On the 18th of October, protests in solidarity with the Mi’kmaq blockade of Southwest Energy’s atempts to explore for shale gas on their land took place all over Turtle Island. Here in DC, protesters from Chesapeake Earth First! and allies showed up at Columbus Circle near Union Station.
Once there, they climbed up onto the memorial, which is a combination of an old fountain and the shape of the bow of a ancient ship. Of course, Columbus was even farther from India (his intended destination) when he arrived here than when he left Europe! Unfortunately, he then began a legacy of colonialim that continues to this day.
The October 18 day of action under the “Indigenize” name had been called even before the violent but failed Oct 17 attempt by the RCMP to dislodge the blockade that has forcibly prevented Southwest Energy from exporing Mi’kmaq land in New Brunswick, Occupied Canada for gas to be fracked.
The police violence was a failed attempt to enforce an injunction by a Canadian court with no legitimate jurisdication over any 1st Nations issues against the blockades. Interestingly, Southwest Energy stock plunged during the failed police attack on the Mi’kmaq blockades.