In response to the call for emergency actions on Monday, December 2, in solidarity with the anti-Fracking struggle at Elsipogtog, the Halifax Coalition Against Fracking is asking all people in the Halifax area to help us remind the Crown of its responsibilities.
First, join us for a spirited demonstration at the Irving station on Quinpool rd. (6515 Quinpool Rd) from 8am-9am (Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/events/604189696285325
Irving are key supporters of SWN Resources Canada, the Texas-based corporation that has been given the license by the NB government to frack and explore for shale gas in the Province. Irving, which also owns Majesta Paper Products and Cavendish Frozen Foods (who provide a huge percentage of North America’s frozen french fries, used at fast-food restaurants like Wendy’s), has been contracted to provide private security to SWN and will also directly benefit from SWN’s fracking.
Then, join us for a reading of the Peace and Friendship Treaties at the residence of the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia (the Crown’s representative) (1451 Barrington Street) at noon (Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/429232590509923)
The Peace and Friendship Treaties between the Mi’Kmaq and the Crown (signed in the mid 18th century and still in effect to this day) do not permit the Crown’s representatives (in this case, the New Brunswick Government) to allow fracking or seismic testing on unceded Mi’Kmaq land. The current struggle at Elsipogtog stems from the irresponsible actions of the Crown’s representatives and their lack of respect and fidelity to the treaties they have signed.
As both Indigenous and non-Indigenous inhabitants of Mi’Kmaki, we are calling on the Crown to:
A) immediately halt all Fracking related activity
B) immediately drop all charges against Land Defenders in New Brunswick
C) immediately declare null and void the scandalous injunction which gives the Texas-based fracking corporation SWN the right to conduct seismic testing on Mi’Kmaq land
D) abide by the Peace and Friendship Treaties
The media release
Halifax Coalition Against Fracking Joins Day of Solidarity for Elsipogtog Anti-Fracking Protests
8am event at Quinpool Irving followed by noon event at the Lieutenant Governor’s residence
In response to a call for an Emergency Day of Action in solidarity with the Elsipogtog protests against hydraulic fracturing (fracking), the Halifax Coalition Against Fracking will be applying pressure to both the Crown and the Irving Corporation on Monday, December 2. The group supports Mi’Kmaq-led protesters in New Brunswick who are seeking to halt seismic testing by the Texas-based corporation SWN Resources.
“The governments have clearly failed us, so we are calling on the Crown to step in,” says Alyson McCready, a member of the group that will be reading the Peace and Friendship Treaties at the residence of the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia (the Crown’s representative) at noon on Monday. “In this part of Atlantic Canada we are governed by Peace and Friendship Treaties between the Mi’Kmaq and the Crown. The Mi’Kmaq never surrendered title to the land in such a way as to permit the New Brunswick Government to allow fracking or seismic testing in their unceded territories. The current struggle to protect the water at Elsipogtog stems from the irresponsible actions of the Crown’s representatives and their lack of respect for, and fidelity to, the treaties.”
This action will follow an information picket at the Irving gas station on Quinpool Road from 8am until 9am. “Irving is providing a lot of support for SWN Resources, including private security through the Irving-owned company Industrial Security Limited”, says Katerina Stein who will be handing out pamphlets asking drivers not to gas up at Irving. “There is huge public opposition to fracking in New Brunswick. Without Irving’s support, SWN wouldn’t be able to do its work. They also have their own interests in profiting off the processing and distribution of fracked shale gas. We think people need to know that.”
The Halifax Coalition Against Fracking is calling for:
- An immediate halt to all fracking-related activity in Atlantic Canada
- That all charges against anti-fracking protesters in New Brunswick be dropped
- The immediate repeal of the New Brunswick court injunction that criminalizes protest and suspends civil liberties, enabling the Texas-based fracking corporation SWN to conduct seismic testing on unceded Mi’Kmaq land in the province
- The government of New Brunswick to abide by the Peace and Friendship Treaties and respect Indigenous sovereignty
The Halifax Coalition Against Fracking is made up of Indigenous and non-Indigenous groups and individuals. They seek to draw attention to the dangers of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and issues of Indigenous rights and environmental justice.