There is a certain kind of dedicated American political journalist who spends primary season traveling from state to state, reporting for the likes of CNN or Politico. They congregate in the media section at the back of every state-college...
Thread by @Margare7a: Twitter rant incoming: I've been in #Wetsuweten territory for two weeks, covering what's happening. I've had dozens of tions, incl. w/ many hereditary chiefs. It's factually inaccurate to say that the hereditary system is...
Coastal GasLink must consult further with Indigenous communities along a stretch of its pipeline route at the heart of the Wet'suwet'en conflict, say B.C. officials.
Jonathan KayThis is crazy. The company consulted for 5 years. They signed a deal. The elected band accepted it. Then 5 hereditary dudes freak out, & it gets torn up? This precedent screws good-faith FN bands: Now *no* deal is final, and signatures don't mean anything
The ludicrous level that the crisis over Indigenous rail blockades has reached was made eminently clear in a kerfuffle involving Peter MacKay this week
Jonathan KayGreat @NationalPost editorial. that barricade those local residents dismantled in AB was basically a pile of garbage left by antifa types who had no apparent legitimate connection to any indigenous group. what country freaks out bcuz ppl pick up garbage?
The rail blockade, and others like it across the country, went up after the RCMP enforced a court injunction against the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs and supporters, forcing them off an access road to a worksite for the Coastal GasLink pipeline
Another large shipping line that calls on Halifax is prepared to route cargo away from the city's port because Indigenous protests have paralyzed the rail system in eastern Canada.
Jonathan Kaythousands of Canadian workers in Eastern canada losing jobs so Libs can appease 5 hereditary chiefs...who themselves want to kill thousands of jobs in BC
Appeasing chiefs, screwing workers
Never thought I'd say this, but where's Karl Marx when u need him
Everyone is yelling at Justin Trudeau, but no one has proposed a lasting solution that doesn’t involve the OPP doing its job
Jonathan Kayyes @cselley is right from legal standpoint. but if Ford acts while Trudeau is still on tv weaving his two row wampum belt, every media will jump down Ford's throat, and even a single injured protestor will become a national sob story ....
Jonathan KayThis is by someone on another BC First Nations reserve. It describes certain hereditary Wetsuweten chiefs as running media-savvy shakedowns to monopolize business, get $$/sympathy from naive whites, & bully FN who get in their way. Much as theyre doing now
Our reporter offers a view from the public line at the Weinstein trial.
Jonathan Kaythis @thenation piece is tough reading, but I salute them for running it. As with Ghomeshi, there was political pressure to prosecute a weak case, even as the spectacle was prematurely cast as a MeToo win. As with Ghomeshi, much teeth gnashing if acquitted
What Americans think of as their friendly neighbor to the north, if they think of it at all, is a scam.
Jonathan Kaythe claim that Canada is "fake" sounds odd. But it's the logical end point of what CBC/Star/Libs tell us daily: Canada—sorry, Turtle Island—is just an unceded settler/genocide blood pasture. maybe we shd toss the keys to a hereditary dude & move to Quebec
Mi’kmaw scholar Bonita Lawrence describes an aspect of the history of Turtle Island (a.k.a. Canada) that we must consider, generally, but especially with regard to protesters supporting the Wet’suwet’en hereditary
A Kanesatake Mohawk grand chief retracted comments calling for an end to the rail blockades after community members locked him out of the band office.
Jonathan Kay"A Mohawk chief retracted comments calling for an end to the blockades after [protestors] locked him out of his office"
Meanwhile, JT is begging election-losing FN dissidents in BC to negotiate
Legit FN leaders have been kicked under the train by Trudeau
It never has been in Canada’s interest to give real respect to the original inhabitants of the land. It has always been in Canada’s interest to sow divisions within, all the better to accelerate racist ideas of ‘assimilation’
Via says it 'has no choice but to continue the cancellation of its services on a large part of its network' while rail lines in other parts of the country remain closed.
Jonathan Kayremember back in november, when no one could figure out what the hell the Liberals' new "minister for middle class prosperity" would actually do?
well guess what, @MonaFortier .... now's your moment to shine! start prosperity-ing these people
The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls said that working relationships between police services and Indigenous peoples will be crucial – and that is being undermined on the blockade front lines