Happy Solstice to all! Here in Canada, the Summer Solstice coincides with National Aboriginal Day, an event meant to promote respect and foster awareness of the many disparate First Nations’ people residing within the colonial entity’s claimed territory.
This year is an especially poignant one for many of those people and their Nations, as they find the promises of the federal government proven again to be so much lip service; especially where it comes to Canada’s sworn responsibility to protect First Nation’s ability to practice traditional hunting, gathering, and fishing on their lands and waters.
This government promised to consult the First Nations regarding mega-projects such as pipelines, where their lands may be effected, but it appears, as reflected in the Harper government’s blessing of the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project, it is not prepared to do that in a meaningful way.
What this failure means here in Canada’s westernmost province is the beginning of what could be a protracted stand-off, pitting First Nations and environmental groups against the federal government and its allies in the transglobal corporate energy sector; what one First Nations elder described as a “declaration of war.”
June 17th, I went down to what may be regarded as the opening salvo of this new reality, Victoria’s No to Enbridge Rally, one of the many held across the country.
No to Enbridge in the first half.
And; the drums of war tempo increased last week as US president Obama announced he would send 300 special forces troops to Iraq, ostensibly to “train Iraqi soldiers”. This is on top of the 275 troops ordered into the war torn country last week to bolster security at the US embassy in Baghdad, and the undisclosed numbers of troops destined for Jordan. It all spells expanded warfare in Iraq and Syria, and perhaps in other parts of the region too. As the sound of military jets overhead grows here in Victoria, it’s time today to take a look back to – if not the beginning, then the more recent history of the Anglo-American Axis Powers’ military invasions of Western Asia.
The Fire This Time in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus, and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us newz from our city’s streets and beyond too. But first, No means No to Enbridge’s pipe dream.
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca. He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/
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