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Brent Patterson

Brent Patterson is a political activist and writer. He has worked in solidarity with revolutionary Nicaragua, advocated for the rights of prisoners in jails and federal prisons, taken part in civil disobedience actions in Toronto's financial district and at the Ontario legislature, and participated in street protests at the Battle of Seattle and at UN climate summits. He supported cross-country activism at The Council of Canadians for almost 20 years. Brent has a BA in political science from the University of Saskatchewan and an MA in international relations from York University. He lives in Ottawa on the traditional, unceded and unsurrendered territories of the Algonquin Nation.

Blog - Brent Patterson June 15
Justin Trudeau landing in Brussels. Image credit: Justin Trudeau/Twitter.
Brent Patterson | To build peace, we need to end the war against nature and stop the killing of land and environmental defenders.
Blog - Brent Patterson June 14
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the G7 summit. Image credit: Justin Trudeau/Twitter
Brent Patterson | The G7 summit communique falls short of the urgent action needed to confront the human rights and environmental crisis of climate change.
Blog - Brent Patterson May 27
Image by PBI-Colombia.
Brent Patterson | A webinar on June 3 will convene human rights defenders to discuss what's next in the social struggle in Colombia.
Blog - Brent Patterson May 12
Colombian police truck faces protester. Image: Neda Amani/Twitter
Brent Patterson | As violence by state security forces against the national strike in Colombia continues, there are calls for Canada to end any support of the police and army.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 22
 Manatee. Image credit: Chris Muenzer/Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | Two Canadian companies have expressed their support for fracking in Colombia, despite significant threats to human rights defenders, the climate and aquatic wildlife.
Blog - Brent Patterson December 1
Protesters outside of Parliament. Image: Koozma J. Tarasoff
Brent Patterson | Massive increase in military spending and purchase of new warplanes to continue despite Canada's record-high deficit.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 18
Federal Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson at COP 25 in Madrid last year. Image: Jonathan Wilkinson/Twitter
Brent Patterson | Four land defenders have been killed every week since COP21 in 2015. Canada must commit to their protection at the upcoming Climate Ambition Summit.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 28
Image: Rob Schleiffert/Flickr
Brent Patterson | Boeing says buying its fighter jets would create employment in Canada, but even a cursory analysis shows a Green New Deal would create more jobs.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 19
Image: aezoss/Flickr
Brent Patterson | As controversial monuments are being toppled around the world, the Canadian military is planning to place a warplane on a pedestal at its Ottawa headquarters.
Blog - Brent Patterson September 29
A Lockheed Martin F-35 warplane. Image: Ant Le Breton/Flickr
Brent Patterson | The Canadian government's purchase of new warplanes is on an "aggressive" schedule, while its promise to end long-term boil water advisories could be delayed.
Blog - Brent Patterson August 27
Brian Grandbois at Unist'ot'en Camp. Image: Jeh Custerra/Facebook
Brent Patterson | There's an inspiring history to be remembered of Dene Su'lene' land defenders opposing the Cold Lake air force base and weapons range on Treaty 6, Treaty 8 and Treaty 10 lands.
Blog - Brent Patterson August 19
Chrystia Freeland in 2017. Image: Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | Chrystia Freeland has supported billions being spent on the military. Could the $1.2 trillion debt change that?
Blog - Brent Patterson August 14
Police on Haudenosaunee territory, July 2020. Image: Skyler Williams/Facebook
Brent Patterson | Lawyers and experts have repeatedly highlighted the skewed, ahistorical and colonial nature of court injunctions against Indigenous land defenders.
Blog - Brent Patterson August 5
Image: Zach Stern/Flickr
Brent Patterson | The memory of those killed should be not be historicized, but instead situated in the present day struggle against the threat of nuclear militarism.
Blog - Brent Patterson August 4
Image: U.S. Airforce
Brent Patterson | With Lockheed Martin seeking $19 billion from the Canadian government to build new warplanes, now is an ideal time for teachers to divest from the war machine.
Blog - Brent Patterson July 22
Image shows fishermen spotted by G̲aandlee Guu Jaalang, "Daughters of the Rivers," who are the Haida women who have responsibility to protect Haida Gwaii. Image: G̲aandlee Guu Jaalang/Screenshot of Facebook video
Brent Patterson | The Haida Nation had a population of tens of thousands of people prior to contact. It then dropped to 600 people. Now, they are protecting themselves from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Blog - Brent Patterson June 29
F/A-18Fs being refueled over Afghanistan in 2010. Image: U.S. Air Force/Flickr
Brent Patterson | Boeing makes the case that its Super Hornet fighter jet is good for jobs, but studies show peaceful production is a better way to address unemployment.
Blog - Brent Patterson June 26
Image: aezoss/Flickr
Brent Patterson | With the Canadian government planning to spend billions more on fighter jets and missiles, this is a critical moment to discuss alternatives to war and to mobilize around the need for peacebuilding.
Blog - Brent Patterson June 23
Image: Still taken from the film "Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance"/NFB
Brent Patterson | As the Trudeau government prepares to spend billions on the Canadian military, it's urgent and necessary to discuss alternatives.
Blog - Brent Patterson May 19
A Lockheed Martin F-35 jet on display in Germany in 2018. Image: Lutz Blohm/Flickr
Brent Patterson | Global spending on arms could decline due a drop in the price of oil, pandemic related debt and the imperative of a Green New Deal. How does Canada's plan to buy fighter jets by 2022 fit into this?
Blog - Brent Patterson May 14
Land defender Freda Huson. Image: Unist'ot'en Camp/Video Screenshot/YouTube
Brent Patterson | Does the Trudeau government want a seat on the Security Council enough to follow a resolution from the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination?
Blog - Brent Patterson May 8
Anti-war protesters during one of the first Mother's Days in history. Image: bravenewfoundation/Video Screenshot/YouTube
Brent Patterson | This Mother's Day let us recall the radical origins of the day and the women who proclaimed it to be a day to challenge war and militarism.
Blog - Brent Patterson May 4
Armed RCMP officer trespasses on unceded Wet'suwet'en territory in October 2019. Image: Unist'ot'en Camp/Video Screenshot/Twitter
Brent Patterson | While the Trudeau government's ban on military-grade weapons in Canada is needed, it should extend to this country's increasing arms export industry as well.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 23
The Security Council chamber from the vantage point of the president of the council. Image: United Nations Photo/Flickr
Brent Patterson | With the vote in June on Canada's bid for a Security Council seat, now would be an ideal time for the Trudeau government to affirm the role of human rights defenders.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 18
Image: UNclimatechange/Flickr
Brent Patterson | The G7 is meeting regularly by video conference, so why not hold a similarly urgent summit to slash carbon pollution and fossil fuel subsidies?
Blog - Brent Patterson April 17
Eurofighter Typhoon F-2000A. Image: Andrea Graziadio​/Flickr
Brent Patterson | The Guardian recently reported on BAE Systems profiting from the Saudi war on Yemen, but Canadian mainstream media hasn't yet made the connection to the Canada Pension Plan.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 12
Image: Ibrahim Qasim/Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | Canadian foreign minister endorses call for global ceasefire the day after he lifts restrictions on new arms exports to Saudi Arabia.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 6
Activist and actress Shirley Douglas in 2006. Image: frank saptel/Flickr
Brent Patterson | Shirley Douglas was a champion of public health care, nuclear disarmament and the Black Panther breakfast program.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 2
Trans Mountain pipeline construction continues despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Image: Kanahus Manuel/Twitter
Brent Patterson | The World Health Organization says that climate change increases the risk of contagious diseases, yet this pandemic is seeing increased state subsidies for oil and gas.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 29
A worker protest at Amazon in Minnesota, December 2018
Brent Patterson | The coronavirus pandemic has made unjust power relations all the more evident, but how can we organize while self-isolating at home?