Water defenders to appear before B.C. Supreme Court
Over thirty water protectors are appearing in BC Supreme Court in Prince George on February 14 after the RCMP invasion on Wet’suwet’en territory in November 2021. In the three large-scale police actions that have happened on Wet’suwet’en territory since January 2019, a total of 74 people have been arrested and detained, including legal observers and journalists.
Very different to the so-called Freedom Convoy whose organizers seem intent on encouraging hooliganism and instilling fear across the country, B.C. truck drivers and supporters organized a successful rally and convoy on Saturday, January 22 in Vancouver. The rally was organized to bring attention to their working conditions and demand that the provincial government take immediate action to ensure their safety and that of all drivers on B.C. highways. Organizers estimate that approximately 350 big rigs participated in the convoy that assembled at the Gurudwara Dashmesh Darbar in Surrey and traveled to downtown Vancouver.
Thousands of people from Vancouver Island and many from other parts of BC participated in the Spune’luxutth Sulxwe’en Memorial Walk (March for the Children) in Chemainus on August 2. The march was part of the healing process initiated by the Penelakut Tribe following the announcement on July 8 of the confirmation of more than 160 undocumented and unmarked graves near the site of the Kuper Island Industrial School. The school operated on what was then known as Kuper Island, now Penelakut Island, from 1889 to 1975. Like other residential schools, it was the site of cruel abuse of children stolen from their families and their communities. Chemainus is a town on the east coast of Vancouver Island that overlooks Penelakut Island which is on the traditional territory of the Penelakut Tribe.
(July 14) – The Penelakut Tribe is one of six tribes of the Penelakut First Nation whose traditional territories include parts of southern Vancouver Island and of some of the southern Gulf islands in the Salish Sea between Vancouver Island and the BC mainland. On July 8 Penelakut Tribe Chief Joan Brown, Council and Elders issued an invitation to join in their work to raise awareness of the Kuper Island Industrial School and to inform people of the confirmation of more than 160 undocumented and unmarked graves near the site.
The buried remains of 215 children who were students of the Kamloops Indian Residential School have been located on the school’s grounds with the help of a specialist in the use of ground penetrating radar, said Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Kukpi7 (Chief) Rosanne Casimir in a May 27 news release. Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc is the home community of the Kamloops Indian Residential School, the largest school in the residential school system run by Indian Affairs, a system that persisted until 1996.Casimir said the deaths were spoken about but had not been previously confirmed. “We had a knowing in our community that we were able to verify. To our knowledge, these missing children are undocumented deaths,” stated Casimir, who said the discovery is an unthinkable loss. “Some were as young as three years old. We sought out a way to confirm that knowing out of deepest respect and love for those lost children and their families, understanding that Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc is the final resting place of these children.”
It is not acceptable at any time that the province simply hands over the funds and refuses to take any responsibility for what the operators do with it. The COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on seniors makes this situation an emergency.
Meeting on the crisis in seniors’ care, Comox Valley, February 24, 2020.
By BARBARA BILEY
The neo-liberal anti-social measures that have been implemented by successive governments over the last several decades have resulted in a crisis in seniors’ care in many parts of the country. The proliferation of private seniors’ homes, many replacing what were public homes, has created a perfect storm, which has been activated in all its fury with the current COVID-19 pandemic. Continue reading →
In this era of “reconciliation,” Indigenous land is still being taken at gunpoint. Invasion is a new film about the Unist’ot’en Camp, Gidimt’en checkpoint and the larger Wet’suwet’en nation standing up to the Canadian government and corporations who continue colonial violence against Indigenous people.
The film was produced by the Unist’ot’en Camp. The film, including versions with subtitles in French, Spanish or Portuguese, along with information on using it for community screenings or fundraising to support the Camp, can be found here.
The sovereign Wet’suwet’en nation and their laws are equal in status politically to Canada and its laws, and this must be acknowledged and respected as the basis of reconciliation between Canada and Indigenous peoples. #Wetsuweten – Four articles. Continue reading →
The Union of BC Indian Chiefs has issued an open letter dealing with the misconduct of the RCMP and attempts to absolve its responsibility regarding its forcible intervention against the Wet’suwet’en people in British Columbia on January 7 and its ongoing involvement at the site. It is printed below. Continue reading →
On January 15, the Gitdumt’en Clan of the Wet’suwet’en people reported that the RCMP “are working to establish a police detatchment on Gitdumt’en territory without the consent of our people,” in violation of their January 9 agreement with the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs. The Gitdumt’en point out that the agreement “dictates that all police exclusion zones will be lifted immediately and that our members will have free access to our territories.” Continue reading →
A tentative agreement was reached on January 9 between hereditary leaders of the Wet’suwet’en and the RCMP as a measure to ensure the safety of Wet’suwet’en members on their unceded territory. Coastal GasLink, which seeks to build a pipeline on their territory, was invited by the chiefs to sit in on the discussion to ensure the company is on the same page. Continue reading →
January 8, 2018 — Thousands of people across Canada and around the world are watching and sharing updates online as RCMP officers dismantle a pipeline blockade on Wet’suwet’en territory in Northern BC. Continue reading →
The Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) condemns the governments of both Canada and BC for treating the need to respect the hereditary rights of the original peoples of this country as a law and order matter. The precedent set by these governments at Gustafsen Lake in 1994 is a crime yet to be redressed and now another is to be committed. Continue reading →
On the occasion of the centenary of the end of World War I, TML Weekly has been producing an excellent series of informative Supplements on the war and related matters of concern. This is the second in the series. Click for No. 1 (How the First World War Out); No. 2 (Canada and the First World War); No. 3 (British Movement of Conscientious Objectors); No. 4 (Contributions and Slaughter of Colonial Peoples in World War I); No. 5 (Steadfast Opposition to the Betrayal of the Workers’ Movement); No. 6 (Poems on the Occasion of the Centenary of the End of World War I – Moments of Quiet Reflection.
• Opposition to Conscription in Canada and Quebec
• The Case of Ginger Goodwin
• Recruitment of Indigenous Peoples
• Black Construction Battalion
• The War Measures Act and Internment of Canadians
Independent Labour Politics
• Registration, Conscription, and Independent Labour Politics, 1916-1917 – Martin RobinContinue reading →
Government cutbacks undermine public health and safety. ANNE JAMIESON
King Stephen – “Canada For Sale” by Royal Prerogative. Photo is from a June 25, 2011 rally of some 3,000 Newfoundlanders on the St. John’s waterfront against the decision of the Harper government to close the Marine Rescue Centre. | Tim O’Brien, The Muse
Sometime in the afternoon of April 8, bunker fuel started leaking from a ship anchored in English Bay in the outer harbour of the Port of Vancouver as it waited to load its cargo of grain at the docks. At 5:10 pm, a recreational boater noticed a large oil slick and called 911. The call was passed on to the Canadian Coast Guard, the designated lead agency for incidents like this. A Port Metro Vancouver boat appeared on the scene around 6:00 pm. Continue reading →
Nazi connections of the Anglo-American imperialists
By DOUGAL MACDONALD
(Dec. 29) – Swedish appliance maker Electrolux was founded in 1919 and taken over in the 1930s by wealthy Swede and Nazi collaborator Axel Wenner-Gren. Early in the Second World War, Wenner-Gren’s friendship with Nazi Commander-in-Chief of the Luftwaffe, Herman Göring, and the Duke of Windsor, who had to abdicate the British throne in 1938 due to his support for the Nazis, led to the Allies placing Wenner-Gren on an economic blacklist. Wenner-Gren also partnered with ITT owner Sosthenes Behn and SKF Bearing chairman Sven Winquist (see below) in the giant Bofors munitions empire, bought from Krupp, which supplied Germany with weapons. ITT owned 25 per cent of Focke Wulfe, which produced fighter planes for the German Luftwaffe. ITT also financed Pinochet’s bloody 1973 military coup in Chile. Continue reading →