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WHEN IS CONSENT NOT CONSENT?-ONLY  WHEN IT APPLIES TO DEVELOPMENT ON FIRST NATIONS LANDS

O Canada, Your Home's on Native Land...

Sweet words, words that reflect the true situation of Canada and certainly words that I sing.

First Nations people have been celebrating who we are and our culture since time immemorial. When the Federal government banned the potlatch and ceremonies from 1884-1951, our culture had to go underground but was still practiced when possible.

After Johnathan Kay and Jean Chretien’s rather ignorant and demeaning comments about First Nations people needing to move from their communities in order to solve the youth suicide issue I thought I needed to respond. 

On May 1, 2016, Nelson Keitlah passed into the world of the ancestors at the age of 83. Nelson was a member of the Ahousaht First Nation, whose territory includes Flores island off Tofino on the West Coast of Vancouver Island where the Ahousaht now live.

Earth Day.  A Day to celebrate Mother Earth and her bounty and go out and enjoy her beauty and strength.

It is a day to remind ourselves that the Earth desperately needs our help to reverse the devastating impacts of climate change and development.

When things go wrong in First Nations communities, like the large number of youth suicides in Attapaskiwat, some people say “let’s abolish the Indian Act” as the solution.

Billions of dollars have been invested and thousands of jobs in BC have been created through the development, construction and operations of Clean Energy Projects(CEP).

Today the Supreme Court of Canada in the Daniels decision ruled that for the purposes of s.

Never before has a ballet been referred to as  “medicine wrapped in bacon”, but that’s how Joseph Boyden put it.

On December 14, 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) released its Final Report.  There were 94 recommendations.

Trudeau-mania seems to be happening all over again.  Everywhere I turn there is pictures of Trudeau without his shirt showing off his tattoo, dancing in the street, and pictures of First Nations people with Trudeau at various events.  Everyone is filled with euphoria and hope for a better P

Case Synopsis:

AG of Canada and Minister of AANDC v.

Onion Lake Cree Nation and Sawridge First Nation

Today Canada sits on a precipice wavering as to which side it will fall off on.

There are some events in your life that remain emblazoned in your memory.  An event is so horrific or so unreal that you wonder how it could have actually happened.  For many people around the world, watching tanks roll into Oka, Quebec to fight the Kanehsatake Mohawks and their supporters over t

I was going to ignore Canada Day.  It is a holiday I don’t celebrate. But everything I see on TV, on Facebook, on twitter, flags everywhere I look, makes it hard to forget what is happening around me.

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