Tonight on Native Trailblazers, Ossie Michelin, the journalist with the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) who is front and center at the protests of Elsipogtog First Nation against SWN Resources Canada in New Brunswick, will give a firsthand account of what is happening in Elsipogtog on the radio talk show Native Trailblazers.
As members of Elsipogtog First Nation gather again to protest the seismic testing being conducted by a subsidiary of Houston-based Southwestern Energy Co., tensions are high. Michelin, of mixed Inuit heritage from Labrador in northeastern Canada, covers Atlantic Canada and has been closely following the Mi'kmaq–led fight against shale gas development. He snapped the iconic photo of Amanda Polchies holding up an eagle feather to a wall of Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) on the day that authorities broke up the peaceful encampment in mid-October.
Native Trailblazers airs online from 7p.m. to 9 p.m. EST tonight. The show is accessible from any computer with an Internet connection. After airing, programs can be accessed in archives. The weekly show, an Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards nominee in 2012, is hosted by ICTMN correspondent Vincent Schilling and covers a wide array of issues affecting Indian Country. For more information visit www.NativeTrailblazers.com.