December 5th was a star-studded night for Aboriginal Business in BC. The BC Achievement Foundation Annual Aboriginal Awards was held this year at the Bayshore Inn in Vancouver. 540 people attended to see 15 Awards going out in 7 categories.
On October 18th, the BC government tabled a Legislative Proposal on a new Water Sustainability Act. The public was given until today, November 15th, 2013 to make their comments before the new law will be tabled in the legislature in the Spring.
Who would have thought that the government of BC who was a strong leader over most jurisdictions in its clean energy policies, carbon tax, and reduction of greenhouse gas targets would have a proposed Integrated Resource Plan(IRP) that had no new opportunities for clean energy for the next 20 yea
Most First Nations in this province fall within a Local government area whether it is a Regional District or a Municipality. These local governments give permits with respect to different types of developments within their boundaries. The province still issues major permits under their laws but
"The controlling question in all situations is what is required to maintain the Honour of the Crown and to effect reconciliation between the Crown and the Aboriginal people with respect to the interests at stake".
I always wonder why the colonialist minded governments think their way of doing things is the right way and the only way. Imposing their way on us has been in existence for a long time and the residential school system, the White Paper and the Indian Act are examples of this way of thinking.
The Sky will not fall if all 633 First Nations do not affiliate with the Assembly of First Nations and the National Treaty Alliance comes into being. The sky will not fall if the Chiefs and people meeting in Onion Lake decide to take another direction on a purely treaty agenda.
With all the talk of cutbacks in the “new” BC budget, I thought I would take a closer look at the Budget Estimates and Service Plan for the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation and see how First Nations would be affected.