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Northern Gateway Approval Overturned

June 30, 2016

The Federal Court of Appeal has ruled 2-1 that the government's approval of the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline is invalid thanks to inadequate consultation with first nations.

Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of BC Presents Helder Ponte Band Administrator Award

June 28, 2016

In 1979 when war forced Helder Ponte’s family to flee Angola (Africa), he said, “I didn’t feel lucky.” He and his wife moved to the East Kootenays where he learned he “… had no idea how cold ‘cold’ really was” and soon appreciated it could get colder than zero Celsius.

New Heritage Minute Addresses Residential School History

June 23, 2016

Joseph Boyden, the Giller-winning author, has written the script for a new Heritage Minute video telling the story of Chanie Wenjack, a 12-year-old who died after running away from the Cecilia Jeffrey Residential School in 1966.

Highway of Tears to get Bus Service

June 15, 2016

The BC government has announced that a scheduled bus service running between Prince Rupert and Prince George will start up by the end of 2016. At least 18 women have gone missing or been murdered along the route since the 1970s.

Human Rights Watch Reports on First Nations Water Crisis

June 7, 2016

Human Rights Watch has released a 92-page report (“Make It Safe: Canada’s Obligation to End the First Nations Water Crisis,”) detailing the extent to which First Nations communities do not have access to safe water.

Proposed Development Will Test Liberals' Commitment to Indigenous People

June 6, 2016

A proposal to build condominiums on land sacred to the Algonquin Nation will put the Federal Government's commitement to First Nations to the test. The Zibi project would be built on two islands in the Ottawa River and an adjacent parcel of riverfront land in Gatineau.

Canada's First Aboriginal Federal Cabinet Minister has Died

June 3, 2016

B.C.'s Len Marchand — who headed Pierre Trudeau's ministries for Small Business and Environment in the late 1970s — has died at age 82. Marchand was the first status Indian to enter parliament, and the first aboriginal cabinet minister.

Hunter Tootoo Resigns from Cabinet

May 31, 2016

Hunter Tootoo, the MP for Nunavut, has resigned his position as Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard in order to deal with addiction issues. He has also left the Liberal caucus, and so will sit as an independent MP going forward. 

Ontario Premier Apologizes for “Injustices Inflicted upon Indigenous Communities”

May 31, 2016

In advance of the first anniversary of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's report, the Government of Ontario has offered its formal response.

Missing Women's Inquiry Consultation Summary Released

May 27, 2016

A summary of the findings from consultations with the families of missing and murdered Indigenous women in advance of a federal inquiry has been released. Among the recommendations contained in the summary is the suggestion that the inquiry be headed by an Indigenous woman.

Independent Advisors to Consult on B.C. Child Welfare System

May 19, 2016

An advisory council drawn from a various sectors within the community will work with the B.C.

National Energy Board Approves Trans Mountain Pipeline

May 19, 2016

After a two-year and multi-million dollar review process, the National Energy Board has approved Kinder Morgan's TransMountain pipeline proposal, with 157 conditions. The pipeline still needs to be approved by a newly appointed panel and cabinet.

App Brings Indigenous Languages to Mobile

May 18, 2016

FirstVoices, an app created by B.C.'s First Peoples' Cultural Council, allows speakers of over 100 Indigenous languages to text and tweet in their traditional language.

Indigenous Leaders Hope BC Mining Reports Lead to Change

May 17, 2016

Two reports commissioned following the Mount Polley  disaster in 2014 paint a scathing picture of B.C.'s mining industry and the lax regulatory environment it operates in.

Two Sto:lo Men Charged for Role in Fish Ceremonies

May 12, 2016

Chief Robert Gladstone of the Shxwa:y Village First Nation has been charged with illegal fishing after permission to catch a single salmon for use in a ceremony was denied by the Department of Fisheries.

First Nations appeal to UN to stop LNG project

May 12, 2016

Leaders from B.C. First Nations, including the Nine Allied Tribes of Lax Kw'alaams, have traveled to New York City to seek support from the United Nations in their bid to prevent Federal Government approval of a proposed liquified natural gas plant.

Federal Government will Release Details of Missing Women's Inquiry this Summer

May 9, 2016

The Minister of the Status of Women has stated that an announcement regarding the leadership and structure of the promised inquiry into Canada's missing and murdered indigenous women is "very close." She suggested that the information would be made public before the end the current sitting of the

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