Prayers for Memorial riders set to leave tomorrow in remembrance of the Dakota 38+2 who were executed in Mankato.
Proud to own a piece of @johnisaiahpepion #ledgerart! Came in the mail today, looks beautiful!!
Frank Waln - AbOriginal
Directed by Eli Vazquez
Concept by Dallas Goldtooth
Cinematography by Matt Hoodhood
Edited by Jeff Franko
Filmed on the Rosebud Reservation and in the American Indian Center of Chicago.
The largest known reservoir of crude bitumen in the world is about to get even bigger, but Alice Rigney is in no mood to celebrate.
Rigney was raised in Northern Alberta on the Athabasca River that now runs directly through multiple oil sands projects.
"That river is our lifeline and has been for thousands of years. It has always sustained us with fish, food, water and travel – everything,” said Rigney.
Rigney grew up watching traditional hunting, fishing and trapping grounds transform into what she now calls the tar sands. She is now part of an Athabasca Chipewyan First Nations (ACFN) Elders council, fighting those developments.
“If they destroy that, what will become of us? Are we going to become refugees on our own land? Where am I going to go?”
Now Shell Canada has the green light from the federal government to expand its 7,500 hectare Jackpine Mine to 13,000 hectares.
But Indigenous and environmental groups say the predicted damage to water, land and animals outweighs any profits the addition to the oil sands will yield. Shell said it could bring the Alberta and federal governments an estimated $17 billion in royalties and taxes over its life and create an additional 750 full time jobs.
Shell’s assessment projects that 185,872 hectares of wetlands in the area will be lost or altered as a result of the Jackpine Mine expansion and other industrial activity.
In order to mitigate impacts, the company has purchased about 730 hectares of former cattle pasture in northwestern Alberta to help compensate for 8,500 hectares of wetland that would be lost just from the expansion.
Shell has also drafted plans to move caribou and wood bison to a conservation offset zone. They also plan to create a compensation lake complete with fish and fauna in order to further mitigate impacts on wetlands and wildlife.
ACFN to take legal action
The fight to slow down or stop the massive oil sands development has been years in the making.
On November 8th, Ottawa put the breaks on the project, granting the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation a 35-day extension.
While the lure of fast money at the oil sands is strong, Alice Rigney said she hopes young people start to think about the future and other choices.Friday’s decision to go forward with the project didn’t wait until the 35-day extension period was up.
“There is more to life than this, that’s what I tell them. You can be a doctor, a lawyer, a teacher — you don’t need to go work in the oil patch. But, in the end, it’s your choice,” said Rigney.
“My granny used to say everything has life, everything connects and I believe in that. That is my church they are destroying, and it really hurts me to see them ripping Mother Earth’s heart out and extracting what they want. Yes, I am against it. They say oil is development and progress. But, for me, it’s not. It’s destruction. “
The ACFN has vowed to take legal action against Ottawa’s decision to allow Shell to expand the Jackpine Mine oil sands project.
The same story, told from another place. Again.
Elsipogtog resistance against fracking their lands.
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#Elsipogtog #fracking #Water #resistance #Indigenous #Idle No More
Three Horseback Journeys Trace Paths of Imminent Pipeline Destruction
"This Is Indian Land, This is Ohlone Land" Installation at Will Brown Gallery in the Mission today…It’ll be up for the week…
Diné elder Bahe’ Katenaii at the Rally Against the Theft of Antiquity
"With more community interest and support, Peabody can be stopped from desecrating more of the endless network of ancient dwelling sites. The less involvement by communities, the more Peabody and their archaeologists will steal and profit, because cultural and human rights of the antiquities aren’t being enforced"
"Fault Lines travels to Mi’kmaq territory in New Brunswick, Canada to find out what happens when a First Nation says no to fracking.
On October 17, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police raided a protest site set up by Mi’kmaq people and their supporters trying to prevent a Texas-based corporation from fracking. The company had received rights to explore for shale gas by the province of New Brunswick.
Carried out by police with dogs and automatic weapons, the raid turned to chaos as residents of the Elsipogtog First Nation arrived to confront them. Police pepper-sprayed elders and fired sock rounds to control the crowd. Six police vehicles were set ablaze. Some 40 people were arrested.
It was the most spectacular eruption yet of a struggle led by indigenous people to protect land they say they’ve never ceded and water they consider sacred – a struggle that grew quietly for three years, and shows no sign of slowing now.
Fault Lines has traveled to New Brunswick to ask why their fight caught fire, and find out what happens when Canada’s First Nations say no to resource extraction projects they oppose.”
(Fault Lines - Al Jazeera America - 06/12/2013)
This is locked out from the US. A US-visible version is available HERE
#elsipogtog #resistance #fracking #Water