Tag Archives: Violence

Elsipogtog: An Analysis of the Anti-Fracking Protest

The Elsipogtog First Nation anti-fracking protest of 2013 has left an undeniable, eye-opening impact on Canadians which allowed them to see current issues faced by Indigenous communities across the country. The unjust events that took place during the months of the protest, such as the violent raid by the RCMP, are prime examples of how […]

Maple Spring Movement Analysis

In the spring of 2012, the province of Quebec was faced with political distress by student protests after the Liberal government issued a proposal of increasing tuition fees.  The experiences this movement endured provided a focal point in analysing the government’s reaction to civil disobedience in their attempts to repress the approximately 300,000 students who […]

Elsipogtog: An Overview of the Anti-Fracking Protest

 In June of 2013, First Nation members of Elsipogtog, New Brunswick, began their protest against hydraulic fracturing of shale gas, otherwise known as fracking. Mi’kmaq protestors stood strong and continued to fight for their land through the summer months by creating a blockade on a highway near the development site. On October 17, 2013, RCMP […]

Overview of Sex Workers Rights Movement in Canada

Over the course of history prostitution has been looked down upon and not considered a real job. This has proven itself again and again through our laws and regulations. However, many women and human rights groups have been challenging this point of view. Groups such as the Red Umbrella Fund, Pivot and Maggie’s have all […]

The Ipperwash Crisis: An Analysis

It is undeniable that the outcome of the Ipperwash crisis was none less than devastating. The death of Dudley George and the actions of the police towards the protestors as a group allows for the issue of criminalizing dissent to be brought to light, and hopefully eventually addressed at the institutional level. The Ipperwash crisis […]

Media Representations of Gastown Riot

Preceding the Gastown riot, a local alternative newspaper known as the Georgia Straight published an article titled ‘smoke-in’. In response to police harassment and brutality from ‘operation dustpan’ the Georgia Straight forum represented a side for the youth counter-culture to present their experiences of unequal treatment. In the article, the author stated, “were serious about […]

Take Back the Night: An Overview

For years, women in society have been given rules to abide by, and are reprimanded if they do not follow them. Some of these rules include: dressing respectably; and avoiding unsafe areas at night, unless in the presence of a male. In response to these unwritten rules, a group of European women came together in […]

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 […]

Women’s Suffrage: The Difference between Prosecution and Persecution

Women suffragette’s organized themselves and protested against inequality and their lack of rights for a span of decades between the late 19th century and early 20th century.  During this time in Canada, patriarchy was deeply embedded in the social, economic and political fabric of the nation and many women were ready for a change.  The […]

Regulation 233/10: More than a Security Measure!

The G20 Summit protests will be remembered for two things; one being the implementation of Regulation 233/10 and subsequently from that, the event responsible for the largest mass arrest in Canadian history. Former Premier McGunity and Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair have exhausted the excuse of “need for security” during the G20 as the rationale […]