Normally this a news compilation setting the record straight on the day’s top anti-oil and gas stories and providing research and facts to counter misinformation about the oil and gas industry.
Today we are writing about a similar topic based on natural resources and issues when non-indigenous organizations protest Indigenous communities right to develop their resources.
Non-indigenous fringe protest groups are trying to determine what First Nation communities can do with natural resources.
Eco-Colonialism is still a threat to Indigenous resource development even when it’s not related to oil and gas projects.
- The Pacheedaht First Nation supports the logging operations because many of their members work in the industry, and they can stand up for responsible resource development through a traditional Indigenous lens.
- A non-indigenous group called the Flying Squirrel Squad has set up protest camps in the Fairy Creek Area to protest logging. First Nation’s chiefs in the area do no support or consent to these protestors on their land.
- A B.C. Supreme Court Judge ruled that the Flying Squirrel Squad was a very militant group due to the nature of their calls to action and that “their method is to unlawfully interfere with Teal’s lawful operations” to get a halt to the logging in the area. The courts granted an injunction to Teal Forest products.
- This type of protesting is not a new phenomenon and has affected Indigenous communities in negative ways. We saw the same thing happen last year with the Coastal GasLink protests where many non-indigenous groups reported to speak for Indigenous communities, despite massive support for the project.
- There are Indigenous leaders who fear that this type of grandstanding has become a type of “Eco-Colonialism.” Where non-indigenous protest groups now patronize those indigenous voices, who support resource development and ostracize them from decision making.