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How to win over a gullible crowd: Stan Marshall and Muskrat Falls

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Back in the days before most Newfoundlanders and Labradorians had college educations, televisions, or Internet, there were certain assumptions which were made by the elites who governed them. These included the following: 1) You can win over a gullible crowd by using the following: a lot of big words; a lot of numbers; photos of mechanical contraptions 2) If you show your audience that you’re trying to explain a complex idea to them in simple terms, they will love and adore you for it 3) If you convince people that you’re working hard at something, they’ll let you get on with whatever it is that you’re doing, even if they don’t understand it and even if it doesn’t really make sense 4) If you’re implicated in something unsavoury, the best way out of it is to shake your head, pretend that the sophisticated machinations of others are beyond your limited…

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Colonial narratives

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On a bitterly cold Saturday, with ice crystals in the air and a light scattering of snow underfoot, five or six dozen people gather at the steps of the Court House in St. John’s. They’re here to demand Justice for Colten Boushie, the 22-year old Cree man from the Red Pheasant First Nation in Saskatchewan who was shot and killed by Gerald Stanley, a 56-year old white farmer. The rally is hastily organized. There are two cheap loudspeakers, but most of the speakers forget to use them. There are no power outlets, and only one reporter present. One speaker forgot their gloves, and shivers as their skin turns an eerie shade of red. You’d think tears would freeze in cold like this, but they don’t—they flow strong and free. Drummers take to the steps of the Court House, and the rhythms they pound out, coupled with the clear and confident…

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An all-white jury runs from justice in the trial of Gerald Stanley

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Last night, a crowded Saskatchewan courtroom heard the verdict of the 12-person jury in the trial of 56-year-old Gerald Stanley, the white farmer charged in the 2016 shooting death of Red Pheasant First Nation member Colten Boushie. The decision to find Stanley ‘not guilty’ of the second-degree murder of 22-year-old Boushie set off a firestorm of reaction across social media, on both sides of the case. Here, Indigenous entrepreneur and commentator Robert Jago shares his perspective on what we should take away from the verdict. There is a video from outside the courthouse in Battleford, Saskatchewan, last night. It shows a screen which is split in four and displaying the courtroom, the jury box, the judge, and the accused in the Gerald Stanley case. As the verdict is announced, there are gasps and shouts; Colten Boushie’s mother cries out. Bailiffs grab Gerald Stanley and run out of the frame, and to a waiting truck…

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Injunctions, RCMP deployment “classic pacification”: Professor

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Nalcor’s use of court injunctions and the government’s approval of RCMP deployment to quell resistance to Muskrat Falls are common tactics used to remove Indigenous people from their lands and facilitate resource development, says Shiri Pasternak.

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NunatuKavut elder says he’s not eating in prison

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Elder and land protector Eldred Davis, 66, has been imprisoned since July 21.

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Elders jailed after refusing to stay away from Muskrat Falls

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“We don’t understand why we’re being treated like terrorists,” says land protector.

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Calls for Nalcor audit, Muskrat inquiry intensify amid ongoing protests

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Water levels in the Muskrat Falls reservoir have dropped 60 centimetres since a June 21 commitment from Nalcor that the water would be returned to levels that would “typically be seen at this time of year.”

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Hunter vows to continue fighting Muskrat Falls

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Inuk grandmother and land protector confronts premier as Nalcor delays plans to lower Muskrat Falls reservoir levels contrary to leaders’ agreement.

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Support growing for Beatrice Hunter

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Protests in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, St. John’s, Rigolet and Ottawa cap off a week of calls from across Canada for the release of incarcerated Inuk grandmother and land protector.

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Amnesty International investigating Beatrice Hunter’s incarceration

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Province, federal government and Nalcor all have a hand in the incarceration of the Inuk grandmother and land protector, says Amnesty spokesperson.

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Land protectors see renewed support in wake of new charges

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Amid claims of double standards, questions of politics, justice and reconciliation remain unanswered.

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STATEMENT: Criminal charges against Justin Brake an attack on press freedom

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“If journalists fear their constitutional rights will not be recognized and respected by corporations, governments or police, then they will hesitate to cover stories such as this, a scenario that presents a bleak outlook for journalism in Canada,” says Justin Brake.

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Land protectors shut down government office in Labrador

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Muskrat Falls protests continue Friday as land protectors deny access to Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs office in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

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Justin Brake nominated for human rights award

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Independent reporter to appear in court over same coverage N.L. Human Rights Commission has cited as the reason for his nomination.

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Claiming victory at Standing Rock and Muskrat Falls

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What does a real victory look like for those opposed to megaprojects?

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Land protectors steadfast in face of latest Nalcor injunction

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Eight arrested at Happy Valley-Goose Bay courthouse Tuesday as Crown corporation names Elder and photojournalist on latest injunction amid amplified calls for the complete shut down of Muskrat Falls.

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Court order issued for arrest of land protectors, journalist

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Court order includes Independent editor Justin Brake.

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Innu Nation wants flooding suspended as Muskrat Falls protest grows

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More Innu join Muskrat Falls occupation, but leadership withholds endorsement.

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Ball dodges questions on Muskrat Falls

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Premier Dwight Ball lands in St. John’s, dodges questions about people on hunger strike in Labrador, contradiction between Labradorians’ rights and business obligations.

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Municipal leaders want in on Muskrat meeting

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Labrador mayors say Muskrat Falls meeting between premier and Indigenous leaders should include municipal representation.

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