Our Voices

The Our Voices section is a safe, inclusive and informative space to share ideas, opinions, and perspectives.

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  Apparently it’s ok to attack the effective self governing efforts of other First Nations through misinformation and outdated inaccurate “research” to prop up a controversial concept for reserve lands.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

The issue of who is an Indian made its way through the House of Commons last week and is now before the Senate in the form of Bill C-3.

Last week I was on a reserve in Saskatchewan where internet is not easily available, so I was unable to enter last week’s entry.  It was a stark reminder to me about how many First Nations communities do not have access to the internet. It was good to see an announcement from the federal govern
The questions so many First Nations communities struggle with is “how do we get members out to attend our meetings and planning sessions? How can we get members interested so they will provide their input on issues?
Great news this second day of November! The Federal government did not grant the authorizations for Prosperity Mine. Minister Jim Prentice said he had to follow the recommendations of the Environmental Assessment Process!
This has been one interesting week in politics in BC. As many of us keep in touch with the issues that are facing First Nations in BC, the Prosperity Mine Project is getting a lot of press. The Tsilhqot’in National Government has been spearheading opposition to the project and the draining of F
I travelled to Fort St. John last week to attend an Energy Conference and First Nations Economic Development Planning Group. The Premier had been there talking about the major shale gas deposits and the opportunity it presents and Site C among other things.
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