First Nations

Posted on January 02, 2014

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I recently took part in a “Village Workshop” at the Klahoose New Relationship Building on Cortes Island, in Western Canada. This is a novel introduction to the Native American perception of their history in that it involves role playing. There were…

Posted on October 30, 2013

Hupacasath Update
With the help of fundraising efforts across Canada, the Hupacasath First Nation will launch an appeal after their first court challenge to the Canada-China investment treaty known as FIPA was dismissed in August.

Those opposed to the treaty are wary of the powers it could give to Chinese business and the secrecy of private arbitration hearings. Since treaty making is a royal prerogative and parliamentary debate is not required, the Hupacasath and other critics are calling it undemocratic.

Posted on October 22, 2014

Pimicikamak occupation of the Jenpeg damLast Wednesday (October 15), more than 100 people from the Cross Lake First Nation (Pimicikamak Cree Nation), located north of Lake Winnipeg, occupied the grounds of the Jenpeg hydro-dam. Chief Catherine Merrick said the First Nation is taking control of its traditional territory and evicting Manitoba Hydro.

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Posted on October 19, 2014

How much do First Nations still catch and eat fish? That appeared to be a key line of questioning at a National Energy Board hearing underway this week in Chilliwack regarding Kinder Morgan's $5.4-billion oil pipeline expansion. 

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Posted on October 17, 2014

Standing with First Nations to protect our coast. Pull Together: Many paddles, one canoe. www.pull-together.ca

Multiple lawsuits are in the courts to stop the Northern Gateway Pipeline from being built through BC.
They attack the Joint Review Panel's recommendation and Federal Cabinets decision to approve it.

Posted on September 29, 2014

Late on Friday afternoon Yinka Dene Alliance nations Nadleh Whut’en and Nak’azdli got the “green light” from the Federal Court of Appeal to proceed with their constitutional challenge to the Enbridge tankers and pipelines project. Our Enbridge court challenge will now proceed alongside multiple lawsuits brought by First Nations, by conservation groups and by Canada’s largest private sector union.

Together we remain the wall of opposition that Enbridge cannot break.

Posted on September 24, 2014

Nitaskinan, Quebec - September 23, 2014 – Intended as the natural next step and logical continuation of its September 8, 2014 declaration of sovereignty, the Atikamekw (indigenous inhabitants of the upper Saint-Maurice River valley of Quebec) announced today that no future forestry operations will be permitted on its territory without the securing of its full consent. 

Posted on September 19, 2014

Group argues flooding valley would impair their rights to fish, hunt and use the area for ceremonial purposes

OTTAWA — A delegation of B.C. First Nation chiefs will be here next week to urge the Harper government to reject BC Hydro’s $8-billion Site C hydroelectric megaproject.

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Posted on September 11, 2014

VANCOUVER - September 11, 2014  The Wilderness Committee's office in Vancouver broke into wild cheers as reports appeared today about the upcoming designation of a new tribal park in Tsilhqot’in Nation territory.

"This is incredible news," said Joe Foy, Wilderness Committee National Campaign Director.

Foy was referring to a news report today describing the designation of the Dasiqox Tribal Park in Tsilhqot'in territory, located west of Williams Lake, BC. 

Posted on August 29, 2014

Down a long back road, south of Houston BC, there is a place known as the Unist’ot’en Camp. Situated on Wet’suwet’en territory, the Unist’ot’en Camp is a community of people reoccupying their traditional territory and living off the land. The camp, which consists of permaculture gardens and a pit house, creates opportunities for people to learn from the voices of elders and those who have protected and lived off of the land.

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