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The following is a blog article written by Animikii, an award-winning Indigenous tech company based out of the Songhees Innovation Centre in Victoria. 

February 5, 2019, the Indigenous Languages Act was tabled in the House of Commons for First Reading.  It was a promise by the Liberal Government to table the Act and to get it through before the end of June.  It has to go through this sitting as a Federal election will happen in October and if it

I listened attentively to the Attorney General of Canada, Jody-Wilson Raybould.as she made her presentation to the BC Cabinet-First Nations leadership gathering in Vancouver on November 29th.

I cannot help but reflect this morning on what foolish leaders we have at the head of Canada and BC.

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced on February 14, 2018 that the Government of Canada will develop – in full partnership with indigenous peoples – a Recognition and I

We now have a new criminal defense in Canada. It is called the “Oops, I didn’t mean to do it” defense as least as it applies to indigenous peoples. You can say that and get away with killing a young indigenous man that has the promise of a wonderful future in front of him.

I remember the happiness and good energy when John Horgan accepted being Premier of the province.  Gone was Christy Clark and her regressive government! Oh, happy day!!

It is hard to describe how I felt when I heard that the government of BC approved the Site C dam to continue.  That this was the consensus of the cabinet makes it even more incredulous to me and I am very disillusioned with what I had hoped to be a change in values and methods of government.

Monday December 11, 2017 seems to be the day that Premier John Horgan will make his decision if Site C will proceed or if it will be cancelled.

One of the biggest problems First Nations have always had is having non First Nations people understand what is important to us and why.  The Supreme Court of Canada decision rendered yesterday in the case of Ktunaxa Nation v. British Columbia shows that clearly.

It is definitely a new day in British Columbia as John Horgan was sworn in as the 36th Premier. Finally, Christy Clark and her cabinet are gone with their regressive attitudes. 

Oh, what a night!

Note:  This Article ran in The Tyee on June 29th, 2017  https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2017/06/29/We-Are-All-Here-to-Stay/

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