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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Targeting the Mi'kmaq: Cancer alleys and white privilege

Snipers target Mi'kmaq anti-fracking camp Oct. 17 2013
Targeting the Mi'kmaq: Cancer alleys and white privilege

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
Dutch translation at NAIS

Investors in Southwestern Energy are being urged to dump stocks, and stand with Indigenous Peoples against police violence initiated by oil and gas companies.
Mi'kmaq with eagle feather before RCMP

Southwestern Energy of Houston, targeting the Mi'kmaq in New Brunswick, has already been sued in Arkansas and Pennsylvania, where fracking caused cancers from carcinogens in drinking water.

The Ottawa Citizen didn't do its homework last week and promoted Southwestern Energy's fracking, calling it "safe." Taking the typical white privilege stance, and ignoring Southwestern Energy's cancer alleys, the Ottawa Citizen promoted fracking in poor and First Nations communities. 

A look at Southwestern Energy's board of directors reveals they have a long history of work exploiting energy resources around the world in Indigenous areas, from Southern Africa to Australia and New Guinea. And this exploitation of Indigenous Peoples means big money for oil and gas  executives.

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