This year Canada is commemorating it’s 150th anniversary. But for indigenous people there’s nothing to celebrate, and have called for nationwide actions
Once again Savage Fam brings anti-colonial fire with a no holds barred hot shit hip hop track just in time for the 150 anniversary of Klanada and a call to arms against the Kinder Morgan pipeline, set to start construction this summer in so called British Columbia.
They said no to more than one billion dollars offered by Petronas some time ago, but the Province didn’t respect the decision of the Band council. That’s why Laxkwaal’aams decided to occupy Lelu Island and stop the destruction of a delicate habitat: if the giant plant is going to be built, juvenile salmon will probably disappear from the Pacific coast of Northern British Columbia. “You take away the salmon, you take away the people”.
The marvel of nature and industry in Kitimat is something the mayor would like to believe in at all costs: the town with the aluminum smelter has approved the lng industries to come to town, but still wants to be known for its landscapes and outdoor activities.
There is a kind of tourist paradise in the Kispiox Valley, but it’s also for local kids: they can learn how to behave in the wilderness, they ride a horse, they get into the water, they get familiar with the river and the current, so that the adults of tomorrow will defend it.
In Honduras, the most dangerous country in the world to be a land defender, Berta Cáceres’ death has not silenced the many campesinxs fighting for justice and Indigenous Sovereignty. They mourn Berta’s assassination with powerful chants of “Berta Didn’t Die, She Multiplied!”
Yvonne Lattie of the Gitxsan has been fighting for decades against governments and their projects of developments: blockades, strikes, court cases, she has been active in many ways to defend the land and the future. That’s the aim of the cabin at Maxhla Didaat Lake.
The alliance between “white” people and First Nations to defend the Skeena River is something real, it’s not a promise that can be broken. Shannon McPhail of the Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition works with residents: “Together we can protect the river that is our economy, our nature, our traditional food”. And if gas pipelines go through, all salmon and fish is at risk.
Families stop for a coffee or a soup during the berry season; hunters pass through and leave something for the community: at Madii Lii camp everyone is welcome to take part in the activities organized for children and young people, because this spot on the Suskwa River is becoming a kind of school in the traditional territory of the Gitxsan.