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  • October 24, 2013
  • Compiled by Debora Steel

DOUG EYFORD, A VANCOUVER LAWYER,
treaty negotiator, and the Prime Minister鈥檚 envoy to develop energy corridors across British Columbia with First Nations onside said he鈥檚 lost time with the stage set for 鈥渃onfrontation and resistance鈥 not agreement. He said there is no quick fix or shortcut on the road to working with First peoples on energy extraction. Eyford spoke to a summit on鈥

  • October 24, 2013
  • Compiled by Debora Steel

A NEW FIRST NATIONS COURT听 has opened up in Duncan, B.C. It is the first such court on Vancouver Island, providing a new option as people attempt to navigate the judicial system. 鈥淭his court is unique compared to the contemporary Provincial Court,鈥 said Cowichan Tribes Community Justice Coordinator Calvin Swustus. 鈥淚t does have a First Nations judge, a First Nations Crown counsel, and duty鈥

  • October 24, 2013
  • Compiled by Debora Steel

DEVELOPMENT OF A VANCOUVER REAL ESTATE PROJECT
on the site called the Marpole Midden has been halted and the Musqueam Nation is declaring victory. Protests occurred over months to stop construction of the five-storey project at the ancient village site that has been described as 鈥渙ne of the most significant archaeological sites in Canada.鈥 B.C. Ministry of Lands and Forests announced in鈥

  • October 24, 2013
  • Compiled by Debora Steel

GRAND CHIEF DOUG KELLY,听 chair of the First Nations Health Council, was joined Oct. 21 by Rona Ambrose, federal Minister of Health, and B.C. Minister of Health Terry Lake, to celebrate the historic transfer of all health programs and services for B.C. First Nations previously administered by Health Canada to the new First Nations Health Authority (FNHA). 鈥淣ow is the time for B.C. First Nations鈥

  • September 25, 2013
  • Compiled by Debora Steel

Hupacasath First Nation will appeal a federal court ruling that dismissed its challenge of Canada's China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement. Spokesperson Brenda Sayers said Hupacasath, a nation of about 300 members, urgently needs funds to finance the appeal. The FIPA provides mutual protections for Canadian companies operating in China and Chinese investments in Canada. It鈥

  • September 25, 2013
  • Compiled by Debora Steel

Tolko and West Fraser logging operations near Williams Lake has been halted by Tsilhqot鈥檌n First Nation protesters. Jerry Mooney of Tolko said 55 of one of its contractor鈥檚 employees are being affected by the blockades Sept. 23. 鈥淚t appears it鈥檚 four or five individuals near our logging camp at the junction of the 2800 and 3200 Roads,鈥 Mooney is quoted in the Williams Lake Tribune. Yunesit鈥檌n鈥

  • September 25, 2013
  • Compiled by Debora Steel

The Tahltan Central Council is celebrating Fortune Minerals鈥 decision to halt mineral exploration activities in the Klappan. Fortune made the announcement Sept 23 that it will halt drilling and has suspended all activity at its Arctos Anthracite coal project. Tahltan Elders, leaders and community members have focused their efforts in recent weeks to persuade Fortune to leave the area. 鈥淭oday鈥

  • September 25, 2013
  • David P. Ball Raven鈥檚 Eye Writer Vancouver

Edward Dennis vividly remembers the northern winter day that four of his fellow students attempted to escape the abuse and starvation of Lejac Indian Residential School in Fraser Lake, B.C. Only one of his classmates survived.

鈥淭hey were running away from Lejac,鈥 he said. 鈥淥ne of them turned around at Piper鈥檚 Glen. He could hear (the other) three fall through the ice.鈥

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  • August 28, 2013
  • Shari Narine Raven's Eye Contributor GWAII HANAAS, B.C.

The Legacy Pole is considered by the Haida Nation as a significant creation, but it is personal for carver Jaalen Edenshaw and Haida Nation President Peter Lantin.

Edenshaw, whose design and story was chosen by a committee to commemorate 20 years of the Haida Nation and Canada working together, recalled attending meetings with his father leading up to the Lyell Island logging blockades鈥

  • August 28, 2013
  • David P. Ball Raven's Eye Contributor Stikine-Iskut

Blockaders in Tahltan Nation issued an eviction notice to Fortune Minerals on Aug. 14 over the firm鈥檚 proposed $10-billion open-pit coal mine in what they say could destroy three northern B.C. rivers vital to their culture and lands.

For years Fortune鈥檚 4,000-hectare Arctos Anthracite Project has generated opposition and controversy amongst the Tahltan. Environmentalists have dubbed the鈥

  • August 18, 2013
  • Compiled by Debora Steel

On July 2, the B.C. Court of Appeal reaffirmed its own legal ruling that recognized the commercial fishing rights of five Nuu-chah-nulth Nations. Last fall the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) rejected Canada鈥檚 request to appeal the court鈥檚 first decision on the matter, but sent the case back to the appeals court for reconsideration under the lens of the SCC鈥檚 decision in the case known as Lax Kw鈥

  • August 18, 2013
  • Compiled by Debora Steel

Rod McCormick is B.C.鈥檚 choice to lead researchers studying early childhood development among First Nations in Kamloops. He will head teams at Thompson Rivers University. McCormick, a psychologist, has worked with the Canadian Institutes of Mental Health on such projects as Aboriginal mental health and youth suicide. Children鈥檚 Minister Stephanie Cadieux said McCormick is a national expert and鈥

  • August 18, 2013
  • Compiled by Debora Steel

Tribal leaders are asking for support to rebuild the economic hub of the community at Bella Bella, devastated by fire July 12. The building housed the only grocery store, liquor store, post office, community library and caf茅, and suffered extensive damage from smoke, fire and water, including the collapse of parts of the main floor into the offices and services located below. Heiltsuk Chief鈥

  • August 18, 2013
  • Compiled by Debora Steel

First Nations language champions were recognized in Vancouver in July for outstanding achievement in language revitalization. Reginald Dennis is a champion of the Tahltan language. He won the Youth Award, which honors individuals 18 to 30, who are learning their language and inspiring others. Bridget Dan, champion of the Secwepem||=么cts铆n language, is the recipient of the Community Education鈥

  • July 18, 2013
  • Compiled by Debora Steel

The federal office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer says Canada needs to double the dollars provided to B.C. for on-reserve schools, just for their upkeep. The office said funding required could reach $47 million by 2028-29, based on anticipated growth in student populations. Ottawa typically provides $26 million annually. The report was requested by NDP Aboriginal Affairs critic, MP Jean鈥