Our Voices

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

Many of Canada’s remote, rural and northern communities still lack access to robust, affordable broadband. Although people living in those regions rely on the technology for services like banking, health and education, doing so is challenging and expensive.

Greetings! I’m honoured to write a blog for the First Nations in British Columbia portal. Although I’m from a small island off the coast of B.C.



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

The Value of Aboriginal Tourism Backgrounder

Why Aboriginal Tourism Continues to Grow in British Columbia?

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".

(Haida: Supreme Court of Canada)

 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

We are now one week post the BC Election where most everyone expected a NDP government and whole new regime to operate in. The result was surprising to most and very unexpected to say the least.

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