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.
Note: I started doing an analysis of Bill S-212 a few months ago. It is very lengthy and it took me quite a while. Then I noticed that the senate had taken it off the order paper and was not proceeding with it so I didn’t post my analysis.
I sat through three days of the court hearings on the Hupacasath (HFN) challenge to the Canada China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) with great interest. I could not help but think that Canada’s arguments and assurances to the court were incredibly paternalistic and
The Green Party has become a going concern in BC and has attracted many quality candidates like Andrew Weaver and has a reputable First Nations Candidate Adam Olsen in the Saanich North and the Islands riding.
BC is now officially in campaign mode. Who will be the next Premier and lead this province for the next 4 years? NDP has been ahead in the polls, political pundits like Vaughn Palmer says that it is not in the bag yet.