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Hear from those who were on the ground.
Artist and "company" bio
Masks will be available if you don't have one.
CREDITS and FAIRY CREEK RESOURCE LIST below
☆☆☆ CREDITS ☆☆☆
Gary's song is "Old Growth Forests" sung to the tune of "Old Man River" by Jerome Kern; words by Sophia Rosenberg
Anne's song is "Trees," music by Oscar Rasbach, words by Joyce Kilmer and Gary Relyea
Q. Bachand (they/them): Q will be fiddling and singing Aug 30-Sept 1. qthey.ca
☆☆☆ FAIRY CREEK RESOURCE LIST* ☆☆☆
Recent Reporting at Fairy Creek (Aug 2023)
Follow Brandi Morin @bmorinstories on Instagram
Follow Josh Fischer @thornes_media on Instagram
Follow Camilo Ruiz @roninswanson on Instagram
Follow Fairy Creek Blockade @fairycreekblockade on Instagram
Three Years Later: The Fight at Fairy Creek Continues, by Camilo Ruiz, Aug 14, 2023 (Read/subscribe to Camilo Ruiz on Substack https://camiloruiz.substack.com/ )
Read all volumes and Creeker companion publications here https://creekerzine.wordpress.com/
RCMP / C-IRG
Playbook for RCMP’s Wet’suwet’en raids provided by former U.S. commander in Iraq and Afghanistan, by Sidney Coles, Ricochet, Aug 17, 2023
RCMP watchdog concerned with delays in B.C. C-IRG probe by Brett Forester, CBC Indigenous, Aug 14, 2023
RCMP cited Standing Rock protests as 'evidence' to create controversial B.C. unit by Brett Forester, CBC Indigenous, Aug 3, 2023
226 of 260 Police Complaints Stemming from Fairy Creek Have No Named Officer, by Camilo Ruiz, Jan 22, 2022
The C-IRG: the resource extraction industry’s best ally by Molly Murphy and Research for the Frontlines in Briarpatch magazine, Jan 5, 2022
INVESTIGATION: RCMP misled public about pepper spray incident at Fairy Creek, by Jimmy Thomson, Ethan Cox, and Brishti Basu, Capital Daily and Ricochet, Nov 1, 2021
Victims of RCMP Violence Speak Out / Expert Minces No Words / RCMP Silence, reported by XRTV Victoria and Mark Nykanen, may he rest in power, Oct 3, 2021
Inside the raid on Fairy Creek’s HQ: Violence, arrests and media exclusion, by Clay Nikiforuk, Aleisha Langmann, Ricochet, Aug 24, 2021
SPECIAL REPORT: Attack on Forest Defenders, & Fairy Creek reported by XRTV Victoria and Mark Nykanen, may he rest in power, May 9, 2021
More Government Machinations
Critique of “Inside the Pacheedaht Nation’s stand on Fairy Creek logging blockades” in The Narwhal, July 1, 2021 (and reply), by Tasha Diamant et al, July 22, 2021
Province co-ordinated with Pacheedaht over Fairy Creek statement, according to emails, by Jimmy Thomson, Capital Daily, May 18, 2021
@fedlobbot Federal Oil and Gas Lobbying Bot, It’s alive! Our new lobbying bot let’s you track oil & gas lobbying at your fingertips, try searching “fedlobbot” to see recent tweets without having an “X” account
@bcgaslobbybot and Gas lobbyists talked to province more than 750 times since election, Dec 8, 2021, Wilderness Committee
More Police Violence
Victoria Police Sexually Assault Teens and Ignore Assault on Woman: “Freedom”, by Tasha Diamant, Feb 9, 2022
The Court Cases (and more)
Follow Fairy Creek Blockade @fairycreekblockade on Instagram
Follow Rainbow Eyez @aunty_rainboweyez on Instagram
Follow Donna Clark @dcbreathes on Instagram
Follow Arrest Stories podcast on Spotify
More Fairy Creek-Related (important sources that haven’t been mentioned yet)
Joshua Wright on Instagram @joshuawrightfilm
Read/subscribe to Cassie Loewen on Substack https://thisislion.substack.com/
Read/subscribe to Kelly Tatham on Substack https://loveandthemultiverse.substack.com/
Sign up for the Elders for Ancient Trees excellent newsletter, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Connecting Some Dots
Instagram accounts to follow that haven’t been mentioned yet
The Destruction of the Earth is a Crisis of Masculinity by Tasha Diamant, Sep 12, 2021 (reworked from a piece written in 2014)
Some Independent Media
Accomplices Not Allies, by Indigenous Action Media http://www.indigenousaction.org/accomplices-not-allies-abolishing-the-ally-industrial-complex/
Against Reconciliation, by Tawinikay
Reconciliation is Dead, by by Tawinikay
Settlers on the Red Road: On Indigeneity, Appropriation, and Belonging, by Tawinikay
Defining Decolonisation: An Interview with Gord Hill
Colonization and Decolonization A Manual for Indigenous Liberation in the 21st Century by Zig Zag
Community Organising, Safety & Support
Resisting Calling Out Culture, by Vikki Reynolds
Leaning in as Imperfect Allies, by Vikki Reynolds
Healing in Action, by Black Lives Matter
Anarchist Theory and History
Revolution in Rojava: Democratic Autonomy & Women's Liberation, 2 Chapters
Starhawk: Dreaming the Dark, Chp 1
Anarchist Media Repositories
North Shore Counter Info
*Thanks to the Camas Infoshop for providing some links to this project
Lukwungen & WSANEC territory Land Protection & restoration:
Salmon Habitat & Killer Whales At Increased Risk Due to Ongoing Malahat Expansion: W̱SÁNEĆ Nation Member Protests: https://wsanec.com/w̱sanec-nation-members-protest/?fbclid=IwAR0VcLwI94rrjT_SXvVDIQek04xHlWfVhYGwwGo5vLAVCujESfjbU2uo_Wo
PEPÁḴEṈ HÁUTW̱ (Blossoming Place) is a native plant nursery, community school garden, restoration project, and the home of the PEPÁḴEṈ HÁUTW̱ Native Plants and Garden Education Program: https://crdcommunitygreenmap.ca/location/pepáḵeṉ-háutw̱-blossoming-place
PKOLS-Mount Douglas Conservancy: https://pkols-mountdouglas.ca/wp/
Rock Bay Creek Society: https://www.rockbaycreek.ca
Rithets Bog society: https://rithetsbog.org
Greater Victoria Green Team (invasives removal/habitat restoration): https://greenteamscanada.ca/our-green-teams/greater-victoria-green-team/
Meadowmakers project (yard rewilding): https://pollinatorpartnership.ca/en/meadowmakers
Habitat Aquisition Trust (volunteer to save native plants from development sites): https://hat.bc.ca
Fairy Creek Glossary of Terms
A hard block is a means of preventing resource extraction from continuing, generally by blocking or disrupting roads which resource vehicles would otherwise use. Hard blocks generally include a person in a difficult to remove position or locked-in position.
A soft block is a means of disrupting resource extraction roads with small- to medium-sized debris.
A tripod is a form of hard block that is composed of three logs fastened together, erected in a tripod shape, with a person at the top.
Sleeping Dragon (or Dragon)
A dragon is a form of hard block which is composed of a pipe that has pieces of rebar through it, allowing the user to “clip in” via a chain and carabiner, locking themself to the inside of the pipe. This pipe was often sealed in concrete, resting at the bottom of a trench.
A lorax is a hard block that is composed of a log that has had a hole drilled through, allowing the user to lay on the log and lace their arms through the holes, clipping in like the dragon.
A friendship bracelet is a piece of mobile PVC pipe where a person is on each side, they stick in an arm, they are locked together inside the pipe.
C-IRG or Community-Industry Response Group*
A government-sanctioned, no-accountability, militarized arm of the RCMP dedicated to enforcing climate collapse. A secretive national force formed in BC in 2017 to police land and water defense movements in so-called Canada. Some of the worst kind of villainous, ghoulish, domestic-abusing scum that the planet has to offer.
Harsha Walia, former executive director of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association: “C-IRG in particular is an arm of policing whose entire mandate is to protect state and capital interests in resource and energy sectors by criminalizing Indigenous land defenders. There is no clearer example of the seamless nexus between corporations, the government, and the police.”
*In Nanaimo court in June of this year, a former C-IRG officer testified that the C-IRG is now called the CRU. However, there is no information about CRU on the RCMP’s website. The only information on their website still uses the name C-IRG.
The green guys are the more militarized and highly trained of the C-IRG, often using tactical equipment. They’re the ones who do some of the more difficult extractions like removing people from tree-sits, tripods and cantilevers. These were the creeps who did more of the covert operations, such as destroying camps and belongings, including people’s vehicles; stealing possessions and dumping water supplies; and terrorizing peaceful, nonviolent forest protectors camping and in blocks, especially at night.
The “less militarized” version of the C-IRG and other RCMP, wearing the traditional navy blue, are slightly more public facing. They do most of the enforcement. They would make up false boundaries and call them “exclusion zones,” even though a judge ruled such tactics unconstitutional.
Among other nefarious intimidation and pain-compliance tactics–such as grabbing women’s breasts and genitals and twisting their nipples–it was blue guys who carried out the pepper spraying of peaceful, nonviolent forest protectors. They pepper sprayed directly in people’s eyes and genitals.
Both Green Guys and Blue Guys, as well as other RCMP and contractors/workers, used machines such as power tools and excavators in extremely unsafe ways causing, in many cases, debilitating and lasting injuries. Blues, other RCMP, and contractors/workers also destroyed camps; food and water supplies; and belongings, including people’s vehicles; and stole possessions.
The Division Liaison Team (DLTs) wear grey outfits and are the people whose role it is to be a “personable” intermediary between police and activists. They are real cops and can do all the usual cop stuff but they play the role of “good guy.” Activists have their own Police Liaisons (PLs). DLTs chat with the PL, but also with other activists, often trying to figure out a weaker link. They also use negotiating strategies with the PLs to help make the police's job easier.