ABORIGINAL NEWS GROUP STATEMENT ON THE #MI'KMAQ / #ELSIPOGTOG CRISIS
A Communiqué from the ANG Public Information Bureau:
To the Sovereign People of the Independent Mi'kmaq Nation
To all Colonialised Peoples of the Fourth World
The Aboriginal News Group (ANG) wishes to extend its support and
solidarity to the Indigenous warriors standing strong in defence of
Mi'kmaq / Elsipogtog territorial and human rights under Canadian
occupation and against the unwanted exploitation of their lands. We
recognise their peaceful protest as part of the international
struggle in defiance of intentional acts of genocide undertaken
against Indigenous / First Nations Peoples throughout the Fourth
World and within the occupied territories of North America.
Clearly, the 'Indian Wars' are not over.
Aboriginal rights defenders and concerned residents who have taken
non-violent, community control over a roadway that crosses through
their Nation in protest of an environmental wipeout of Indigenous
land were viciously attacked by Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)
state security forces employing fear tactics; rubber bullets and
tear gas aimed against unarmed Indigenous Peoples on their own
territory. Unnecessary mass arrests of prominent protesters and and
the seizing of personal computers and recording devices against
(seemingly) targeted members of the independent media has also
This is not democracy. Nor is it benevolent colonialism.
This is genocide under the provisions of the 'Convention on the
Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide' : (Resolution
260 (III) A of the U.N. General Assembly on 9 December 1948)
And Canada (the 'Peaceful Country') is in blatant violation of these
very basic human rights.
We have all watched (mostly in silence) how the Canadian tradition
of colonialist exploitation and xenophobic self-centred importance
has resulted in the mass liquidation of millions of First Nations
Peoples, legal and extra-legal racial segregation; punishing
residential 'de-Indianising' schools; mass incarceration; widespread
communal depression and the institution of socio-politically
isolated Bantustans designed to rob Indigenous Peoples of our lands,
our rights and our very dignity.
This is the basic formula of genocide.
The unapologetic use of state-sponsored violence, social coercion
and subvert; psychological repression of speech; cultural and
political expression in order to prevent the development of a
viable, pan-Indigenous consciousness. In other words, the actions
undertaken at Elsipogtog by state authorities is intended to
marginalise the autochthonous Mi'kmaq Nation as a sociopolitical
entity within Canada by way of force.
This is genocide.
The destruction of the Indigenous population of North America is not
new news to the people of the First Nations. We continue to wage the
struggle for Indigenous survival through the persistence of our
resistance. The racist, enforced displacement and economic
exploitation of modern First Nations Peoples, the unpeaceful
dispossession of Indigenous lands and the right to protest
colonialism are critical issues for all Original Peoples of the
Fourth World facing extinction in the name of European and
Respect Indigenous Mi’kmaq Human and Territorial Rights!
We applaud the Mi’kmaq Warrior Society and all Original Peoples of
the Fourth World courageously and intelligently resisting
colonialism and Indigenous genocide.
- Editors of the Aboriginal News Group.