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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 March 04, 2014

Two people were taken into custody this morning on a Slocan Valley logging road, less than a day after a judge extended an injunction against the Sinixt First Nation and their supporters.

Posted on January 21, 2014

And here's yet another twist on the First Nations legal rights -- companies sueing the governments for their failuure to consult First Nations, resulting in disruption to business by the First Nations affected.

Posted on January 02, 2014

Last June, I spent three days in a Vancouver courtroom  watching the Hupacasath First Nation argue their case against the federal government.
The Hupacasath came robed, just like the judges and the lawyers. They weren’t wigged-out like the Department of Justice benchmen. They wore cedar woven headbands and hummingbird embroidered regalia (and underneath, comfortable blue jeans).

Anaham elder saying a prayer and drumming , M.Paquet photo “We teach our children to GET—get a car, get a job, get an education—but not what they can GIVE BACK to society. We need to let go of the modern colonialism, telling the Tsihlqot’in what they need. Let’s let go of our arrogance.” -- Barbara Hooper of Friends of Fish Lake

Web Exclusive Report from Maggie Paquet

Williams Lake, BC, 25 July 2013 - Day 4 of CEAA hearings re Teztan Biny & Taseko’s “New Prosperity” mine proposal

A prayer by Xeni Gwet’in Chief Roger William, followed by a song, and a Secwepemc song by Cecil Grinder opened today’s session.

Opening Songs, M. Paquet photo

Jay Nelson, TNG’s lawyer, asked, in regard to the comments about compromises, “What do you see people in 100 Mile House sacrificing, compromising about [compared to what the Xeni Gwet’in are being asked to sacrifice? There was no response.

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Williams Lake, BC, 24 July 2013 - Day 3 of CEAA hearings re Teztan Biny & Taseko’s “New Prosperity” mine proposal.

 a group of singers and drummers from both the Tsihlqot’in and Secwepemc Nations, M Paquet photo

Whether or not “New Prosperity” entails significant harm to the Aboriginal peoples in this region is the primary focus of these hearings. Throughout the day, a range of perspectives were offered by both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal presenters. Web Exclusive Report from Maggie Paquet

MC Cecil Grinder of the Secwepemc Nation in war paint and full regalia, photo M PaquetFirst Nations Come Out Strong at Fish Lake Mine Environmental Hearings Underway in Williams Lake

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Williams Lake, BC, 22 July 2013 - The CEAA hearings on Taseko’s “New Prosperity” gold-copper mine opened today in Williams Lake. Before the 1:00 p.m. official start, The Tsilhqot’in National Government (TNG) held a rally and opening ceremony in a nearby park. First Nations from around the Cariboo region and beyond (including Gitksan-Wetsuwet’en, Musqueam)—as well as a strong contingent of non-native people (including reps of the Council of Canadians, Amnesty International, Wilderness Committee, and others)—were in attendance, drumming, singing, and speaking their firm commitment to a collective NO! to yet another proposal from Taseko.

Posted on June 06, 2013

Brenda Sayers - FIPA Rally in VancouverAt the FIPA rally, June 5 2013
Outside the Federal Court, 701 Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC
Photo: Brenda Sayers, pictured here with white blanket, of Hupacasath First Nations, Vancouver Island, has led the First Nations court action, on behalf of Canadians, against the Canada/China Investment Protection Agreement (FIPA).

Interviewer: We're talking all about solidarity. It's all about We Stand Together. How do you think the outcome of this case will affect the other cases that are up right now with the  Frog Lake and the Misigaw around overturning the legislation that destroyed our Navigable Waters Act? 

SP: I think that all of these court cases will serve as a

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