The Long Road to This Winter of Protests –

The Long Road to This Winter of Protests –

by ahnationtalk on March 27, 2020174 Views

Over a decade ago, a network of land defenders envisioned how direct action, backed by non-Indigenous support, could transform Canada. Now it’s close to happening.

Canada’s police agencies would have given anything to lurk at the meeting.

It was May 2014. Almost 60 Indigenous activists had gathered at a rundown retreat centre in Nova Scotia. The smell of burning sage wafted through the halls. A newly built sweat lodge sat on a grassy knoll outside, overlooking a bay where two rivers merged.

They came from every corner of the country — young and old, representing hereditary governments and elected band councils. But they had one thing in common: each of their First Nations had been branded “communities of concern” in surveillance reports by the RCMP.

Their crime? Having engaged in non-violent, disruptive direct action for their land rights. And they had plans to do even more.

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