WATCH Two First Nation women named activists of year by APTN National News, October 30, 2012
The Council of Canadians call themselves Canada’s largest citizen organization known for its social and economic activism. They took time out of their annual general meeting in Nanaimo, B.C. this weekend to honour two First Nation women for their environmental bravery.
Lois Frank is from the Blood Reserve in Alberta. Frank made waves this year by putting her body on the line at a blockade, attempting to end the practise of fracking on her reserve. She was jailed but the charges were later dropped.
Chief Marilyn Baptiste was honoured for her continued opposition to a massive mine proposed to be developed in Tsilhqot’in Territory she calls home. [Emphasis added]