Despite protests, Ecuador’s Guillermo Lasso embraces Canadian mining at the expense of Indigenous peoples
The 2022 national protests in Ecuador were a powerful statement in opposition to the socioeconomic status quo that is favoured by Ecuador’s conservative elite and the Canadian state. While the protestors achieved some important gains, Lasso’s continued embrace of foreign mining investment at the expense of Indigenous peoples may be doomed to incite another uprising.
Canadian mining and the uprising in Panama
Despite being a key member of a supposedly pro-democracy alliance that claims to be challenging regional authoritarianism, evidence has shown that upwards of 60 percent of Panamanians support the Panama Worth More Without Mining Movement’s aims. And yet, the government is continuing with the development of Cobre Panamá, a clear infringement on the popular will and the rights of the Indigenous people.
Feds must act to end the forced sterilization of Indigenous people
Between 2015 and 2019, over 100 Indigenous women from Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, the Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, and Québec publicly asserted that they were survivors of forced or coerced sterilization procedures. The actual number is undoubtedly much higher, and more and more Indigenous women come forward every year to share their traumatic experiences.
Why a planned frac sand mine spells trouble for Manitoba First Nations and the environment
The mining of silica sand on a community-designated trapline adjacent to the Hollow Water First Nation’s reserve boundary in Manitoba is poised to be a disaster for the environment. But this can all be avoided if CPS gets the silica it needs to feed its proposed float glass plant from Wisconsin, instead of despoiling a sensitive ecosystem for profit and convenience.
AFN’s toxic politics hurts First Nations
No matter how you slice it, the AFN has created a monumental mess that, ironically, proves the very dysfunction many First Nations have been talking about for years. By effectively appointing itself as the judge, jury, and executioner of RoseAnne Archibald’s political career, the organization breached not only her basic human rights but also her basic legal rights to administrative and procedural fairness.
UN urges Canada to end criminalization of land defenders
On April 29, 2022, the United Nations Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) released a letter—their third in total—urging the Canadian government to respect the rights of the Indigenous Secwepemc and Wet’suwet’en communities resisting the construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and the Coastal GasLink pipeline in northern British Columbia.
Trudeau silent on police crackdown in Ecuador
While Ecuadorians rise up in protest of a mercilessly cruel economic system, the Trudeau government has stayed silent while the Canadian embassy degrades them as violent rioters. It should come as no surprise that the leader of a global mining superpower should react this way toward a protest movement demanding social and economic change within Latin America.
To address the incarceration of Indigenous women, dismantle the system
While only one in 20 women in Canada are Indigenous, Indigenous women make up half the female population in our federal prisons. Indigenous men are similarly hyper-incarcerated at 31.9 percent. To address this horrific reality, we need to defund and dismantle the penal system, as abolitionists have long made clear. Reforms alone simply won’t cut it, writes Abby Stadnyk.
RCMP’s toxic culture of sexualized violence requires external review
Canada cannot even begin the process of reconciliation until it addresses the ongoing genocide which includes the sexualized violence of Indigenous women and girls by the federal police. The question remains: will the federal government act urgently to ensure not another woman in Canada is violently raped or assaulted by the RCMP? That remains to be seen.
Fairy Creek: a tree planter’s account of the blockades
Instead of accepting an industry that acts in lockstep with other resource-based industries in Canada by destabilizing our environment and furthering a history of systemic racism at the whim of multinational corporations, we can organize as a workforce—empowering workers, advocating for scientifically grounded environmental planning, and fighting against a legacy of colonial violence towards Indigenous peoples.
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