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Activist Communique: Updated: Emergency rallies in support of the Mi'kmaq and Elsipogtog First Nations

Anti-fracking demonstration from the Mi’kmaq and Elsipogtog Nations and their allies are holding a demonstration – a former blockade of highway near Rexton, New Brunswick – against shale gas company SWN Resources.

The demonstration is in reaction to community fears that fracking for shale gas might commence on traditional territory.  The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) have arrested at least forty demonstrators as they confronted the blockade demonstrators, who sang the Mi’kmaq Honour Song while the police made arrests, used dogs, pepper spray and water cannons on demonstrators.

Cars – include police vehicles – have been burned at the blockade site. The RCMP had snipers deployed in the area who could be spotted hiding in the woods surrounding the area.

Please see these photos posed on the Aljazeera Page here.http://america.aljazeera.com/watch/shows/the-stream/the-stream-officialblog/2013/10/17/first-nations-clashwithpoliceatantifrackingprotest.html

Demonstrators across the country have sung the Mi'kmaq Honour Song to provide the blockaders with strength. 

"Kepmite'tmnej ta'n teli l'nuwulti'kw 

Nikma'jtut mawita'nej 
Kepmite'tmnej ta'n wettapeksulti'k 
Nikma'jtut apoqnmatultinej 
Apoqnmatultinej ta'n Kisu'lkw teli ika'luksi'kw 
Wla wskitqamu eya eya

Wey u we he haiya, Weu we he haiya 
Wey u we he haiya, Weu we he haiya 
Wey u we he haiya, 
Wey u we he haiya, Weu we he haiya

Ta Ho!

Translation:

"Let us greatly respect our nativeness 
My people let us gather 
Let us greatly respect our aboriginal roots 
My people let us help one and other 
Let us help one and other according to the Creator's 
intention for putting us on this planet."

Here is a list of emergency demonstrations called in support of the Mi’kmaq and Elsipogtog First Nations.

Thursday October 17, 2013:

Toronto – 7:00 pm – Native Canadian Centre (16 Spadina Avenue) where a Sacred Fire will be lit. More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/540269366052877/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

Montreal – 8:00 pm – Cabot Square. More info:https://www.facebook.com/events/679333798746468/?ref=3&ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

Ottawa – 6:00 pm – Human Rights Monument - Corner Of Elgin and Lisgar. More info:https://www.facebook.com/events/748765261816772/?previousaction=join&source=1

Lethbridge – 5:00 pm – Henderson Park, Mayor Magrath Drive. More info:https://www.facebook.com/events/220890984753241/

New York, NY – 5:30 pm – Canadian Consulate 1251 Avenue of the Americas. More info:https://www.facebook.com/events/215672275269059/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

Winnipeg – 4:30 pm – Canadian Museum of Human Rights 269 Main St, Winnipeg. More info:https://www.facebook.com/events/171305843065330/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

Regina – 6:00 pm – RCMP Academy 5907 Dewdney Avenue. More info:https://www.facebook.com/events/1399725486928709/1399733926927865/?comment_id=1399735806927677&notif_t=event_mall_comment

Fort McMurray – 4:00 pm – RCMP Station 105 Paquette Dr. Moreinfo:https://www.facebook.com/events/391308680996579/

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Friday October 18, 2013:

Vancouver – 3:30 pm – South Side of Vancouver Art Gallery. More info:https://www.facebook.com/events/681117658565367

Victoria – 11:00 am – Centennial Square. More info:https://www.facebook.com/events/174316042761791/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

Sault Ste. Marie – 12:00 pm – Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig  1550 Queen Street East. More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/648862418468556/

Edmonton - 2:00 pm - Churchill Square. More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/559866710728588/?ref=3

Alderville First Nation - 10:00 am - Blockade of Highway 45. More information: https://www.facebook.com/groups/126243350871539/permalink/229178970577976/ 

Halifax - 3:00 pm - Robie and Charles Street. More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/424723607628712/?ref=3&ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

Saskatoon - 8:30 am - Corner of College Drive and Wiggins Avenue. More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/457033251084680/?fref=ts

Iqaluit - 4:45 pm - between RCMP building and NLCA Monument. More info: http://www.idlenomore.ca/elsipogtog_solidarity_march_in_iqaluit

Windsor, NS - 1:00 pm - Near Tim Horton Parking Lot downtown Windsor (Water Street). More info: http://www.idlenomore.ca/132016/windsor_nova_scotia_in_solidarity_with_rexton_nb

Eagle Lake First Nation (Ontario) - Friday Oct 18- Saturday Oct 19, 2013 - 1220 Ojibway Drive. More info: http://www.idlenomore.ca/mgardner_/treaty_3_dryden_district_in_solidarity_with_elsipogtog

Barrie, Ontario - 6:00 pm - Barrie Native Friendship Center (175 Bayfield Street). More info: http://www.idlenomore.ca/standing_in_solidarity_no_means_no

Tobique First Nation, NB - 12:00 pm - Tobique First Nation highway blockade. More info: http://www.idlenomore.ca/tobique_first_nations_blocking_off_the_trans_canada_highway

Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario - 9:00 pm - TBA. More info: http://www.idlenomore.ca/idle_no_more_tri_cities_solidarity_rally_with_elsipogtog

*Photo by @frogsarelovely

*Photo by @frogsarelovely

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