Yesterday Maude Barlow swept across Nova Scotia, and I had the pleasure of tagging along for the ride. In the morning she spoke at the Mother Earth and Climate Justice Symposium in Antigonish, hosted by Dorene Bernard, grassroots grandmother and Coady Social Justice Chair. In the evening she spoke at an event hosted by our North Shore chapter about trade and water rights.
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“Take a look at where we’re standing. Alton Gas plans to clear this forest and build a pipeline here instead."
We have been calling for the full climate impacts of the Energy East pipeline to be considered in the National Energy Board’s review of the project since 2013. On Wednesday the NEB announced that it would do just that.
On August 15th anti-racist organizers in Halifax held a rally against white supremacy following racist attacks in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend.
Chief Grizzly Mama spoke to a crowd of 200 at Halifax's anti-white supremacy rally on Tuesday.
The events in Charlottesville were a horrifying display of the violence of racism. White supremacists gathered to protest the removal of a statue of confederate Robert E. Lee, carried burning camp torches, and imitated Nazi rallies of the early 1930s. There were counter protests calling for the removal of the statue and the condemnation of white supremacy. During that counter-protest, a white male drove a car through the crowd, killing one woman, Heather Heyer, and injuring 18 other people.
Monday's press conference in Fredericton. Photo: Jeremy Keefe/Global News.
Stop Spraying New Brunswick is calling for a stop to glyphosate spraying of forests due to health and environmental impacts of the herbicide. For example, the New Brunswick deer population has suffered from previous spraying.
Fredericton Chapter member and SSNB Inc. board member Caroline Lubbe-Darcy acted as SSNB Inc.'s spokesperson for a press conference on Monday, while Fredericton Chapter member Louise Melanson provided French comments. Two other representatives of Alliance member groups participated in a press conference held in Fredericton, NB on August 2, 2017.
On Saturday, July 15 Mi’kmaq elders and organizers held a ceremony to remove the spirit of Edward Cornwallis from a park in downtown Halifax.
The Cornwallis statue was covered in black cloth during the ceremony to remove his spirit and his legacy of violence from Halifax. Photo by Sadie Beaton.
Cornwallis arrived in K’jpuktuk in 1749 and renamed the place Halifax. The British were fighting with the French for control over what is now Nova Scotia, and some Mi'kmaq warriors aligned with the French to fend off English forces. As part of this war, Cornwallis ordered a bounty on the scalps of Mi’kmaq people. He is seen today as a symbol of genocide and colonial violence, and Mi’kmaq organizers have been working to have the statue of Cornwallis removed from this park for decades.
On Wednesday June 28th, Council of Canadians staff and supporters joined Solidarity Halifax to 'Expose 150'. We handed out fliers to drivers as they waited at the lights after getting off the MacDonald Bridge in Halifax.
The event was organized in support of the Indigenous peoples for whom the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation is not a day of patriotic celebration, but a day of mourning and resistance.
The intention was to expose the truth of the Canadian government’s shameful history of exploitation and genocide.
Together we handed out information to drives, and demanded that the Canadian government, immediately engage in a process of meaningful reconciliation with Indigenous nations. We were calling observers to respectfully challenge all Canadians to consider their own rights and responsibilities as Treaty People.
On Friday June 16 our South Shore chapter co-hosted Lynn Jones in sharing her reflections on her brother Rocky Jones' revolutionary life, and her experience growing up in Nova Scotia.
Lynn Jones, left, chats with attendees after her talk on Friday. Photo: Charlene Morton.
Rocky Jones' autobiography, released in October 2016, is described by Lawrence Hill as “required reading for any person who seeks to understand the civil rights movement in Canada.”
People paint a banner at the Truckhouse Solidarity Tent in Halifax on May 31 2017. Photo: Local Xpress
On Wednesday, following Nova Scotia’s provincial election, Solidarity With Alton Gas Resistance (SWAGR) hosted the first Truckhouse Solidarty Tent in Halifax. The purpose of this tent was to create a space in Halifax for people to gather, learn about Alton Gas, and act in resistance together – similar to what the truckhouse on the Shubenacadie River is often used for.