SIX NATIONS SUPPORTS THE ELSIPOGTOG MI’KMAQ NATION
October 18, 2013 - The community of Six Nations stands in solidarity with the community Elsipogtog in their opposition to the New Brunswick government’s arbitrary decision to allow
exploration of the Mi’kmaq Nation traditional territory for hydraulic fracturing to access natural gas deposits. The New Brunswick government is acting in an unlawful manner by ignoring
the existing Canadian law which compels major governments to consult and accommodate First Nations interest in lands being contemplated for development.
The Six Nations Council condemns the use of special weapons and tactics forces (SWAT) to deal with a peaceful protest that cries out for a political solution rather than a military
assault. This is not a threat by the Taliban or other known terrorist regimes, but a nation of peace loving peoples who are indigenous to that area of Turtle Island. The over zealousness
of the RCMP is totally out of character with the image of the peace keeping nature of Canada’s national police service.
The Six Nations Council is appalled at the focus of the enforcement actions seemly totally against the Mi’kmaq. The neighbors of the Elsipogtog people are also concerned with the New
Brunswick government’s disregard for the negative effects of fracking that has been proven to be disastrous to water supplies of these operations in the United States. The people of New
Brunswick deserve better from their government.
The Six Nations Council urges the New Brunswick government to re-consider direct action against opposition to resource exploitation without definitive science to ensure that there will
be no adverse environmental effects of the current fracking process.