Members of the Mi'kmaq Warriors Society who have been arrested and incarcerated will be on a speaking tour in January and February to raise awareness about their struggle against fracking, their ongoing assertion and exercise of nationhood, and the repression they face from police and courts.
“Our warriors are still being mistreated in the system, justice for our political prisoners of war.” Suzanne Patles, member of the Mi’kmaq Warrior Society
The Mi'kmaq Warriors Society (New Brunswick) defended their land at Elsipogtog First Nation on Oct. 17 2013, when police tried to dimantle the blockade against fracking exploration. Hear the Warriors speak about their struggle in their own words.
The event will be held in LB (Library) 322 from 1130-1 on the third floor of the Library building at Capilano University. See below for more events and background.
* Community-wide public event on Friday January 24. Doors at 5:45 pm, start time at 6 pm. Room 1900, SFU Harbour Center, 515 West Hastings, Vancouver, unceded Tsleil-Waututh, Musqueam & Sḵwx̱wú7mesh territories. FREE event. Wheel & scooter accessible, with accessible washrooms in the building. Child-friendly event with childminding support on-site.
* Sḵwx̱wú7mesh: Sunday January 26 from 10:30 am-noon. Pancakes Not Pipelines in the Squamish Nation to support Indigenous resistance to tar sands pipelines. Location: Chief Joe Mathias Centre 100 Capilano Road, West Vancouver. For more information:
* Monday January 27 @ 4 pm. Dinner served. Event includes Honouring and Acknowledgement and Hand drumming. Location: Neskonlith Hall, Secwepemculucw, unsurrendered Secwepemc Nation
* Morricetown, Wet'suwet'en Territories. Saturday February 1 from 9 am - 1 pm. Location: Multiplex Mini Feast Hall, 205 Beaver Road.
* Unist'ot'en Camp: February 1 - February 3
* Victoria, WSANEC and Lekwungen Territories: Thursday February 6th at UVic, main public event on Friday February 7 evening (details tbc). For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1411543315750502/
This speaking tour is organized, hosted and/or sponsored by Native Youth Movement, Unist'ot'en Camp, No One Is Illegal, Streams of Justice, VIPIRG, IGOV, Skwomesh Action, Capilano University First Nations Student Services, Capilano Student Union First Nations Caucus, Capilano University Humanities, Capilano University Social Sciences, Earthworks, Rising Tide, Council of Canadians, Union of BC Indian Chiefs, SFU Institute for the Humanities, SFU First Nations Studies, Idle No More, Defenders of the Land, SFPIRG and other allies.
If you can support this tour please get in touch hwalia8 at gmail dot com. Thank you!
Suzanne Patles speaks from Elsipogtog Anti-Fracking Blockade
Elsipogtog: The Fire Over Water
Warriors Defence Fund:
Sacred Fire: The People United Against Fracking
Guardian: New Brunswick fracking protests are the frontline of a democratic fight
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