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VICE Says First Nations Water Crisis Unchanged Under Trudeau

October 26, 2016

VICE News reports that after a year of being in power, the Federal Liberals have made little progress toward ending the drinking water crisis on First Nations reserves. According to VICE, only one boil water advisory of the 133 in place in 2015 has been removed.

Only Five of 94 TRC Calls to Action Completed

October 26, 2016

More than 500 days after the Truth and Reconciliation Commission issued its report, only five of its 94 calls to action can be considered complete, according to historian Ian Mosby.

Indigenous Leaders Reach Muskrat Falls Agreement with Province

October 25, 2016

The province of Newfoundland and Labrador and Indigenous leaders reached an agreement about the proposed Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project that will end a two-week hunger strike by protestors.

Cleanup Boat at Bella Bella Diesel Spill Site Almost Sinks

October 16, 2016

One of the ships sent to drain diesel from a sunken tug off Bella Bella took on a dangerous amount of water, derailing the cleanup efforts as attention was turned to the rescue mission. The diesel spilled by the tug threatens the fisheries upon which the Heiltsuk Nation relies.

Supreme Court to Hear Pre-Confederation Land Claim

October 14, 2016

The Williams Lake Indian Band's pre-confederation land claims case will be heard by the Supreme Court of Canada.

Diesel Spill Disastrous for Heiltsuk Nation

October 13, 2016

A tug pushing an empty fuel barge ran aground and subsequently sank near Bella Bella, spilling an unknown quantity of diesel fuel. The Heiltsuk nation is due to start its annual clam harvest in three weeks, and is put in extreme jeopardy by the diesel spill.

Residential School History Centre Coming to UBC

October 10, 2016

The University of British Columbia is building an Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre, set to open on its campus in 2017.

BC Grand Chief Reacts to Study on Abuse of Children in Care

October 7, 2016

The Grand Chief of the UBCIC is calling for the resignation of B.C.'s Ministry of Children and Family Development, in the wake of a new report.

Energy Board Filings Show Some Aboriginal Support for Pipelines

October 7, 2016

Despite the vocal opposition of many British Columbia First Nations to proposed pipelines—including projects by the companies Enbridge and Kinder Morgan—National Energy Board records  include forty letters of support from aboriginal groups submitted during review proceedings for those two project

Dzawada’enuxw Nation Rejects Great Bear Rainforest Agreement

October 6, 2016

B.C.'s Dzawada’enuxw Nation is one of two First Nations not to sign the Great Bear Rainforest Agreement, because the agreement doesn't provide sufficient protection within the nation's traditional territory.

BC Company Builds Energy Efficient Homes on Reserve

October 5, 2016

Smithers-based company Net-Zero Structures builds homes that generate the same amount of energy they consume. The affordable and energy-efficient structures may be part of the solution to the on-reserve housing crisis.

Vancouver Island Nation Objects to Old Growth Logging Ban

October 3, 2016

Huu-ay-aht First Nation on Vancouver Island has issued a statement objecting to a recent resolution by the Union of BC Municipalities proposing to ban logging in old-growth forests, saying the resolution detracts from the nation's right to manage their own lands and resources.

Tsilhqot’in Nation Concerned about Moose Population

October 3, 2016

The Tsilqot'in Nation is concerned that the pine beetle epidemic and related harvesting of dead trees has reduced the moose population in their territory to dangerously low levels.

Royal Visit to Haida Gwaii Marked by Protests

October 3, 2016

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived on Haida Gwaii in a 25-foot war canoe, and were welcomed with traditional Haida dancing.

Mohawk Band Creates First Indigenous Court

October 2, 2016

Canada's first Indigenous legal system has been established by the Akwesasne Mohawk Band. The band's new court system will be responsible for enforcing 32 civil laws.

Pacific NorthWest LNG Terminal Approved

September 27, 2016

The Federal government has approved a proposal to build a Liquified Natural Gas terminal on the northern B.C. coast, subject to 190 environmental conditions.

80 First Nations Sign Anti-Pipeline Treaty

September 22, 2016

First Nations from across the country have joined together to sign a "treaty alliance" aimed at preventing expansion of the development of Alberta's tar sands.

Ottawa Won't Appeal Northern Gateway Ruling

September 20, 2016

Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr announced that his government will not appeal the Federal Court of Appeal ruling against construction of Enbridge's proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline.

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