Just weeks after Aboriginal Affairs of Canada admitted to spying on First Nations child advocate Cindy Blackstock (here’s the Nov. 14 APTN story) another story was just released which shows that the RCMP was doing the same to eighteen First Nations throughout the country. Here’s the story, which includes links to an RCMP slide show presentation and 2009 Strategic Intelligence Report.
The federal government created a wide-ranging surveillance network in early 2007 to monitor protests by First Nations, including those that would garner national attention or target “critical infrastructure” like highways, railways and pipelines, according to RCMP documents obtained through access to information requests. Formed after the Conservatives came to power, the RCMP unit’s mandate was to collect and disseminate intelligence about situations involving First Nations that have “escalated to civil disobedience and unrest in the form of protest actions.” According to a RCMP slide-show presentation from the spring of 2009, the intelligence unit reported weekly to approximately 450 recipients in law enforcement, government, and unnamed “industry partners” in the energy and private sector.
This writer’s reservation (Listuguj) was included in the list of reservations deemed a “threat to national security and criminal extremism or terrorism.” Really, Canada? Really?