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Fightback against Charest's "Plan Nord"

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Same Palais des Congrès as yesterday - same riot squad at hand - same Liberal government strutting its plan to sell out the wealth of the North - but this time, it's the North which is here en masse (Québec Resistance Network, Innu Power, and others) and saying No!

More demos at the Palais des Congrès


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More reports.

There have already been altercations with the riot squad, and at least one arrest.


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If you have a Facebook account:  (copy and paste into your Facebook search box)

Manifestation contre le Plan Nord

 

Réseau de Résistance du Québécois

 

and two groups I've been with since the beginning:

 

Sept-Îles Sans URANIUM

Alliance Romaine


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Wow, lots of good stuff there - thanks, Boom Boom!

 


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While a little over-dressed for a marathon, the team in the yellow vests manages to stay a few steps ahead of the pack.

plan Nord


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BB, is Alliance Romaine participating in the demo today?


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Members of Alliance Romaine are there indeed - I know one personally that is reporting from Montreal. Today's demo was posted on Alliance Romaine's Facebook page weeks ago.


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Plan Nord actually has supporters here on the Lower North Shore of Quebec because there exists a belief that it will bring development and jobs to an impoverished region - not to mention a road connecting us to the mainland.

Route 138 from Kegaska to Natashquan is almost a reality - it is a gravel road with temporary bridges that are to be replaced this summer, and a bridge spanning the Natashquan River is supposed to be completed by the end of this year.

ETA: Completion of that bridge now moved up to October 2013 - if by then. Frown

A road connecting all of the Lower North Shore to the Quebec mainland has been promised since about 1945. I had no idea that Plan Nord had anything to do with the current Kegaska - Natashquan road, but friends inform me that without Plan Nord, there would be no road.

I don't know what industry Plan Nord has for the Lower North Shore other than hydro-electricity. Mining - maybe.

I don't know where people are getting their information from - there exists a belief that other good things are coming here as a result of Plan Nord.


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The pigs have arrested about 80 of the demonstrators.

Not a day goes by without Charest using his robots against the people. And not a section of the people goes unscathed.

A whole generation will rise up and never forget what it means for a government to serve the 1%.

ETA: Found one link:

Gazette


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90 Arrested At Plan Nord Protest in Montreal

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/story/2012/04/21/protesters-at-pl...

 

Innu Walk 900 Km to Protest Plan Nord and La Romaine Dams

http://canadians.org/blog?p=14637


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when I was in Montreal in November there were full-page ads in La Presse supporting Plan Nord, signed by Matthew Coon-Come....

what is that about? have some Cree embraced the project?


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DaveW wrote:

 

when I was in Montreal in November there were full-page ads in La Presse supporting Plan Nord, signed by Matthew Coon-Come....

what is that about? have some Cree embraced the project?

Yes. You try and figure this out, I can't:

"Think outside the box"

In other words:


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Matthew Coon-Come certainly has...


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In the other thread I posted local Innu opposition to the Romaine Hydro Project - which is part of Plan Nord.


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Haven't seen this mentioned on babble yet - major environmental rally in Montreal tomorrow.

LINK


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Resist Plan Nord

Information for Potential Employees

 

So you’re thinking of finding work in projects that are part of the Plan Nord?

Before you do, there are some facts you should know, and some ethical questions you should ask yourself.There has been substantial opposition to Plan Nord, especially by indigenous Innu communities in the north-east of Quebec. They are demanding that the government recognize their rights to self-determination on the land, which has never been ceded to the Quebec or Canadian governments, or covered by any treaties. On Innu territory, Plan Nord is a violent imposition of development projects on stolen indigenous land. 

 

Innu communities are protesting the imposition of mega-projects on their territory, which threaten traditional fishing and hunting.

The Innu community of Uashat Mak Mani-Utenam has expressed clear opposition to Hydro-Quebec’s proposed damming of Romaine River. They have voted in two referendums against electric lines for the project passing through their territory, and recently blockaded roads to prevent the construction trucks from getting through. The government responded by sending in riot police and arresting protesters, many of whom were women and elders. Opposition is widespread. There has been strong opposition to Uranium mining in the Côte-Nord region and across Quebec. The risk of radioactive contamination of water is so serious, that dozens of the doctors in the town of Sept-Îles threatened to resign if uranium mining exploration were not immediately stopped. 

 

More than forty Innu women having been walking for three weeks from their communites to Montreal, to protest Plan Nord projects on their territory.

As one of the women, Selena Grégoire, recently explained why they’re doing the protest walk. “If the Plan Nord goes through, we’re finished. It will damage our territory. I’m doing this for my children, so they don’t lose our way of life, so they can go out and hunt in the forest when they’re older. We have to protest so they recognize our rights.” 

 

Ethical questions to ask yourself before working for the Plan Nord. 

Does the project you’re working on have the active consent or support of the indigenous people of that land? Are you aware of Quebec’s ongoing history of colonization of indigenous peoples, including in the north? Will your work have any benefits for the people who live in the region, or is it mainly in the interest of corporate shareholders?

 

This isn’t just a job.

This is colonization and ecological destruction.

Your participation is complicity.


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I'm sorry, Boom Boom, I shouldn't really have opened this thread. I should have just posted this news in your original thread. That's the second time I've screwed that up.


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No, U - the more the merrier!! Smile


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Freedom 55 wrote:

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Resist Plan Nord

Information for Potential Employees

Good stuff - where's the link?


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Tomorrow's protest has the potential to be a monster - uniting students, the environmentalists, and protests against Plan Nord. Wish I could be there.


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Boom Boom wrote:

Good stuff - where's the link?

 

I don't know of a link that would work. A friend of mine posted as a 'note' on Facebook, but I don't think it can be viewed unless you're also his FB 'friend'. It's the text from leaflets that were handed-out at the Plan Nord job fair.


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the reply to my query above about about Coon-Come and the Cree role was pretty condescending, so I looked it up myself:

http://www.cyberpresse.ca/le-soleil/actualites/politique/201105/10/01-4397894-les-cris-endossent-le-plan-nord-avec-ferveur.php?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

 http://www.gcc.ca/newsarticle.php?id=271

 

I was asked to give you a short lecture today on the impacts of the Plan Nord on the youth and how it relates to education, entrepreneurship and culture

The Plan Nord will have an impact on these issues but also on our way of life in general.  The Plan Nord may be around for the next two or three decades but its impacts will be felt for many more decades and it will affect our way of life and that of future generations.

In principle, the Cree support the sustainable development of the North.  They also support the Plan Nord, on certain conditions, and they are committed to working with the Government of Québec to implement it.

I will explain to you why we support the Plan Nord, on which conditions, and what it means for our people and our youth.  But first, I will give you a brief overview of who the Crees are, the work of the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) and the context that led to our support for Plan Nord.

 

 

 

 


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more:

"I am pleased to announce today, on behalf of the Cree Nation that I support and endorse the Premier's announcement of the Plan Nord.." Matthew Coon Come

http://gcc.ca/newsarticle.php?id=243


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NDP Leadership Hopeful Tom Mulcair Reacts to 'Plan Nord'

http://wagoodvdfilmtv.com/ndp-leadership-hopeful-tom-mulcair-reacts-to-p...

Safe to assume that as a former Cree leader himself Romeo Saganash MP will be on board as well.


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From a poll last month:

Charest seems intent on using his Plan Nord - the $80-billion, 25-year investment plan to develop mining and other resources of northern Quebec - as his campaign theme. But Forum Research found only 36 per cent support for the Plan Nord vs. 40 per cent opposed and 25 per cent answering "don't know."

I faintly remember an article in the last year indicating that Pauline Marois of the PQ also supports most of Plan Nord. Can anyone recall that article?

 


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Le rôle de la police est-il d'assurer l'ordre ou de provoquer ?

Les quelque 200 militantes et militants de la CSN qui ont participé ce midi à la manifestation étudiante qui s'est déroulée dans le secteur du Palais des congrès de Montréal témoignent de la force brutale et disproportionnée utilisée envers les manifestants, mais encore plus du rôle provocateur joué par les forces policières.

« La manifestation a été pacifique jusqu'à ce qu'un policier, sans raison, décide d'asperger un jeune avec des gaz lacrymogènes. Du coup, ils ont sorti l'artillerie lourde et s'en sont pris violemment aux manifestants pour les faire reculer, les tabassant à coups de matraque même s'ils reculaient sans résistance. Le comportement des forces policières n'a été que provocation », de déclarer Jean Trudelle, président de la FNEEQ-CSN.

« Pendant la manifestation, alors que le président du Syndicat des chargé-es de cours de l'Université du Québec à Montréal tentait d'aider un étudiant qui gisait sur le sol à se relever, un policier l'a empoigné et projeté violemment sur une voiture. Plusieurs autres manifestants ont été poivrés même s'ils ne faisaient que manifester dans le calme », de souligner Gaétan Châteauneuf, président du Conseil central du Montréal métropolitain.

 

« Alors que le gouvernement aurait dû s'asseoir avec toutes les associations étudiantes depuis le début de la semaine et résoudre le conflit, il a plutôt décidé de créer de toute pièce une crise encore plus importante en faisant dévier le débat sur la violence. Son comportement des derniers jours est non seulement irresponsable, mais scandaleux. Nous sommes loin de penser qu'il œuvre à apaiser les tensions. Au contraire, il les attise. Sa blague totalement déplacée envers les manifestants démontre un mépris indigne d'un chef d'État. Personne d'autre que le premier ministre ne peut rétablir le dialogue, il a le devoir de s'en rappeler », de dire le président de la CSN, Louis Roy.

Non à la gratuité minière, oui à la gratuité scolaire
Rappelons qu'un des slogans des étudiants aujourd'hui était « Non à la gratuité minière, oui à la gratuité scolaire ». Les militantes et les militants de la CSN ont manifesté aujourd'hui en appui aux étudiants, mais aussi pour joindre leurs voix à celles des gens qui contestent les ressources faramineuses qui sont consacrées au Plan Nord, alors que le gouvernement libéral choisit de refiler de plus en plus la facture des études supérieures aux étudiantes, aux étudiants et à leurs familles. Pour la CSN, l'éducation devrait être une priorité nationale.

La CSN, fondée en 1921, regroupe 300 000 membres répartis dans les secteurs public et privé.

http://www.csn.qc.ca/web/csn/communique/-/ap/Comm20-04-12b?p_p_state=max...


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here is an interesting tidbit:

Hanson said Mulcair's stint as an environment minister in Quebec, and his work on that province's Plan Nord, bodes well for northern issues, especially around resource extraction.

 


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From a HuffPost link: "...And what about mining royalties? Quebec is extremely well endowed with raw materials and natural resources, but are citizens getting a fair share of that wealth? In 2011, MiningWatch Canada and Québec meilleure ...mine observed that the province "still ranks near the bottom of the heap in the collection of mineral royalties," and that it "was only paid $114 million on revenues of over $5.6 billion." It is no coincidence that only a couple of months after Premier Jean Charest went on his province-wide dog and pony show to sell off Québec's immense northern riches, through his Plan Nord, students went on strike over plans to raise tuition fees."

 

As far as I can see, Plan Nord continues Charest's practice of giving away the store.


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RETURN TO THE SOURCE! Aboriginals and Quebecers united


montréal on friday june 8th


Alliance Romaine, the First Nations Circle of UQAM and GRIP UQAM
invite you to their:

FUNDRAISER SHOW

RETURN TO THE SOURCE!

Aboriginals and Quebecers united for the protection of the Romaine
River, against the North Plan!

Guest artists:

TRICOT MACHINE

LE GROUPE ANISHNABÉ

BUFFALO HAT SINGERS

DJ MADESKIMO

CANNON WAGON

ZAZALIEZ

LAURE MORALI

NATASHA KANAPÉ

JONATHAN BRIÈRE

PHILIPPE JUTRAS

POECIRQUE

HUGUETTE LUCAS

MADEMOISELLE PHÉBUS

The purpose of this evening is to raise funds to support upcoming
solidarity campaigns with first nation's peoples concerned by the
Romaine hydro projects.

This evening follows a series of activities related to the Plan Nord
which had the goal of gathering people with diverse perspectives on
the challenges posed by the Plan Nord, to deepen our understanding of
it, and to identify what actions we can take in the public sphere to
support debate around the issues.

Music groups and native and foreign guest artists and a sale of
pictures of the Romaine River will be scheduled for this evening.

Admission: $ 10

(1 beer included)


June 8, 2012  7:30 p.m.

Comité Social Centre-Sud

1710 Beaudry Street

(Metro Beaudry)



Contact:

cpn@uqam.ca

grip@uqam.ca

info@allianceromaine.org


Gustavo Zamora Jiménez

Coordonnateur

Cercle des Premières Nations de l'UQAM

(514) 987-3000 poste 6793

Local DS-3223

cpn@uqam.ca  www.cpn.uqam.ca


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