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SINGNIGTOG, ELSIPOGTOG FIRST NATION The scene was reminiscent of 1960s Civil Rights Movement when law enforcement used excessive force to halt protests in the Deep South to do away with segregation.
Some fifty years later, excessive force was used on First Nations Warriors in Mi'kmaq Territory who were at a blockade against fracking on their homeland.
It happened Thursday at the anti-shale gas encampment on highway 134 in New Brunswick.
The protesters were unarmed, but were still sprayed with tear gas and rubber ammunition was fired by the Canadian Royal Mounted Police, reportedly hitting two Warriors in the process. Among the protesters were elders, women and children.
While the protesters were primarily First Nations citizens, much support for the anti-shale gas blockade has come from non-Native environmentalists. The anti-shale gas protesters argue the region’s water supply is being endangered.
In many struggles involving environmental issues, big corporations are involved. In this case, SWN, the Texas-based gas company, won an injunction against the protesters. It becomes a David versus Goliath situation. The justice system works in the favor the giants.
Heavily-armed police forces are then brought in to break up the blockade.
"We, the Mi'kmaq Treaty beneficiary with the support of the Mi'kmaq women of Mi'kmaki'k stand united for the protection of our water as a Nation within our homeland which we hold legal title. Water is sacred, without water no life can exist. As Mi'kmaq, we have the responsibility of stewardship and this stewardship is reflected in the treaty relationship which is based upon our covenant with Creator. To this end we have inherited the duty to defend all that is sacred,”
writes Elizabeth Marshall, of the Eskasoni Treaty Beneficiaries Association, about why the blockade existed.
Fighting for the sacred requires warriors to rise to the occasion. They fought the giant on Thursday in our Photo of the Week.
posted October 19, 2013 6:57 am edt