Friday September 1st, River Camp, Gaspé
Yesterday’s torrential downpour forced us to have a slow evening. Lit by
the glow of candles and lulled by the drip of raindrops on tarps, some
of us played Scrabble, while others read out loud. Today, despite the
constant drizzle, the mood remains energetic at the River Camp. We have
learned that Junex will suspend work for four months, providing time for
the MMS as well as the band councils of Gespeg, Gesgapegiag and Listuguj
to hold public consultations for the residents of these three reserves
to give input on fossil fuel development projects on unceded Mi`gmak
Three weeks ago, an anonymous blockade of the access road to the Galt
sites considerably destabilized the oil company, which until this point
had been operating under the radar as much as possible, not even having
held a preliminary public consultation on their project. We want to
underscore the fact that this new development, which was announced
yesterday by the band councils, would probably never have happened
without the enormous efforts of the many people struggling on the
those who were active during the blockade, the indigenous people and
settlers who have been working together at the River Camp, as well as
the environmental groups who have been struggling for years in Gaspésie.
The River Camp is alive, active, and here to stay. The temporary halt of
Junex’s work is no guarantee that the work will stop forever, nor does
it signal the end of fossil fuel exploitation on the territory. We are
thus determined to pursue this struggle. The River Camp is a place for
organizing, sharing information and exchanging ideas. The need for such
spaces, which inspire and make waves far beyond the limits of the camp
as such, remains essential. We want an active public conversation, one
that takes place horizontally, and it is this that we will continue to
nurture. The strength of the relationships created or maintained by the
camp is significant.
In this perspective, we reaffirm our call for a week of actions,
starting with a demo in Gaspé on the 4th of September. Join us for the
march at 14h, after a delicious corn roast! And pass by the Camp by the
River at any time, whether for a brief stay, to talk around the fire, or
for a long term involvement. We also invite you to our banner-making and
circus workshops, as well as a slam night on September 2nd. The last
rays of summer sunshine are giving way to the coolness of autumn, and we
are still there, enthusiastic and determined.
Monday the 4th of September : Demonstration against exploration and extraction of fossil fuels in Gaspé and the rest of Québec.
After…at the River camp : A meal and a discussion with Dalie Giroux (associate professor at the University of Ottawa in political thought) :
The cohabitation of dispossession : territories, resistances, experimentation
A Talk in Solidarity with the River Camp
Saturday the 2nd of September 7pm at la Passe, 5037 Saint-Dominique, Montreal
On the night of August 7, on the road leading to Junex’s Galt exploration site in Gaspésie, native and non-native activists erected a blockade. In solidarity, a support camp was established at the base of the road. One week later, on August 14, a massive police force dismantled the barricades, putting an end to the blockade and arresting Anishnabe Water Protector Freddy Stoneypoint.
To continue this struggle against extraction projects in Gaspésie, situated in Mi’ikmaq territory, the support camp has continued its activities and has called for a week of action from the 4th to the 10th September.
In response to this call, and with the goal of strengthening ties with the River Camp, the collectives Anarchives and Stasis invite you to a public talk about the struggle against Junex.
Junex’s projects are integral to the extractivist economy that powers Canada. The energy transition programs put forward by the government are revealed to be false by the fact of non-consultation before the granting of drilling permits in Gaspésie. To struggle against Junex is to struggle against everything that ravages the land.
With the support of traditional Mi’kmak chiefs, this fight in defense of the territory has also become one of decolonization. To deal with the territory as part of the colonial project implies, for settler activists, engaging in this struggle alongside the communities who have long lived on this land and who have had it torn from them. Junex is just the latest episode in the Canadian colonial enterprise.
In this talk, we address the context and content of the struggle, and methods for furthering the fight. The River Camp continues, and is situated at the intersection of ecological and anti-colonial resistance. But how should we articulate this intersection? How can we re-think our ties to the territory? What exactly is “extractivism” and how can we dismantle this economy of death? How can we create new worlds within our struggles? These are just some of the questions that will be addressed, with friends and comrades, at the discussion.
Tekarontake, Kanien’kehá:ka of Kahnawá:ke, Rotiskenraketeh was a part of the struggles of confederation. He was involved in the occupation that lead to the creation of the community of Ganienkeh. Speaking from these experiences, he will address the intrinsic link between land defense and decolonization.
Kahentineta, Kanien’kehá:ka of Kahnawá:ke, journalist animating the site mohawknationnews.com, she has covered and participated in the struggles of the last 40 years. Lately, she participated in the solidarity camp with Standing Rock erected last fall in Kahnawá: ke.
Freddy Stoneypoint is an Anishnabe Water Protector and a student in Native Studies at the Carleton University in Ottawa. He was arrested during the Junexit blockade and had earlier participated in the Re-Occupation during the celebration of Canada’s 150th. He defines his activism as a revival of native epistemologies and ontologies. He will address the ontological issues revealed in struggles for the defense of land and water.
Leila Celis, member of the PASC (Projet d’Accompagnement Solidarité avec la Colombie), and professor at UQAM, conducts research on extractivism and native struggles, inscribing these fights in the context of the extractivist colonial economy. http://pasc.ca/Read More
Our 7th District Overseers Tribal Council is in full support of the defenders at the Junex Galt protest site near Gaspé.
We have been in direct communication with the defenders in the past days and they attended our District Tribal council meeting last night in Listuguj asking for our support in the protection of our District lands, waters, fauna and wildlife.
We as the District Tribal Council members call for the support of these Defenders and for travel to the Gaspé protest site, we as Mi’gmaq peoples have a duty and obligation to also be the defenders and protectors of our Ancestral District territory. We cannot remain silent and condone any oil drilling within our territory that will poison our lands, waters, fauna and wildlife.
We ask you to join us this Saturday to be at the defenders’ support camp [river camp] where they have invited our people to share with them a meal prepared by them to form and cement our alliance with them to defend our lands and resources from being damaged because of the oil drilling by Junex.
Gary Metallic Sr., 7th District Chief, Gespegawagi, and the Listuguj Overseers Tribal Council sub chiefs and family members.