Canada Spies On Eighteen First Nations With Wide-Ranging Surveillance Network

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?

6 thoughts on “Canada Spies On Eighteen First Nations With Wide-Ranging Surveillance Network

  1. Le Anne December 8, 2011 / 1:59 pm

    This is outrageous and incredulous! Really Canada is right. However, I wonder how bad the US is at this type of outrageousness?????

  2. cdz December 8, 2011 / 6:18 pm

    Well it’s great to know where the feds put there money!. All that money could of went to something great, instead of planting spies. Oh well.

  3. Lisa Coppedge December 8, 2011 / 7:04 pm

    Why am I so not surprised. Is it any wonder that First Nations people distrust the so called honorable white governments in Ottawa. I wonder if its really about terrorism or more about the fact that First Nations People are starting to think for themselves and asking if the treatment they are getting is right and fair? Canada would condemn any other nation that spied on another smaller nation like this. Where the world to shout and say this is not right? Oh yeah they are to busy watching the middle east and the oil rich nations to care about those enslaved in a so called free country,

  4. Lisa Coppedge December 8, 2011 / 7:11 pm

    LOl The Canadians are likely not half as bad. I know several reservations are likely wire tapped including public phones on said reservations. Anyone remember Wounded Knee Part II in the 1960-1970’s. I hardly think anything has changed if anything its probably worse given that many tribes now have some money to invest and work with. It really would not due for them to maybe have a chance to improve things right. My guess is that many reservations are bugged.

  5. Lisa Coppedge December 8, 2011 / 7:13 pm

    Yep we have to watch those dangerous Natives I mean its not like there are better things to spend peoples hard earn tax dollars on. You know like education, health care clean drinking water for the above said Native Nations. Or heck even your average Canadian. It’s nice to know that the US is not the only one with fools who are in charge of the government.

  6. Treena December 8, 2011 / 8:29 pm

    The industry partners concern me more than the rest…especially in light of the CETA….

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