Posted on November 08, 2013

by Dawn Paley

In rural towns throughout Mexico, life carries on as it has for generations. Sons help their fathers haul wood, women tend to the fire and select seeds, and whole families take part in sowing, caring for and harvesting crops.

Posted on April 11, 2014

Victoria City Council passes motion supporting First Nation's call for mining moratorium

First Nation and environmentalists pleased with Council decision

VICTORIA – On Thursday, April 10th, Victoria City Council passed a motion supporting the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation’s call for a moratorium on mining in its territory in Clayoquot Sound.

Posted on October 02, 2013

by John Gellard

“May I come to the meeting?”

“Yes. All supporters are welcome.”

It’s August 17, 2013. I’m in the cooking tent at the Tahltan Beauty Camp on the flanks of Mount Klappan. The women are preparing a moose. They have wrapped a giant femur – just the bone – in foil and are putting it over a slow fire.

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

Web Exclusive Report from Maggie Paquet

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 May 01, 2013

Please find below a letter from Minister Fantino in response to the article published for the Watershed Sentinel by Miranda Holmes.

Contrary to the disingenuous and misleading insinuations made by Miranda Holmes, let there be no doubt that bringing

Posted on March 07, 2013

by Dawn Paley

Even in the quiet of late afternoon, the market down the street from my apartment in Mexico City is a hive of activity. Dozens of butchers cut up all kinds of meat and make sausages. Women display whole chickens, and offer to prepare them according to what a passing customer desires. There’s homemade ice cream for sale across from a fish stand, and a tortilla stand that always seems to have a line-up. I buy my vegetables from a man who stands at the top of a pyramid of lettuces, tomatoes, avocados, carrots, potatoes, and whatever happens to be in season. While heweighs and bags the veggies I select, he often talks about how good Mexican food is, but how so many people don’t eat the healthy and tasty things he offers for sale. Before I started working on this story, I assumed he was just talking up his business.

Posted on January 07, 2013

by Dawn Paley

Over the past years, environmentalists and activists from North America have consistently looked to the south for inspiration and guidance in environmental and climate struggles. Throughout the hemisphere, and in the face of adversity, poverty and repression, communities have organized on a local level in defense of the health of their water, land, and air.
On occasion, these local struggles have translated into national issues


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