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It is definitely a new day in British Columbia as John Horgan was sworn in as the 36th Premier. Finally, Christy Clark and her cabinet are gone with their regressive attitudes. 

Oh, what a night!

Note:  This Article ran in The Tyee on June 29th, 2017  https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2017/06/29/We-Are-All-Here-to-Stay/

A few months ago I heard rumblings that there would be no sockeye for food fish for the Hupacasath.  I thought it had to be just a rumour because we have never had a year that I can remember that we didn’t have sockeye for food.  It has now been confirmed and is fact that only 172,000 shall retur

Through all the radio/TV/internet debates, the issue of First Nations did not come up with the exception of Pembina’s webinar in which I asked a question whether their parties would create First Nations opportunities in the clean energy sector.

5 days before the election in BC.  Will there be a new Premier at the helm?  After 16 years of the Liberals in power we certainly need a new direction, a new Premier, one who will truly care about the people and the richness of the lands and waters we have.

Picture in your mind your most special place on earth you love to go to for reflection, relaxation and to soak in the power of the earth, water and sky.  Your place.

BC’s 2017 speech from the Throne was shorter than usual with little in it for First Nations.  Coming into an election in May of this year you would think this speech would be stellar and full of important commitments

Note to Reader: I made this presentation on February 9th 2017 at a forum that was hosted by UVIC, Amnesty International, Sierra Club BC, Council of Canadian, Kairos BC. It was a 20 minute presentation so this article is a bit long.

Introduction

 K is for Killing the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain expansion (TMX) project

I is for Indigenous people who have not given their consent to TMX

Qat’muk, the place where the grizzlies dance.  When I first heard of the Ktunaxa’s fight for their right to preserve a sacred/power site in their territory, I envisioned powerful and amazing grizzly bears dancing, gathering, in one place and it had wonderful imagery for me.  I felt the strength o

There are times when I feel disheartened as an Indigenous person. I think, doesn’t anyone listen to Indigenous people and uphold our values and knowledge? Doesn’t anyone care that our rights are being trampled on?

 I was asked the question the other day, “what is the Vision for renewable/clean energy in BC?

Yesterday I watched Christy Clark with real skepticism as she addressed the Chiefs and leaders at the BC Cabinet and First Nations Chiefs third annual meeting.  She was adorned with her usual First Nations shawl and being her usual vivacious self.  But the vivacity means nothing when there is no

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