The above gif is the moment before the iconic photo of Amanda Polchies holding a feather up against the line of Royal Canadian Mounted Police and was part of our “Elsipogtog: The Fire Over Water” episode a few weeks ago. You can see how she moves the feather to the other hand - and also that the police are much closer than the photo shows.
For recent news, there is also an Indigenous Nationhood Movement Tumblr to follow.
We are giffing (gifing?) our favorite moments from 2013 episodes as we count the days until we return with new episodes in late January 2014. This episode was produced by Andréa Schmidt and featured Native Correspondent Wab Kinew. -KT
On October 17, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police raided a protest site set up by Mi’kmaq people and their supporters trying to prevent a Texas-based corporation from fracking. The company had received rights to explore for shale gas by the province of New Brunswick.
Carried out by police with dogs and automatic weapons, the raid turned to chaos as residents of the Elsipogtog First Nation arrived to confront them. Police pepper-sprayed elders and fired sock rounds to control the crowd. Six police vehicles were set ablaze. Some 40 people were arrested.
It was the most spectacular eruption yet of a struggle led by indigenous people to protect land they say they’ve never ceded and water they consider sacred – a struggle that grew quietly for three years, and shows no sign of slowing now.
Fault Lines traveled to New Brunswick to ask why their fight caught fire, and find out what happens when Canada’s First Nations say no to resource extraction projects they oppose.
The background reading and livetweet archive have more from this episode.
Your favorite 2013 Fault Lines moment?
KT has made another great gif to commemorate a powerful moment from our last Fault Lines episode, “Elsipogtog: The Fire Over Water.” This particular bit of video of Amanda Polchies praying in front of a line of RCMP officers was filmed by Chris Sabas of the Christian Peacemaker Team.
I really love this idea of framing the moments leading up to (or following) an iconic photo moment. Thank you Kristen!