RCMP C-IRG violence not reported in Canada’s voluntary national review on the SDGs to the United Nations

Dramatic Video Shows Militarized Canadian Police Raid Wet’suwet’en Land Defenders & Journalists (Democracy Now!, November 24, 2021). United Nations member states, including Canada, adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015 with the target of accomplishing them by 2030. Sustainable Development Goal 16 promises to “promote peaceful and inclusive societies for Read more…

Gitanyow and Gitxsan concerned about RCMP C-IRG violence, construction of PRGT pipeline to begin on August 24

APTN Video: The C-IRG on Gitxsan territory, November 2021. Construction on the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission (PRGT) pipeline is now scheduled to begin on Saturday August 24. The 800-kilometre pipeline would carry fracked gas from Hudson’s Hope in northeastern British Columbia across Gitanyow and Gitxsan territory to the Ksi Lisims Read more…

Wet’suwet’en hereditary chief Dtsa’hyl sentenced to 60-days of house arrest for defending territory from megaproject

Video: Chief Dtsa’hyl comments after his sentencing. The CBC reports: “A Wet’suwet’en hereditary chief will serve a 60-day jail sentence under house arrest for disrupting pipeline construction through Wet’suwet’en traditional territory in northern British Columbia in October 2021.” The article continues: “During the sentencing hearing [in Smithers, British Columbia] this Read more…

People’s University UBC rejects RCMP C-IRG/CRU-BC at student Palestine solidarity encampment

The People’s University UBC [University of British Columbia] has posted on Instagram: “The administration would rather bring paramilitary police to surveillance and intimidate students- putting Indigenous and marginalized students, faculty, staff, and community members at risk- rather than meeting our demands.” Their post adds: “WE CALL ON THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT Read more…

Will COP16 in Colombia strengthen Target 22 and spark text at COP30 in Brazil to protect environmental defenders?

The United Nations COP16 Biodiversity conference will take place this coming October 21 to November 1 in Cali, Colombia. Shortly afterwards, the UN COP29 Climate conference will take place November 11-22 in Baku, Azerbaijan. A year after that, COP30 will take place November 10-21, 2025, in Belém, Brazil. Global Witness Read more…

Da’naxda’xw-Awaetlala land defender Rainbow Eyes sentenced to 60 days in jail

Photo: Rainbow Eyes outside the Nanaimo courthouse with supporters just prior to sentencing on April 24. Photo by Jordan Davidson/Nanaimo News NOW. Da’naxda’xw-Awaetlala land defender Angela Davidson, also known as Rainbow Eyes, was sentenced this week to 60 days in jail for her participation in the peaceful blockades against Teal Read more…

UN Special Rapporteur comments on the “repression and persecution” faced by Indigenous water protectors in Canada

Photo: Maria Jose Acosta Lazo and Pedro Arrojo Agudo at their media conference at the Lord Elgin Hotel in Ottawa, April 19. Pedro Arrojo Agudo, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights to water and sanitation, has concluded his official visit to Canada. In a media statement released Read more…

Ottawa Police Service receives $50 million in federal budget, intends to create a “permanent Special Events Team”

CBC reports: “The Ottawa Police Service (OPS) will receive $50 million in federal funding over the next five years to enhance security near Parliament Hill. The proposed funding, to be dispensed in equal $10-million annual payments beginning in 2024-2025, will help ‘bolster the Ottawa Police Services’ presence around the Parliamentary Read more…

PBI-Canada presentation to UN Special Rapporteur on the right to water Pedro Arrojo-Agudo

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation, Pedro Arrojo-Agudo, is visiting Canada from April 8-19. He will share the preliminary findings of his visit on April 19 at 11:30 am ET at the Lord Elgin Hotel in Ottawa. He will then present Read more…