttering threats, intimidation, mischief and for refusing to abide by a court injunction.
The protesters arrested were taken to three different communities where they are expected in court Friday morning around 9:30 to face charges. Police spread the arrested protesters out in an effort to prevent the courthouses being overwhelmed by protest supporters during the arraignments.
Chief Aaron Sock was among those arrested in the clash. He and a few of his band council members were released a few hours after their arrests.
Sock is the leader of the band that has been blockading Route 134 near Rexton since Sept. 30.
On Oct. 1, Sock issued an eviction notice to SWN Resources of Canada. His band and his band council planned to pass a resolution preventing the government and shale gas companies from continuing their work by reclaiming all unoccupied reserve land and giving it back to First Nations.
The road between Rexton and Highway 11 has been the scene of the protest, involving a coalition of natives and non-natives opposed to shale gas exploration.
Protesters moved into the area on Sept. 30, initially establishing a barricade to the staging area used by SWN Resources Canada to park its exploration vehicles and equipment.
The protest progressed to the point where barricades were also established on the road, preventing traffic from going through.
SWN Resources went to the Court of Queen’s Bench and successfully sought an injunction to end the protest.
During a hearing, court was told SWN Resources is losing $60,000 every day its seismic exploration trucks remain blockaded in the compound off Route 134.
Here’s an update posted October 30th. “Anonymous Stands Up for Mi’kmaq Anti-Fracking Protesters. OpFrackOff”, getting into agent provocateurs, etc.