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Indigenous Land Based Activism

Current News Articles on Indigenous Movements

Grassroots movements can grow and change rapidly. Following news and social media are good ways to keep informed of movements as they develop. We have selected some news articles surrounding current Indigenous movements and protests on this page. For an alternative news source, check out the Media Indigena podcast, available on Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts

For a historical view of how Indigenous people have been covered in news, Seeing Red: a History of Natives in Canadian Newspapers by Mark Cronlund Anderson and Carmen L. Robertson would give context from 1869-2005.

If you are interested in journalism coverage in general of social movement, UBC Library has Reckoning: Journalism's Limits and Possibilities by UBC Professor Candis Callison and Mary Lynn Young as an ebook.   

Coastal Gaslink Pipeline & Wet'suwet'en Demonstrations Current News & Media

Many students have questions on the ongoing demonstrations across Canada surrounding the Coastal Gaslink Pipeline on tradtional Wet'suwet'en land. We have included some resources from news media. On our Books & Media page, we have a selection of resources from the library on land title and use in Canada. Two media sources to view for coverage of the Coastal Gaslink Pipeline demonstrations, check out the Tyee (based in Vancouver, BC) and the Narwhal

As many of the following articles are not from an academic perspective, we encourage students who would like to use these resources in their papers and studies to go to the primary source the news article is quoting. Need help learning how to do this? Email us or come into the library to speak with a librarian for more help!

Last Updated: April 24, 2020

The Halluci Nation would like to dedicate this song in support of the Wet’suwet’en nation and to the Indigenous lead movements across Turtle Island and beyond.

Twitter Hashtags & Lists

Twitter is a popular microblogging service that can be use in academia to:

  • Follow colleagues or research projects;
  • Post links to research papers;
  • Solicit advice on works-in-progress, ideas, or problems;
  • Create and follow custom newspapers out of Twitter content using

Hashtags used on Twitter, and other social networks sites, allow you to use a word or phrase preceded by a hash or pound sign (#)  to identify messages on a specific topic.  To learn the different parts of a "tweet", review the Anatomy of a Tweet image.

Twitter Lists are a way to curate groups of users into thematic lists.  You can create your own lists or subscribe to lists created by others. Viewing a list timeline will show you a stream of Tweets from only the users on that list.

How to Use Hashtags & Lists

Examples of Academic Hashtag Use


Hashtags (#) are one way people use social media to share and stay up to date on current events. They serve as ways for movements to communicate, discuss, and broadcast ongoing situations and share decisions.

The following examples are from Twitter, but can also be on various other social media platforms (e.g. Instagram).

The following hashtags have become popular on Twitter and Instagram to help communicate with supporters of the Wet'suwet'en protests in January and February of 2020.

The following hashtags were created to help "redirect racist attacks on Twitter" (from CBC):

The following hashtags are used to communicate news and events surrounding Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls.  There is a more extensive list of current news and media on the Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls research guide.

The following hashtags were used surrounding the movement against the Mauna Kea telescope in the summer of 2019