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Stz’uminus Artwork for Ferry Unveiled

September 16, 2016

Stz'uminus First Nation member John Marston is one of three Coast Salish artists whose work was selected to adorn BC Ferries' new Salish class vessels, expected to go into service during the summer of 2017.

Idle No More Activists Join DAPL Protests

September 15, 2016

Protestors from around North America are traveling to Standing Rock, North Dakota, to protest the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe are trying to prevent.

BC First Nations Celebrate Dakota Pipeline Delay

September 11, 2016

The manager of the Tsleil-Waututh Sacred Trust, Rueben George, joined protesters at the Standing Rock Sioux reservation protesting the construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline.

Lower Nicola Band Installs Community-Owned Solar Panels

September 7, 2016

The Lower Nicola Indian Band has installed 330 solar panels to power their community school and feed back into the local electricity grid. “Us installing the panels and having renewable energy at our school and in our community is something that really reflects our values as indigenous peop

BCAFN Signs Economic Development Partnership

September 7, 2016

The BC Assembly of First Nations has signed a memorandum of understanding with the BC Business Council around an economic development partnership that would work towards a remedy to the negative economic and social outcomes faced by First Nations in BC.

First Nations Continue Fish Farm Fight

September 6, 2016

Leaders of the Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw First Nation sailed to Vancouver on a vessel owned by the Sea Shepherd Society, to continue spreading the word of their fight against fish farms on their traditional territory.

Water Conservation Group Joins Site C Fight

September 6, 2016

Water advocacy group, Keepers of the Water, staged an event in Edmonton to pledge their support to the court fight against the construction of the Site C dam in B.C. Representatives of the group are driving from Fort St.

Stz'uminus First Nation Starts New Town Construction

September 1, 2016

The Stz'uminus First Nation has started construction on a new town in the community of Oyster Bay. When completed, this first phase of construction will include retail and office buildings, a gas station, hotel, and residential area.

Report Highlights High Poverty Rates Among Indigenous Children

September 1, 2016

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has released a report on child poverty rates in Canada. Based on data from the 2011 National Household Survery, the study shows that aboriginal children living on reserve have by far the highest rate of poverty of all groups in the country.

SFU Hosts Indigenous Basketball Challenge

August 31, 2016

Indigenous basketball teams from around the world came together for the first HaiCo World Indigenous Basketball Challenge, hosted at Simon Fraser Univeristy in Burnaby.

One Third of Reserve Residents Depend on Risky Water Sources

August 30, 2016

A Globe and Mail investigation has found that roughly a third of First Nations people living on reserve depend on water sources that the federal government has deemed high or medium risk.

Study Shows High Rate of Aboriginal Homelessness

August 30, 2016

A new federal study shows that the number of Indigenous people in Canadian homeless shelters far outstrips their representaiton in the general population. The study is the first time federal researchers have focused on the numbers of specific groups within shelter populations

NEB's Energy East Hearings Shut Down

August 29, 2016

National Energy Board hearings on TransCanada's proposed Energy East pipeline have been suspended after protestors interrupted their proceedings. The mayor of Montreal, where the hearings were taking place, has raised concerns over conflicts of interest among the panel members.

Sixties Scoop Class Action Suit has Court Hearing

August 25, 2016

Survivors of the Sixties Scoop — in which 16,000 First Nations children in Ontario were removed from their families and placed in non-Native homes — gathered at the Osgoode Hall law courts in Toronto for a rally in advance of a one-day court hearing.

Ahousaht Residents Arrested for Fish Farm Protests

August 25, 2016

Four indigenous protestors from the community of Ahousaht were arrested by the RCMP after they attempted to prevent employees at the Dixon Bay farm from restocking a previously closed salmon farm. No charges were laid, and the four were subsequently released.

Saskatoon Hosts World Indigenous Business Forum

August 25, 2016

Hundreds of indigenous business leaders gathered in Saskatoon at the World Indigenous Business Forum. The attendees at the Forum came together to network, and learn from each other's experiences.

BC First Nation Issues Eviction Notice to Salmon Farm

August 22, 2016

Hereditary chiefs of the Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw First Nation issued a 72-hour eviction notice to a Japanese-owned fish farm off the BC coast that operates on their traditional territory.

AFN Chief for Strengthening of Hate Speech Laws

August 19, 2016

In the wake of the shooting death of 22-year-old Coulten Boushie in Saskatchewan, and the outpouring of hateful online comments that followed, Assembly of First Nations national chief Perry Bellegarde is calling for the strengthening of hate speech laws.

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