Saturday, July 6, 2013

The Atlantic Regional Solidarity Network (ARSN) Stands in Solidarity with Indigenous and Settler Peoples United Against Fracking in New Brunswick

The Atlantic Regional Solidarity Network (ARSN) is a network of people and organizations in Atlantic Canada who work in solidarity with the people of Latin America and the Caribbean according to their wishes and needs in the struggle for self-determination, peace and justice. ARSN is committed to working for changes in Canada which will be beneficial that struggle. This includes supporting the struggles of Indigenous nations and other communities in Canada in their defence of their territory and the earth for the benefit of all.

The Atlantic Regional Solidarity Network stands in solidarity with Elsipogtog Mi'kmaq First Nation and the grassroots Indigenous people of Wabanaki as they assert their legal Aboriginal rights and responsibilities to their traditional territory and resources by opposing shale gas exploration, and supports the coalition of Mi’Kmaq, Maliseet, Passamaquoddy, Acadian and other Maritimers gathered around the Sacred Fire in Kent County, New Brunswick engaged in non-violent defence of Mother Earth.

ARSN calls on Canada and New Brunswick to recognize and respect Indigenous rights to self-determination, including the right of Indigenous peoples to free, prior and informed consent regarding all decisions that affect them, their territories, and resources. We also condemn federal and provincial government’s failure to respect and adhere to the Aboriginal and Treaty rights of Indigenous communities in Canada, the criminalization of non-violent defenders that has taken place to date, and the unequal application of the law to indigenous peoples opposed to shale gas exploration in New Brunswick.

July 6, 2013