Tag Archives: RCMP

Media Representations of The Burnt Church Crisis

News coverage of the Burnt Church Crisis exposed deep fissures between Canada’s Indigenous peoples and the mainstream media. In late 1999, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the Mi’kmaq community of New Brunswick was entitled, as per their treaty rights, to hunt and fish without a licence and out of season in pursuit of […]

The Gustafsen Lake Standoff

The Gustafsen Lake Standoff was the result of a variety of different First Nations interests coming to the forefront of Canadian society again, with Oka still fresh on the minds of many Canadians. Percy Rosette asked rancher Lyle James to preform a Sun Dance his land around Gustafsen Lake in 1994, part of the Lyle’s […]

3rd Summit of the Americas, 2001

In the course of April 20-22nd, Quebec city, Quebec, hosted the 3rd annual Summit of the Americas. Previous summit appearances were held in Miami and Santiago. A total of thirty-four states were involved from North and South America, excluding Fidel Castro’s Cuba. The function of this summit was to discuss various issues affecting millions of […]

The Burnt Church Crisis

The Burnt Church Crisis was a conflict in New Brunswick, Canada, from 1999-2002, between the Mi’kmaq community of Burnt Church and the non-Native residents of New Brunswick. The underlying cause of the dispute between the Mi’kmaq people and the non-Natives was the disagreement of fishing rights in the Miramichi Bay. The Mi’kmaq community claimed that they […]

Shutting down pipeline and oilsands opposition: National Energy Board, CSIS and RCMP surveillance

Harper government’s extensive spying on anti-oilsands groups revealed in FOIs Matthew Millar, November 17, 2013 in Vancouver Observer http://www.vancouverobserver.com/politics/harper-governments-extensive-spying-anti-oilsands-groups-revealed-fois CSIS, RCMP monitored activist groups before Northern Gateway hearings Shawn McCarthy, November 24, 2013 in The Globe and Mail http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/industry-news/energy-and-resources/csis-rcmp-monitored-activists-for-risk-before-enbridge-hearings/article15555935/ Canadian spies met with energy firms, documents reveal Martin Lukacs and Tim Groves, October 2013 in […]

Elsipogtog: Showing us something about the social, political & economic relations of the Canadian state

In the early morning of Thursday October 17, over 100 RCMP officers moved in on land protectors camped out at Elsipogtog, there to prevent fracking by SWN Resources. This included  camouflaged tactical officers armed with assault rifles, and with dogs. 40 people were arrested. For a firsthand account of events on October 17, see this […]

Sovereignty Summer

In March 2013, the Idle No More movement and Defenders of the Land jointly issued a call for an intensification of action for a “Sovereignty Summer” for Indigenous rights and environmental protection. On recent events, see: Woods, Michael. 2013. Aboriginal activists to ‘increase tension’ over rights during summer of action. canada.com. Jun 20. http://o.canada.com/2013/06/20/aboriginal-activists-to-increase-tension-over-rights-during-summer-of-action/ Howe, Miles. 2013. […]

Critical Analysis: 1997 APEC Conference

The APEC conference of 1997 was a meeting in the University of British Colombia of various North American and World Leaders to discuss trade talks between the corresponding nations. During the conference, there were a lot of student protestors and police to secure the event. The two sides clashed and turned into an unforgettable event […]

A Media Analysis on the 1997 APEC Conference

In November 1997, the APEC conference was held in the University of British Colombia in Vancouver. There were a lot of world leaders expected to attend this conference and it was envisioned that there would be a lot of protestors in attendance to hopefully give off a voice and attempt to persuade some of these […]

Quebec City Protests at the 3rd Summit of the Americas: Media Analysis

It is easy to underestimate how important a role the media plays in our understanding of crime, as well as shaping public discourse on social and political events.  In our liberal democratic society, the media acts as the voice of state institutions, and often aims to benefit the best interests of the Government or the […]