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Friday, February 27, 2015 is the day that the National Round table on missing and murdered women will occur.

 A lot is being said these days about revenue sharing as the province uses revenue sharing to “provide financial benefits and to secure First Nations support in Natural Gas projects[1].”

 On January 9, 2014, the Federal Court of Appeal gave its judgment in the Hupacasath v.

On Tuesday, the 6th day of January, 2015, the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation issued a press release entitled “BC Clean Energy funding tops $5.8 mill

As on the provincial front, federal issues continued to plague First Nation/governmental relations in 2014.  2015 promises to be no better unless Harper and his Conservative government are voted out or there is a drastic change in how the Federal government works with Firs

2014 was quite the year for First Nations in Indian Country across Turtle Island.  Many headlines were attributed to clashes between First Nations and the provincial and federal governments.

Burnaby Mountain, the site of great controversy, and the battlefield for the proposed location for boring a hole through the mountain for Kinder Morgan’s Transmountain pipeline.

We hear from the BC government that many benefits will flow to the First Nations during the construction and operation of the Site C Dam. They use these benefits as a way of rationalizing destroying large tracts of First Nations territories, their rights and important sites. 

The long awaited September 11th meeting between the Chiefs of BC and BC Government happened without much of a breakthrough or much a splash in the media for that matter.  Considering the fact that the entire province and its resources are in question this is quite astonish

This Opinion Piece ran in the Vancouver Sun today September 11, 2014, the paper version, Section B page B7 but was not available electronically so I am reproducing it here. 

On Thursday, September 11, 2014, all eyes will be on Vancouver and the meeting of the Chiefs of BC and the Cabinet of the BC Government while they try and determine matters and methods to deal with aboriginal title following the Tsilhqot’in case at the Supreme Court of Can

Jody Wilson-Raybould was acclaimed as the Federal Liberal Candidate in the Granville Riding on July 31, 2014.  Jody currently serves as the Regional Chief of the BC Assembly of First Nations (BCAFN).

As First Nations people we knew that the real reason behind the Canadian Taxpayers Association lobby to have First Nations audits made public was to use them against First Nations.

For more information on the Tsilhqot'in Decision and how it affects business you can read another piece I did for the Tyee.

You can find this at 

June 21, 2014, indigenous peoples day, also known as Aboriginal day.  This is a day to celebrate the indigenous peoples of Canada, who we are, our culture, our language, our rights and our contributions to what is now called Canada.

To my recollection, there has never been a more combative and disrespectful Minister of Aboriginal Affairs than Minister Bernard Valcourt.

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