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Gramma Willi has been taking some quiet time, and is experimenting with off grid, permaculture living. Sometimes, like geese in flight formation, we need to pull back and let others take turns at the lead.  Have no fear… Super-serious work continues, quietly.  Please stay tuned for news on the Peoples Lawsuit and alliances with Earth Protectors in remarkable places. (November 2016)

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UPDATE: WE are following through with our new Earth protector friends  … thanks to everyone who made it to Marrakesh… 1.5 To Stay Alive!
COP21Paris – Willi Nolan – **** We need your help at this present time, to gather funds, yes a bit of money so we can facilitate the travels to Paris for Our Spiritual Grandmother, Miss Willi Nolan and friends, to attend the COP 21Paris environmental summit. (Nov 26-Dec12 2015) ****

 




 

a video of her praying in front of a seismic thumper truck exploring for natural gas in Kent County, New Brunswick… Read more

 




 

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Willi Nolan – Full time Activist, Teacher & Organizer

Front Line defender of YOUR RIGHTS to a Good Life and Clean Earth

Peoples Lawsuit: Frack Back!   |   Justice for John Wayne Harmon

"Creator, help us to protect the water."

VIDEO: Willi Nolan prays alone in front of Thumper Trucks to protect the water and stop shale gas fracking in Kent County, New Brunswick on June 5, 2013  Unfortunately, RCMP officers violated the prayers.  Later that day, over 100 more people attended in prayer and song to support water and land protection.


Justice for John Harmon

Willi has taken on the case of John Wayne Harmon, a peaceful Native American elder, veteran and organic farmer who was robbed of all his worldly goods while police looked away and then subjected him to unlawful deportation.

[http://willinolanspeaks.com/shares/other-works/friends-of-john-harmon/]

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


Urgent appeal from Toronto Anti Poverty group Brave East Coast Activist- fighting for all of us, our land and water, needs our support! Feb 2015


View information about some of Willi Nolan’s contributions to Human and Ecosystem Rights Activism.

I look at the past 41 years of my activism work as a ministry that meets the needs of people who would not otherwise receive the help that they need and have a right to… such as communities that want to protect themselves from pollution, from violations of their rights to a clean, healthy and safe environment, to clean food, air and water and their right to decide how to live and maintain their well being.

My ministry usually extends past the confines of simple professional services. It integrates scientific knowledge with spiritual guidance and counsel, brings to light truths that I have received through years of dedication to being in spirit-consciousness and listening to guidance from those who exist in what I call ‘spirit world.’

Since integrating my activist ministry more closely with my spiritual gifts, the work has become more holistic and effective in ways that are still a delight and a wonder! It is exciting to add spiritual sources of information and understanding to assist humanity to fully acknowledge and embrace the global awakening now seen in movements such as Occupy and Idle No More.

I know that Creator will continue to bless our ministry.  Human survival as a species requires us to come together to build a new world based on our common vision for a good life for all people and for a healed planet Earth.

I intend to continue to offer my spirit-guided activism and to work with others to build upon and share knowledge, circles, gifts and skills developed here on Earth, and to become even more effective. I intend to offer the best of what I am, and what I receive, for the benefit of those who seek assistance, and for the benefit of future generations.  I intend to seek out and support other spiritual activists. I hope that you will support my need to raise money to keep me going personally and so that I can share more with other spirit-led activists.

The life of a full time community activist does not always guarantee much in the way of financial rewards and there is no planned retirement. The work is entirely dependent upon the kindness and support of people who know how important it is that the ministry continues.  It is a matter of faith.  Thank you for taking time to understand this work and for your support.

Blessings,
Willi




Grandmother Willi Nolan talks about her spiritual connection to the landFront Line and loving it!


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(Moratorium Celebration Song) ‘Open Up Your Heart and Let the Sunshine In’ New Brunswick Xmas Wishes 2014 Willi Nolan YouTube |  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLvDB90pYdM


MEDIA RELEASE: Peoples Lawsuit Youth claimants call for Lawful Rebellion & immediate 25 yr MORATORIUM ON GAS & OIL DEVELOPMENT! 5 Dec 2014


“Jane Doe” SLAPPs Back! Defending Lawsuit to Silence & Intimidate Anti-Fracking Protests – Media conference – December 4, 2013 Moncton Public Library


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


VIDEO:  I was asked to read this statement on behalf of my friend and soul-sister, Lorraine IdleNoMore Clair, a warrior-grandmother who was arrested and brutalized by RCMP while she was defending Mi’kmaq lands and waters from shale gas development  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvCP3lXNMtg

VIDEO: Willi Nolan Representing Signigtog District Mi’kmaq Clan Mothers at the Wolastoq Longhouse 5 Nov 2013  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2xNcIHKpHI


Willi Nolan NB Court Statement on SWN’s Failed Injunction Oct 18 2013 http://willinolanspeaks.com/shares/wp-admin/post.php?post=731


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VIDEO:  Willi Nolan on the Inevitable Collapse of Gas & Oil Fracking Industries & her views on the Anti Shale Protest in Rexton Kent County https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-QQKFNb2PQ


VIDEO: Willi Nolan Protects Her Land from Fracking – by Gretchen Fitzgerald – – ”Grandmother Willi Nolan talks about her spiritual connection to the land and how she is guided to protect this special place from fracking.” Taken on HWY 126, near Elsipogtog, NB, June 13, 2013.


Signigtog: Challenging police condoning shale gas contractor illegal roadblock 3 Sept 2013 – Brian Milliea and Willi Nolan address police refusal to act on SWN contractor’s illegal roadblock in Signigtog territory on Easter Road, Bass River. — in Wabanaki-Mi’gmag Signigtog territory on Easter Road, Bass River, New Brunswick.


Elsipogtog: Undoing RCMP Harassment July 22, 2013


Good Life Gathering Mini Documentary … Youth, Elders and Community Leaders teaching, learning and sharing together… for our future, for our survival.


Civil Disobedience Trainings in Elsipogtog – Halifax Media Co-op


Lies, Damned Lies and Myths about Point Lepreau – NB Media Co-op


La Fin du Nucléaire Mondiale – Global Nuclear Shutdown – la Famille Willi Nolan, New Brunswick, Canada … an alliance to oversee decommissioning plans and operations for Gentilly-2 and Point Lepreau nuclear power plants.






 Debunking Myths About Point Lepreau – NB Media Co-op

Willi Nolan’s personal submission to Point Lepreau public hearings  Saint John, New Brunswick, December 1st and 2nd, 2011.
Nuclear Disasters and Environmental Health – article

Public Misled – Health Risks from Radioactivity From Japan Near Point Lepreau – article

Anti-shale gas protest resumes in Kent County – New Brunswick – CBC News, Jun 6, 2013

PEOPLE’S STATEMENT for the DECOMMISSIONING CEREMONY for the GENTILLY-2 NUCLEAR PLANTBécancoeur, Québec, December 28, 2012

A Few Key Contacts for You – Re: Genocide by Poison in Canada in 2008  – listing by John Hummell 

Anti-nuclear Movement in Canada – wiki

Des centrales nucléaires ontariennes constituent une menace pour les Ontariens et les Québécois – lettre collectif

Christian Peacemaker Teams – Signs of the Times, Fall 2000:Willi Nolan is a Mi’kmaq woman who played a key role in making the connections that led to CPT’s invitation to Burnt Church.”

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Another way to contribute – Special spiritual teachings from the Council of Elders lovingly transcribed by Willi – Order your choice of transcripts via email (PDF) HERE

Human Rights Defenders are NOT terrorists

Standing Up for YOUR RIGHTS to a Clean Healthy Earth


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

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 | 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