By Zig Zag, Warrior Publications, Dec 2, 2013
Since the spring of 2013, the Mi’kmaq, along with Native and non-Native allies, have been resisting exploratory testing by SWN Resources Canada in New Brunswick. SWN, a Houston, Texas-based company, is searching for deposits of natural gas in shale rock formations. If they are successful and find significant deposits, they will then attempt to extract this gas using the process of fracking.
Through their determined resistance, the Mi’kmaq have revealed the true nature of the colonial regime as one ultimately based on force. Only by maintaining a vast system of control can the state impose its will, in the interests of the corporate elite. But the Mi’kmaq have shown that the state is not all-powerful, nor are its police forces, and that they can be resisted. The six RCMP vehicles torched after the October 17 raid stand as stark proof of this, as have the near daily confrontations on the highways and roads of New Brunswick.