HMC: Gone for the summer – SWN Resources Canada folds ’til September

Gone for the summer – SWN Resources Canada folds ’til September

Shale gas company allowed to detonate 11 more un-exploded shot holes – charges against 25 of 35 will be dropped.

by Miles Howe

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Eslipogtog War Chief John Levi. [Photo: Miles Howe]
Eslipogtog War Chief John Levi. [Photo: Miles Howe]

ELSIPOGTOG, NEW BRUNSWICK – Minutes ago, afternoon negotiations between the RCMP, Elsipogtog Chief Arren Sock, Elsipogtog War Chief John Levi, former Elsipogtog Chief Susan Levi-Peters, Mi’kmaq Warrior Society Chief ‘Seven’ and others concluded with a few key announcements.

  • SWN Resources Canada will be permitted to detonate 11 un-exploded shot-holes along ‘Line 5’, the backwoods seismic testing line west of highway 126 that the company is currently attempting to test for shale gas. A team of observers from Elsipogtog First Nation, which will include 8 scouts, 3 Grandmothers and 2 Elsipogtog Peacekeepers will be tasked with observing the completion of SWN’s work. No more testing will be allowed for these remaining 11 shot holes.
  • Charges laid against 25 of the 35 arrested in the protests against SWN’s seismic testing will be dropped, pending an unmolested completion of SWN’s detonation work. This work is expected to be completed by Friday, August 2nd.
  • People who have already entered the court system will not have their charges dropped. These include Elsipogtog War Chief John Levi and activist Susanne Patles, as well as others.
  • SWN is expected to return to seismic test in Kent County in mid-September. It will then focus it’s efforts on lines ‘3’ and ‘4’. These seismic test lines are far closer to Elsipogtog First Nation, in some instances bordering the community by only a few kilometers. SWN’s earlier attempts to seismic test these lines resulted in significant equipment destruction.
Please enjoy the following interview with Elsipogtog War Chief John Levi.

HMC: Interview with AFN Regional Chief for NB and PEI, Roger Augustine

SOURCE: http://halifax.mediacoop.ca/audio/great-spirit-will-look-after-people-look-after-wat/18226

“The Great Spirit will look after people that look after water.”

Interview with AFN Regional Chief for NB and PEI, Roger Augustine

by Miles Howe

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Roger Augustine visited the sacred fire encampment in Elsipogtog on July 10th, 2103, his 66th birthday. [Photo: M. Howe]
Roger Augustine visited the sacred fire encampment in Elsipogtog on July 10th, 2103, his 66th birthday. [Photo: M. Howe]

ELSIPOGTOG, NEW BRUNSWICK – Yesterday, July 10th, was Roger Augustine’s birthday. Augustine is the Assembly of First Nations’ Regional Chief for New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

As promised on June 30th, Augustine spent the morning of his birthday at the sacred fire encampment in Elsipogtog, which for over a month now has represented the physical rallying point for those opposed to SWN Resource Canada’s attempts at shale gas exploration in New Brunswick.

When I spoke with Roger on June 30th, he didn’t have an opinion on shale gas, or at least not one he was willing to share publicly.

I wondered if the hours he spent at the sacred fire had given Augustine something upon which to make a public stand in regards to shale gas exploration in New Brunswick.

Please enjoy the following interview with AFN Regional Chief for New Brunswick and PEI, Roger Augustine.

IW: Elsipogtog First Nation Shale Gas Protests Update from Halifax Media Co-op Reporter Miles Howe

SOURCE: http://indigenouswaves.com/2013/07/10/elsipogtog-first-nation-shale-gas-protests-update-from-halifax-media-co-op-reporter-miles-howe/

Elsipogtog First Nation Shale Gas Protests Update from Halifax Media Co-op Reporter Miles Howe

Posted by indigenouswavesradio on July 10, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Two weeks ago Indigenous Waves spoke to Warrior Chief John Levi from Elsipogtog First Nation regarding the protests being led by his community against SWN Resources and the shale gas exploration they are engaged in on Mi’kmaq traditional territory. Since then, John Levi has been arrested, and as of Monday July 8th, 2013 was released. Halifax Media Co-op reporter Miles Howe has been covering the story since early June 2013, and was himself arrested for an incident RCMP claim took place two weeks prior to Howe’s arrest. Miles Howe joined Indigenous Waves this past Monday to discuss the events leading up to both his and War Chief John Levi’s arrest, as well as to give some further background to SWN Resource practices, the RCMP offering him cash in exchange for information and the Crown attempt to prevent Warrior Chief John Levi from giving advice to his community.

Miles Howe is a reporter and photographer for Halifax Media Co-op.

Playlist:

Darah – Australian History 101

A Tribe Called Red – Different Heroes f. Northern Voice

A Tribe Called Mi’kmaq – Calling All Warriors

Ode’min Kwe Singers – A.I.M. song

Whitefish Bay Singers – Anishinaabe Round Dance

Originally Aired Monday July 8, 2013

HMC: Recapping a month of resistance to SWN in Elsipogtog

[documentary] Resistance To Shale Gas At Elsipgtog: An Oveview

A radio documentary aired July 1 which summarizes the resistance to SWN from the Sacred Fire at Elsipogtog.  Interviews with many individuals.  Produced by Asaf Rashid and Pierre Loiselle for From the Margins (CKDU FM, Halifax).

http://halifax.mediacoop.ca/audio/recapping-month-resistance-swn-elsipogtog/18177

HMC: Summer of Solidarity – A view from the sacred fire encampment in Elsipogtog

SOURCE: http://halifax.mediacoop.ca/video/summer-solidarity-view-sacred-fire-encampment-elsi/18167

Summer of Solidarity – A view from the sacred fire encampment in Elsipogtog

by Martha Stiegman and Miles Howe

ELSIPOGTOG, NEW BRUNSWICK – The sacred fire encampment in Elsipogtog, New Brunswick, has now entered its fourth week. United in their protest against SWN Resources Canada’s seismic testing, the sacred fire has drawn together a wide swath of the population, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous.

While there has been understandable focus on arrests, threats, disregard for culture and tradition, and the destruction of SWN property, in this video we take a quick look at a day at the sacred fire where conversation, not confrontation, took place of precedence.

Focus on Kent: Learning about the Role of a Warrior Chief

Learning about the role of a Warrior Chief - by Debbie Hopper, Focus on Kent, June 27, 2013, p.3

Learning about the role of a Warrior Chief – by Debbie Hopper, Focus on Kent, June 27, 2013, p.3

With the recent historic events taking place in Elsipogtog and along the 126 in Kent County, and with Warrior Chief John Levi and his people making the news daily, many New Brunswickers may indeed wonder, “What is a Warrior Chief?”

Elsipogtog community member, Amy Sock, offers a moving description of the depth this role entails. “Please do not think that a warrior is someone that has weapons and someone that wants to fight and create trouble. A warrior is totally the opposite. A warrior protects the Earth. A warrior’s weapons are our medicines, our feathers, our sage and tobacco.”

Speaking to Warrior Chief John Levi, he explained that he was appointed by the Grand Council of Elsipogtog which is grassroots, traditional and has nothing to do with Indian Affairs.

While John was appointed to this role approximately three weeks ago, he says that preparation for this responsibility didn’t happen overnight. It began when he was very young and first began to speak.

It began with the upbringing that he received; the respect for his culture and traditions modelled by his father and other members of his family and community.

John felt greatly honoured when his people bestowed this title of respect upon him.

With this honour comes the responsibility of protecting Mother Earth. For this reason, Warrior Chief John Levi is saying NO to shale gas exploration and development. It is nonnegotiable. No amount of money or jobs can change that. With SWN poised to continue its seismic testing in Kent County, Warrior Chief John Levi wants to send this message: “The time to act is now!”

Georgina Sock, like so many in her community, has the greatest respect for John Levi. “He’s part of the reason we’re here,” she says speaking of why she and members of her family are at the Sacred Fire site protesting shale gas. “He provides emotional guidance. He’s teaching the youth to be nonviolent.”

Georgina said that her immediate reaction to the seismic testing in her beloved province was to want to fight for her children’s future, but that Warrior Chief Levi calms everybody down. “You feel him. You feel his peace.”

Warrior Chief John Levi welcomes all who come in peace to join the ongoing protest. He stands for the protection of Mother Earth. Will you stand with him?

 

APTN: Chief Candace Paul: If we lose our water, what do we have?

SOURCE: http://aptn.ca/pages/news/2013/06/26/chief-candace-paul-if-we-lose-our-water-what-do-we-have/

Chief Candace Paul: If we lose our water, what do we have?

National News | 26. Jun, 2013 by | 0 Comments

 APTN National News

Many people have been looking for First Nation leadership to support an ongoing battle against fracking in northern New Brunswick.

But so far, most of the chiefs, have remained silent.

St. Mary’s First Nation Chief Candace Paul spoke to APTN about her support for the protest.