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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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