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 July 15, 2014

"Why are my ancestors' burial grounds protected and those of my fellow islander, Joe Akerman, of Cowichan Heritage, not?" - Briony Penn

Sometimes, when confronted by great injustice, a community just has to draw a line.

Posted on June 24, 2014

 

TAR SANDS HEALING WALK IN FORT McMURRAY

Walk Through Tar Sands Will Build Strength, Unity 

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

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