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.
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.
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?
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
First Nations people have been celebrating who we are and our culture since time immemorial. When the Federal government banned the potlatch and ceremonies from 1884-1951, our culture had to go underground but was still practiced when possible.
After Johnathan Kay and Jean Chretien’s rather ignorant and demeaning comments about First Nations people needing to move from their communities in order to solve the youth suicide issue I thought I needed to respond.