Our Voices

The Our Voices section is a safe, inclusive and informative space to share ideas, opinions, and perspectives.

 I always wonder why the colonialist minded governments think their way of doing things is the right way and the only way. Imposing their way on us has been in existence for a long time and the residential school system, the White Paper and the Indian Act are examples of this way of thinking.

The Sky will not fall if all 633 First Nations do not affiliate with the Assembly of First Nations and the National Treaty Alliance comes into being. The sky will not fall if the Chiefs and people meeting in Onion Lake decide to take another direction on a purely treaty agenda.

5 Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations Win Appeal on right to a Commercial Fishery

With all the talk of cutbacks in the “new” BC budget, I thought I would take a closer look at the Budget Estimates and Service Plan for the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation and see how First Nations would be affected.

Note: I started doing an analysis of Bill S-212 a few months ago. It is very lengthy and it took me quite a while. Then I noticed that the senate had taken it off the order paper and was not proceeding with it so I didn’t post my analysis.

I sat through three days of the court hearings on the Hupacasath (HFN) challenge to the Canada China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) with great interest.  I could not help but think that Canada’s arguments and assurances to the court were incredibly paternalistic and

We are now one week post the BC Election where most everyone expected a NDP government and whole new regime to operate in. The result was surprising to most and very unexpected to say the least.

For those of you who didn't have the time to read my 5 blogs on the BC Election, I have done a quick chart comparing the 7 issues that I mentioned in my first blog and other items of note.

The Green Party has become a going concern in BC and has attracted many quality candidates like Andrew Weaver and has a reputable First Nations Candidate Adam Olsen in the Saanich North and the Islands riding.

NDP have good Principles for First Nations, but what will the action be?

I wanted to take a look at what the political parties are saying about indigenous peoples in BC. I thought I would start with the BC Liberals.

 BC is now officially in campaign mode. Who will be the next Premier and lead this province for the next 4 years? NDP has been ahead in the polls, political pundits like Vaughn Palmer says that it is not in the bag yet.

 

What a crazy few months its been for Aboriginal People! 

 

What a crazy few months its been for Aboriginal People! 

My Daughter Alana Sayers wrote this poem.  It really touched me when I read it and I asked her if I could put it on my blog for International Women's day:  

WHY ISN'T 600 ENOUGH FOR YOU?

International Women’s day is a day to honour women around this world.

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