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Chippewas of the Thames protest pipeline

The pipeline snakes across the forested plain, east from a place called Aamjiwnaang and on through the land that Myeengun Henry says has never been surrendered.

He said his nation, the Chippewas of the Thames, didn’t consent to the pipeline’s construction in the first place, 40 years ago. And when Enbridge, the pipeline owner, wanted to put through more oil and partially reverse its flow, Henry and his compatriots called for direct “nation to nation” consultation with the Canadian government — such is their constitutional right, he argued.

But the Chippewas of the Thames argue that right was denied despite direct appeals to federal ministers during community hearings on the proposal for Enbridge’s Line 9, which was approved in 2015. Read More.

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GRAND BEND WIND FARM GRAND OPENING

Walpole Island First Nation Chief & Councillors attended the Grand Bend Wind Farm Grand Opening on Thursday, October 6, 2016. After a tour of the Grand Bend Wind Farm, the Chief and Councillors attended the Ceremony & Lunch at the Oakwood Resort in Grand Bend.

Myrna Kicknosway offered the Opening Prayer and Animikeence Plain & Company performed a pow wow drum and dance exhibition. Representatives from Northland Power, Amer Foster Wheeler, and Siemens all spoke at the event (companies involved with the project). Walpole Island Chief Dan Miskokomon and Aamjiwnaang Chief Joanne Rogers also spoke to the attendees.

The Grand Bend Wind Farm is a partnership between Northland Power (who owns 50%) and Giiwedin Noodin First Nation Energy Corporation which is formed by Aamjiwnaang and Walpole Island. Both First Nations own a 25% stake in Grand Bend Wind Farm.

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Young activist is on the front lines of First Nations’ fight against pipelines

Vanessa Gray’s hand shakes as she talks about the prison sentence dangling over her head.

The 23-year-old activist says she’s “a little scared,” but also hopeful she won’t be convicted of mischief endangering life when her case goes to trial next year. Crown prosecutors charged Gray and two others last December after they allegedly sabotaged a pipeline in Sarnia.

If convicted, the three could serve time in a federal penitentiary.

Gray, who hails from the Aamjiwnaang First Nation in Southern Ontario, was at McGill University last week speaking about her fight against Canada’s energy industry. Read More.