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.
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APTN: John Levi, war chief, speaks about anti-fracking protest

SOURCE: http://aptn.ca/pages/news/2013/07/12/john-levi-war-chief-speaks-to-aptn-about-anti-fracking-protest/

John Levi, war chief, speaks to APTN about anti-fracking protest

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He says he’s a warrior chief defending the land from environmental destruction.

John Levi leads a group from Elsipogtog First Nation in New Brunswick who are fighting against a fracking company looking for shale gas.

The battle may be unwinnable, but Levi isn’t giving up.

APTN’s Ossie Michelin has the story.

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.

The Aboriginal Rights Coalition Statement in Solidarity with the People of Elsipogtog Mi’kmaq First Nation

The Aboriginal Rights Coalition Atlantic (ARC-A) is a regional coalition of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Atlantic Canadians working together towards justice with First Nations peoples through education, research, advocacy and action. ARC-A recognizes and honours First Nations land, aboriginal and treaty rights in Atlantic Canada, which are also recognized in the Canadian Constitution and have been upheld in the courts. We oppose development projects carried out without free, prior and informed consent in indigenous territory and strive to awaken Canadian society to our collective treaty and Constitutional responsibilities with First Nations people.

ARC-A stands in solidarity with the People of Elsipogtog Mi’kmaq First Nation and the grassroots Indigenous people of Wabanaki as they assert their legal Aboriginal rights and responsibilities to their traditional territory and resources by non-violently opposing shale gas exploration in Kent County, New Brunswick. We join our voices with the coalition of Mi’Kmaq, Maliseet, Passamaquoddy, Acadian and other Maritimers raising their voices to protect Mother Earth.

We are also gravely concerned by the arrest and detention of Indigenous leaders such as Warrior Chief John Levi. John Levi was taken into custody following a hearing Friday, July 5th without the opportunity for bail until Monday, July 8th, while a well-publicized solidarity event took place at the Sacred Fire today, Saturday July 6th. We have witnessed the apparent unequal application of the law to indigenous non-violent defenders as compared to their non-indigenous allies, many of whom were carrying out ceremonial activities when arrested on multiple occasions in the month of June.

We call upon the Premier of New Brunswick and his government to uphold the United Nations and Canadian legal obligations to halt these exploration activities, consult with First Nations communities, and proceed with such activities only when free, prior, and informed consent is given by First Nations communities.

July 6, 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.