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Showdown Mi’kmaq blockade – the real story
Published on Oct 20, 2013
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With some of the only video from behind police lines, subMedia.tv witnessed the brutal raid by the Royal Colonial Mounted Police on the Mi’kmaq blockade of fracking equipment. But the fierce response of the community in defense of the warriors was also captured on camera. We bring you the real story about what really went down on Highway 134, the story that the corporate media doesn’t want you to see.
RCMP confrontation in Mikmaq territory – Please forward widely
From the Eagle Watch October 17, 2013
In a clear case of overkill, the RCMP (?) have converged on the peaceful
anti fracking protest in Mikmaq territory with the intent to enforce an
injunction against the protesters. Snipers, dogs and escalating conflict
unfolding. Media on hand.
This should come as no surprise. The corporate elitists are scrambling to
survive as more and more people become aware and fed up. Everywhere you
turn, people are fed up, young and old, man, woman, child, working stiffs
and unemployed, people are fed up with the crap.
What are YOU going to do about it.
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RCMP descends on Mi’kmaq-led anti-fracking blockade
National News | 17. Oct, 2013 by APTN National News | 0 Comments
RCMP descends on Mi’kmaq-led anti-fracking blockade
(Elders drum pray and cry as RCMP officers move in to enforce injunction
against anti-fracking barricade. Ossie Michelin/APTN)
By Ossie Michelin
APTN National News
REXTON, NB–RCMP officers moved in early Thursday morning to enforce an
injunction against a Mi’kmaq-led barricade that has trapped exploration
vehicles belonging to a Houston-based firm conducting shale gas
exploration in New Brunswick.
An eye-witness who left the barricade after police moved in said a Molotov
cocktail was thrown and that some warriors claimed they were “willing to
die” holding the line. The eye-witness also said the RCMP officers moved
in with guns drawn.
Miles Howe, a journalist with Media Co-op, also said in a Facebook posting
that Molotov cocktails had been thrown at police and that rubber bullets
had been fired in the surrounding woods.
“Currently still in standoff,” he wrote in the posting on wall of Facebook
group, Shale Gas Alerts New Brunswick.
Police arrested some of the activists as residents from the Mi’kmaq
community of Elsipogtog, which has been at the heart of the anti-fracking
movement, swarmed to the site.
Drumming, cursing, crying and barking dogs echoed through the air as the
activists at the barricade clashed with police.
The blockade against SWN Resources Canada sits just off Route 135 and
about 80 kilometres north of Moncton and 15 km northeast of Elsipogtog.
The blockade was the latest salvo in a battle against SWN’s shale gas
exploration that raged throughout this past summer and led to dozens of
The blockade has been anchored by the Mi’kmaq Warrior Society which, at
one point, blocked the highway completely. The warriors opened up one lane
for traffic last week.
Mi’kmaq, Acadian and Anglophone residents in the area believe the
discovery of shale gas will lead to hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and
they fear the extraction method poses a threat to the area’s water and
SWN received an extension to the injunction against the blockade which had
set to expire on Oct. 12.
Elsipogtog Chief Arren Sock had been in talks with New Brunswick Premier
David Alward in hopes of finding a peaceful end to the blockade.
More to come
Advisers to Chief Sock in Anti-shale gas negotiations are provincial
John Deveau – adviser – well-positioned to profit from talks, Indigenous
unrest, resource development
by Miles Howe
Rexton, New Brunswick – An October 9th, 2013 story by Jorge Barrera,
featured by APTN, brought into serious question the firm public commitment
of Elsipogtog Chief Aarren Sock and his negotiating team towards ending
shale gas exploration in the province of New Brunswick.
Despite still not knowing who actually penned the notes, the notes
themselves suggest that Sock and his negotiating team did not seriously
consider the possibility that the ongoing encampment which continues to
block numerous pieces of seismic testing equipment belonging to SWN
Resources Canada might actually be capable of spearheading any type of
campaign to halt shale gas exploration by the Texas-based gas company.
Barrera’s article, which goes on to interview two unnamed advisers who the
reporter confronted with the notes, was met with a flurry of indignation
by a few individuals close to the negotiating process.
Within the encampment, delegates from Elsipogtog First Nation relayed the
message that they had not only banned Barrera from the site, but had also
gone so far as to ban the Aboriginal People’s Television Network entirely
from the encampment. This so-called ban appears to have been overturned,
as APTN is now back on site.
Barrera, for his part, is sticking with the story.
“I stand by my story and everything that’s reported in it,” says Barrera.
“It’s based on notes that were taken during the meeting and with
conversations [with the advisers] afterwards.”
While Barrera and APTN determined that they would not name the advisers
interviewed after the negotiations, the Halifax Media Co-op has learned
that the two advisers were Tobique First Nations band member John Deveau
and Listuguj First Nations band member Wendell Metallic.
The HMC has also learned that Deveau, under the company name Wolf
Industries, has been contracted by the province of New Brunswick in his
advisory role at the meetings. It is assumed that Deveau, through his
company, has subcontracted an advisory position to Metallic.
Deveau has himself confirmed his provincial pay check, although when
interviewed he could not remember which provincial department was actually
employing him in this advisory capacity.
What this means, in effect, is that the two advisers working alongside
Elsipogtog Chief Sock are actually New Brunswick provincial employees. The
province, for it’s part, has wholeheartedly embraced shale gas
exploration, having handed over leases totalling over 1.4 million
So while Deveau has told the Halifax Media Co-op that: “I want to see this
all end peacefully,” in reference to the ongoing blockade of SWN’s
equipment, it also appears that his financial allegiances lie with the
pro-shale gas provincial government.
With Deveau having a hotline to Chief Sock’s ear in high level
negotiations, this makes for a potentially one-sided negotiation session
with the province.
Deveau, with a United State military and police background, is himself no
stranger to the pursestrings of Elsipogtog First Nation, and is currently
on band payroll as a ‘Wabanaki Peacekeeper’.
On June 27th, during the summer campaign against shale gas, Elsipogtog
First Nation established the ‘Elsipogtog Peacekeepers’. In a situation
where dozens had already been arrested, some members of the community
publicly welcomed the force as a means to intermediate between the RCMP
The total neutrality of the Peacekeepers began to be brought into doubt
when Deveau confirmed that during the summer months the group engaged in
almost nightly conversations with the RCMP and representatives of SWN
Deveau, with this particular brand of ‘negotiating’ skills, appears to
have his sights fixed on the potential of personal profit from future
resource-based conflicts between Indigenous peoples, in particular, and
A recent proposal to Elsipogtog First Nation, which unconfirmed sources
verify has been passed, reads:
“Predictably, resource based conflicts will continue into the future, as
provinces continue with exploration and development activities without the
“social license” of First Nations and surrounding communities.
The need for a neutral, well-organized, trained peacekeeping team that is
focused on public safety and injury prevention is clear. Within the Public
Safety Protocol under section 1, paragraph 6 it indicates the
responsibility to establish a “Joint AFN/RCMP crisis response team.
To that end, I am requesting funding to operationally fund a peacekeeping
team. The success of the project depends on the neutrality of the team,
therefore no funding source will have a direct role in the team’s work
that will impact the team’s neutrality.”
Public safety, of course, is of extreme importance. However, to portend
neutrality on the one hand when requesting funds for a “peacekeeping
team”, while drawing a provincial paycheck as a high-level advisor to a
First Nations chief from a decidedly pro-shale gas government at the same
time, suggests anything but.
In any case, it appears that Deveau, as director of operations of the
Wabanaki Peacekeepers, currently draws a $60,000 salary from Elsipogtog
First Nation. The financial breakdown of Deveau’s request is as follows:
“4 full time positions will include: Director of operations $60,000.00
Field Operations Manager $52,000.00 Security Manager $46,800.00
Administrative Assistant $36,000.00 6 part time positions will include:
Public Affairs Officer $600.00 / week Field Operators (5) $500.00 / week
Additional Resources will be needed for the team’s success to include: (3)
SUV or Full size 4 door trucks with off road capability (1) Base Radio (8)
Portable radios (3) Vehicle mounted mobile radios (1 per vehicle) (3)
Cellular boosting packs for vehicle mounting (1 per vehicle) (3) First Aid
equipment to include AED (1 per vehicle) (40) Shirts indicating
peacekeeper team members – 2 short sleeved & 2 long sleeved per member (4)
Cellular phones with e-mail capabilities (3) Cellular phones only
call/text capabilities (10) Reflective multi-season coats – one per team
member (6) Fire Fighting water packs as well as fire extinguisher for each
vehicle (6) Panasonic Tough book style laptop computers (3) CAA Membership
(1 per vehicle) (10) Surefire flashlights (rechargeable) (3) Vehicle
booster packs (1 per vehicle) (3) Portable water coolers (1 per vehicle)
(3) Fuel Cards (1 per vehicle)”
Further financial incentives for Deveau and Wolf Industries delve into the
realm of conjecture at this point, but merit at least a paragraph of
Wolf Industries is listed as a company specializing in: “Site preparation
contractor, other heavy civil and engineering construction and landscaping
Knowing this, there is always the potential that Deveau and Wolf
Industries will indeed be triple-dipping on resource development – and
Indigenous unrest – for years to come:
Firstly as a provincially-paid adviser for a pro-resource extraction
Secondly as the director of operations of a Elsipogtog Band-paid
‘peacekeeping’ force that can liaise between between industry, the band
and RCMP, all the while keeping close tabs on Indigenous activists.
Thirdly, as a industrial contractor with a track record of doing
government bidding on a variety of pre-resource development missions.
You can follow Miles Howe on twitter at: @MilesHowe
Fontaine says negotiating with First Nations ‘makes sense’
Newest member of NB Power’s board, Phil Fontaine, wants openness in
resource development talks
CBC News Posted: Oct 16, 2013 12:14 PM AT Last Updated: Oct 16, 2013
Former Assembly of First Nations Chief Phil Fontaine says he is looking
forward to bringing a “business approach” to dealings with New Brunswick
First Nations as the newest member of the NB Power board of directors.
Phil Fontaine, a well known Manitoba First Nations Leader who was
appointed to NB Power’s board of directors this month, says he sees his
new role as an opportunity to focus on economic development for First
Nations when it comes to natural resources.
He said he was chosen for the job, in large part, because of his
experience as a former Grand Chief of the Assembly of First Nations as
well as his strong interest in resource development.
Fontaine said the work of NB Power will impact First Nations and so their
interests must be considered.
‘There’s a realization that it makes far better business sense to
engage more willingly and more openly with First Nations communities
and so the challenge, quite often, is really how to do it effectively
and in a business-like way.’- Phil Fontaine
“The possibility of creating real opportunities and true realization of
the enormous potential so that First Nations could, in fact, turn the
corner with respect to the difficult circumstances that too many First
Nation communities face,” he said.
Fontaine doesn’t see himself playing the role of liaison between NB Power
and First Nations. However, he does hope to bring more transparency to
resource development projects.
“There’s a realization that it makes far better business sense to engage
more willingly and more openly with First Nations communities and so the
challenge, quite often, is really how to do it effectively and in a
business-like way.” said Fontaine.
“So I hope I’ll be able to lend my experience in ensuring that we can
proceed effectively, efficiently, and of course positively for all New
Fontaine said he was approached to take on his new role with New
Brunswick’s utility “some time ago” by former Liberal cabinet minister
Andy Scott, who died in June at the age of 58.
He said Scott was good friends with the chair of NB Power’s board of
directors Ed Barrett and asked if he would be interested.
“We are fortunate to have Fontaine joining the board,” Barrett said in a
statement when he announced the appointment.
“His proven expertise in bringing people together and opening the lines of
communication, coupled with his extraordinary ability to speak from the
heart and teach others how to achieve results, is an asset to our
Fontaine won’t comment on Rexton blockade
The ongoing blockade of Route 134 continues as shale gas protesters,
including members of the Elsipogtog First Nation, stop SWN Resources
Canada from moving its equipment to explore for natural gas.
Fontaine said he won’t comment on that situation, but he does believe the
friction proves his belief that First Nations people must be included in
negotiations around resource development.
“It’s far better if you have the full engagement and participation and
support of the First Nations communities and this is true in New
He said, in many cases, engaging with First Nations on resource
development is a new challenge.
“It’s incumbent upon all of the various interests to work together to
figure out how best to proceed,” he said. “And so what will occur from
time to time, and this is really from past experiences, is an
unwillingness to trust that development is really in the best interest of
all,” said Fontaine.
“We really have to figure out how to do this right.”
Live 1hr 30min )ct 15 2013 recording at this link.
Interview: Gilogetj Dedam (arrested at New Brunswick – Anti-Fracking Protests)
Thu, 2013-10-17 11:28CAROL LINNITT
#MIKMAQBLOCKADE: RCMP Respond to First Nations Fracking Protest with Arrests, Snipers
News RIOT POLICE provoked protester in Rexton New-Brunswick Canada 17 October 2013
Published on Oct 17, 2013
Shale gas protesters and RCMP trying to enforce an injunction are clashing in Rexton, N.B.
The RCMP responded to a First Nation’s protest against shale gas fracking in New Brunswick witharrests and pepper spray this morning. Reports from the clash show images of a highly-militarized police response to the blockade along Route 134 near Rexton, N.B. in front of a compound belonging toSWN Resources, a Houston-based company that recently performed seismic testing, a precursor to fracking, in the area.
The Elsipogtog Mi’kmaq First Nation has been protesting the development of the region’s shale gas resources for months. In June, the RCMP responded to the lighting of a sacred fire with arrests. Today, a reported 75 officers responded to the peaceful blockade toenforce an injunction, sending 10 officers in military fatigues with sniper rifles. Watch a video of the morning’s events on this feed.
Elsipogtog councilor Robert Levi reported that “dozens” of people have been targeted with pepper spray. “The chief was manhandled a little bit and all hell broke loose,” he said.
Chief Arren Sock, pictured below, was apparently in custody, but according to Postmedia News, RCMP Const. Julie Rogers-Marsh could not confirm if any arrests have been made. *Update: Postmedia News is reporting that at least 40 arrests have been made.
In this video below, numerous heavily armed officers appear on the scene and a woman behind the camera asks a man in fatigues not to point his gun at her mother.
Ending the Anti FRacking Protest in front of the New Brunswick Legislature
Uploaded on Aug 2, 2011
June 21 stopping the thumper trucks.
Published on Jun 21, 2013
Arrests of Mi’kmaq Aboriginal Day, June 21, 2013 New Brunswick, Canada – A grandfather threw himself in front of the SWN truck to protect the water and land for future generations. His wife yelled out for help and was punched in the face and arrested. Her husband was arrested and excessive force was used. SWN is the Texas-based corporation that is doing seismic testing in NB in preparation for fracking to begin.
12 People arrested at Anti Shale Protest on Route 126 in Kent County
Published on Jun 14, 2013
I uploaded this video late on a Friday Afternoon and by Sunday it received over 10,000 viewed…:)…You can see the pictures and more videos of this Protest at my Blog at –
Warrior Chief Levis speaks with RCMP negotiators.
Published on Jun 16, 2013
Highway 126 @ Highway 116 – June 14, 2013
Published on Jun 14, 2013
With Irving security,SWN security,and the RCMP driving by regularly and video taping, they decided an early morning was best to confront First Nations, Acadiens, and Anglos. Harper Style.
Shale Gas Protest Highway 126 June 5, 2013
Published on Jun 6, 2013
The police had already arrested “Ed Sullivan” and move in on the drummer for an arrest.
Shale gas truck seized by ‘Elsipogtog warriors’ in N B
Published on Jun 5, 2013
bad enough the raped our treaty rights, now they wanna ravage our land an pollute our water. this is us showing that we are going to stop SWN. idle no more!!!!
Protest Against Shale Gas Hydro Fracking in Rexton, New Brunswick, Canada
Uploaded on Apr 14, 2011
The American company SWN Resources (wholly owned subsidiary of Southwestern Energy) was given over 1,000,000 hectares of OUR LAND by our greedy government, who are obviously more interested in making royalty money than protecting our water and land.
We, the people of New Brunswick, are against this plan, and we are committed to fighting until it is stopped. We refuse to let greedy American corporations destroy our beautiful province with their toxic chemicals.
We will have a MUCH bigger protest in Rogersville, NB on April 27. For more details, go here: https://www.facebook.com/BanFrackingNB