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Indigenous and environmental groups face repression from Canadian government: new reports
October 9, 2015—Today, we are launching two updated and expanded sectoral case studies examining how Indigenous communities and environmental groups have each faced repression for their attempts to fight climate change and protect the land.
Over the past decade, the urgency to protect land, air and water has reached a state of urgency. Well aware that we are irreparably harming the planet, the calls to end the extraction and use of fossil fuels and other non-renewable resources have swelled across Canada and worldwide. As people take action, though, we have seen a rapid increase of state repression in Canada - from spying, to public smearing, to outright criminalization.
Indigenous communities, already facing dispossession of their land and resources for centuries by the Canadian government, have again borne the brunt of this repression as they attempt to push back. In parallel, environmental groups who have also raised the call and taken action likewise have faced growing repression.
Two years ago, we published a case study on how both these groups have faced repression, particularly in opposition to the Northern Gateway pipeline. With developments over the past two years, and recognizing that the degrees and kinds of repression faced by these two groups varies greatly, we decided to update and separate these case studies, delving into each on its own.
There's much more that could be written; we hope these two reports are accessible starting points in documenting to what extent the federal government, instead of working in concert to address climate change and environmental destruction, has opted to oppose, obstruct and criminalize these groups.
Read the case studies here:
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