From the fight against the Northern Gateway pipeline to the anti-fracking protests involving Elsipogtog First Nation and the Idle No More movement, Canadian surveillance organizations have kept close watch of Indigenous resistance movements over the past decade.

Andrew Crosby and Jeffrey Monaghan, authors of Policing Indigenous Movements: Dissent and the Security State, joined the podcast to discuss why the government monitors Indigenous social and environmental movements. They say this surveillance characterizes land and water protectors and other activists as security threats, delegitimizing the actions of Indigenous rights holders.

Andrew Crosby is a coordinator with the Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) at Carleton University.

Jeffrey Monaghan is an assistant professor at Carleton’s Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

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Photo: Burnaby, BC – Indigenous chiefs and elders lead thousands of people in a march during a protest against the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion on March 10, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck. 

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