Historic Agreement Recognizes Haida Title to Haida Gwaii – OKT Law

April 19, 2024

On April 14, 2024, the Haida Nation and the Province of British Columbia signed the Gaayhllxid/Gíihlagalgang “Rising Tide” Haida Title Lands Agreement. This Agreement recognizes that the Haida Nation has Aboriginal title to all of Haida Gwaii. It is a landmark, historic step in the Haida Nation’s decades-long fight to have their Aboriginal title recognized and vindicated.

The Agreement is instructive in many ways. Notably, it is an example of how Aboriginal title and fee simple can co-exist. The Agreement also demonstrates the need for different approaches – namely, negotiation and the courts – in the process of reconciliation.


The Haida Nation has asserted Aboriginal title to Haida Gwaii in Canadian courts and tribunals for over forty years. In 1980, the Haida Nation asserted its title in the Federal Claims Process, and again in 1992 before the BC Treaty Commission. In 2002, it launched an Aboriginal title claim – this was the claim underlying the Supreme Court of Canada’s seminal 2004 decision setting out the Crown’s duty to consult and accommodate. In that case, the Court acknowledged that the Haida Nation had a strong claim to title to Haida Gwaii.

Read More: https://www.oktlaw.com/historic-agreement-recognizes-haida-title-to-haida-gwaii/

Elemental Clean Fuels and Cariboo Low Carbon Fuels Partner to Advance Clean Fuels Hubs Across Western Canada

KELOWNA, British Columbia, April 19, 2024 — Next-generation clean fuels hubs will advance the production and distribution of low-carbon fuels like hydrogen and renewable natural gas in Western Canada as part of a new partnership between Elemental Clean Fuels and Cariboo Low Carbon Fuels.

Leveraging their respective expertise and resources, both companies have joined forces as Cariboo Clean Fuels Inc. to accelerate the adoption of sustainable energy solutions while mitigating environmental impact.

“We are thrilled to embark on this transformative partnership alongside Cariboo Low Carbon Fuels,” said Zachary Steele, CEO of Elemental Clean Fuels and Chairman of Cariboo Clean Fuels. “By combining our strengths and resources, we can expand our impact to become a leader in clean fuel throughout Western Canada by leading the transition towards a more sustainable energy ecosystem with industry partners, indigenous peoples and government.”

Cariboo Clean Fuels Inc. (CCF) expects to have at least five clean fuels projects in operation in British Columbia and Alberta within the next three years and is exploring opportunities in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

CCF will also explore opportunities for collaboration with Indigenous organizations, government agencies, other industry leaders, and research institutions to accelerate their transition to a low-carbon economy.

“By combining our local knowledge and additional resources, we have a unique opportunity with CCF to drive meaningful change and address the urgent challenges posed by climate change,” said Bob Blattler, CEO of Cariboo Low Carbon Fuels Inc. “Together, we can pave the way for a more sustainable future.”


About Elemental Clean Fuels: Elemental Clean Fuels (“ECF”) is a technology agnostic energy development company with a vision to be on the cutting edge of the emerging clean fuel economy in North America by offering solutions that add value to customers, strategic partnerships, and projects. ECF seeks to harness our team’s more than 65 years of collective experience developing, financing, managing and operating energy and infrastructure projects to ensure a meaningful positive impact for all our stakeholders. For more information, visit www.elementalcf.com.

About Cariboo Low Carbon Fuels: Cariboo Low Carbon Fuels is a pioneer in the development and distribution of innovative low-carbon energy solutions. Through strategic partnerships, Cariboo Low Carbon Fuels is leading the charge in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting sustainable development. The Cariboo Executive team has led the development and execution of over $40 Billion in capital and commercial projects in the Utility Power Production, Petrochemical, Natural Gas transport and other industries, over their collective 200 years of experience.

Contact Information:
Bob Blattler


ITAC and Pow Wow Pitch Partner to Elevate Indigenous Tourism for 3rd Year

Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), (Vancouver, BC) – The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) and Pow Wow Pitch are thrilled to announce their strengthened partnership for the year 2024, aimed at empowering Indigenous entrepreneurs within the tourism industry.

Indigenous tourism stands as a cornerstone for cultural preservation, economic sustainability, and community impact across Canada. Through this partnership, ITAC and Pow Wow Pitch reaffirm their commitment to nurturing Indigenous entrepreneurship, thereby safeguarding traditions, driving economic prosperity, and fostering community development.

This year, ITAC takes centre stage as the lead presenter of the Pow Wow Pitch Tourism Pitch, lending their expertise virtually as judges for the online Pitch Competition and in-person at live Pow Wow Pitch events. Furthermore, ITAC proudly sponsors the Tourism Award for the 2024 Indigenous Entrepreneur Awards, an accolade that recognizes excellence and innovation in Indigenous tourism endeavours.

In a commitment to hands-on support, ITAC will engage its employees as mentors, advisors, and judges, fostering growth and development for Indigenous entrepreneurs in both virtual and real-world settings.

Keith Henry, President and CEO of ITAC, emphasized the pivotal role of this partnership: “Our continued partnership with Pow Wow Pitch exemplifies our commitment to supporting Indigenous entrepreneurship and fostering growth within the tourism sector. Together, we are not only investing in businesses; we are investing in the future prosperity of Indigenous communities. ITAC’s vision for 2030 is for the Indigenous tourism industry to contribute $6 billion annually to Canada’s gross domestic product — making Canada the world leader in Indigenous tourism. To make that vision a reality, the Indigenous tourism industry needs to grow substantially in both the number of businesses and the number of industry employees.”

“The tourism sector is not only a vital economic engine; it’s also a means of cultural preservation and community empowerment. By supporting early-stage Indigenous entrepreneurs, we are not just creating businesses; we are revitalizing traditions, empowering individuals, and shaping a more inclusive economy,” said Naomi Sarazin, Executive Director of Pow Wow Pitch. “Our strong partnership with ITAC signifies our shared dedication to fostering innovation and opportunity for Indigenous tourism entrepreneurs across Canada. Together, we demonstrate the power of collaboration in advancing Indigenous economic sovereignty.”

As both organizations align their efforts, they pave the way for meaningful progress in amplifying Indigenous-led businesses and promoting economic sustainability within Indigenous communities.

For further information on the partnership and upcoming events, visit powwowpitch.org/ITAC

About Pow Wow Pitch

Pow Wow Pitch is an entrepreneurship program for emerging Indigenous entrepreneurs, which provides a safe, supportive, collaborative, empowering and culturally supportive environment that addresses the unique challenges of Indigenous entrepreneurs and aspiring Indigenous entrepreneurs. Pow Wow Pitch enhances, develops and accelerates the growth for current and aspiring Indigenous entrepreneurs in a sustainable way through programs and resources. Community leadership through volunteerism is promoted as a reflection of respect and reciprocity as the foundation of the Pow Wow Pitch.

For more information, visit powwowpitch.org.


In post-disaster rebuilding, government needs to get out of the way: Jerome Gessaroli in the Financial Post – MLI

April 19, 2024

The Great Vancouver Fire of 1886 and the devastating fire in Lytton, B.C., in 2021 provide instructive examples of communities responding to catastrophes and rebuilding.

Recent wildfires and flooding in British Columbia highlight the need for swift recovery, repair and adaptation to avert future losses. Today’s governments have the regulatory authority and financial resources to help the farmers, businesses and property-owners with recovery. But despite generous expressions of support and empathy and repeated promises of funding, slow government responses to such disasters expose the public to further losses from future events.

Things weren’t always this way. The Great Vancouver Fire of 1886 and the devastating fire in Lytton, B.C., in 2021 provide instructive examples of communities responding to catastrophes and rebuilding. In each case, fire’s speed and intensity laid waste to a community. But the two recoveries differed markedly and in ways that shed light on the roles of individual initiative and government intervention in getting economic recovery done.

Read More: https://macdonaldlaurier.ca/in-post-disaster-rebuilding-government-needs-to-get-out-of-the-way-jerome-gessaroli-in-the-financial-post/

West High Yield (W.H.Y.) Resources Ltd. publishes public notice of application for Record Ridge magnesium project and announces second tranche closing of private placement

CALGARY, ALBERTA – (April 18, 2024) West High Yield (W.H.Y.) Resources Ltd. (the “Company” or “West High Yield“) (TSXV:WHY) is pleased to announce another milestone in the mining permit application process with the posting of its “PUBLIC NOTICE OF APPLICATION”(the “Public Notice“), as well as the second tranche closing (the “Second Tranche Closing“) of its previously announced private placement offering (the “Offering“) of units (the “Units“).

Publication of Notice of Application

The Public Notice, which is a requirement in the Company’s permit process as requested by the British Columbia Ministry of Mines and Low Carbon Innovation, was published on April 18, 2024 in the Rossland News (Follow the link to Rossland News – Notice of Application) and the Trail Times (Follow the link to Trail Times News – Notice of Application) . The Public Notice pertains to the submission of the Company’s “Joint Mines Act and Environmental Management Act Permit Application” (the “Application“) for its Record Ridge Industrial Mineral Mine project (the “Project“). The Application, filed with the Chief Inspector of Mines, aligns with Part

10.2.1 of the Health and Safety Reclamation Code for Mines in British Columbia.

Located approximately 7.5 km west-southwest of Rossland, British Columbia, the proposed Project spans Mineral Claim #514607 (318 ha) and Mineral Claim #513794 (127 ha). Under the review of the Regional Mines Office of the British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation, the Project invites public comments from stakeholders and interested parties.

The Project aims to extract magnesium-bearing serpentinite rock at a rate not exceeding 200,000 tonnes per year. Operations entail conventional open pit methods, including drilling, mechanical ripping/blasting, loading, crushing, and off-site transportation of crushed rock to Washington State for processing by a third-party facility.

In adherence to British Columbia Environmental Management Act standards, the proposed effluent discharge from the Project will be treated to meet specific parameters before release into the upper reach of Sophia Creek, British Columbia. The effluent discharge, originating from water in contact with the mining operation, will undergo sedimentation pond treatment, with characteristics including pH levels estimated between 6 to 9 and controlled levels of various elements.

Second Tranche Closing

In addition to the foregoing and further to its news releases of February 26, 2024, March 14, 2024 and April 10, 2024, the Second Tranche Closing under the Offering consisted of the issuance of 1,210,000 Units for total proceeds of $302,500.

Each Unit consists of one (1) Common share of the Company (each, a “Common Share“) and one (1) Common Share purchase warrant (each, a “Warrant“). Each Warrant, together with CAD$0.35, entitles the holder thereof to acquire one (1) additional Common Share until April 18, 2025. All securities comprising the Units issued on the Second Tranche Closing will be subject to a trading hold period expiring four months plus one day from the date of issuance.

The proceeds from the Second Tranche Closing will be used to support the Company in furthering its permitting process and covering general working capital.

About West High Yield

West High Yield is a publicly traded junior mining exploration and development company focused on acquiring, exploring, and developing mineral resource properties in Canada. Its primary objective is to develop its Record Ridge critical mineral magnesium, silica, and nickel deposits using green processing techniques to minimize waste and CO2 emissions.

The Company’s Record Ridge magnesium deposit located 10 kilometers southwest of Rossland, British Columbia has approximately 10.6 million tonnes of contained magnesium based on an independently produced National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101“) Preliminary Economic Assessment technical report prepared by SRK Consulting (Canada) Inc. in accordance with NI 43- 101.

Contact Information:


Frank Marasco Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer Telephone: (403) 660-3488

Email: frank@whyresources.com

Barry Baim, Corporate Secretary Telephone: (403) 829-2246 Email: barry@whyresources.com


Just the facts on vaccines: National Immunization Awareness Week 2024 – FNHA

Apr 18, 2024

A message from Dr. Celeste Loewe, Medical Officer, Health and Wellness and Gary Housty, Executive Director, Office of the Chief Nursing Officer​

​Due to an increase in anti-vaccination information on the internet, it is becoming difficult to distinguish between myth and fact when it comes to vaccines. Global vaccination coverage rates are declining, and many infectious diseases once thought to be eliminated, including measles, are reappearing.

Our goal at the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) is to ensure you have the most accurate and up-to-date information on immunization so you can make the best vaccine decisions. For National Immunization Awareness Week (April 22-30), we’d like to share seven facts about vaccines that have been verified by health care professionals working at the FNHA:

Read More: https://www.fnha.ca/about/news-and-events/news/just-the-facts-on-vaccines-national-immunization-awareness-week-2024

FNHA named as honouree for National Indigenous Good Governance Awards

The FNHA is honoured to be a recipient of a National Indigenous Good Governance Award from Honouring Nations Canada (HNC) in the category of Community Governance/Programming.

Indigenous-led and Indigenous-informed, HNC is a new initiative of Fulbright Canada that has been established to recognize, celebrate and share stories of Indigenous achievement and promote and encourage opportunities for Indigenous people. HNC encourages and supports good governance in Indigenous communities, as well as the principles and practices of reconciliation, and provides opportunities for Indigenous students, scholars, and those working on matters that impact Indigenous communities.

“We are grateful to Honouring Nations Canada for this recognition,” said FNHA CEO Richard Jock. “The Community-Driven, Nation-Based principle is foundational to the 7 Directives that guide our work. This award reflects the ongoing efforts of more than 200 First Nations in BC, supported by FNHA regional teams and governance partners, the First Nations Health Council and First Nations Health Directors Association, to transform health programming for First Nations people in this province.”

Recognized alongside six other innovative Indigenous organizations like the Tsilhqto’in National Government and Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation, FNHA is lo​​oking forward to the upcoming knowledge-sharing session hosted in Ottawa on May 9, 2024 to further build partnerships and share information, skills and experience with the other organizations. ​

The National Indigenous Good Governance Award was inspired by Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government’s Honoring Nations which documents and disseminates stories of outstanding programs in self-governance that emerge daily from Native American Nations highlighting community-based government success.

For more information about the inaugural award program, including other honorees and recognition categories, visit the Honouring Nations Canada website.​


Response to Federal Budget 2024 – The First Peoples’ Cultural Council expresses concern over budget’s limited support for First Nations language revitalization in B.C.

W̱JOȽEȽP, UNCEDED TERRITORY OF W̱SÁNEĆ NATION / BRENTWOOD BAY, B.C. – Funding outlined in Tuesday’s federal budget destined to support First Nations language revitalization in British Columbia falls far short of what is needed to meet the government’s obligations under the Indigenous Languages Act (C-91). Instead of growing and expanding programming as the legislation proposed in 2019, this funding level will yield less than the amount received last year, says the head of the province’s First Nations-led Crown Corporation whose mandate is to enable language revitalization in B.C.

B.C. has a globally recognized model for language revitalization and its programming is now in jeopardy, including community-based jobs for hundreds of women. B.C. has the greatest diversity of First Nations languages in Canada, with half of all languages in the country originating in this province. There are 36 unique languages across B.C.’s 204 First Nations, and more than 95 dialects.

The federal government has allocated $ 225 million over five years for Indigenous language programs across the country. Starting in 2024-25, $45 million will be allocated per year. B.C. will receive a portion of that amount based on a funding formula.

For the past five years, following the introduction of the federal Indigenous Languages Act, Bill C-91, funding for languages increased significantly, greatly expanding access to language learning in B.C. Between 2018 and 2022, B.C. saw a 20 per cent increase in the numbers of people who were learning their language. Last year, FPCC received $40.3 million in federal funding for 2023-2024. Based on the budget and funding formula, FPCC estimates receiving about half that amount in 2024-2025.

FPCC appreciates that the funding is multi-year, but is disappointed by a weak commitment that falls far short of what is needed – not only in B.C. but across the country. FPCC’s evidence-based research shows the actual need to fully implement the work with communities to revitalize First Nations languages in B.C. alone is $69 million for 2024-25 and increasing amounts ongoing annually.

“We are grateful that the funding announced in Tuesday’s federal budget is on -going but are nevertheless deeply concerned for the future of First Nations languages in B.C. as underfunding persists despite legislative commitments. The amount announced only partially covers what is needed to continue many of the valued programs that are underway and fails to establish adequate support to fully realize languages being spoken fluently, and used in all aspects of daily life,” said Tracey Herbert, CEO of the First Peoples’ Cultural Council. “We have been advocating for adequate, long- term, sustainable funding so language revitalization can continue uninterrupted, but again find we find that the positive momentum and growth in recent years is threatened as many programs won’t continue at this level of funding.”

First Nations communities are gravely concerned not only for the sustainability of their existing programs but the ability to fully envision the language revitalization plans they have built with FPCC’s support in recent years.

The First Peoples’ Cultural Council, First Nations communities and First Nations leadership organizations will continue to advocate for long-term sustainable funding to demonstrate the national commitment to reconciliation and the commitment of “adequate, sustainable and long-term funding” as described in Bill C-91, the Indigenous Languages Act. The organizations will consider all options to achieve this goal.

“Generations of oppressive and assimilationist federal and provincial policies have aimed to wipe out First Nations languages. Through dedication and hard work, our people have fought for language rights to keep our languages alive. But many of our languages have few speakers left and most fluent speakers are elderly. Our languages hold our culture, history and ways of being,” said Carla Lewis, Chair of the First Peoples’ Cultural Council. “We can’t over emphasize the urgency of the situation and we can’t wait another five years to get the funding needed to breathe life into our languages that were stolen from us. We need long-term, sustainable funding now. We need sufficient funding for each and every language across Canada. We are beyond frustrated at being expected to do this urgent work with insufficient resources. This is not reconciliation.”

Providing a comparison to the $225 million committed over five years for all the country’s Indigenous languages – the original languages of this land – is the $4.1 billion allocated by the Federal Government on-going and in prior budgets for official languages support.

About the First Peoples’ Cultural Council

FPCC is a First Nations–governed Crown corporation with a mandate to support the revitalization of First Nations languages, arts, cultures and heritage in British Columbia. The organization provides funding, resources and skills development, monitors the status of First Nations languages, develops policy recommendations for First Nations leadership and government and collaborates with organizations on numerous special projects that raise the profile of arts, languages, cultures and heritage in B.C., Canada and internationally.

Media contact:

Emmy McMillan
Senior Communications Office
The First Peoples’ Cultural Council


NOVAGOLD Releases 2023 Sustainability Report

  • Providing a comprehensive overview of NOVAGOLD’s Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) performance, emphasizing remarkable health and safety records, steadfast dedication to environmental protection, continuous community investment, extensive stakeholder engagement, and robust corporate governance.
  • Highlighting NOVAGOLD’s investment in our partnerships with Donlin Gold LLC, Calista Corporation (“Calista”), and The Kuskokwim Corporation (TKC) to reinforce Donlin Gold’s social license, while emphasizing ongoing community engagement and addressing specific needs.
  • Integrated NOVAGOLD’s Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures Report (TCFD) into this year’s Sustainability Report and reported in alignment with the Global Reporting Initiative framework (GRI).

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, April 18, 2024 — NOVAGOLD RESOURCES INC. (“NOVAGOLD” or “the Company”) (NYSE American, TSX: NG) is pleased to publish its 2023 Sustainability Report (“Sustainability Report”) with a focus on our 2023 performance in the areas of environmental stewardship, health and safety, social responsibility and engagement, and corporate governance.

“Our 2023 achievements continue to build on the excellent work accomplished in the areas of environmental stewardship, health and safety, social engagement, and corporate governance, by the teams at Donlin Gold and NOVAGOLD over many years in advancing the Donlin Gold project for the benefit of our stakeholders and shareholders. The team’s unwavering commitment to the Company and steadfast dedication to the project, the Yukon-Kuskokwim (Y-K) region, and Alaska, as well as our Sustainability Committee’s and Board of Directors’ guidance, have been instrumental in successfully advancing this extraordinary asset in western Alaska,” said Greg Lang, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Highlights of NOVAGOLD’s 2023 Sustainability Report:

As a development-stage mining company, NOVAGOLD focuses primarily on advancing the Donlin Gold project while adopting a long-term approach to sustainability. This year, the Company proudly presents its fourth annual sustainability report, aligned with the GRI framework and TCFD. Our continuous efforts to advance the Donlin Gold project toward construction and eventual operation are fortified by our strong Alaska Native Corporation partnerships with Calista and TKC. Together, our aim is to deliver economic and social benefits to the Y-K region through the environmentally responsible development of the Donlin Gold project. Emphasizing transparency, our focus is on effectively communicating sustainability priorities and ESG performance.

Central to NOVAGOLD’s ethos is an unwavering focus on sustainable development, where collaboration with local communities minimizes environmental impacts, stimulates economic growth, and sets new industry benchmarks. Consistent with our commitment to transparency and sustainability, since 2020, NOVAGOLD’s annual sustainability reports have highlighted the Company’s significant achievements and dedication to responsible business practices and governance. Collaborative initiatives with Calista and TKC help protect the environment and provide much-needed investment in southwestern Alaska’s indigenous communities.

The 2023 sustainability report is available on NOVAGOLD’s website here .


NOVAGOLD is a well-financed precious metals company focused on the development of its 50%-owned Donlin Gold project in Alaska, one of the safest mining jurisdictions in the world. With approximately 39 million ounces of gold in the Measured and Indicated Mineral Resource categories, inclusive of Proven and Probable Mineral Reserves (541 million tonnes at an average grade of approximately 2.24 grams per tonne, in the Measured and Indicated Resource categories on a 100% basis) 1 , the Donlin Gold project is regarded to be one of the largest, highest-grade, and most prospective known open-pit gold deposits in the world. According to the 2021 Technical Report and the S-K 1300 Report (both as defined in the footnote below), once in production, the Donlin Gold project is expected to produce an average of more than one million ounces per year over a 27-year mine life on a 100% basis. The Donlin Gold project has substantial exploration potential beyond the designed footprint of the open pit which currently covers three kilometers of an approximately eight-kilometer-long gold-bearing trend. Current activities at the Donlin Gold project are focused on state permitting, engineering studies, community outreach, and workforce development in preparation for the eventual construction and operation of this project. With a strong balance sheet, NOVAGOLD is well-positioned to fund its share of permitting and advancement efforts at the Donlin Gold project.

NOVAGOLD Contacts:

Mélanie Hennessey
Vice President, Corporate Communications
604-669-6227 or 1-866-669-6227

Frank Gagnon
Manager, Investor Relations
778-990-0299 or 1-866-669-6227


It was freedom’: Victoria man features in new B.C. Indigenous Sport Gallery – Grand Forks Gazette

Soccer provided a path to freedom for Alex Nelson.

“When we were young, we were taught not to be ourselves. We were taught to go the other way,” said Nelson, of the Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw Tribal Council.

The BC Sports Hall of Fame unveiled a new Indigenous sports gallery on April 15. The gallery features over 139 square metres of permanent exhibit space that celebrates the rich history and many contributions to sport by Indigenous athletes, teams, coaches, builders, and volunteers.

One of those people is Nelson, who was first inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2018.

Being honoured in the gallery fills Nelson with a lot of pride in who he is. And he is flattered to be remembered alongside the other Indigenous athletes.

Read More: https://www.grandforksgazette.ca/sports/it-was-freedom-victoria-man-features-in-new-bc-indigenous-sport-gallery-7347100

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