Lest we forget what is happening with our northern neighbors…
Last week in Montreal, clanging cookware and red squares became symbols of solidarity with an Indigenous community defending its land rights. On Wednesday, July 18, about 200 people demonstrated at the Montreal headquarters of Resolute Forest Products, the logging company currently locked in a stand-off with Algonquin protestors near Poigan Bay, Quebec.
Banging pots and pans, the crowd denounced Resolute for continuing to log in the territory of the Algonquins of Barriere Lake despite staunch opposition from the people living there.
Members of this Indigenous community, located a four-hour drive north of Montreal, have maintained a protest camp near the logging site for more than two weeks. Gabriel Wawatie, an elder whose family harvesting grounds fall within the area being cut, wrote in a letter to Quebec Premier Jean Charest on July 4: “As one of the main harvesters, I was not properly consulted nor provided a written consent to this logging.”
Read more of LORI THERESA WALLER‘s article in: Red squares for Indigenous solidarity: Montreal protests logging of Algonquin Land.
To learn more about he situation check out the Barriere Lake Solidarity site.
~ Nuevaspora (By way of Rita Sebastian)