Indigenous Youth Land Defenders, the Braided Warriors, issue this statement in response to their violent arrest and treatment by Vancouver Police Department on February 19, 2021 when peacefully occupying the corporate lobby of AIG, an insurer of the Transmountain pipeline.
For the past three weeks Mi’kmaq in Nova Scotia have been pursuing a “moderate livelihood fishery” while facing harassment and intimidation. Hannah Martin looks at the roots of the conflict and argues that a better understanding of Mi’kmaw rights and the treaty relationship generally could help resolve the conflict.
Last week, the Ontario government announced the elimination of the independent office of the Ontario Child Advocate. This move severs the investigations and advocacy function previously housed in the Advocate’s office, cutting this critical level of oversight. Removing this protections for First Nations, Inuit and Metis children and youth should raise concern for every family and community.