Canada’s spy agency CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service) was involved in preparing an all-of-government approach to dealing with the Indigenous First Nations protests, according to a report Monday (March 24) in the National Post newspaper.
Journalist Justin Ling writes: “Secret documents from Canada’s spy agency show that the Canadian government was getting ready in case last year’s Idle No More protests ‘escalated’.”
The heavily-redacted 11-page report, obtained under Canada’s Access to Information Act, repeatedly emphasizes that the protests had been peaceful, but considers possible triggers for escalation, writes Ling.
In the article Ling points out that “CSIS is barred by law from snooping on civilians unless they have reason to.”
National Post/Justin Ling – Canada’s spy agency helped prepare all-of-government approach in case Idle No More protests ‘escalated’: secret files – here
Idle No More website – www.idlenomore.ca