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First Nations Join Environment Committee for LNG Project

February 1, 2017

The Lax Kw'alaams and Metlakatla First Nations have agreed to serve on a committee, alongside the B.C. and federal governments, to oversee the environmental impact of of the proposed Pacific Northwest Liquified Natural Gas project.

Cities Make Gradual Progress on Reconciliation Goals

January 30, 2017

After the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released its report, a number of Canadian cities declared a Year of Reconciliation to begin working towards the commission's calls to action. Two years on, this article assesses how well they're doing.

Federal Court Dismisses Site C Dam Suit

January 23, 2017

The Federal Court of Appeals has dismissed a lawsuit brought by B.C.'s Prophet River and West Moberly First Nations, hoping to block construction of the proposed Site C Dam.

Nuchatlaht Nation Hires Tsilhqot'in Legal Team to Pursue Aboriginal Title Claim

January 20, 2017

The Nuuchatlaht First Nation on Vancouver Island has filed a case in B.C. Supreme Court, requesting recognition of its right and title to traditional lands. The nation has hired the same legal team that successfully sued for Aboriginal title on behalf of the Tsilhqot'in First Nation in 2014.

BC First Nations will Sue to Stop Trans Mountain Pipeline

January 17, 2017

British Columbia's Coldwater, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations announced plans to take legal actions against the proposed twinning of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline, which was recently approved by the federal government.

Indigenous Leader Arthur Manuel Dead at 66

January 12, 2017

Indigenous leader, author and activist Arthur Manuel has died at the age of 66.

Haida Team to Host Second Indigenous Basketball Tournament

January 12, 2017

After the success of 2016's World Indigenous Basketball Challenge, the Skidegate Saints will again be hosting teams from around the world for a tournament in August. In addition to the 16-team men's tournament, the second tournament will also feature a four-team women's division.

Gitsxan Chiefs Take Pacific LNG Project to Court

January 10, 2017

Two Gitxsan Nation hereditary chiefs have filed a judicial review of the Pacific Northwest LNG terminal project that has been approved for construction near Prince Rupert. The chiefs claim that the construction of the terminal would violate their Aboriginal fishing rights.

Protestors Attend Transmountain Pipeline Info Session

January 5, 2017

Following the federal government's approval of the Transmountain pipeline expansion project, Kinder Morgan has begun holding information sessions in affected communities. The first session, in Coquitlam, was met by a group of protestors who object to the pipeline project.

Federal Government still Non-Compliant on Indigenous Children's Rights, say Groups

January 4, 2017

The First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, along with the Assembly of First Nations, has filed a motion with the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, asking that the federal government be declared non-compliant with the Tribunal's ruling from a year ago.

Vancouver Art Gallery Exhibits Kwakwaka'wakw Artist

January 3, 2017

Kwakwaka’wakw artist Sonny Assu's work is featured in the Vancouver Art Gallery Exhibit "We Come to Witness: Sonny Assu in Dialogue with Emily Carr." The exhibit features pieces in which Assu dialogues with the paintings of Carr to challenge the narrative of vanishing Indigenous culture that she

Yale First Nation Builds Energy Efficient Housing

December 23, 2016

The Yale First Nation has partnered with construction company Britco to replace failing on-reserve housing stock with modular "Passive Houses." The Passive House standard is the highest recognized level of energy efficiency in home-building, which will mean that the new buildings will increase th

First Nations to access world-class mobile and residential Internet, following historic CRTC decision.

December 22, 2016

COAST SALISH TERRITORY, December 22, 2016 – The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has declared broadband Internet a basic telecommunications service.

Environmental Groups Sue to Overturn Trans Mountain Approval

December 20, 2016

The environmental groups Ecojustic, Living Oceans Society and Raincoast Conservation have filed a suit to reverse the federal approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, arguing that the National Energy Board did not sufficiently consider the pipeline's impact on B.C.'s southern resident o

Prime Minister Announces Reconciliation Council

December 15, 2016

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the creation of a national reconciliation council to oversee implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's 94 recommendations. The creationg of the council itself was one of those recommendations.

Federal Government to Spend Half Billion Dollars Connecting Remote Communities to Internet

December 15, 2016

The federal Innovation Ministry will spend up to $500 million over five years to connect 300 rural and remote communities to high-speed Internet service.

Low-profile Committee Seeks to Change First Nations Funding Mechanism

December 12, 2016

A small committee of federal politicians and Indigenous leaders is working to transform the mechanism by which the federal government provides funds to Canada's 634 First Nations.

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