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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 January 26, 2015

Wet'suwet'en First Nation sign pipeline benefits agreementThe Moricetown Band has signed on to receive millions of dollars in payments from two LNG deals, including one which gives Chevron Apache the last First Nations signature needed to start work on the Pacific Trails Pipeline.

The band announced today it had entered into two LNG agreements, one with the province and another with industry.

Posted on January 23, 2015

The rift that LNG is causing in the Moricetown community and the Wet’suwet’en Nation grew wider when arguments for and against allowing pipeline projects on traditional land collided with force at a community meeting in Moricetown last Thursday.

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Posted on January 19, 2015

Why have salmon been pouring back into the Columbia River in record numbers recently while returns to the Washington coast and Puget Sound continue to drop?

One big reason is that, for the past decade, someone in a position of authority has been in charge of protecting and restoring Columbia River salmon.

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Posted on January 19, 2015

Supporters will gather to defend the right to speak out for the environment

The Wilderness Committee will appear in court beginning Monday, January 19th to defend against a defamation lawsuit brought by Taseko Mines Ltd.

Posted on December 27, 2014

heat-exchange systemIsland First Nation hopes to harvest ocean’s heat for community development. A $40,000 study is underway to assess thermal energy system.

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Posted on December 16, 2014

 

Union of BC Indian Chiefs rejects Provincial decision regarding the controversial Site C Hydroelectric dam 

This afternoon, BC Premier Christy Clark announced the Province has officially approved and will move ahead with the controversial 8.5 billion dollar Site C hydroelectric project. This project will construct a dam and operate an 1100 megawatt hydroelectric station on the Peace River in northeast BC.

Posted on December 10, 2014

Tsilhqot'in First Nations territory"Aboriginal title confers on the group that holds it the exclusive right to decide how the land is used and the right to benefit from those uses, subject to one carve-out - the uses must be consistent with...the enjoyment of the land by future generations."

- Supreme Court of Canada, June 26, 2014

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Posted on December 07, 2014

'Ksan on the Skeena RiverGitxsan hereditary chiefs blocked Highway 16 at New Hazelton, in northern B.C. on Saturday, to protest recent LNG project approvals by the BC Environmental Assessment Office. The chiefs say the projects could collapse the salmon population in the Skeena River if built.

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Posted on December 05, 2014

 

ICYMI: Secretary Jewell on Tribal Opposition to Keystone XL: “They know their lands better than we do”

Last night, when asked about tribal opposition to the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, which would run through Sioux tribal lands in South Dakota, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell told MSNBC’s Jose Diaz-Balart:

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