HISTORIC ALLIANCES AND
where environmental protection &
honouring indigenous rights intersect
Now you can get a first-hand account from the east coast’s #anti-fracking, #rexton, #elsipogtog 2013 hot spots. It ain’t over yet and no one is giving up. Start off the New Year attending one of these upcoming meetings — additional dates can be added…
Monday, JANUARY 5, 2015, 7 – 9 pm
Friends Meeting House, 60 Lowther Avenue
Sponsor: Toronto Friends Peace & Social Action Committee
Wednesday, January 7, 2015, 7 PM start
Gathering Space, FPHL Room 103, Gzowski College, Trent University
Sponsors: First Peoples House of Learning at Trent, Kawartha & Peterborough Chapter of the Council of Canadians, Kawartha Truth and Reconciliation Support Group, and Nibi Emosaawdamajig: Those Who Walk for the Water
Thursday, JANUARY 8, 2015, 7 – 10 pm
25One Community Space, 251 Bank Street
Sponsor: Council of Canadians
Friday, JANUARY 9, 2015, 7 PM start
Chez Boris Cafe, 5151 Parc Ave
Sponsor: Friends of NB Anti-Fracking Movement
and Allies of Elsipogtog Mi’kmaq First Nation
WELCOME TO ALL
Free will donations gratefully accepted.
For info or to set up an additional meeting: email@example.com
All of Maritime Canada is covered by the pre-Confederation “Peace and Friendship” Treaties, in which no territory was surrendered. Recently, the peaceful determination of All Peoples to protect their communities and livelihoods from getting “FRACKED” united with local Idle No More activists who are reclaiming their original territories for sacred caretaking.
This historic unity grew to outstanding proportions in 2013. The world watched as New Brunswick’s and Canada’s officialdom moved to crush it. For a recap of our history-making grassroots movement, see this Backgrounder for the IMW Peace & Friendship Legal Fund.
These Reports from the Eastern Door will be done by popular educator and human rights activist Ann Pohl, who is known to Ontarians from the Ipperwash Coalition, Turtle Island Support Group, Coalition for the Advancement of Aboriginal Studies, etc. She has been living in Kent County NB for the past 10 years, a rural region where most people rely on the natural environment for subsistence. Kent County is at the heart of the Sixth District of Mi’kmaki, Signigtog. All of Signigtog is ground zero for the fracking industry and their cronies in government and industry. SIgnigtog is also home territory for NB’s largest Mi’kmaq First Nation: Elsipogtog.
A grandmother, Ann is a founding member of Upriver Environment Watch. Last October, she was named in a SLAPP suit by the fracking corporation, SWN Resources Canada.
She is currently working with local Mi’kmaq elders to bring a legal challenge to court, to protect the natural environment for the sake of all future generations. Fundraising is just getting underway for the IMW Peace & Friendship Legal Fund. IMW stands for “Iapjiw Maliaptasiktɨtiew Wskwitqamu.” These Mi’kmaq words can be understood to mean Protecting the Earth for Future Generations.
Ann brings her peaceful and committed frontline perspective to this presentation, as well as her decades of experience in solidarity movements. There will be time for questions, and for comments on how these historic happenings connect to broader non-violent environmental protection movements. We will also discuss the strategic actions, networking and other support needed by frontline rural activists, especially the Peoples of the Eastern Door.
The IMW Request Letter provides more info on one of Ann’s current solidarity projects. For information about Ann’s recent environmental protection work and Upriver Environment Watch, take a look at other blogs on this space, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.