Winona LaDuke has a viewpoint you won’t want to miss, on how Native peoples often pay the price for huge mineral and fossil fuel companies having their way with the Earth.
She writes in an article on The Progressive:
The DeBeers mining company has invaded the Cree territory of the far north of Canada’s James Bay, pulling $5 billion worth of diamonds out annually, and relegating the Cree people to Third World conditions. Their water is contaminated, and a plague of scabies and impetigo has hit the tribe.
But the extremists who would destroy the Earth have not recognized the power of people and resistance.
In Canada, the “Idle No More” campaign emerged in the depth of winter, and this spring, has taken root, as First Nations stand against the Harper administration and the corporations.