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AW@L Radio – 2017-07-27 – Canada’s Supreme Court redefines Indigenous Consultation in Line 9 Decision

We start with a quick rant about the (lack of) commitment to human-scale infrastructure in Kitchener and Waterloo region, evidenced by the multimillion dollar re-build of King St without the construction of a separated bike lane. For cyclists, you will be forced to “sharrow” with fast moving cars, then be coerced to the sidewalk to mingle with pedestrians or risk your wheels being swallowed by the trolly track. #Wrbike #wrwalk

The main focus of the show is the supreme court of canada decision on consultation with Indigenous nations. While the Clyde River Inuit scored a huge win as seismic blasting is halted in their territory for now, the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation were told their treaty rights meant nothing as Canada will continue to ignore Indigenous rights while oil money can be made. In a unanimous decision, the SCC called the consultation process that the National Energy board undertook for the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation “manifestly adequate”, while wholly chastising the NEB for a complete failure in consulting the Clyde River Inuit.

In the SCC decision, “nation-to-nation” consultation and treaty responsibilities have been reduced to the level of a public hearing, with no shared decision making powers.

After reading a statement from Chippewas Solidarity about the court decision, we broadcast two clips of the newly elected chief of the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, Myeengun Henry. The first is his statement, from the bank of the Deshkaan Ziibi, just south of a line 9 crossing of the river, where Chief Henry demanded that Enbridge stop pushing oil through Chippewas of the Thames First Nation Territory, giving the oil company 30 days to comply. The second clip is from an interview scrum shortly that statement was made.

The SCC decision defines a reconciliation benifitting the colonizers in a neoliberal-capitalist settler country. We need to respond with active solidarity!

The final portion of the episode is a re-broadcast of the inspiring interview on Democracy now with Ruby Montoya and Jessica Reznicek, two powerful womyn who sabotaged the Dakota Access Pipeline over several months in 2016, which led to months of construction delays. The two catholic workers came forward to inspire “bold action” against fossil fuel infrastructure. (https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/28/meet_the_two_catholic_workers_who)

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Climate Change Fires in BC – Indigenous Responses to Colonial Tactics

The show opens with a quick review of the upcoming supreme court decision on the lack of consultation with Chippewas of the Thames First Nation regarding the line 9 pipeline.

While sticking with pipelines, we jump to the climate change fueled fires raging across the western turtle island, first with a vancouver.mediacoop.ca posting laying out the demands from the Working group on indigenous food sovereignty that Kinder Morgan shut down the oil and gas pipelines running through Secwepemc lands. (http://vancouver.mediacoop.ca/newsrelease/36568)

After Ancient Grains cover of The Rebel Spell’s Last Call, we read an article from APTN news where the members of the Tl’etinqox First Nation defied Canadian government orders to evacuate their reserve to defend it against he raging fires. Chief Joe Alphonse, told APTN that officers from the RCMP threatened the First Nation that the Ministry of Children and Family Services “remove all the children” if the Indigenous community did not evacuate. Also worried their infrastructure would never be rebuilt, the Bonaparte Indian Band also defied evacuation orders to successfully fight off the fire from destroying the community. (http://aptnnews.ca/2017/07/13/chief-says-rcmp-threatened-to-call-in-chil…)

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AW@L Radio – 2017-07-27 – Canada’s Supreme Court redefines Indigenous Consultation in Line 9 Decision

The #Line9 and #SeismicBlasting decisions from the Supreme Court of Canada has come down and they are… baffling. We read a statement from Chippewas Solidarity and play audio of CoTTFN Chief Myeengun Henry responding to the decision.We also rebroadcast the inspiring interview on Democracy now with Ruby Montoya and Jessica Reznicek, two powerful womyn who sabotaged the Dakota Access Pipeline over several months in 2016.

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AW@L Radio: Challenging the “Unproductive Fictions” of #Canada150

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This episode of AW@L Radio (recorded June 30, 2017), opens with a quick rant about Trudeau’s massive increases to canada’s military budget, and a brief chat about local ripening fruits.

For the remainder of the show, we are joined by Dr. Stephen Svenson for a discussion around #canada150 and the lingering “unproductive fictions” that deal with the establishment of this settler colonial state and which lay the foundation of racist canadian nationalism. Throughout the discussion we swing back to the question of “what are we celebrating?” when people choose to celebrate canada.

“canada’s creation story, as it were, is genocidal maniacs trying to wipe the indigenous people off the map.” – @DocSvenson

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Challenging the “Unproductive Fictions” of #Canada150

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This episode of AW@L Radio (recorded June 30, 2017), opens with a quick rant about Trudeau’s massive increases to canada’s military budget, and a brief chat about local ripening fruits. For the remainder of the show, we are joined by Dr. Stephen Svenson for a discussion around #canada150 and the lingering “unproductive fictions” that deal with the establishment of this settler colonial state and which lay the foundation of racist canadian nationalism. Throughout the discussion we swing back to the question of “what are we celebrating?” when people choose to celebrate canada. “canada’s creation story, as it were, is genocidal maniacs trying to wipe the indigenous people off the map.” – @DocSvenson

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Climate Change Fires in BC – Indigenous Responses to Colonial Tactics

The show opens with a quick review of the upcoming supreme court decision on the lack of consultation with Chippewas of the Thames First Nation regarding the line 9 pipeline. We then shift to the climate change induced fires in BC and Indigenous defiance to evacuation orders, including Secwepemc demands for pipeline shutdowns, and Tl’etinqox defiance to evacuate despite threats from the RCMP of seizing children, and successful defense against the fire.

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AW@L Radio – Algonquins of Barriere Lake confront Copper One at annual general meeting in Toronto.

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On June 1, the Algonquins of Barriere Lake continued their struggle against mining on their territory as they confronted Copper One($CUO.v) at the company’s AGM in Toronto. Copper One has been attempting to mine on Barriere Lake territory without the community’s consent since they took over mining claims there in 2011. Barriere Lake is firm in their stance that they do not want mining on their territory–much of which is also known as La Verendrye Wildlife Reserve–since it would cause irreparable harms.

The community is party to Bilateral and Trilateral Agreements with the provincial and federal governments that make the need for the community’s say in resource projects clear. However, the Quebec and Canadian governments have not held up their side of the agreements, forcing the community to continue to fight for their right to make decisions about what happens on their territory. Currently, Copper One’s claims are suspended, a status which the company is fighting in court.

Community members have attended Copper One’s AGM in the past, and expressed their opposition to the company’s mining plans. This year, Copper One took a more aggressive approach at the meeting, having called law enforcement which attempted multiple times to forcibly remove community representative Norman Matchewan before and during his statement to the company’s board.

In this episode you will hear drumming from Barriere Lake Youth, followed by a speech Norman delivered in the lobby of the building where copper one was holding their AGM. You will then hear an interview with Norman, and another clip of a speech he gave outside the AGM.

We then speak with Shiri Pasternak of Barriere Lake Solidarity (http://www.barrierelakesolidarity.org/) and hear speeches from the Mining Injustice Solidarity Network and Barriere Lake Solidarity.

As this piece was being published, journalist Jorge Barrera tweeted, “Quebec has refused Copper One’s permits to cut down trees in Barriere Lake’s traditional territory, it emerged Thursday evening.” AW@L Radio will follow up with Barriere Lake as the impacts of this news becomes clear. Check http://grandirvermc.ca for updates. (https://twitter.com/JorgeBarrera/status/872976449866747905)

The following audio and interviews were gathered by Rachel Avery on a noisy afternoon in downtown toronto, please enjoy.

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AW@L Radio – March 31st – Smash The State Report

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On the March 31st 2017, edition of AW@L Radio, we kick things off with a run down of the situation at Ryerson university, where the school’s president shamefully apologized to the mayor of Niagara Falls after students in the journalism program produced a short film entitled As Niagara Falls, which introduced some of the problems in the city around economic development and poverty. We read from the article on buzzfeed.com from Ismael N Daro (https://www.buzzfeed.com/ishmaeldaro/the-mayor-of-niagara-falls-is-extre…) and play the short video. The group who made the video, Mayday Pictures said the film has succeeded in sparking a much-needed conversation.

Next we go to an article from Ben Leeson from The Sudbury Star, (http://www.thesudburystar.com/2017/03/23/forest-activist-struck-and-kill…) who had the unfortunate job of relaying the news that long time activist and academic Barbara Ronson McNichol was killed after being stuck by a train. Barbara Ronson McNichol, 60, had been working to keep logging and spraying from in the Benny forest. Rest in Power Barbara!

We play a piano version of Byron’s Breaks My Heart.

We return with an update on #JusticeForAbdiraman, specifically that the Ottawa police have created blue and black bracelets to wear in support of killer cop Daniel Montsion (https://www.buzzfeed.com/ishmaeldaro/ottawa-police-bracelets-montsion). We look at this disgusting campaign through the tweets of @DesmondCole who notes it is not worth looking for good cops in this badness, and that the politicians are cowering in bitterness and fear instead of confronting the issue.

Dan has a quick note to remind everyone that Marc Emery is horrible.

We read from an article from the Waterloo Chronicle outlining the racist anti-muslim backlash at the proposal to use a house in Waterloo as a Muslim prayer centre. (https://www.waterloochronicle.ca/news-story/7211206-waterloo-s-muslim-pr…)

Next up is an note about the potential transit strike in Waterloo Region which was averted at the last minute. The workers were demanding better working conditions and the end of totalitarian management schemes. Waterloo Region always has money to boost the police budget, but alway struggle to find it other places.

And finally, we end the show on a note from activist and journalist Garth Mullins (@garthmullins) who tweeted regarding the ongoing #opiodcrisis in #Vancouver. Garth shared that his friend was one of 162 overdoses in a week in Vancouver, and was thankfully saved by the administration of Naxalone.

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AW@L Radio – March 24th – Resist the Rise of the Bigots

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From the March 24th edition of AW@L Radio, the show starts with a run down of the events at a Peel regional school board meeting, where anti-muslim bigots ripped up a Koran and yelled at people shaming them. The meeting was then shut down, but as host dan kellar notes, the bigots have names, jobs and addresses… (check this Tamara Khandaker piece from vice, including the videos, for more – https://news.vice.com/story/the-quran-was-torn-to-shreds-at-a-raucous-school-board-meeting-in-peel-region)

After a clip of Lowkey’s Ahmed (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNqum-_5RhY), we speak of the protests against M-103 (a motion to study the rise in hate in Canada – specifically anti-muslim hate) and we get into a report back from the counter-demo in Kitchener, where antifa contained and outnumbered the confused members of the CCCC. While under the bogus guise of “free speech”, all of the anti M-103 protestors AW@L Radio spoke with, asked if we had read the Koran.

We also note the apparent success of the #IAMWRAgainstRacialDiscrimination campaign (despite the length of the hashtag…), and hype of the antifa resistance worldwide.

“The facists already have unfettered access to the mainstream media, it is the people’s job to keep the bigots off the streets and out of public places.” – antifa at the counter demo at the KW anti-m-103 protest.

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