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Sur les femmes qui résistent à l’exploitation par les minières canadiennes… pour la défense de Mère-Terre!

Posted in Actions, Appel, Réflexions with tags , , , , , on 2012/02/07 by anabraxas

Séminaires, ateliers et activités culturelles
Le dimanche 4 mars prochain, de 9 h à 16h30
Au 6767 Côte-des-Neiges, Montréal.

Source: Women of Diverse Origins

Montréal, 5 février 2012 – Les femmes jouent un rôle crucial au Canada et à travers le monde, pour résister au développement agressif et à l’exploitation croissante perpétrés par les minières canadiennes.

Nous pourrons entendre quelques-unes de ces femmes étonnantes, faire résonner leur voix et
célébrer leurs luttes dimanche le 4 mars prochain, lors de l’événement annuel organisé par Femmes de diverses origines de Montréal (FDO-WDO), en alliance avec plusieurs groupes communautaires dans le cadre de la Journée internationale des femmes. Depuis 2002, FDO organise chaque année un tel événement en plus d’une manifestation, témoignant ainsi du rôle que nous pouvons jouer, par nos luttes et nos actions, pour changer les choses et se conscientiser face à la conjoncture mondiale.

Les actions des géants miniers canadiens et des paliers de gouvernement au Canada qui se plient à leurs demandes, font partie d’un plan de relance économique visant à conserver les profits au bénéfice des milieux d’affaires. Que ce soit le premier Ministre Charest avec le Plan Nord au Québec, ou le gouvernement Harper qui courtise activement les Premières nations, les gouvernements arrosent ces sociétés de subventions et d’exonérations fiscales, cherchant par tous les moyens une façon pour elles de contourner ou d’ignorer les droits territoriaux des populations autochtones ou des fermiers, paysans et agriculteurs. C’est ce qui se passe en ce moment, tant sur les terres Mohawk autour de Montréal, dans les régions plus éloignées du nord du Canada, qu’en Equateur, en Colombie, au Guatemala, aux Philippines, au Congo, en Inde et dans d’autres parties du monde.

Les femmes sont très actives sur le terrain avec leurs communautés, pour résister à  ces agressions, et sont souvent criminalisées voire même, tuées pour paver la voie à des bulldozers et des camions. Beaucoup des membres de nos communautés sont venues au Canada en tant que travailleuses migrantes, en raison de la destruction et des déplacements de populations causés dans leurs pays d’origine par les sociétés minières canadiennes. L’événement du 4 mars pour la Journée internationale des femmes mettra l’accent sur leurs expériences. Nous entendrons des délégations tout juste de retour des Philippines et de la Colombie, où elles ont été des témoins de première main de l’impact de l’exploitation minière dans ces pays. Des femmes des communautés autochtones d’ici viendront également témoigner et nous partagerons différentes expériences de luttes. Un atelier de chorale et d’autres activités culturelles seront également au programme, avec bien sûr, un bon repas à partager.

A noter qu’il y aura également fabrication de bannières et de pancartes pour la manifestation annuelle de la Journée internationale des femmes, qui prendra son départ le 8 mars prochain à 18 h de la place Norman-Bethune au métro Guy. Soyez au rendez-vous, le dimanche 4 mars dès 9 h et le 8 mars à 18h pour célébrer nos luttes et souligner la Journée internationale des femmes.

Pour plus d’informations: wdofdo@gmail.com Voir aussi : http://wdofdo.wordpress.com/
Bienvenue à tout le monde. Don suggéré de 5$ à l’entrée (personne ne sera refusé).

Pacific Trails Pipeline and Taseko Mines thugs kicked out of native land

Posted in Actions, Appel, Reportages with tags , , , , on 2011/12/08 by anabraxas
Indigenous land defenders block pipeline and mining equipment from entering into their territories
by Vancouver Media Co-op

Indigenous people in two separate locations in occupied British Columbia have been forced to mobilize in defence of the land over the past week, blocking machinery and corporate personnel from accessing their territories.  The Likhts’amisyu and Unist’ot’en clans of the Wet’swet’en nation have long opposed the Pacific Trails Pipeline, and have taken many steps to defend their land to stop the project. Further south, on November 12th members of the Tsilhqot’in Nation confronted employees of Taseko Mines Lmited, who had trespassed into their traditional territories.

On November 7th, members of the Likhts’amisyu and Unist’ot’en received an anonymous tip that heavy equipment and staff from the Pacific Trails Pipeline (PTP) project, were moving into their territory. PTP is a proposed liquified natural gas pipeline that would cut across unsurrendered indigenous lands in BC. After receiving the information, a small group from both clans mobilized to secure the area and escort the equipment and personnel out. Members of the group created a sign reading "“Road Closed 2 P.T.P. Drillers” and guarded the road to ensure no corporate personnel entered. Early in the morning of November 8th, the land defenders had their first encounter with PTP workers.

"I approached the first vehicle which was a white Budget Rental jeep and asked the lone occupant if he was there for the Pacific Trails Pipeline company, " said Dini Ze’ Toghestiy hereditary chief of the Likhts’amisyu clan. "He answered ‘yes’ and I then sternly told him, ‘You realize that I can’t let you through. You will have to turn around.’ The individual then replied, ‘Understood, we will turn around and go.’"

After the vehicles turned around the driver of a logging truck that waited until the road cleared, rolled down his window and yelled “Kick their ass!!! KICK THEIR ASS!!” in support of the of the Likhts’amisyu and Unist’ot’en defence.

After two days spent patrolling the area thorough heavy snow, and after several conversations with PTP employees, the group successfully ensured that all drilling equipment and personnel had left the area.

"We will fight what is happening in the Alberta tar sands and what is happening to their aquifers and we will also fight plans to destroy the aquifers on our side of the Rocky Mountains,"Toghestiy told the Vancouver Media Co-op via email. "You cannot make compromises with water – especially when everything depends on it.”

In another struggle which has also intensified over the past week, Taseko Mines Limited (TML) has continued to seek government approval for the "Prosperity" copper mine on Tsilhqot’in land, closer to Williams Lake. After the first TML proposal was turned down last year, another version of the same proposal was resubmitted and is now under review by a panel from the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.

According to an account of the incident sent to the Vancouver Media Co-op, Chief Marilyn Baptiste told TML employees that "…they were trespassing on traditional territory, that they were not authorized to be on the Tsilhqot’in traditional territory, and that B.C. does not have jurisdiction there."

In response, TML filed a petition in court to prevent further interference with their exploration.

“We are seeking every reasonable path available to us, despite our limited resources, to ensure that Tsilhqot’in rights are protected in the face of a company and a government that do not understand how unique and important this area is to our communities,” said Chief Joe Alphonse, Chair of the Tsilhqot’in National Government.  “We view the B.C. exploration permits as illegal as they have failed to accommodate our already proven Aboriginal rights to this area – rights which will be adversely impacted by the significant amount of roads, drilling and test pits proposed by the company.”

Both groups had representatives at the Second Indigenous Gathering against Mining and Pipelines in Vancouver last week, and have vowed to continue to work in their own territories as well as in support of each other, in the face of destructive new projects.

The Tsilhqot’in as well as the The Likhts’amisyu and Unist’ot’en are seeking support in their struggle against industry’s encroachment in their lands. To support the Tsilhqot’in contact JP Laplante at 250-392-3918 or email protectsacredlands@gmail.com. To join the struggle against the Pacific Trails Pipeline visit http://unistotencamp.wordpress.com/

The Tsilhqot’in need support in court on November 19th. Click here for details

A day of action against the Pacific Trails Pipeline is scheduled for December 9th. Click here for details.

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