The Federal Court of Appeal will rule on August 30 on a case that combines nearly two dozen lawsuits that call for the National Energy Board's review of Kinder Morgan Canada Limited's project to be overturned.
A private firefighting crew left the area of Burns Lake without ever unloading their trucks. Stating that the water source was not adequate for their equipment, the firefighting crew left. In spite of evacuation orders, over 100 locals are fighting the fires on their own.
Humans have started more than 400 wildfires in BC this season through campfire, cigarettes, and car accidents. Many of these could have been avoided. In addition, an unusual amount of lightning activity has contributed to the number of wildfires.
Members of several First Nations in Northern B.C. are refusing to evacuate in spite of encroaching wildfires. Several dozen residents of the Nadleh Whut'en First Nation stayed behind to protect their homes from the Shovel Lake wildfire, which continues to grow.
The Federal Court of Appeal is set to hear an appeal to overturn federal approval of the Trans Mountain Pipeline extension.
The Federal Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal on construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. This was one of the last court challenges faced by the project, which has faced significant opposition in BC.
Of the 80 canneries that once lined the coast of British Columbia, only one remains. St. Jean’s Cannery and Smokehouse is owned by a partnership of First Nations including Ditidaht, Huu-ay-aht, Uchucklesaht, Ucluelet, and Kyuquot-Checkleset.
Canadian Lawyer Magazine has named two Indigenous lawyers professors among the 25 Most Influential Lawyers. Dr, John Burrows is a law professor at the University of Victoria and was named in the Changemakers category.
In 2017, a report from the BC Coroners Service and the BC First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) found Status First Nations people were five times more likely to experience an opioid overdose, and three times more likely to die from one.
Seven people who were protesting the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion were sentenced to a week in jail after pleading guilty. They were released early.
More than 550 wildfires are burning in British Columbia. Fire officials in BC are responsible for the region during wildfires, but the federal government is responsible for First Nations. Because of this disconnect between government agencies, evacuation orders may be delayed.
The federal government will declare a statutory holiday to honour the survivors of residential schools as part of its commitment to truth and reconciliation. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) created a Call to Action to establish a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
Thousand of Indigenous women go missing or are murdered each year, but few statistics are available about the actual numbers.
The Indigenous Homes Innovation Challenge will be launched by the federal government this fall for First Nations communities to win $30 million toward innovative housing projects on reserve.
The City of Victoria, B.C., has removed the statue of Sir John A. Macdonald outside the steps of city hall. Sir John A. Macdonald was Canada’s first prime minister, and he pushed the residential school system policy forward.
Members of the Tahltan Nation are displaced as a forest fire rages through British Columbia near Telegraph Creek. Thirty-two homes have been destroyed, and firefighting crews are working to save culturally significant sites and buildings.
Ruth Campbell, a 66-year-old Vancouver resident and former lawyer for the Attorney General of B.C., and Noaa Edwards were arrested on August 1 for blocking access to the Westridge Marine Terminal and halting construction.
The Huu-ay-aht First Nation on Vancouver Island has accepted the financial help of Steelhead LNG to restore the Sarita River Watershed. The restoration of the watershed will bring an important salmon resource back to the Huu-ay-aht.