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Mi'kmaq Blockade october 2013

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    Mikmaq territories, in so-called
    "Rexton, New Brunswick", October, 2013.
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    For over two weeks now,
    a coalition of people including
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    local Mikmaq residents,
    and anglophone and Acadian settlers,
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    have blockaded the road leading to an equipment
    compound leased to South Western Energy or SWN.
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    SWN is a Texas based energy company,
    that has been attempting to conduct
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    natural gas exploration
    in the area's shale formations.
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    It is believed that if significant deposits
    of gas are found,
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    SWN would then employ the controversial extraction
    method of hydraulic fracturing or fracking.
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    But since this past summer, protests, direct
    actions and sabotage have thwarted their work,
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    and have turned public opinion
    on the side of the protesters.
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    [Pamela Ross] Fracking is dangerous,
    it's not worth risking our water
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    even if they drill 5 wells
    and nothing happens,
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    if they drill the 6th well
    and it could be a disaster,
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    and it's just, our water is not worth it.
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    Our land is not worth it.
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    And the future generations deserve better.
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    [ Stimulator] Throughout the summer,
    police arrested dozens of people
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    conducting non-violent civil disobedience.
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    But since the arrival of members of
    the Mikmaq warrior society,
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    the police have not been as keen
    to come near protesters.
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    [Jason Okay] Last Thursday?
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    We had the highest red alert in New Brunswick
    that was involving 500 RCMP members,
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    on both sides of the highway.
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    And we did a stand off with them for a few hours,
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    and stuff then was resolved a little bit,
    peace was resolved,
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    and then they were on their side,
    and we were on our side.
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    And we're still remaining peaceful,
    and they're still remaining peaceful.
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    [Stimulator] The blockade is preventing SWN from operating thumper trucks,
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    massive vehicles that gather seismic data
    to determine the location of natural gas.
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    [Suzanne Patles] This barricade that's been
    happening here at SWN resource compound
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    has been costing the company
    upwards of $60,000 per day,
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    which is what they're stated
    in their court procedings.
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    They've also stated that, um,
    they're really upset and angry
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    with the provisions that we
    have available to us.
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    [Stimulator] During my short stay here
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    I've witnessed the co-operation
    between natives and settlers,
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    a partnership that has kept this blockade
    fully stocked and operational.
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    Food, wood, hot coffee, tents
    and other supplies keep streaming in,
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    all the while SWN berates the police in the media for not arresting the protesters.
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    [Stefanie Lafontaine] We are here for fight
    for the same reason,
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    so it's important to everybody to stay together.
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    I'm fighting for the hearts, the planet,
    the water, the animal;
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    I'm fight for my children,
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    ah, it's important to us
    to keep what we've got now.
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    We have Mi'kmaq, we have Acadians,
    we have English,
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    so we all came together,
    that's why we became a unity camp.
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    Before, we were like this:
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    We weren't gettin' along,
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    til the one day they started messing with our water,
    then we became this:
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    This became stronger,
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    now the government knows that we are strong,
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    and that we are helping each other,
    we are talking with each other,
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    we are becoming as one.
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    And when we become as one,
    that is the most biggest voice we can ever bring,
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    saying "No to shale gas!"
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    [ Captions by Radical Access Mapping Project,
    On Un-ceded Coast Salish Territory, 2013
    ]
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Mi'kmaq Blockade october 2013
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