Our Voices

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This past week, Chiefs and their representatives from across Canada gathered in Vancouver for a Policy and Dialogue forum to talk about Strengthening Governments and Economies to move beyond the Indian Act.  

 In this instalment I have decided to focus on the importance of revival and protection of our indigenous languages.  I certainly don’t need to write a thesis on why we as indigenous people value our languages; this has been a constant and increasingly problematic struggle for our co

Update:  I read in the Vancouver Sun Friday, February the 18th, that Ian Black, the police officer that shot John Williams quit the force.  That means he will not be subject to any disciplinary measures.  Some might say that losing his job and reputation is enough but to John Williams f
In general, many First Nations people feel that we have our own systems of government and that we are not part of Canada and British Columbia's governments. That we do not get involved in their systems of government and they do not get involved in ours.

 So what have we established?  Apparently it’s ok to attack the effective self governing efforts of other First Nations through misinformation and outdated inaccurate “research” to prop up a controversial concept for reserve lands.  Also, it appears that the government  

While I am on the subject of water, I want to explore the proposed federal legislation that is making its way through the process of the Senate and House of Commons. The Safe Drinking water legislation is the culmination of the many scandals that occurred over drinking water o
An article in the local paper the Alberni Valley Times caught my eye Tuesday. The headline was “Canadians feel racism on the rise, survey finds.” The article goes on to talk about a survey that was conducted by the Association of Canadian Studies and Canadian Race Relations Foundation who inter
As First Nations people we have an aboriginal right to water in the same way we have aboriginal title to land.
 
By 2030, climate change will indirectly cause nearly one million deaths a year and inflict $157 billion a year in damages, according to estimates presented at UN talks on Friday in Cancun.

 There is an intense, polarizing issue among Canada's Indigenous Leaders regarding the proposed First Nations Property Ownership Act (FNPOA).  FNPOA is being advocated by the First Nations Taxation Commission as an “Optional” piece of legisl

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