Our Voices

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 A couple weeks ago in my First Nation, a community meeting was called to vote on an accommodation package. This was the result of seven years intense effort, two court decisions which set out the Crown should have consulted with Hupacasath when private lands were removed from TFL 44.

 I attended the BC Assembly of First Nations meetings this week in Vancouver. Part of the business of the Annual General Meeting was to elect a female youth representative and the women’s representative.

END THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND CHILDREN! How often do we hear this? How often do we have to say it before anything is done? The issues around the missing and murdered women are many and complex. There are mountains of material to go through, testimony from people and hard questions to ask.

It’s becoming more and more difficult to justify the existence of the Indian Act.   As of 2010, 5,442 federal employees worked at the Department of Aboriginal Affairs (that title still sounds weird to me).  They (According to their

So many things have been happening in the past few weeks that it is hard to decide what to write about so I will cover a few of them.

It has long been an issue with Indigenous people living in Canada and around the world that our traditional knowledge, intellectual and cultural property and genetic resources are not protected and on many occasions have been misappropriated, misused and disrespected.

Federal and Provincial elections bring out some interesting discussions, debates and varied emotions about whether a First Nations person should vote.  If a person wants to vote in an election and how they vote is entirely their personal choice.  No one should take away

This week I attended the National Aboriginal Business Opportunities Conference in Prince Rupert.

 Recently, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce reprinted material in their lobbying document of December of 2010 supporting the call for a legislative option for fee simple

It was an interesting week in federal politics.  Last Tuesday, I had the TV on waiting to see what the 3 opposition parties would do with the budget.  Predictably, all of them rejected it.  Then it was a wait and see how long it would take to bring the gover

There is a fair amount of fear mongering lately over First Nations exerting more authority over their own lands and resources.  This of course is nothing new and has

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
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