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 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:

Posted on December 01, 2014


Keeper of the Water and Keepers of the Athabasca support the Trappers in La Loche Saskatchewan and also ask other groups, communities and organizations to show their solidarity. We refer you to the original press statement from the Trappers who are peacefully camping on their traditional territory, where they have gained sustenance from Hunting, Fishing and Trapping, since before Treaties.

Posted on November 07, 2014

Lack of Consultation "Shocking"

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Nov. 5, 2014) - Citing a grave lack of consultation and massive damage to salmon habitat, First Nations throughout the Skeena Watershed have declared their opposition to the proposed Petronas LNG project on Lelu Island, in the heart of the Skeena Estuary.

Posted on October 29, 2014

WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. - Grand Chief Ed John was a young lawyer when he spoke more than 30 years ago at the University of Victoria's new law-school building named after Matthew Begbie, British Columbia's hanging judge.

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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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