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'Tree-in' protest aims to stop a tar sands pipeline through Texas

Photo: Tar Sands Blockade / flickr
Activists in Texas a set up a protest camp high amongst the trees in an attempt to stop the Keystone XL pipeline.

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Activists say: Get Shell out of the tar sands

Until October 1st you can make a written submission or sign up to make a presentation submission to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency about the Shell Jackpine Mine Expansion.

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Save the Salish Sea: Respecting Indigenous rights means stopping tar sands tankers

I am, like most of you, a strong supporter of First Nations land and title rights. Increasingly, the international community is waking up to the rights of Indigenous people and their justified desire for sovereignty and self-determination.

This struggle is playing itself out very publicly as First Nations on the west coast of Canada have drawn a line in the sand regarding dangerous pipeline projects. That is the context for the canoe gathering this weekend in the Vancouver harbour, organized by the Tsleil-Waututh Nation and the the Squamish Nation. 

Protecting the waters is a sacred trust


Ethical Waters: Healing Walk in the tar sands grows year by year

The 2012 Tar Sands Healing Walk. (Photo: Jesse Cardinal)

In the face of enormous destruction and intimidation, it is crucial to assert what one values, and why. The third annual Tar Sands Healing Walk met this challenge head on with courage and wisdom, as Indigenous communities asserted that it is a human responsibility to protect clean and healthy water, air and land for future generations.

Walking together on August 4 through the 14-km epicenter of the Alberta tar sands, roughly 250 people witnessed the immense industrial devastation and conducted ceremonies for the healing of the land and waters.


This weekend: Tar Sands Healing Walk in Alberta

Tomorrow is the third annual tar sands healing walk.
Tomorrow is the third annual tar sands healing walk. (Photo: http://www.healingwalk.org/)

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Vancouver Mayor and City Council make waves with opposition to Kinder Morgan pipeline

Kinder Morgan's plans would see close to one oil tanker a day passing through the narrows of Vancouver's harbour. (Photo: http://www.bcwaters.org/)
This week Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson and City Council voted to oppose Kinder Morgan's pipeline and oil tanker plans for this narrow harbour.

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Harper allies with Obama's Republican opponents

Harper and Obama at press conference. Photo: US Mission Canada/Flickr
Unsure of the eventual approval of the Keystone pipeline, Harper has decided to increase pressure on the U.S. president.

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'Ethical oil,' pipelines and the Harper government

Photo: Caitlyn Vernon/First Nations say no to Enbridge oil
An open letter to my fellow Canadians on the proposed Enbridge pipeline and the twisted environmental policies of the Harper government.

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Harper government conducts surveillance of First Nations instead of resolving violations of Indigenous peoples' rights

Unceded Algonquin Territory/Ottawa, December 6, 2011 -- The Defenders of the Land (DotL), a network of Indigenous Communities, on Tuesday condemned reports that in 2007, the Harper government established a national and international police surveillance network to spy on Indigenous Peoples and their supporters for defending Indigenous Peoples' self-determination and land rights. The RCMP surveillance operation shared its findings with private industry.


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