research product . 2018

I Could Turn You to Stone: Indigenous Blockades in an Age of Climate Change

Canning, Patrick C.;
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  • Published: 18 Dec 2018
  • Publisher: Scholarship@Western
  • Country: Canada
Indigenous Peoples in Canada and around the world have, for years, used blockades and direct action when alternative means of asserting their rights have failed. The Secwépemc First Nation of British Columbia, Canada, has a myth where a character, Sk’elép, encounters strangers who try to “transform” him, but fail. He tells them he could turn them to stone, but he will not. This myth is used as a lens to reflect, from a settler perspective, on the potential for future Indigenous-led blockades, which could reach the point of mass economic shutdowns, in response to a lack of action on both Indigenous rights and climate change. Up until now, the policy of most colon...
free text keywords: Indigenous blockades, Aboriginal protests, pipeline protests, climate change, climate movement, resurgence, free prior and informed consent, policy recommendations, Civil Rights and Discrimination, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Environmental Law, Environmental Policy, Environmental Studies, Indigenous, Indian, and Aboriginal Law, Natural Resources Law, Oil, Gas, and Mineral Law, Other Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration
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