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Nuclear Power New Brunswick | Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station: 2011 Accident reports

Nuclear Power New Brunswick | Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station: 2011 Accident reports

Release of light water containing hydrazine at the Point Lepreau Generating Station    

December 14, 2011

On November 25, 2011, a release of approximately 23 barrels of light water containing hydrazine was

reported at the Point Lepreau Generating Station. This hydrazine was at low concentrations. Simply put,

this concentration would be like having a single soft drink can (355 ml) of hydrazine in 4,500 litres of

water (about 4 cubic meters).

A valve located on the conventional side of the Station leaked light water from the steam generators.

This water leaked onto the roof of the Service Building, and made its way to the roof drainage which

connects to a ditch that discharges into the Bay of Fundy. It is believed that the discharge would have

had a localized and minimal environmental impact, if any, when making contact with the Bay of Fundy.

This release occurred during the return of the steam generators to the laid up state (preservation state

used during outages) following maintenance.

Hydrazine is used to remove the oxygen from the water in the steam generators, protecting steam

generator tubes from localized corrosion and maintaining appropriate steam generator water chemistry.

This in turn ensures that the steam generators continue to contribute to a high safety margin, that

maintenance requirements are minimized, and that workers are protected.

The release was promptly reported to the New Brunswick Department of the Environment and the

Canadian Coast Guard, in accordance with the Station’s Approval to Operate (I-7479). This approval

defines the Station’s requirements for effluent control and monitoring, with discharge limits for hydrazine

via a monitored and controlled pathway. This release did not follow the approved pathway which resulted

in the reporting requirement.

NB Power also reported this release to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.

As per its process, NB Power continues to follow up on this release to gain a better understanding of the

cause and to ensure that the appropriate measures to prevent recurrence in the future are implemented.

Protecting the environment is a priority for NB Power and is part of its commitment to providing New

Brunswickers with safe and reliable electricity.

MEDIA CONTACT: Kathleen Duguay, Public Affairs Manager, (506) 659-6433 or email:

kduguay@nbpower.com.

_____________________________________________________________________

New Brunswick Power-S-99 Reports for 2011

In accordance with regulatory document entitled S-99 Reporting Requirements for

Operating Nuclear Power Plants, power reactors operating in Canada must issue formal

reports to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) on events defined in the

S-99 regulatory guideline document.

The following is a list of S-99 – Event Reports – that were generated for NB Power

Nuclear — Point Lepreau Generating Station operations in 2011.

NB Power Nuclear provides an update to this list on a quarterly basis.

Significant Development Reports

In some instances S-99 events are the subject of Significant Development Reports and

are presented by CNSC staff to the CNSC Commission at a public meeting. These

events are typically ones which have higher potential. Significance or that may raise

public interest. Those S-99 events which were Significant Development Reports will be

highlighted in blue in the S-99 event listing.

Questions?

For more information on the Event Reports listed, Event Reports from prior years or

other reports on NB Power Nuclear’s operations, contact Kathleen Duguay, Manager

of Public Affairs at 506-659-6433.

Point Lepreau Generating Station 2011 S-99 Reporting

Event Number Description

ERD-67140-1011-024-A-00 Fire Alarm Logic Discrepancies Identified

ERD-00583-1012-009-A-00 Change to a Station Instruction without Regulatory Approval

ERD-73140-1101-012-A-00 Maintenance Non-compliance with Code Requirements of Pressure

Boundary Program

ERD-03400-1101-014-A-00 Leak Tests not Performed on Stored Shielding Containing Nuclear

Substances

ERD-71500-1101-24A-A-00 Administration Building Domestic Hot Water

ERD-01347-1102-003-A-00 Equipment Program Plan for Safety Relief Valves does not meet

CSA N285.0-2006 Requirements

ERD-03400-1102-009-A-00

(HP)

Radiation Area Not Signposted

ERD-71310-1102-021-A-00 Pressure Safety Valve (PSV) Failed to Operate on its “As Found”

First Set Pressure Test

ERD-03400-1102-025-A-00 Radiation Area Not Signposted

ERD-03641-1103-010-A-00 Transition to CSA N295.4-09 Periodic Inspection of CANDU Nuclear

Power Plant Components

ERD-34810-1103-018-A-00 Liquid Zone Control (LZC) System Overpressure Protection

ERD-00583-1103-031-A-00 Emergency Response Team Minimum Complement

ERD-00105-1104-012-A-00 Emergency Response Team Minimum Shift Complement

ERD-00105-1104-020-A-00 Non-Certified Operators Qualification Tracking

ERD-00105-1104-021-A-00 Senior Power Plant Operator Qualification

ERD-71400-1105-017-A-00 1 Fire Protection Zone Unnecessarily Selected To “Local” Control

ERD-67141-1010-08A-A-00 Secondary Control Area Fire Panel Deficiencies

ERD-00583-1106-010-A-00 Emergency Response Team Minimum Shift Complement

ERD-71400-1106-013-A-00 Fire Protection Zone 51 Found Isolated

ERD-00105-1106-023-A-00 Emergency Response Team Leader Requalification

ERD-00105-1107-025-A-00 Emergency Response Team Minimum Shift Complement

ERD-60210-1108-008-A-00 Unapproved Modifications to a Public Address Speaker

ERD-00105-1108-025-A-00 Emergency Response Team Minimum Shift Complement

ERD-41130-1112-001-A-00 Preliminary Information – Release of Light Water Containing

Hydrazine of the Environment

Preliminary Information

ERD-41130-1112-001-A-00 Release of Light Water Containing Hydrazine of the Environment

(click here for more details)

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WE DO NOT OWN MOTHER EARTH – WE BELONG TO HER

 Gradually, hearts and minds and souls wake up to the possible. We can build a good way of life for all people. We can do this every time we stand together and share our power. We can do it now, we have the power. It's Creation's power. It's collective power.

Walk in that place of Protection and Peace, Know that you walk with all of Creation’s army.

Even my body belongs to Mother Earth. She is Boss over ALL the lands and waters.

 

It makes me cry sometimes when I hear people talk about “resource development,” because it always means exploitation at minimum and savage desecration at its extreme. We can do so much better. We have to.

 

The new conversation has begun. Gradually, hearts and minds and souls wake up to the possible. We can build a good way of life for all people. We can do this every time we stand together and share our power. We can do it now, we have the power. It’s Creation’s power. It’s collective power.

 

Meet our newest enemy: False Ego. This trickster would have you believe you have the right to make a living even if it means destroying the lands and waters. I will not place my trust or my energy in the desecration, rape and exploitation of Our Mother. There is no welcome for that Trickster at my lodge.

image: Bear: Silly Natives This is My Land

Bear: “Silly Natives. This is My Land”

Say hello to our worst enemy: Fear. I’ll tell you what I think we gotta do about that one, we tell him we have no time for that now. Kiss that monster on the nose and keep going. Walk in that place of Protection and Peace, knowing that you walk with all of Creation’s army and that nothing is stronger than our love for the Earth and for each other.

 

Msit No’kmaq – All My Relations

Tan Tesic No’kmaq – All My Relations – plant and animal relatives too!

I am Little Fire Always Burning – Willi Nolan

29 June 2014

 

Four women, one child pray for Mother Earth

Four women, one child pray for Mother Earth

 WE DO NOT OWN MOTHER EARTH – WE BELONG TO HER

SLAPP suit against anti-fracking protest in Mi’kmaq District of Signigtog (New Brunswick) 2013

In October 2013, SWN Resources launched a SLAPP suit against anti-fracking protest in the Mi’kmaq District of Signigtog (New Brunswick). The lawsuit focused on the claim by that company to have suffered approximately $60,000 per day in expenses due to the blockade and accompanying protests of its exploration activities, including seismic testing, a prelude to hydraulic fracturing in NB for “shale gas“. The company also claimed legal costs for seeking a partly successful injunction in the SWN Notice of Action With Statement of Claim [1].

Because of simultaneous fund-raising efforts required for persons arrested in the RCMP attack on fracking protest, 17 Oct 2013, funds available for the civil defences were very limited. It is said that this may have been part of a deliberate strategy by SWN and the Alward regime to ensure there was no fair trial on the merits of respondents’ claims.

The claims of civil respondents, including Willi Nolan, include that:

  1. The lawsuit is a SLAPP, an abuse of process intended to silence opponents of SWN, not to recover actual damages that were suffered by a company engaged in legal activities.

 

  1. All reasonable avenues of protest, inquiry and reporting of these violations of law had been exhausted; there were no answers given to the standing question of who was to deal with these issues on behalf of the government, e.g. who enforced environmental laws.

 

  1. SWN had no legally issued permit for its activities, said permit having been issued contrary to environmental and health laws, without consultation with First Nations (as required by the Canadian constitution), and contrary to standing treaties with First Peoples (as required by the People themselves).

 

  1. Medical professionals, including the Canadian Medical Association, New Brunswick College of Family Physicians and the New Brunswick Chief Medical Officer of Health had uniformly opposed the shale gas development on grounds of unexamined health risks and lack of disclosure of poisonous chemicals used in shale gas exploration and extraction.

 

  1. Nearby municipalities and local service districts had almost unanimously opposed the development; their concerns were ignored.

 

  1. The seismic exploration process was itself reported as destructive; in any case permitting the explorations to proceed would have divided the communities into those at immediate risk and those at no risk, likely a ‘divide and conquer’ strategy.

 

  1. First Peoples legal and traditional representatives had already rejected SWN and evicted it from the land. The citizens merely enforced this order.

 

  1. The land and water protectors named in the suit were not leading the blockade nor could they have ordered any other person to participate or not participate and that they were not personally responsible for any harms that SWN had suffered.

 

  1. The SWN request for and court granting of an ex parte interim injunction, is in itself unlawful, in that SWN cannot demonstrate “irreparable harm,” which is defined as “as harm to which no monetary compensation can cure or put conditions back the way they were, harms that are impossible to repair, rectify or amend.” The SWN claim attached a dollar value to the alleged “harm.”Conversely, opponents of shale gas development can readily point to the unsafe nature and extreme risks of grievous harm involved with the process by looking at the experiences of residents in places such as Québec, Pennsylvania, Texas and Colorado.

 

  1. SWN and the New Brunswick government may well be found to have engaged in Criminal and Civil Wrongdoings. Both have clearly been involved in a host of bothersome activities against peaceful, lawful protesters, including releasing fraudulent reports on economic, human and ecosystem health impacts from shale gas development. Regarding the SWN application to make the injunction permanent, the New Brunswick government actually applied for intervener status on behalf of SWN, effectively engaging itself in a lawsuit against all of its residents as the lawsuit named Jane and John Doe as respondents. Willi Nolan applied to the courts for a judicial review of the matter, however no mention of this application was mentioned in the decision, despite Justice George Rideout’s agreement that her October 21, 2013 statement would be accepted as an application for judicial review.

 

  1. Both the RCMP and the injunction hearings ignored the authority, laws and dictums not only of the Original peoples of this land, but also the rights of homeowners whose lives, whose survival are under threat from provincially-sanctioned SWN operations. Both ignored the obligations of Crown authorities to protect the interest of the Original peoples of the land and failed to obtain their free, prior and informed consent to developments on native lands.The actions appear to be genocidal — calculated to destroy the rights of Wabanaki peoples of Mi’kmaq Signigtog District and to cause bodily and mental harm to people who are fighting for their survivalCanada ratified the Genocide Convention more than six decades ago and has applied against other countries  It defines the crime as including “any of” a list of acts committed against an identifiable group, including not just mass killing and mass physical or mental harm but also “deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or part.”

 

  1. Surrounding communities, including those in Québec and Nova Scotia and Newfoundland have been extremely vocal in their public education and opposition to shale gas developments in those regions, providing the public with an opportunity to keep the entire Québec-Atlantic region “Frack-Free”.

 

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Read more background with links to court filings:

“Jane Doe” SLAPPs Back! Defending Lawsuit to Silence & Intimidate Anti-Fracking Protests – http://willinolanspeaks.com/shares/jane-doe-slapps-back-defending-lawsuit-to-silence-intimidate-anti-fracking-protests/

NB Referata Wiki – Main Page – http://nb.referata.com/wiki/Main_Page

PLEASE SUPPORT WILLI‘S LEGAL CHALLENGE ON BEHALF OF LAND AND WATER PROTECTORS EVERYWHERE!  Make a Special Donation!

You can find links to Support Willi Nolan’s Spirit Led Activism  here



Council of Elders

Collective Evolution: Youth & Elder Relationships

Youth from Bonar Law High School in Rexton New Brunswick skipped school to join the Warriors saying NO to Shale Gas September 2013

Youth from Bonar Law High School in Rexton New Brunswick skipped school to join the Warriors saying NO to Shale Gas September 2013

Messages from Spirit: Youth and Elders

Sharing teachings on good relations between the desires of youth and the hopes of their elders for assisting with the conscious collective evolution of the People of the Earth.

It is well stated that most parents place their hopes higher for their children that for themselves. We naturally hope that our children will be smarter, wiser, healthier and live better, freer lives than ours.

 

At the same time, youth are often unpredictable in their abilities to recognize and accept that their elders are not all seeing, all knowing, all powerful, that they are just people, spiritual beings in human form who have, for the most part, not having yet attained the highest levels of spiritual perfection, information and understanding. Instead, many of your young ones blame their elders for making the world that they will inherit such a mess.

 

So many of your young people do not see hope and some are even deciding not to bring any more children to live in your sick societies.   All but gone are the times when your elders were relied on for guidance in all aspects of society. Historically, many of your societies relied more on philosophers than they do in present times on your planet.

 

But the ancient wisdom is still there, written in your DNA, in the stars and in your hopes and dreams for the future. You still have knowledge and wisdom keepers left on your planet and your spirits are all capable of achieving enlightenment and mastery over your own beings.

 

The Platonic Allegory of the Cave clearly articulates the essence of what is meant by enlightenment, coming into the light. These times of change upon you are calling forth aspects of your collective psyches that can enable humanity’s transition to what many are calling the era of Light and Life.

 

Some of you have awakened more fully than others, the progression being gradual and steady as your beings become accustomed to receiving new information, information that could not be received while the human consciousness was held in bondage in the realms of enslavement and subjugation. Now you are as free of those influences as you will let yourselves be. No more Satanic energy can ever reach your planet; in your new reality it has become annihilated, it is as though it never was, or it can be, if you will let it be.

 

We encourage you to keep bringing your youth to decision making tables. They will learn more from your actions than by your words alone.   Remember that you are not only rescuing your ecological systems from the brink of extinction, you are rescuing your history, your cultures and your spiritual progressions from being hindered, hidden under the veils and shrouds of the dark realms of existence.

 

Every time that one of you frees yourself from addiction, anger, jealousy or harbouring ill will towards another, you are, in reality, freeing a portion of your collective psyche, you are creating space for true joy and real freedom to replace the realms of tyranny and oppression. And so must it be as you traverse this transition time.

 

We know that it can be hard on you to withstand the endless epiphanies of the depth and intricacies of the problems that must be resolved and healed in order for your race to continue on your planet.   These times are trying for even the most enlightened human beings, and they are not easy for those of us in spirit world who have chosen to be here at this time to assist you either. As has been said by your philosophers and wise persons “No change can come without effort.”

 

Some of you have identified that it is not the effort that is the most difficult, it is the change in thought patterns and perspectives that is actually the greatest challenge to your peace and good way of life.

 

As we have said many times, learning to adjust your energy frequencies to be in harmony with your true purpose in Creation is essentially your reason for your being present as a human on the Earth.  And now you are collectively choosing to overcome humankind’s greatest challenge – to free yourselves of enemies that lurk within your own beings, to free yourselves to move forward within your birthright as children of the Creator.

 

Can you see how important you are? If we could, we would show you the love in which you are held, the unwavering faith in you that is and always has been expressed by all who know and love your race. Your adventure is held by many of us who live in spirit world to be the greatest experiential adventure of all.

Grandmother and Toddler

Youth & Elders have a special relationship

Recognize that your youth see the mistakes made by your societies throughout the ages. What they want to see now are the correct actions and patterns of thought that will lead humanity away from the path of destruction and self-annihilation and into the richness of being in oneness with the creative potential of the universe.

 

And so we leave you with our blessings. Know that our faith in you is unwavering. Via Willi Nolan  10 May 2014

Creation's helpers

Collective Evolution: Youth & Elder Relationships

Youth from Bonar Law High School in Rexton New Brunswick skipped school to join the Warriors saying NO to Shale Gas September 2013

Youth from Bonar Law High School in Rexton New Brunswick skipped school to join the Warriors saying NO to Shale Gas September 2013

Messages from Spirit: Youth and Elders

Sharing teachings on good relations between the desires of youth and the hopes of their elders for assisting with the conscious collective evolution of the People of the Earth.

It is well stated that most parents place their hopes higher for their children that for themselves. We naturally hope that our children will be smarter, wiser, healthier and live better, freer lives than ours.

 

At the same time, youth are often unpredictable in their abilities to recognize and accept that their elders are not all seeing, all knowing, all powerful, that they are just people, spiritual beings in human form who have, for the most part, not having yet attained the highest levels of spiritual perfection, information and understanding. Instead, many of your young ones blame their elders for making the world that they will inherit such a mess.

 

So many of your young people do not see hope and some are even deciding not to bring any more children to live in your sick societies.   All but gone are the times when your elders were relied on for guidance in all aspects of society. Historically, many of your societies relied more on philosophers than they do in present times on your planet.

 

But the ancient wisdom is still there, written in your DNA, in the stars and in your hopes and dreams for the future. You still have knowledge and wisdom keepers left on your planet and your spirits are all capable of achieving enlightenment and mastery over your own beings.

 

The Platonic Allegory of the Cave clearly articulates the essence of what is meant by enlightenment, coming into the light. These times of change upon you are calling forth aspects of your collective psyches that can enable humanity’s transition to what many are calling the era of Light and Life.

 

Some of you have awakened more fully than others, the progression being gradual and steady as your beings become accustomed to receiving new information, information that could not be received while the human consciousness was held in bondage in the realms of enslavement and subjugation. Now you are as free of those influences as you will let yourselves be. No more Satanic energy can ever reach your planet; in your new reality it has become annihilated, it is as though it never was, or it can be, if you will let it be.

 

We encourage you to keep bringing your youth to decision making tables. They will learn more from your actions than by your words alone.   Remember that you are not only rescuing your ecological systems from the brink of extinction, you are rescuing your history, your cultures and your spiritual progressions from being hindered, hidden under the veils and shrouds of the dark realms of existence.

 

Every time that one of you frees yourself from addiction, anger, jealousy or harbouring ill will towards another, you are, in reality, freeing a portion of your collective psyche, you are creating space for true joy and real freedom to replace the realms of tyranny and oppression. And so must it be as you traverse this transition time.

 

We know that it can be hard on you to withstand the endless epiphanies of the depth and intricacies of the problems that must be resolved and healed in order for your race to continue on your planet.   These times are trying for even the most enlightened human beings, and they are not easy for those of us in spirit world who have chosen to be here at this time to assist you either. As has been said by your philosophers and wise persons “No change can come without effort.”

 

Some of you have identified that it is not the effort that is the most difficult, it is the change in thought patterns and perspectives that is actually the greatest challenge to your peace and good way of life.

 

As we have said many times, learning to adjust your energy frequencies to be in harmony with your true purpose in Creation is essentially your reason for your being present as a human on the Earth.  And now you are collectively choosing to overcome humankind’s greatest challenge – to free yourselves of enemies that lurk within your own beings, to free yourselves to move forward within your birthright as children of the Creator.

 

Can you see how important you are? If we could, we would show you the love in which you are held, the unwavering faith in you that is and always has been expressed by all who know and love your race. Your adventure is held by many of us who live in spirit world to be the greatest experiential adventure of all.

Grandmother and Toddler

Youth & Elders have a special relationship

Recognize that your youth see the mistakes made by your societies throughout the ages. What they want to see now are the correct actions and patterns of thought that will lead humanity away from the path of destruction and self-annihilation and into the richness of being in oneness with the creative potential of the universe.

 

And so we leave you with our blessings. Know that our faith in you is unwavering. Via Willi Nolan  10 May 2014

Support for Public Inquiry into RCMP raid on a peaceful protest camp Oct17th 2013 – Willi’s letter to NB Premier

12 February 2014

Via fax and email: (506) 453-7407 <premier@gnb.ca> <david.alward@gnb.ca>

 

New Brunswick Premier & Minister David Alward

Chancery Place

P. O. Box 6000

Fredericton, NB

 

Dear Premier Alward:

 

I write with deep concern and in awareness of the demand for public inquiry delivered to you by the New Brunswick Anti Shale Gas Alliance (NBASGA) regarding the disturbing events that took place in Rexton on October 17, 2013.

 

Your government policies and actions with regard to development on native reserved (“Crown”) lands, shale gas developments in particular at this time, are creating widespread distress to countless members of our communities. The peaceful, non-violent opponents of the ruination of the lands and waters, along with their many allies, including true authorities of First Peoples, Amnesty International, doctors, scientists and economists, deserve a government that is there for them when their survival is on the line… as is now evident with the threats they are facing, and harm already caused, by your permitting these operations.

 

Our peoples in the province, and beyond, have been victimized. They are understandably deeply concerned that further violent incidents, such as what happened in Rexton last October 17th, could happen again. The peoples concerns are abundantly and clearly stated and they are amply justified; they do not approve of actions taken and sanctioned by your government, and they have been harmed. Given the reasoned appeals and growing public outcry for a public inquiry into these events, the people deserve to be certain that justice and the Rule of Law are being respectfully observed in New Brunswick. This is necessary in the public interest and essential for the public good.

 

As Premier, it is now incumbent upon you to facilitate a full, arm’s length and independent public inquiry into the circumstances and events culminating in the RCMP raid on a peaceful protest camp near Rexton on October 17th. The citizens of New Brunswick need, demand and have every right to know all the circumstances surrounding the escalation in the use of force by corporate and provincial security personnel, what precipitated the use of violence, and how the peoples can be assured that there will never be a recurrence.

 

I am grateful for and in full agreement with the legal opinions expressed by Amnesty International, the world’s foremost human rights organization, in its November 1, 2013 letter to you. The violence at Rexton most certainly “could have been avoided had the province acted in a manner consistent with its obligations to respect the human rights of Indigenous peoples under Canadian and international law”. In that letter, you were warned that without appropriate action, further clashes could occur. I hope and pray that you will heed this warning and change direction away from the dangerous and cruel path that you are forcing upon troubled and vulnerable peoples.

 

Please be advised that I, as Wilhelmina (Willi) Nolan, as a named defendant and/or “Jane Doe”, am pursuing legal action against third parties in relation to Southwestern Energy’s (SWN-Resources Canada Inc.) SLAPP suit. I have stated my understanding that the province of New Brunswick is ignoring its legal obligations to indigenous peoples and provincial citizens under Canadian and international law. I look forward to judicial scrutiny of the full nature and extent of the province’s violations of the aboriginal and human rights of our peoples as well as your responsibilities as an individual, Premier and Minister. I have every intention of pursuing this matter to the fullest possible extent of the Rule of Law.

 

It is impossible for me to understand what happened in the days leading up to October 17 that made the police think the situation had changed so radically after years of peaceful protest. For years, thousands of New Brunswickers, myself included, have written appeals to your offices, visited peaceful demonstrations and and offered support for the movement to protect our precious lands and waters.

 

Witnesses have publicly reported that there was no threat to public safety at the Rexton camp until police, accompanied by dogs and snipers in camouflage, attacked unarmed civilians, including women and children, with pepper spray, drawn handguns and non-lethal rounds. I was shocked and distressed to see an incident where an old woman praying the rosary was pepper-sprayed in the face. Did you order this level of violence against the camp?

 

When a court injunction against the peaceful protest was to be heard the very next day, why did you order the RCMP to raid the Rexton protest camp on October 17th? I would not want to believe that it was actually your intent to silence citizen engagement and judicial process. That would most certainly create an even more grievous ‘black eye’ on the province.

 

There are too many gravely serious and unanswered questions about the specific circumstances leading to the lamentable incidents that took place in Rexton. I find myself now also concerned about continuing negative impact following these incidents; please be aware that further harms are being suffered by many of our peoples seeking justice under the New Brunswick correction and court systems. Because the Province of New Brunswick itself became a player in these circumstances and events, its unfortunate position is in conflict of interest which precludes it from organizing or conducting an impartial public inquiry.

 

You must answer the public call without delay and empower the people of New Brunswick to conduct an independent, impartial public inquiry, held at arm’s length from the government. A few of the unanswered questions already expressed to you by the New Brunswick Anti Shale Gas Alliance include:

 

– Why were police continuing to allow citizens to enter the Rexton site, considering that the police themselves claim it was a dangerous situation threatening public safety, but drove away persons from the media (excepting one Brunswick News reporter who was curiously there at dawn)?

 

– Why didn’t police consult with First Nations chiefs who were vocal advocates of non-violence; especially why did they arrest a respected chief who had repeatedly stressed the importance of peaceful protest in the midst of inflamed situations?

 

– Why, despite a massive police presence at the camp, six RCMP vehicles were left unattended; how they could be set on fire with no police intervention and, to date, no arrests of suspects for arson?

 

I fully agree with you that “the truth cannot be silenced” and I look forward to your favourable response to this letter and to the citizen appeals for a public inquiry at your earliest convenience. Thank you for your attention to these matters.

 

Yours very truly,

 

Willi (Wilhelmina) Nolan

 

Cc: Noel Joe Augustine, Keptin Mi’kmaq Grand Council Sikniktuk District; His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada; Hon. Graydon Nicholas, New Brunswick Lieutenant Governor; Hon. Dominic Leblanc, MP Beauséjour; Passamaquoddy Chief Hugh Akaji; Penobscot Chief Dave Mitchell; Dan Ennis, Saugem, Wulustukieg Traditional Council of Tobic; members of Wabanaki Confederacy;Brian Gallant, Leader NB Liberal Party; David Coon, Leader NB Green Party; Dominic Cardy, Leader NB NDP; Kris Austin, Leader People’s Alliance; Charles Murray, New Brunswick Ombudsman; members of the New Brunswick Anti Shale Gas Alliance, members of The Council of Canadians; Prof. James Anaya, Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights; members of Amnesty International.

 

enclosed: text of Dec 111, 2013 Times and Transcript article “New Brunswick Anti-Shale Gas Alliance wants ‘unanswered questions’ looked at surrounding incident on Oct. 17 that led to 40 arrests

 

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(article) New Brunswick Times & Transcript DEC 11, 2013

 

New Brunswick Anti-Shale Gas Alliance wants ‘unanswered questions’ looked at surrounding incident on Oct. 17 that led to 40 arrests

 

By COLE HOBSON, TIMES & TRANSCRIPT

 

The New Brunswick Anti-Shale Gas Alliance is asking the provincial government for an independent, public inquiry into events surrounding the Oct. 17 clash between shale gas protesters and the RCMP that led to an eruption of violence and 40 arrests along Route 134 near Rexton.

 

The group believes the people of New Brunswick have a right to know the reasons behind the escalation in the use of force used by RCMP, with the group saying there are ‘many unanswered questions’ about what transpired along the highway that day.

 

Jim Emberger, a spokesman for New Brunswick Anti-Shale Gas Alliance, said the discussion in the past couple of months has been about the demonstration and protests, but they want to return the dialogue to the pertinent information and scientific studies surrounding shale gas itself.

 

Yesterday was International Human Rights Day and the group used the opportunity to echo the concerns expressed in an Amnesty International letter to Premier David Alward and his cabinet dated on Nov. 1.

 

That letter stated that unless steps are taken to rebuild the relationship with Indigenous Peoples with respect to resource development, further incidents could occur.

 

Amnesty International said in the letter that this incident ‘could have been avoided had the province acted in a manner consistent with its obligations to respect the human rights of Indigenous peoples under Canadian and international law.’ The Alliance believes that if Amnesty International is raising concern about human rights issues in New Brunswick, citizens should be concerned as well.

 

‘We would like an independent public inquiry to examine what role this failure to respect the human rights of Indigenous peoples may have played in the events leading up to Oct. 17,’ said Emberger. ‘An independent, impartial inquiry held at arm’s length from government is necessary because the provincial government itself played a role in those events.’ It was during that October confrontation that the Mounties noted they found guns and firebombs at the protest camp and while the two sides squared off in the middle of Route 134 several police vehicles were set on fire. Some protesters claim the weapons were planted by police and the police cars were set ablaze by police ‘agents provocateurs’ but the end result was 40 arrests and six protesters behind bars facing charges ranging from weapons offences to assaulting police officers to unlawfully confining security guards who felt they couldn’t safely leave from behind the barricaded compound.

 

Alward has called it a ‘black eye’ on the province and said in a Moncton speech on Monday that he was troubled by what SWN was put through during their seismic exploration process, but was pleased they ‘persevered’ through the controversy.

 

Alward said it’s easy to be against things, ‘but very rarely do these opponents bring forward alternative ideas,’ he said, noting it’s ‘difficult to argue with those who use misinformation and false statements to promote fear and division within our communities. But I believe the truth cannot be silenced.’ Emberger contended that the government has been acting with blinders on, as he said for three years groups like theirs have been ready and willing to present alternative options and factual information to the government.

 

‘They are not responding in any way to options that have (been presented) in three years,’ he said, noting everything they’ve put forward has been based on peer-reviewed science and reliable reports.

 

The Alliance represents community groups and voices from across New Brunswick who are opposed to unconventional oil and gas development. While putting forward information about the potential risks of unconventional oil and gas development, the group also explore and promote clean energy and economic alternatives.

 

Emberger said they have seen studies showing that as an example, the clean energy economy in Massachusetts has created close to three times as many direct jobs as in Pennsylvania with jobs related to shale gas development.

 

Emberger said with the support their group has throughout the province, he has a hard time believing Alward’s assertions that most of what he’s hearing on the ground is overall support for the industry.

 

‘It’s not like we’re not telling anyone, but if you’re not listening you won’t hear it,’ he said.

 

‘We will admit that shale gas will do something, but it’s up to the government to make the case that it’s the economic and even more than that environmentally correct thing to do in particular in terms of all the news of all the climate change (issues).’ Emberger believes different methods, other than force, could have been used to achieve the goal of enforcing the injunction on Oct. 17 and believes it didn’t have to come to what it did.

 

‘This was civil disobedience and people were prepared to be arrested and had been all summer,’ he said. ‘The fact that people were surprised early in the morning as the first thing they saw were people with sniper rifles, sitting in fields all around. That’s not going from step one to step two, that’s going from step one to step 15. So our question is, OK, what did you know that made you think that you had to go to a military-style assault on what has been a peaceful demonstration?’ In the aftermath of the Oct. 17 incident, RCMP Assistant Commissioner Roger Brown said threat to public safety posed by lethal weapons and escalating tensions at the Rexton blockade forced them to take action against protesters.

 

Brown said on Oct. 18 at a press conference that in addition to 40 arrests and the six police cars being destroyed, several shots were fired by persons unknown within the encampment, potentially deadly explosives were seized and police officers discharged ‘soft rounds’ of bean-bag-like projectiles and pepper spray.

 

He said experts had to defuse several improvised explosive devices found at the blockade, where protesters had been encamped for close to three weeks.

 

‘Some contained shrapnel and had the potential to seriously injure or kill,’ Brown said. ‘This was no longer a peaceful protest, and there was a serious threat to public safety.’ Emberger said the presence of legally owned hunting rifles at a campsite in New Brunswick during hunting season isn’t cause for alarm. He said it also seems suspicious that despite the police cars lit on fire, there hasn’t been an arrest made for arson in relation to the incident. As for the other dangerous weapons found, he said he couldn’t comment as he never saw them, but he would like to see some context provided by the RCMP on what was found and how it was discovered.

 

‘From what we can see,’ Emberger said, ‘there was no threat to public safety until police, advancing with drawn guns and accompanied by dogs and snipers in camouflage, attacked unarmed civilians, including women and children, with pepper spray and non-lethal rounds.’ A request for comment from the Premier’s office was not returned by press time.

 

In the end, Emberger said he doesn’t believe the government will act on their request for an inquiry.

 

‘Do I have confidence the government will actually do anything about this … I think the answer is no,’ he said, noting he believes the Alward government will ultimately lose the next election based on their ‘my way or the highway’ attitude on issues.

 

He added that in the new year their group, in co-ordination with others to be named, will be doing a concentrated education and electoral campaign about issues relating to shale gas.

 

The NBASGA said they and other anti-shale groups have been engaged in peaceful education, discussion and debate for three years and it is their intent to continue.

 

The group said it recognizes that peaceful protest may include civil disobedience, but never violence, and feel acts of civil disobedience have occurred only because of government refusal to address citizen concerns in any meaningful way.

 

‘The current and continuing threat of violence was initiated by the RCMP and government in the Rexton raid,’ said Emberger. ‘This violence has drawn the public’s attention away from the important issues, and also from the coverage of recent significant scientific, economic and political reports and events concerning shale gas.’

 

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Read more background with links to court filings:

“Jane Doe” SLAPPs Back! Defending Lawsuit to Silence & Intimidate Anti-Fracking Protests – http://willinolanspeaks.com/shares/jane-doe-slapps-back-defending-lawsuit-to-silence-intimidate-anti-fracking-protests/

NB Referata Wiki – Main Page – http://nb.referata.com/wiki/Main_Page

New Brunswick Anti-Shale Gas Alliance Calls for Public Inquiry into October 17 Raid – http://protectalbertcounty.wordpress.com/2013/12/10/nbasga-calls-for-inquiry/

Open Letter to Premier David Alward from Amnesty International concerning anti-fracking protests at the Elsipogtog Mi’kmaq Nation Nov. 1, 2013 – http://www.amnesty.ca/news/coalition-letters/open-letter-concerning-anti-fracking-protests-at-the-elsipogtog-mi%E2%80%99kmaq-natio

You can find links to Support Willi Nolan’s Spirit Led Activism  here

 

Prophecies Now Unfolding – The Beginning is Here

Japanese Tsunami Warning Stone

Japanese Tsunami Warning Stone

 

Prophecies Now Unfolding – The Beginning is Here

The Strong People of the Earth Will Be Standing

 

CONTENTS

Introduction

Question 1: How can we stand in unity to protect our nations?

Question 2: Can our prayers stop the destroyers and heal the destruction?

Question 3: What is the best path to a resilient, sustainable lifestyle?

Question 4: What can we do about the legal systems and those community and traditional council members that are making deals with the destroyers that attempt to “legally” force all of us to be oppressed by ever-changing colonial laws like the “Indian Act”, “Clean Water Act” , “Clean Air Act”, “Environmental Assessment Act”, “Navigable Waters Act”, “Municipalities Act”, “Crown Lands Act” and the “Environmental Protection Act.”

Question 5: Some of the Peoples are rejecting their sacred responsibilities and their relations who are in tune with ancestral teachings, while more and more honour their purpose and walk on Mother Earth with gratitude and respect. How can we bring about withdrawal of support for the oppressors and give support to the ones who are are in tune with ancestral teachings and are finding ways to solve the problems that are in harmony with the Earth?

Question 6: What can we do to reduce the harmful effects of lies, propaganda and misinformation promoted by the oppressors that describe the the oppressors as saviours and the Strong Ones who live by the ancestral laws and ideals as enemies?

Question 7: How can we stay strong during this time of transition?

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Introduction

After sharing dialogue with some wise and wonderful relatives, I am really grateful for the opportunity to share my thoughts on these subjects with you beautiful Strong Ones working for Mother Earth and the People.

All across Turtle Island, prophecies have been spoken of that were given by Elders like William Commanda, Art, Solomon, Oren Lyons, Oraibi and Eighth Fire teachings and Dekanawida who said:

“It is not good for people to be unkind to one another.”

So many prophecies mention that humanity will arrive at a crossroads and at that time, we will have to make the most important decision of all – whether Life will continue. Prophecies described the destruction of Mother Earth, Water, and Air and how People would be fooled by greed and lose their way. It is said: “Only the strong will survive, the ones who know how to live off the land and access clear water…others will fight amongst themselves and eventually disappear. The time is now and we must stand in unity and protect what sustains life or many will be left behind.”

 

Question 1: How can we stand in unity to protect our nations?

If we accept that “Only the strong will survive, the ones who know how to live off the land and access clear water” and we know that the waters and food supplies are being contaminated… and that many people are living without access to good waters and lands… We can just look around and see that the prophecies are unfolding now, as this is being written… aren’t they?

It makes sense to me that the “Strong Ones,” the People of the Earth, must unite in their bravery, caring, sharing, generosity and respect. We need to be able to resist the pathways of those oppressor-destroyer snakes. We need to be kind, wise and gentle sentinels for each other… I think of the deer.

To me, this time and place of change is like being at a river… On one shore are all the People of the Earth, they are strong in their path to making the good changes happen. In the river are lots of people trying to make it across; some use canoes, rafts, speed boats, logs. Some of them don’t make it, some of them find a bridge. On the other shore are folks who refuse to even think of crossing to the other shore… they want to keep things the way they are; many are afraid of the new and unknown things on the other shore.

It is time for the People of the Earth to decide, where we will be in this picture of the times that were to come and that we now agree are here.

Even though it’s sometimes difficult, I am learning to respect the choice of the ones who want to stay with the oppressors, the destroyers – and walk right past them! I am choosing to hang in for the long haul with the People of the Earth, the true Rainbow Warriors and Protectors of Mother Earth. It’s my choice. It’s your choice.

 

Question 2: Can our prayers stop the destroyers and heal the destruction?

We don’t even have to think about “them” stopping us. No one can stop us but us. We are aware that Mother Earth and Creation need us, and we need all the Strong Ones on board to survive. We have a job to do.

Prayer and ceremony, prayer and ceremony… Yes! They were given to us so that we can receive direction from Creator and all of Creation. Find direction from spirit… your spirit, joining with spirits of the People of the Earth that are along your Life Path. Find that direction… and follow your spirit’s direction. Let it be part of your Life.

The direction that I have been given personally about being a Strong One is to be aware and walk right past the bullshit, corruption, insanity, greed and stupidity (inside and outside ourselves), just keep going and keep space for folks who are waking up and staying awake. So I keep going, alert to my choices, like choosing good life, living with direction from Spirit, not with the sicknesses-drama-fear-anger-false ego-ignorance of the destroyer society.

It is powerful to pray for the ones who aren’t fully awake yet; so many have relied on the oppressor for their survival for so long. The People of the Earth are learning fast that we have everything we need to get us through these times… prophecies, medicine teachings, prayers, ceremonies. And we have Creator and Mother Earth firmly on our side. We can always rely on their strength, as we always have since time immemorial, and we can walk in our true humility… like in that “Footprints” poem, we can let Spirit hold us up.

There is power in this unity we are speaking of and seeking and finding… it’s Creator’s power. All we need is to keep and grow dedication and faith that we can and will and are overcoming the oppression, enslavement and subjugation. We are choosing to be human beings living a good life who are part of the Circle of Life. We are choosing to survive… and thrive.

Many of our younger Strong Ones see further beyond the older generations; they see their great-grandchildrens’ futures, and they are learning ways of healing and protecting the Earth. Sharing wisdom with our youth will teach them to connect the dots and identify the marks of the oppressor, so they can develop their own wisdom and share it. Our youth report that too many of the ones occupying leadership positions in their communities are unable to see very far beyond the oppressive systems they are working in and how they divide and separate leadership from the people. This will change as new leaders emerge… the New Strong People of the Earth.

 

Question 3: What is the best path to a resilient, sustainable lifestyle?

The path to a good life for all people – true long-term health, resilience and sustainability – is based on following ancestral guidance and wisdom and on the unique guidance and wisdom coming to you from your own spirit.

Each one of us is here to leave the world a better place than it would be if we had not lived on the planet. If you are open to finding kindred souls, you will find fellow rainbow warriors joining each other everywhere, gathering, assembling, recognizing and learning to use our true gifts collectively to take the stands necessary for the survival of humanity, just as was foretold in so many prophecies. We really are the ones we’ve been waiting for!

 

Question 4: What can we do about the legal systems and those community and traditional council members that are making deals with the destroyers that attempt to “legally” force all of us to be oppressed by ever-changing colonial laws like the “Indian Act”, “Clean Water Act” , “Clean Air Act”, “Environmental Assessment Act”, “Navigable Waters Act”, “Municipalities Act”, “Crown Lands Act” and the “Environmental Protection Act.”

This is the time to assert and affirm ancestral laws and governance to deal with the grave and serious matters that we are facing. It is all about responsibility… what do we do about the ruin of the lands and waters?… what do we do about traitors? what do we to survive?

It is true that there is a war over control of the People of the Earth. We have no choice but to survive and not allow ourselves to be overrun by the destroyers. It is time to identify and replace the systems that are failing the people.

It is time to use the best strategies and ammunition we can muster for justice, protection of the lands and waters, protection of our rights and well being. Yes, there will be some uncomfortable and frightening moments and for many of us, there is a steep learning curve to ascend… I think that is why the truly Strong People embrace the ancestral teachings-laws of Bravery-Courage and Knowledge-Wisdom.

Question 5: Some of the Peoples are rejecting their sacred responsibilities and their relations who are in tune with ancestral teachings. At the same time, more and more are tuning in to their purpose and honour and walk on Mother Earth with gratitude and respect. How can we bring about withdrawal of support for the oppressors and give support to the ones who are are in tune with ancestral teachings and finding ways to solve the problems that are in harmony with the Earth?

It is important to remember that not all of our relations are fully in tune with ancestral teachings, and that even the ones that are, are dealing with being raised in colonized societies. The good news is this is changing quickly as more and more of the People of the Earth awaken.

Here we can again see what we need to do to survive… gather together, acknowledge, respect, ally with, support and protect each other so we can all stay Strong People of the Earth.

It can be sad to see that so many of our relations are still brainwashed, divided, indifferent, depressed, suppressed and walking about without being aware that their mindsets, their thoughts, are products of colonization… and that they themselves are part of the problem. Some of the hardest work ahead of us is getting to that place of honesty within ourselves. To unite as a great human family, the People of the Earth will need understanding, compassion, caring and respect for themselves and each other to make sure that all is not lost to colonization. The lies that are causing division need to be uncovered and rejected.

 

Question 6: What can we do to wipe out, or at least reduce, the harmful effects of lies, propaganda and misinformation promoted by the oppressors that describe the the oppressors as saviours and the Strong Ones who live by the ancestral laws and ideals as enemies?

We must question the leadership of the regimes that attack ancestral laws, traditions, cultures and ideals and ways of life as enemies or something to be laughed at; we know that the oppressors are the true enemies of the People and their ways are insane. Our ancestors visions, wisdom, strengths and knowledge can continue to help us with protecting the waters’, lands’ and peoples rights to steward what we were given by Creator and Mother Earth.

The Strong Ones must stand up in ways that will be effective. The oppressors know that their legal charade has been exposed and that they have no title or claim of right to the lands, waters or resources. The oppressors need to know that the Strong Ones cannot be swayed or bought with money will never agree to give titles to what belongs to future generations.

The oppressors need to know that the People of the Earth now know that they have the right to decide what is in their best interest. When the oppressors age old tactics and systems no longer work for them, they will have to find new ways to survive… they can also choose to wake up, cross the river and join the True Human Beings on the other shore.

 

Question 7: How can we stay strong during this time of transition?

Realize that every day, more and more People of the Earth are realizing that they have a choice — whether to hang onto the banks of the river, stay onside with the failing systems of the destroyers and eventually drown, or get to the good life waiting on the other shore and join the ways of the True Human Beings, the People of the Earth. It is obvious to many, as it was prophesied, that at the end, the People of the Earth, the Strong Ones who are living life with free minds and hearts and with true love and connection to Creation will survive, and that there will be unity among the many who choose to walk with direction given by the Ancestors, the spirit…it is happening! We are becoming free! And there’s a lots more good work to do!

During these transition times, there may be those who will try to divide us; some of their tactics include name-calling, exclusion, bullying, malicious gossip. The People of the Earth are refusing to join in or be prey to those tactics; instead, we stand joyously and firmly in the reality that we are becoming more united than ever… all willing to stand up for our Life, our Mother Earth.

Here is a song that I received at the time of this writing “Return to Mother Earth – Warrior Women Power Chant” – you can use it to help you to stay tuned in to Mother Earth – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OH8sELLNbtM

All My Relations Willi Nolan

© Willi Nolan February 2014

 

References

Hopi Elders’ Prophecy. Matrix Masters. Oraibi, Arizona, June 8, 1993  http://www.matrixmasters.com/takecharge/hopi-prophecy.html

Wisdom page, Wolf’s Heart Lodge. http://www.orgsites.com/fl/drumming/_pgg2.php3

Palest’Indian Issue, Mohawk Nation News. January 22, 2014  http://mohawknationnews.com/blog/2014/01/22/palestindian-issue/

Dekanawida and the formation of the Great Peace: Part 1   http://mohawknationnews.com/blog/2006/09/09/dekanawida-and-the-formation-of-the-great-peace-part-1/

Dekanawida and the formation of the Great Peace: Part 2   http://mohawknationnews.com/blog/2006/04/27/dekanawida-and-the-formation-of-the-great-peace-part-2/

Prophecies for a New Century from Dr. Robert Ghost Wolf   http://www.wolflodge.org/visibiliti/prophecy/welcome.htm

This writing was inspired by Facebook discussion on the Facebook page of Ron Tremblay of Wolastoq territory on February 2, 2014.

 

Teachings in Awakening, Love, Humility and Bravery

I received this message while in a special ceremony – March 17, 2013

Teachings in Awakening, Love, Humility and Bravery

I admit that my own way of seeing is creating, manifesting what I see, whether it’s mine tailings that harm Life, seeing myself or others as alone, overburdened, under over-control by a power elite or seeing my fellow humans as naturally powerful folks, too afraid to acknowledge and use their power and instead, wait for a saviour. This experience feels like a wrenching pain, like extreme hunger with no food in sight. It had me crying with pain and wanting to run from my own knowing, but then finally relieved to finally be expressing my truth for the healing that would bring. In my teachings, finding our true self is part of why we pray, why we fast, why we look inside to our own spirit for healing.

False ego makes us think that we know better than others. YOU are not THE saviour, you do not have all the answers for me, neither does your teacher, elder or guru. I am not your saviour. Not one of us is THE saviour. Not one of us has all the answers or the final answers. How will we possibly live together in peace and harmony if one of our voices is not heard, if some of our gifts are not shared, if only certain voices are heard, if even one of us is valued less than another?

This life is about learning to live together as one, respecting and celebrating the individuality of each living being, of each and every Child of Creation, beginning with ourselves. When we are walking in peace and harmony with our own spirits, there is no need to look outside to know Goodness and Love; There is no need for saviours. When WE are walking with all our relatives in love, peace and harmony with all of Life, WE are being saviours for each other and for all Mother Earth’s children. The way to make our new and better world is to do it together, to share what we have and what we are. I need to learn from the People of the Earth and the People of the Earth need to learn from me — this is truth, this is reality.

HUMILITY is understanding who we really are, accepting any limits, and using the full extent of our gifts, our strengths, to simply do the best we can at any given moment.

Humility is forgiving ourselves for setting limits or conditions on the God-given power that we allow ourselves and other people to express.

Humility is awakening to the hard facts about our own growth as conscious, powerful spiritual beings in transition. Humility is awakening from unconscious, false acceptance of ourselves as weak, vulnerable and frail human forms to becoming capable of choosing to awaken to our powers — and responsibilities — as divine Children of Creator-God.

It is time to get real, in every way, as we have never been real before. It’s time to get honest.

Can you accept that most of us, even you, have been misguided, misled and deceived? Do you accept that our world is in a state of war, manifesting hatred, pollution and oppression? Will you stop seeing people as ‘enemies’? Will you love and accept ‘the 1%’ as your relatives? Will you forgive yourself for being brainwashed, deluded and blind? Can you cast aside that old, hurtful reality and use your God-given power to free your own body, mind and spirit? Will you be humble and wise and brave enough to clean out your personal dark places? Are you willing to stop blaming others and to take responsibility for your own thoughts and actions?

We grew up in a world of hate… we were trained to hate one another, to fear one another, to be dominated, subjugated and controlled by others. That is a reality now being widely spoken about in revolutionary-evolutionary talk among the People of the Earth; we can see it reflected in modern philosophy, culture and as it echoes out through social media and the arts. We are in the process of re-training, re-gaining and re-designing our humanity.

What will you choose to see about our world and your self? Will you design a new and better world with your new and better self? Will you see yourself as worthy? Will you see me as worthy? Do you have faith that together, we can make a new world based on LOVE, love of self and love of all Life?

The awakening is compulsory. The time that you choose to awaken is up to you.

© Willi Nolan, 2013, 2014

Mixed Blood Teachings

 

Loved ones, I found out that this writing is being shared all over and is helping people to come together, so I share it with you with all my love.

(Traduction française ci-dessous)

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Mixed Blood Teachings

Mixed blood, why do you wonder where you belong?
You have entered the world a child of many races
Giving the peoples of the world a chance to see itself as one, through you.
But you, you have given the Indian people a special gift.

Because you were born with the right to choose any path,
And you choose to pray in the way of our old ones
You honour this land where you were born,
And your prayers give strength to all of your relatives here.

The Grandfathers and Grandmothers are happy that you speak to them,
And we are happy when you remember us
Among all of the Spirits that walk with you,
And we listen to your special prayers for peace and a good life.

Be patient with your Red relatives.
They too grew up in a racist society, and
It is hard for some to find Spirit when they only see faces.
They forget that some of the Grandmothers and Grandfathers were hidden and forgotten.

Mixed blood, when you walk the way of the people,
You show them that your Spirit has not forgotten.

Help them to let go of the shame, help them to remember the teachings
Of the time that was to come, when all of the races came together as one.
It is said that a Nation of Rainbow Warriors would come
And lead the way for Mother Earth to heal from near destruction

Mixed blood, why do you wonder where you belong?

Msit Nogama – All My Relations

© Willi Nolan, 2000, 2014

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Enseignements Sang Mêlé

(Mixed Blood teachings” Traduction française)

Je me souviens…

Pour ceux d’entre vous, Métis de Nation, qui avez souvent l’impression de n’appartenir nulle part, j’aimerais partager avec vous un texte fort à propos, “Mixed Blood teachings“, écrit par une grande dame du Cap Breton, Willi Nolan, activiste de renom et Grand-mère au grand coeur… Pour ceux qui ne sont pas familiers avec l’anglais, je me suis permise d’en faire une traduction française.

 

Enseignements Sang Mêlé

 

Sang Mêlé, pourquoi cherches-tu à savoir à quel monde tu appartiens ?

Tu es entré dans ce monde l’enfant de plusieurs races;

Permettant aux peuples de ce monde de mieux se voir à travers toi.

Mais toi, tu as apporté aux Indiens un cadeau tout spécial.

 

Parce que tu es né avec le droit de suivre la route de ton choix,

Et tu as choisi de prier à la manière des Anciens;

Tu honores cette terre où tu as vu le jour;

Et tes prières apportent la force à tous ceux qui te sont apparentés ici.

 

Les Grand-pères et les Grand-mères sont contents quand tu leur parles;

Et nous sommes heureux quand tu te rappelles de nous,

Parmi tous les Esprits qui marchent avec toi;

Et nous écoutons tes prières pour la paix et pour une vie meilleure.

 

Sois patient avec tes apparentés de la race Rouge.

Ils ont eux aussi grandi dans une société raciste, et

Il est parfois difficile pour certains de percevoir l’Esprit,

Quand ils ne voient que les visages.

Ils oublient que des  Grand-mères et des Grand-pères ont été cachés et oubliés.

Métis, lorsque tu marches selon la coutume de nos peuples,

Tu leur montres que ton Esprit n’a pas oublié.  

Aides-les à laisser aller la honte, aides-les à se rappeler des enseignements

D’un temps à venir où toutes les races ne feront qu’une.

Il est dit qu’une Nation de Guerriers Arc-en-Ciel viendra,

Et nous montrera le chemin de la guérison,

Afin de permettre à la Terre Mère de survivre d’une destruction presque totale.

Sang Mêlé, pourquoi cherches-tu à savoir à quel monde tu appartiens ?

(traduit par Suzette Leclair,  d’un poème de Willi Nolan, 2000)

[http://www.communauteautochtonehochelaga.com/droits_ancesttraux/lois_sur_les%20_metis_2003.doc retrieved by Willi Nolan 31 January 2014]

 

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Here’s a few links that made my mixed blood feel happy

Émile Gautreau: Environmental Changes Métis elder from Nova Scotia talks about the changes to the environment and species due to the changing climate. – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_bjsZcfuTI

YouTube: Black Indians: An American Story  – Voted the Best Native American Film 2001.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIAfd_IulO4

Black Indians: An American Story: Rich-Heape Films http://richheape.com/black-indians-american-story.htm

The Beauty of Black Indians Afro Native America  – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9491N94P54

Black Slaves, Red Masters Part 2  (story that aired on WJLA-TV Washington in February 1990 – features Wilma Mankiller & Prof Daniel Littlefield) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpiTXxO7j6k

Pt1. The Half blood, full blood Native american indian Question  Lamik Khalifa Youtube Channel

Pt2 Black indians denied, white indians accepted.  Lamik Khalifa Youtube Channel

Text: Willi Nolan’s Talk at the Wolastoq Longhouse 5 November 2013

 

November 8, 2013 at 7:23pm

REPRESENTING THE CLAN MOTHERS OF SIGNIGTOG – WILLI NOLAN

Unity and Solidarity Rally – Fredericton, New Brunswick – November 5, 2013

 

YouTube link to the talk – http://youtu.be/C2xNcIHKpHI

 

Text of Willi Nolan’s Talk at the Wolastoq Longhouse 5 November 2013

I am very proud and humbled to be honoured to offer these words as a representative of the Clan Mothers of Signigtog Mi’kmaq territory.

Since late spring, Signigtog-Mi’kmaq people have been giving their minds, hearts and bodies to stop the irreparable ruin of the lands and waters from seismic testing and extraction of shale gas from deep within Mother Earth. Many have sacrificed themselves and been arrested and mistreated by police and attacked by industry employees. Many families within the First Peoples have become divided. We know that the burden on all families is heavy. So many are needing to heal from the trauma of witnessing and surviving harsh, violent attacks and false accusations by government, police and the media. SWN is accusing us of committing illegal acts and threatening allies with seizure of property to pay for the time they lost while trying to inflict fear and harm on us.

These measures will fail, because the Mi’kmaq people of Signigtog are not allowing these attacks and distractions to take  focus off the good course that has begun with allied communities. Anglophone, Acadian and relatives from other Wabanaki nations have joined us and strengthened the movement to protect the precious waters and lands that we enjoy, that we depend on for our survival and that we will preserve for our grandchildrens’s grandchildren.

The Signogtog District Grand Council has exercised its existing authority to uphold the rights and needs of the people and notified SWN, Canada and the provincial government that no pipelines or fracking operations will be allowed to develop in the territory.

The Collective of Concerned Members of Signigtog shrugged off the oppression and colonial rule and issued the first known exercise of collective authority to come from Original peoples, an historic Directive that reclaims the rights of Mi’kmaq people — it tells SWN to stop what they are doing, repair the damages that they have caused — and leave the territory. SWN must comply or face legal actions that they know they cannot win in either the court of public opinion or in international courts. Indigenous people’s rights are now well established internationally– and Signigtog-Mi’kmaq are walking forward with confidence, hand in hand with their neighbours in Peace and Friendship for our collective survival. We are all Treaty people!

Elsipogtog’s elected Chief and Council joined the Signigtog District Grand Council and Community Members to protect the water too! In an historic resolution, Chief Aaren Sock and his council reclaimed stewardship of all unoccupied native lands for his people. From now on, anyone who wants to use the lands must receive consent from the Original peoples — Irving and SWN do NOT have the right to continue to destroy animal habitats, hunting and burial grounds or sacred medicine and ceremonial sites. The forests and waters will be cared for by the people, allowed to regenerate and produce true riches for all people who live here — clean air and waters, respectfully harvested trees, careful fishing and no more poisons or senseless waste of what Creator gave us so that we can have good lives, and care for the Earth with love and respect for the generations to come.

As a woman, it seems that SWN intends the Signigtog-Mi’kmaq peoples to become victims of another form of genocide –environmental genocide. SWN wants to draw off and pollute massive amounts of fresh water, contaminate it with known poisons and dump it into our waters. Fracking creates sickness and death that lasts for generations. As women we are responsible to protect the living things that we depend on for food, medicines and strengthening ourselves spiritually and culturally.

All violations of the lands are a violation of the life-givers, of women and Mother Earth. We are part of Mother Earth. As women, as Clan Mothers, it is our solemn responsibility to respect, honour, nurture and protect Mother Earthin the same way that we respect, honour, nurture and protect ourselves, our children, grandchildren, families, communities, and the Mi’kmaq Nation, which is part of the great Wabanaki Confederacy.

We are grateful and honoured to have received so much support from all of you and from relatives all over the world. We are working hard with our men, with our allies and with our families to bring balance back to a world dominated by greed and the enslavement of people. We are reclaiming our responsibility to uphold the Original Law of Creator, where all people must live in harmony with the Earth and with each other. We welcome our sisters to walk with us as we guide our men, our communities and our families to healing, to balance in harmony with the natural world — without fracking!

Tahoe!

Msit No’kmaq – All My Relations 

Vision for a Path Forward: College of Applied Sustainability

Note: Original link can be found at the website for the International Institute of Concern for Public Health

 

College of Applied Sustainability – Invitation to join Advisory Group

By Willi Nolan

 

“To leave a legacy for future generations that eliminates our collective ecological footprint, we need to do more than just reading, talking, writing, meeting and going to conferences.” Willi Nolan, 2006

 

The College Of Applied Sustainability is building a Centre of Excellence to deliver accredited programs in applied training and research in sustainable development.

Unlike any other learning institution, the College will provide hands-on, comprehensive training for youth, leaders in business, skilled trades, land and community development, materials and food production. Our graduates will know how to practically apply the principles of sustainability to their enterprises.

We are gathering Advisors to guide participatory action research for the development and operation of the College and to form a pool of educational expertise. We seek those forward thinkers who are ready to be a hands-on part in developing the practical education that will transform the way that North Americans live in the natural environment. We’re asking that distinguished individuals and experts come forward and join their knowledge and skills with ours to establish funding sources and build capacity for ecological sustainability and long term economic viability.

Investing in Building Human Capacity

Lack of professional competence in high-performance and sustainable design is slowing market transformation in many regions of the continent. Popular educational institutions haven’t developed the capacity to teach students the practical skills and knowledge required to efficiently turn around the ongoing destruction of our living and working environments. Likewise, new and mid-term professionals do not have access to professional development with consistent accreditation standards.

This education is critically required in North America; for example, we are already facing a shortage in skilled trades and craftsmanship. This crisis presents unparalleled opportunities for business, industry and labour to grow and thrive. By providing entry-level support to newcomers and continuing education for professionals in sustainable development, we are building capacity to make all environments sustainable. Our students can take advantage of almost limitless new economic and social opportunities because they will hold the solutions to the biggest threats to our common future.

The College Of Applied Sustainability is generating the Human Capital required to stop the destruction and save our future. We will provide the knowledge and training to set up and maintain the best in conservation and production technologies available.

Is this Opportunity for you?

We welcome cutting edge sustainable developers. If you’re serious about re-building communities and want to work with the team that is making it happen, we want to work with you. Do you have the finely tuned analysis of a sustainable world required to realize this vision? Do you want to teach and encourage others? If you answer yes to these questions, our time has come. We welcome you to join us as we walk boldly together and achieve the restoration of our living and working environments – contact us!

 

Willi Nolan, primary planner for the College, has been developing sustainable businesses for about 2 decades. To coalesce the vision, for four consecutive years, she organized and hosted an annual Good Life Gathering for youth, Elders and community leaders to educate each other and find solutions to support sustainable education, work creation, and communities.

— Willi Nolan

Mi’gmag of Signigtog historic Directive to SWN (Southwestern Energy) shale gas fracking company

 

Loved ones, I am very proud to have been asked to draft this historic document;  I am sure that spirit helped with the wording because so few edits were needed. It is the first time in the knowledge of all concerned that Original peoples have asserted their collective right to respect and protect the lands and waters from industrial development.  It is my hope that others will see this work and also assert their rights and responsibilities to protect Mother Earth in other territories.

Tahoe!

 

Mi’gmag of Signigtog historic Directive to SWN (Southwestern Energy) shale gas fracking company asserting collective community right to tell SWN… stop what you are doing, establish a fund to repair the damage you have caused and leave our territory.

 

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MEDIA RELEASE

September 6, 2013
Elsipogtog First Nation, New Brunswick

SWN Forced to Pay Damages & Leave NB

Mi’gmag Issue Historic Directive to Fracking Co.

 

The Original People of theWabanaki-Mi’gmag District of Signigtog have,

for the first time in known history, used their collective authority to
stop shale gas activity in New Brunswick. Based in Elsipogtog,
together with allies from Acadian, Anglophone and First Peoples’
communities, the Signigtog District Grand Council and Collective Community of
Concerned Members of Signigtog have issued a directive to shale gas
developer Southwestern Energy (SWN) to stop all shale gas activities,
leave the territory, and compensate the people for harm caused by
their operations.

Kenneth Francis of Signigtog said, “Creator made us caretakers of
Mother Earth. Our goal as the Collective Community of Concerned
Members of Signigtog is to protect Mother Earth because we’re killing
her. She’s already endured too much. We will lose our clean water if
we sit back and allow what the shale gas companies are planning on
doing in Signigtog. What they are planning is unacceptable. We do not
accept the unacceptable.”

Members of the Christian Peacemaker Teams have been providing support
and accompaniment to Kent County opponents of shale gas development
since June of this year. Their organization’s web site reports that
“The issuing of this Directive is an unprecedented and crucially
important event in the history of the Mi’gmag People. Christian
Peacemaker Teams is honored to be present as the Original Peoples of
the Wabanaki-Mi’gmag District of Signigtog undertakes this historic
initiative and to support their sovereignty over the Wabanaki-Mi’gmag
District of Signigtog”

The Concerned Members of Signigtog is a collective community of members
supported by the Mi’gmag Grand Council who are dedicated to protecting
Mother Earth and working tore-assert their sovereignty over their
traditional territories. Signigtog-Mi’gmag Grand Council Keptin Noel
Joe Augustine speaks with pride about being a member, “It only takes a
handful of people to save the lands and waters. Through our prayers
and ceremonies we have made a very good spiritual beginning. The
sacred fire is now lit in the hearts of many people who are helping us
to do what is right and protect the water.”

Warrior Chief John Levi wants everyone to know that not only is more
encouragement, support, participation and help welcome, but that the
work itself is enjoyable and rewarding. “We are strong and happy
people. Our allies are with us all the way and we get stronger, even
with all the difficult experiences we’ve been through. We’ve been
arrested, lied to and there have been many attempts to silence us and
get us to stop what we’re doing. But we know we’re doing the right
thing and we’re going to continue as long as there is a threat to our
way of life.”

–30 –

For more information please contact: Serena Francis 506-523-9950; Noel
Joe Augustine 506-523-8349; John Levi 506-523-5014; Katrina Clair
506-523-3784; Kathy Levi506-521-4570; Gary Simon 506-521-1828

Directive available from New Brunswick Environmental Network here – http://www.nben.ca/en/collaborative-action/caucuses/shale-gas-caucus/publicconsultationshale?download=1728%3Adirective-to-southwestern-energy-swn-swn-canada-et-al-signigtog-district-migmag-grand-council-on-behalf-of-the-collective-community-of-concerned-members-of-signigtog-august-2013

 

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Vision for a Path Forward: College of Applied Sustainability

Note: Original link can be found at the website for the International Institute of Concern for Public Health

 

College of Applied Sustainability – Invitation to join Advisory Group

By Willi Nolan

 

“To leave a legacy for future generations that eliminates our collective ecological footprint, we need to do more than just reading, talking, writing, meeting and going to conferences.” Willi Nolan, 2006

 

The College Of Applied Sustainability is building a Centre of Excellence to deliver accredited programs in applied training and research in sustainable development.

Unlike any other learning institution, the College will provide hands-on, comprehensive training for youth, leaders in business, skilled trades, land and community development, materials and food production. Our graduates will know how to practically apply the principles of sustainability to their enterprises.

We are gathering Advisors to guide participatory action research for the development and operation of the College and to form a pool of educational expertise. We seek those forward thinkers who are ready to be a hands-on part in developing the practical education that will transform the way that North Americans live in the natural environment. We’re asking that distinguished individuals and experts come forward and join their knowledge and skills with ours to establish funding sources and build capacity for ecological sustainability and long term economic viability.

Investing in Building Human Capacity

Lack of professional competence in high-performance and sustainable design is slowing market transformation in many regions of the continent. Popular educational institutions haven’t developed the capacity to teach students the practical skills and knowledge required to efficiently turn around the ongoing destruction of our living and working environments. Likewise, new and mid-term professionals do not have access to professional development with consistent accreditation standards.

This education is critically required in North America; for example, we are already facing a shortage in skilled trades and craftsmanship. This crisis presents unparalleled opportunities for business, industry and labour to grow and thrive. By providing entry-level support to newcomers and continuing education for professionals in sustainable development, we are building capacity to make all environments sustainable. Our students can take advantage of almost limitless new economic and social opportunities because they will hold the solutions to the biggest threats to our common future.

The College Of Applied Sustainability is generating the Human Capital required to stop the destruction and save our future. We will provide the knowledge and training to set up and maintain the best in conservation and production technologies available.

Is this Opportunity for you?

We welcome cutting edge sustainable developers. If you’re serious about re-building communities and want to work with the team that is making it happen, we want to work with you. Do you have the finely tuned analysis of a sustainable world required to realize this vision? Do you want to teach and encourage others? If you answer yes to these questions, our time has come. We welcome you to join us as we walk boldly together and achieve the restoration of our living and working environments – contact us!

 

Willi Nolan, primary planner for the College, has been developing sustainable businesses for about 2 decades. To coalesce the vision, for four consecutive years, she organized and hosted an annual Good Life Gathering for youth, Elders and community leaders to educate each other and find solutions to support sustainable education, work creation, and communities.

— Willi Nolan

Human Health

Dialogue with Lena Longtoe, Abenaki – Indigenous Peoples Alliance UFlorida@Tampa Nov 13 2016

Dialogue with Lena Longtoe, Abenaki, President, Indigenous Peoples Alliance

Event at the University of Florida at Tampa

a presentation of

Indigenous Peoples Alliance Campus Empowerment Group
“Talking About Decolonization” during Native American Heritage Month

lena_willi_ufloridatampa_nodapl_13nov2016

“Introducing Grandmother Willi Nolan, one of the Grandmothers of the Wabanaki Confederacy.”
Lena shares her experiences as she sat in Grandmothers Council during the 2015 Wabanaki Confederacy Conference*, and asks Grandmother Willi about effective activism; and the links between water protection actions at Standing Rock, North Dakota and the successful moratorium victory following the Wabanaki-New Brunswick Shale Gas Rebellion of 2013; and the ongoing protection actions via the Peoples Lawsuit, and alliance-building.

[ * See the 2015 Wabanaki Confederacy Statement here * ]


This link should let you download the recording of our skype conversation https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B93hVrrsoaXNZG8yRzJqVzkxN2M/view

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B93hVrrsoaXNZG8yRzJqVzkxN2M/view

Video – “Dialogue with Lena Longtoe, Abenaki – Indigenous Peoples Alliance UFlorida@Tampa Nov 13 2016” – Google Drive

The Power of Informed Protest

Thank you for the Moratorium

THANK YOU FOR THE MORATORIUM from
Willi Nolan, Marcel White, Isaya Fiola, Jean Sebastien Theriault


 

An Analysis of Lawful Rebellion in New Brunswick and British Columbia 2013-2014.  Informed Protest can Trigger Judicial Investigations, Dropped Charges and Opportunities for Legal Actions to Defend Peaceful Protest, Environmental Protection and the Rule of Law

 

Big things happened in New Brunswick in 2013 that put our Peoples on the map.  We’re still on the map.  We know that many are watching to see what we’ll do next.

We’re still allied Peoples.  Because of our strong voices, courage and willingness to protect, sacrifice, speak up and stand with and for each other, we united, showed our power and have made some big changes happen. The last Conservative government left heavy baggage, unfinished business in the form of lawsuits against them from allied settlers and First Canadians.[1]  Official investigations by the Commission for Public Complaints against the RCMP finally began in fall 2014, already overwhelmed with complaints about New Brunswick RCMP from across Canada and as far away as California [2]  The facts are only beginning to be revealed.  Stay tuned.

After its own people began suing them, the government faced a provincial election which essentially became a provincial referendum on shale gas.  New Brunswick voters flexed their muscle and tossed David “Say Yes to Shale Gas and Pipelines” Alward and nine of his Cabinet ministers out of office. A promised provincial moratorium on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) is in the works under a Liberal government. And it gets better.

The New Brunswick Green Party, led by David Coon, a career environmentalist and fierce defender against shale gas development, won its first seat in the legislature — the second Green provincial seat in Canadian history. [3]

These great victories have brought us tremendous knowledge, information, understanding and experience. As could be expected, they have come with a price. There’s still some conflict within families, communities, interest groups and within ourselves, but unity still rules.  We know that unity is our true power.  Local activists have been tested to the core of their beings; but know that staying the course is the only thing to do. There are still so many injustices that must be challenged, giving up is not an option.  Politicians struggle under the weight and watch of an informed citizenry armed with abundant knowledge of historical and in-progress wrongdoings, we are a citizenry that is demanding the Rule of Law and to be governed in our interest.

Within First Canadian communities, a painful, centuries old divide and conquer strategy has degraded into sad and frenzied attempts to make illegal and unethical land and resource deals.  News reports are filled with stories of misguided First Nation elected chiefs who have actually worked with police and governments to have injunctions, lawsuit claims, charges and arrests laid against members of their own communities who were involved in peaceful, lawful, environmental protection actions. [4] [5]  183 First Nations have been targeted for deal making with oil and gas interests through a targeted “nation-building exercise” led by Phil Fontaine, former Grand Chief of the federally-sponsored Assembly of First Nations  and his company Ishkonigan [6], private First Nations consulting and negotiation companies [7] for ‘TransCanaDeath‘, the Transcanada East Energy pipeline project.[8]

Since the now-famous Tsilhqot’in decision in Canada’s Supreme Court, the federal government under Stephen Harper began attempting to enforce a “Comprehensive Land Claims Policy” that would require “Aboriginal” Peoples to extinguish their rights in exchange for small amounts of land and one time buy-outs. [9]  This amounts to genocide, it is hateful and illegal policy. Hate crimes are a criminal matter. The RCMP are obliged to act on criminal matters.  Could they be persuaded to act?

Meanwhile, the profound abuses of court and police resources unfolding at Burnaby Mountain in British Columbia have resulted in charges against peaceful protesters being discharged, and denial of land and water protection via court injunction.  They are now facing the same horrible pattern of unjust court and police behaviour that was employed in New Brunswick near Elsipogtog in 2013 — injunction, SLAPP lawsuit, military-style arrests… [10] [11] [12]

For the vast majority of folks you saw getting arrested, pepper sprayed, crying, proud, demanding, shocked and righteous in New Brunswick and British Columbia, it was their first time up against THE SYSTEM. These experiences have only strengthened the Peoples’ resolve.

For the folks watching these events from afar, it appears surreal, confusing and frightening.  There is every reason to be confused about what’s really playing out in Canada.  The beautiful thing about it, is that there is actually more reason for those running the System to be afraid than for those being oppressed by it, because the lies that used to be believed are widely known as lies. People are becoming less fearful and more aware of their rights, and there is a collective awakening to the power of informed protest. What has been learned cannot be unlearned.

New Brunswick and British Columbia have become proving grounds for informed activism to direct social movements that are adapting to make room for all people for the protection of the Commons — the water, air and lands that we all need to survive. Our legal defences, lawsuits, grassroots campaigns, petitions, social media, public hearings and front line protests are tools that we are honing and refining and becoming skillful at using to stop destructive activities and put solutions on the table so that change can happen. As one dirty industry after another is exposed, confronted, rejected and inevitably engineers its own demise, we the People are gathering and using powerful tools within the Rule of Law and most importantly, we are learning that the road to getting what we want is in unity.

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IDENTIFY AND REPLACE THE SYSTEMS THAT ARE FAILING THE PEOPLE


What do I want?  I want the best outcome for everyone involved.  Giving up is not an option. Of course I can’t speak for everyone, but I can dream about it.  I can create and share a vision.  I do dream.  I dream of many, many announcements and reports of clean jobs, businesses and local economies created by communities that no longer have to fight their governments.  I dream of governments that rely on their communities to decide what is in their best interest. I dream that local Community Activism Centres spring up in every little village, connected to the treasure trove of informed, understanding, knowledgeable and experienced people who know how to listen and provide and to teach how to apply the best direction for each unique circumstance.  Imagine how brave folks will be when we all have access to a network of independent activists, scientists, consultants, doctors, lawyers, and Indian chiefs who uphold and protect our human rights with their lives…  imagine.

The dawn of that time has begun. We now know that when we are united, we can get to where we need to by  using the power of our collective knowledge, understanding and choice. We know the divide, conquer and repression tactics that have been used against us no longer effectively divide or suppress us the way they used to, because now we  know how to gather the eyes of the world to our causes.  It’s easier than ever to shine the light of truth on all that is good about our activism to and use our gifts and abilities to expose, oppose and confront the greed and stupidity systems that are failing the people and threatening to betray those who haven’t even been born yet. The eyes of the People of the Earth  look toward a future that does not tolerate abuses of peoples or ecosystems.

These are civil matters.  These are political matters. This is Lawful Rebellion in defense of human rights and Life on earth.

The RCMP is well advised to get to work investigating the real crimes and criminals, let the courts hear the civil matters, and find ways to not have Canadian police condemned by international authorities and possibly become personally liable. Armed forces following illegal orders and in the process, facilitating crimes and wrongdoing, is what the Nazis are still being hunted and tried for.  Here’s some hope: in Iceland, where gender equity rules – where men’s and women’s voices are equally heard and respected –   police don’t need to carry guns.[13]  They also kicked the banksters out and made them eat their losses.[14]

Informed protest is a call to action to use our collective power to Identify and Replace the Systems that are Failing the People.  We’ve got a lot of work to do.

Informed protest is a call to understand the bind we’re in, to make intelligent demands and to be part of solving the problems – engaging in lawful rebellion to make the changes that must happen to meet the needs of all  people and protect the land and waters for those who aren’t born yet, the people of the future . We know the next generations are watching and waiting to see what we’ll do next. Let’s make ’em proud of us.

by Willi Nolan
November 2014


REFERENCES FOR FURTHER STUDY

[1] Frack Back! Peoples Lawsuit
http://peopleslawsuit.com

[2] RCMP watchdog reviews police handling of shale gas protests | CBC News Oct 14, 2014
http://www.cbc.ca/m/touch/canada/new-brunswick/story/1.2797610

[3]New Brunswick election: Brian Gallant Liberals win majority government Green Party Breakthrough.  Technical glitches stalled vote counting for nearly two hours Monday night, 32-year-old Gallant becomes youngest premier | Toronto Star September 22, 2014
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2014/09/22/liberals_tories_neckandneck_in_new_brunswick_election.html

[4] NB premier, Mi’kmaq chief discussed ending blockade, allowing shale gas exploration to continue, handwritten notes reveal http://aptn.ca/pages/news/2013/10/09/nb-nb-premier-mikmaq-chief-discussed-ending-blockade-allowing-shale-gas-exploration-to-continue-handwritten-notes-reveal/

[5] Burns Lake Band members, including a child, evicted from their blockade by armed riot police | West Coast Native News April 7, 2013
http://westcoastnativenews.com/burns-lake-band-members-evicted-from-their-blockade-by-armed-riot-police/

[6]  Former AFN chief Phil Fontaine hired by TransCanada Pipeline Ltd | Warrior Publications Dec 9, 2013
https://warriorpublications.wordpress.com/2013/12/09/former-afn-chief-phil-fontaine-hired-by-transcanada-pipeline-ltd/

[7] Negotiations: Treaty implementation with the Province of New Brunswick, and the Government of Canada | Assembly of First Nations’ Chiefs in New Brunswick Inc. | May 07, 2014
http://www.chiefsnb.ca/index.php/first-nations-rights/item/negotiations

[8] Energy companies struggle with aboriginal needs on pipelines  | by Shawn McArthy,  Globe and Mail Ottawa Dec. 08 2013. Last updated Friday, May. 16 2014 (retrieved 27 Nov2014)
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/industry-news/energy-and-resources/energy-companies-struggle-with-aboriginal-needs-on-pipelines/article15818477/

[9] Canada Responds to Tsilhqot’in in Supreme Court Case:  Extinguishment or Nothing!  By Russel Diabo, First Nations Strategic Bulletin Aug-Oct 2014.  http://www.scribd.com/doc/245461195/First-Nations

[9] NB premier, Mi’kmaq chief discussed ending blockade, allowing shale gas exploration to continue, handwritten notes reveal | APTN National News 9 Oct 2013
http://aptn.ca/news/2013/10/09/nb-nb-premier-mikmaq-chief-discussed-ending-blockade-allowing-shale-gas-exploration-to-continue-handwritten-notes-reveal/

[10]  Lawyer condemns arrests of Burnaby Mountain protesters while appeals are before courts | Straight.com  http://www.straight.com/news/775951/lawyer-condemns-arrests-burnaby-mountain-protesters-while-appeals-are-courts

[11]  Judge dismisses all civil contempt charges against Burnaby Mountain Protesters | Burnaby Now Nov 27 2014 http://www.burnabynow.com/news/judge-dismisses-all-civil-contempt-charges-against-burnaby-mountain-protesters-1.1624814

[12] “Fabulous” victory for Burnaby Mountain protesters as court rejects Kinder Morgan contempt charges
http://www.vancouverobserver.com/news/huge-victory-burnaby-mountain-protesters-court-rejects-kinder-morgan-contempt-charges

[13]  In Iceland, When Police Kill a Gunman, They Apologize | Bloomberg View Dec 2 2013
http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2013-12-02/in-iceland-when-police-kill-a-gunman-they-apologize

[14]  Top Economists: Iceland Did It Right … And Everyone Else Is Doing It Wrong | WashingtonsBlog  August 25, 2012  http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/08/top-economists-iceland-did-it-right-everyone-else-is-doing-it-wrong.html

Willi Nolan NB Court Statement on SWN’s Failed Injunction Oct 18 2013

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Willi with warriors outside Moncton courthouse after defeating SWN injunction Brion Robinson GlobalNews Oct 21 2013

STATEMENT OF WILHELMINA (WILLI) NOLAN

Respectfully Submitted on my own behalf on October 18, 2013

With reference to Court File No. MC 663-13, Court of Queen’s Bench of New Brunswick,

Civil Court, Trial Division, Judicial District of Moncton

Between SWN RESOURCES CANADA INC., Plaintiff/Applicant

– and –

LORAINE CLAIR, JIM PICTOU, SEVEN BERNARD, JASON OKAY, GREG COOK, WILHELMINA (WILLI)NOLAN, MELANIE EDWARD, ANN POHL, RACHEL DAIGLE, SUZANNA PATLES, JOHN DOE AND JANE DOE, Defendants/Respondents

as one of the Named Respondents

WITHOUT PREDJUDICE

To: The Honourable Justice George Rideout

I have not done anything wrong, and yet I am named as a respondent in this injunction launched by Southwestern Energy (SWN) with regard to shale gas exploration in New Brunswick.

I am a concerned person of Wabanaki territory, a New Brunswicker, a mother and grandmother who walks a faith path that is of the Original people of Turtle Island and a professional human rights activist. As such, I have solicited professional opinion, written reports and taken many other actions under my responsibilities to uphold the names of my mentors and teachers and to share the good teachings that I have received from them. I intend to continue to stand up for my rights, human rights,the rights of Original people and the protection of Mother Earth.That I have not been served with this injunction or the related documents and the matter of costs are, among other matters, at issue here.

Police Involvement in Anti-Shale Gas Protests

In a public meeting held on Monday,October 14, 2013, in Kent County, RCMP officers informed those present that:

a) In their opinion, the protest at Hwy134, Rexton, was unlawful because it prevented “certain people” from doing their job. The officers stated that it is not the RCMP’s job to know the legalities on all sides, that RCMP don’t make the laws, they enforce them, and that they are neutral. The officers stated that if SWN is found to be unlawful, they would enforce the law, but that it is not the RCMP’s job to determine if the injunction is illegal or not.

The officers stated that the injunction was properly served by a notice of it having been placed in the newspapers which included an enforcement order by the police. The RCMP further stated that this is a civil injunction – that there had been no decision yet when it would be enforced.

b) RCMP said that they were not there to enforce environmental laws, that they do not enforce the Clean Water Act or Clean Air Act, that other departments enforce those Acts. The RCMP denied any authority or discretion to enforce the Acts and stated that they did not know policing regulations in this regard.

c) The officers stated that if there has been a violation they can act, but that neither of the officers was present at a court hearing on the injunction on October 7, 2013, where it was reported that there was some doubt as to which side was actually involved in unlawful acts.RCMP stated that they were not aware of discussions about police enforcement that took place in front of the judge.

d) Regarding RCMP obligations to respect the laws and authority of the people of Signigtog, Native Spirituality and rights and responsibilities to protect the lands and waters, they stated that they don’t deal with that kind of thing, that it is not their job, and that their mandate is only offences under criminal code.

e) RCMP stated that their oath is not to uphold the honour of the British Crown or to protect the best interests and well being of either residents or the Original people from harm. They stated that their oath is to enforce the criminal code, as they were hired to do by the province. They stated that New Brunswick RCMP were hired by the province only to enforce certain of the Acts, which did not include environmental protection.

f) RCMP responded to to a relevant question from a woman of the Original peoples of Signigtog:

“What gives the province the right to issue a permit to SWN”?

The officers’ responded to the question with, “We don’t know.”

g) The officers were asked about the rights of people who are engaged, not in protest, but in preventing crimes intended to be committed and in protecting the lands and waters because for many, it is their responsibility to do so according to traditional culture, values and law. RCMP were also asked if going to sacred ceremonies at the site could be considered illegal.

The officers stated that they could not comment on these matters.

h) I explained to the meeting that some of us are acting to uphold the law of the Original people and asked the following questions:

i) Are the RCMP aware that the Signigtog Grand Council issued an eviction notice to SWN?

ii) Are the RCMP aware that a Directive to SWN was issued under collective right of the people of Signigtog that directed SWN to stop their operations,repair the damage and leave?

iii) Are the RCMP aware that the Elsipogtog Band Council, together with the Grand Council, reclaimed stewardship of all the unoccupied native lands recently in a Band Council Resolution (BCR)?

The officers stated that they were aware of the BCR, but not the Directive or Eviction Notice, and that the RCMP have no interest in the upholding of the laws of the Original people.

i) The RCMP were asked at the meeting, “What is the meaning of the words “shall be in the cause” in the injunction?” and responded that they did not know, that the RCMP mandate is only regarding the criminal code.

j) RCMP stated that they report to J Division Commander and are working under the“Criminal Enforcement” department on the “Shale Gas file.”They informed us that J Division reports to the RCMP Commissioner in Ottawa, currently Bob Paulsen, who reports to the Minister. The officers stated that they did not know which minister, but thought it was the Public Safety minister or some other federal government ministry.

[WN: NOTE – Under the RCMP Act, it is the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.]

k) The officers stated that the police will be told who to arrest and not arrest.

l) The RCMP officers were asked to inform of the people of the laws regarding “Nuisance”. The RCMP read that section of the criminal code; it referred to violations involving protecting property, lives,safety and health of the public, causing physical injury and endangering people and property.

Local residents repeatedly commented from the floor: “That sounds like what SWN is doing!”

It is my contention that, under the definition under the Criminal Code violations given to me this week by an RCMP officer at a public meeting, that both the provincial government and SWN are creating a public nuisance and a nuisance to opponents of shale gas exploration in New Brunswick.

Both the provincial government and SWN are complicit in the unlawful use of property, have caused inconvenience and damage to myself, the public and Original people who have all been longtime allied and have been resorting to all manner of lawful protest of these bothersome, wrongfully sanctioned activities which are unauthorized by the Original people Signigtog territory. It appears that the unauthorized collections of seismic data, release of noxious and toxic chemicals, smells, noise, burning,exploding and alteration of watercourses in the forests and near homes fall clearly into the realm of illegal activities.

SWN Granted Injunction for“Irreparable” or “Grievous” Harm

SWN requested an ex parte interim injunction, is claiming “irreparable harm” and has attached a dollar value to the alleged “harm.” I understand “irreparable harm” as harm to which no monetary compensation can cure or put conditions back the way they were, harms that are impossible to repair, rectify or amend. A simple example from a Law Dictionary is“the oil spill did irreparable harm to the Bay.”

The harms being perpetrated and contemplated by Southwestern Energy (SWN) and sanctioned by the province are irreparable. The seismic testing program has already caused watercourses to be altered, lethal toxins to be injected into the earth, endangered not only animal habitats, burial, hunting and gathering grounds, but has displaced ecosystems that human and animal populations are relying on for clean air and drinking water.

The water and land protection movement in New Brunswick, and I, as a party named in the court’s injunction,are seeking to prevent SWN from causing irreparable harm. However,these hearings appear to uphold SWN’s questionable claim of grievous harm while ignoring the harm that SWN is doing and intends to extend. For my part, the honour and integrity of a lifetime of service to communities concerned about their environmental health has been maligned and is placing populations that I serve at greater risk because of SWN’s attempting to smear my name, reputation and life’s work.

Criminal and Civil Wrongdoings

With regard to civil wrongdoings, SWN and the New Brunswick government have clearly been involved in a host of bothersome activities, including releasing fraudulent reports on human and ecosystem health impacts from shale gas development. Residents here were forced to seek credible scientific reporting and opinion and have been gathering more than compelling evidence that there has already been and there will be even more harm done if shale gas developments enter our ecosystems.

I understand that the court does not require an outside appeal to place persons or corporations or governments under court order for review. The court can act on any information brought before it and can order it to be placed under judicial review. The court can order any person or entity plausibly suspected to be causing harm and/or being a nuisance to stop activities that are known to cause harm.

The NB Chief Medical Officer of Health has spoken against proceeding with shale gas developments without further study to protect public health because the available evidence of risk to public health is too great to ignore. Doctors have yet to be provided information on “proprietary” chemical compounds used in fracking operations. The New Brunswick Ombudsman is currently investigating shortfalls of the government regarding processes involved in public consultations on shale gas development in the province that a significant number of residents see as invalid and yet, are being denied even dialogue about their concerns.

A great number of knowledgeable,peaceable, law abiding citizens have been distressed because of being placed under threat of criminal records and loss of their properties because of the ex parte, interlocutory injunction sought by SWN and agreed upon by the courts. The injunction’s breadth and preemptive restraint of a “Jane Doe” attack on public rights appear equally outrageous to the vague exclusion zone. I was one of many people who became distressed yesterday to learn that Original people and their allies were subject to unprovoked attack in the early morning hours.

I ask the court to honour its responsibility to all concerned, all the named and all the Jane and John Does of New Brunswick and arrest the harm that is being perpetrated and place this matter under review by the court itself.

Authority of Original People ofSignigtog

These hearings have, to date, ignored the authority, laws and dictums not only of the Original peoples of this land, but also the rights of homeowners whose lives, whose survival are under threat from provincially-sanctioned SWN operations. These hearings are still ignoring the obligations of Crown authorities to protect the interest of the Original peoples of this land and to obtain their free, prior and informed consent to developments on native lands.

These hearings ignore the demonstrated adherence to traditional authority by countless New Brunswick residents through their support of the rights, title and authority of its Original peoples to reclaim stewardship of the lands, repair the damage that has been done and to prevent the ruin of waters and lands needed for our survival.

I understand that demonstrated intent to cause harm is against the law and is reflected in laws against nuisance and threats. Yesterday’s actions reflect a dangerous and destructive pattern of Crown conduct. Further, the order takes no regard of the province’s lack of claim to native lands of Signigtog. Moreover, the actions appear to be calculated to destroy the rights of Wabanaki peoples and to cause bodily and mental harm to people who are fighting for their survival.

For all of these reasons, I respectfully request that the court, in good faith, place this matter under review.

PLEASE NOTE: All content in this document are my true words <signed> Wilhelmina (Willi) Nolan —Nbreferata (talk) 14:40, October 24, 2013 (EDT)


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Media Coverage

http://globalnews.ca/video/915949/protesters-celebrate-injunction-ruling

Media Release FRACK BACK! PEOPLES LAWSUIT LAUNCHED June 26 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 26, 2014
Moncton, New Brunswick

FRACK BACK! PEOPLES LAWSUIT LAUNCHED TO STOP SHALE GAS IN NEW BRUNSWICK
Actions Filed Against Southwestern Energy, Provincial and Federal Governments For Violating Aboriginal, Constitutional, Environmental and International Laws


Earlier today, the ‘Peoples Lawsuit,’ was filed in St. John to stop Southwestern Energy Resources Canada (SWN) and the Canadian government from continuing involvement in shale gas operations in the province. 
A Notice of Action to enjoin the province of New Brunswick in the lawsuit was filed separately. 

After local activist Willi Nolan was obliged to defend herself and “Jane Doe” — who is any of the yet-unnamed protesters who have not, but could be named — in SWN’s SLAPP lawsuit against her. She retained lawyer Larry Kowalchuck and gathered allies together to launch a private lawsuit. Today, she and seventeen more Plaintiffs brought their case before the New Brunswick courts.

Lorraine Clair, speaking on behalf of the Plaintiffs, said “Speaking on behalf of my family and I, we want our land and water to stay as it is for us and more important our future generations. With this, we want all oil and gas companies to stay off our lands and waters and to end any future plans of coming into our Hunting, Medicine and Burial grounds. We also wish to ask for damages from the companies and their contractors who have already caused harm to us and our land.”

Plaintiff, Marcel White, states “The courts have to do their part to stop climate change and protect our lives.  We are demanding that they permanently remove the extreme threats that that we are facing from shale gas development in the Peoples Lawsuit.”

The Plaintiffs and their lawyer believe that the governments of Canada and New Brunswick and their courts have attacked their rights by illegally granting approval to SWN to develop shale gas, ignore environmental protection laws and unlawfully use malicious lawsuits and police aggression to attack and repress protectors of civil and human rights.

Lawyer Larry Kowalchuck states, “After being traumatized by aggression against peaceful protesters, regaining confidence in the Rule of Law is essential for the protection, peace and security of the people of New Brunswick.  This lawsuit is a tool that we are using to offer protective exposure to those men and women who have been placed at risk because they are struggling for the respect of their rights and the Rule of Law.  I am humbled and honoured to represent courageous people whose genuine intent is to protect their threatened lives, lands and waters. We are asking the New Brunswick courts to grant the people and all the life forms that they are defending an injunction against shale gas development and reparations for the wrongdoings that they have suffered.”

The legal action asks the courts to evaluate its commitment to human rights and fairness in judicial proceedings, to right the many wrongdoings and to uphold the Rule of Law, Peace and Friendship Treaties and the lawful rights of both indigenous people and citizens.

Willi Nolan says, “I know this is a big step but I have no fear. We are doing what needs to be done.”

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Contacts:  Lorraine Clair (506) 523-8291 <lorrainetootoo4life@gmail.com>;  Marcel White(506) 785-4660 <marcelwhite1987@gmail.com>; Marc Bernard (Français) (506) 875-6364<marc_bernard@live.com>; Dallas McQuarrie 506-876-4431<dallasmcquarrie@gmail.com>; Willi Nolan  (506) 785-4660 <grammawilli@gmail.com>

Background information  –
Peoples Lawsuit –  http://willinolanspeaks.com/shares/peoples-lawsuit/ http://peopleslawsuit.com
* All Stars * PEOPLES LAWSUIT PLAINTIFFS – http://willinolanspeaks.com/shares/?p=517
*JANE DOE TO MAKE HER CASE VS. FRACKING COMPANY SWN RESOURCES* –http://atlantic.sierraclub.ca/en/media/release/press-conference-jane-doe-make-her-case-vs-fracking-company-swn-resources  Sierra Club of Canada Atlantic Chapter –
Frack Back! The Peoples Lawsuit web page – http://peopleslawsuit.com
Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/peopleslawsuit
“Jane Doe” SLAPPs Back! Defending Lawsuit to Silence & Intimidate Anti-Fracking Protestshttp://willinolanspeaks.com/shares/jane-doe-slapps-back-defending-lawsuit-to-silence-intimidate-anti-fracking-protests/
NB Referata Wiki – http://nb.referata.com/wiki

Statement of Claim Court file number (St. John Court of Queen’s Bench) S-C/263/14

Support for Public Inquiry into RCMP raid on a peaceful protest camp Oct17th 2013 – Willi’s letter to NB Premier

12 February 2014

Via fax and email: (506) 453-7407 <premier@gnb.ca> <david.alward@gnb.ca>

 

New Brunswick Premier & Minister David Alward

Chancery Place

P. O. Box 6000

Fredericton, NB

 

Dear Premier Alward:

 

I write with deep concern and in awareness of the demand for public inquiry delivered to you by the New Brunswick Anti Shale Gas Alliance (NBASGA) regarding the disturbing events that took place in Rexton on October 17, 2013.

 

Your government policies and actions with regard to development on native reserved (“Crown”) lands, shale gas developments in particular at this time, are creating widespread distress to countless members of our communities. The peaceful, non-violent opponents of the ruination of the lands and waters, along with their many allies, including true authorities of First Peoples, Amnesty International, doctors, scientists and economists, deserve a government that is there for them when their survival is on the line… as is now evident with the threats they are facing, and harm already caused, by your permitting these operations.

 

Our peoples in the province, and beyond, have been victimized. They are understandably deeply concerned that further violent incidents, such as what happened in Rexton last October 17th, could happen again. The peoples concerns are abundantly and clearly stated and they are amply justified; they do not approve of actions taken and sanctioned by your government, and they have been harmed. Given the reasoned appeals and growing public outcry for a public inquiry into these events, the people deserve to be certain that justice and the Rule of Law are being respectfully observed in New Brunswick. This is necessary in the public interest and essential for the public good.

 

As Premier, it is now incumbent upon you to facilitate a full, arm’s length and independent public inquiry into the circumstances and events culminating in the RCMP raid on a peaceful protest camp near Rexton on October 17th. The citizens of New Brunswick need, demand and have every right to know all the circumstances surrounding the escalation in the use of force by corporate and provincial security personnel, what precipitated the use of violence, and how the peoples can be assured that there will never be a recurrence.

 

I am grateful for and in full agreement with the legal opinions expressed by Amnesty International, the world’s foremost human rights organization, in its November 1, 2013 letter to you. The violence at Rexton most certainly “could have been avoided had the province acted in a manner consistent with its obligations to respect the human rights of Indigenous peoples under Canadian and international law”. In that letter, you were warned that without appropriate action, further clashes could occur. I hope and pray that you will heed this warning and change direction away from the dangerous and cruel path that you are forcing upon troubled and vulnerable peoples.

 

Please be advised that I, as Wilhelmina (Willi) Nolan, as a named defendant and/or “Jane Doe”, am pursuing legal action against third parties in relation to Southwestern Energy’s (SWN-Resources Canada Inc.) SLAPP suit. I have stated my understanding that the province of New Brunswick is ignoring its legal obligations to indigenous peoples and provincial citizens under Canadian and international law. I look forward to judicial scrutiny of the full nature and extent of the province’s violations of the aboriginal and human rights of our peoples as well as your responsibilities as an individual, Premier and Minister. I have every intention of pursuing this matter to the fullest possible extent of the Rule of Law.

 

It is impossible for me to understand what happened in the days leading up to October 17 that made the police think the situation had changed so radically after years of peaceful protest. For years, thousands of New Brunswickers, myself included, have written appeals to your offices, visited peaceful demonstrations and and offered support for the movement to protect our precious lands and waters.

 

Witnesses have publicly reported that there was no threat to public safety at the Rexton camp until police, accompanied by dogs and snipers in camouflage, attacked unarmed civilians, including women and children, with pepper spray, drawn handguns and non-lethal rounds. I was shocked and distressed to see an incident where an old woman praying the rosary was pepper-sprayed in the face. Did you order this level of violence against the camp?

 

When a court injunction against the peaceful protest was to be heard the very next day, why did you order the RCMP to raid the Rexton protest camp on October 17th? I would not want to believe that it was actually your intent to silence citizen engagement and judicial process. That would most certainly create an even more grievous ‘black eye’ on the province.

 

There are too many gravely serious and unanswered questions about the specific circumstances leading to the lamentable incidents that took place in Rexton. I find myself now also concerned about continuing negative impact following these incidents; please be aware that further harms are being suffered by many of our peoples seeking justice under the New Brunswick correction and court systems. Because the Province of New Brunswick itself became a player in these circumstances and events, its unfortunate position is in conflict of interest which precludes it from organizing or conducting an impartial public inquiry.

 

You must answer the public call without delay and empower the people of New Brunswick to conduct an independent, impartial public inquiry, held at arm’s length from the government. A few of the unanswered questions already expressed to you by the New Brunswick Anti Shale Gas Alliance include:

 

– Why were police continuing to allow citizens to enter the Rexton site, considering that the police themselves claim it was a dangerous situation threatening public safety, but drove away persons from the media (excepting one Brunswick News reporter who was curiously there at dawn)?

 

– Why didn’t police consult with First Nations chiefs who were vocal advocates of non-violence; especially why did they arrest a respected chief who had repeatedly stressed the importance of peaceful protest in the midst of inflamed situations?

 

– Why, despite a massive police presence at the camp, six RCMP vehicles were left unattended; how they could be set on fire with no police intervention and, to date, no arrests of suspects for arson?

 

I fully agree with you that “the truth cannot be silenced” and I look forward to your favourable response to this letter and to the citizen appeals for a public inquiry at your earliest convenience. Thank you for your attention to these matters.

 

Yours very truly,

 

Willi (Wilhelmina) Nolan

 

Cc: Noel Joe Augustine, Keptin Mi’kmaq Grand Council Sikniktuk District; His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada; Hon. Graydon Nicholas, New Brunswick Lieutenant Governor; Hon. Dominic Leblanc, MP Beauséjour; Passamaquoddy Chief Hugh Akaji; Penobscot Chief Dave Mitchell; Dan Ennis, Saugem, Wulustukieg Traditional Council of Tobic; members of Wabanaki Confederacy;Brian Gallant, Leader NB Liberal Party; David Coon, Leader NB Green Party; Dominic Cardy, Leader NB NDP; Kris Austin, Leader People’s Alliance; Charles Murray, New Brunswick Ombudsman; members of the New Brunswick Anti Shale Gas Alliance, members of The Council of Canadians; Prof. James Anaya, Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights; members of Amnesty International.

 

enclosed: text of Dec 111, 2013 Times and Transcript article “New Brunswick Anti-Shale Gas Alliance wants ‘unanswered questions’ looked at surrounding incident on Oct. 17 that led to 40 arrests

 

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(article) New Brunswick Times & Transcript DEC 11, 2013

 

New Brunswick Anti-Shale Gas Alliance wants ‘unanswered questions’ looked at surrounding incident on Oct. 17 that led to 40 arrests

 

By COLE HOBSON, TIMES & TRANSCRIPT

 

The New Brunswick Anti-Shale Gas Alliance is asking the provincial government for an independent, public inquiry into events surrounding the Oct. 17 clash between shale gas protesters and the RCMP that led to an eruption of violence and 40 arrests along Route 134 near Rexton.

 

The group believes the people of New Brunswick have a right to know the reasons behind the escalation in the use of force used by RCMP, with the group saying there are ‘many unanswered questions’ about what transpired along the highway that day.

 

Jim Emberger, a spokesman for New Brunswick Anti-Shale Gas Alliance, said the discussion in the past couple of months has been about the demonstration and protests, but they want to return the dialogue to the pertinent information and scientific studies surrounding shale gas itself.

 

Yesterday was International Human Rights Day and the group used the opportunity to echo the concerns expressed in an Amnesty International letter to Premier David Alward and his cabinet dated on Nov. 1.

 

That letter stated that unless steps are taken to rebuild the relationship with Indigenous Peoples with respect to resource development, further incidents could occur.

 

Amnesty International said in the letter that this incident ‘could have been avoided had the province acted in a manner consistent with its obligations to respect the human rights of Indigenous peoples under Canadian and international law.’ The Alliance believes that if Amnesty International is raising concern about human rights issues in New Brunswick, citizens should be concerned as well.

 

‘We would like an independent public inquiry to examine what role this failure to respect the human rights of Indigenous peoples may have played in the events leading up to Oct. 17,’ said Emberger. ‘An independent, impartial inquiry held at arm’s length from government is necessary because the provincial government itself played a role in those events.’ It was during that October confrontation that the Mounties noted they found guns and firebombs at the protest camp and while the two sides squared off in the middle of Route 134 several police vehicles were set on fire. Some protesters claim the weapons were planted by police and the police cars were set ablaze by police ‘agents provocateurs’ but the end result was 40 arrests and six protesters behind bars facing charges ranging from weapons offences to assaulting police officers to unlawfully confining security guards who felt they couldn’t safely leave from behind the barricaded compound.

 

Alward has called it a ‘black eye’ on the province and said in a Moncton speech on Monday that he was troubled by what SWN was put through during their seismic exploration process, but was pleased they ‘persevered’ through the controversy.

 

Alward said it’s easy to be against things, ‘but very rarely do these opponents bring forward alternative ideas,’ he said, noting it’s ‘difficult to argue with those who use misinformation and false statements to promote fear and division within our communities. But I believe the truth cannot be silenced.’ Emberger contended that the government has been acting with blinders on, as he said for three years groups like theirs have been ready and willing to present alternative options and factual information to the government.

 

‘They are not responding in any way to options that have (been presented) in three years,’ he said, noting everything they’ve put forward has been based on peer-reviewed science and reliable reports.

 

The Alliance represents community groups and voices from across New Brunswick who are opposed to unconventional oil and gas development. While putting forward information about the potential risks of unconventional oil and gas development, the group also explore and promote clean energy and economic alternatives.

 

Emberger said they have seen studies showing that as an example, the clean energy economy in Massachusetts has created close to three times as many direct jobs as in Pennsylvania with jobs related to shale gas development.

 

Emberger said with the support their group has throughout the province, he has a hard time believing Alward’s assertions that most of what he’s hearing on the ground is overall support for the industry.

 

‘It’s not like we’re not telling anyone, but if you’re not listening you won’t hear it,’ he said.

 

‘We will admit that shale gas will do something, but it’s up to the government to make the case that it’s the economic and even more than that environmentally correct thing to do in particular in terms of all the news of all the climate change (issues).’ Emberger believes different methods, other than force, could have been used to achieve the goal of enforcing the injunction on Oct. 17 and believes it didn’t have to come to what it did.

 

‘This was civil disobedience and people were prepared to be arrested and had been all summer,’ he said. ‘The fact that people were surprised early in the morning as the first thing they saw were people with sniper rifles, sitting in fields all around. That’s not going from step one to step two, that’s going from step one to step 15. So our question is, OK, what did you know that made you think that you had to go to a military-style assault on what has been a peaceful demonstration?’ In the aftermath of the Oct. 17 incident, RCMP Assistant Commissioner Roger Brown said threat to public safety posed by lethal weapons and escalating tensions at the Rexton blockade forced them to take action against protesters.

 

Brown said on Oct. 18 at a press conference that in addition to 40 arrests and the six police cars being destroyed, several shots were fired by persons unknown within the encampment, potentially deadly explosives were seized and police officers discharged ‘soft rounds’ of bean-bag-like projectiles and pepper spray.

 

He said experts had to defuse several improvised explosive devices found at the blockade, where protesters had been encamped for close to three weeks.

 

‘Some contained shrapnel and had the potential to seriously injure or kill,’ Brown said. ‘This was no longer a peaceful protest, and there was a serious threat to public safety.’ Emberger said the presence of legally owned hunting rifles at a campsite in New Brunswick during hunting season isn’t cause for alarm. He said it also seems suspicious that despite the police cars lit on fire, there hasn’t been an arrest made for arson in relation to the incident. As for the other dangerous weapons found, he said he couldn’t comment as he never saw them, but he would like to see some context provided by the RCMP on what was found and how it was discovered.

 

‘From what we can see,’ Emberger said, ‘there was no threat to public safety until police, advancing with drawn guns and accompanied by dogs and snipers in camouflage, attacked unarmed civilians, including women and children, with pepper spray and non-lethal rounds.’ A request for comment from the Premier’s office was not returned by press time.

 

In the end, Emberger said he doesn’t believe the government will act on their request for an inquiry.

 

‘Do I have confidence the government will actually do anything about this … I think the answer is no,’ he said, noting he believes the Alward government will ultimately lose the next election based on their ‘my way or the highway’ attitude on issues.

 

He added that in the new year their group, in co-ordination with others to be named, will be doing a concentrated education and electoral campaign about issues relating to shale gas.

 

The NBASGA said they and other anti-shale groups have been engaged in peaceful education, discussion and debate for three years and it is their intent to continue.

 

The group said it recognizes that peaceful protest may include civil disobedience, but never violence, and feel acts of civil disobedience have occurred only because of government refusal to address citizen concerns in any meaningful way.

 

‘The current and continuing threat of violence was initiated by the RCMP and government in the Rexton raid,’ said Emberger. ‘This violence has drawn the public’s attention away from the important issues, and also from the coverage of recent significant scientific, economic and political reports and events concerning shale gas.’

 

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Read more background with links to court filings:

“Jane Doe” SLAPPs Back! Defending Lawsuit to Silence & Intimidate Anti-Fracking Protests – http://willinolanspeaks.com/shares/jane-doe-slapps-back-defending-lawsuit-to-silence-intimidate-anti-fracking-protests/

NB Referata Wiki – Main Page – http://nb.referata.com/wiki/Main_Page

New Brunswick Anti-Shale Gas Alliance Calls for Public Inquiry into October 17 Raid – http://protectalbertcounty.wordpress.com/2013/12/10/nbasga-calls-for-inquiry/

Open Letter to Premier David Alward from Amnesty International concerning anti-fracking protests at the Elsipogtog Mi’kmaq Nation Nov. 1, 2013 – http://www.amnesty.ca/news/coalition-letters/open-letter-concerning-anti-fracking-protests-at-the-elsipogtog-mi%E2%80%99kmaq-natio

You can find links to Support Willi Nolan’s Spirit Led Activism  here

 

Text: Willi Nolan’s Talk at the Wolastoq Longhouse 5 November 2013

 

November 8, 2013 at 7:23pm

REPRESENTING THE CLAN MOTHERS OF SIGNIGTOG – WILLI NOLAN

Unity and Solidarity Rally – Fredericton, New Brunswick – November 5, 2013

 

YouTube link to the talk – http://youtu.be/C2xNcIHKpHI

 

Text of Willi Nolan’s Talk at the Wolastoq Longhouse 5 November 2013

I am very proud and humbled to be honoured to offer these words as a representative of the Clan Mothers of Signigtog Mi’kmaq territory.

Since late spring, Signigtog-Mi’kmaq people have been giving their minds, hearts and bodies to stop the irreparable ruin of the lands and waters from seismic testing and extraction of shale gas from deep within Mother Earth. Many have sacrificed themselves and been arrested and mistreated by police and attacked by industry employees. Many families within the First Peoples have become divided. We know that the burden on all families is heavy. So many are needing to heal from the trauma of witnessing and surviving harsh, violent attacks and false accusations by government, police and the media. SWN is accusing us of committing illegal acts and threatening allies with seizure of property to pay for the time they lost while trying to inflict fear and harm on us.

These measures will fail, because the Mi’kmaq people of Signigtog are not allowing these attacks and distractions to take  focus off the good course that has begun with allied communities. Anglophone, Acadian and relatives from other Wabanaki nations have joined us and strengthened the movement to protect the precious waters and lands that we enjoy, that we depend on for our survival and that we will preserve for our grandchildrens’s grandchildren.

The Signogtog District Grand Council has exercised its existing authority to uphold the rights and needs of the people and notified SWN, Canada and the provincial government that no pipelines or fracking operations will be allowed to develop in the territory.

The Collective of Concerned Members of Signigtog shrugged off the oppression and colonial rule and issued the first known exercise of collective authority to come from Original peoples, an historic Directive that reclaims the rights of Mi’kmaq people — it tells SWN to stop what they are doing, repair the damages that they have caused — and leave the territory. SWN must comply or face legal actions that they know they cannot win in either the court of public opinion or in international courts. Indigenous people’s rights are now well established internationally– and Signigtog-Mi’kmaq are walking forward with confidence, hand in hand with their neighbours in Peace and Friendship for our collective survival. We are all Treaty people!

Elsipogtog’s elected Chief and Council joined the Signigtog District Grand Council and Community Members to protect the water too! In an historic resolution, Chief Aaren Sock and his council reclaimed stewardship of all unoccupied native lands for his people. From now on, anyone who wants to use the lands must receive consent from the Original peoples — Irving and SWN do NOT have the right to continue to destroy animal habitats, hunting and burial grounds or sacred medicine and ceremonial sites. The forests and waters will be cared for by the people, allowed to regenerate and produce true riches for all people who live here — clean air and waters, respectfully harvested trees, careful fishing and no more poisons or senseless waste of what Creator gave us so that we can have good lives, and care for the Earth with love and respect for the generations to come.

As a woman, it seems that SWN intends the Signigtog-Mi’kmaq peoples to become victims of another form of genocide –environmental genocide. SWN wants to draw off and pollute massive amounts of fresh water, contaminate it with known poisons and dump it into our waters. Fracking creates sickness and death that lasts for generations. As women we are responsible to protect the living things that we depend on for food, medicines and strengthening ourselves spiritually and culturally.

All violations of the lands are a violation of the life-givers, of women and Mother Earth. We are part of Mother Earth. As women, as Clan Mothers, it is our solemn responsibility to respect, honour, nurture and protect Mother Earthin the same way that we respect, honour, nurture and protect ourselves, our children, grandchildren, families, communities, and the Mi’kmaq Nation, which is part of the great Wabanaki Confederacy.

We are grateful and honoured to have received so much support from all of you and from relatives all over the world. We are working hard with our men, with our allies and with our families to bring balance back to a world dominated by greed and the enslavement of people. We are reclaiming our responsibility to uphold the Original Law of Creator, where all people must live in harmony with the Earth and with each other. We welcome our sisters to walk with us as we guide our men, our communities and our families to healing, to balance in harmony with the natural world — without fracking!

Tahoe!

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Note:  We are working with groups and individuals to defend against illegal actions by government, police and corporations… we welcome others who are challenging similar problems in their communities.

This page contains links about defending the injunction and SLAPP lawsuit that SWN Canada laid against me and others, including “Jane and John Doe” — it contains links to pages with a lot more information, including my work as a woman protector of the lands and waters.

The “Jane Doe SLAPPs Back!” Statement of Defence is bringing the fight to a national and international level… and is joining the struggles of ALL peoples against destructive corporations, especially fracking. It is one of the steps in a global challenge to uphold the rights of the People of the Earth.

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Information from: Media conference – 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 4, 2013 Moncton Public Library, 644 Main St. Moncton, New Brunswick December 4, 2013

“Jane Doe” SLAPPs Back!

NB Activist is Defending SWN Lawsuit to Silence and Intimidate Anti-Fracking Protests

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Community activist Willi Nolan was named in a SLAPP suit (Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation) by Southwestern Energy Canada (SWN) for lost profits due to peaceful protests in New Brunswick. When SWN tried to discontinue their SLAPP suit against her – and only her – she took the opportunity to join herself with “Jane Doe” – every woman in the province who is opposed to shale gas development and filed a statement of defence.

By representing Jane Doe in the SLAPP suit, Nolan says she is protecting the voices of the people SWN is trying to silence and the water, plants and animals in the Mi’kmaq District of Signigtog. “A SLAPP is intended to silence public opposition. When SWN included “Jane Doe,” they attacked any woman who even spoke in favour of a protest or blockade, refusing shale gas, anyone who knows their rights and lives are being threatened and anyone who wants environmental protection laws to be enforced.” “The truth is, “Jane Doe” is all women in New Brunswick… the pensioned school teacher who signed the petition against fracking, the 10-year old girl who always felt safe at the peace camp, the woman arrested for praying, afraid that SWN will poison the land that her family has held for generations… the woman who’s already sick, she can’t afford to have her water poisoned… the news reporter on her beat.”

Nolan questions whether SWN’s injunction and lawsuit is actually legal, “It is not clear at all. Exactly what does SWN mean by launching an action against “Jane Doe”? Do they mean active protesters, all protesters, all persons in New Brunswick? Why is the province joining in to help SWN sue and place injunctions on us? The claims are so vague, why did the court grant the injunction and lawsuit in the first place?”

No representation has come forward yet to present Jane Doe’s concerns or defences, so Willi Nolan filed a defence in the New Brunswick courts, keeping her vulnerable in the lawsuit. “Until there’s satisfactory legal representation for the serious public concerns of all the unnamed people that SWN has acted against, I will be seeking justice. If necessary to resolve these matters, a counterclaim will be filed.”

Last month, Willi Nolan spoke on behalf of the Clan Mothers of the Mi’kmaki District of Signigtog. “The facts are, the lands and waters are subject to First Peoples’ authority. No true authority of the First Peoples has ever given SWN or the provincial government any mineral or water rights. Free, prior and informed consent was never given. SWN was evicted, those provincial permits are not valid.”

With doubts about the lawfulness of the “permit,” injunctions and lawsuits, Nolan says that continued protest and confrontation can be expected. “Every day, I pray that the attacks this fracking company is behind stop harming our people. So many have already been traumatized by police attacks, SLAPP suits and intimidation against witnesses who haven’t ever had a chance to be heard by the court.”

Willi Nolan has asked SWN to drop the SLAPP suits completely. “They should file their issues with specific people separately instead of inventing some broad conspiracy to trap people. Their lawsuit tries to make people give up their right to protest and protect their homes and our precious clean water and lands.”

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For more information, please contact Willi Nolan <willi [at] web [dot] ca> and Sierra Club of Canada Atlantic Chapter (902) 444-3113

Related documents available online:

WILLI_NOLAN_JANE_DOE STATEMENT_OF_DEFENCE – filed in New Brunswick court of Queen’s Bench on 26 Nov 2013  https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B5JmzR9UoeLQYUFsdHh3OEVpajQ/

Sierra Club Canada – Atlantic Chapter –

http://atlantic.sierraclub.ca/en/media/release/press-conference-jane-doe-make-her-case-vs-fracking-company-swn-resources

http://atlantic.sierraclub.ca/en/we-are-fracking-out   http://nb.referata.com/wiki/Main_Page

VIDEO: Jane Doe SLAPPs Back! SWN Resources new tactic: suing individual activists APTN http://aptn.ca/news/2013/12/05/swn-resources-turns-new-tactic-disrupt-protestors-new-brunswick/

BACKGROUNDER PRESS CONFERENCE: JANE DOE SLAPPs BACK!

Moncton Library, 4 December 2013

The Statement_of_Defence which I submitted as Wilhelmina Nolan as named defendant and/or “Jane Doe” is about 23 pages long… Today I am offering a few highlights to let the people of New Brunswick know how I am trying my best to represent all of our interests under the Rule of Law.

 

ISSUE:

Southwest Energy (SWN) Resources has launched a SLAPP lawsuit against New Brunswick citizens. In it, they also named “Jane Doe” and “John Doe” as being responsible for costs they are claiming from individuals who were opposing their operations. A great number of New Brunswick people are attempting to protect their land, air, and water from being ruined by SWN shale gas exploration and development (fracking). Jane Doe will speak out in response to SWN’s suit in Moncton on December 4th, 2013

 

Main Problem:

Because of the injunction & lawsuits laid by SWN, law abiding citizens are being placed under threats of criminal records and loss of their properties. Our people’s civil and political and human rights to speak against these threats are being violated

 

Nature of My Work:

I have dedicated many years to my ministry in NB; I often engage in constructive actions and debate on matters of environmental health protection. My work is guided by scientific consensus on issues such as climate change and risks from dirty energy like hydraulic fracturing. I speak out and educate on grave risks to world ecology and peace. This work is in and for the public interest, for public benefit. I strive to be peaceful and respectful of all people.

 

SWN Allegations About Unlawful Behaviour:

I don’t know how any of the “damages” that SWN claims could be attributed to myself or any person (“Jane/John Doe”) SWN cannot or will not identify.

I did not order others to blockade and don’t know anyone who did – only saw RCMP blocking public roads.

I don’t consider myself or any “Jane Doe” working for the public good to be a nuisance, radical or troublemaker – this is slanderous.

As Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. said before me, “In no sense do I advocate evading or defying the law” By opposing these dangerous developments, I am expressing the highest respect for the law. I wish the government, RCMP and SWN would do the same.

 

Non-Enforcement of Environmental Laws by RCMP & Alward Government:

Premier David Alward admitted there was inadequate monitoring and enforcement for shale gas operations when he was in opposition … it is still true.

RCMP stated in a public meeting:

i) they do not enforce the Clean Water, Clean Air or Environmental Protection Acts… denied any authority or discretion to enforce the Act, did not know policing regulations in this regard

ii) Re: Native Spirituality & rights, responsibilities to protect the lands & waters – they “don’t deal with that kind of thing”, “not their job”, their mandate is only “offences under criminal code”.

iii) RCMP oath is NOT to uphold the honour of the British Crown OR protect residents & Original people; they were hired by NB only to enforce “certain” Acts NOT including environmental protection

iv) they did not know what law gave the province the right to issue permits to SWN

v) they were NOT AWARE that the Signigtog Grand Council issued an Eviction Notice to SWN (OR) that under collective right of the people of Signigtog a Directive was issued to SWN to stop their operations

 

Civil Wrongdoings by NB Government:

I believe the province has committed unconstitutional acts, crimes, by attempting to circumvent the law and provide permits for SWN to operate in New Brunswick. (statement ref. ‘impermissible self-help’):

i) are not adhering to their duty to obtain free, prior and informed consent of First Peoples– instead, it is claiming that it issued legal permits to SWN

ii) defied direction of its Chief Medical Officer of Health who spoke to protect public health  and against proceeding with shale gas development without further study – the available evidence of risk to public health is too great to ignore – the Canadian Medical Association and NB physician groups also spoke against proceeding without further study.

 

Treason/Misprision of Treason & Authority of Original People of Wabanaki Territories:

Questions re: Serious Concerns About Harm to the Crown 

1. Is the Alward government levying war against the Wabanaki Confederacy without an actual declaration of war (Is the government of Canada complicit?) by instigating armed invasions of Wabanaki/Mi’kmaq/Commonwealth territory? Does the province intend to dissolve the Crown alliance/treaties with the Wabanaki Confederacy?

2. Is the Alward government’s “beachhead” plan for shale gas & pipelines intending to overthrow or remove New Brunswick from the British Commonwealth?

 

Past Actions by the Province Supporting the Demand for Answers to the Above Questions:

* NB attempted the sale of assets with unclear title claimed to belong to NB Power

* NB assumed jurisdiction and possession of reserved native lands but it has no proven claim; Original people of these lands have been disputing the province’s jurisdiction and possession of these lands for many years.

* The NB court, by granting the SWN injunctions, is presuming jurisdiction above the Rule of Law as expressed in the Constitution, omitting to uphold the duty of the Crown by allowing attacks on “Aboriginal” people and their allies to protect a foreign based company. This is, in effect, allowing foreign attacks upon the Crown citizens and allies and makes the province either complicit with or failing to prevent treason – a punishable high civil crime.

* NB appears to have abandoned its obligations under the Covenant Chain of Treaties… the Crown rights or jurisdiction (in this instance) is in doubt. I am particularly calling upon NB to attend to their obligations under the Treaty agreement made with the Two Row Wampum.

* NB is ordering RCMP attack on peaceful protesters – abuse of authority/police resources

 

Jane Doe and John Doe

It is impossible to presuppose the motives and perceptions of we “Jane Does” as a legal Class – I am asking the court to dismiss the SLAPP suit against all un-named parties. SWN must specify exactly who it intends to attack with their lawsuits.

 

Corrupt pattern of Governance re Energy Policy

‘Orimulsion’ – a gross failure of due diligence to assure energy supply that resulted in billions in losses to NB Power

Point Lepreau refurbishment was called “reckless” by Lloyds of London and carried on against expert advice and against the recommendations of the Public Utilities Board Regarding shale gas development, there appears to be a conspiracy with private commercial interests, notably Irving and SWN, against the public interest.

 

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REFERENCES

Misprision http://www.duhaime.org/LegalDictionary/M/Misprision.aspx “Offence in aid of the most seriously punished crimes in the ancient common law of England.” “A misprision falls just short of the most serious offences such as reason of other felonies which were anciently punished by death (eg. treason or sedition).” “the concealment of treason. If an individual became privy to words or plans which were treasonous” they had an obligation to report same to the authorities.

High Treason http://www.duhaime.org/LegalDictionary/H/HighTreason.aspx “Treason as against the monarch, king or queen, or his/her government.” “In the South African Law Journal, C. Snyman wrote: “… high treason is the unlawful intentional commission of any act with the ‘additional intent’ to overthrow or coerce the state.”

Sedition http://www.duhaime.org/LegalDictionary/S/Sedition.aspx “The speaking or publishing of words which excite public disorder or defiance of lawful authority… exciting feelings of ill will and hostility between different classes of her Majesty’s subjects… embraces all those practices whether by word, deed, or writing, which are calculated to disturb the tranquility of the state, and indeed ignorant persons to endeavor to subvert the government and the laws of the Empire.” U.S code (at Title 18, §2384 (see also §2385), defines “seditious conspiracy”) “… by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.”

Casus Foederis (Alliance) http://www.duhaime.org/LegalDictionary/C/CasusFoederis.aspx “… the event upon the occurrence of which it becomes the duty of one of the allies to render the promised assistance to the other… in the case of a defensive alliance, the casus foederis occurs when war is declared or commenced against one of the allies. Treaties of alliance very often define precisely the event which shall be regarded as the casus foederis.”

David Alward comments to New Brunswick legislature regarding water supply and shale gas development in New Brunswick. Journal of Debates (Hansard), Legislative Assembly, Province of New Brunswick. Daily Sitting 61. April 6, 2010. pages 21-24. https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B5JmzR9UoeLQcUxGSTZwd2RMNjA/

RCMP Public Statements re Non-Enforcement of Environmental Laws and Signigtog District Mi’kmaq Authority https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5JmzR9UoeLQVWwyTmVUR2hrbTg/

Directive to SWN from Signigtog People http://nb.referata.com/wiki/media_release_SWN_Forced_to_Pay_Damages_and_leave_New_Brunswick_Signigtog_Migmag_Issue_Historic_Directive_to_Fracking_Co

SWN Eviction Notice From Mi’kmaq Grand Council http://nb.referata.com/wiki/swn-issued-notice-of-eviction-by-geptin-mikmaq-grand-council-signigtog-district

Covenant Chain of Treaties http://www.peacecouncil.net/NOON/2row/docs/VenablesonTwoRow.pdf

Two Row Wampum http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Two_Row_Wampum_Treaty

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Read more background information with links to court filings:

NB Referata Wiki – Main Page – http://nb.referata.com/wiki/Main_Page

You can find links to Support Willi Nolan’s Spirit Led Activism  here

 

SLAPP suit against anti-fracking protest in Mi’kmaq District of Signigtog (New Brunswick) 2013

In October 2013, SWN Resources launched a SLAPP suit against anti-fracking protest in the Mi’kmaq District of Signigtog (New Brunswick). The lawsuit focused on the claim by that company to have suffered approximately $60,000 per day in expenses due to the blockade and accompanying protests of its exploration activities, including seismic testing, a prelude to hydraulic fracturing in NB for “shale gas“. The company also claimed legal costs for seeking a partly successful injunction in the SWN Notice of Action With Statement of Claim [1].

Because of simultaneous fund-raising efforts required for persons arrested in the RCMP attack on fracking protest, 17 Oct 2013, funds available for the civil defences were very limited. It is said that this may have been part of a deliberate strategy by SWN and the Alward regime to ensure there was no fair trial on the merits of respondents’ claims.

The claims of civil respondents, including Willi Nolan, include that:

  1. The lawsuit is a SLAPP, an abuse of process intended to silence opponents of SWN, not to recover actual damages that were suffered by a company engaged in legal activities.

 

  1. All reasonable avenues of protest, inquiry and reporting of these violations of law had been exhausted; there were no answers given to the standing question of who was to deal with these issues on behalf of the government, e.g. who enforced environmental laws.

 

  1. SWN had no legally issued permit for its activities, said permit having been issued contrary to environmental and health laws, without consultation with First Nations (as required by the Canadian constitution), and contrary to standing treaties with First Peoples (as required by the People themselves).

 

  1. Medical professionals, including the Canadian Medical Association, New Brunswick College of Family Physicians and the New Brunswick Chief Medical Officer of Health had uniformly opposed the shale gas development on grounds of unexamined health risks and lack of disclosure of poisonous chemicals used in shale gas exploration and extraction.

 

  1. Nearby municipalities and local service districts had almost unanimously opposed the development; their concerns were ignored.

 

  1. The seismic exploration process was itself reported as destructive; in any case permitting the explorations to proceed would have divided the communities into those at immediate risk and those at no risk, likely a ‘divide and conquer’ strategy.

 

  1. First Peoples legal and traditional representatives had already rejected SWN and evicted it from the land. The citizens merely enforced this order.

 

  1. The land and water protectors named in the suit were not leading the blockade nor could they have ordered any other person to participate or not participate and that they were not personally responsible for any harms that SWN had suffered.

 

  1. The SWN request for and court granting of an ex parte interim injunction, is in itself unlawful, in that SWN cannot demonstrate “irreparable harm,” which is defined as “as harm to which no monetary compensation can cure or put conditions back the way they were, harms that are impossible to repair, rectify or amend.” The SWN claim attached a dollar value to the alleged “harm.”Conversely, opponents of shale gas development can readily point to the unsafe nature and extreme risks of grievous harm involved with the process by looking at the experiences of residents in places such as Québec, Pennsylvania, Texas and Colorado.

 

  1. SWN and the New Brunswick government may well be found to have engaged in Criminal and Civil Wrongdoings. Both have clearly been involved in a host of bothersome activities against peaceful, lawful protesters, including releasing fraudulent reports on economic, human and ecosystem health impacts from shale gas development. Regarding the SWN application to make the injunction permanent, the New Brunswick government actually applied for intervener status on behalf of SWN, effectively engaging itself in a lawsuit against all of its residents as the lawsuit named Jane and John Doe as respondents. Willi Nolan applied to the courts for a judicial review of the matter, however no mention of this application was mentioned in the decision, despite Justice George Rideout’s agreement that her October 21, 2013 statement would be accepted as an application for judicial review.

 

  1. Both the RCMP and the injunction hearings ignored the authority, laws and dictums not only of the Original peoples of this land, but also the rights of homeowners whose lives, whose survival are under threat from provincially-sanctioned SWN operations. Both ignored the obligations of Crown authorities to protect the interest of the Original peoples of the land and failed to obtain their free, prior and informed consent to developments on native lands.The actions appear to be genocidal — calculated to destroy the rights of Wabanaki peoples of Mi’kmaq Signigtog District and to cause bodily and mental harm to people who are fighting for their survivalCanada ratified the Genocide Convention more than six decades ago and has applied against other countries  It defines the crime as including “any of” a list of acts committed against an identifiable group, including not just mass killing and mass physical or mental harm but also “deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or part.”

 

  1. Surrounding communities, including those in Québec and Nova Scotia and Newfoundland have been extremely vocal in their public education and opposition to shale gas developments in those regions, providing the public with an opportunity to keep the entire Québec-Atlantic region “Frack-Free”.

 

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Read more background with links to court filings:

“Jane Doe” SLAPPs Back! Defending Lawsuit to Silence & Intimidate Anti-Fracking Protests – http://willinolanspeaks.com/shares/jane-doe-slapps-back-defending-lawsuit-to-silence-intimidate-anti-fracking-protests/

NB Referata Wiki – Main Page – http://nb.referata.com/wiki/Main_Page

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You can find links to Support Willi Nolan’s Spirit Led Activism  here



Mi’gmag of Signigtog historic Directive to SWN (Southwestern Energy) shale gas fracking company

 

Loved ones, I am very proud to have been asked to draft this historic document;  I am sure that spirit helped with the wording because so few edits were needed. It is the first time in the knowledge of all concerned that Original peoples have asserted their collective right to respect and protect the lands and waters from industrial development.  It is my hope that others will see this work and also assert their rights and responsibilities to protect Mother Earth in other territories.

Tahoe!

 

Mi’gmag of Signigtog historic Directive to SWN (Southwestern Energy) shale gas fracking company asserting collective community right to tell SWN… stop what you are doing, establish a fund to repair the damage you have caused and leave our territory.

 

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MEDIA RELEASE

September 6, 2013
Elsipogtog First Nation, New Brunswick

SWN Forced to Pay Damages & Leave NB

Mi’gmag Issue Historic Directive to Fracking Co.

 

The Original People of theWabanaki-Mi’gmag District of Signigtog have,

for the first time in known history, used their collective authority to
stop shale gas activity in New Brunswick. Based in Elsipogtog,
together with allies from Acadian, Anglophone and First Peoples’
communities, the Signigtog District Grand Council and Collective Community of
Concerned Members of Signigtog have issued a directive to shale gas
developer Southwestern Energy (SWN) to stop all shale gas activities,
leave the territory, and compensate the people for harm caused by
their operations.

Kenneth Francis of Signigtog said, “Creator made us caretakers of
Mother Earth. Our goal as the Collective Community of Concerned
Members of Signigtog is to protect Mother Earth because we’re killing
her. She’s already endured too much. We will lose our clean water if
we sit back and allow what the shale gas companies are planning on
doing in Signigtog. What they are planning is unacceptable. We do not
accept the unacceptable.”

Members of the Christian Peacemaker Teams have been providing support
and accompaniment to Kent County opponents of shale gas development
since June of this year. Their organization’s web site reports that
“The issuing of this Directive is an unprecedented and crucially
important event in the history of the Mi’gmag People. Christian
Peacemaker Teams is honored to be present as the Original Peoples of
the Wabanaki-Mi’gmag District of Signigtog undertakes this historic
initiative and to support their sovereignty over the Wabanaki-Mi’gmag
District of Signigtog”

The Concerned Members of Signigtog is a collective community of members
supported by the Mi’gmag Grand Council who are dedicated to protecting
Mother Earth and working tore-assert their sovereignty over their
traditional territories. Signigtog-Mi’gmag Grand Council Keptin Noel
Joe Augustine speaks with pride about being a member, “It only takes a
handful of people to save the lands and waters. Through our prayers
and ceremonies we have made a very good spiritual beginning. The
sacred fire is now lit in the hearts of many people who are helping us
to do what is right and protect the water.”

Warrior Chief John Levi wants everyone to know that not only is more
encouragement, support, participation and help welcome, but that the
work itself is enjoyable and rewarding. “We are strong and happy
people. Our allies are with us all the way and we get stronger, even
with all the difficult experiences we’ve been through. We’ve been
arrested, lied to and there have been many attempts to silence us and
get us to stop what we’re doing. But we know we’re doing the right
thing and we’re going to continue as long as there is a threat to our
way of life.”

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For more information please contact: Serena Francis 506-523-9950; Noel
Joe Augustine 506-523-8349; John Levi 506-523-5014; Katrina Clair
506-523-3784; Kathy Levi506-521-4570; Gary Simon 506-521-1828

Directive available from New Brunswick Environmental Network here – http://www.nben.ca/en/collaborative-action/caucuses/shale-gas-caucus/publicconsultationshale?download=1728%3Adirective-to-southwestern-energy-swn-swn-canada-et-al-signigtog-district-migmag-grand-council-on-behalf-of-the-collective-community-of-concerned-members-of-signigtog-august-2013

 

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Shut down Point Lepreau: Presentation to Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission Dec. 2011

 
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Spirituality

Dialogue with Lena Longtoe, Abenaki – Indigenous Peoples Alliance UFlorida@Tampa Nov 13 2016

Dialogue with Lena Longtoe, Abenaki, President, Indigenous Peoples Alliance

Event at the University of Florida at Tampa

a presentation of

Indigenous Peoples Alliance Campus Empowerment Group
“Talking About Decolonization” during Native American Heritage Month

lena_willi_ufloridatampa_nodapl_13nov2016

“Introducing Grandmother Willi Nolan, one of the Grandmothers of the Wabanaki Confederacy.”
Lena shares her experiences as she sat in Grandmothers Council during the 2015 Wabanaki Confederacy Conference*, and asks Grandmother Willi about effective activism; and the links between water protection actions at Standing Rock, North Dakota and the successful moratorium victory following the Wabanaki-New Brunswick Shale Gas Rebellion of 2013; and the ongoing protection actions via the Peoples Lawsuit, and alliance-building.

[ * See the 2015 Wabanaki Confederacy Statement here * ]


This link should let you download the recording of our skype conversation https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B93hVrrsoaXNZG8yRzJqVzkxN2M/view

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B93hVrrsoaXNZG8yRzJqVzkxN2M/view

Video – “Dialogue with Lena Longtoe, Abenaki – Indigenous Peoples Alliance UFlorida@Tampa Nov 13 2016” – Google Drive

Collective Evolution: Youth & Elder Relationships

Youth from Bonar Law High School in Rexton New Brunswick skipped school to join the Warriors saying NO to Shale Gas September 2013

Youth from Bonar Law High School in Rexton New Brunswick skipped school to join the Warriors saying NO to Shale Gas September 2013

Messages from Spirit: Youth and Elders

Sharing teachings on good relations between the desires of youth and the hopes of their elders for assisting with the conscious collective evolution of the People of the Earth.

It is well stated that most parents place their hopes higher for their children that for themselves. We naturally hope that our children will be smarter, wiser, healthier and live better, freer lives than ours.

 

At the same time, youth are often unpredictable in their abilities to recognize and accept that their elders are not all seeing, all knowing, all powerful, that they are just people, spiritual beings in human form who have, for the most part, not having yet attained the highest levels of spiritual perfection, information and understanding. Instead, many of your young ones blame their elders for making the world that they will inherit such a mess.

 

So many of your young people do not see hope and some are even deciding not to bring any more children to live in your sick societies.   All but gone are the times when your elders were relied on for guidance in all aspects of society. Historically, many of your societies relied more on philosophers than they do in present times on your planet.

 

But the ancient wisdom is still there, written in your DNA, in the stars and in your hopes and dreams for the future. You still have knowledge and wisdom keepers left on your planet and your spirits are all capable of achieving enlightenment and mastery over your own beings.

 

The Platonic Allegory of the Cave clearly articulates the essence of what is meant by enlightenment, coming into the light. These times of change upon you are calling forth aspects of your collective psyches that can enable humanity’s transition to what many are calling the era of Light and Life.

 

Some of you have awakened more fully than others, the progression being gradual and steady as your beings become accustomed to receiving new information, information that could not be received while the human consciousness was held in bondage in the realms of enslavement and subjugation. Now you are as free of those influences as you will let yourselves be. No more Satanic energy can ever reach your planet; in your new reality it has become annihilated, it is as though it never was, or it can be, if you will let it be.

 

We encourage you to keep bringing your youth to decision making tables. They will learn more from your actions than by your words alone.   Remember that you are not only rescuing your ecological systems from the brink of extinction, you are rescuing your history, your cultures and your spiritual progressions from being hindered, hidden under the veils and shrouds of the dark realms of existence.

 

Every time that one of you frees yourself from addiction, anger, jealousy or harbouring ill will towards another, you are, in reality, freeing a portion of your collective psyche, you are creating space for true joy and real freedom to replace the realms of tyranny and oppression. And so must it be as you traverse this transition time.

 

We know that it can be hard on you to withstand the endless epiphanies of the depth and intricacies of the problems that must be resolved and healed in order for your race to continue on your planet.   These times are trying for even the most enlightened human beings, and they are not easy for those of us in spirit world who have chosen to be here at this time to assist you either. As has been said by your philosophers and wise persons “No change can come without effort.”

 

Some of you have identified that it is not the effort that is the most difficult, it is the change in thought patterns and perspectives that is actually the greatest challenge to your peace and good way of life.

 

As we have said many times, learning to adjust your energy frequencies to be in harmony with your true purpose in Creation is essentially your reason for your being present as a human on the Earth.  And now you are collectively choosing to overcome humankind’s greatest challenge – to free yourselves of enemies that lurk within your own beings, to free yourselves to move forward within your birthright as children of the Creator.

 

Can you see how important you are? If we could, we would show you the love in which you are held, the unwavering faith in you that is and always has been expressed by all who know and love your race. Your adventure is held by many of us who live in spirit world to be the greatest experiential adventure of all.

Grandmother and Toddler

Youth & Elders have a special relationship

Recognize that your youth see the mistakes made by your societies throughout the ages. What they want to see now are the correct actions and patterns of thought that will lead humanity away from the path of destruction and self-annihilation and into the richness of being in oneness with the creative potential of the universe.

 

And so we leave you with our blessings. Know that our faith in you is unwavering. Via Willi Nolan  10 May 2014

WE DO NOT OWN MOTHER EARTH – WE BELONG TO HER

 Gradually, hearts and minds and souls wake up to the possible. We can build a good way of life for all people. We can do this every time we stand together and share our power. We can do it now, we have the power. It's Creation's power. It's collective power.

Walk in that place of Protection and Peace, Know that you walk with all of Creation’s army.

Even my body belongs to Mother Earth. She is Boss over ALL the lands and waters.

 

It makes me cry sometimes when I hear people talk about “resource development,” because it always means exploitation at minimum and savage desecration at its extreme. We can do so much better. We have to.

 

The new conversation has begun. Gradually, hearts and minds and souls wake up to the possible. We can build a good way of life for all people. We can do this every time we stand together and share our power. We can do it now, we have the power. It’s Creation’s power. It’s collective power.

 

Meet our newest enemy: False Ego. This trickster would have you believe you have the right to make a living even if it means destroying the lands and waters. I will not place my trust or my energy in the desecration, rape and exploitation of Our Mother. There is no welcome for that Trickster at my lodge.

image: Bear: Silly Natives This is My Land

Bear: “Silly Natives. This is My Land”

Say hello to our worst enemy: Fear. I’ll tell you what I think we gotta do about that one, we tell him we have no time for that now. Kiss that monster on the nose and keep going. Walk in that place of Protection and Peace, knowing that you walk with all of Creation’s army and that nothing is stronger than our love for the Earth and for each other.

 

Msit No’kmaq – All My Relations

Tan Tesic No’kmaq – All My Relations – plant and animal relatives too!

I am Little Fire Always Burning – Willi Nolan

29 June 2014

 

Four women, one child pray for Mother Earth

Four women, one child pray for Mother Earth

 WE DO NOT OWN MOTHER EARTH – WE BELONG TO HER

Prophecies Now Unfolding – The Beginning is Here

Japanese Tsunami Warning Stone

Japanese Tsunami Warning Stone

 

Prophecies Now Unfolding – The Beginning is Here

The Strong People of the Earth Will Be Standing

 

CONTENTS

Introduction

Question 1: How can we stand in unity to protect our nations?

Question 2: Can our prayers stop the destroyers and heal the destruction?

Question 3: What is the best path to a resilient, sustainable lifestyle?

Question 4: What can we do about the legal systems and those community and traditional council members that are making deals with the destroyers that attempt to “legally” force all of us to be oppressed by ever-changing colonial laws like the “Indian Act”, “Clean Water Act” , “Clean Air Act”, “Environmental Assessment Act”, “Navigable Waters Act”, “Municipalities Act”, “Crown Lands Act” and the “Environmental Protection Act.”

Question 5: Some of the Peoples are rejecting their sacred responsibilities and their relations who are in tune with ancestral teachings, while more and more honour their purpose and walk on Mother Earth with gratitude and respect. How can we bring about withdrawal of support for the oppressors and give support to the ones who are are in tune with ancestral teachings and are finding ways to solve the problems that are in harmony with the Earth?

Question 6: What can we do to reduce the harmful effects of lies, propaganda and misinformation promoted by the oppressors that describe the the oppressors as saviours and the Strong Ones who live by the ancestral laws and ideals as enemies?

Question 7: How can we stay strong during this time of transition?

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Introduction

After sharing dialogue with some wise and wonderful relatives, I am really grateful for the opportunity to share my thoughts on these subjects with you beautiful Strong Ones working for Mother Earth and the People.

All across Turtle Island, prophecies have been spoken of that were given by Elders like William Commanda, Art, Solomon, Oren Lyons, Oraibi and Eighth Fire teachings and Dekanawida who said:

“It is not good for people to be unkind to one another.”

So many prophecies mention that humanity will arrive at a crossroads and at that time, we will have to make the most important decision of all – whether Life will continue. Prophecies described the destruction of Mother Earth, Water, and Air and how People would be fooled by greed and lose their way. It is said: “Only the strong will survive, the ones who know how to live off the land and access clear water…others will fight amongst themselves and eventually disappear. The time is now and we must stand in unity and protect what sustains life or many will be left behind.”

 

Question 1: How can we stand in unity to protect our nations?

If we accept that “Only the strong will survive, the ones who know how to live off the land and access clear water” and we know that the waters and food supplies are being contaminated… and that many people are living without access to good waters and lands… We can just look around and see that the prophecies are unfolding now, as this is being written… aren’t they?

It makes sense to me that the “Strong Ones,” the People of the Earth, must unite in their bravery, caring, sharing, generosity and respect. We need to be able to resist the pathways of those oppressor-destroyer snakes. We need to be kind, wise and gentle sentinels for each other… I think of the deer.

To me, this time and place of change is like being at a river… On one shore are all the People of the Earth, they are strong in their path to making the good changes happen. In the river are lots of people trying to make it across; some use canoes, rafts, speed boats, logs. Some of them don’t make it, some of them find a bridge. On the other shore are folks who refuse to even think of crossing to the other shore… they want to keep things the way they are; many are afraid of the new and unknown things on the other shore.

It is time for the People of the Earth to decide, where we will be in this picture of the times that were to come and that we now agree are here.

Even though it’s sometimes difficult, I am learning to respect the choice of the ones who want to stay with the oppressors, the destroyers – and walk right past them! I am choosing to hang in for the long haul with the People of the Earth, the true Rainbow Warriors and Protectors of Mother Earth. It’s my choice. It’s your choice.

 

Question 2: Can our prayers stop the destroyers and heal the destruction?

We don’t even have to think about “them” stopping us. No one can stop us but us. We are aware that Mother Earth and Creation need us, and we need all the Strong Ones on board to survive. We have a job to do.

Prayer and ceremony, prayer and ceremony… Yes! They were given to us so that we can receive direction from Creator and all of Creation. Find direction from spirit… your spirit, joining with spirits of the People of the Earth that are along your Life Path. Find that direction… and follow your spirit’s direction. Let it be part of your Life.

The direction that I have been given personally about being a Strong One is to be aware and walk right past the bullshit, corruption, insanity, greed and stupidity (inside and outside ourselves), just keep going and keep space for folks who are waking up and staying awake. So I keep going, alert to my choices, like choosing good life, living with direction from Spirit, not with the sicknesses-drama-fear-anger-false ego-ignorance of the destroyer society.

It is powerful to pray for the ones who aren’t fully awake yet; so many have relied on the oppressor for their survival for so long. The People of the Earth are learning fast that we have everything we need to get us through these times… prophecies, medicine teachings, prayers, ceremonies. And we have Creator and Mother Earth firmly on our side. We can always rely on their strength, as we always have since time immemorial, and we can walk in our true humility… like in that “Footprints” poem, we can let Spirit hold us up.

There is power in this unity we are speaking of and seeking and finding… it’s Creator’s power. All we need is to keep and grow dedication and faith that we can and will and are overcoming the oppression, enslavement and subjugation. We are choosing to be human beings living a good life who are part of the Circle of Life. We are choosing to survive… and thrive.

Many of our younger Strong Ones see further beyond the older generations; they see their great-grandchildrens’ futures, and they are learning ways of healing and protecting the Earth. Sharing wisdom with our youth will teach them to connect the dots and identify the marks of the oppressor, so they can develop their own wisdom and share it. Our youth report that too many of the ones occupying leadership positions in their communities are unable to see very far beyond the oppressive systems they are working in and how they divide and separate leadership from the people. This will change as new leaders emerge… the New Strong People of the Earth.

 

Question 3: What is the best path to a resilient, sustainable lifestyle?

The path to a good life for all people – true long-term health, resilience and sustainability – is based on following ancestral guidance and wisdom and on the unique guidance and wisdom coming to you from your own spirit.

Each one of us is here to leave the world a better place than it would be if we had not lived on the planet. If you are open to finding kindred souls, you will find fellow rainbow warriors joining each other everywhere, gathering, assembling, recognizing and learning to use our true gifts collectively to take the stands necessary for the survival of humanity, just as was foretold in so many prophecies. We really are the ones we’ve been waiting for!

 

Question 4: What can we do about the legal systems and those community and traditional council members that are making deals with the destroyers that attempt to “legally” force all of us to be oppressed by ever-changing colonial laws like the “Indian Act”, “Clean Water Act” , “Clean Air Act”, “Environmental Assessment Act”, “Navigable Waters Act”, “Municipalities Act”, “Crown Lands Act” and the “Environmental Protection Act.”

This is the time to assert and affirm ancestral laws and governance to deal with the grave and serious matters that we are facing. It is all about responsibility… what do we do about the ruin of the lands and waters?… what do we do about traitors? what do we to survive?

It is true that there is a war over control of the People of the Earth. We have no choice but to survive and not allow ourselves to be overrun by the destroyers. It is time to identify and replace the systems that are failing the people.

It is time to use the best strategies and ammunition we can muster for justice, protection of the lands and waters, protection of our rights and well being. Yes, there will be some uncomfortable and frightening moments and for many of us, there is a steep learning curve to ascend… I think that is why the truly Strong People embrace the ancestral teachings-laws of Bravery-Courage and Knowledge-Wisdom.

Question 5: Some of the Peoples are rejecting their sacred responsibilities and their relations who are in tune with ancestral teachings. At the same time, more and more are tuning in to their purpose and honour and walk on Mother Earth with gratitude and respect. How can we bring about withdrawal of support for the oppressors and give support to the ones who are are in tune with ancestral teachings and finding ways to solve the problems that are in harmony with the Earth?

It is important to remember that not all of our relations are fully in tune with ancestral teachings, and that even the ones that are, are dealing with being raised in colonized societies. The good news is this is changing quickly as more and more of the People of the Earth awaken.

Here we can again see what we need to do to survive… gather together, acknowledge, respect, ally with, support and protect each other so we can all stay Strong People of the Earth.

It can be sad to see that so many of our relations are still brainwashed, divided, indifferent, depressed, suppressed and walking about without being aware that their mindsets, their thoughts, are products of colonization… and that they themselves are part of the problem. Some of the hardest work ahead of us is getting to that place of honesty within ourselves. To unite as a great human family, the People of the Earth will need understanding, compassion, caring and respect for themselves and each other to make sure that all is not lost to colonization. The lies that are causing division need to be uncovered and rejected.

 

Question 6: What can we do to wipe out, or at least reduce, the harmful effects of lies, propaganda and misinformation promoted by the oppressors that describe the the oppressors as saviours and the Strong Ones who live by the ancestral laws and ideals as enemies?

We must question the leadership of the regimes that attack ancestral laws, traditions, cultures and ideals and ways of life as enemies or something to be laughed at; we know that the oppressors are the true enemies of the People and their ways are insane. Our ancestors visions, wisdom, strengths and knowledge can continue to help us with protecting the waters’, lands’ and peoples rights to steward what we were given by Creator and Mother Earth.

The Strong Ones must stand up in ways that will be effective. The oppressors know that their legal charade has been exposed and that they have no title or claim of right to the lands, waters or resources. The oppressors need to know that the Strong Ones cannot be swayed or bought with money will never agree to give titles to what belongs to future generations.

The oppressors need to know that the People of the Earth now know that they have the right to decide what is in their best interest. When the oppressors age old tactics and systems no longer work for them, they will have to find new ways to survive… they can also choose to wake up, cross the river and join the True Human Beings on the other shore.

 

Question 7: How can we stay strong during this time of transition?

Realize that every day, more and more People of the Earth are realizing that they have a choice — whether to hang onto the banks of the river, stay onside with the failing systems of the destroyers and eventually drown, or get to the good life waiting on the other shore and join the ways of the True Human Beings, the People of the Earth. It is obvious to many, as it was prophesied, that at the end, the People of the Earth, the Strong Ones who are living life with free minds and hearts and with true love and connection to Creation will survive, and that there will be unity among the many who choose to walk with direction given by the Ancestors, the spirit…it is happening! We are becoming free! And there’s a lots more good work to do!

During these transition times, there may be those who will try to divide us; some of their tactics include name-calling, exclusion, bullying, malicious gossip. The People of the Earth are refusing to join in or be prey to those tactics; instead, we stand joyously and firmly in the reality that we are becoming more united than ever… all willing to stand up for our Life, our Mother Earth.

Here is a song that I received at the time of this writing “Return to Mother Earth – Warrior Women Power Chant” – you can use it to help you to stay tuned in to Mother Earth – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OH8sELLNbtM

All My Relations Willi Nolan

© Willi Nolan February 2014

 

References

Hopi Elders’ Prophecy. Matrix Masters. Oraibi, Arizona, June 8, 1993  http://www.matrixmasters.com/takecharge/hopi-prophecy.html

Wisdom page, Wolf’s Heart Lodge. http://www.orgsites.com/fl/drumming/_pgg2.php3

Palest’Indian Issue, Mohawk Nation News. January 22, 2014  http://mohawknationnews.com/blog/2014/01/22/palestindian-issue/

Dekanawida and the formation of the Great Peace: Part 1   http://mohawknationnews.com/blog/2006/09/09/dekanawida-and-the-formation-of-the-great-peace-part-1/

Dekanawida and the formation of the Great Peace: Part 2   http://mohawknationnews.com/blog/2006/04/27/dekanawida-and-the-formation-of-the-great-peace-part-2/

Prophecies for a New Century from Dr. Robert Ghost Wolf   http://www.wolflodge.org/visibiliti/prophecy/welcome.htm

This writing was inspired by Facebook discussion on the Facebook page of Ron Tremblay of Wolastoq territory on February 2, 2014.

 

Teachings in Awakening, Love, Humility and Bravery

I received this message while in a special ceremony – March 17, 2013

Teachings in Awakening, Love, Humility and Bravery

I admit that my own way of seeing is creating, manifesting what I see, whether it’s mine tailings that harm Life, seeing myself or others as alone, overburdened, under over-control by a power elite or seeing my fellow humans as naturally powerful folks, too afraid to acknowledge and use their power and instead, wait for a saviour. This experience feels like a wrenching pain, like extreme hunger with no food in sight. It had me crying with pain and wanting to run from my own knowing, but then finally relieved to finally be expressing my truth for the healing that would bring. In my teachings, finding our true self is part of why we pray, why we fast, why we look inside to our own spirit for healing.

False ego makes us think that we know better than others. YOU are not THE saviour, you do not have all the answers for me, neither does your teacher, elder or guru. I am not your saviour. Not one of us is THE saviour. Not one of us has all the answers or the final answers. How will we possibly live together in peace and harmony if one of our voices is not heard, if some of our gifts are not shared, if only certain voices are heard, if even one of us is valued less than another?

This life is about learning to live together as one, respecting and celebrating the individuality of each living being, of each and every Child of Creation, beginning with ourselves. When we are walking in peace and harmony with our own spirits, there is no need to look outside to know Goodness and Love; There is no need for saviours. When WE are walking with all our relatives in love, peace and harmony with all of Life, WE are being saviours for each other and for all Mother Earth’s children. The way to make our new and better world is to do it together, to share what we have and what we are. I need to learn from the People of the Earth and the People of the Earth need to learn from me — this is truth, this is reality.

HUMILITY is understanding who we really are, accepting any limits, and using the full extent of our gifts, our strengths, to simply do the best we can at any given moment.

Humility is forgiving ourselves for setting limits or conditions on the God-given power that we allow ourselves and other people to express.

Humility is awakening to the hard facts about our own growth as conscious, powerful spiritual beings in transition. Humility is awakening from unconscious, false acceptance of ourselves as weak, vulnerable and frail human forms to becoming capable of choosing to awaken to our powers — and responsibilities — as divine Children of Creator-God.

It is time to get real, in every way, as we have never been real before. It’s time to get honest.

Can you accept that most of us, even you, have been misguided, misled and deceived? Do you accept that our world is in a state of war, manifesting hatred, pollution and oppression? Will you stop seeing people as ‘enemies’? Will you love and accept ‘the 1%’ as your relatives? Will you forgive yourself for being brainwashed, deluded and blind? Can you cast aside that old, hurtful reality and use your God-given power to free your own body, mind and spirit? Will you be humble and wise and brave enough to clean out your personal dark places? Are you willing to stop blaming others and to take responsibility for your own thoughts and actions?

We grew up in a world of hate… we were trained to hate one another, to fear one another, to be dominated, subjugated and controlled by others. That is a reality now being widely spoken about in revolutionary-evolutionary talk among the People of the Earth; we can see it reflected in modern philosophy, culture and as it echoes out through social media and the arts. We are in the process of re-training, re-gaining and re-designing our humanity.

What will you choose to see about our world and your self? Will you design a new and better world with your new and better self? Will you see yourself as worthy? Will you see me as worthy? Do you have faith that together, we can make a new world based on LOVE, love of self and love of all Life?

The awakening is compulsory. The time that you choose to awaken is up to you.

© Willi Nolan, 2013, 2014

Mixed Blood Teachings

 

Loved ones, I found out that this writing is being shared all over and is helping people to come together, so I share it with you with all my love.

(Traduction française ci-dessous)

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Mixed Blood Teachings

Mixed blood, why do you wonder where you belong?
You have entered the world a child of many races
Giving the peoples of the world a chance to see itself as one, through you.
But you, you have given the Indian people a special gift.

Because you were born with the right to choose any path,
And you choose to pray in the way of our old ones
You honour this land where you were born,
And your prayers give strength to all of your relatives here.

The Grandfathers and Grandmothers are happy that you speak to them,
And we are happy when you remember us
Among all of the Spirits that walk with you,
And we listen to your special prayers for peace and a good life.

Be patient with your Red relatives.
They too grew up in a racist society, and
It is hard for some to find Spirit when they only see faces.
They forget that some of the Grandmothers and Grandfathers were hidden and forgotten.

Mixed blood, when you walk the way of the people,
You show them that your Spirit has not forgotten.

Help them to let go of the shame, help them to remember the teachings
Of the time that was to come, when all of the races came together as one.
It is said that a Nation of Rainbow Warriors would come
And lead the way for Mother Earth to heal from near destruction

Mixed blood, why do you wonder where you belong?

Msit Nogama – All My Relations

© Willi Nolan, 2000, 2014

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Enseignements Sang Mêlé

(Mixed Blood teachings” Traduction française)

Je me souviens…

Pour ceux d’entre vous, Métis de Nation, qui avez souvent l’impression de n’appartenir nulle part, j’aimerais partager avec vous un texte fort à propos, “Mixed Blood teachings“, écrit par une grande dame du Cap Breton, Willi Nolan, activiste de renom et Grand-mère au grand coeur… Pour ceux qui ne sont pas familiers avec l’anglais, je me suis permise d’en faire une traduction française.

 

Enseignements Sang Mêlé

 

Sang Mêlé, pourquoi cherches-tu à savoir à quel monde tu appartiens ?

Tu es entré dans ce monde l’enfant de plusieurs races;

Permettant aux peuples de ce monde de mieux se voir à travers toi.

Mais toi, tu as apporté aux Indiens un cadeau tout spécial.

 

Parce que tu es né avec le droit de suivre la route de ton choix,

Et tu as choisi de prier à la manière des Anciens;

Tu honores cette terre où tu as vu le jour;

Et tes prières apportent la force à tous ceux qui te sont apparentés ici.

 

Les Grand-pères et les Grand-mères sont contents quand tu leur parles;

Et nous sommes heureux quand tu te rappelles de nous,

Parmi tous les Esprits qui marchent avec toi;

Et nous écoutons tes prières pour la paix et pour une vie meilleure.

 

Sois patient avec tes apparentés de la race Rouge.

Ils ont eux aussi grandi dans une société raciste, et

Il est parfois difficile pour certains de percevoir l’Esprit,

Quand ils ne voient que les visages.

Ils oublient que des  Grand-mères et des Grand-pères ont été cachés et oubliés.

Métis, lorsque tu marches selon la coutume de nos peuples,

Tu leur montres que ton Esprit n’a pas oublié.  

Aides-les à laisser aller la honte, aides-les à se rappeler des enseignements

D’un temps à venir où toutes les races ne feront qu’une.

Il est dit qu’une Nation de Guerriers Arc-en-Ciel viendra,

Et nous montrera le chemin de la guérison,

Afin de permettre à la Terre Mère de survivre d’une destruction presque totale.

Sang Mêlé, pourquoi cherches-tu à savoir à quel monde tu appartiens ?

(traduit par Suzette Leclair,  d’un poème de Willi Nolan, 2000)

[http://www.communauteautochtonehochelaga.com/droits_ancesttraux/lois_sur_les%20_metis_2003.doc retrieved by Willi Nolan 31 January 2014]

 

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Here’s a few links that made my mixed blood feel happy

Émile Gautreau: Environmental Changes Métis elder from Nova Scotia talks about the changes to the environment and species due to the changing climate. – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_bjsZcfuTI

YouTube: Black Indians: An American Story  – Voted the Best Native American Film 2001.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIAfd_IulO4

Black Indians: An American Story: Rich-Heape Films http://richheape.com/black-indians-american-story.htm

The Beauty of Black Indians Afro Native America  – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9491N94P54

Black Slaves, Red Masters Part 2  (story that aired on WJLA-TV Washington in February 1990 – features Wilma Mankiller & Prof Daniel Littlefield) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpiTXxO7j6k

Pt1. The Half blood, full blood Native american indian Question  Lamik Khalifa Youtube Channel

Pt2 Black indians denied, white indians accepted.  Lamik Khalifa Youtube Channel

Text: Willi Nolan’s Talk at the Wolastoq Longhouse 5 November 2013

 

November 8, 2013 at 7:23pm

REPRESENTING THE CLAN MOTHERS OF SIGNIGTOG – WILLI NOLAN

Unity and Solidarity Rally – Fredericton, New Brunswick – November 5, 2013

 

YouTube link to the talk – http://youtu.be/C2xNcIHKpHI

 

Text of Willi Nolan’s Talk at the Wolastoq Longhouse 5 November 2013

I am very proud and humbled to be honoured to offer these words as a representative of the Clan Mothers of Signigtog Mi’kmaq territory.

Since late spring, Signigtog-Mi’kmaq people have been giving their minds, hearts and bodies to stop the irreparable ruin of the lands and waters from seismic testing and extraction of shale gas from deep within Mother Earth. Many have sacrificed themselves and been arrested and mistreated by police and attacked by industry employees. Many families within the First Peoples have become divided. We know that the burden on all families is heavy. So many are needing to heal from the trauma of witnessing and surviving harsh, violent attacks and false accusations by government, police and the media. SWN is accusing us of committing illegal acts and threatening allies with seizure of property to pay for the time they lost while trying to inflict fear and harm on us.

These measures will fail, because the Mi’kmaq people of Signigtog are not allowing these attacks and distractions to take  focus off the good course that has begun with allied communities. Anglophone, Acadian and relatives from other Wabanaki nations have joined us and strengthened the movement to protect the precious waters and lands that we enjoy, that we depend on for our survival and that we will preserve for our grandchildrens’s grandchildren.

The Signogtog District Grand Council has exercised its existing authority to uphold the rights and needs of the people and notified SWN, Canada and the provincial government that no pipelines or fracking operations will be allowed to develop in the territory.

The Collective of Concerned Members of Signigtog shrugged off the oppression and colonial rule and issued the first known exercise of collective authority to come from Original peoples, an historic Directive that reclaims the rights of Mi’kmaq people — it tells SWN to stop what they are doing, repair the damages that they have caused — and leave the territory. SWN must comply or face legal actions that they know they cannot win in either the court of public opinion or in international courts. Indigenous people’s rights are now well established internationally– and Signigtog-Mi’kmaq are walking forward with confidence, hand in hand with their neighbours in Peace and Friendship for our collective survival. We are all Treaty people!

Elsipogtog’s elected Chief and Council joined the Signigtog District Grand Council and Community Members to protect the water too! In an historic resolution, Chief Aaren Sock and his council reclaimed stewardship of all unoccupied native lands for his people. From now on, anyone who wants to use the lands must receive consent from the Original peoples — Irving and SWN do NOT have the right to continue to destroy animal habitats, hunting and burial grounds or sacred medicine and ceremonial sites. The forests and waters will be cared for by the people, allowed to regenerate and produce true riches for all people who live here — clean air and waters, respectfully harvested trees, careful fishing and no more poisons or senseless waste of what Creator gave us so that we can have good lives, and care for the Earth with love and respect for the generations to come.

As a woman, it seems that SWN intends the Signigtog-Mi’kmaq peoples to become victims of another form of genocide –environmental genocide. SWN wants to draw off and pollute massive amounts of fresh water, contaminate it with known poisons and dump it into our waters. Fracking creates sickness and death that lasts for generations. As women we are responsible to protect the living things that we depend on for food, medicines and strengthening ourselves spiritually and culturally.

All violations of the lands are a violation of the life-givers, of women and Mother Earth. We are part of Mother Earth. As women, as Clan Mothers, it is our solemn responsibility to respect, honour, nurture and protect Mother Earthin the same way that we respect, honour, nurture and protect ourselves, our children, grandchildren, families, communities, and the Mi’kmaq Nation, which is part of the great Wabanaki Confederacy.

We are grateful and honoured to have received so much support from all of you and from relatives all over the world. We are working hard with our men, with our allies and with our families to bring balance back to a world dominated by greed and the enslavement of people. We are reclaiming our responsibility to uphold the Original Law of Creator, where all people must live in harmony with the Earth and with each other. We welcome our sisters to walk with us as we guide our men, our communities and our families to healing, to balance in harmony with the natural world — without fracking!

Tahoe!

Msit No’kmaq – All My Relations 

Energy Thieves & Living the Prophecies

Energy Thieves

 

A Spirit-Sister was feeling very low in energy and wanting help to rid herself of some old patterns and asked what I thought about it…

 

My Sister,

 

Your words have a crying need for help in them — to me anyway. It is not my way to tell people what to do in the way of tradition, so I will share with you some of what I do and have learned.

 

I have studied the prophecies of many nations and cultures that agree that a time of change would come. In this time, it is said that the changes will be a kind of a war and the Earth herself would go into some kind of upheaval. As many others have been saying, I also believe that this is the time that we were told about long ago.

 

I’ve been studying this for many years, and have listened to what Elders, family, books etc. have to say — but mostly I listen to my own Spirit. I often pray for guidance in this time of change.

 

I leave you with a simple message – “things” are happening around us and pets/people — to remind us to guard ourselves – shields up!

 

As with the many different teachings about False Face-Trickster, not everyone is who/what they appear to be. Some who show great kindness and wisdom on the surface can show themselves, if we watch in awareness, to be carefully manipulating the energy of others. It is important to watch!

 

These are the energy thieves; one Elder that I know calls them time thieves. To help me to recognize this, I am careful about to notice what is in myself that is like this. Sometimes I see I am like a little child seeking negative attention from its parents, who needs to be guided toward Goodness.

 

You and others call it things like past lives, negative life patterns and so on. For me, time is a continuum, past present, future all being one, and it doesn’t matter where we learn negativity now or before, only that we recognize and deal with it in a Good Way. If I choose to look at the light at the end of the tunnel, I can trust that I will pass through the difficulties. Although this doesn’t always make hard times less difficult, this thinking helps me to maintain a sense of direction – closer and closer to Creator-God, no matter what is in front of me at the moment in time. Strong in faith in my Spirit, I can look for the tools to help me to grow away from the negativity in myself or others.

 

I have learned to spot energy thieves, because they give some fairly obvious clues in the way that they behave. One indication is that they expect me to be constantly available, no matter what else may be going on in my life.

 

There are times when I need to do important work to do in Spirit, in my personal Path of growth. At these times, I have noticed that some energy thieves don’t support my choosing to take time to look inside, to grow and change. Some will make a show of imitating the painful Journey toward personal growth that they have seen in myself or others. Being aware of the clues allow me to watch out for anyone whose actions serve to discourage or block me from freeing myself from negativity.

 

Some time ago, I joined in some gut-wrenching work with a trusted sister. We spoke for many days without holding back about the state of the world and Spiritual warfare that we felt was happening under our feet. We talked about what we needed and didn’t need in our lives to help us to strengthen and go forward. We spent many days and nights drinking tea, praying, learning, eating and sleeping in rhythm with the Guidance we were receiving. We used smudge when we felt the need for it. I find that the medicines are useful for inviting communication with our Higher selves, especially when they are used with prayers.

 

However, the most important thing I learned in that work was to keep the awareness that Creator is by my side, listening, watching, and waiting for me to ASK for help. Waiting to see if I was aware enough, humble enough to ask the right questions, for the right kind of help. With Creator, prayer is very powerful and always Good. With these things always in my mind and heart, it is important for me to wait, to watch and listen, and to try not to think too much. I have learned to leave room for Guidance and answers to come to me from for Creator-God. Here are some questions that I asked recently:

 

Am I feeling discomfort because I need food, comfort or rest, or is there another influence that is making me feel this way?

Is this person acting from the heart, is my communication with them distracting me from the Light?

Is the person communicating with me under the influence of his own Spirit-Truth or are there others manipulating her/him without their knowledge?

Is there something that I am thinking, feeling or doing that is causing me to feel uncomfortable with this person?

What is true about my communication with others in this regard?

What effect is this communication having on me, my family and loved ones?

Is this communication helping me or others?

What can I do to lift myself up and stay in the Light?

What do I trust and believe about my own Spirituality?

How can I use the Power of my Spirit to bring forth the Good that is needed?

What is the best choice, and why?

 

You ask about ways to use Tradition to help. To me using Tradition means asking for help in Life in the Old Ways, to cleanse, purify and strengthen yourself. Here are some ideas for you, some things that I use when I seek help in Spirit:

 

Go to an Elder’s house and sleep on the couch or floor for a few days. I always give back to the Elders that help me, especially by doing chores and giving and cooking food. Sometimes I don’t talk much, sometimes not at all while I’m there. Just to be in a Good place with a Spiritual person is healing for me. Sometimes I ask to go into Ceremony for extra help to pray, purify, heal and nourish my body and Spirit. I may ask a Pipe Carrier to smoke the Pipe for me and for my family. Sometimes I drum and sing Sacred songs. Sometimes I make food and tobacco offerings to Spirit in Good clean places. I may take a bath with medicines or herbs to feel clean, energized and soothed, light a candle or make a little Sacred fire

 

I pay special attention to dreams, daydreams and “odd thoughts” that pop into my head). When, I take a walk in Nature and watch what’s happening, I can learn so much – just by watching the wind, rain, sun, birds, insects and animals. It may help to get a professional counselor to talk to, or find a therapy group with people who are going through similar troubles. Sometimes I fast, meditate and pray alone for one day. In times of change and renewal, I believe that it is wise to learn as much as you can about oneself and about self-care, making sure to get extra rest, lots of clean water, private time, and nourishing foods.

 

I sometimes find that staying away from people (for a day or week or two, once a week or month) gives me an opportunity to think about what is different in my Life without other people’s moods, opinions and influences around. A journal can be a useful tool for reflection on past experiences and dreams.

 

When I pray and look carefully at my Life and thoughts, I always find that something appears in front of me that can help me. We have all experienced breaks and wounds. I have learned that in order to have peace and freedom to grow, it’s a matter of recognizing, dealing with and learning from our hurts, and moving on in gratitude.

 

In the times when I feel weak, exhausted or painfully alone in my need for help, I ask Creator-God to stay close to me. This helps me to accept that whatever is presented to me will be useful and is for my Highest Good. At these times, I trust that I will not be given anything that I can’t handle, and try my very best to look only for the Good in everything, even in the “good-byes”.

 

I send my love with this message and pray that these words will help to guide you to the peace, healing and strength needed for the next part of your journey.

 

 

Msit No’kmaq

Little fire/Willi

Winter 2001

Ecosystem & Environmental Health

Dialogue with Lena Longtoe, Abenaki – Indigenous Peoples Alliance UFlorida@Tampa Nov 13 2016

Dialogue with Lena Longtoe, Abenaki, President, Indigenous Peoples Alliance

Event at the University of Florida at Tampa

a presentation of

Indigenous Peoples Alliance Campus Empowerment Group
“Talking About Decolonization” during Native American Heritage Month

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“Introducing Grandmother Willi Nolan, one of the Grandmothers of the Wabanaki Confederacy.”
Lena shares her experiences as she sat in Grandmothers Council during the 2015 Wabanaki Confederacy Conference*, and asks Grandmother Willi about effective activism; and the links between water protection actions at Standing Rock, North Dakota and the successful moratorium victory following the Wabanaki-New Brunswick Shale Gas Rebellion of 2013; and the ongoing protection actions via the Peoples Lawsuit, and alliance-building.

[ * See the 2015 Wabanaki Confederacy Statement here * ]


This link should let you download the recording of our skype conversation https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B93hVrrsoaXNZG8yRzJqVzkxN2M/view

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Video – “Dialogue with Lena Longtoe, Abenaki – Indigenous Peoples Alliance UFlorida@Tampa Nov 13 2016” – Google Drive

The Power of Informed Protest

Thank you for the Moratorium

THANK YOU FOR THE MORATORIUM from
Willi Nolan, Marcel White, Isaya Fiola, Jean Sebastien Theriault


 

An Analysis of Lawful Rebellion in New Brunswick and British Columbia 2013-2014.  Informed Protest can Trigger Judicial Investigations, Dropped Charges and Opportunities for Legal Actions to Defend Peaceful Protest, Environmental Protection and the Rule of Law

 

Big things happened in New Brunswick in 2013 that put our Peoples on the map.  We’re still on the map.  We know that many are watching to see what we’ll do next.

We’re still allied Peoples.  Because of our strong voices, courage and willingness to protect, sacrifice, speak up and stand with and for each other, we united, showed our power and have made some big changes happen. The last Conservative government left heavy baggage, unfinished business in the form of lawsuits against them from allied settlers and First Canadians.[1]  Official investigations by the Commission for Public Complaints against the RCMP finally began in fall 2014, already overwhelmed with complaints about New Brunswick RCMP from across Canada and as far away as California [2]  The facts are only beginning to be revealed.  Stay tuned.

After its own people began suing them, the government faced a provincial election which essentially became a provincial referendum on shale gas.  New Brunswick voters flexed their muscle and tossed David “Say Yes to Shale Gas and Pipelines” Alward and nine of his Cabinet ministers out of office. A promised provincial moratorium on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) is in the works under a Liberal government. And it gets better.

The New Brunswick Green Party, led by David Coon, a career environmentalist and fierce defender against shale gas development, won its first seat in the legislature — the second Green provincial seat in Canadian history. [3]

These great victories have brought us tremendous knowledge, information, understanding and experience. As could be expected, they have come with a price. There’s still some conflict within families, communities, interest groups and within ourselves, but unity still rules.  We know that unity is our true power.  Local activists have been tested to the core of their beings; but know that staying the course is the only thing to do. There are still so many injustices that must be challenged, giving up is not an option.  Politicians struggle under the weight and watch of an informed citizenry armed with abundant knowledge of historical and in-progress wrongdoings, we are a citizenry that is demanding the Rule of Law and to be governed in our interest.

Within First Canadian communities, a painful, centuries old divide and conquer strategy has degraded into sad and frenzied attempts to make illegal and unethical land and resource deals.  News reports are filled with stories of misguided First Nation elected chiefs who have actually worked with police and governments to have injunctions, lawsuit claims, charges and arrests laid against members of their own communities who were involved in peaceful, lawful, environmental protection actions. [4] [5]  183 First Nations have been targeted for deal making with oil and gas interests through a targeted “nation-building exercise” led by Phil Fontaine, former Grand Chief of the federally-sponsored Assembly of First Nations  and his company Ishkonigan [6], private First Nations consulting and negotiation companies [7] for ‘TransCanaDeath‘, the Transcanada East Energy pipeline project.[8]

Since the now-famous Tsilhqot’in decision in Canada’s Supreme Court, the federal government under Stephen Harper began attempting to enforce a “Comprehensive Land Claims Policy” that would require “Aboriginal” Peoples to extinguish their rights in exchange for small amounts of land and one time buy-outs. [9]  This amounts to genocide, it is hateful and illegal policy. Hate crimes are a criminal matter. The RCMP are obliged to act on criminal matters.  Could they be persuaded to act?

Meanwhile, the profound abuses of court and police resources unfolding at Burnaby Mountain in British Columbia have resulted in charges against peaceful protesters being discharged, and denial of land and water protection via court injunction.  They are now facing the same horrible pattern of unjust court and police behaviour that was employed in New Brunswick near Elsipogtog in 2013 — injunction, SLAPP lawsuit, military-style arrests… [10] [11] [12]

For the vast majority of folks you saw getting arrested, pepper sprayed, crying, proud, demanding, shocked and righteous in New Brunswick and British Columbia, it was their first time up against THE SYSTEM. These experiences have only strengthened the Peoples’ resolve.

For the folks watching these events from afar, it appears surreal, confusing and frightening.  There is every reason to be confused about what’s really playing out in Canada.  The beautiful thing about it, is that there is actually more reason for those running the System to be afraid than for those being oppressed by it, because the lies that used to be believed are widely known as lies. People are becoming less fearful and more aware of their rights, and there is a collective awakening to the power of informed protest. What has been learned cannot be unlearned.

New Brunswick and British Columbia have become proving grounds for informed activism to direct social movements that are adapting to make room for all people for the protection of the Commons — the water, air and lands that we all need to survive. Our legal defences, lawsuits, grassroots campaigns, petitions, social media, public hearings and front line protests are tools that we are honing and refining and becoming skillful at using to stop destructive activities and put solutions on the table so that change can happen. As one dirty industry after another is exposed, confronted, rejected and inevitably engineers its own demise, we the People are gathering and using powerful tools within the Rule of Law and most importantly, we are learning that the road to getting what we want is in unity.

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IDENTIFY AND REPLACE THE SYSTEMS THAT ARE FAILING THE PEOPLE


What do I want?  I want the best outcome for everyone involved.  Giving up is not an option. Of course I can’t speak for everyone, but I can dream about it.  I can create and share a vision.  I do dream.  I dream of many, many announcements and reports of clean jobs, businesses and local economies created by communities that no longer have to fight their governments.  I dream of governments that rely on their communities to decide what is in their best interest. I dream that local Community Activism Centres spring up in every little village, connected to the treasure trove of informed, understanding, knowledgeable and experienced people who know how to listen and provide and to teach how to apply the best direction for each unique circumstance.  Imagine how brave folks will be when we all have access to a network of independent activists, scientists, consultants, doctors, lawyers, and Indian chiefs who uphold and protect our human rights with their lives…  imagine.

The dawn of that time has begun. We now know that when we are united, we can get to where we need to by  using the power of our collective knowledge, understanding and choice. We know the divide, conquer and repression tactics that have been used against us no longer effectively divide or suppress us the way they used to, because now we  know how to gather the eyes of the world to our causes.  It’s easier than ever to shine the light of truth on all that is good about our activism to and use our gifts and abilities to expose, oppose and confront the greed and stupidity systems that are failing the people and threatening to betray those who haven’t even been born yet. The eyes of the People of the Earth  look toward a future that does not tolerate abuses of peoples or ecosystems.

These are civil matters.  These are political matters. This is Lawful Rebellion in defense of human rights and Life on earth.

The RCMP is well advised to get to work investigating the real crimes and criminals, let the courts hear the civil matters, and find ways to not have Canadian police condemned by international authorities and possibly become personally liable. Armed forces following illegal orders and in the process, facilitating crimes and wrongdoing, is what the Nazis are still being hunted and tried for.  Here’s some hope: in Iceland, where gender equity rules – where men’s and women’s voices are equally heard and respected –   police don’t need to carry guns.[13]  They also kicked the banksters out and made them eat their losses.[14]

Informed protest is a call to action to use our collective power to Identify and Replace the Systems that are Failing the People.  We’ve got a lot of work to do.

Informed protest is a call to understand the bind we’re in, to make intelligent demands and to be part of solving the problems – engaging in lawful rebellion to make the changes that must happen to meet the needs of all  people and protect the land and waters for those who aren’t born yet, the people of the future . We know the next generations are watching and waiting to see what we’ll do next. Let’s make ’em proud of us.

by Willi Nolan
November 2014


REFERENCES FOR FURTHER STUDY

[1] Frack Back! Peoples Lawsuit
http://peopleslawsuit.com

[2] RCMP watchdog reviews police handling of shale gas protests | CBC News Oct 14, 2014
http://www.cbc.ca/m/touch/canada/new-brunswick/story/1.2797610

[3]New Brunswick election: Brian Gallant Liberals win majority government Green Party Breakthrough.  Technical glitches stalled vote counting for nearly two hours Monday night, 32-year-old Gallant becomes youngest premier | Toronto Star September 22, 2014
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2014/09/22/liberals_tories_neckandneck_in_new_brunswick_election.html

[4] NB premier, Mi’kmaq chief discussed ending blockade, allowing shale gas exploration to continue, handwritten notes reveal http://aptn.ca/pages/news/2013/10/09/nb-nb-premier-mikmaq-chief-discussed-ending-blockade-allowing-shale-gas-exploration-to-continue-handwritten-notes-reveal/

[5] Burns Lake Band members, including a child, evicted from their blockade by armed riot police | West Coast Native News April 7, 2013
http://westcoastnativenews.com/burns-lake-band-members-evicted-from-their-blockade-by-armed-riot-police/

[6]  Former AFN chief Phil Fontaine hired by TransCanada Pipeline Ltd | Warrior Publications Dec 9, 2013
https://warriorpublications.wordpress.com/2013/12/09/former-afn-chief-phil-fontaine-hired-by-transcanada-pipeline-ltd/

[7] Negotiations: Treaty implementation with the Province of New Brunswick, and the Government of Canada | Assembly of First Nations’ Chiefs in New Brunswick Inc. | May 07, 2014
http://www.chiefsnb.ca/index.php/first-nations-rights/item/negotiations

[8] Energy companies struggle with aboriginal needs on pipelines  | by Shawn McArthy,  Globe and Mail Ottawa Dec. 08 2013. Last updated Friday, May. 16 2014 (retrieved 27 Nov2014)
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/industry-news/energy-and-resources/energy-companies-struggle-with-aboriginal-needs-on-pipelines/article15818477/

[9] Canada Responds to Tsilhqot’in in Supreme Court Case:  Extinguishment or Nothing!  By Russel Diabo, First Nations Strategic Bulletin Aug-Oct 2014.  http://www.scribd.com/doc/245461195/First-Nations

[9] NB premier, Mi’kmaq chief discussed ending blockade, allowing shale gas exploration to continue, handwritten notes reveal | APTN National News 9 Oct 2013
http://aptn.ca/news/2013/10/09/nb-nb-premier-mikmaq-chief-discussed-ending-blockade-allowing-shale-gas-exploration-to-continue-handwritten-notes-reveal/

[10]  Lawyer condemns arrests of Burnaby Mountain protesters while appeals are before courts | Straight.com  http://www.straight.com/news/775951/lawyer-condemns-arrests-burnaby-mountain-protesters-while-appeals-are-courts

[11]  Judge dismisses all civil contempt charges against Burnaby Mountain Protesters | Burnaby Now Nov 27 2014 http://www.burnabynow.com/news/judge-dismisses-all-civil-contempt-charges-against-burnaby-mountain-protesters-1.1624814

[12] “Fabulous” victory for Burnaby Mountain protesters as court rejects Kinder Morgan contempt charges
http://www.vancouverobserver.com/news/huge-victory-burnaby-mountain-protesters-court-rejects-kinder-morgan-contempt-charges

[13]  In Iceland, When Police Kill a Gunman, They Apologize | Bloomberg View Dec 2 2013
http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2013-12-02/in-iceland-when-police-kill-a-gunman-they-apologize

[14]  Top Economists: Iceland Did It Right … And Everyone Else Is Doing It Wrong | WashingtonsBlog  August 25, 2012  http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/08/top-economists-iceland-did-it-right-everyone-else-is-doing-it-wrong.html

Willi Nolan NB Court Statement on SWN’s Failed Injunction Oct 18 2013

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Willi with warriors outside Moncton courthouse after defeating SWN injunction Brion Robinson GlobalNews Oct 21 2013

STATEMENT OF WILHELMINA (WILLI) NOLAN

Respectfully Submitted on my own behalf on October 18, 2013

With reference to Court File No. MC 663-13, Court of Queen’s Bench of New Brunswick,

Civil Court, Trial Division, Judicial District of Moncton

Between SWN RESOURCES CANADA INC., Plaintiff/Applicant

– and –

LORAINE CLAIR, JIM PICTOU, SEVEN BERNARD, JASON OKAY, GREG COOK, WILHELMINA (WILLI)NOLAN, MELANIE EDWARD, ANN POHL, RACHEL DAIGLE, SUZANNA PATLES, JOHN DOE AND JANE DOE, Defendants/Respondents

as one of the Named Respondents

WITHOUT PREDJUDICE

To: The Honourable Justice George Rideout

I have not done anything wrong, and yet I am named as a respondent in this injunction launched by Southwestern Energy (SWN) with regard to shale gas exploration in New Brunswick.

I am a concerned person of Wabanaki territory, a New Brunswicker, a mother and grandmother who walks a faith path that is of the Original people of Turtle Island and a professional human rights activist. As such, I have solicited professional opinion, written reports and taken many other actions under my responsibilities to uphold the names of my mentors and teachers and to share the good teachings that I have received from them. I intend to continue to stand up for my rights, human rights,the rights of Original people and the protection of Mother Earth.That I have not been served with this injunction or the related documents and the matter of costs are, among other matters, at issue here.

Police Involvement in Anti-Shale Gas Protests

In a public meeting held on Monday,October 14, 2013, in Kent County, RCMP officers informed those present that:

a) In their opinion, the protest at Hwy134, Rexton, was unlawful because it prevented “certain people” from doing their job. The officers stated that it is not the RCMP’s job to know the legalities on all sides, that RCMP don’t make the laws, they enforce them, and that they are neutral. The officers stated that if SWN is found to be unlawful, they would enforce the law, but that it is not the RCMP’s job to determine if the injunction is illegal or not.

The officers stated that the injunction was properly served by a notice of it having been placed in the newspapers which included an enforcement order by the police. The RCMP further stated that this is a civil injunction – that there had been no decision yet when it would be enforced.

b) RCMP said that they were not there to enforce environmental laws, that they do not enforce the Clean Water Act or Clean Air Act, that other departments enforce those Acts. The RCMP denied any authority or discretion to enforce the Acts and stated that they did not know policing regulations in this regard.

c) The officers stated that if there has been a violation they can act, but that neither of the officers was present at a court hearing on the injunction on October 7, 2013, where it was reported that there was some doubt as to which side was actually involved in unlawful acts.RCMP stated that they were not aware of discussions about police enforcement that took place in front of the judge.

d) Regarding RCMP obligations to respect the laws and authority of the people of Signigtog, Native Spirituality and rights and responsibilities to protect the lands and waters, they stated that they don’t deal with that kind of thing, that it is not their job, and that their mandate is only offences under criminal code.

e) RCMP stated that their oath is not to uphold the honour of the British Crown or to protect the best interests and well being of either residents or the Original people from harm. They stated that their oath is to enforce the criminal code, as they were hired to do by the province. They stated that New Brunswick RCMP were hired by the province only to enforce certain of the Acts, which did not include environmental protection.

f) RCMP responded to to a relevant question from a woman of the Original peoples of Signigtog:

“What gives the province the right to issue a permit to SWN”?

The officers’ responded to the question with, “We don’t know.”

g) The officers were asked about the rights of people who are engaged, not in protest, but in preventing crimes intended to be committed and in protecting the lands and waters because for many, it is their responsibility to do so according to traditional culture, values and law. RCMP were also asked if going to sacred ceremonies at the site could be considered illegal.

The officers stated that they could not comment on these matters.

h) I explained to the meeting that some of us are acting to uphold the law of the Original people and asked the following questions:

i) Are the RCMP aware that the Signigtog Grand Council issued an eviction notice to SWN?

ii) Are the RCMP aware that a Directive to SWN was issued under collective right of the people of Signigtog that directed SWN to stop their operations,repair the damage and leave?

iii) Are the RCMP aware that the Elsipogtog Band Council, together with the Grand Council, reclaimed stewardship of all the unoccupied native lands recently in a Band Council Resolution (BCR)?

The officers stated that they were aware of the BCR, but not the Directive or Eviction Notice, and that the RCMP have no interest in the upholding of the laws of the Original people.

i) The RCMP were asked at the meeting, “What is the meaning of the words “shall be in the cause” in the injunction?” and responded that they did not know, that the RCMP mandate is only regarding the criminal code.

j) RCMP stated that they report to J Division Commander and are working under the“Criminal Enforcement” department on the “Shale Gas file.”They informed us that J Division reports to the RCMP Commissioner in Ottawa, currently Bob Paulsen, who reports to the Minister. The officers stated that they did not know which minister, but thought it was the Public Safety minister or some other federal government ministry.

[WN: NOTE – Under the RCMP Act, it is the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.]

k) The officers stated that the police will be told who to arrest and not arrest.

l) The RCMP officers were asked to inform of the people of the laws regarding “Nuisance”. The RCMP read that section of the criminal code; it referred to violations involving protecting property, lives,safety and health of the public, causing physical injury and endangering people and property.

Local residents repeatedly commented from the floor: “That sounds like what SWN is doing!”

It is my contention that, under the definition under the Criminal Code violations given to me this week by an RCMP officer at a public meeting, that both the provincial government and SWN are creating a public nuisance and a nuisance to opponents of shale gas exploration in New Brunswick.

Both the provincial government and SWN are complicit in the unlawful use of property, have caused inconvenience and damage to myself, the public and Original people who have all been longtime allied and have been resorting to all manner of lawful protest of these bothersome, wrongfully sanctioned activities which are unauthorized by the Original people Signigtog territory. It appears that the unauthorized collections of seismic data, release of noxious and toxic chemicals, smells, noise, burning,exploding and alteration of watercourses in the forests and near homes fall clearly into the realm of illegal activities.

SWN Granted Injunction for“Irreparable” or “Grievous” Harm

SWN requested an ex parte interim injunction, is claiming “irreparable harm” and has attached a dollar value to the alleged “harm.” I understand “irreparable harm” as harm to which no monetary compensation can cure or put conditions back the way they were, harms that are impossible to repair, rectify or amend. A simple example from a Law Dictionary is“the oil spill did irreparable harm to the Bay.”

The harms being perpetrated and contemplated by Southwestern Energy (SWN) and sanctioned by the province are irreparable. The seismic testing program has already caused watercourses to be altered, lethal toxins to be injected into the earth, endangered not only animal habitats, burial, hunting and gathering grounds, but has displaced ecosystems that human and animal populations are relying on for clean air and drinking water.

The water and land protection movement in New Brunswick, and I, as a party named in the court’s injunction,are seeking to prevent SWN from causing irreparable harm. However,these hearings appear to uphold SWN’s questionable claim of grievous harm while ignoring the harm that SWN is doing and intends to extend. For my part, the honour and integrity of a lifetime of service to communities concerned about their environmental health has been maligned and is placing populations that I serve at greater risk because of SWN’s attempting to smear my name, reputation and life’s work.

Criminal and Civil Wrongdoings

With regard to civil wrongdoings, SWN and the New Brunswick government have clearly been involved in a host of bothersome activities, including releasing fraudulent reports on human and ecosystem health impacts from shale gas development. Residents here were forced to seek credible scientific reporting and opinion and have been gathering more than compelling evidence that there has already been and there will be even more harm done if shale gas developments enter our ecosystems.

I understand that the court does not require an outside appeal to place persons or corporations or governments under court order for review. The court can act on any information brought before it and can order it to be placed under judicial review. The court can order any person or entity plausibly suspected to be causing harm and/or being a nuisance to stop activities that are known to cause harm.

The NB Chief Medical Officer of Health has spoken against proceeding with shale gas developments without further study to protect public health because the available evidence of risk to public health is too great to ignore. Doctors have yet to be provided information on “proprietary” chemical compounds used in fracking operations. The New Brunswick Ombudsman is currently investigating shortfalls of the government regarding processes involved in public consultations on shale gas development in the province that a significant number of residents see as invalid and yet, are being denied even dialogue about their concerns.

A great number of knowledgeable,peaceable, law abiding citizens have been distressed because of being placed under threat of criminal records and loss of their properties because of the ex parte, interlocutory injunction sought by SWN and agreed upon by the courts. The injunction’s breadth and preemptive restraint of a “Jane Doe” attack on public rights appear equally outrageous to the vague exclusion zone. I was one of many people who became distressed yesterday to learn that Original people and their allies were subject to unprovoked attack in the early morning hours.

I ask the court to honour its responsibility to all concerned, all the named and all the Jane and John Does of New Brunswick and arrest the harm that is being perpetrated and place this matter under review by the court itself.

Authority of Original People ofSignigtog

These hearings have, to date, ignored the authority, laws and dictums not only of the Original peoples of this land, but also the rights of homeowners whose lives, whose survival are under threat from provincially-sanctioned SWN operations. These hearings are still ignoring the obligations of Crown authorities to protect the interest of the Original peoples of this land and to obtain their free, prior and informed consent to developments on native lands.

These hearings ignore the demonstrated adherence to traditional authority by countless New Brunswick residents through their support of the rights, title and authority of its Original peoples to reclaim stewardship of the lands, repair the damage that has been done and to prevent the ruin of waters and lands needed for our survival.

I understand that demonstrated intent to cause harm is against the law and is reflected in laws against nuisance and threats. Yesterday’s actions reflect a dangerous and destructive pattern of Crown conduct. Further, the order takes no regard of the province’s lack of claim to native lands of Signigtog. Moreover, the actions appear to be calculated to destroy the rights of Wabanaki peoples and to cause bodily and mental harm to people who are fighting for their survival.

For all of these reasons, I respectfully request that the court, in good faith, place this matter under review.

PLEASE NOTE: All content in this document are my true words <signed> Wilhelmina (Willi) Nolan —Nbreferata (talk) 14:40, October 24, 2013 (EDT)


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Media Coverage

http://globalnews.ca/video/915949/protesters-celebrate-injunction-ruling

Witnessing a Miracle in New Brunswick

The police made us braver... we are stronger now

The police made us braver… we are stronger now

Witnessing the Miracle in New Brunswick:

Peace, Friendship and Bravery Meet the Colonial Shale Gas Complex

By Willi Nolan

The police made us braver. Warriors showed their love. Elders stayed, and their stories helped the people to keep going. Women held onto the sacred with their songs and prayers. The youth held onto the truth and received the gift of hope. No one will ever take away our power again.

We are stronger now. We still cry and chant outside police stations. We still keep an eye on each other and we keep watch for signs of the destroyers. And something miraculous took place on June 26th 2014.

In a quiet court clerk’s office in St. John, New Brunswick, an act of Peace and Friendship was committed. The descendents of First Peoples, settlers and the sixties brought truth to power to be tested under the Rule of Law. Weightily armed with a very long list of violations of the rights and responsibilities of citizens of Wabanaki Confederacy territory, one can’t help but notice their fresh and truly unified approach.

It is clear that their timing is perfect. At that same moment in time, as the Supreme Court of Canada recognized Unceded lands on Canada’s west borders, Treaty people claimed Wabanaki — all of it — in the name of Peace and Friendship and the Rule of Law.

The Peoples Lawsuit

On June 26th 2014, eighteen defenders filed legal action against the forces that took away their peace and violated their rights. The Peoples Lawsuit Statement of Claim could read — for those who followed the sad, violent applications of corporate rule that traumatized peaceful people at Elsipogtog, Harcourt, Moncton and Rexton in 2013 — like a saga.

The legal action numbers the ways that laws have been broken by politicos and corporations. Frackers Southwestern Energy (SWN) and Canada have been legally served 20 days notice to respond. The Peoples Lawsuit speaks truth to power… but that’s not all it does. By an uncanny set of circumstances, New Brunswick managed to delay the official filing of TWO lawsuits against itself. Not stopped, mind you, but delayed.

TWO lawsuits, you ask? On June 26th 2014, the New Brunswick Anti Shale Gas Alliance (NBASGA) and three compassionate and revolutionary-minded settlers also officially filed notice of a legal action against the province. Their lawsuit is demanding that the light of justice shine on scientific truths about fracking, truths that can no longer be twisted or ignored.

Fracking destroys farms. Fracking makes people sick. There’s really no money in it for the public, only debt, devaluation and destruction of communities. There is no doubt that Wabanaki, all of it, is unceded. There’s no doubt the game has changed.

Mainstream and social media have barely begun to acknowledge the magnitude of the June 26th Supreme Court decision and the filing of the Peoples Lawsuit and its sister, the “Science” lawsuit. Still fewer are aware yet of what the lawsuits are actually demanding from the court of justice.

Take the subsidies off dirty fuels and invest in jobs that are solutions to climate change. Stop the criminal politicians and their dealmaking lawyers. Respect First Peoples right to say no. Protect the water.

There’s room for everyone in the Peoples Lawsuit. Already, more people are coming forward to add their names alongside the ones who took the first steps.

Why not a class action, you ask? Well, I’ve heard that everything is possible when a small group of committed citizens come together in Unity.

In June of 2013, SWN began seismic testing for shale gas deposits in the area of Kent County, New Brunswick. This territory was never ceded in the Covenant Chain of Peace and Friendship treaties, and is claimed as traditional land by the Mikmaq and Maliseet peoples, who are members of the Wabanaki Confederacy, which is a Confederacy of nations that includes the Mi’kmaq, Maliseet, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot peoples.”

[excerpt from: Peoples Lawsuit Statement of Claim]

Mother Earth’s children are learning a new kind of dance… can you hear the drums?

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Note: Activist Willi Nolan lives in Wabanaki-Mi’kmaq territory (Kent County, New Brunswick) in an area targeted for shale gas development. She began collaborating in 2013 with her lawyer, Larry Kowalchuk, who is now representing citizens in both the Peoples Lawsuit and the “Science Lawsuit.”

NOTE: This article was first published by the NB Media Co-op under the title: ‘‘Peace, Friendship and Bravery Meet the Colonial Shale Gas Complex”  http://nbmediacoop.org/2014/07/26/peace-friendship-and-bravery-meet-the-colonial-shale-gas-complex-2/

SUGGESTED READINGS

Peoples Lawsuit – Main Page – http://willinolanspeaks.com/shares/peoples-lawsuit/

NBASGA Legal Action – http://www.noshalegasnb.ca/our-strategies/legal-action/

Wabanaki – Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wabanaki

Rule of Law – Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rule_of_Law

Peoples Lawsuit Statement of Claimhttps://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5JmzR9UoeLQNDgzNTN0bEs4blRPNWM0VW5mc1VUTzZRTWM0/edit?usp=sharing

Supreme Court of Canada decision Williams/Tsilhqot’in First Nations decision [PDF] https://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.documentcloud.org/documents/1209518/supreme-court-ruling-william.pdf

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The Glorious New Brunswick Shale Gas Rebellion Of 2013 | Willi Nolan

 

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The Glorious New Brunswick Shale Gas Rebellion Of 2013

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By Kairos, http://ht.ly/xIOwj
June 7th, 2014

KAIROS has recently undertaken a research project on the Indigenous right to free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) regarding proposed resource extraction projects on Indigenous lands. Willi Nolan is a member of the reference group for this project and she has contributed this piece about resistance to hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) in New Brunswick. Willi is a semi-retired, veteran activist who has been based in New Brunswick for fifteen years. Focusing on citizen education and drawing on her grassroots experience and Aboriginal teachings, she is playing a key role in defending the peoples, lands and waters in Wabanaki-Mi’kmaq District of Sikniktuk against threats from oil and gas companies. ​The views expressed in this article are not necessarily those of KAIROS.

 

The Glorious New Brunswick Shale Gas Rebellion of 2013

Peace, Friendship & Decolonization Meets the Colonial Industrial Complex

by Willi Nolan

The harsh, violent and public denial of the right of Mi’kmaq peoples in New Brunswick to free prior and informed consent (FPIC) to shale gas developments on their lands made it to the news and table discussions everywhere. And it is still providing global citizens with an  insight into a shocking, inspiring and historic movement of allied peoples in Canada who are under extreme threat and who are demanding to know who ordered the increasingly brutal assaults against peaceful land, water and human rights protectors in Canada in 2013, and why. [1] [3] [8] [36]

SayNoToShaleGasThe answers to questions about who is involved and why reveal the sinister continuance of a set of despicable, centuries-old, but only quietly spoken of, genocidal laws, policies and practices intended to completely eliminate Aboriginal rights in Canada.  An examination of the answers reveals that New Brunswick is attempting to justify repression and brutality and that Canada is ignoring constitutional and international law including laws that protect human, civil and Aboriginal rights. Canada proceeds as if it has the right to subjugate, control and assimilate Aboriginal peoples as well as eliminate Aboriginal rights! Ironically, the same legislative trends also suppress some of the fundamental rights of settler peoples. The Glorious New Brunswick Shale Gas Rebellion has exposed tyranny and genocide and in so doing has become a model for communities seeking to eliminate unjust laws. [1] [36] [38]

Canada’s Mandatory Indian “Enfranchisement” Laws Have Never Been Repealed

It is shocking that laws for the mandatory “enfranchisement” (assimilation) of “Indians” have yet to be condemned or repealed. In Canada’s 1857 Gradual Civilization Act, Indians were granted the “privilege” of mandatory enfranchisement – forgoing their Indian status to become “civilized,” and to “no longer be deemed an Indian” with the “legal rights and habilities of Indians.” Some privilege!  Another Act purporting “protection” of the “property of Indians” takes away Aboriginal peoples’ power to define their own territories, community members and leadership. It ignores community councils and well developed laws as well as economic and governance systems that had ensured peoples’ health and survival since time immemorial. Canada’s Indian Act is the first and only legislation in  Canada specifically designed for a particular race of people. [30]  [31] [32]

Despite the fact that FPIC is the human rights framework for negotiations between Indigenous peoples and States, the Canadian government claims that the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) is only “aspirational” and not legally binding. This view of FPIC is not shared by the people of New Brunswick. The Glorious New Brunswick Shale Gas Rebellion of 2013 has caused some legally problematic situations for provincial, federal and ‘enfranchised’ First Nations’ governments; their house of cards perches precariously. [41]

All the lands of the Wabanaki Confederacy, including Mi’kmaq territories, are unceded. Rights and title to the lands and waters are held communally by Aboriginal peoples themselves — and NOT by chiefs elected under the Indian Act. A failure to recognize this fact has led traditional authorities and members of the Wabanaki Confederacy to challenge decisions made in contempt of their inherent rights. [3] [5] [27] [37]

As citizen education about shale gas took place across all cultural sectors, settler-citizens of Wabanaki-New Brunswick began asserting their collective rights and demanding that laws meant to ensure governments act in the best interest of their citizens are upheld! New, profound and powerful legal questions are being asked. The alliances between settlers and Aboriginal people are asserting pressure on industry representatives and law makers who overstep their jurisdiction and act too blatantly in the interests of corporations. People are not only upholding the Treaties, they are demanding that they be governed by the Rule of Law.  [38]

The Glorious New Brunswick Shale Gas Rebellion is a living expression of peace and friendship between people who have survived centuries of colonial rule and oppression. A statement from the New Brunswick Shale Gas Alliance superbly sums up this solidarity relationship. “We stand in solidarity with these representatives of the Original Peoples, and that we will continue our common struggle together to have the technology known as “hydraulic fracturing” outlawed across all the Maritimes and in any and all other traditional lands of the Original People.” It is noteworthy that the Alliance has also called for an independent public inquiry into the police raid on a peaceful protest camp in Rexton on October 17th, 2013. [4] [38]

 

Allied Movement Downplayed by Media Spin

Despite media reports focused on the support of Highway 11 Land Defenders for Elsipogtog and warriors, the “movement” did not begin or end near Rexton, New Brunswick on October 17, 2013.  Decades old settler movements to live in peace and friendship and uphold the inherent rights of Indigenous peoples have become part of the fabric of Wabanaki Territory-Atlantic Canada.  By October 17, violent police treatment of peaceful protesters had been ongoing for almost 5 months and the anti-shale gas movement had been building support for five years. Global media attention arrived in time to deliver impressive coverage of the prayerful women, visiting environmental activists, camouflaged warriors and sniper squads who happened to be on the scene on or after October 17 – the day everyone was traumatized.  At this time, facts were manipulated, divisions were created and misinformation and partial truths began to shape journalistic, judicial and public opinion. [36]

Many people saw the anti-shale gas movement gain strength when Elsipogtog’s elected Chief and Council gave it public support. Well publicized meetings with Chief Aaren Sock, the Premier and their attachés were held and media reported a series of closed-door meetings. An APTN report revealed handwritten notes from one of these closed meetings attended by Sock and Premier David Alward. The notes contained a timeline to end blockades of SWN machinery and allow the company to finish some of its exploration work. Independent media reported a rift between Mi’kmaq Warriors and elected Elsipogtog leadership.  Involvement of the Idle No More movement allowed people to connect to broader movements to free people from cycles of corrupt and oppressive regimes.  Indigenous leaders across Turtle Island sought their place in the learning, knowing and actions taking place in New Brunswick; people across the world are watching. [6] [7] [34] [35]

It must surely sting veteran activists a little to hear claims such as “In the last 30 years of Canadian environmentalism, there has not been a major environmental victory won without First Nations at the helm.” Such misleading information feeds right into the Government of Canada’s plans for control of resources, the assimilation of Aboriginal peoples and the eventual takeover of Aboriginal territories. In fact, historic alliances between First peoples and settlers have strengthened environmental protection and respect for Treaty and Aboriginal rights (notwithstanding the present government’s policies on these matters). By people joining together to uphold Indigenous and human rights, global movements to protect the lands, waters and fundamental rights of all peoples are strengthened.  The last hope for the environment is unity among the people of the earth.  [2] [10] [11]

Colonial Industrial Complex Strategy: Make “Good Deals” with “First Nations”

The resource extraction industry’s approach to engaging with “First Nations” peoples on proposed projects includes an understanding “that First Nations now hold the balance of power in deciding the fate of Canada’s resource projects”, and this approach is designed to undermine Indigenous rights by manipulating language to make it sound otherwise. Industry advocates rattle on about “good deals” made with willing Natives, including the deals that led to the establishment of the tar sands projects. Former federal officials become Treaty negotiators and praise those who negotiated the terms of the oil sands projects for “doing it right” by supporting Aboriginal enterprises and employing thousands. Note the key words and phrases being used to attract under-educated First Peoples to “resource development”:“revenue sharing”, “building trust”, “treating First Nations as full partners” and “co-applicants before regulatory boards.” [7] [13] [14]

Enter “check mark consultation”, “culture pimping” (sometimes described as “consultation and accommodation” with “First Nations”) and the Colonial Industrial Complex.  Indian Act band leaders advance their demands using terminology like “Treaty Right to Resources” and “Revenue Benefit Sharing”. They talk about their approach as a strategy to “foster good relations between industry, the Crown, and First Nations” in order to “improve the investment climate, and thereby enhance the economic potential.” [16] [17] [33]

Most attempts to achieve genuine “consultation” and “accommodation” processes are stymied by ever-rotating Chief and Council members, making it impossible to create long term analysis and plans – while the “consultants” stay the same. Industry and governments only want to talk to the people who Indian Affairs relies on to make decisions. No one is taking the time to hear what Aboriginal people and  communities really want, and prospects for obtaining free, prior and informed consent based on collective rights are strangled. [33]

Pre-existing, collectively-held rights are never, or very rarely, mentioned within the colonial-industrial complex.  Likewise, countries that are signatories to the UNDRIP rarely mention that they are required to recognize that the rights of Indigenous peoples to redress, restitution, settlement and dispute resolution. This applies to lands and resources, development activities, environmental protection, cultural rights, repatriation and judicial and legislative processes that may affect Indigenous peoples.  Member states are required by law to provide fair, independent, impartial, open and transparent access to justice processes that give due recognition to the laws, traditions, customs, lands, territories and resources of Indigenous peoples.  [37]

But instead of affirming pre-existing and lawfully affirmed rights, there is a careful avoidance of the words “free”, “prior” and “informed” “consent” and “traditional authority” in agreements made with “First Nations” leadership.  Well-meaning Canadian settlers are similarly misled to believe that they don’t have any real property rights and that only “First Nations” peoples on “reservations” do. But then, the misinformation and enfranchisement agenda included them from the beginning. Divide and conquer.

There are some high stakes games being played. It comes down to the core issues of the right of Indigenous peoples to give or withhold consent to use their lands and resources, the extinguishment of Indigenous peoples’ rights and genocide. You can’t experience the right to free, prior and informed consent at the frightened end of a tyrant’s fist. The colonial-industrial complex raised its fists against protectors of the lands and waters in Wabanaki in 2013. Let Peace and Friendship prevail.

 

For more information:

– A chronology of events by Willi Nolan

– A KAIROS resource to facilitate discussion on hydraulic fracturing for shale gas and oil – Ethical Reflections on Fracking.

 

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References and Recommended Reading

[1] Premier Concerned Shale Gas Violence Gave Province A Black Eye. Country 94 CHSJ News, Saint John New Brunswick.  January 2, 2014
http://country94news.blogspot.ca/2014_01_02_archive.html

[2] An Inconvenient Truth behind Blazing Police Vehicles by Dana Hart. Moncton Free Press, November 4, 2013  http://sacredfirenb.com/category/analysis-and-history/

[3] The often-ignored facts about Elsipogtog: The majority of Canadians have been woefully under-informed about what is really going in Elsipogtog. Chelsea Vowel.  The Toronto Star, November 14, 2013   http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2013/11/14/the_oftenignored_facts_about_elsipogtog.html

[4] Statement of Support, Peace and Friendship. New Brunswick Anti Shale Gas Alliance, released September 2013

[5] Indigenous Rights are the Best Defense Against Canada’s Resource Rush:  First Nations people – and the decision of Canadians to stand alongside them – will determine the fate of the planet. By Martin Luckacs, Common Dreams. https://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/04/28-5

[6] Canada’s First Nations protest heralds a new alliance:   The grassroots IdleNoMore movement of aboriginal people offers a more sustainable future for all Canadians  http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/dec/20/canada-first-nations-new-alliance?guni=Article:in%20body%20link

[7] First Nations leaders want in on natural resources boom:  Over the next decade, a huge boom in Canadian natural resource projects — possibly worth $600 billion — is foreseen on or near First Nations lands.  Les Whittington, Toronto Star. Jan. 11, 2013.
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2013/01/11/first_nations_leaders_want_in_on_natural_resources_boom.html

[8] First Nations Fight Against the Frackers. The Mi’kmaq People of New Brunswick against Texas Southwestern Energy Co. (SWN)| Global Research  http://www.globalresearch.ca/first-nations-fight-against-the-frackers-the-mikmaq-people-of-new-brunswick-against-texas-southwestern-energy-co-swn/5363944

[9] “Jane Doe” SLAPPs Back! Defending Lawsuit to Silence & Intimidate Anti-Fracking Protests by Willi Nolan. Willi Nolan Speaks December 2013 http://www.willinolanspeaks.com/shares/jane-doe-slapps-back-defending-lawsuit-to-silence-intimidate-anti-fracking-protests/

[10] First Nations’ Legal Framework Stand to Protect Us All. by Andrea Palframan. Watershed Sentinel, British Columbia Environmental News Magazine, Jan-Feb-2014-Vol24-No1
http://www.watershedsentinel.ca/content/first-nations-legal-framework-stand-protect-us-all

[11] 40 Years of Greenpeace Victories http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/en/campaigns/victories/

[12] “Indigenous is sexy” quoted in conversation with Stephen Puddicombe, CBC Atlantic region, 2013

[13] 170 legal victories empower First Nations in fight over resource development.  By Claudia Cattaneo.  Financial Post. December 14, 2012.  http://business.financialpost.com/2012/12/14/170-legal-victories-empower-first-nations-in-fight-over-resource-development/

[14] Bill Gallagher Strategist, Lawyer, Author.  The Huffington Post. http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/bill-gallagher/

[15] Fracking Protests in NB: Why Resource Projects Are in Peril by Bill Gallagher.

The Huffington Post. October 18, 2013   http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/bill-gallagher/new-brunswick-fracking-protest_b_4123114.html

[16] In oil sands, a native millionaire sees ‘economic force’ for first nations. By Nathan Vanderklippe. Globe & Mail. Aug. 13 2012 http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/industry-news/energy-and-resources/in-oil-sands-a-native-millionaire-sees-economic-force-for-first-nations/article4479795/

[17] Treaty Right to Resources, Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations. Retrieved Jan. 20. 2014.  http://www.fsin.com/index.php/treaty-right-to-resources.html

[18] Green home brings electricity, clean water and jobs to Navajo Nation residents. By  , Navajo Hopi Observer.  December 10, 2013  http://www.navajohopiobserver.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubsectionID=1&ArticleID=15895

[19] German solar producing as much as 20 fully operational nuclear power stations
http://tinyurl.com/co29zab

[20] Wind Generation From Tribal Lands.  African American Environmentalist Association.  Retireved January 26, 2014  http://aaenvironment.blogspot.ca/2008/04/wind-generation-from-tribal-lands.html

[21] Lakota Solar Enterprises. Web site for 100-percent American Indian owned and operated renewable energy manufacturing and training facility located on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.    http://www.lakotasolarenterprises.com/

[22] Native Sun News: Red Cloud promotes clean energy for tribes by Talli Nauman, Native Sun News January 9, 2012http://www.indianz.com/News/2012/004152.asp

[23] Women’s Major Group contribution for the Eighth Session of the Open Working Group on the Sustainable Development Goals (OWG8) Forests and Biodiversity.  United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Open Working Group. January 14, 2014.     http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?menu=1680

[24] UN Declaration:  “All Prayers Are Heard By the Same God” Say Yes to Indigenous Rights Campaign launches in Fredericton.  Media Release, Wulustukieg Traditional Council of Tobic June 2, 2010 http://www.thewtct.org/UN_Declaration.html

[25] First Nations Must be Partners, Not an Afterthought: Atleo AFN.  Wulustuk Times, Tobique First Nation, NB.  September 2012  http://www.schaarschmidt.it/cms/images/stories/Tobique/Wulustuk_Times_Sep2012.pdf

[26] First Nations Collectively Oppose Fracking, by Nugeekadoonkut  WTCT Wulustuk Times, Wulustukieg Traditional Council of Tobic. August 2013 http://www.thewtct.org/uploads/Aug_2013.pdf

[27] The Wulustukyieg Traditional Council of Tobic Position on Shale Gas Exploitation Within Our Homeland by  Dan Ennis, Saugum, WTCT Wulustuk Times, Wulustukieg Traditional Council of Tobic. August 2013http://www.thewtct.org/uploads/Aug_2013.pdf

[28] Race is a Construct:  We are All Human Beings. THE EAGLE WATCH Newsletter: Indigenous perspective on issues. Jan 30, 2014 http://npogroups.org/lists/arc/eaglewatch/2014-01/msg00008.html

[29] The Insane Realities of Indigenous Politics – A Prayer for Social Transformation by Colby Tootoosis. Poundmaker Cree Nation, Rants, Rez politics, and Indigenous Liberation. 9 Feb. 2014 http://indigenousevolution.wordpress.com/2014/02/09/the-insane-realities-of-indigenous-politics-a-prayer-for-social-transformation/

[30] The Gradual Civilization Act: An Act to Encourage the Gradual Civilization of Indian Tribes in this Province, and to Amend the Laws Relating to Indians 3rd Session, 5th Parliament, 1857.
http://www.ahki.ca/the-gradual-civilization-act.php

[31] The Indian Act: An Historical Overview.  Maple Leaf Web, University of Lethbridge, Alberta.
http://mapleleafweb.com/features/the-indian-act-historical-overview

[32] History Of The Indian Act (Part One – Three) by Rodney Soonias, Saskatchewan Indian 1978 Vol. 8.  Saskatchewan Indian Collection of selected full text articles, 1970 – 2003
http://www.sicc.sk.ca/archive/saskindian/a78mar04.htm

[33] Check Marks and Culture Pimps. By Dawn Marie. Storify Feb. 2014.
http://storify.com/Cree8Dawn/check-marks-and-culture-pimps

[34] NB premier, Mi’kmaq chief discussed ending blockade, allowing shale gas exploration to continue, handwritten notes reveal By Jorge Barrera, APTN National News 9 Oct 2013.
http://aptn.ca/pages/news/2013/10/09/nb-nb-premier-mikmaq-chief-discussed-ending-blockade-allowing-shale-gas-exploration-to-continue-handwritten-notes-reveal/

[35] Paper Tigers at Midnight:  Elsipogtog Band notice to Texas-frackers goes unheeded. by Miles Howe, Halifax Media Coop. October 2, 2013 http://halifax.mediacoop.ca/story/paper-tigers-midnight/19100

[36] Anti-Fracking Actions Erupt in support of Elsipogtog by Lauren McCauley. Two Row Times December 2013http://tworowtimes.com/news/national/anti-fracking-actions-erupt-support-elsipogtog/

[37] Submission to the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Study on access to justice in the promotion and protection of the rights of Indigenous Peoples.  International Indian Treaty Council, Non-Governmental Organization with General Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. February 11th, 2013
http://cdn6.iitc.org/wp-content/uploads/IITC-Submission-EMRIP-Access-to-Justice-Study.pdf

[38] New Brunswick’s shale gas protests. by Dallas McQuarrie. Dennis Gruending, Canadian writer Blog. October 22, 2013
http://www.dennisgruending.ca/2013/10/new-brunswicks-shale-gas-protests/

[39] Court grants RCMP access to media tapes to ID Rexton suspects: Documents give new insight into clash between police and anti-shale gas protesters in October. CBC News Feb 19, 2014
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/court-grants-rcmp-access-to-media-tapes-to-id-rexton-suspects-1.2543089

[40] RCMP bombed oil site in ‘dirty tricks’ campaign CBC News Jan 30, 1999
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/rcmp-bombed-oil-site-in-dirty-tricks-campaign-1.188599

[41] Full text: Speech from the Throne, National Post March 3, 2010
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/business/fp/Speech+from+Throne+Full+text/2637533/story.html

 

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WE DO NOT OWN MOTHER EARTH – WE BELONG TO HER

 Gradually, hearts and minds and souls wake up to the possible. We can build a good way of life for all people. We can do this every time we stand together and share our power. We can do it now, we have the power. It's Creation's power. It's collective power.

Walk in that place of Protection and Peace, Know that you walk with all of Creation’s army.

Even my body belongs to Mother Earth. She is Boss over ALL the lands and waters.

 

It makes me cry sometimes when I hear people talk about “resource development,” because it always means exploitation at minimum and savage desecration at its extreme. We can do so much better. We have to.

 

The new conversation has begun. Gradually, hearts and minds and souls wake up to the possible. We can build a good way of life for all people. We can do this every time we stand together and share our power. We can do it now, we have the power. It’s Creation’s power. It’s collective power.

 

Meet our newest enemy: False Ego. This trickster would have you believe you have the right to make a living even if it means destroying the lands and waters. I will not place my trust or my energy in the desecration, rape and exploitation of Our Mother. There is no welcome for that Trickster at my lodge.

image: Bear: Silly Natives This is My Land

Bear: “Silly Natives. This is My Land”

Say hello to our worst enemy: Fear. I’ll tell you what I think we gotta do about that one, we tell him we have no time for that now. Kiss that monster on the nose and keep going. Walk in that place of Protection and Peace, knowing that you walk with all of Creation’s army and that nothing is stronger than our love for the Earth and for each other.

 

Msit No’kmaq – All My Relations

Tan Tesic No’kmaq – All My Relations – plant and animal relatives too!

I am Little Fire Always Burning – Willi Nolan

29 June 2014

 

Four women, one child pray for Mother Earth

Four women, one child pray for Mother Earth

 WE DO NOT OWN MOTHER EARTH – WE BELONG TO HER

Media Release FRACK BACK! PEOPLES LAWSUIT LAUNCHED June 26 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 26, 2014
Moncton, New Brunswick

FRACK BACK! PEOPLES LAWSUIT LAUNCHED TO STOP SHALE GAS IN NEW BRUNSWICK
Actions Filed Against Southwestern Energy, Provincial and Federal Governments For Violating Aboriginal, Constitutional, Environmental and International Laws


Earlier today, the ‘Peoples Lawsuit,’ was filed in St. John to stop Southwestern Energy Resources Canada (SWN) and the Canadian government from continuing involvement in shale gas operations in the province. 
A Notice of Action to enjoin the province of New Brunswick in the lawsuit was filed separately. 

After local activist Willi Nolan was obliged to defend herself and “Jane Doe” — who is any of the yet-unnamed protesters who have not, but could be named — in SWN’s SLAPP lawsuit against her. She retained lawyer Larry Kowalchuck and gathered allies together to launch a private lawsuit. Today, she and seventeen more Plaintiffs brought their case before the New Brunswick courts.

Lorraine Clair, speaking on behalf of the Plaintiffs, said “Speaking on behalf of my family and I, we want our land and water to stay as it is for us and more important our future generations. With this, we want all oil and gas companies to stay off our lands and waters and to end any future plans of coming into our Hunting, Medicine and Burial grounds. We also wish to ask for damages from the companies and their contractors who have already caused harm to us and our land.”

Plaintiff, Marcel White, states “The courts have to do their part to stop climate change and protect our lives.  We are demanding that they permanently remove the extreme threats that that we are facing from shale gas development in the Peoples Lawsuit.”

The Plaintiffs and their lawyer believe that the governments of Canada and New Brunswick and their courts have attacked their rights by illegally granting approval to SWN to develop shale gas, ignore environmental protection laws and unlawfully use malicious lawsuits and police aggression to attack and repress protectors of civil and human rights.

Lawyer Larry Kowalchuck states, “After being traumatized by aggression against peaceful protesters, regaining confidence in the Rule of Law is essential for the protection, peace and security of the people of New Brunswick.  This lawsuit is a tool that we are using to offer protective exposure to those men and women who have been placed at risk because they are struggling for the respect of their rights and the Rule of Law.  I am humbled and honoured to represent courageous people whose genuine intent is to protect their threatened lives, lands and waters. We are asking the New Brunswick courts to grant the people and all the life forms that they are defending an injunction against shale gas development and reparations for the wrongdoings that they have suffered.”

The legal action asks the courts to evaluate its commitment to human rights and fairness in judicial proceedings, to right the many wrongdoings and to uphold the Rule of Law, Peace and Friendship Treaties and the lawful rights of both indigenous people and citizens.

Willi Nolan says, “I know this is a big step but I have no fear. We are doing what needs to be done.”

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Contacts:  Lorraine Clair (506) 523-8291 <lorrainetootoo4life@gmail.com>;  Marcel White(506) 785-4660 <marcelwhite1987@gmail.com>; Marc Bernard (Français) (506) 875-6364<marc_bernard@live.com>; Dallas McQuarrie 506-876-4431<dallasmcquarrie@gmail.com>; Willi Nolan  (506) 785-4660 <grammawilli@gmail.com>

Background information  –
Peoples Lawsuit –  http://willinolanspeaks.com/shares/peoples-lawsuit/ http://peopleslawsuit.com
* All Stars * PEOPLES LAWSUIT PLAINTIFFS – http://willinolanspeaks.com/shares/?p=517
*JANE DOE TO MAKE HER CASE VS. FRACKING COMPANY SWN RESOURCES* –http://atlantic.sierraclub.ca/en/media/release/press-conference-jane-doe-make-her-case-vs-fracking-company-swn-resources  Sierra Club of Canada Atlantic Chapter –
Frack Back! The Peoples Lawsuit web page – http://peopleslawsuit.com
Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/peopleslawsuit
“Jane Doe” SLAPPs Back! Defending Lawsuit to Silence & Intimidate Anti-Fracking Protestshttp://willinolanspeaks.com/shares/jane-doe-slapps-back-defending-lawsuit-to-silence-intimidate-anti-fracking-protests/
NB Referata Wiki – http://nb.referata.com/wiki

Statement of Claim Court file number (St. John Court of Queen’s Bench) S-C/263/14

Support for Public Inquiry into RCMP raid on a peaceful protest camp Oct17th 2013 – Willi’s letter to NB Premier

12 February 2014

Via fax and email: (506) 453-7407 <premier@gnb.ca> <david.alward@gnb.ca>

 

New Brunswick Premier & Minister David Alward

Chancery Place

P. O. Box 6000

Fredericton, NB

 

Dear Premier Alward:

 

I write with deep concern and in awareness of the demand for public inquiry delivered to you by the New Brunswick Anti Shale Gas Alliance (NBASGA) regarding the disturbing events that took place in Rexton on October 17, 2013.

 

Your government policies and actions with regard to development on native reserved (“Crown”) lands, shale gas developments in particular at this time, are creating widespread distress to countless members of our communities. The peaceful, non-violent opponents of the ruination of the lands and waters, along with their many allies, including true authorities of First Peoples, Amnesty International, doctors, scientists and economists, deserve a government that is there for them when their survival is on the line… as is now evident with the threats they are facing, and harm already caused, by your permitting these operations.

 

Our peoples in the province, and beyond, have been victimized. They are understandably deeply concerned that further violent incidents, such as what happened in Rexton last October 17th, could happen again. The peoples concerns are abundantly and clearly stated and they are amply justified; they do not approve of actions taken and sanctioned by your government, and they have been harmed. Given the reasoned appeals and growing public outcry for a public inquiry into these events, the people deserve to be certain that justice and the Rule of Law are being respectfully observed in New Brunswick. This is necessary in the public interest and essential for the public good.

 

As Premier, it is now incumbent upon you to facilitate a full, arm’s length and independent public inquiry into the circumstances and events culminating in the RCMP raid on a peaceful protest camp near Rexton on October 17th. The citizens of New Brunswick need, demand and have every right to know all the circumstances surrounding the escalation in the use of force by corporate and provincial security personnel, what precipitated the use of violence, and how the peoples can be assured that there will never be a recurrence.

 

I am grateful for and in full agreement with the legal opinions expressed by Amnesty International, the world’s foremost human rights organization, in its November 1, 2013 letter to you. The violence at Rexton most certainly “could have been avoided had the province acted in a manner consistent with its obligations to respect the human rights of Indigenous peoples under Canadian and international law”. In that letter, you were warned that without appropriate action, further clashes could occur. I hope and pray that you will heed this warning and change direction away from the dangerous and cruel path that you are forcing upon troubled and vulnerable peoples.

 

Please be advised that I, as Wilhelmina (Willi) Nolan, as a named defendant and/or “Jane Doe”, am pursuing legal action against third parties in relation to Southwestern Energy’s (SWN-Resources Canada Inc.) SLAPP suit. I have stated my understanding that the province of New Brunswick is ignoring its legal obligations to indigenous peoples and provincial citizens under Canadian and international law. I look forward to judicial scrutiny of the full nature and extent of the province’s violations of the aboriginal and human rights of our peoples as well as your responsibilities as an individual, Premier and Minister. I have every intention of pursuing this matter to the fullest possible extent of the Rule of Law.

 

It is impossible for me to understand what happened in the days leading up to October 17 that made the police think the situation had changed so radically after years of peaceful protest. For years, thousands of New Brunswickers, myself included, have written appeals to your offices, visited peaceful demonstrations and and offered support for the movement to protect our precious lands and waters.

 

Witnesses have publicly reported that there was no threat to public safety at the Rexton camp until police, accompanied by dogs and snipers in camouflage, attacked unarmed civilians, including women and children, with pepper spray, drawn handguns and non-lethal rounds. I was shocked and distressed to see an incident where an old woman praying the rosary was pepper-sprayed in the face. Did you order this level of violence against the camp?

 

When a court injunction against the peaceful protest was to be heard the very next day, why did you order the RCMP to raid the Rexton protest camp on October 17th? I would not want to believe that it was actually your intent to silence citizen engagement and judicial process. That would most certainly create an even more grievous ‘black eye’ on the province.

 

There are too many gravely serious and unanswered questions about the specific circumstances leading to the lamentable incidents that took place in Rexton. I find myself now also concerned about continuing negative impact following these incidents; please be aware that further harms are being suffered by many of our peoples seeking justice under the New Brunswick correction and court systems. Because the Province of New Brunswick itself became a player in these circumstances and events, its unfortunate position is in conflict of interest which precludes it from organizing or conducting an impartial public inquiry.

 

You must answer the public call without delay and empower the people of New Brunswick to conduct an independent, impartial public inquiry, held at arm’s length from the government. A few of the unanswered questions already expressed to you by the New Brunswick Anti Shale Gas Alliance include:

 

– Why were police continuing to allow citizens to enter the Rexton site, considering that the police themselves claim it was a dangerous situation threatening public safety, but drove away persons from the media (excepting one Brunswick News reporter who was curiously there at dawn)?

 

– Why didn’t police consult with First Nations chiefs who were vocal advocates of non-violence; especially why did they arrest a respected chief who had repeatedly stressed the importance of peaceful protest in the midst of inflamed situations?

 

– Why, despite a massive police presence at the camp, six RCMP vehicles were left unattended; how they could be set on fire with no police intervention and, to date, no arrests of suspects for arson?

 

I fully agree with you that “the truth cannot be silenced” and I look forward to your favourable response to this letter and to the citizen appeals for a public inquiry at your earliest convenience. Thank you for your attention to these matters.

 

Yours very truly,

 

Willi (Wilhelmina) Nolan

 

Cc: Noel Joe Augustine, Keptin Mi’kmaq Grand Council Sikniktuk District; His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada; Hon. Graydon Nicholas, New Brunswick Lieutenant Governor; Hon. Dominic Leblanc, MP Beauséjour; Passamaquoddy Chief Hugh Akaji; Penobscot Chief Dave Mitchell; Dan Ennis, Saugem, Wulustukieg Traditional Council of Tobic; members of Wabanaki Confederacy;Brian Gallant, Leader NB Liberal Party; David Coon, Leader NB Green Party; Dominic Cardy, Leader NB NDP; Kris Austin, Leader People’s Alliance; Charles Murray, New Brunswick Ombudsman; members of the New Brunswick Anti Shale Gas Alliance, members of The Council of Canadians; Prof. James Anaya, Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights; members of Amnesty International.

 

enclosed: text of Dec 111, 2013 Times and Transcript article “New Brunswick Anti-Shale Gas Alliance wants ‘unanswered questions’ looked at surrounding incident on Oct. 17 that led to 40 arrests

 

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(article) New Brunswick Times & Transcript DEC 11, 2013

 

New Brunswick Anti-Shale Gas Alliance wants ‘unanswered questions’ looked at surrounding incident on Oct. 17 that led to 40 arrests

 

By COLE HOBSON, TIMES & TRANSCRIPT

 

The New Brunswick Anti-Shale Gas Alliance is asking the provincial government for an independent, public inquiry into events surrounding the Oct. 17 clash between shale gas protesters and the RCMP that led to an eruption of violence and 40 arrests along Route 134 near Rexton.

 

The group believes the people of New Brunswick have a right to know the reasons behind the escalation in the use of force used by RCMP, with the group saying there are ‘many unanswered questions’ about what transpired along the highway that day.

 

Jim Emberger, a spokesman for New Brunswick Anti-Shale Gas Alliance, said the discussion in the past couple of months has been about the demonstration and protests, but they want to return the dialogue to the pertinent information and scientific studies surrounding shale gas itself.

 

Yesterday was International Human Rights Day and the group used the opportunity to echo the concerns expressed in an Amnesty International letter to Premier David Alward and his cabinet dated on Nov. 1.

 

That letter stated that unless steps are taken to rebuild the relationship with Indigenous Peoples with respect to resource development, further incidents could occur.

 

Amnesty International said in the letter that this incident ‘could have been avoided had the province acted in a manner consistent with its obligations to respect the human rights of Indigenous peoples under Canadian and international law.’ The Alliance believes that if Amnesty International is raising concern about human rights issues in New Brunswick, citizens should be concerned as well.

 

‘We would like an independent public inquiry to examine what role this failure to respect the human rights of Indigenous peoples may have played in the events leading up to Oct. 17,’ said Emberger. ‘An independent, impartial inquiry held at arm’s length from government is necessary because the provincial government itself played a role in those events.’ It was during that October confrontation that the Mounties noted they found guns and firebombs at the protest camp and while the two sides squared off in the middle of Route 134 several police vehicles were set on fire. Some protesters claim the weapons were planted by police and the police cars were set ablaze by police ‘agents provocateurs’ but the end result was 40 arrests and six protesters behind bars facing charges ranging from weapons offences to assaulting police officers to unlawfully confining security guards who felt they couldn’t safely leave from behind the barricaded compound.

 

Alward has called it a ‘black eye’ on the province and said in a Moncton speech on Monday that he was troubled by what SWN was put through during their seismic exploration process, but was pleased they ‘persevered’ through the controversy.

 

Alward said it’s easy to be against things, ‘but very rarely do these opponents bring forward alternative ideas,’ he said, noting it’s ‘difficult to argue with those who use misinformation and false statements to promote fear and division within our communities. But I believe the truth cannot be silenced.’ Emberger contended that the government has been acting with blinders on, as he said for three years groups like theirs have been ready and willing to present alternative options and factual information to the government.

 

‘They are not responding in any way to options that have (been presented) in three years,’ he said, noting everything they’ve put forward has been based on peer-reviewed science and reliable reports.

 

The Alliance represents community groups and voices from across New Brunswick who are opposed to unconventional oil and gas development. While putting forward information about the potential risks of unconventional oil and gas development, the group also explore and promote clean energy and economic alternatives.

 

Emberger said they have seen studies showing that as an example, the clean energy economy in Massachusetts has created close to three times as many direct jobs as in Pennsylvania with jobs related to shale gas development.

 

Emberger said with the support their group has throughout the province, he has a hard time believing Alward’s assertions that most of what he’s hearing on the ground is overall support for the industry.

 

‘It’s not like we’re not telling anyone, but if you’re not listening you won’t hear it,’ he said.

 

‘We will admit that shale gas will do something, but it’s up to the government to make the case that it’s the economic and even more than that environmentally correct thing to do in particular in terms of all the news of all the climate change (issues).’ Emberger believes different methods, other than force, could have been used to achieve the goal of enforcing the injunction on Oct. 17 and believes it didn’t have to come to what it did.

 

‘This was civil disobedience and people were prepared to be arrested and had been all summer,’ he said. ‘The fact that people were surprised early in the morning as the first thing they saw were people with sniper rifles, sitting in fields all around. That’s not going from step one to step two, that’s going from step one to step 15. So our question is, OK, what did you know that made you think that you had to go to a military-style assault on what has been a peaceful demonstration?’ In the aftermath of the Oct. 17 incident, RCMP Assistant Commissioner Roger Brown said threat to public safety posed by lethal weapons and escalating tensions at the Rexton blockade forced them to take action against protesters.

 

Brown said on Oct. 18 at a press conference that in addition to 40 arrests and the six police cars being destroyed, several shots were fired by persons unknown within the encampment, potentially deadly explosives were seized and police officers discharged ‘soft rounds’ of bean-bag-like projectiles and pepper spray.

 

He said experts had to defuse several improvised explosive devices found at the blockade, where protesters had been encamped for close to three weeks.

 

‘Some contained shrapnel and had the potential to seriously injure or kill,’ Brown said. ‘This was no longer a peaceful protest, and there was a serious threat to public safety.’ Emberger said the presence of legally owned hunting rifles at a campsite in New Brunswick during hunting season isn’t cause for alarm. He said it also seems suspicious that despite the police cars lit on fire, there hasn’t been an arrest made for arson in relation to the incident. As for the other dangerous weapons found, he said he couldn’t comment as he never saw them, but he would like to see some context provided by the RCMP on what was found and how it was discovered.

 

‘From what we can see,’ Emberger said, ‘there was no threat to public safety until police, advancing with drawn guns and accompanied by dogs and snipers in camouflage, attacked unarmed civilians, including women and children, with pepper spray and non-lethal rounds.’ A request for comment from the Premier’s office was not returned by press time.

 

In the end, Emberger said he doesn’t believe the government will act on their request for an inquiry.

 

‘Do I have confidence the government will actually do anything about this … I think the answer is no,’ he said, noting he believes the Alward government will ultimately lose the next election based on their ‘my way or the highway’ attitude on issues.

 

He added that in the new year their group, in co-ordination with others to be named, will be doing a concentrated education and electoral campaign about issues relating to shale gas.

 

The NBASGA said they and other anti-shale groups have been engaged in peaceful education, discussion and debate for three years and it is their intent to continue.

 

The group said it recognizes that peaceful protest may include civil disobedience, but never violence, and feel acts of civil disobedience have occurred only because of government refusal to address citizen concerns in any meaningful way.

 

‘The current and continuing threat of violence was initiated by the RCMP and government in the Rexton raid,’ said Emberger. ‘This violence has drawn the public’s attention away from the important issues, and also from the coverage of recent significant scientific, economic and political reports and events concerning shale gas.’

 

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Read more background with links to court filings:

“Jane Doe” SLAPPs Back! Defending Lawsuit to Silence & Intimidate Anti-Fracking Protests – http://willinolanspeaks.com/shares/jane-doe-slapps-back-defending-lawsuit-to-silence-intimidate-anti-fracking-protests/

NB Referata Wiki – Main Page – http://nb.referata.com/wiki/Main_Page

New Brunswick Anti-Shale Gas Alliance Calls for Public Inquiry into October 17 Raid – http://protectalbertcounty.wordpress.com/2013/12/10/nbasga-calls-for-inquiry/

Open Letter to Premier David Alward from Amnesty International concerning anti-fracking protests at the Elsipogtog Mi’kmaq Nation Nov. 1, 2013 – http://www.amnesty.ca/news/coalition-letters/open-letter-concerning-anti-fracking-protests-at-the-elsipogtog-mi%E2%80%99kmaq-natio

You can find links to Support Willi Nolan’s Spirit Led Activism  here

 

Prophecies Now Unfolding – The Beginning is Here

Japanese Tsunami Warning Stone

Japanese Tsunami Warning Stone

 

Prophecies Now Unfolding – The Beginning is Here

The Strong People of the Earth Will Be Standing

 

CONTENTS

Introduction

Question 1: How can we stand in unity to protect our nations?

Question 2: Can our prayers stop the destroyers and heal the destruction?

Question 3: What is the best path to a resilient, sustainable lifestyle?

Question 4: What can we do about the legal systems and those community and traditional council members that are making deals with the destroyers that attempt to “legally” force all of us to be oppressed by ever-changing colonial laws like the “Indian Act”, “Clean Water Act” , “Clean Air Act”, “Environmental Assessment Act”, “Navigable Waters Act”, “Municipalities Act”, “Crown Lands Act” and the “Environmental Protection Act.”

Question 5: Some of the Peoples are rejecting their sacred responsibilities and their relations who are in tune with ancestral teachings, while more and more honour their purpose and walk on Mother Earth with gratitude and respect. How can we bring about withdrawal of support for the oppressors and give support to the ones who are are in tune with ancestral teachings and are finding ways to solve the problems that are in harmony with the Earth?

Question 6: What can we do to reduce the harmful effects of lies, propaganda and misinformation promoted by the oppressors that describe the the oppressors as saviours and the Strong Ones who live by the ancestral laws and ideals as enemies?

Question 7: How can we stay strong during this time of transition?

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Introduction

After sharing dialogue with some wise and wonderful relatives, I am really grateful for the opportunity to share my thoughts on these subjects with you beautiful Strong Ones working for Mother Earth and the People.

All across Turtle Island, prophecies have been spoken of that were given by Elders like William Commanda, Art, Solomon, Oren Lyons, Oraibi and Eighth Fire teachings and Dekanawida who said:

“It is not good for people to be unkind to one another.”

So many prophecies mention that humanity will arrive at a crossroads and at that time, we will have to make the most important decision of all – whether Life will continue. Prophecies described the destruction of Mother Earth, Water, and Air and how People would be fooled by greed and lose their way. It is said: “Only the strong will survive, the ones who know how to live off the land and access clear water…others will fight amongst themselves and eventually disappear. The time is now and we must stand in unity and protect what sustains life or many will be left behind.”

 

Question 1: How can we stand in unity to protect our nations?

If we accept that “Only the strong will survive, the ones who know how to live off the land and access clear water” and we know that the waters and food supplies are being contaminated… and that many people are living without access to good waters and lands… We can just look around and see that the prophecies are unfolding now, as this is being written… aren’t they?

It makes sense to me that the “Strong Ones,” the People of the Earth, must unite in their bravery, caring, sharing, generosity and respect. We need to be able to resist the pathways of those oppressor-destroyer snakes. We need to be kind, wise and gentle sentinels for each other… I think of the deer.

To me, this time and place of change is like being at a river… On one shore are all the People of the Earth, they are strong in their path to making the good changes happen. In the river are lots of people trying to make it across; some use canoes, rafts, speed boats, logs. Some of them don’t make it, some of them find a bridge. On the other shore are folks who refuse to even think of crossing to the other shore… they want to keep things the way they are; many are afraid of the new and unknown things on the other shore.

It is time for the People of the Earth to decide, where we will be in this picture of the times that were to come and that we now agree are here.

Even though it’s sometimes difficult, I am learning to respect the choice of the ones who want to stay with the oppressors, the destroyers – and walk right past them! I am choosing to hang in for the long haul with the People of the Earth, the true Rainbow Warriors and Protectors of Mother Earth. It’s my choice. It’s your choice.

 

Question 2: Can our prayers stop the destroyers and heal the destruction?

We don’t even have to think about “them” stopping us. No one can stop us but us. We are aware that Mother Earth and Creation need us, and we need all the Strong Ones on board to survive. We have a job to do.

Prayer and ceremony, prayer and ceremony… Yes! They were given to us so that we can receive direction from Creator and all of Creation. Find direction from spirit… your spirit, joining with spirits of the People of the Earth that are along your Life Path. Find that direction… and follow your spirit’s direction. Let it be part of your Life.

The direction that I have been given personally about being a Strong One is to be aware and walk right past the bullshit, corruption, insanity, greed and stupidity (inside and outside ourselves), just keep going and keep space for folks who are waking up and staying awake. So I keep going, alert to my choices, like choosing good life, living with direction from Spirit, not with the sicknesses-drama-fear-anger-false ego-ignorance of the destroyer society.

It is powerful to pray for the ones who aren’t fully awake yet; so many have relied on the oppressor for their survival for so long. The People of the Earth are learning fast that we have everything we need to get us through these times… prophecies, medicine teachings, prayers, ceremonies. And we have Creator and Mother Earth firmly on our side. We can always rely on their strength, as we always have since time immemorial, and we can walk in our true humility… like in that “Footprints” poem, we can let Spirit hold us up.

There is power in this unity we are speaking of and seeking and finding… it’s Creator’s power. All we need is to keep and grow dedication and faith that we can and will and are overcoming the oppression, enslavement and subjugation. We are choosing to be human beings living a good life who are part of the Circle of Life. We are choosing to survive… and thrive.

Many of our younger Strong Ones see further beyond the older generations; they see their great-grandchildrens’ futures, and they are learning ways of healing and protecting the Earth. Sharing wisdom with our youth will teach them to connect the dots and identify the marks of the oppressor, so they can develop their own wisdom and share it. Our youth report that too many of the ones occupying leadership positions in their communities are unable to see very far beyond the oppressive systems they are working in and how they divide and separate leadership from the people. This will change as new leaders emerge… the New Strong People of the Earth.

 

Question 3: What is the best path to a resilient, sustainable lifestyle?

The path to a good life for all people – true long-term health, resilience and sustainability – is based on following ancestral guidance and wisdom and on the unique guidance and wisdom coming to you from your own spirit.

Each one of us is here to leave the world a better place than it would be if we had not lived on the planet. If you are open to finding kindred souls, you will find fellow rainbow warriors joining each other everywhere, gathering, assembling, recognizing and learning to use our true gifts collectively to take the stands necessary for the survival of humanity, just as was foretold in so many prophecies. We really are the ones we’ve been waiting for!

 

Question 4: What can we do about the legal systems and those community and traditional council members that are making deals with the destroyers that attempt to “legally” force all of us to be oppressed by ever-changing colonial laws like the “Indian Act”, “Clean Water Act” , “Clean Air Act”, “Environmental Assessment Act”, “Navigable Waters Act”, “Municipalities Act”, “Crown Lands Act” and the “Environmental Protection Act.”

This is the time to assert and affirm ancestral laws and governance to deal with the grave and serious matters that we are facing. It is all about responsibility… what do we do about the ruin of the lands and waters?… what do we do about traitors? what do we to survive?

It is true that there is a war over control of the People of the Earth. We have no choice but to survive and not allow ourselves to be overrun by the destroyers. It is time to identify and replace the systems that are failing the people.

It is time to use the best strategies and ammunition we can muster for justice, protection of the lands and waters, protection of our rights and well being. Yes, there will be some uncomfortable and frightening moments and for many of us, there is a steep learning curve to ascend… I think that is why the truly Strong People embrace the ancestral teachings-laws of Bravery-Courage and Knowledge-Wisdom.

Question 5: Some of the Peoples are rejecting their sacred responsibilities and their relations who are in tune with ancestral teachings. At the same time, more and more are tuning in to their purpose and honour and walk on Mother Earth with gratitude and respect. How can we bring about withdrawal of support for the oppressors and give support to the ones who are are in tune with ancestral teachings and finding ways to solve the problems that are in harmony with the Earth?

It is important to remember that not all of our relations are fully in tune with ancestral teachings, and that even the ones that are, are dealing with being raised in colonized societies. The good news is this is changing quickly as more and more of the People of the Earth awaken.

Here we can again see what we need to do to survive… gather together, acknowledge, respect, ally with, support and protect each other so we can all stay Strong People of the Earth.

It can be sad to see that so many of our relations are still brainwashed, divided, indifferent, depressed, suppressed and walking about without being aware that their mindsets, their thoughts, are products of colonization… and that they themselves are part of the problem. Some of the hardest work ahead of us is getting to that place of honesty within ourselves. To unite as a great human family, the People of the Earth will need understanding, compassion, caring and respect for themselves and each other to make sure that all is not lost to colonization. The lies that are causing division need to be uncovered and rejected.

 

Question 6: What can we do to wipe out, or at least reduce, the harmful effects of lies, propaganda and misinformation promoted by the oppressors that describe the the oppressors as saviours and the Strong Ones who live by the ancestral laws and ideals as enemies?

We must question the leadership of the regimes that attack ancestral laws, traditions, cultures and ideals and ways of life as enemies or something to be laughed at; we know that the oppressors are the true enemies of the People and their ways are insane. Our ancestors visions, wisdom, strengths and knowledge can continue to help us with protecting the waters’, lands’ and peoples rights to steward what we were given by Creator and Mother Earth.

The Strong Ones must stand up in ways that will be effective. The oppressors know that their legal charade has been exposed and that they have no title or claim of right to the lands, waters or resources. The oppressors need to know that the Strong Ones cannot be swayed or bought with money will never agree to give titles to what belongs to future generations.

The oppressors need to know that the People of the Earth now know that they have the right to decide what is in their best interest. When the oppressors age old tactics and systems no longer work for them, they will have to find new ways to survive… they can also choose to wake up, cross the river and join the True Human Beings on the other shore.

 

Question 7: How can we stay strong during this time of transition?

Realize that every day, more and more People of the Earth are realizing that they have a choice — whether to hang onto the banks of the river, stay onside with the failing systems of the destroyers and eventually drown, or get to the good life waiting on the other shore and join the ways of the True Human Beings, the People of the Earth. It is obvious to many, as it was prophesied, that at the end, the People of the Earth, the Strong Ones who are living life with free minds and hearts and with true love and connection to Creation will survive, and that there will be unity among the many who choose to walk with direction given by the Ancestors, the spirit…it is happening! We are becoming free! And there’s a lots more good work to do!

During these transition times, there may be those who will try to divide us; some of their tactics include name-calling, exclusion, bullying, malicious gossip. The People of the Earth are refusing to join in or be prey to those tactics; instead, we stand joyously and firmly in the reality that we are becoming more united than ever… all willing to stand up for our Life, our Mother Earth.

Here is a song that I received at the time of this writing “Return to Mother Earth – Warrior Women Power Chant” – you can use it to help you to stay tuned in to Mother Earth – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OH8sELLNbtM

All My Relations Willi Nolan

© Willi Nolan February 2014

 

References

Hopi Elders’ Prophecy. Matrix Masters. Oraibi, Arizona, June 8, 1993  http://www.matrixmasters.com/takecharge/hopi-prophecy.html

Wisdom page, Wolf’s Heart Lodge. http://www.orgsites.com/fl/drumming/_pgg2.php3

Palest’Indian Issue, Mohawk Nation News. January 22, 2014  http://mohawknationnews.com/blog/2014/01/22/palestindian-issue/

Dekanawida and the formation of the Great Peace: Part 1   http://mohawknationnews.com/blog/2006/09/09/dekanawida-and-the-formation-of-the-great-peace-part-1/

Dekanawida and the formation of the Great Peace: Part 2   http://mohawknationnews.com/blog/2006/04/27/dekanawida-and-the-formation-of-the-great-peace-part-2/

Prophecies for a New Century from Dr. Robert Ghost Wolf   http://www.wolflodge.org/visibiliti/prophecy/welcome.htm

This writing was inspired by Facebook discussion on the Facebook page of Ron Tremblay of Wolastoq territory on February 2, 2014.

 

Text: Willi Nolan’s Talk at the Wolastoq Longhouse 5 November 2013

 

November 8, 2013 at 7:23pm

REPRESENTING THE CLAN MOTHERS OF SIGNIGTOG – WILLI NOLAN

Unity and Solidarity Rally – Fredericton, New Brunswick – November 5, 2013

 

YouTube link to the talk – http://youtu.be/C2xNcIHKpHI

 

Text of Willi Nolan’s Talk at the Wolastoq Longhouse 5 November 2013

I am very proud and humbled to be honoured to offer these words as a representative of the Clan Mothers of Signigtog Mi’kmaq territory.

Since late spring, Signigtog-Mi’kmaq people have been giving their minds, hearts and bodies to stop the irreparable ruin of the lands and waters from seismic testing and extraction of shale gas from deep within Mother Earth. Many have sacrificed themselves and been arrested and mistreated by police and attacked by industry employees. Many families within the First Peoples have become divided. We know that the burden on all families is heavy. So many are needing to heal from the trauma of witnessing and surviving harsh, violent attacks and false accusations by government, police and the media. SWN is accusing us of committing illegal acts and threatening allies with seizure of property to pay for the time they lost while trying to inflict fear and harm on us.

These measures will fail, because the Mi’kmaq people of Signigtog are not allowing these attacks and distractions to take  focus off the good course that has begun with allied communities. Anglophone, Acadian and relatives from other Wabanaki nations have joined us and strengthened the movement to protect the precious waters and lands that we enjoy, that we depend on for our survival and that we will preserve for our grandchildrens’s grandchildren.

The Signogtog District Grand Council has exercised its existing authority to uphold the rights and needs of the people and notified SWN, Canada and the provincial government that no pipelines or fracking operations will be allowed to develop in the territory.

The Collective of Concerned Members of Signigtog shrugged off the oppression and colonial rule and issued the first known exercise of collective authority to come from Original peoples, an historic Directive that reclaims the rights of Mi’kmaq people — it tells SWN to stop what they are doing, repair the damages that they have caused — and leave the territory. SWN must comply or face legal actions that they know they cannot win in either the court of public opinion or in international courts. Indigenous people’s rights are now well established internationally– and Signigtog-Mi’kmaq are walking forward with confidence, hand in hand with their neighbours in Peace and Friendship for our collective survival. We are all Treaty people!

Elsipogtog’s elected Chief and Council joined the Signigtog District Grand Council and Community Members to protect the water too! In an historic resolution, Chief Aaren Sock and his council reclaimed stewardship of all unoccupied native lands for his people. From now on, anyone who wants to use the lands must receive consent from the Original peoples — Irving and SWN do NOT have the right to continue to destroy animal habitats, hunting and burial grounds or sacred medicine and ceremonial sites. The forests and waters will be cared for by the people, allowed to regenerate and produce true riches for all people who live here — clean air and waters, respectfully harvested trees, careful fishing and no more poisons or senseless waste of what Creator gave us so that we can have good lives, and care for the Earth with love and respect for the generations to come.

As a woman, it seems that SWN intends the Signigtog-Mi’kmaq peoples to become victims of another form of genocide –environmental genocide. SWN wants to draw off and pollute massive amounts of fresh water, contaminate it with known poisons and dump it into our waters. Fracking creates sickness and death that lasts for generations. As women we are responsible to protect the living things that we depend on for food, medicines and strengthening ourselves spiritually and culturally.

All violations of the lands are a violation of the life-givers, of women and Mother Earth. We are part of Mother Earth. As women, as Clan Mothers, it is our solemn responsibility to respect, honour, nurture and protect Mother Earthin the same way that we respect, honour, nurture and protect ourselves, our children, grandchildren, families, communities, and the Mi’kmaq Nation, which is part of the great Wabanaki Confederacy.

We are grateful and honoured to have received so much support from all of you and from relatives all over the world. We are working hard with our men, with our allies and with our families to bring balance back to a world dominated by greed and the enslavement of people. We are reclaiming our responsibility to uphold the Original Law of Creator, where all people must live in harmony with the Earth and with each other. We welcome our sisters to walk with us as we guide our men, our communities and our families to healing, to balance in harmony with the natural world — without fracking!

Tahoe!

Msit No’kmaq – All My Relations 

Rosalie Bertell: Extending the Ministry of 'Dr. B.'

Dialogue with Lena Longtoe, Abenaki – Indigenous Peoples Alliance UFlorida@Tampa Nov 13 2016

Dialogue with Lena Longtoe, Abenaki, President, Indigenous Peoples Alliance

Event at the University of Florida at Tampa

a presentation of

Indigenous Peoples Alliance Campus Empowerment Group
“Talking About Decolonization” during Native American Heritage Month

lena_willi_ufloridatampa_nodapl_13nov2016

“Introducing Grandmother Willi Nolan, one of the Grandmothers of the Wabanaki Confederacy.”
Lena shares her experiences as she sat in Grandmothers Council during the 2015 Wabanaki Confederacy Conference*, and asks Grandmother Willi about effective activism; and the links between water protection actions at Standing Rock, North Dakota and the successful moratorium victory following the Wabanaki-New Brunswick Shale Gas Rebellion of 2013; and the ongoing protection actions via the Peoples Lawsuit, and alliance-building.

[ * See the 2015 Wabanaki Confederacy Statement here * ]


This link should let you download the recording of our skype conversation https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B93hVrrsoaXNZG8yRzJqVzkxN2M/view

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B93hVrrsoaXNZG8yRzJqVzkxN2M/view

Video – “Dialogue with Lena Longtoe, Abenaki – Indigenous Peoples Alliance UFlorida@Tampa Nov 13 2016” – Google Drive

Collective Evolution: Youth & Elder Relationships

Youth from Bonar Law High School in Rexton New Brunswick skipped school to join the Warriors saying NO to Shale Gas September 2013

Youth from Bonar Law High School in Rexton New Brunswick skipped school to join the Warriors saying NO to Shale Gas September 2013

Messages from Spirit: Youth and Elders

Sharing teachings on good relations between the desires of youth and the hopes of their elders for assisting with the conscious collective evolution of the People of the Earth.

It is well stated that most parents place their hopes higher for their children that for themselves. We naturally hope that our children will be smarter, wiser, healthier and live better, freer lives than ours.

 

At the same time, youth are often unpredictable in their abilities to recognize and accept that their elders are not all seeing, all knowing, all powerful, that they are just people, spiritual beings in human form who have, for the most part, not having yet attained the highest levels of spiritual perfection, information and understanding. Instead, many of your young ones blame their elders for making the world that they will inherit such a mess.

 

So many of your young people do not see hope and some are even deciding not to bring any more children to live in your sick societies.   All but gone are the times when your elders were relied on for guidance in all aspects of society. Historically, many of your societies relied more on philosophers than they do in present times on your planet.

 

But the ancient wisdom is still there, written in your DNA, in the stars and in your hopes and dreams for the future. You still have knowledge and wisdom keepers left on your planet and your spirits are all capable of achieving enlightenment and mastery over your own beings.

 

The Platonic Allegory of the Cave clearly articulates the essence of what is meant by enlightenment, coming into the light. These times of change upon you are calling forth aspects of your collective psyches that can enable humanity’s transition to what many are calling the era of Light and Life.

 

Some of you have awakened more fully than others, the progression being gradual and steady as your beings become accustomed to receiving new information, information that could not be received while the human consciousness was held in bondage in the realms of enslavement and subjugation. Now you are as free of those influences as you will let yourselves be. No more Satanic energy can ever reach your planet; in your new reality it has become annihilated, it is as though it never was, or it can be, if you will let it be.

 

We encourage you to keep bringing your youth to decision making tables. They will learn more from your actions than by your words alone.   Remember that you are not only rescuing your ecological systems from the brink of extinction, you are rescuing your history, your cultures and your spiritual progressions from being hindered, hidden under the veils and shrouds of the dark realms of existence.

 

Every time that one of you frees yourself from addiction, anger, jealousy or harbouring ill will towards another, you are, in reality, freeing a portion of your collective psyche, you are creating space for true joy and real freedom to replace the realms of tyranny and oppression. And so must it be as you traverse this transition time.

 

We know that it can be hard on you to withstand the endless epiphanies of the depth and intricacies of the problems that must be resolved and healed in order for your race to continue on your planet.   These times are trying for even the most enlightened human beings, and they are not easy for those of us in spirit world who have chosen to be here at this time to assist you either. As has been said by your philosophers and wise persons “No change can come without effort.”

 

Some of you have identified that it is not the effort that is the most difficult, it is the change in thought patterns and perspectives that is actually the greatest challenge to your peace and good way of life.

 

As we have said many times, learning to adjust your energy frequencies to be in harmony with your true purpose in Creation is essentially your reason for your being present as a human on the Earth.  And now you are collectively choosing to overcome humankind’s greatest challenge – to free yourselves of enemies that lurk within your own beings, to free yourselves to move forward within your birthright as children of the Creator.

 

Can you see how important you are? If we could, we would show you the love in which you are held, the unwavering faith in you that is and always has been expressed by all who know and love your race. Your adventure is held by many of us who live in spirit world to be the greatest experiential adventure of all.

Grandmother and Toddler

Youth & Elders have a special relationship

Recognize that your youth see the mistakes made by your societies throughout the ages. What they want to see now are the correct actions and patterns of thought that will lead humanity away from the path of destruction and self-annihilation and into the richness of being in oneness with the creative potential of the universe.

 

And so we leave you with our blessings. Know that our faith in you is unwavering. Via Willi Nolan  10 May 2014

Support for Public Inquiry into RCMP raid on a peaceful protest camp Oct17th 2013 – Willi’s letter to NB Premier

12 February 2014

Via fax and email: (506) 453-7407 <premier@gnb.ca> <david.alward@gnb.ca>

 

New Brunswick Premier & Minister David Alward

Chancery Place

P. O. Box 6000

Fredericton, NB

 

Dear Premier Alward:

 

I write with deep concern and in awareness of the demand for public inquiry delivered to you by the New Brunswick Anti Shale Gas Alliance (NBASGA) regarding the disturbing events that took place in Rexton on October 17, 2013.

 

Your government policies and actions with regard to development on native reserved (“Crown”) lands, shale gas developments in particular at this time, are creating widespread distress to countless members of our communities. The peaceful, non-violent opponents of the ruination of the lands and waters, along with their many allies, including true authorities of First Peoples, Amnesty International, doctors, scientists and economists, deserve a government that is there for them when their survival is on the line… as is now evident with the threats they are facing, and harm already caused, by your permitting these operations.

 

Our peoples in the province, and beyond, have been victimized. They are understandably deeply concerned that further violent incidents, such as what happened in Rexton last October 17th, could happen again. The peoples concerns are abundantly and clearly stated and they are amply justified; they do not approve of actions taken and sanctioned by your government, and they have been harmed. Given the reasoned appeals and growing public outcry for a public inquiry into these events, the people deserve to be certain that justice and the Rule of Law are being respectfully observed in New Brunswick. This is necessary in the public interest and essential for the public good.

 

As Premier, it is now incumbent upon you to facilitate a full, arm’s length and independent public inquiry into the circumstances and events culminating in the RCMP raid on a peaceful protest camp near Rexton on October 17th. The citizens of New Brunswick need, demand and have every right to know all the circumstances surrounding the escalation in the use of force by corporate and provincial security personnel, what precipitated the use of violence, and how the peoples can be assured that there will never be a recurrence.

 

I am grateful for and in full agreement with the legal opinions expressed by Amnesty International, the world’s foremost human rights organization, in its November 1, 2013 letter to you. The violence at Rexton most certainly “could have been avoided had the province acted in a manner consistent with its obligations to respect the human rights of Indigenous peoples under Canadian and international law”. In that letter, you were warned that without appropriate action, further clashes could occur. I hope and pray that you will heed this warning and change direction away from the dangerous and cruel path that you are forcing upon troubled and vulnerable peoples.

 

Please be advised that I, as Wilhelmina (Willi) Nolan, as a named defendant and/or “Jane Doe”, am pursuing legal action against third parties in relation to Southwestern Energy’s (SWN-Resources Canada Inc.) SLAPP suit. I have stated my understanding that the province of New Brunswick is ignoring its legal obligations to indigenous peoples and provincial citizens under Canadian and international law. I look forward to judicial scrutiny of the full nature and extent of the province’s violations of the aboriginal and human rights of our peoples as well as your responsibilities as an individual, Premier and Minister. I have every intention of pursuing this matter to the fullest possible extent of the Rule of Law.

 

It is impossible for me to understand what happened in the days leading up to October 17 that made the police think the situation had changed so radically after years of peaceful protest. For years, thousands of New Brunswickers, myself included, have written appeals to your offices, visited peaceful demonstrations and and offered support for the movement to protect our precious lands and waters.

 

Witnesses have publicly reported that there was no threat to public safety at the Rexton camp until police, accompanied by dogs and snipers in camouflage, attacked unarmed civilians, including women and children, with pepper spray, drawn handguns and non-lethal rounds. I was shocked and distressed to see an incident where an old woman praying the rosary was pepper-sprayed in the face. Did you order this level of violence against the camp?

 

When a court injunction against the peaceful protest was to be heard the very next day, why did you order the RCMP to raid the Rexton protest camp on October 17th? I would not want to believe that it was actually your intent to silence citizen engagement and judicial process. That would most certainly create an even more grievous ‘black eye’ on the province.

 

There are too many gravely serious and unanswered questions about the specific circumstances leading to the lamentable incidents that took place in Rexton. I find myself now also concerned about continuing negative impact following these incidents; please be aware that further harms are being suffered by many of our peoples seeking justice under the New Brunswick correction and court systems. Because the Province of New Brunswick itself became a player in these circumstances and events, its unfortunate position is in conflict of interest which precludes it from organizing or conducting an impartial public inquiry.

 

You must answer the public call without delay and empower the people of New Brunswick to conduct an independent, impartial public inquiry, held at arm’s length from the government. A few of the unanswered questions already expressed to you by the New Brunswick Anti Shale Gas Alliance include:

 

– Why were police continuing to allow citizens to enter the Rexton site, considering that the police themselves claim it was a dangerous situation threatening public safety, but drove away persons from the media (excepting one Brunswick News reporter who was curiously there at dawn)?

 

– Why didn’t police consult with First Nations chiefs who were vocal advocates of non-violence; especially why did they arrest a respected chief who had repeatedly stressed the importance of peaceful protest in the midst of inflamed situations?

 

– Why, despite a massive police presence at the camp, six RCMP vehicles were left unattended; how they could be set on fire with no police intervention and, to date, no arrests of suspects for arson?

 

I fully agree with you that “the truth cannot be silenced” and I look forward to your favourable response to this letter and to the citizen appeals for a public inquiry at your earliest convenience. Thank you for your attention to these matters.

 

Yours very truly,

 

Willi (Wilhelmina) Nolan

 

Cc: Noel Joe Augustine, Keptin Mi’kmaq Grand Council Sikniktuk District; His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada; Hon. Graydon Nicholas, New Brunswick Lieutenant Governor; Hon. Dominic Leblanc, MP Beauséjour; Passamaquoddy Chief Hugh Akaji; Penobscot Chief Dave Mitchell; Dan Ennis, Saugem, Wulustukieg Traditional Council of Tobic; members of Wabanaki Confederacy;Brian Gallant, Leader NB Liberal Party; David Coon, Leader NB Green Party; Dominic Cardy, Leader NB NDP; Kris Austin, Leader People’s Alliance; Charles Murray, New Brunswick Ombudsman; members of the New Brunswick Anti Shale Gas Alliance, members of The Council of Canadians; Prof. James Anaya, Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights; members of Amnesty International.

 

enclosed: text of Dec 111, 2013 Times and Transcript article “New Brunswick Anti-Shale Gas Alliance wants ‘unanswered questions’ looked at surrounding incident on Oct. 17 that led to 40 arrests

 

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(article) New Brunswick Times & Transcript DEC 11, 2013

 

New Brunswick Anti-Shale Gas Alliance wants ‘unanswered questions’ looked at surrounding incident on Oct. 17 that led to 40 arrests

 

By COLE HOBSON, TIMES & TRANSCRIPT

 

The New Brunswick Anti-Shale Gas Alliance is asking the provincial government for an independent, public inquiry into events surrounding the Oct. 17 clash between shale gas protesters and the RCMP that led to an eruption of violence and 40 arrests along Route 134 near Rexton.

 

The group believes the people of New Brunswick have a right to know the reasons behind the escalation in the use of force used by RCMP, with the group saying there are ‘many unanswered questions’ about what transpired along the highway that day.

 

Jim Emberger, a spokesman for New Brunswick Anti-Shale Gas Alliance, said the discussion in the past couple of months has been about the demonstration and protests, but they want to return the dialogue to the pertinent information and scientific studies surrounding shale gas itself.

 

Yesterday was International Human Rights Day and the group used the opportunity to echo the concerns expressed in an Amnesty International letter to Premier David Alward and his cabinet dated on Nov. 1.

 

That letter stated that unless steps are taken to rebuild the relationship with Indigenous Peoples with respect to resource development, further incidents could occur.

 

Amnesty International said in the letter that this incident ‘could have been avoided had the province acted in a manner consistent with its obligations to respect the human rights of Indigenous peoples under Canadian and international law.’ The Alliance believes that if Amnesty International is raising concern about human rights issues in New Brunswick, citizens should be concerned as well.

 

‘We would like an independent public inquiry to examine what role this failure to respect the human rights of Indigenous peoples may have played in the events leading up to Oct. 17,’ said Emberger. ‘An independent, impartial inquiry held at arm’s length from government is necessary because the provincial government itself played a role in those events.’ It was during that October confrontation that the Mounties noted they found guns and firebombs at the protest camp and while the two sides squared off in the middle of Route 134 several police vehicles were set on fire. Some protesters claim the weapons were planted by police and the police cars were set ablaze by police ‘agents provocateurs’ but the end result was 40 arrests and six protesters behind bars facing charges ranging from weapons offences to assaulting police officers to unlawfully confining security guards who felt they couldn’t safely leave from behind the barricaded compound.

 

Alward has called it a ‘black eye’ on the province and said in a Moncton speech on Monday that he was troubled by what SWN was put through during their seismic exploration process, but was pleased they ‘persevered’ through the controversy.

 

Alward said it’s easy to be against things, ‘but very rarely do these opponents bring forward alternative ideas,’ he said, noting it’s ‘difficult to argue with those who use misinformation and false statements to promote fear and division within our communities. But I believe the truth cannot be silenced.’ Emberger contended that the government has been acting with blinders on, as he said for three years groups like theirs have been ready and willing to present alternative options and factual information to the government.

 

‘They are not responding in any way to options that have (been presented) in three years,’ he said, noting everything they’ve put forward has been based on peer-reviewed science and reliable reports.

 

The Alliance represents community groups and voices from across New Brunswick who are opposed to unconventional oil and gas development. While putting forward information about the potential risks of unconventional oil and gas development, the group also explore and promote clean energy and economic alternatives.

 

Emberger said they have seen studies showing that as an example, the clean energy economy in Massachusetts has created close to three times as many direct jobs as in Pennsylvania with jobs related to shale gas development.

 

Emberger said with the support their group has throughout the province, he has a hard time believing Alward’s assertions that most of what he’s hearing on the ground is overall support for the industry.

 

‘It’s not like we’re not telling anyone, but if you’re not listening you won’t hear it,’ he said.

 

‘We will admit that shale gas will do something, but it’s up to the government to make the case that it’s the economic and even more than that environmentally correct thing to do in particular in terms of all the news of all the climate change (issues).’ Emberger believes different methods, other than force, could have been used to achieve the goal of enforcing the injunction on Oct. 17 and believes it didn’t have to come to what it did.

 

‘This was civil disobedience and people were prepared to be arrested and had been all summer,’ he said. ‘The fact that people were surprised early in the morning as the first thing they saw were people with sniper rifles, sitting in fields all around. That’s not going from step one to step two, that’s going from step one to step 15. So our question is, OK, what did you know that made you think that you had to go to a military-style assault on what has been a peaceful demonstration?’ In the aftermath of the Oct. 17 incident, RCMP Assistant Commissioner Roger Brown said threat to public safety posed by lethal weapons and escalating tensions at the Rexton blockade forced them to take action against protesters.

 

Brown said on Oct. 18 at a press conference that in addition to 40 arrests and the six police cars being destroyed, several shots were fired by persons unknown within the encampment, potentially deadly explosives were seized and police officers discharged ‘soft rounds’ of bean-bag-like projectiles and pepper spray.

 

He said experts had to defuse several improvised explosive devices found at the blockade, where protesters had been encamped for close to three weeks.

 

‘Some contained shrapnel and had the potential to seriously injure or kill,’ Brown said. ‘This was no longer a peaceful protest, and there was a serious threat to public safety.’ Emberger said the presence of legally owned hunting rifles at a campsite in New Brunswick during hunting season isn’t cause for alarm. He said it also seems suspicious that despite the police cars lit on fire, there hasn’t been an arrest made for arson in relation to the incident. As for the other dangerous weapons found, he said he couldn’t comment as he never saw them, but he would like to see some context provided by the RCMP on what was found and how it was discovered.

 

‘From what we can see,’ Emberger said, ‘there was no threat to public safety until police, advancing with drawn guns and accompanied by dogs and snipers in camouflage, attacked unarmed civilians, including women and children, with pepper spray and non-lethal rounds.’ A request for comment from the Premier’s office was not returned by press time.

 

In the end, Emberger said he doesn’t believe the government will act on their request for an inquiry.

 

‘Do I have confidence the government will actually do anything about this … I think the answer is no,’ he said, noting he believes the Alward government will ultimately lose the next election based on their ‘my way or the highway’ attitude on issues.

 

He added that in the new year their group, in co-ordination with others to be named, will be doing a concentrated education and electoral campaign about issues relating to shale gas.

 

The NBASGA said they and other anti-shale groups have been engaged in peaceful education, discussion and debate for three years and it is their intent to continue.

 

The group said it recognizes that peaceful protest may include civil disobedience, but never violence, and feel acts of civil disobedience have occurred only because of government refusal to address citizen concerns in any meaningful way.

 

‘The current and continuing threat of violence was initiated by the RCMP and government in the Rexton raid,’ said Emberger. ‘This violence has drawn the public’s attention away from the important issues, and also from the coverage of recent significant scientific, economic and political reports and events concerning shale gas.’

 

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Read more background with links to court filings:

“Jane Doe” SLAPPs Back! Defending Lawsuit to Silence & Intimidate Anti-Fracking Protests – http://willinolanspeaks.com/shares/jane-doe-slapps-back-defending-lawsuit-to-silence-intimidate-anti-fracking-protests/

NB Referata Wiki – Main Page – http://nb.referata.com/wiki/Main_Page

New Brunswick Anti-Shale Gas Alliance Calls for Public Inquiry into October 17 Raid – http://protectalbertcounty.wordpress.com/2013/12/10/nbasga-calls-for-inquiry/

Open Letter to Premier David Alward from Amnesty International concerning anti-fracking protests at the Elsipogtog Mi’kmaq Nation Nov. 1, 2013 – http://www.amnesty.ca/news/coalition-letters/open-letter-concerning-anti-fracking-protests-at-the-elsipogtog-mi%E2%80%99kmaq-natio

You can find links to Support Willi Nolan’s Spirit Led Activism  here

 

Vision for a Path Forward: College of Applied Sustainability

Note: Original link can be found at the website for the International Institute of Concern for Public Health

 

College of Applied Sustainability – Invitation to join Advisory Group

By Willi Nolan

 

“To leave a legacy for future generations that eliminates our collective ecological footprint, we need to do more than just reading, talking, writing, meeting and going to conferences.” Willi Nolan, 2006

 

The College Of Applied Sustainability is building a Centre of Excellence to deliver accredited programs in applied training and research in sustainable development.

Unlike any other learning institution, the College will provide hands-on, comprehensive training for youth, leaders in business, skilled trades, land and community development, materials and food production. Our graduates will know how to practically apply the principles of sustainability to their enterprises.

We are gathering Advisors to guide participatory action research for the development and operation of the College and to form a pool of educational expertise. We seek those forward thinkers who are ready to be a hands-on part in developing the practical education that will transform the way that North Americans live in the natural environment. We’re asking that distinguished individuals and experts come forward and join their knowledge and skills with ours to establish funding sources and build capacity for ecological sustainability and long term economic viability.

Investing in Building Human Capacity

Lack of professional competence in high-performance and sustainable design is slowing market transformation in many regions of the continent. Popular educational institutions haven’t developed the capacity to teach students the practical skills and knowledge required to efficiently turn around the ongoing destruction of our living and working environments. Likewise, new and mid-term professionals do not have access to professional development with consistent accreditation standards.

This education is critically required in North America; for example, we are already facing a shortage in skilled trades and craftsmanship. This crisis presents unparalleled opportunities for business, industry and labour to grow and thrive. By providing entry-level support to newcomers and continuing education for professionals in sustainable development, we are building capacity to make all environments sustainable. Our students can take advantage of almost limitless new economic and social opportunities because they will hold the solutions to the biggest threats to our common future.

The College Of Applied Sustainability is generating the Human Capital required to stop the destruction and save our future. We will provide the knowledge and training to set up and maintain the best in conservation and production technologies available.

Is this Opportunity for you?

We welcome cutting edge sustainable developers. If you’re serious about re-building communities and want to work with the team that is making it happen, we want to work with you. Do you have the finely tuned analysis of a sustainable world required to realize this vision? Do you want to teach and encourage others? If you answer yes to these questions, our time has come. We welcome you to join us as we walk boldly together and achieve the restoration of our living and working environments – contact us!

 

Willi Nolan, primary planner for the College, has been developing sustainable businesses for about 2 decades. To coalesce the vision, for four consecutive years, she organized and hosted an annual Good Life Gathering for youth, Elders and community leaders to educate each other and find solutions to support sustainable education, work creation, and communities.

— Willi Nolan

Human Rights

Dialogue with Lena Longtoe, Abenaki – Indigenous Peoples Alliance UFlorida@Tampa Nov 13 2016

Dialogue with Lena Longtoe, Abenaki, President, Indigenous Peoples Alliance

Event at the University of Florida at Tampa

a presentation of

Indigenous Peoples Alliance Campus Empowerment Group
“Talking About Decolonization” during Native American Heritage Month

lena_willi_ufloridatampa_nodapl_13nov2016

“Introducing Grandmother Willi Nolan, one of the Grandmothers of the Wabanaki Confederacy.”
Lena shares her experiences as she sat in Grandmothers Council during the 2015 Wabanaki Confederacy Conference*, and asks Grandmother Willi about effective activism; and the links between water protection actions at Standing Rock, North Dakota and the successful moratorium victory following the Wabanaki-New Brunswick Shale Gas Rebellion of 2013; and the ongoing protection actions via the Peoples Lawsuit, and alliance-building.

[ * See the 2015 Wabanaki Confederacy Statement here * ]


This link should let you download the recording of our skype conversation https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B93hVrrsoaXNZG8yRzJqVzkxN2M/view

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B93hVrrsoaXNZG8yRzJqVzkxN2M/view

Video – “Dialogue with Lena Longtoe, Abenaki – Indigenous Peoples Alliance UFlorida@Tampa Nov 13 2016” – Google Drive

The Power of Informed Protest

Thank you for the Moratorium

THANK YOU FOR THE MORATORIUM from
Willi Nolan, Marcel White, Isaya Fiola, Jean Sebastien Theriault


 

An Analysis of Lawful Rebellion in New Brunswick and British Columbia 2013-2014.  Informed Protest can Trigger Judicial Investigations, Dropped Charges and Opportunities for Legal Actions to Defend Peaceful Protest, Environmental Protection and the Rule of Law

 

Big things happened in New Brunswick in 2013 that put our Peoples on the map.  We’re still on the map.  We know that many are watching to see what we’ll do next.

We’re still allied Peoples.  Because of our strong voices, courage and willingness to protect, sacrifice, speak up and stand with and for each other, we united, showed our power and have made some big changes happen. The last Conservative government left heavy baggage, unfinished business in the form of lawsuits against them from allied settlers and First Canadians.[1]  Official investigations by the Commission for Public Complaints against the RCMP finally began in fall 2014, already overwhelmed with complaints about New Brunswick RCMP from across Canada and as far away as California [2]  The facts are only beginning to be revealed.  Stay tuned.

After its own people began suing them, the government faced a provincial election which essentially became a provincial referendum on shale gas.  New Brunswick voters flexed their muscle and tossed David “Say Yes to Shale Gas and Pipelines” Alward and nine of his Cabinet ministers out of office. A promised provincial moratorium on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) is in the works under a Liberal government. And it gets better.

The New Brunswick Green Party, led by David Coon, a career environmentalist and fierce defender against shale gas development, won its first seat in the legislature — the second Green provincial seat in Canadian history. [3]

These great victories have brought us tremendous knowledge, information, understanding and experience. As could be expected, they have come with a price. There’s still some conflict within families, communities, interest groups and within ourselves, but unity still rules.  We know that unity is our true power.  Local activists have been tested to the core of their beings; but know that staying the course is the only thing to do. There are still so many injustices that must be challenged, giving up is not an option.  Politicians struggle under the weight and watch of an informed citizenry armed with abundant knowledge of historical and in-progress wrongdoings, we are a citizenry that is demanding the Rule of Law and to be governed in our interest.

Within First Canadian communities, a painful, centuries old divide and conquer strategy has degraded into sad and frenzied attempts to make illegal and unethical land and resource deals.  News reports are filled with stories of misguided First Nation elected chiefs who have actually worked with police and governments to have injunctions, lawsuit claims, charges and arrests laid against members of their own communities who were involved in peaceful, lawful, environmental protection actions. [4] [5]  183 First Nations have been targeted for deal making with oil and gas interests through a targeted “nation-building exercise” led by Phil Fontaine, former Grand Chief of the federally-sponsored Assembly of First Nations  and his company Ishkonigan [6], private First Nations consulting and negotiation companies [7] for ‘TransCanaDeath‘, the Transcanada East Energy pipeline project.[8]

Since the now-famous Tsilhqot’in decision in Canada’s Supreme Court, the federal government under Stephen Harper began attempting to enforce a “Comprehensive Land Claims Policy” that would require “Aboriginal” Peoples to extinguish their rights in exchange for small amounts of land and one time buy-outs. [9]  This amounts to genocide, it is hateful and illegal policy. Hate crimes are a criminal matter. The RCMP are obliged to act on criminal matters.  Could they be persuaded to act?

Meanwhile, the profound abuses of court and police resources unfolding at Burnaby Mountain in British Columbia have resulted in charges against peaceful protesters being discharged, and denial of land and water protection via court injunction.  They are now facing the same horrible pattern of unjust court and police behaviour that was employed in New Brunswick near Elsipogtog in 2013 — injunction, SLAPP lawsuit, military-style arrests… [10] [11] [12]

For the vast majority of folks you saw getting arrested, pepper sprayed, crying, proud, demanding, shocked and righteous in New Brunswick and British Columbia, it was their first time up against THE SYSTEM. These experiences have only strengthened the Peoples’ resolve.

For the folks watching these events from afar, it appears surreal, confusing and frightening.  There is every reason to be confused about what’s really playing out in Canada.  The beautiful thing about it, is that there is actually more reason for those running the System to be afraid than for those being oppressed by it, because the lies that used to be believed are widely known as lies. People are becoming less fearful and more aware of their rights, and there is a collective awakening to the power of informed protest. What has been learned cannot be unlearned.

New Brunswick and British Columbia have become proving grounds for informed activism to direct social movements that are adapting to make room for all people for the protection of the Commons — the water, air and lands that we all need to survive. Our legal defences, lawsuits, grassroots campaigns, petitions, social media, public hearings and front line protests are tools that we are honing and refining and becoming skillful at using to stop destructive activities and put solutions on the table so that change can happen. As one dirty industry after another is exposed, confronted, rejected and inevitably engineers its own demise, we the People are gathering and using powerful tools within the Rule of Law and most importantly, we are learning that the road to getting what we want is in unity.

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IDENTIFY AND REPLACE THE SYSTEMS THAT ARE FAILING THE PEOPLE


What do I want?  I want the best outcome for everyone involved.  Giving up is not an option. Of course I can’t speak for everyone, but I can dream about it.  I can create and share a vision.  I do dream.  I dream of many, many announcements and reports of clean jobs, businesses and local economies created by communities that no longer have to fight their governments.  I dream of governments that rely on their communities to decide what is in their best interest. I dream that local Community Activism Centres spring up in every little village, connected to the treasure trove of informed, understanding, knowledgeable and experienced people who know how to listen and provide and to teach how to apply the best direction for each unique circumstance.  Imagine how brave folks will be when we all have access to a network of independent activists, scientists, consultants, doctors, lawyers, and Indian chiefs who uphold and protect our human rights with their lives…  imagine.

The dawn of that time has begun. We now know that when we are united, we can get to where we need to by  using the power of our collective knowledge, understanding and choice. We know the divide, conquer and repression tactics that have been used against us no longer effectively divide or suppress us the way they used to, because now we  know how to gather the eyes of the world to our causes.  It’s easier than ever to shine the light of truth on all that is good about our activism to and use our gifts and abilities to expose, oppose and confront the greed and stupidity systems that are failing the people and threatening to betray those who haven’t even been born yet. The eyes of the People of the Earth  look toward a future that does not tolerate abuses of peoples or ecosystems.

These are civil matters.  These are political matters. This is Lawful Rebellion in defense of human rights and Life on earth.

The RCMP is well advised to get to work investigating the real crimes and criminals, let the courts hear the civil matters, and find ways to not have Canadian police condemned by international authorities and possibly become personally liable. Armed forces following illegal orders and in the process, facilitating crimes and wrongdoing, is what the Nazis are still being hunted and tried for.  Here’s some hope: in Iceland, where gender equity rules – where men’s and women’s voices are equally heard and respected –   police don’t need to carry guns.[13]  They also kicked the banksters out and made them eat their losses.[14]

Informed protest is a call to action to use our collective power to Identify and Replace the Systems that are Failing the People.  We’ve got a lot of work to do.

Informed protest is a call to understand the bind we’re in, to make intelligent demands and to be part of solving the problems – engaging in lawful rebellion to make the changes that must happen to meet the needs of all  people and protect the land and waters for those who aren’t born yet, the people of the future . We know the next generations are watching and waiting to see what we’ll do next. Let’s make ’em proud of us.

by Willi Nolan
November 2014


REFERENCES FOR FURTHER STUDY

[1] Frack Back! Peoples Lawsuit
http://peopleslawsuit.com

[2] RCMP watchdog reviews police handling of shale gas protests | CBC News Oct 14, 2014
http://www.cbc.ca/m/touch/canada/new-brunswick/story/1.2797610

[3]New Brunswick election: Brian Gallant Liberals win majority government Green Party Breakthrough.  Technical glitches stalled vote counting for nearly two hours Monday night, 32-year-old Gallant becomes youngest premier | Toronto Star September 22, 2014
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2014/09/22/liberals_tories_neckandneck_in_new_brunswick_election.html

[4] NB premier, Mi’kmaq chief discussed ending blockade, allowing shale gas exploration to continue, handwritten notes reveal http://aptn.ca/pages/news/2013/10/09/nb-nb-premier-mikmaq-chief-discussed-ending-blockade-allowing-shale-gas-exploration-to-continue-handwritten-notes-reveal/

[5] Burns Lake Band members, including a child, evicted from their blockade by armed riot police | West Coast Native News April 7, 2013
http://westcoastnativenews.com/burns-lake-band-members-evicted-from-their-blockade-by-armed-riot-police/

[6]  Former AFN chief Phil Fontaine hired by TransCanada Pipeline Ltd | Warrior Publications Dec 9, 2013
https://warriorpublications.wordpress.com/2013/12/09/former-afn-chief-phil-fontaine-hired-by-transcanada-pipeline-ltd/

[7] Negotiations: Treaty implementation with the Province of New Brunswick, and the Government of Canada | Assembly of First Nations’ Chiefs in New Brunswick Inc. | May 07, 2014
http://www.chiefsnb.ca/index.php/first-nations-rights/item/negotiations

[8] Energy companies struggle with aboriginal needs on pipelines  | by Shawn McArthy,  Globe and Mail Ottawa Dec. 08 2013. Last updated Friday, May. 16 2014 (retrieved 27 Nov2014)
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/industry-news/energy-and-resources/energy-companies-struggle-with-aboriginal-needs-on-pipelines/article15818477/

[9] Canada Responds to Tsilhqot’in in Supreme Court Case:  Extinguishment or Nothing!  By Russel Diabo, First Nations Strategic Bulletin Aug-Oct 2014.  http://www.scribd.com/doc/245461195/First-Nations

[9] NB premier, Mi’kmaq chief discussed ending blockade, allowing shale gas exploration to continue, handwritten notes reveal | APTN National News 9 Oct 2013
http://aptn.ca/news/2013/10/09/nb-nb-premier-mikmaq-chief-discussed-ending-blockade-allowing-shale-gas-exploration-to-continue-handwritten-notes-reveal/

[10]  Lawyer condemns arrests of Burnaby Mountain protesters while appeals are before courts | Straight.com  http://www.straight.com/news/775951/lawyer-condemns-arrests-burnaby-mountain-protesters-while-appeals-are-courts

[11]  Judge dismisses all civil contempt charges against Burnaby Mountain Protesters | Burnaby Now Nov 27 2014 http://www.burnabynow.com/news/judge-dismisses-all-civil-contempt-charges-against-burnaby-mountain-protesters-1.1624814

[12] “Fabulous” victory for Burnaby Mountain protesters as court rejects Kinder Morgan contempt charges
http://www.vancouverobserver.com/news/huge-victory-burnaby-mountain-protesters-court-rejects-kinder-morgan-contempt-charges

[13]  In Iceland, When Police Kill a Gunman, They Apologize | Bloomberg View Dec 2 2013
http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2013-12-02/in-iceland-when-police-kill-a-gunman-they-apologize

[14]  Top Economists: Iceland Did It Right … And Everyone Else Is Doing It Wrong | WashingtonsBlog  August 25, 2012  http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/08/top-economists-iceland-did-it-right-everyone-else-is-doing-it-wrong.html

Willi Nolan NB Court Statement on SWN’s Failed Injunction Oct 18 2013

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Willi with warriors outside Moncton courthouse after defeating SWN injunction Brion Robinson GlobalNews Oct 21 2013

STATEMENT OF WILHELMINA (WILLI) NOLAN

Respectfully Submitted on my own behalf on October 18, 2013

With reference to Court File No. MC 663-13, Court of Queen’s Bench of New Brunswick,

Civil Court, Trial Division, Judicial District of Moncton

Between SWN RESOURCES CANADA INC., Plaintiff/Applicant

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LORAINE CLAIR, JIM PICTOU, SEVEN BERNARD, JASON OKAY, GREG COOK, WILHELMINA (WILLI)NOLAN, MELANIE EDWARD, ANN POHL, RACHEL DAIGLE, SUZANNA PATLES, JOHN DOE AND JANE DOE, Defendants/Respondents

as one of the Named Respondents

WITHOUT PREDJUDICE

To: The Honourable Justice George Rideout

I have not done anything wrong, and yet I am named as a respondent in this injunction launched by Southwestern Energy (SWN) with regard to shale gas exploration in New Brunswick.

I am a concerned person of Wabanaki territory, a New Brunswicker, a mother and grandmother who walks a faith path that is of the Original people of Turtle Island and a professional human rights activist. As such, I have solicited professional opinion, written reports and taken many other actions under my responsibilities to uphold the names of my mentors and teachers and to share the good teachings that I have received from them. I intend to continue to stand up for my rights, human rights,the rights of Original people and the protection of Mother Earth.That I have not been served with this injunction or the related documents and the matter of costs are, among other matters, at issue here.

Police Involvement in Anti-Shale Gas Protests

In a public meeting held on Monday,October 14, 2013, in Kent County, RCMP officers informed those present that:

a) In their opinion, the protest at Hwy134, Rexton, was unlawful because it prevented “certain people” from doing their job. The officers stated that it is not the RCMP’s job to know the legalities on all sides, that RCMP don’t make the laws, they enforce them, and that they are neutral. The officers stated that if SWN is found to be unlawful, they would enforce the law, but that it is not the RCMP’s job to determine if the injunction is illegal or not.

The officers stated that the injunction was properly served by a notice of it having been placed in the newspapers which included an enforcement order by the police. The RCMP further stated that this is a civil injunction – that there had been no decision yet when it would be enforced.

b) RCMP said that they were not there to enforce environmental laws, that they do not enforce the Clean Water Act or Clean Air Act, that other departments enforce those Acts. The RCMP denied any authority or discretion to enforce the Acts and stated that they did not know policing regulations in this regard.

c) The officers stated that if there has been a violation they can act, but that neither of the officers was present at a court hearing on the injunction on October 7, 2013, where it was reported that there was some doubt as to which side was actually involved in unlawful acts.RCMP stated that they were not aware of discussions about police enforcement that took place in front of the judge.

d) Regarding RCMP obligations to respect the laws and authority of the people of Signigtog, Native Spirituality and rights and responsibilities to protect the lands and waters, they stated that they don’t deal with that kind of thing, that it is not their job, and that their mandate is only offences under criminal code.

e) RCMP stated that their oath is not to uphold the honour of the British Crown or to protect the best interests and well being of either residents or the Original people from harm. They stated that their oath is to enforce the criminal code, as they were hired to do by the province. They stated that New Brunswick RCMP were hired by the province only to enforce certain of the Acts, which did not include environmental protection.

f) RCMP responded to to a relevant question from a woman of the Original peoples of Signigtog:

“What gives the province the right to issue a permit to SWN”?

The officers’ responded to the question with, “We don’t know.”

g) The officers were asked about the rights of people who are engaged, not in protest, but in preventing crimes intended to be committed and in protecting the lands and waters because for many, it is their responsibility to do so according to traditional culture, values and law. RCMP were also asked if going to sacred ceremonies at the site could be considered illegal.

The officers stated that they could not comment on these matters.

h) I explained to the meeting that some of us are acting to uphold the law of the Original people and asked the following questions:

i) Are the RCMP aware that the Signigtog Grand Council issued an eviction notice to SWN?

ii) Are the RCMP aware that a Directive to SWN was issued under collective right of the people of Signigtog that directed SWN to stop their operations,repair the damage and leave?

iii) Are the RCMP aware that the Elsipogtog Band Council, together with the Grand Council, reclaimed stewardship of all the unoccupied native lands recently in a Band Council Resolution (BCR)?

The officers stated that they were aware of the BCR, but not the Directive or Eviction Notice, and that the RCMP have no interest in the upholding of the laws of the Original people.

i) The RCMP were asked at the meeting, “What is the meaning of the words “shall be in the cause” in the injunction?” and responded that they did not know, that the RCMP mandate is only regarding the criminal code.

j) RCMP stated that they report to J Division Commander and are working under the“Criminal Enforcement” department on the “Shale Gas file.”They informed us that J Division reports to the RCMP Commissioner in Ottawa, currently Bob Paulsen, who reports to the Minister. The officers stated that they did not know which minister, but thought it was the Public Safety minister or some other federal government ministry.

[WN: NOTE – Under the RCMP Act, it is the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.]

k) The officers stated that the police will be told who to arrest and not arrest.

l) The RCMP officers were asked to inform of the people of the laws regarding “Nuisance”. The RCMP read that section of the criminal code; it referred to violations involving protecting property, lives,safety and health of the public, causing physical injury and endangering people and property.

Local residents repeatedly commented from the floor: “That sounds like what SWN is doing!”

It is my contention that, under the definition under the Criminal Code violations given to me this week by an RCMP officer at a public meeting, that both the provincial government and SWN are creating a public nuisance and a nuisance to opponents of shale gas exploration in New Brunswick.

Both the provincial government and SWN are complicit in the unlawful use of property, have caused inconvenience and damage to myself, the public and Original people who have all been longtime allied and have been resorting to all manner of lawful protest of these bothersome, wrongfully sanctioned activities which are unauthorized by the Original people Signigtog territory. It appears that the unauthorized collections of seismic data, release of noxious and toxic chemicals, smells, noise, burning,exploding and alteration of watercourses in the forests and near homes fall clearly into the realm of illegal activities.

SWN Granted Injunction for“Irreparable” or “Grievous” Harm

SWN requested an ex parte interim injunction, is claiming “irreparable harm” and has attached a dollar value to the alleged “harm.” I understand “irreparable harm” as harm to which no monetary compensation can cure or put conditions back the way they were, harms that are impossible to repair, rectify or amend. A simple example from a Law Dictionary is“the oil spill did irreparable harm to the Bay.”

The harms being perpetrated and contemplated by Southwestern Energy (SWN) and sanctioned by the province are irreparable. The seismic testing program has already caused watercourses to be altered, lethal toxins to be injected into the earth, endangered not only animal habitats, burial, hunting and gathering grounds, but has displaced ecosystems that human and animal populations are relying on for clean air and drinking water.

The water and land protection movement in New Brunswick, and I, as a party named in the court’s injunction,are seeking to prevent SWN from causing irreparable harm. However,these hearings appear to uphold SWN’s questionable claim of grievous harm while ignoring the harm that SWN is doing and intends to extend. For my part, the honour and integrity of a lifetime of service to communities concerned about their environmental health has been maligned and is placing populations that I serve at greater risk because of SWN’s attempting to smear my name, reputation and life’s work.

Criminal and Civil Wrongdoings

With regard to civil wrongdoings, SWN and the New Brunswick government have clearly been involved in a host of bothersome activities, including releasing fraudulent reports on human and ecosystem health impacts from shale gas development. Residents here were forced to seek credible scientific reporting and opinion and have been gathering more than compelling evidence that there has already been and there will be even more harm done if shale gas developments enter our ecosystems.

I understand that the court does not require an outside appeal to place persons or corporations or governments under court order for review. The court can act on any information brought before it and can order it to be placed under judicial review. The court can order any person or entity plausibly suspected to be causing harm and/or being a nuisance to stop activities that are known to cause harm.

The NB Chief Medical Officer of Health has spoken against proceeding with shale gas developments without further study to protect public health because the available evidence of risk to public health is too great to ignore. Doctors have yet to be provided information on “proprietary” chemical compounds used in fracking operations. The New Brunswick Ombudsman is currently investigating shortfalls of the government regarding processes involved in public consultations on shale gas development in the province that a significant number of residents see as invalid and yet, are being denied even dialogue about their concerns.

A great number of knowledgeable,peaceable, law abiding citizens have been distressed because of being placed under threat of criminal records and loss of their properties because of the ex parte, interlocutory injunction sought by SWN and agreed upon by the courts. The injunction’s breadth and preemptive restraint of a “Jane Doe” attack on public rights appear equally outrageous to the vague exclusion zone. I was one of many people who became distressed yesterday to learn that Original people and their allies were subject to unprovoked attack in the early morning hours.

I ask the court to honour its responsibility to all concerned, all the named and all the Jane and John Does of New Brunswick and arrest the harm that is being perpetrated and place this matter under review by the court itself.

Authority of Original People ofSignigtog

These hearings have, to date, ignored the authority, laws and dictums not only of the Original peoples of this land, but also the rights of homeowners whose lives, whose survival are under threat from provincially-sanctioned SWN operations. These hearings are still ignoring the obligations of Crown authorities to protect the interest of the Original peoples of this land and to obtain their free, prior and informed consent to developments on native lands.

These hearings ignore the demonstrated adherence to traditional authority by countless New Brunswick residents through their support of the rights, title and authority of its Original peoples to reclaim stewardship of the lands, repair the damage that has been done and to prevent the ruin of waters and lands needed for our survival.

I understand that demonstrated intent to cause harm is against the law and is reflected in laws against nuisance and threats. Yesterday’s actions reflect a dangerous and destructive pattern of Crown conduct. Further, the order takes no regard of the province’s lack of claim to native lands of Signigtog. Moreover, the actions appear to be calculated to destroy the rights of Wabanaki peoples and to cause bodily and mental harm to people who are fighting for their survival.

For all of these reasons, I respectfully request that the court, in good faith, place this matter under review.

PLEASE NOTE: All content in this document are my true words <signed> Wilhelmina (Willi) Nolan —Nbreferata (talk) 14:40, October 24, 2013 (EDT)


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Media Coverage

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Witnessing a Miracle in New Brunswick

The police made us braver... we are stronger now

The police made us braver… we are stronger now

Witnessing the Miracle in New Brunswick:

Peace, Friendship and Bravery Meet the Colonial Shale Gas Complex

By Willi Nolan

The police made us braver. Warriors showed their love. Elders stayed, and their stories helped the people to keep going. Women held onto the sacred with their songs and prayers. The youth held onto the truth and received the gift of hope. No one will ever take away our power again.

We are stronger now. We still cry and chant outside police stations. We still keep an eye on each other and we keep watch for signs of the destroyers. And something miraculous took place on June 26th 2014.

In a quiet court clerk’s office in St. John, New Brunswick, an act of Peace and Friendship was committed. The descendents of First Peoples, settlers and the sixties brought truth to power to be tested under the Rule of Law. Weightily armed with a very long list of violations of the rights and responsibilities of citizens of Wabanaki Confederacy territory, one can’t help but notice their fresh and truly unified approach.

It is clear that their timing is perfect. At that same moment in time, as the Supreme Court of Canada recognized Unceded lands on Canada’s west borders, Treaty people claimed Wabanaki — all of it — in the name of Peace and Friendship and the Rule of Law.

The Peoples Lawsuit

On June 26th 2014, eighteen defenders filed legal action against the forces that took away their peace and violated their rights. The Peoples Lawsuit Statement of Claim could read — for those who followed the sad, violent applications of corporate rule that traumatized peaceful people at Elsipogtog, Harcourt, Moncton and Rexton in 2013 — like a saga.

The legal action numbers the ways that laws have been broken by politicos and corporations. Frackers Southwestern Energy (SWN) and Canada have been legally served 20 days notice to respond. The Peoples Lawsuit speaks truth to power… but that’s not all it does. By an uncanny set of circumstances, New Brunswick managed to delay the official filing of TWO lawsuits against itself. Not stopped, mind you, but delayed.

TWO lawsuits, you ask? On June 26th 2014, the New Brunswick Anti Shale Gas Alliance (NBASGA) and three compassionate and revolutionary-minded settlers also officially filed notice of a legal action against the province. Their lawsuit is demanding that the light of justice shine on scientific truths about fracking, truths that can no longer be twisted or ignored.

Fracking destroys farms. Fracking makes people sick. There’s really no money in it for the public, only debt, devaluation and destruction of communities. There is no doubt that Wabanaki, all of it, is unceded. There’s no doubt the game has changed.

Mainstream and social media have barely begun to acknowledge the magnitude of the June 26th Supreme Court decision and the filing of the Peoples Lawsuit and its sister, the “Science” lawsuit. Still fewer are aware yet of what the lawsuits are actually demanding from the court of justice.

Take the subsidies off dirty fuels and invest in jobs that are solutions to climate change. Stop the criminal politicians and their dealmaking lawyers. Respect First Peoples right to say no. Protect the water.

There’s room for everyone in the Peoples Lawsuit. Already, more people are coming forward to add their names alongside the ones who took the first steps.

Why not a class action, you ask? Well, I’ve heard that everything is possible when a small group of committed citizens come together in Unity.

In June of 2013, SWN began seismic testing for shale gas deposits in the area of Kent County, New Brunswick. This territory was never ceded in the Covenant Chain of Peace and Friendship treaties, and is claimed as traditional land by the Mikmaq and Maliseet peoples, who are members of the Wabanaki Confederacy, which is a Confederacy of nations that includes the Mi’kmaq, Maliseet, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot peoples.”

[excerpt from: Peoples Lawsuit Statement of Claim]

Mother Earth’s children are learning a new kind of dance… can you hear the drums?

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Note: Activist Willi Nolan lives in Wabanaki-Mi’kmaq territory (Kent County, New Brunswick) in an area targeted for shale gas development. She began collaborating in 2013 with her lawyer, Larry Kowalchuk, who is now representing citizens in both the Peoples Lawsuit and the “Science Lawsuit.”

NOTE: This article was first published by the NB Media Co-op under the title: ‘‘Peace, Friendship and Bravery Meet the Colonial Shale Gas Complex”  http://nbmediacoop.org/2014/07/26/peace-friendship-and-bravery-meet-the-colonial-shale-gas-complex-2/

SUGGESTED READINGS

Peoples Lawsuit – Main Page – http://willinolanspeaks.com/shares/peoples-lawsuit/

NBASGA Legal Action – http://www.noshalegasnb.ca/our-strategies/legal-action/

Wabanaki – Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wabanaki

Rule of Law – Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rule_of_Law

Peoples Lawsuit Statement of Claimhttps://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5JmzR9UoeLQNDgzNTN0bEs4blRPNWM0VW5mc1VUTzZRTWM0/edit?usp=sharing

Supreme Court of Canada decision Williams/Tsilhqot’in First Nations decision [PDF] https://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.documentcloud.org/documents/1209518/supreme-court-ruling-william.pdf

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The Glorious New Brunswick Shale Gas Rebellion Of 2013

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By Kairos, http://ht.ly/xIOwj
June 7th, 2014

KAIROS has recently undertaken a research project on the Indigenous right to free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) regarding proposed resource extraction projects on Indigenous lands. Willi Nolan is a member of the reference group for this project and she has contributed this piece about resistance to hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) in New Brunswick. Willi is a semi-retired, veteran activist who has been based in New Brunswick for fifteen years. Focusing on citizen education and drawing on her grassroots experience and Aboriginal teachings, she is playing a key role in defending the peoples, lands and waters in Wabanaki-Mi’kmaq District of Sikniktuk against threats from oil and gas companies. ​The views expressed in this article are not necessarily those of KAIROS.

 

The Glorious New Brunswick Shale Gas Rebellion of 2013

Peace, Friendship & Decolonization Meets the Colonial Industrial Complex

by Willi Nolan

The harsh, violent and public denial of the right of Mi’kmaq peoples in New Brunswick to free prior and informed consent (FPIC) to shale gas developments on their lands made it to the news and table discussions everywhere. And it is still providing global citizens with an  insight into a shocking, inspiring and historic movement of allied peoples in Canada who are under extreme threat and who are demanding to know who ordered the increasingly brutal assaults against peaceful land, water and human rights protectors in Canada in 2013, and why. [1] [3] [8] [36]

SayNoToShaleGasThe answers to questions about who is involved and why reveal the sinister continuance of a set of despicable, centuries-old, but only quietly spoken of, genocidal laws, policies and practices intended to completely eliminate Aboriginal rights in Canada.  An examination of the answers reveals that New Brunswick is attempting to justify repression and brutality and that Canada is ignoring constitutional and international law including laws that protect human, civil and Aboriginal rights. Canada proceeds as if it has the right to subjugate, control and assimilate Aboriginal peoples as well as eliminate Aboriginal rights! Ironically, the same legislative trends also suppress some of the fundamental rights of settler peoples. The Glorious New Brunswick Shale Gas Rebellion has exposed tyranny and genocide and in so doing has become a model for communities seeking to eliminate unjust laws. [1] [36] [38]

Canada’s Mandatory Indian “Enfranchisement” Laws Have Never Been Repealed

It is shocking that laws for the mandatory “enfranchisement” (assimilation) of “Indians” have yet to be condemned or repealed. In Canada’s 1857 Gradual Civilization Act, Indians were granted the “privilege” of mandatory enfranchisement – forgoing their Indian status to become “civilized,” and to “no longer be deemed an Indian” with the “legal rights and habilities of Indians.” Some privilege!  Another Act purporting “protection” of the “property of Indians” takes away Aboriginal peoples’ power to define their own territories, community members and leadership. It ignores community councils and well developed laws as well as economic and governance systems that had ensured peoples’ health and survival since time immemorial. Canada’s Indian Act is the first and only legislation in  Canada specifically designed for a particular race of people. [30]  [31] [32]

Despite the fact that FPIC is the human rights framework for negotiations between Indigenous peoples and States, the Canadian government claims that the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) is only “aspirational” and not legally binding. This view of FPIC is not shared by the people of New Brunswick. The Glorious New Brunswick Shale Gas Rebellion of 2013 has caused some legally problematic situations for provincial, federal and ‘enfranchised’ First Nations’ governments; their house of cards perches precariously. [41]

All the lands of the Wabanaki Confederacy, including Mi’kmaq territories, are unceded. Rights and title to the lands and waters are held communally by Aboriginal peoples themselves — and NOT by chiefs elected under the Indian Act. A failure to recognize this fact has led traditional authorities and members of the Wabanaki Confederacy to challenge decisions made in contempt of their inherent rights. [3] [5] [27] [37]

As citizen education about shale gas took place across all cultural sectors, settler-citizens of Wabanaki-New Brunswick began asserting their collective rights and demanding that laws meant to ensure governments act in the best interest of their citizens are upheld! New, profound and powerful legal questions are being asked. The alliances between settlers and Aboriginal people are asserting pressure on industry representatives and law makers who overstep their jurisdiction and act too blatantly in the interests of corporations. People are not only upholding the Treaties, they are demanding that they be governed by the Rule of Law.  [38]

The Glorious New Brunswick Shale Gas Rebellion is a living expression of peace and friendship between people who have survived centuries of colonial rule and oppression. A statement from the New Brunswick Shale Gas Alliance superbly sums up this solidarity relationship. “We stand in solidarity with these representatives of the Original Peoples, and that we will continue our common struggle together to have the technology known as “hydraulic fracturing” outlawed across all the Maritimes and in any and all other traditional lands of the Original People.” It is noteworthy that the Alliance has also called for an independent public inquiry into the police raid on a peaceful protest camp in Rexton on October 17th, 2013. [4] [38]

 

Allied Movement Downplayed by Media Spin

Despite media reports focused on the support of Highway 11 Land Defenders for Elsipogtog and warriors, the “movement” did not begin or end near Rexton, New Brunswick on October 17, 2013.  Decades old settler movements to live in peace and friendship and uphold the inherent rights of Indigenous peoples have become part of the fabric of Wabanaki Territory-Atlantic Canada.  By October 17, violent police treatment of peaceful protesters had been ongoing for almost 5 months and the anti-shale gas movement had been building support for five years. Global media attention arrived in time to deliver impressive coverage of the prayerful women, visiting environmental activists, camouflaged warriors and sniper squads who happened to be on the scene on or after October 17 – the day everyone was traumatized.  At this time, facts were manipulated, divisions were created and misinformation and partial truths began to shape journalistic, judicial and public opinion. [36]

Many people saw the anti-shale gas movement gain strength when Elsipogtog’s elected Chief and Council gave it public support. Well publicized meetings with Chief Aaren Sock, the Premier and their attachés were held and media reported a series of closed-door meetings. An APTN report revealed handwritten notes from one of these closed meetings attended by Sock and Premier David Alward. The notes contained a timeline to end blockades of SWN machinery and allow the company to finish some of its exploration work. Independent media reported a rift between Mi’kmaq Warriors and elected Elsipogtog leadership.  Involvement of the Idle No More movement allowed people to connect to broader movements to free people from cycles of corrupt and oppressive regimes.  Indigenous leaders across Turtle Island sought their place in the learning, knowing and actions taking place in New Brunswick; people across the world are watching. [6] [7] [34] [35]

It must surely sting veteran activists a little to hear claims such as “In the last 30 years of Canadian environmentalism, there has not been a major environmental victory won without First Nations at the helm.” Such misleading information feeds right into the Government of Canada’s plans for control of resources, the assimilation of Aboriginal peoples and the eventual takeover of Aboriginal territories. In fact, historic alliances between First peoples and settlers have strengthened environmental protection and respect for Treaty and Aboriginal rights (notwithstanding the present government’s policies on these matters). By people joining together to uphold Indigenous and human rights, global movements to protect the lands, waters and fundamental rights of all peoples are strengthened.  The last hope for the environment is unity among the people of the earth.  [2] [10] [11]

Colonial Industrial Complex Strategy: Make “Good Deals” with “First Nations”

The resource extraction industry’s approach to engaging with “First Nations” peoples on proposed projects includes an understanding “that First Nations now hold the balance of power in deciding the fate of Canada’s resource projects”, and this approach is designed to undermine Indigenous rights by manipulating language to make it sound otherwise. Industry advocates rattle on about “good deals” made with willing Natives, including the deals that led to the establishment of the tar sands projects. Former federal officials become Treaty negotiators and praise those who negotiated the terms of the oil sands projects for “doing it right” by supporting Aboriginal enterprises and employing thousands. Note the key words and phrases being used to attract under-educated First Peoples to “resource development”:“revenue sharing”, “building trust”, “treating First Nations as full partners” and “co-applicants before regulatory boards.” [7] [13] [14]

Enter “check mark consultation”, “culture pimping” (sometimes described as “consultation and accommodation” with “First Nations”) and the Colonial Industrial Complex.  Indian Act band leaders advance their demands using terminology like “Treaty Right to Resources” and “Revenue Benefit Sharing”. They talk about their approach as a strategy to “foster good relations between industry, the Crown, and First Nations” in order to “improve the investment climate, and thereby enhance the economic potential.” [16] [17] [33]

Most attempts to achieve genuine “consultation” and “accommodation” processes are stymied by ever-rotating Chief and Council members, making it impossible to create long term analysis and plans – while the “consultants” stay the same. Industry and governments only want to talk to the people who Indian Affairs relies on to make decisions. No one is taking the time to hear what Aboriginal people and  communities really want, and prospects for obtaining free, prior and informed consent based on collective rights are strangled. [33]

Pre-existing, collectively-held rights are never, or very rarely, mentioned within the colonial-industrial complex.  Likewise, countries that are signatories to the UNDRIP rarely mention that they are required to recognize that the rights of Indigenous peoples to redress, restitution, settlement and dispute resolution. This applies to lands and resources, development activities, environmental protection, cultural rights, repatriation and judicial and legislative processes that may affect Indigenous peoples.  Member states are required by law to provide fair, independent, impartial, open and transparent access to justice processes that give due recognition to the laws, traditions, customs, lands, territories and resources of Indigenous peoples.  [37]

But instead of affirming pre-existing and lawfully affirmed rights, there is a careful avoidance of the words “free”, “prior” and “informed” “consent” and “traditional authority” in agreements made with “First Nations” leadership.  Well-meaning Canadian settlers are similarly misled to believe that they don’t have any real property rights and that only “First Nations” peoples on “reservations” do. But then, the misinformation and enfranchisement agenda included them from the beginning. Divide and conquer.

There are some high stakes games being played. It comes down to the core issues of the right of Indigenous peoples to give or withhold consent to use their lands and resources, the extinguishment of Indigenous peoples’ rights and genocide. You can’t experience the right to free, prior and informed consent at the frightened end of a tyrant’s fist. The colonial-industrial complex raised its fists against protectors of the lands and waters in Wabanaki in 2013. Let Peace and Friendship prevail.

 

For more information:

– A chronology of events by Willi Nolan

– A KAIROS resource to facilitate discussion on hydraulic fracturing for shale gas and oil – Ethical Reflections on Fracking.

 

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References and Recommended Reading

[1] Premier Concerned Shale Gas Violence Gave Province A Black Eye. Country 94 CHSJ News, Saint John New Brunswick.  January 2, 2014
http://country94news.blogspot.ca/2014_01_02_archive.html

[2] An Inconvenient Truth behind Blazing Police Vehicles by Dana Hart. Moncton Free Press, November 4, 2013  http://sacredfirenb.com/category/analysis-and-history/

[3] The often-ignored facts about Elsipogtog: The majority of Canadians have been woefully under-informed about what is really going in Elsipogtog. Chelsea Vowel.  The Toronto Star, November 14, 2013   http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2013/11/14/the_oftenignored_facts_about_elsipogtog.html

[4] Statement of Support, Peace and Friendship. New Brunswick Anti Shale Gas Alliance, released September 2013

[5] Indigenous Rights are the Best Defense Against Canada’s Resource Rush:  First Nations people – and the decision of Canadians to stand alongside them – will determine the fate of the planet. By Martin Luckacs, Common Dreams. https://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/04/28-5

[6] Canada’s First Nations protest heralds a new alliance:   The grassroots IdleNoMore movement of aboriginal people offers a more sustainable future for all Canadians  http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/dec/20/canada-first-nations-new-alliance?guni=Article:in%20body%20link

[7] First Nations leaders want in on natural resources boom:  Over the next decade, a huge boom in Canadian natural resource projects — possibly worth $600 billion — is foreseen on or near First Nations lands.  Les Whittington, Toronto Star. Jan. 11, 2013.
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2013/01/11/first_nations_leaders_want_in_on_natural_resources_boom.html

[8] First Nations Fight Against the Frackers. The Mi’kmaq People of New Brunswick against Texas Southwestern Energy Co. (SWN)| Global Research  http://www.globalresearch.ca/first-nations-fight-against-the-frackers-the-mikmaq-people-of-new-brunswick-against-texas-southwestern-energy-co-swn/5363944

[9] “Jane Doe” SLAPPs Back! Defending Lawsuit to Silence & Intimidate Anti-Fracking Protests by Willi Nolan. Willi Nolan Speaks December 2013 http://www.willinolanspeaks.com/shares/jane-doe-slapps-back-defending-lawsuit-to-silence-intimidate-anti-fracking-protests/

[10] First Nations’ Legal Framework Stand to Protect Us All. by Andrea Palframan. Watershed Sentinel, British Columbia Environmental News Magazine, Jan-Feb-2014-Vol24-No1
http://www.watershedsentinel.ca/content/first-nations-legal-framework-stand-protect-us-all

[11] 40 Years of Greenpeace Victories http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/en/campaigns/victories/

[12] “Indigenous is sexy” quoted in conversation with Stephen Puddicombe, CBC Atlantic region, 2013

[13] 170 legal victories empower First Nations in fight over resource development.  By Claudia Cattaneo.  Financial Post. December 14, 2012.  http://business.financialpost.com/2012/12/14/170-legal-victories-empower-first-nations-in-fight-over-resource-development/

[14] Bill Gallagher Strategist, Lawyer, Author.  The Huffington Post. http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/bill-gallagher/

[15] Fracking Protests in NB: Why Resource Projects Are in Peril by Bill Gallagher.

The Huffington Post. October 18, 2013   http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/bill-gallagher/new-brunswick-fracking-protest_b_4123114.html

[16] In oil sands, a native millionaire sees ‘economic force’ for first nations. By Nathan Vanderklippe. Globe & Mail. Aug. 13 2012 http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/industry-news/energy-and-resources/in-oil-sands-a-native-millionaire-sees-economic-force-for-first-nations/article4479795/

[17] Treaty Right to Resources, Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations. Retrieved Jan. 20. 2014.  http://www.fsin.com/index.php/treaty-right-to-resources.html

[18] Green home brings electricity, clean water and jobs to Navajo Nation residents. By  , Navajo Hopi Observer.  December 10, 2013  http://www.navajohopiobserver.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubsectionID=1&ArticleID=15895

[19] German solar producing as much as 20 fully operational nuclear power stations
http://tinyurl.com/co29zab

[20] Wind Generation From Tribal Lands.  African American Environmentalist Association.  Retireved January 26, 2014  http://aaenvironment.blogspot.ca/2008/04/wind-generation-from-tribal-lands.html

[21] Lakota Solar Enterprises. Web site for 100-percent American Indian owned and operated renewable energy manufacturing and training facility located on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.    http://www.lakotasolarenterprises.com/

[22] Native Sun News: Red Cloud promotes clean energy for tribes by Talli Nauman, Native Sun News January 9, 2012http://www.indianz.com/News/2012/004152.asp

[23] Women’s Major Group contribution for the Eighth Session of the Open Working Group on the Sustainable Development Goals (OWG8) Forests and Biodiversity.  United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Open Working Group. January 14, 2014.     http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?menu=1680

[24] UN Declaration:  “All Prayers Are Heard By the Same God” Say Yes to Indigenous Rights Campaign launches in Fredericton.  Media Release, Wulustukieg Traditional Council of Tobic June 2, 2010 http://www.thewtct.org/UN_Declaration.html

[25] First Nations Must be Partners, Not an Afterthought: Atleo AFN.  Wulustuk Times, Tobique First Nation, NB.  September 2012  http://www.schaarschmidt.it/cms/images/stories/Tobique/Wulustuk_Times_Sep2012.pdf

[26] First Nations Collectively Oppose Fracking, by Nugeekadoonkut  WTCT Wulustuk Times, Wulustukieg Traditional Council of Tobic. August 2013 http://www.thewtct.org/uploads/Aug_2013.pdf

[27] The Wulustukyieg Traditional Council of Tobic Position on Shale Gas Exploitation Within Our Homeland by  Dan Ennis, Saugum, WTCT Wulustuk Times, Wulustukieg Traditional Council of Tobic. August 2013http://www.thewtct.org/uploads/Aug_2013.pdf

[28] Race is a Construct:  We are All Human Beings. THE EAGLE WATCH Newsletter: Indigenous perspective on issues. Jan 30, 2014 http://npogroups.org/lists/arc/eaglewatch/2014-01/msg00008.html

[29] The Insane Realities of Indigenous Politics – A Prayer for Social Transformation by Colby Tootoosis. Poundmaker Cree Nation, Rants, Rez politics, and Indigenous Liberation. 9 Feb. 2014 http://indigenousevolution.wordpress.com/2014/02/09/the-insane-realities-of-indigenous-politics-a-prayer-for-social-transformation/

[30] The Gradual Civilization Act: An Act to Encourage the Gradual Civilization of Indian Tribes in this Province, and to Amend the Laws Relating to Indians 3rd Session, 5th Parliament, 1857.
http://www.ahki.ca/the-gradual-civilization-act.php

[31] The Indian Act: An Historical Overview.  Maple Leaf Web, University of Lethbridge, Alberta.
http://mapleleafweb.com/features/the-indian-act-historical-overview

[32] History Of The Indian Act (Part One – Three) by Rodney Soonias, Saskatchewan Indian 1978 Vol. 8.  Saskatchewan Indian Collection of selected full text articles, 1970 – 2003
http://www.sicc.sk.ca/archive/saskindian/a78mar04.htm

[33] Check Marks and Culture Pimps. By Dawn Marie. Storify Feb. 2014.
http://storify.com/Cree8Dawn/check-marks-and-culture-pimps

[34] NB premier, Mi’kmaq chief discussed ending blockade, allowing shale gas exploration to continue, handwritten notes reveal By Jorge Barrera, APTN National News 9 Oct 2013.
http://aptn.ca/pages/news/2013/10/09/nb-nb-premier-mikmaq-chief-discussed-ending-blockade-allowing-shale-gas-exploration-to-continue-handwritten-notes-reveal/

[35] Paper Tigers at Midnight:  Elsipogtog Band notice to Texas-frackers goes unheeded. by Miles Howe, Halifax Media Coop. October 2, 2013 http://halifax.mediacoop.ca/story/paper-tigers-midnight/19100

[36] Anti-Fracking Actions Erupt in support of Elsipogtog by Lauren McCauley. Two Row Times December 2013http://tworowtimes.com/news/national/anti-fracking-actions-erupt-support-elsipogtog/

[37] Submission to the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Study on access to justice in the promotion and protection of the rights of Indigenous Peoples.  International Indian Treaty Council, Non-Governmental Organization with General Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. February 11th, 2013
http://cdn6.iitc.org/wp-content/uploads/IITC-Submission-EMRIP-Access-to-Justice-Study.pdf

[38] New Brunswick’s shale gas protests. by Dallas McQuarrie. Dennis Gruending, Canadian writer Blog. October 22, 2013
http://www.dennisgruending.ca/2013/10/new-brunswicks-shale-gas-protests/

[39] Court grants RCMP access to media tapes to ID Rexton suspects: Documents give new insight into clash between police and anti-shale gas protesters in October. CBC News Feb 19, 2014
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/court-grants-rcmp-access-to-media-tapes-to-id-rexton-suspects-1.2543089

[40] RCMP bombed oil site in ‘dirty tricks’ campaign CBC News Jan 30, 1999
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/rcmp-bombed-oil-site-in-dirty-tricks-campaign-1.188599

[41] Full text: Speech from the Throne, National Post March 3, 2010
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/business/fp/Speech+from+Throne+Full+text/2637533/story.html

 

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Media Release FRACK BACK! PEOPLES LAWSUIT LAUNCHED June 26 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 26, 2014
Moncton, New Brunswick

FRACK BACK! PEOPLES LAWSUIT LAUNCHED TO STOP SHALE GAS IN NEW BRUNSWICK
Actions Filed Against Southwestern Energy, Provincial and Federal Governments For Violating Aboriginal, Constitutional, Environmental and International Laws


Earlier today, the ‘Peoples Lawsuit,’ was filed in St. John to stop Southwestern Energy Resources Canada (SWN) and the Canadian government from continuing involvement in shale gas operations in the province. 
A Notice of Action to enjoin the province of New Brunswick in the lawsuit was filed separately. 

After local activist Willi Nolan was obliged to defend herself and “Jane Doe” — who is any of the yet-unnamed protesters who have not, but could be named — in SWN’s SLAPP lawsuit against her. She retained lawyer Larry Kowalchuck and gathered allies together to launch a private lawsuit. Today, she and seventeen more Plaintiffs brought their case before the New Brunswick courts.

Lorraine Clair, speaking on behalf of the Plaintiffs, said “Speaking on behalf of my family and I, we want our land and water to stay as it is for us and more important our future generations. With this, we want all oil and gas companies to stay off our lands and waters and to end any future plans of coming into our Hunting, Medicine and Burial grounds. We also wish to ask for damages from the companies and their contractors who have already caused harm to us and our land.”

Plaintiff, Marcel White, states “The courts have to do their part to stop climate change and protect our lives.  We are demanding that they permanently remove the extreme threats that that we are facing from shale gas development in the Peoples Lawsuit.”

The Plaintiffs and their lawyer believe that the governments of Canada and New Brunswick and their courts have attacked their rights by illegally granting approval to SWN to develop shale gas, ignore environmental protection laws and unlawfully use malicious lawsuits and police aggression to attack and repress protectors of civil and human rights.

Lawyer Larry Kowalchuck states, “After being traumatized by aggression against peaceful protesters, regaining confidence in the Rule of Law is essential for the protection, peace and security of the people of New Brunswick.  This lawsuit is a tool that we are using to offer protective exposure to those men and women who have been placed at risk because they are struggling for the respect of their rights and the Rule of Law.  I am humbled and honoured to represent courageous people whose genuine intent is to protect their threatened lives, lands and waters. We are asking the New Brunswick courts to grant the people and all the life forms that they are defending an injunction against shale gas development and reparations for the wrongdoings that they have suffered.”

The legal action asks the courts to evaluate its commitment to human rights and fairness in judicial proceedings, to right the many wrongdoings and to uphold the Rule of Law, Peace and Friendship Treaties and the lawful rights of both indigenous people and citizens.

Willi Nolan says, “I know this is a big step but I have no fear. We are doing what needs to be done.”

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Contacts:  Lorraine Clair (506) 523-8291 <lorrainetootoo4life@gmail.com>;  Marcel White(506) 785-4660 <marcelwhite1987@gmail.com>; Marc Bernard (Français) (506) 875-6364<marc_bernard@live.com>; Dallas McQuarrie 506-876-4431<dallasmcquarrie@gmail.com>; Willi Nolan  (506) 785-4660 <grammawilli@gmail.com>

Background information  –
Peoples Lawsuit –  http://willinolanspeaks.com/shares/peoples-lawsuit/ http://peopleslawsuit.com
* All Stars * PEOPLES LAWSUIT PLAINTIFFS – http://willinolanspeaks.com/shares/?p=517
*JANE DOE TO MAKE HER CASE VS. FRACKING COMPANY SWN RESOURCES* –http://atlantic.sierraclub.ca/en/media/release/press-conference-jane-doe-make-her-case-vs-fracking-company-swn-resources  Sierra Club of Canada Atlantic Chapter –
Frack Back! The Peoples Lawsuit web page – http://peopleslawsuit.com
Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/peopleslawsuit
“Jane Doe” SLAPPs Back! Defending Lawsuit to Silence & Intimidate Anti-Fracking Protestshttp://willinolanspeaks.com/shares/jane-doe-slapps-back-defending-lawsuit-to-silence-intimidate-anti-fracking-protests/
NB Referata Wiki – http://nb.referata.com/wiki

Statement of Claim Court file number (St. John Court of Queen’s Bench) S-C/263/14

Media Advisory: FRACK BACK! The Peoples Lawsuit

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Media Advisory

June  24, 2014
Moncton, New Brunswick

Frack Back! Grassroots Peoples Prepare to Sue Southwestern Energy, 
Canada and New Brunswick Governments to Stop Shale Gas Development
Group Charges Violations of Constitutional, Aboriginal, Environmental and Human Rights Laws


A group of courageous citizens is expected to announce the court filing of the ‘Peoples Lawsuit’ against the province of New Brunswick, the government of Canada and Southwestern Energy Resources Canada Inc. (SWN) in Moncton on Thursday, June 26, 2014. The media is invited to listen in at the Moncton Library, 644 Main at 2 p.m. 

The ‘Peoples Lawsuit’ is being prepared to demand that the courts permanently remove the threats and risks from shale gas development that they are facing.  The group of individuals and their lawyer, Larry Kowalchuk, believe that the governments of Canada and New Brunswick and their courts have attacked their rights to object and granted illegal approval to SWN to develop shale gas, ignore environmental protection laws and unlawfully use police and malicious lawsuits to suppress and silence protectors of civil and human rights.

After local activist Willi Nolan was named in an injunction and SLAPP lawsuit last October, which she is defending on behalf of herself and “Jane Doe,” she retained a lawyer and invited some of her friends and neighbours to launch private lawsuits.  

Spokespeople for Peoples Lawsuit will be on hand to take questions from the media.

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For more information, please contact us!

Background information  – 
*JANE DOE TO MAKE HER CASE VS. FRACKING COMPANY SWN RESOURCES* –http://atlantic.sierraclub.ca/en/media/release/press-conference-jane-doe-make-her-case-vs-fracking-company-swn-resources  Sierra Club of Canada Atlantic Chapter – 
Frack Back! The Peoples Lawsuit web page – http://peopleslawsuit.com 
Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/peopleslawsuit 
“Jane Doe” SLAPPs Back! Defending Lawsuit to Silence & Intimidate Anti-Fracking Protests http://willinolanspeaks.com/shares/jane-doe-slapps-back-defending-lawsuit-to-silence-intimidate-anti-fracking-protests/
NB Referata Wiki – http://nb.referata.com/wiki 

Support for Public Inquiry into RCMP raid on a peaceful protest camp Oct17th 2013 – Willi’s letter to NB Premier

12 February 2014

Via fax and email: (506) 453-7407 <premier@gnb.ca> <david.alward@gnb.ca>

 

New Brunswick Premier & Minister David Alward

Chancery Place

P. O. Box 6000

Fredericton, NB

 

Dear Premier Alward:

 

I write with deep concern and in awareness of the demand for public inquiry delivered to you by the New Brunswick Anti Shale Gas Alliance (NBASGA) regarding the disturbing events that took place in Rexton on October 17, 2013.

 

Your government policies and actions with regard to development on native reserved (“Crown”) lands, shale gas developments in particular at this time, are creating widespread distress to countless members of our communities. The peaceful, non-violent opponents of the ruination of the lands and waters, along with their many allies, including true authorities of First Peoples, Amnesty International, doctors, scientists and economists, deserve a government that is there for them when their survival is on the line… as is now evident with the threats they are facing, and harm already caused, by your permitting these operations.

 

Our peoples in the province, and beyond, have been victimized. They are understandably deeply concerned that further violent incidents, such as what happened in Rexton last October 17th, could happen again. The peoples concerns are abundantly and clearly stated and they are amply justified; they do not approve of actions taken and sanctioned by your government, and they have been harmed. Given the reasoned appeals and growing public outcry for a public inquiry into these events, the people deserve to be certain that justice and the Rule of Law are being respectfully observed in New Brunswick. This is necessary in the public interest and essential for the public good.

 

As Premier, it is now incumbent upon you to facilitate a full, arm’s length and independent public inquiry into the circumstances and events culminating in the RCMP raid on a peaceful protest camp near Rexton on October 17th. The citizens of New Brunswick need, demand and have every right to know all the circumstances surrounding the escalation in the use of force by corporate and provincial security personnel, what precipitated the use of violence, and how the peoples can be assured that there will never be a recurrence.

 

I am grateful for and in full agreement with the legal opinions expressed by Amnesty International, the world’s foremost human rights organization, in its November 1, 2013 letter to you. The violence at Rexton most certainly “could have been avoided had the province acted in a manner consistent with its obligations to respect the human rights of Indigenous peoples under Canadian and international law”. In that letter, you were warned that without appropriate action, further clashes could occur. I hope and pray that you will heed this warning and change direction away from the dangerous and cruel path that you are forcing upon troubled and vulnerable peoples.

 

Please be advised that I, as Wilhelmina (Willi) Nolan, as a named defendant and/or “Jane Doe”, am pursuing legal action against third parties in relation to Southwestern Energy’s (SWN-Resources Canada Inc.) SLAPP suit. I have stated my understanding that the province of New Brunswick is ignoring its legal obligations to indigenous peoples and provincial citizens under Canadian and international law. I look forward to judicial scrutiny of the full nature and extent of the province’s violations of the aboriginal and human rights of our peoples as well as your responsibilities as an individual, Premier and Minister. I have every intention of pursuing this matter to the fullest possible extent of the Rule of Law.

 

It is impossible for me to understand what happened in the days leading up to October 17 that made the police think the situation had changed so radically after years of peaceful protest. For years, thousands of New Brunswickers, myself included, have written appeals to your offices, visited peaceful demonstrations and and offered support for the movement to protect our precious lands and waters.

 

Witnesses have publicly reported that there was no threat to public safety at the Rexton camp until police, accompanied by dogs and snipers in camouflage, attacked unarmed civilians, including women and children, with pepper spray, drawn handguns and non-lethal rounds. I was shocked and distressed to see an incident where an old woman praying the rosary was pepper-sprayed in the face. Did you order this level of violence against the camp?

 

When a court injunction against the peaceful protest was to be heard the very next day, why did you order the RCMP to raid the Rexton protest camp on October 17th? I would not want to believe that it was actually your intent to silence citizen engagement and judicial process. That would most certainly create an even more grievous ‘black eye’ on the province.

 

There are too many gravely serious and unanswered questions about the specific circumstances leading to the lamentable incidents that took place in Rexton. I find myself now also concerned about continuing negative impact following these incidents; please be aware that further harms are being suffered by many of our peoples seeking justice under the New Brunswick correction and court systems. Because the Province of New Brunswick itself became a player in these circumstances and events, its unfortunate position is in conflict of interest which precludes it from organizing or conducting an impartial public inquiry.

 

You must answer the public call without delay and empower the people of New Brunswick to conduct an independent, impartial public inquiry, held at arm’s length from the government. A few of the unanswered questions already expressed to you by the New Brunswick Anti Shale Gas Alliance include:

 

– Why were police continuing to allow citizens to enter the Rexton site, considering that the police themselves claim it was a dangerous situation threatening public safety, but drove away persons from the media (excepting one Brunswick News reporter who was curiously there at dawn)?

 

– Why didn’t police consult with First Nations chiefs who were vocal advocates of non-violence; especially why did they arrest a respected chief who had repeatedly stressed the importance of peaceful protest in the midst of inflamed situations?

 

– Why, despite a massive police presence at the camp, six RCMP vehicles were left unattended; how they could be set on fire with no police intervention and, to date, no arrests of suspects for arson?

 

I fully agree with you that “the truth cannot be silenced” and I look forward to your favourable response to this letter and to the citizen appeals for a public inquiry at your earliest convenience. Thank you for your attention to these matters.

 

Yours very truly,

 

Willi (Wilhelmina) Nolan

 

Cc: Noel Joe Augustine, Keptin Mi’kmaq Grand Council Sikniktuk District; His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada; Hon. Graydon Nicholas, New Brunswick Lieutenant Governor; Hon. Dominic Leblanc, MP Beauséjour; Passamaquoddy Chief Hugh Akaji; Penobscot Chief Dave Mitchell; Dan Ennis, Saugem, Wulustukieg Traditional Council of Tobic; members of Wabanaki Confederacy;Brian Gallant, Leader NB Liberal Party; David Coon, Leader NB Green Party; Dominic Cardy, Leader NB NDP; Kris Austin, Leader People’s Alliance; Charles Murray, New Brunswick Ombudsman; members of the New Brunswick Anti Shale Gas Alliance, members of The Council of Canadians; Prof. James Anaya, Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights; members of Amnesty International.

 

enclosed: text of Dec 111, 2013 Times and Transcript article “New Brunswick Anti-Shale Gas Alliance wants ‘unanswered questions’ looked at surrounding incident on Oct. 17 that led to 40 arrests

 

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(article) New Brunswick Times & Transcript DEC 11, 2013

 

New Brunswick Anti-Shale Gas Alliance wants ‘unanswered questions’ looked at surrounding incident on Oct. 17 that led to 40 arrests

 

By COLE HOBSON, TIMES & TRANSCRIPT

 

The New Brunswick Anti-Shale Gas Alliance is asking the provincial government for an independent, public inquiry into events surrounding the Oct. 17 clash between shale gas protesters and the RCMP that led to an eruption of violence and 40 arrests along Route 134 near Rexton.

 

The group believes the people of New Brunswick have a right to know the reasons behind the escalation in the use of force used by RCMP, with the group saying there are ‘many unanswered questions’ about what transpired along the highway that day.

 

Jim Emberger, a spokesman for New Brunswick Anti-Shale Gas Alliance, said the discussion in the past couple of months has been about the demonstration and protests, but they want to return the dialogue to the pertinent information and scientific studies surrounding shale gas itself.

 

Yesterday was International Human Rights Day and the group used the opportunity to echo the concerns expressed in an Amnesty International letter to Premier David Alward and his cabinet dated on Nov. 1.

 

That letter stated that unless steps are taken to rebuild the relationship with Indigenous Peoples with respect to resource development, further incidents could occur.

 

Amnesty International said in the letter that this incident ‘could have been avoided had the province acted in a manner consistent with its obligations to respect the human rights of Indigenous peoples under Canadian and international law.’ The Alliance believes that if Amnesty International is raising concern about human rights issues in New Brunswick, citizens should be concerned as well.

 

‘We would like an independent public inquiry to examine what role this failure to respect the human rights of Indigenous peoples may have played in the events leading up to Oct. 17,’ said Emberger. ‘An independent, impartial inquiry held at arm’s length from government is necessary because the provincial government itself played a role in those events.’ It was during that October confrontation that the Mounties noted they found guns and firebombs at the protest camp and while the two sides squared off in the middle of Route 134 several police vehicles were set on fire. Some protesters claim the weapons were planted by police and the police cars were set ablaze by police ‘agents provocateurs’ but the end result was 40 arrests and six protesters behind bars facing charges ranging from weapons offences to assaulting police officers to unlawfully confining security guards who felt they couldn’t safely leave from behind the barricaded compound.

 

Alward has called it a ‘black eye’ on the province and said in a Moncton speech on Monday that he was troubled by what SWN was put through during their seismic exploration process, but was pleased they ‘persevered’ through the controversy.

 

Alward said it’s easy to be against things, ‘but very rarely do these opponents bring forward alternative ideas,’ he said, noting it’s ‘difficult to argue with those who use misinformation and false statements to promote fear and division within our communities. But I believe the truth cannot be silenced.’ Emberger contended that the government has been acting with blinders on, as he said for three years groups like theirs have been ready and willing to present alternative options and factual information to the government.

 

‘They are not responding in any way to options that have (been presented) in three years,’ he said, noting everything they’ve put forward has been based on peer-reviewed science and reliable reports.

 

The Alliance represents community groups and voices from across New Brunswick who are opposed to unconventional oil and gas development. While putting forward information about the potential risks of unconventional oil and gas development, the group also explore and promote clean energy and economic alternatives.

 

Emberger said they have seen studies showing that as an example, the clean energy economy in Massachusetts has created close to three times as many direct jobs as in Pennsylvania with jobs related to shale gas development.

 

Emberger said with the support their group has throughout the province, he has a hard time believing Alward’s assertions that most of what he’s hearing on the ground is overall support for the industry.

 

‘It’s not like we’re not telling anyone, but if you’re not listening you won’t hear it,’ he said.

 

‘We will admit that shale gas will do something, but it’s up to the government to make the case that it’s the economic and even more than that environmentally correct thing to do in particular in terms of all the news of all the climate change (issues).’ Emberger believes different methods, other than force, could have been used to achieve the goal of enforcing the injunction on Oct. 17 and believes it didn’t have to come to what it did.

 

‘This was civil disobedience and people were prepared to be arrested and had been all summer,’ he said. ‘The fact that people were surprised early in the morning as the first thing they saw were people with sniper rifles, sitting in fields all around. That’s not going from step one to step two, that’s going from step one to step 15. So our question is, OK, what did you know that made you think that you had to go to a military-style assault on what has been a peaceful demonstration?’ In the aftermath of the Oct. 17 incident, RCMP Assistant Commissioner Roger Brown said threat to public safety posed by lethal weapons and escalating tensions at the Rexton blockade forced them to take action against protesters.

 

Brown said on Oct. 18 at a press conference that in addition to 40 arrests and the six police cars being destroyed, several shots were fired by persons unknown within the encampment, potentially deadly explosives were seized and police officers discharged ‘soft rounds’ of bean-bag-like projectiles and pepper spray.

 

He said experts had to defuse several improvised explosive devices found at the blockade, where protesters had been encamped for close to three weeks.

 

‘Some contained shrapnel and had the potential to seriously injure or kill,’ Brown said. ‘This was no longer a peaceful protest, and there was a serious threat to public safety.’ Emberger said the presence of legally owned hunting rifles at a campsite in New Brunswick during hunting season isn’t cause for alarm. He said it also seems suspicious that despite the police cars lit on fire, there hasn’t been an arrest made for arson in relation to the incident. As for the other dangerous weapons found, he said he couldn’t comment as he never saw them, but he would like to see some context provided by the RCMP on what was found and how it was discovered.

 

‘From what we can see,’ Emberger said, ‘there was no threat to public safety until police, advancing with drawn guns and accompanied by dogs and snipers in camouflage, attacked unarmed civilians, including women and children, with pepper spray and non-lethal rounds.’ A request for comment from the Premier’s office was not returned by press time.

 

In the end, Emberger said he doesn’t believe the government will act on their request for an inquiry.

 

‘Do I have confidence the government will actually do anything about this … I think the answer is no,’ he said, noting he believes the Alward government will ultimately lose the next election based on their ‘my way or the highway’ attitude on issues.

 

He added that in the new year their group, in co-ordination with others to be named, will be doing a concentrated education and electoral campaign about issues relating to shale gas.

 

The NBASGA said they and other anti-shale groups have been engaged in peaceful education, discussion and debate for three years and it is their intent to continue.

 

The group said it recognizes that peaceful protest may include civil disobedience, but never violence, and feel acts of civil disobedience have occurred only because of government refusal to address citizen concerns in any meaningful way.

 

‘The current and continuing threat of violence was initiated by the RCMP and government in the Rexton raid,’ said Emberger. ‘This violence has drawn the public’s attention away from the important issues, and also from the coverage of recent significant scientific, economic and political reports and events concerning shale gas.’

 

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Read more background with links to court filings:

“Jane Doe” SLAPPs Back! Defending Lawsuit to Silence & Intimidate Anti-Fracking Protests – http://willinolanspeaks.com/shares/jane-doe-slapps-back-defending-lawsuit-to-silence-intimidate-anti-fracking-protests/

NB Referata Wiki – Main Page – http://nb.referata.com/wiki/Main_Page

New Brunswick Anti-Shale Gas Alliance Calls for Public Inquiry into October 17 Raid – http://protectalbertcounty.wordpress.com/2013/12/10/nbasga-calls-for-inquiry/

Open Letter to Premier David Alward from Amnesty International concerning anti-fracking protests at the Elsipogtog Mi’kmaq Nation Nov. 1, 2013 – http://www.amnesty.ca/news/coalition-letters/open-letter-concerning-anti-fracking-protests-at-the-elsipogtog-mi%E2%80%99kmaq-natio

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