Algonquins Protest Against Resolute Forestry Clearcuts at Palais de Justice in Montreal
Report on a demonstration by indigenous Algonquins against clear-cutting.
On September 26th, Jacob Wawatie, of the Algonquin Traditional Council of Elders of the One Nation, went to court against Resolute Forest Products. He was accompanied by supporters and fellow members of his community. The traditional territory of these Algonquins, "Poigan", a gorgeous area in La Vérendrye wildlife reserve, is being assaulted by clear-cut logging operations to which the rightful inhabitants of the land never agreed. And yet that logging is a direct threat to their traditional way of living, in addition to being harmful to biodiversity.
At stake before the court: Resolute Forest Product seeks the extension of an injunction that it initially obtained in early July against the Algonquins of Poigan, to prevent them from opposing the cuts directly. Two elders where then arrested - and kept in jail for 8 days - for trying to protect their territory.
This report was done by CUTV News outside the Palais de Justice in Montreal on October 3, 2012.