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Double your impact for Beaver Lake Cree Nation



As they prep for the Supreme Court of Canada, BLCN poised to set an important precedent.

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19 years ago, as Tsilhqot’in Nation was fighting its groundbreaking title case, the Nation accessed a little-known but powerful tool. Called an Advanced Cost Order, it provided funding to pursue a precedent-setting, nationally-important challenge, equipping the Tsilhqot’in to stand up against Canada’s army of justice department lawyers.

It worked. With the financial stamina to pursue the case long-term, the litigation made it to the Supreme Court of Canada. In 2014, a panel of judges unanimously declared that Tsilhqot’in hold Aboriginal title to a large swath of their lands, recognizing the right to proactively control and manage the land. It is the first such declaration from the Court in Canadian history.

At the same time, a new challenge was being shaped by Beaver Lake Cree Nation. With exponential growth of oil and gas projects in their territory, Beaver Lake Cree faced a stark choice: let go of their stewardship responsibilities and allow the tar sands to darkly bloom all around them, or stand up, and defend Treaty 8 in court.

They stood.

But that decision has come at an enormous cost. Strewn in the path have been multiple government attempts to derail the case. It’s all part of a pattern of ‘deny, delay and outspend’ that forces many Indigenous plaintiffs to abandon legal actions due to financial exhaustion.

In 2019, Beaver Lake Cree Nation applied for — and was granted — the same type of Advanced Cost Order that helped Tsilhqot’in Nation go the distance. As those of you who read this newsletter may know, that cost order now hangs in the balance after a cynical appeal by Alberta overturned the lower court ruling. This has forced the Nation into the ugly position of having to argue yet again — on their own dime — that after two centuries of colonialism and state neglect they are indeed impoverished. Now, the fate of their larger treaty case is in jeopardy.

The final reckoning, in the Supreme Court of Canada, comes this November 4th.

Just as treaties are only meaningful if they are upheld, justice is only achievable if it is accessible. Will you help Beaver Lake Cree Nation defend its Advanced Cost Order, and propel this historic treaty rights case forward?

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Council Catch-Up

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October 2021 Update: The work of, and for, women

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AXA: Your Credibility is on the Line

In 10 days, AXA could adopt a breakthrough new climate policy -- but you can bet oil and gas lobbyists are not going to stand by idly.

A, can you tell CEO Thomas Buberl to practice what he preaches on climate and stop insuring new oil and gas projects?

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It’s decision time. Next week, AXA’s CEO,Thomas Buberl, could decide to stop his multinational company from insuring any new oil and gas projects.

Withdrawing insurance coverage from these dirty projects is a powerful lever to keep fossil fuels in the ground. In the past AXA has done a pretty good job - by becoming the first insurer to exclude all coal projects.

And in 10 days, on Climate Finance Day, AXA could do exactly the same thing for oil and gas. Problem is, the initiative is facing a lot of backlash and opponents are doing their best to water down the new policy to save their most juicy and climate-wrecking...

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A Florida Anarchist Will Spend Years in Prison for Online Posts Prompted by Jan. 6 Riot

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Coal baron Gautam Adani’s reputation is in ruins – and he wants to use the UN climate conference to clean it up.

But we can get him booted off the program. Tell UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson not to give mining giant Adani a platform!

Coal baron Gautam Adani and Host of summits Boris Johnson

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We’ve received a tip that coal baron Gautam Adani is trying to elbow his way in and secure a primetime speaking spot at the upcoming UN climate summit.

The COP summit is a place for world leaders, experts and representatives from the frontlines of the climate crisis to come together and work on solutions. The people who should be centre stage are those fighting for climate justice -- not a billionaire businessman who wants to open up one of the biggest new coal mines in the world.

As host of the summit, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, has...

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Meet PBI's frontline brigadistas!

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Our webinar with Giulia, Charlotte, Valentina and Anuja is coming up soon – Sunday October 24!

They will be talking about what it’s like to be a PBI brigadista accompanying at-risk land and environmental rights defenders in Colombia and Guatemala.

We may also have a PBI volunteer speaking from Honduras.

You can register for that webinar by clicking here.

The planning for our webinar on Saturday November 6 about the United Nations Conference of Parties (COP) 26 climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland is also progressing.

You can register for that webinar by clicking here.

It will feature Danilo Rueda from Colombia, Juana Ramona Zuñiga from Honduras, Amaru Ruiz from Nicaragua, and a representative from Salvemos los cerros (Save the hills) in Mexico. We should have news for you next week about the speakers we’ll have from Guatemala and Kenya, so please stay tuned for further updates.

Accompaniments this week

1- PBI-Guatemala accompanies lawyers at hearing on the 1982 Dos Erres village massacre

2- PBI-Honduras accompanies sit-in at trial for Indigenous Lenca land defenders Víctor Vásquez and José Santos Vigil

3- PBI-Guatemala accompanies Olopa communities at ceremony for Indigenous resistance

4- PBI-Mexico accompanies criminalized river...

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Steven Donziger is facing jail time for standing up to Big Oil. NY Democrats are silent.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has received almost $200,000 in campaign donations from the law firm leading Chevron’s attacks on a human rights attorney.




When oil giant Chevron lost a multibillion-dollar environmental lawsuit to a group of Indigenous Ecuadorians, the company refused to pay up — and instead went to war against Steven Donziger, the attorney who won the historic judgment.

Since 2009, hundreds of lawyers from 60 firms have made Donziger’s life a living hell. For the last two years, he’s been under house arrest in New York, forced to wear an electronic ankle monitor — and now he’s facing a six-month prison sentence after refusing to turn over his electronic devices to Chevron’s lawyers.

Donziger has appealed to his own New York congressional delegation for help, but powerful Democrats including Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and House Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler have remained...

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Farmer vs Nestlé

He’s up against a massive legal team, and needs your help. ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌

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Didier Thouvenin is a farmer in Vittel, France -- home to one of Nestlé's massive water-guzzling projects.

Together with other whistleblowers, he exposed that Nestlé was illegally dumping huge amounts of plastic and chemical waste, forcing it to admit to creating NINE massive dumping sites.

But instead of cleaning up the mess and apologizing to local residents, Nestlé filed a legal complaint against Didier for trespassing! We know it won’t stop there -- there were 11 other activists with Didier that day and Nestlé is famous for doing everything they can to silence opposition to protect its profits.

Didier just told us he URGENTLY needs to secure a lawyer to fight back. If enough of us chip in, we can create a legal defense fund for Didier and other brave activists standing up to Nestlé... can you help?

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Wetsuweten

Construction work on Coastal GasLink is ramping up on Wet’suwet’en territory.

A majority of Canadians bank at the Big 5 banks, and if we collectively call on the banks to take action, we can stop Coastal GasLink.

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TC Energy is ramping up its construction work in Wet’suwet’en territory two years after land and water defenders caught the world’s attention by peacefully resisting the RCMP.

Since then, TC Energy has attempted to keep a low profile, hoping that the world will look away. Recently, they have started encroaching deeper and deeper into Wet’suwet’en territory, and last week they started construction that would endanger the Sacred Headwaters.

Enough is enough: the construction on Coastal GasLink needs to stop now. And we can stop this pipeline if its biggest financial backers pull-out

RBC, TD, Scotia, BMO, and CIBC are bankrolling TC Energy to the tune of tens of billions of dollars and if it calls on the corporation to...

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The race to save stads kun

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Next Up in CoDev's Spotlight Series!

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Council Catch-Up

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Revealed: Facebooks Secret Blacklist of “Dangerous Individuals and Organizations”

Lobsang Yangtso

In Tibet, ice is melting 3x faster than anywhere else on the planet. ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌

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Lobsang Yangtso escaped from Tibet by climbing over the Himalayas when she was just 9 years old.

Today, she's an environment and climate crisis expert with a Ph.D. And she's terrified about what is happening in her Tibetan homeland, where ice is melting 3x faster than anywhere else on the planet. As home to a glacier that provides water for 1 in every 5 people on Earth...we should all be terrified.

Lobsang wants to sound the alarm at the critical COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, just weeks away. But the high cost of attending means she and other front-line activists and experts are being shut out completely -- leaving the fossil fuel lobby to control the narrative and stop real action.

We can change that -- if thousands of us chip in, our community can send Lobsang to meet our leaders...and fund campaigning for real impact...

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Announcement: were launching a new lawsuit to end solitary

This is a test r1 We’re suing to end long-term solitary confinement, no matter what it’s called. ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌

Dear Friend,

Over the last week we’ve told you about the work that the BCCLA has done to end prolonged, indefinite solitary confinement. We’ve told you how this practice has continued in different ways.

We want to end this practice, once and for all. Today, I’m writing to you with an important announcement: we’re suing to end long-term solitary confinement, no matter what it’s called.

We want to end prolonged, indefinite lockdowns and restrictive movement routines, which are just solitary confinement by another name and need to stop now.

Make a donation to support our lawsuit today.

In 2019, we had a historic win in the BC Court of Appeal: the court ruled that the federal laws that permitted solitary confinement in Canada’s federal prisons were inhumane and unconstitutional.

Despite this, wardens continue to isolate people in long-term solitary confinement in federal prisons. They routinely lock down...

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Reunite at-Risk Iranian Girl With Her Calgary Mother: Grant Amitis a Permit NOW!

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Reunite at-Risk Iranian Girl With Her Calgary Mother: Grant Amitis a Permit NOW!

Matthew Behrens started this petition to Marco Mendicino, Immigration Minister, Catrina Tapley, Jenny Kwan, and it now has 7,311 signatures

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Nestlé's child slaves

Children trafficked and forced to harvest cocoa for Nestlé, Hershey and Mars are fighting back in court -- suing the candy giants to force them to finally stop using child slavery. ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌

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Tenimba was just 11 when a trafficker lured him from his home in Mali to a cocoa plantation in Ivory Coast. He was promised good pay and care. Instead he worked every day for two years with no pay, no medical care, and no safety measures.

Today there are over 1.5 million child laborers like Tenimba, losing their childhood to supply cocoa to some of the world’s wealthiest brands, like Nestlé, Mars, and Hershey.

But Tenimba and 7 other former child slaves are fighting for justice, and have just brought a new lawsuit against these chocolate giants, hoping to get justice for themselves and hundreds of thousands of others.

They’re up against the most expensive lawyers money can buy -- and they’re asking for your help. Will you help fund their lawsuit...

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Cryptocurrency: Capitalism's Shiny New Climate Buster

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Wolf cull

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PAOV — “There are solutions and alternatives to protecting BC’s caribou, but killing animals should not be one of them.” In 2015, the BC government authorized a wolf hunt in an effort to protect mountain caribou, and more than 1,000 wolves have been killed over the last six years. This month, the government will be back in court trying to extend the program for another 5 years. More than 500,000 supporters are urging the government to stop the hunt. You can help in this critical moment by signing the petition.

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