jeudi 9 octobre 2008

video de la répression au Lac Barrière

Police attack Algonquin families at peaceful blockade of highway 117 in northern Quebec from Barriere Lake Solidarity on Vimeo.

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Starting at 6am this morning[Last thuesday], families from the Algonquin community of Barriere Lake have blockaded highway 117 in northern Quebec. They are demanding that the Federal and Quebec governments uphold the agreements they signed with the community, and stop imposing illegitimate leadership on the community in order to avoid their responsibilities.

As of 12:30pm on Monday, the police are saying that the Montreal police have been called in to clear the highway, and arrest those who resist. There are currently 50 community members and 20 non-native supporters peacefully blockading the highway. The community needs members of the broader public to make it clear right now that this is unacceptable, that they have suffered enough division at the hands of the government, and that the agreements need to be honoured.

*** What you can do right now to help: ***

We need people to let the government know that they support the demands
Barriere Lake has been fighting for for decades.

Please take 15 minutes to phone or fax a letter to some of the following:

Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada ( fax: 613-941-6900 )
Lawrence Cannon, Transportation Minister and MP for Pontiac
(613 992-2940 Fax: 613 944-9376 )
Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs ( 819 997-0002 Fax: 819-953-4941 )

Use some of the following points (along with your own):

* The government should immediately cease its intimidation tactics and
threats of violence

* The Federal government should honor the trilateral agreement it signed
with Barriere Lake

* Express support for the Barriere Lake community's struggle for the right
to choose its own leadership

* The federal government should immediately stop interfering in Barriere
Lake's internal affairs

*** More information: ***

Demands, and a list of groups that have endorsed them:

Photos of the current blockade:

A quick visual introduction to the community:

More information on how to support the Barriere Lake Algonquins:

Collectif de Solidarité Lac Barrière

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