W2MEDIA.CA | On today’s broadcast of Media Mornings on Vancouver Co-op Radio 100.5 fm, we explore tar sands, pipelines and other topics from the perspective of Indigenous self-determination and law with three top thinkers: Ellen Gabriel (Kanesatake), Pam Palmater (Ryerson Indigenous Governance), and Gordon Christie (UBC Law).
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- Special panel on Indigenous law and self-determination with Ellen Gabriel (Kanehsatà:ke Mohawk Territory, spokesperson for the 1990 ‘Oka’ blockade), Pamela Palmater (Mi’kmaq, Ryerson University Centre for Indigenous Governance), and Gordon Christie (Inupiat/Inuvialuit, associate professor of Law, UBC). We explore how Indigenous legal systems come into play on current issues like oil sands, pipelines, land defence, Indian Act band councils, and more.
Listen to this Media Mornings special panel:
- Interview with Charlie Smith, editor of the Georgia Straight, discussing the expansion of Lower Mainland coal exports and a lawsuit challenging Vancouver’s homelessness laws.
- Media Mornings Latin America Report with Alfonso Osorio on U.S. investors’ rights in Argentina and the country’s recent general strike.
- Music: Wab Kinew (“Heroes”), Eekwol (“Let’s Move”), Aztlan Underground (“Decolonize”)
TODAY’S NEWS HEADLINES
- TOP STORY:
A ceasefire has gone into effect in and around the Gaza Strip, after Israel and Hamas agreed to cease hostilities (Al Jazeera).
- VANCOUVER GAZA PROTEST
More than 100 people protested against a visit by Israel’s deputy ambassador and former Conservative cabinet minister Stockwell Day last night, faced by dozens of police with dogs and paddy wagons, who scuffled with demonstrators, outside Temple Shalom on Oak Street. Media Mornings’ Anushka Nagji reports that the protest was raising attention to the Israeli offensive in Gaza, and included members of the local Palestinian community as well as Queers Against Israeli Apartheid.
- VANCOUVER: HOMELESSNESS LAWSUIT
A formerly homeless Vancouver man will file a constitutional challenge against city restrictions against sleeping outside (Georgia Straight).
- VANCOUVER: CHILD POVERTY
Also from the Georgia Straight’s Charlie Smith, B.C. had the second-highest rate of child poverty among the provinces in 2010, according to a report card released today by the advocacy group First Call. B.C.’s rate of 14.3 percent of kids living in poverty ranked only behind the percentage in Manitoba and exceeded the national average of 13.7 percent in 2010 (Georgia Straight).
- BC: WETSUWETEN NATION EVICTS PIPELINE SURVEYORS
A leader of Northern BC’s Wet’suwet’en nation, Toghistiy, has intercepted and issued an eagle feather to surveyors from the Can-Am Geomatics company who were working for Apache’s proposed Pacific Trails Pipeline (VMC).
- BC: SHIP GROUNDED
A container ship has had a bumpy arrival in Canada after running aground at the mouth of the channel leading to Prince Rupert Harbour on B.C.’s north coast (Postmedia).
- CANADA: BUDGET WATCHDOG SUES
Canada’s budget watchdog is taking the Harper government to court over the refusal to turn over information about its austerity measures (Postmedia).
- CANADA: FIRST NATIONS RESERVES
First Nation band councils would no longer need majority community support to lease out parcels of reserve land under proposed changes to the Indian Act contained in the Harper government’s omnibus budget bill (APTN).
- ONTARIO: TYENDINAGA RESERVE LEUKEMIA
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been asked to help find out why there’s been a spike in childhood leukemia on the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. Resident Shawn Brant’s daughter is currently fighting for her life in The Hospital For Sick Children in Toronto. Brant is a well-known Indigenous rights activist who spearheaded a 2007 blockade as well as a Tyendinaga land reclamation protest at which police drew automatic weapons, leading to an Amnesty International investigation (APTN).
- US: PRO-DEATH PENALTY UN VOTE
The U.S. government has joined with some of its biggest foreign rivals in opposing an international moratorium on capital punishment (Democracy Now).
- CHINA: TWITTER USER JAILED
Hundreds of web users have signed a petition demanding the release of a Beijing man accused of criticising China’s authorities on Twitter (BBC).
- AUSTRALIA: MIGRANT DETENTIONS
Australia has transferred a group of asylum seekers to a processing centre in Papua New Guinea. A flight carrying 19 refugees from Sri Lanka and Iran arrived early on Wednesday. They will be the first detainees at the newly-reopened camp on Manus Island. Canadian Immigration minister jason Kenney has been under fire from refugee groups here for a new law allowed automatic and indefinite detention for asylum-seekers arriving in groups, a policy he has said was inspired by Australia’s example (BBC).
- BAHRAIN: MEDICS JAILED
A Bahrain court has sentenced 23 medics to three months in jail each or payment of a fine for their role in last year’s pro-democracy protests, officials say (BBC).
- EUROPE: BUDGET AUSTERITY FIGHT
EU leaders are to begin talks on the bloc’s seven-year budget, with many of them calling for cuts in line with the savings they are making nationally. Countries that rely heavily on EU funding, including Poland and its ex-communist neighbours, want current spending levels maintained or raised. The UK and some other net contributors say cuts have to be made. The squabble comes a week after the most widespread organized social upheaval in recent years, with general strikes in dozens of European countries to protest government austerity policies slashing social spending (BBC).