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For over two weeks now, a coalition of people including local Mi’kmaq residents, and anglophone and Acadian settlers, have blockaded the road leading to an equipment compound leased to South Western Energy or SWN.
SWN is a Texas based energy company, that has been attempting to conduct natural gas exploration in the area’s shale formations. It is believed that if significant deposits of gas are found, SWN would then employ the controversial extraction method of hydraulic fracturing or fracking. But since this past summer, protests, direct actions and sabotage have thwarted their work, and have turned public opinion on the side of the protesters.
Throughout the summer, police arrested dozens of people conducting non-violent civil disobedience. But since the arrival of members of the Mi’kmaq warrior society, the police have not been as keen to come near protesters.
The blockade is preventing SWN from operating thumper trucks, massive vehicles that gather seismic data to determine the location of natural gas.
During my short stay here I’ve witnessed the co-operation between natives and settlers, a partnership that has kept this blockade fully stocked and operational. Food, wood, hot coffee, tents and other supplies keep streaming all the while SWN berates the police in the media for not arresting the protesters.
In two days time, several people named in a court injuction are due to appear before a judge. In the meantime supporters keep arriving, but the warriors have also issued a callout for further support.
Catching Fire tells a compelling story of how a small but committed group of local, tribal, state and federal land managers are bringing back the use of prescribed fire as a tool to protect communities and ecosystems across Northern California. It examines the use of fire by the Karuk Tribe of California, and the connection between the rise of megafires across the West and the last century of fire suppression. Drawing on interviews with fire scientists, tribal and federal land managers, and fire savvy residents from across the North State, this film provides insight on how our relationship to fire can be restored through strategic use of fire as a powerful management tool.
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This is the second video subMedia.tv has produced about the struggle to stop the a natural gas transport project called the Pacific Trails Pipeline or PTP. The Unis'tot'en, a clan of the Wet'suet'en Nation have built a protection camp to bock PTP, in so called British Columbia in Canada. This is the third time the Unis'tot'en have called for a convergence in their territories. This year's camp attracted over 150 people who came from as far east as Montreal and as far south as Florida. The camp organizers opted not to tap large environmental ngo's for material support, and instead reached out to grassroots, community based allies. Out of the proposed pipeline projects that would cross through Unis'tot'en land, Pacific Trails is the first one slated to begin construction and poses and immediate threat.
Stop the Flows is the working title for subMedia.TV's next project. Over the next five years we will document resistance movements that are working towards stopping the flows of hydro carbons, mineral extraction, natural resources and capital, through grassroots and underground organizing. We will publish our dispatches as we complete them with the goal of compiling them into a feature length documentary to be released on 2016. In this dispatch we look at how members of the Unis?toten nation are pre-empting the construction of 4 pipelines through their traditional territories.
CORPUS CHRISTI -- A group of people got together today to take part in an annual Native American tradition. The South Texas Alliance of Indigenous People held the re-blessing of sacred grounds this afternoon. It started on Ennis Joslin Drive at SPID. Local Native Americans say this is the second largest Indian burial ground in the state. After the blessing, people didn't let the rain stop them from also joining in on a short march. One of the organizers says he looks forward to this tradition every year. Larry "Running Turtle" Salazar says, "Many years ago it wasn't good to be Indian many years ago we were looked down as scum, the lowest of the lowest and ever since the Freedom of Religion Act passed in 1973 now we can do our ceremonies." Photography by Rene Renteriahttp://www.renerenteria.com/
The March for Life & Climate Justice started at La Via Campesina in Cancún and worked it's way to the 0km mark by the Hotel Zone to honor Lee Hun Kae the Korean farmer who committed suicide at the police barricades during the Cancun WTO protests in 2003. Along the way people from all over the world spoke of the lie of green capitalism and in support of indigenous rights and solutions to climate change.
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Cuicani In Xochitl Aztec dance company from Dallas, Texas performed on November 19, 2010. Famous for their dynamic and physically demanding dance movements and their spectacular regalia, this dance group presented a dazzling indigenous performance at the. “Many people don’t realize that most Hispanics in Texas are descendants of Native Americans who lived in this area long before the Spaniards first arrived,” says Dr. Mario Garza, board chair of the Institute. “Over the next several months, we’ll bring Native performers, speakers, and artists who will make presentations to the public about their indigenous heritage.” Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos is helping people to get in touch with their ancestral roots, through a new seven-month program, “Noche de Cultura: Hispanics’ Indigenous Identity Series” sponsored by local nonprofit Indigenous Cultures Institute and offered free to the public. Once each month, the Institute will bring a presentation to the Centro that demonstrates the rich and vibrant Native heritage of the Hispanic community. Developed as a complement to its Powwow in the Schools program, this series is supported by the Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos, San Marcos Arts Commission, Hays County, CenturyLink, and the Tomblin Family Foundation. An art symbols workshop for students is sponsored by Texas Commission on the Arts. “Many people don’t realize that most Hispanics in Texas are descendants of Native Americans who lived in this area long before the Spaniards first arrived,” says Dr. Mario Garza, board chair of the Institute. “Over the next several months, we’ll bring Native performers, speakers, and artists who will make presentations to the public about their indigenous heritage.” Where: Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos, 211 Lee Street, San Marcos, Texas Contact: María Rocha, (512) 393-3310 For more information please visit: http://www.indigenouscultures.org This is a zgraphix production. Produced by Jeff Zavala.
San Marcos is a sacred site that thousands of Native Americans called home, long before the Spanish Europeans arrived here. The descendants of these ancient Native people still live here today…and they call themselves Hispanics. Who were these ancient relatives and why are they considered giants among scientists and scholars? They genetically engineered corn. They used electricity long before the Europeans harnessed this power. They compiled huge and amazing libraries with a unique written language. They tracked the movement of creation and reflected it on the Aztec calendar. How do we continue to practice our Native ways? The Aztec dance tradition is related to the cosmos. The Mayan dancers and Plains Indian singers preserve the old traditional dances, songs, and ceremonies. Our mothers and grandmothers still serve tamales or buñuelos on special occasions. Quinceñeras, sweat lodges, compadres, Native Ways. How do we continue to speak our ancient language …without even realizing it? Aguacate, coyote, elote, chamaco, cuate: these are not Spanish words, they’re Nahuatl words, the language of some of our ancient ancestors. Why do we have Spanish last names instead of the Native indigenous names of our ancestors? Find out the answers to all of these questions, and more “Hispanics Indigenous Identity” presented by Indigenous Cultures Institute Coming soon! Please visit http://indigenouscultures.org to learn more. This is a zgraphix production. Produced by Jeff Zavala. http://zgraphix.org
Day 4 of the G20 and rebellions. The Indigenous Sovereignty March was the biggest one yet, with over a thousand peeps braving the nasty Toronto heat to show solidarity with Native folks. It was inspiring to see so many settlers coming out to support this action.
Day three of subMedia.TV's G20 Rebellion coverage. Today we bring you updates on the Canadian Police State and we follow the Toxic Tour of Toronto.