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Barge Flips in Waters where Tug Sank off Heiltsuk Nation

November 7, 2016

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.

Vancouver's Downtown East Side Gets Survivors Totem Pole

November 5, 2016

A new totem pole, designed by Haida carver Skundaal Bernie Williams, has been erected in Vancouver's Pigeon Park, in the heart of the Downtown East Side.

Kinder Morgan Expects Standing Rock-style Protests if Trans Mountain Pipeline Approved

November 5, 2016

Kinder Morgan is bracing itself for the possibility of major protests if their proposed Trans Mountain Expansion Pipeline project is approved in 2017.

Premier Clark Claims First Nations Support for Woodfibre LNG Project

November 4, 2016

Premier Christy Clark announced that local First Nations leadership is supportive of the Woodfibre Liquified Natural Gas terminal project proposed for a location outside Squamish.

Federal Government Says First Nations Consent Not Required for Resource Projects

November 4, 2016

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.

Educator Works for Inclusion of First People's Content in BC Curriculum

November 3, 2016

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.

MP Proposes National Indian Residential School Reconciliation and Memorial Day

November 1, 2016

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.

BC First Nations Sue to Stop Pacific Northwest LNG Facility

October 28, 2016

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.

Social Media Livestreams Show Standing Rock Conditions to the World

October 27, 2016

Despite unreliable cellular service, protestors against the Dakota Access Pipeline are livestreaming video via social networking sites to keep up awareness of their conditions. 

Federal Government Pushing for On-Reserve Child Welfare Reform

October 27, 2016

The federal government has appointed Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux as a special representative to tackle the challenge of improving the quality on-reserve child welfare services.

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.

Manitoba Legislature Condemns Ottawa for Failure to Improve Services for Indigenous Children

October 26, 2016

Manitoba's provincial legislature has passed a motion put forward by NDP MLA Wab Kinew, condemning the federal government for under-funding social services for Canada's Indigenous children.

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.

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