We Stand With Elsipogtog

By Posted in - Communique on December 7th, 2013 24 Comments #ElsipogtogSolidarity

Statement of Solidarity and Support for Elsipogtog Land Protectors


December 7, 2013

We, a coalition of Indigenous community members and relatives from nations across Turtle Island, have come together to express our support and solidarity with all of the land protectors, warriors, elders, leaders and supporters on the ground in Elsipogtog who have waged courageous, continuous struggles to protect their lands, waters, and communities from irreparable destruction and to ensure a viable future for the coming generations.

On Dec. 6, following ongoing confrontation between the Mi’kmaq Nation and RCMP, SWN Resources Canada announced their intention to end their hydro-fracturing exploratory work for the year, with plans to “return in

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2015″. Although this news has been confirmed by various news outlets, warriors on the ground are still prepared to fight SWN if they fail to uphold their commitment to withdrawing from Mi’kmaq territory. We recognize that the contested issue of hydraulic fracturing at Elsipogtog has not been resolved and that the struggle to defend land and water continues.

The Mi’kmaq and their allies began actively protecting their unceded homeland in New Brunswick against “exploratory testing” by SWN more than six months ago, in the spring of 2013. SWN is searching for deposits of natural gas in shale rock formations, which if found, will be extracted through the process of hydraulic fracturing (fracking). The Mi’kmaq did not give their consent for this activity to occur on their territory and have been adamantly resisting exploratory testing for several months due to environmental concerns regarding the extremely dangerous process of fracking, as well as ongoing treaty violations by the federal and provincial governments.

On October 17, 2013, over 100 RCMP and armed tactical unit officers raided the Mi’kmaq blockade camp in Elsipogtog, assaulting a small crowd of peaceful land protectors, including women and elders, and violently arresting 40 people, several of whom were held in solitary confinement. The RCMP was enforcing an injunction granted to SWN against protestors. The Mi’kmaq Nation was subsequently denied an injunction against SWN’s fracking activity on their homelands, but SWN secured a new injunction against all protests that was set to expire on Dec. 2nd. On Monday, however, it was extended until Dec. 17. Throughout this time, the RCMP have continued to enforce SWN’s injunctions with violent arrests and forceful attacks on unarmed protectors, elders and women, many of whom have been arrested without charges.

The Mi’kmaq and their allies have remained committed to protecting their land, water and community from toxic poisoning by hydraulic fracking.

We, a coalition of Indigenous community members and relatives from nations across Turtle Island, will continue to offer our solidarity in their efforts to protect land, water and life, and uphold their ancestral responsibilities to ensuring the vitality of their nation.

We condemn the oppressive actions carried out by federal and provincial governments, law enforcement, and legal authorities for their continued violation of Peace and Friendship Treaty agreements that bind them with the Mi’kmaq nation and grant their presence in their unceded, unsurrendered territory.

We condemn the colonial state protection of corporate interests in Elsipogtog and elsewhere, as well as the violent enforcement of discrimination against non-consenting Indigenous communities, who have every right to stand up against injustice, uphold their responsibilities to their land, and to protect life.

We call for a moratorium on all forms of hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’) on Indigenous lands across Turtle Island and we will support and organize resistance to it everywhere we can.

We will provide our full support and assistance to all protectors, warriors, communities, allies, and defenders that uphold their sacred responsibilities and we congratulate Elsipogtog and our Mi’kmaq relatives

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on their successful resistance to this imminent threat to their homelands.

Your commitment, persistence and sacrifices have not gone unnoticed. Your action is both brave and inspiring. Wela’lin to all the Warriors, Elders, leaders, children, communities, and allies that sacrificed to protect the homeland of Elsipogtog.

In Peace, Friendship, and Solidarity.

Indigenous Nationhood Movement


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Support Elsipogtog Warrior Defense and Legal Funds

Donations are still needed to support the ongoing costs of maintaining the resistance camps, funding legal defences, and providing supplies to people on the ground at Elsipogtog.


- Elsipogtog Warriors Legal & Supplies

- Warriors Defence Fund


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(24) awesome folk have had something to say...

  • Troy Jackson - Reply

    December 7, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Solidarity with land defenders against the terrorism of corporations who believe in profit over people and the earth on which all of us depend. Short sighted dollars without the sense. Thank-You for taking a stand Elsipogtog and shining a light on this extremely important struggle.

  • Tenzin Tharchen - Reply

    December 7, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    We Are All Elsipogtog!!!!
    I am a non Native Canadian and i support and stand in solidarity with all the Mi’kmaq and their allies at Elsipogtog

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  • larry fisher jr - Reply

    December 7, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    i and my rez chippewa of the thames ont. r 100% in solidarity with all mi’kmaq as protectors of mother earth . miigweech

  • Laura - Reply

    December 7, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    I am British and we are largely unaware of your struggle in the U.K. I intend to share information about your movement and the Genocide against Canadaian First Nations with other activists like myself in the UK who have been campaigning for Palestinian rights. The Arab Bedouin nomadic people of the Negev desert are also being put off their historic lands. In solidarity with all oppressed peoples Laura.

  • Robert Ages - Reply

    December 7, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Anti-pipeline activists in BC fully support our Mi’kmaq Sisters and Brothers in their defense of their land and rights in New Brunswick.

  • Jessica Gordon - Reply

    December 7, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Cree/Anishnabe Treaty 4 Territory Pasqua First Nation

  • Nathan Adler - Reply

    December 7, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Member of Lac Des Mille Lacs Firs Nation, just wanted to show my support for Elsipogtog by endorsing this statement!

  • stephanie maughan - Reply

    December 7, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    I fully support your protest. STOP FRACKING!

  • Hal Hewett - Reply

    December 8, 2013 at 2:27 am

    Our group tracks and promotes actions, encouraging people to take a stand. Too many still think that they cannot help shape the future- and the victories help show them otherwise.
    Thanks to everyone who helped with this success- and to all those who will continue with actions , small or large, that will ensure a permanent victory against corporatists and their enablers in government.

  • Idle No More Solidarity SF - Reply

    December 8, 2013 at 4:15 am

    Idle No More Solidarity San Francisco Bay stands in solidarity with Elsipogtog Land Protectors.

  • Troy Gallant - Reply

    December 8, 2013 at 4:47 am

    I am an Acadien by heritage, and I stand with you all in this struggle, in my heart, soul and spirit. Thank you brave, peaceful warriors, for standing up and fighting for all of us on Mother Earth, for our animals, our water, our trees and land, for our children.

  • Terri Monture - Reply

    December 8, 2013 at 5:39 am

    I am a Mohawk from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, and I stand with our relations in Elsipogtog who continue to defend their land and protect Nother Earth.

  • Kim Newby - Reply

    December 8, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    I stand with Elsipogtog. No to Fracking, water and health matters!

  • Penny Kollar - Reply

    December 8, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    You guys are my hero. My fear is they have found their way to closed land and will continue.

  • Wade - Reply

    December 8, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    I stand with the protectors of Turtle Island against the violent onslaught of Earth in the name of profit. The old arguments in favor of fossil fuels are no longer valid. Gas & oil extraction not only ruins the land, water, & beings, increasingly it makes no economic sense. The wind & sun are our friends.

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  • Kev Corbett - Reply

    December 10, 2013 at 2:05 am

    Dear friends,
    I’m a musician from Halifax (I sweat with Emmett, when I’m around) and have been mostly on tour while this has been going on. I want you to know I’ve been telling the people who come see me in other places, because most just have no idea, but want to. Thank you for your commitment. Huge love and respect.

  • Rina Boyles - Reply

    December 10, 2013 at 3:45 am

    I support Elsipogtog and all First Nations in stopping further destruction of the land everywhere across our nation. So called development and progress is a lie . Progressing towards what exactly - extinction? God made the earth the way He did for a reason. It was created in a natural state to be preserved for our well being. To eat and drink from it so that we may live, be healthy , give thanks and be grateful for His creation. Not to destroy it and kill ourselves in the process. I pray that the greedy will see the earth through God’s eyes. Many blessings to all that are fighting this good fight.

  • Dishwashers Local 23 - Reply

    December 17, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    The Dishwashers Local 23 proudly stand in solidarity with the warriors of Elsipogtog and the Indigenous Nationhood Movement. Forward!

  • Richard Lucier-larson - Reply

    December 18, 2013 at 5:39 am

    Tansi All:
    We support Elsipogtog and all First Nations in stopping further destruction of the land everywhere across turtle Island, So called development and progress is a lie . Progressing towards what exactly – extinction? The Creator made the earth the way He/She did for a reason. It was created in a natural state to be preserved for our well being. To eat and drink from it so that we may live, be healthy , give thanks and be grateful for His/Her creation. I am of the Metis Nation.
    It’s looks like the Metis are also on the way of becoming a Sovereign Nation,

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  • Organic Catholic Mom - Reply

    December 23, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    Praying for you all, and for the conversion of those who have no sense of gratitude or responsibility for the world God gave us. Saint Juan Diego, patron of indigenous peoples, pray for them.

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