Activists and advocates who’ve been targeted for government snooping in the past are denouncing what they see as the Canadian Security Intelligence Service’s “vilification” of First Nations activism.
They say they know the state is watching, but it still came as a surprise to learn CSIS secretly weighed whether rail blockades could qualify as “acts of terrorism” in reports beginning in November 2020.
“It is an absolutely ridiculous sentiment to me that in 2022 when Indigenous people make a stand for their lands and their water, we get called terrorists,” said Skyler Williams, a prominent Mohawk activist from Six Nations of the Grand River
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