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Ahousaht Nation Resist a New Salmon Farm in BC

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Canadian western province British Columbia has been a popular site of salmon farms and has determinedly been targeted by many corporations wishing to occupy the land for fish extraction. Not only has this action significantly decreased the amount of fish in the sea, but it has also directly harmed communities dependant on that very supply of seafood. The Ahousaht Nation faced this problem at the end of September when a Norwegian-based corporation Cermaq attempted to establish a new farm site on their territory.

On September 21st the Ahousaht Nation made Cermaq pull anchors on the new salmon farm located north of Tofino, BC. This would be the 17th site if Ahousaht people didn’t prevent the action from happening. Such corporate developments extract the necessary means of nutrition for the nation, as well as limiting the job opportunities for the Ahousaht people, having previously promised many more.

CKUT’s Kateryna Gordiychuk spoke with Lennie John, an Ahousaht tourism business owner and the first one to notice the unsanctioned action, to find out more.

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McGill University Receives Notice of Seizure by Kahentinetha Horn Regarding Stolen Land

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On September 12, 2015, a Notice of Seizure was delivered to McGill University by Kahentinetha Horn of the Bear Clan, a member of the Kahnawake community. The notice outlined McGill’s use of Mohawk land that had never been sold by the Kahnawake community as well as the outstanding sum of $1.7 billion that McGill had borrowed from the Six Nations’ Trust Fund and had never repaid.

Also outlined in the notice was McGill’s violation of Kaia’nere:kowa, the Great Law of Peace that Kahentinetha abides by. The discovery of military research being conducted by McGill is explained by Kahentinetha as going in direct violation of her governing law, strong motivation in her decision to send the notice.

CKUT’s Victoria Xie spoke with Kahentinetha about the reasoning behind the notice as well as what she is hoping will happen in the future.

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Communautés Mi’gmaq déposent une poursuite judiciaire contre projet ferroviaire explosif à Belledune

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En début juillet 2015, le Secrétariat Mi’gmawei Mawiomi (SMM), représentant les trois communautés Mi’gmaq de la région de Gaspé, a lancé une poursuite judiciaire contre la compagnie Chaleur Terminals Inc. Cette poursuite judiciaire a pour but d’arrêter la construction d’un projet ferroviaire explosif d’exportation de pétrole de sables bitumineux au port de Belledune, à travers des territoires Mi’gmaq au Québec et au Nouveau-Brunswick. Les Mi’gmaqs n’ont pas approuvé ni été consultés dans ce projet. 

La directrice de Consultation et d’accommodement du SMM, Tanya Barnaby, a parlé avec Emma Noradounkian, membre du collectif d’actualités à CKUT, des détails de cette plainte et des risques qu’engendrent ce projet pour les communautés Mi’gmaq du Québec et du Nouveau-Brunswick.

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Indigenous Youth Activist Deplores National Energy Board’s Decision to Grant Enbridge Line 9B

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On June 18, the Canadian government’s National Energy Board (NEB)–an independent economic regulatory agency for pipelines, power lines, and oil and gas importation–imposed further conditions on Enbridge Inc.’s controversial Line 9B pipeline reversal project, stating that it must perform hydrostatic testing along three of its segments before it officially begins shipping crude oil. The thirty-eight-year old pipeline that runs between Sarnia and Montreal was supposed to begin its operations last Fall. 

While the NEB has reported only seven oil spills, a CTV W5 investigation revealed last year that Line 9B has had at least 35 of such incidences. This aging pipeline, along with others in Ontario, continue to affect the nearby ecosystems, lands, and waters that Indigenous and other communities live and thrive on.

“It’s an industrial genocide [against Indigenous people]. These companies are on stolen land. They continue to release and spill and expand with more projects that continue to put our health at risk,” said Vanessa Gray, a member of Aamjiwnaang and Sarnia Against Pipelines, in an interview with CKUT’s Emma Noradounkian. She discussed how this project threatens Indigenous communities and ways of resisting the pipeline project and other pipelines in the province of Ontario.

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Challenging Medical Care: Interview with Anishnawbe Health Center in Toronto

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We are used to thinking about health care corresponding to Western medical treatment standards. What about all those Aboriginal communities in multi-ethnic Canada that do things the other way, how do they get treated by medical institutions? Very often other approaches to health treatment is perceived skeptically by mainstream medical institutions and there are no alternatives offered to patients wishing to be treated in other ways.

CKUT’s Kateryna Gordiychuk talked with James Carpenter, a traditional healer in Anishnawbe Health Center located in Toronto. The Anishnawbe Health Toronto is a network of medical institutions that promotes “the model of health care [which] is based on traditional practices and approaches and are reflected in the design of its programs and services”. The center’s values are built around the concept of “cultural sensitivity” and “cultural safety”, which helps the center to [honor and respect the hopes and dreams of those who first envisioned a healing center for the Aboriginal Community of Toronto”.

“Anishnawbe Health mission is to improve the health of Aboriginal population in mind, body, spirit [and] emotion, by providing traditional healing within a multidisciplinary healthcare model”.

~ James Carpenter

James provided CKUT with detailed explanations of why the center’s job is important and what kind of services it offers. He also remarked that Anishnawbe Health Toronto pays attention to a variety of social, family, economic and historic factors that influence the well-being of its patients, in addition to medical and biological symptoms present. In this way, the center recognizes the importance of cultural background of those that are treated and expresses cultural sensitivity towards the issues at hand.

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“It’s Time for Healing:” Indian Residential School Survivor Criticizes TRC, Discusses Alternative Healing

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Though Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) held its closing ceremonies earlier this month, it does not mean the end for First Nations people’s experience with genocide in the country. CKUT’s Emma Noradounkian sat down with Audrey Redman, an Indian Residential School survivor, who gave a personal take on why this is the case and how other survivors and First Nations people in general can seek alternative healing processes.

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Interview with Annie Clair, a Mi’kmaq Land Defender

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CKUT had a chance to talk to Annie Clair, who is a Mi’kmaq land defender who still faces charges from her participation in the Mi’kmaq struggle against exploration for fracking by the company SWN Resources in Elsipogtog, in so- called “New Brunswick”.

Our conversation took place in the context of an anti-colonial assembly that happened on Saturday, June 6th during a week of workshops and discussions called Vaincre la Marée Noire.

We could also chat with Frank Lopez, an independent videographer with Submedia, who covered the struggle in Elsipogtog in 2013.

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Missing, Murdered, but Unforgotten: An Interview with Quebec Native Women’s Association

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“Missing, Murdered, but Unforgotten:Quebec Native Women’s Association President Responds to Harper’s Dismissal of National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and girls (MMIW)”

During a question period at the Canadian House of Commons last Tuesday, June 2, Prime Minister Harper once again disregarded the TRC report’s call for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. CKUT’s Emma Noradounkian sat down with Viviane Michel, the President of the Quebec Native Women’s Association, who expressed her continued disappointment in the Harper government and ways in which others can get involved in pressuring it to adopt this much-needed national inquiry. The interview was conducted in French.

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Interview with Terry Audla on Walk for Reconciliation in Ottawa

This is a snapshot of a video retweeted by TRC. Over 7000 people joined them!
The picture features the Walk for Reconciliation in Ottawa, March 31, 2015. This is a snapshot of a video retweeted by TRC. Over 7000 people joined them!

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Beginning May 31 and till June 3 the Truth and Reconciliation Committee (TRC) is holding its closing events in Ottawa. The Committee has been working hard to raise awareness about more than 120 years of injustice and suffering that Aboriginal Peoples of Canada went through in Indian Residential Schools funded by the federal government. The Schools had been created with the purpose of assimilation of the marginalized communities to Canadian population, but instead deprived Aboriginal Children of language, cultural identity and traditions.

The closing events organized by the TRC include the Walk for Reconciliation on Sunday March 31, Education Day on June 1, Induction of Honorary Witnesses followed by other educational activities and a Report by TRC on June 2, and closing presentations on June 3.

CKUT’s Kateryna Gordiychuk had an opportunity to discuss the issue with Terry Audla, the President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami organization. TRC and Inuit Tapiirit worked side by side to make this diverse educational and cultural conference possible. Terry shared his hopes with CKUT as to the significance of the conference and the Walk for Reconciliation particularly.

Image Credit: CKUT’s snapshot of a video posted by Waubgeshig Rice on TRC’s twitter.

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Grassy Narrows Walks Against Logging, Youth Group Issues Statement

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Community members in the Grassy Narrows First Nation in northern Ontario undertook a “Walk to Protect Grassy Narrows Traditional Land Use Area from Destruction” last weekend. The event, organized in part by Band Councilor Randy Fobister along with grassroots community members, was a display of ongoing resistance to industrial logging in their Territory by people in Grassy Narrows.

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Interview with Kanahus Manuel

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Photo: Murray Bush (Vancouver Media Coop)

Yuct Ne Senxiymetkwe Camp Stands Up to Imperial Metals and the Mount Polley Mine Disaster

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Kanahus is a mother and warrior from the Secwpemc Nation in the Shuswap region of so-called British Columbia. She has been active in fighting against development projects and corporations such as the Sun Peaks Ski Resort and Imperial Metals. Recently, she has been involved in organizing to raise awareness about the Mount Polley gold-copper mine tailings spill, possibly the worst mining pollution disaster in Canadian history. She helped to set up the Yuct Ne Senxiymetkwe camp at the disaster site. For her efforts, she has been named as a defendant by Imperial Metals in a court injunction to stop blockades of the mining company’s operations. She was in Montreal last week, and came by CKUT for an in-depth interview, produced by Aaron Lakoff.

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First Nations National Day of Resistance organized in Ottawa and Canada-wide on May 14

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On May 14th, over a thousand people gathered in Ottawa for a Day of National Resistance organized to protest against recent government relations with First Nations people. There were also many companion events organized across the country. The protest was centered on three key issues. The first was the recent and controversial Bill C-33, or First Nation Control of First Nation Education Act. The event also protested against the Harper government’s disinclination to launch a national inquiry into the high incidence of missing and murdered indigenous women in Canada. And lastly, the event took issue with Bill C-10, or the Contraband Tobacco Act, in which the government aims to criminalize the selling, buying, or trading of tobacco without a federal excise tax stamp. Jode Kechego, who organized the event, talked to CKUT about the implications of these three issues as well as his hopes for the First Nations movement, both in its internal relations and in its relations with the government. 

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CKUT Live Broadcast from the Annual March for Missing and Murdered Women (Feb 14/14)

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On February 14, CKUT’s community news collective and Native Solidarity News team were broadcasting live from Place Emilie Gamelin for the annual Memorial March for Missing and Murdered Women. Tune in to 90.3 FM, or online at http://www.ckut.ca, or come down and participate in the event and broadcast! More info below.

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