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Enbridge and their Gateway project is one of the most controversial subjects we have seen in a long time in this province. Its implications spread much further than BC, Alberta the sources of the oil, Canada, US and of course Asian markets.

 In my opinion, the so called “leadership debate” on APTN was pretty ho-hum. No fire, no passion, no “OMG, did they really say that” moments. The “debate” was not a real debate, it was a question and answer period. I think this could have been a lot more interesting if the candidates were able to

Who will be the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) for the next 3 years? That is the question the Chiefs across Canada will be determining next Wednesday July 18th in Toronto.

There is so much going on in Indian country the past week that I really want to comment on some of the things that have been going on. Some weeks are like that, everything happens and your head just spins with all the information. I will keep the subjects to two for this week:

June 21st, a day set aside to celebrate the aboriginal peoples of this land. For many aboriginal people and their governments and organizations, this is a statutory holiday so their staff can participate in the many celebrations that go on around the province.

Much is being said these days to mark 30 years since the Constitution Act, 1982 was passed as law in this country. The Constitution Act 1982 contains the Charter of Rights and Freedom and much of the focus of discussions is based on the Charter.

Watching the news this morning and seeing the determined Musqueam and their supporters blocking off Arthur Laing Bridge during rush hour in the rain, I was filled with pride and the need to cheer "yes!" Go Musqueam, keep elevating the profile and action until you get results!


Just when you think that all the things that could go wrong with the Missing Women’s Inquiry has occurred, something even more atrocious happens.

Reacting to calls from organizations like the Canadian Taxpayer’s Federation, and negative media reviews on First Nations accountability, the Conservative Government pulled together C-27 and introduced it into parliament on November 23, 2011 for First Reading.

A ceremonial rattle from Indigenous Elder Alvaro Tukano of the Amazon in Brazil will be presented to Indigenous Astronaut Commander John Herrington during the opening ceremonies of the B.C.

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