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First Nations series: A landmark court victory for the Xeni Gwet’in – Vancouver Sun

June 3, 2015 Xeni Gwet’in people see land-title win as way to right historic wrongs and move forward for all Tsilhqot’in Roger William knows something about victory through adversity. The Xeni Gwet’in chief’s journey to become a regional bull-riding champion involved broken teeth, broken cheek bones, and a scary rodeo experience. “When I jumped off, […]

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First Nations get seat at table for mine safety review in BC – The Globe and Mail

The B.C. government is launching a review of the health and safety laws that regulate mining in the province in the wake of last summer’s Mount Polley mine disaster. And, for the first time, First Nations will have equal representation at the table with industry and organized labour. Mines Minister Bill Bennett said Wednesday the […]

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First Nations mining group calls for ‘super fund’ to cover tailings-dam disasters – The Province

June 3, 2015 VICTORIA — A mining organization representing B.C. First Nations wants companies to bankroll an emergency fund that will cover the cost of disasters similar to last summer’s Mount Polley tailings dam collapse. The North Vancouver-based B.C. First Nations Energy and Mining Council states in a 42-page report released Wednesday that mining operations […]

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First Nations’ economic clout decades in the making – Vancouver Sun

June 3, 2015 B.C. aboriginals flexing their economic might today are enjoying not an instant success, but rather the results of decades of legal struggles. “The history is that the province ignored First Nations for 120-some years,” says associate professor Gordon Christie, director of the indigenous legal studies program at the University of B.C. “That’s […]

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Residential school report the start of a long process – Cranbrook Daily

Jun 3, 2015 A light was shone on a dark, troubling chapter in Canada’s history on Tuesday, June 2. The country’s church-run, government-funded system of residential schools, which operated for more than 120 years, was officially branded a “cultural genocide” that tore aboriginal families apart. The massive report by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, chaired […]

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Power vacuum opens as Hay River puts electricity contract up for bid – Northern Journal

June 1, 2015 A power vacuum in the town of Hay River has sparked a turf war between the community’s long-time electricity distributor and the NWT-owned power corporation. Hay River mayor and council announced last Monday they would be issuing a request for proposals (RFP) for electricity distribution rather than renewing their contract with Northland […]

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Time to face the uncomfortable truth about missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls – rabble.ca

June 3, 2015 Monday evening I attended a forum in Hamilton, Ontario called Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls — The Uncomfortable Truth. Pamela Palmater, Mi’kmaw lawyer, activist and Chair in Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University, was unable to attend the forum, but sent a video that succinctly covered the history of Canada’s Aboriginal […]

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Aboriginal rights need clarity for LNG – Terrace Standard

Jun 3, 2015 Last summer I wrote that the Supreme Court’s Tsilhqot’indecision, which for the first time granted aboriginal title outside an Indian reserve, was going to be a real game changer and would “increase uncertainty in Canada’s natural resource sectors in areas lacking treaties with First Nations.” Since then we’ve seen First Nations in […]

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Northwest Indigenous Council aims to advocate for BC’s urban aboriginal people – CBC

Jun 02, 2015 New organization to ‘take up off-reserve peoples causes,’ says Ernie Crey A new group led by a veteran aboriginal rights leader hopes to be the political voice for B.C.’s urban aboriginal people. “There is no regional or B.C.-wide organization to take up off-reserve peoples causes and their issues,” Northwest Indigenous Council (NWIC) […]

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Musqueam parlaying claim on urban land into economic engine – Vancouver Sun

June 2, 2015 New revenues will fuel expanding community on Fraser River in southwest Vancouver On a sunny day last June, Musqueam chief Wayne Sparrow was at the head of a longboat being paddled into the brand new Milltown Marina and Boatyard. The Musqueam are an equity partner in the marina and boatyard project, which […]

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