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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

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Harper's northern tour and record ice melts in the Arctic

Photo: NASA Goddard Photo and Video / flickr
News of record low ice cover levels in the Arctic coincided with Stephen Harper's annual northern tour.

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Canadians join citizens' climate lobbying efforts in Washington, D.C.

The citizen climate lobbyists in Washington, D.C.

“No other generation has held the fate of the planet in its hands.” –Jeffrey Sachs

When Citizens Climate Lobby first went to Washington, DC in 2009 there were only three people. In July 2012, 175 citizen climate lobbyists showed up for the conference and to ask their representatives to put a rising fee on carbon and give the dividend back to Americans.

Citizens Climate Lobby is a non-partisan, non-profit volunteer organization, with more than 20 local chapters in six provinces and over 60 chapters in 26 states. Microfinance hero Marshall Saunders founded it in 2007. From July 24 to 28, in just four days of lobbying, 175 volunteers from across the United States, with seven of us from Canada, made more than 300 visits to Congressional offices.

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KI Nation paddles to protect their watershed

From August 24 to September 7, a team of paddlers from the KI Indigenous Nation will venture 400 km beyond the nearest road to travel the ancient trading route from their remote fly-in community.

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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.

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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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Goldcorp found guilty by People's Tribunal on mining impacts

Many impacted communities testified at the People's Tribunal. (Photo: Allan Liss
Many impacted communities testified at the People's Tribunal held earlier this month in Guatemala.

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Red squares for Indigenous solidarity: Montreal protests logging of Algonquin land

Photo: David Champagne

Last week in Montreal, clanging cookware and red squares became symbols of solidarity with an Indigenous community defending its land rights. On Wednesday, July 18, about 200 people demonstrated at the Montreal headquarters of Resolute Forest Products, the logging company currently locked in a stand-off with Algonquin protestors near Poigan Bay, Quebec.

Banging pots and pans, the crowd denounced Resolute for continuing to log in the territory of the Algonquins of Barriere Lake despite staunch opposition from the people living there.

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