Fewer than four weeks after the Nathan E. Stewart tugboat ran aground off B.C.'s central coast, causing a diesel fuel spill, a barge transporting gravel has flipped in nearby waters, alarming members of the nearby Heiltsuk Nation.
Canada's Natural Resources Minister told reporters that the federal government sees the extent of its responsibility to First Nations consisting of consultation and accommodation, but that getting their consent for major resource projects is not required.
Jo Chrona is the curriculum coordinator at the First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC), and is working to ensure that First People's content is included in the new high school curriculum being developed in British Columbia.
Winnipeg MP Robert-Falcon Ouellette has proposed a Private Members Bill recommending that June 2 be declared a national Indian Residential School Reconciliation and Memorial Day. He hopes that a cabinet member will champion the bill so that it stands a better chance of passing.
Two First Nations groups and an environmental organization have filed suit to stop contstruction on the proposed Pacific Northwest Liquified Natural Gas plant, recently approved by the federal government.
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.
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.
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.