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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 March 13
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Brent Patterson | In a shocking decision, the organizers of CANSEC say they still intend to convene a trade show in Ottawa that could bring together 12,000 people from 55 countries.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 7
San Luis de Palenque, Colombia. Image: Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | Concerns are being raised about a Toronto-based oil company's contract with the Colombian army following community protests against its operations.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 6
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Brent Patterson | Those who buy and sell arms will be in town on May 27-28, but a major conference and protest says it's time to cancel CANSEC.
Blog - Brent Patterson February 27
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Brent Patterson | Concerns about police violence, nation-to-nation relationships and the right to free, prior and informed consent increase following arrests.
Blog - Brent Patterson February 19
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Brent Patterson | The CANSEC arms fair in Ottawa will be a key moment to mobilize against the Trudeau government's planned multi-billion dollar purchase of fighter jets.
Blog - Brent Patterson February 15
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Brent Patterson | The rail blockades in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en land defenders could be a learning moment for Extinction Rebellion and other social justice movements.
Blog - Brent Patterson February 14
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Brent Patterson | Mayan Q'eqchi'-xinka healer and feminist Lorena Cabnal on body-land territory, the struggle against patriarchy and extractivism, and the power of ancestral memory.
Blog - Brent Patterson February 10
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Brent Patterson | Wet'suwet'en land defenders are facing many of the same risks and patterns experienced by environmental human rights defenders in Latin America and around the world.
Blog - Brent Patterson January 27
Unisto't'en camp calls for legal observers. Image: Peace Brigades Canada/Twitter
Brent Patterson | Lawyers raise concerns about restricted access to Wet'suwet'en territory hindering the ability to train legal observers to document human rights abuses by the RCMP.
Blog - Brent Patterson January 17
Land defenders at Wet'suwet'en Access Point on Gidimt'en Territory. Image: Wet'suwet'en Access Point on Gidimt'en Territory/Facebook
Brent Patterson | Forty per cent of the human rights defenders killed in 2019 were working on land rights, Indigenous peoples' rights and environmental rights.
Blog - Brent Patterson January 14
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Brent Patterson | It is essential that Canada uphold its constitutional and international human rights obligations to the Wet'suwet'en Nation.
Blog - Brent Patterson December 3
Protesters at COP21 in Paris. Image: John Englart/Flickr
Brent Patterson | As COP25 kicks off and the House of Commons reconvenes this week, Brent Patterson breaks down the numbers behind the Trudeau government's failure on climate policy.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 27
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Brent Patterson | Colombian human rights defenders to talk fracking and climate change at public forums in Ottawa, Vancouver and Nanaimo this November.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 25
Chilean protests in 2019. Image: Jorge Morales Piderit/Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | What are the Canadian links to the social uprising in Chile that has claimed at least 18 lives over the past seven days?
Blog - Brent Patterson October 23
Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Image: Coolcaesar/Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | Does the outcome of the federal election create opportunities to improve Canada's human rights policies internationally?
Blog - Brent Patterson October 22
The interim House of Commons on January 16, 2019. Image: Leafsfan67/Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | What are some observations we can make about the results of this federal election and how could that help shape continued grassroots mobilizations?
Blog - Brent Patterson October 11
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Brent Patterson | Indigenous communities in Colombia want to protect the Amazon rainforest from fracking.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 10
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Brent Patterson | Extinction Rebellion makes an important link with the deadly struggle for climate justice in the Global South.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 8
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Brent Patterson | Twenty-seven years after her death, Kelly's vision holds lessons for the Extinction Rebellion movement.
Blog - Brent Patterson September 23
Global climate Strike in London in March 2019. Image: Garry Knight/Flickr
Brent Patterson | Environment minister's pat on the head means the climate strike must continue to escalate its tactics to disrupt business as usual.
Blog - Brent Patterson September 9
Sri Lankan Parliament. Image: Nigel Swales/Flickr
Brent Patterson | The well-known Quaker peace activist has an extraordinary story to tell about protecting human rights lawyers from state repression.
Blog - Brent Patterson September 3
Public entrance of the Canadian Museum of History, Gatineau. Image: Wladyslaw/Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | The leaders' debate on October 7 and 10 provides an opportunity for the climate justice movement to shake things up this election.
Blog - Brent Patterson August 21
Rita Wong. Image: PBI-Canada/Facebook
Brent Patterson | Before she was arrested, Rita Wong encouraged "more people to make the connections between violence against the land and violence against missing and murdered Indigenous women."
Blog - Brent Patterson August 18
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Brent Patterson | The human right to a healthy environment means better protection of environmental human rights defenders and their families.
Blog - Brent Patterson August 12
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Brent Patterson | Peace Brigades International visited The Pines in 1991 and takes note of the escalating tensions over land ownership in 2019.
Blog - Brent Patterson August 10
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Brent Patterson | Travelling by train wouldn't make Trudeau or Scheer climate leaders, but jetting across the country for 36 days is deeply problematic.
Blog - Brent Patterson August 1
CF-18 flyover in Toronto. Photo: synestheticstrings/Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | A rebellion against our extinction and the winning of a Green New Deal means challenging the spectacle of burning jet fuel for entertainment.
Blog - Brent Patterson July 28
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Brent Patterson | On July 26, thousands took part in a "march for life and the defence of social leaders" global day of action.
Blog - Brent Patterson July 23
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Brent Patterson | Big environmental groups and grassroots organizations like Extinction Rebellion can't avoid an explicit class analysis if we want to be able to get to the truth about climate breakdown.
Blog - Brent Patterson July 23
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Brent Patterson | Canada's border policies are interconnected with the migrant rights crisis on the United States-Mexico border.