Maia Wikler

5 Key Indigenous-led protests that could be illegal under Alberta’s draconian new “Bill 1”

By Maia Wikler / June 11, 2020 /

While Canadians were urged to slow down, stay home and follow good pandemic protocol, resource extraction industries continued business as usual. Bill 1 is an example of the opportunistic policies which took advantage of Canadians being preoccupied with the pandemic. Alberta Energy Minister, Sonya Savage, infamously commented, “Now’s a great time to be building a…

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Why You Should Know the Sparrow Case

By Maia Wikler / June 11, 2020 /

May 31st marked the 25th anniversary of the Sparrow Case: the day an Indigenous fisherman took on the Queen — and won. The 1990 Supreme Court decision has important prevalence throughout past and ongoing Indigenous rights legal challenges. The case created the “Sparrow Test” which has been used to interpret the “existing Aboriginal and Treaty rights… hereby…

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Bananas not Bitumen: Baking in solidarity with Beaver Lake Cree

By Maia Wikler / June 11, 2020 /

We are blown away by the ingenuity, commitment and creativity of this community that never ceases to amaze, even with the challenges of a pandemic! Marianne, an artist based in Victoria, BC has been known to trade her pottery wheel for a baking oven when solidarity calls. This May, Marianne whipped up her signature banana…

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Five Indigenous-led Movements for Ocean Protection

By Maia Wikler / June 10, 2020 /

Forests are known as the lungs of the Earth: a source for clean air and carbon filtration. But oceans are also living, breathing carbon sinks that give life – and air – to the planet. During World Oceans Week, let’s give homage to the oceans that sustain life from the depths below the surface. As is the…

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TMX Construction Resumes Amidst Pandemic

By Maia Wikler / June 10, 2020 /

On the one year anniversary of the release of the Report on the Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, Canada has given the green light for construction to resume on the TMX pipeline. This is a government that is spending $10 billion – or more – of your tax dollars for an…

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Fort McKay First Nation stops Prosper Petroleum in Court: Hope for other First Nations following suit

By Maia Wikler / June 4, 2020 /

When Fort McKay First Nation stopped Prosper Petroleum from starting a 10,000 barrel per day tar sands project adjacent to sacred Moose Lake, they added another stone to the cairn of legal victories that should prove foundational to the case Beaver Lake Cree – known as The Tar Sands Trial.   Why this matters The victorious…

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National Day of Awareness for Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Necessitates Action

By Maia Wikler / May 5, 2020 /

May 5th is a National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Native women experience the highest rates of violence of any group in the US. In Canada, Indigenous women are more than twice as likely than non-Indigenous women to face violence. Violence manifests in many forms. Violence against the land…

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Pancakes and Jam: Watch the Livestream!

By Maia Wikler / May 5, 2020 /

In a very fitting partnership with Vine Arts Festival, last Saturday we hosted hundreds of passionate people in a virtual, live performance of music, art and poetry in solidarity with First Nations opposed to the Trans Mountain pipeline and tanker expansion. Artists have been a part of the powerful backbone to the Pull Together movement…

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Small Businesses have made Big Impact

By Maia Wikler / May 5, 2020 /

This is a shout out to thank the small businesses that have supported the fight against trans mountain. And we want you to join us in thanking them.  If you have the means, please support these businesses by buying gift cards, reviewing their stores with five stars, and sharing the love for their products with…

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Coastal GasLink is for Sale: Take Action, Make Your Voice Heard

By Maia Wikler / April 24, 2020 /

This Earth Week, we’re flooding the US-based investment firm KKR &Co with calls, emails, and tweets to stop the company from buying the Coastal GasLink pipeline. The Coastal GasLink pipeline threatens Wet’suwet’en land, water, air, and people. KKR has plans to purchase 65% of the Coastal GasLink pipeline with Alberta Investment Management Corp (AIMCo). KKR…

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