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article B.C First Nation chiefs demand halt to Coastal GasLink pipeline work amid COVID-19
(3/30/2020)
(British Columbia) -- B.C. First Nations leaders are urging the provincial and federal governments to shut down construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline in northern...
article Wet’suwet’en Band Councils Still in the Dark on Deal with Hereditary Chiefs
(3/12/2020)
(British Columbia) -- More than a week after federal and provincial ministers made a deal with Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs protesting a natural gas...
article Elected Wet’suwet’en leaders want in on rights and title discussions
(3/11/2020)
(British Columbia) -- Elected Wet’suwet’en leaders are continuing to speak up to be included in ongoing discussions surrounding a tentative land rights and...
article Pipeline Protests by Indigenous Nations Are a Model of Resistance
(3/11/2020)
(British Columbia) -- There’s a resistance building in Canada and at the heart of it are the Wet’suwet’en, a small Indigenous First Nation with...
article Hereditary chief and RCMP corporal model friendship, cooperation in Port Hardy, B.C.
(3/8/2020)
(British Columbia) -- When 'Nakwaxda'xw hereditary Chief Thomas Henderson decided to pass his chiefdom down to his son, he knew his whole community had to be...
article Hereditary house chief declares support for Coastal GasLink plan
(3/8/2020)
(British Columbia) -- A Wet’suwet’en hereditary house chief has become the first one to declare his support for Coastal GasLink’s $6.6-billion pipeline...
article ‘Ruin Our Territory—for What?’
(3/8/2020)
(British Columbia) -- The date is etched into the memory of Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chief Na’Moks: December 11, 1997. That’s the day when the...
article It’s up to all Wet’suwet’en people to work through agreement: Bellegarde
(3/7/2020)
(British Columbia) -- Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde says it’s up to all Wet’suwet’en people to work through the draft...
article Justin Trudeau's latest challenge appears resolved after tentative deal ends rail blockades in Canada
(3/7/2020)
(British Columbia) -- Despite promises to heal an often tense relationship between the Canadian government and the country’s Indigenous people, Prime Minister...
article Protesters pack up camp at B.C. legislature after five arrests Wednesday night
(3/7/2020)
(British Columbia) -- Dozens of Indigenous youth and their supporters packed blankets and tarps Thursday, ending a 17-day protest at British Columbia’s legislature...
article Will White Man or First Nations heal Mother Earth?
(3/7/2020)
(British Columbia) -- A dispute between the traditional hereditary chiefs of the Wet'suewet'en First Nation of Northern British Columbia and the government of...
article As Quebec rail blockades come down, supporters demand Indigenous rights be respected
(3/5/2020)
(British Columbia) -- The remaining blockades halting rail traffic in Quebec were taken down Thursday, putting an end to three weeks of protest in solidarity with Wet...
article B.C.'s Indigenous Affairs minister defends meeting with Indigenous youth in Legislature despite 5 arrests
(3/5/2020)
(British Columbia) -- The province is defending its decision to invite protesters inside the B.C. Legislature for a meeting that resulted in a sit-in and multiple...
article Overlapping land claims in Wet’suwet’en territory complicate talks with government
(3/4/2020)
(British Columbia) -- A web of overlapping land claims covers the resource-rich territory that the Wet’suwet’en say is their traditional land, a complexity...
article The Delgamuukw decision: Putting the Wet’suwet’en conflict in perspective
(3/4/2020)
(British Columbia) -- The conflict between the Wet’suwet’en Nation, the government and Coastal Gaslink didn’t happen overnight. They’ve been...
article 'Our hearts bled': Covering the Wet'suwet'en crisis in Canada
(3/4/2020)
(British Columbia) -- The past month has been strained, emotional, tense. Covering the Wet'suwet'en crisis as an Indigenous journalist has been a challenge. In...
article Wet’suwet’en elected chiefs demand inclusion in negotiations with government
(3/4/2020)
(British Columbia) -- Elected band council chiefs of Wet’suwet’en Nation are demanding a voice on the tentative agreement reached this past weekend between...
article Wet'suwet'en chief says he'll withdraw support for pipeline if his people turn against it
(3/3/2020)
(British Columbia) -- A Wet'suwet'en elected band chief says his continued support for the Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline depends on what his people want...
article Coastal GasLink pipeline construction resumes with draft accord set between chiefs, ministers
(3/2/2020)
(British Columbia) -- Work has resumed today on a natural gas pipeline in B.C. that has been at the centre of blockades disrupting rail and road traffic in many parts of...
article Tentative deal could end Wet’suwet’en pipeline dispute
(3/2/2020)
(British Columbia) -- Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs, whose fight against the planned Coastal GasLink pipeline spurred blockades across the country, have...
article 'Without a doubt': B.C. premier says Wet'sewet'en conflict his biggest challenge yet
(3/1/2020)
(British Columbia) -- With the province deeply divided over the Wet'suwet'en conflict, the events of the past few weeks have taken a toll politically and...
article Wet'suwet'en chiefs, ministers reach tentative arrangement over land title but debate over pipeline continues
(3/1/2020)
(British Columbia) -- A Wet'suwet'en hereditary chief and senior government ministers say they have reached a proposed arrangement to acknowledge land title...
article ‘It’s not over yet’: Wet’suwet’en chiefs reach proposed agreement with ministers in pipeline dispute
(3/1/2020)
(British Columbia) -- Wet’suwet’en hereditary Chief Woos stood between provincial and federal ministers in northern British Columbia on Sunday to herald a...
article ANALYSIS: Measuring consent: Could a referendum process determine Indigenous support for resource projects?
(3/1/2020)
(British Columbia) -- Grand Chief Stewart Phillip has led the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs for more than two decades and even he cannot determine whether the...
article Ministers optimistic as talks with Wet'suwet'en chiefs continue for third day
(2/29/2020)
(British Columbia) -- Senior government ministers say they remain optimistic talks with the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs will break an impasse over a pipeline...
article Mood optimistic as talks with Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs resume in B.C.
(2/28/2020)
(British Columbia) -- The mood seemed optimistic Friday as meetings between the hereditary chiefs of the Wet'suwet'en and senior ministers from Ottawa and B.C....
article Separate policing services would not solve Indigenous-Crown tensions on their own, critics say
(2/28/2020)
(British Columbia) -- As tensions between the RCMP and Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs in northern British Columbia continue to trigger protests across the...
article Pipeline construction paused as Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs prepare to meet federal, provincial ministers
(2/27/2020)
(British Columbia) -- Construction on a natural gas pipeline in northern B.C. has been paused for two days as Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs prepare to meet with...
28 Total Articles on this Issue

COVID-19

article On BC’s Coast, Indigenous Communities Are Locking Down
(3/29/2020)
(British Columbia) -- When Vern Brown and his partner Santana Edgar welcome a new baby girl into these novel times in the next few weeks, one worry is when they’ll...
article Pause sweat lodges and pipe ceremonies, restrict contact to stop COVID-19, say Indigenous doctors
(3/21/2020)
(British Columbia) -- As the number of people with novel coronavirus in Canada grows, Indigenous doctors are warning community members to temporarily halt ceremonies...
article Some tourists ignore Haida Nation pleas to stay away during Covid-19 pandemic
(3/20/2020)
(British Columbia) -- Tourists continue to visit Haida Gwaii despite pleas for them to stop. Haida Gwaii has long been a tourism hotspot in Canada but the Haida Nation...
article No COVID-19 case at Squamish casino, despite rumours
(3/12/2020)
(British Columbia) -- Chances Squamish has not had a COVID-19 case on its property, contrary to rumours floating around Squamish on Thursday. The Chief received multiple...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

First Nations

article Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council, other First Nations mobilize resources
(3/29/2020)
(British Columbia) -- Coastal First Nations have restricted visitors to protect communities from the spread of COVID-19 as they work with Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council...
article B.C. Interior First Nation on 14-day lockdown as precaution against COVID-19
(3/25/2020)
(British Columbia) -- As entire communities, First Nations in B.C. are heeding the advice to stay home and self-isolate to protect themselves against the threat of COVID...
article Assembly of First Nations declare state of emergency, as B.C. chiefs call for Ottawa to do the same
(3/23/2020)
(British Columbia) -- The country's largest Indigenous organization declared a state of emergency on Monday to ensure First Nations, whose people face elevated risks...
article Recognition of title rights ‘still a struggle’ for First Nation after court win
(3/6/2020)
(British Columbia) -- As members of the Wet’suwet’en Nation mull a draft deal over rights and title, another Indigenous community knows what that kind of...
article Conservatives need to start thinking about approach to Indigenous issues, MP says
(3/2/2020)
(British Columbia) -- National protests sparked by the opposition of some Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs to a pipeline project in B.C. are also sparking debate...
article North Cowichan to seek suggestions from First Nation in renaming street
(2/27/2020)
(British Columbia) -- North Cowichan will reach out to the Penelakut Tribe in efforts to find a new name for a portion of Humbird Street, located close to Echo Heights...
6 Total Articles on this Issue

Mining & Drilling

article Industrial Update: B.C.’s minister of mines tours Cariboo region mines
(3/22/2020)
(British Columbia) -- B.C.’s minister of mines toured the Cariboo region earlier in March visiting two mining operations and meeting with representatives from...
article Canada has enough pipelines to circle the globe several times. Can they ever be incident-free?
(3/7/2020)
(British Columbia) -- Energy companies should invest more of their profits in safety inspections and replacing aging infrastructure, says the former chair of the U.S....
article Logging lifer: Q&A with BC contractor Shelley Stewart
(3/4/2020)
(British Columbia) -- Shelley Stewart was raised in the world of logging and ranching in the B.C. Interior. At 19 years old, she bought her first log truck and launched...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

British Columbia Gaming

article New south Island casino could be in the cards for Saanich
(3/20/2020)
(British Columbia) -- The B.C. Lottery Corporation (BCLC) has reached out to Saanich to discuss bringing a casino to the municipality. On March 11, Saanich received a...
article 10 BC casinos close in response to coronavirus pandemic
(3/16/2020)
(British Columbia) -- The Great Canadian Gaming Corporation (GC) has announced that it has closed all of its casinos, including 10 in British Columbia, until further...
article No plan to close B.C. casinos due to COVID-19
(3/13/2020)
(British Columbia) -- B.C. casinos are remaining open amid the COVID-19 outbreak and a ban on gatherings of more than 250 people but changes to how they do things will...
article B.C. tells inquiry money laundering has warped economy, fuelled opioid crisis
(2/26/2020)
(British Columbia) -- Money laundering has distorted British Columbia’s economy, fuelled the opioid crisis and overheated the real estate market, the province...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

Covington

article Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations members stop visitors en route to Tofino and Ucluelet
(3/17/2020)
(British Columbia) -- Members of Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation (TFN), an Indigenous community located on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, are stopping cars travelling...
1 Article on this Issue

Residential Schools

article Portraits mask painful past of residential schools at Alberni Valley Museum
(3/17/2020)
(British Columbia) -- Cheerful glimpses of childhood innocence create a profoundly stirring backdrop for painful stories of loss and suffering in Speaking to Memory/...
1 Article on this Issue

Canadian Land Issues

article The Delgamuukw decision: Wet’suwet’en and Gitxsan rights suffer a setback in B.C. court
(3/6/2020)
(British Columbia) -- In a small Vancouver apartment, Yagalahl pored over transcripts into the morning hours, scribbling, making corrections, copying. She didn’t...
1 Article on this Issue

Trans Mountain

article Supreme Court of Canada will not hear B.C. groups' challenges against Trans Mountain pipeline expansion
(3/5/2020)
(British Columbia) -- The Supreme Court of Canada has declined to hear five B.C.-based challenges against the approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project....
1 Article on this Issue

Truth and Reconciliation

article 'Is reconciliation dead?': Debate continues among Indigenous advocates
(3/1/2020)
(British Columbia) -- Three attendees at a Victoria Urban Reconciliation Dialogue event — held at the Saanich Fairgrounds on Vancouver Island Friday and Saturday...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article Keeping Coast Salish Languages Strong
(3/27/2020)
(British Columbia) -- Technology plays an important role in helping Hul'q'umi'num' learners improve their fluency. Agnes Violet Sharon Seymour’s desire to learn Hul'q'...
article OP/ED: Why does Indigenous-international solidarity feel so unreachable?
(3/24/2020)
(British Columbia) -- To my international pals: have you ever wondered about your relationship to Indigenous land struggles? If this is about shutting down our state...
article OIB breaks ground on new Nk’Mip Health Centre
(3/21/2020)
(British Columbia) -- A The Osoyoos Indian Band (OIB) held a brief ceremony to celebrate the beginning of construction of the expansion of the Nk’Mip Health Centre on...
article How basketball offers urban Indigenous girls a place to belong
(3/21/2020)
(British Columbia) -- When Nicole Cardinal looks at players on the U13 East Van Grizzlies Indigenous girls basketball team, she sees herself and her friends more than 30...
article 'We were horrified': Fights to repatriate Indigenous ancestral remains continue worldwide
(3/15/2020)
(British Columbia) -- Vince Collison was 33 when he got involved with repatriating cultural treasures and ancestral human remains to Haida Gwaii. Today, the work isn...
article Indigenous film coming to New West for Massey Theatre screening
(3/12/2020)
(British Columbia) -- A small Indigenous film that’s taking on Hollywood blockbusters – and winning – is coming to New Westminster for a special...
article Attorney General rolling out First Nations justice strategy
(3/11/2020)
(British Columbia) -- Sparked in good measure by the disproportionate number of Indigenous people in B.C.'s jails and prisons, an ambitious plan to create a separate...
article Small First Nation near Chemainus still in recovery mode after 41 families flooded out
(3/11/2020)
(British Columbia) -- It’s been nearly six weeks since the flood waters swallowed the Halalt First Nation. But officials in the Halalt’s tiny reserve between...
article The Delgamuukw decision: When the ‘invisible people’ won recognition
(3/10/2020)
(British Columbia) -- The tears eventually dried after B.C. Supreme Court ruled in 1991 that the Gitxsan and Wet’suwet’en nations did not own or have...
article Influx of 4,500 workers raises fears of violence against women in B.C.'s northwest
(3/6/2020)
(British Columbia) -- LNG Canada is bringing prosperity to Kitimat. But it's also put strain on the community and brought up a common fear that "man camps...
article B.C. Court of Appeal confirms gambling addiction as mitigating sentencing factor
(3/6/2020)
(British Columbia) -- A diagnosed gambling addiction should clearly be taken into account as a possible mitigating factor when sentencing defendants convicted of theft...
article Indigenous ceremony tries to right the wrong caused by handcuffing of Heiltsuk man and granddaughter
(3/5/2020)
(British Columbia) -- Angela Sterritt was invited to witness to a ceremony aimed at healing the damage created when an Indigenous grandfather and his 12-year-old...
article 'It's not just a song and dance:' father and daughter connect with roots for Nisga'a Nation's new year
(3/1/2020)
(British Columbia) -- Jerry Adams, an urban Nisga'a citizen living in Vancouver, B.C., didn't start traditional singing and dancing until he was in his mid-...
article PLACE NAMES: No, Kootenay doesn’t mean ‘water people’
(2/25/2020)
(British Columbia) -- Last week we started to dig into the origin of Kootenay, which is indirectly derived from Ktunaxa, one of the Indigenous groups on whose...
article Penelakut Tribe assumes ownership of iconic 49th Parallel General Store in Chemainus
(2/24/2020)
(British Columbia) -- The Penelakut Tribe has assumed ownership of the iconic 49th Parallel General Store by the Penelakut-Thetis Island ferry terminal in Chemainus....
article 'We're going full circle': Skate park inspires youth in remote B.C. community
(2/23/2020)
(British Columbia) -- After the Leviathan II capsized off the coast of Tofino in 2015, killing six people, it was hard to imagine anything positive coming from the...
article 10 years later, Indigenous tourism still reaps the benefits of the 2010 Olympics
(2/22/2020)
(British Columbia) -- Steam comes off Lost Lagoon as the morning sun wakes Stanley Park from its cold winter slumber. Along the path that circles the water, tour...
article B.C. RCMP say they'll leave outpost on Wet'suwet'en territory if road is kept clear
(2/20/2020)
(British Columbia) -- Public Safety Minister Bill Blair says he's hoping the RCMP's offer to leave their outpost on Wet'suwet'en territory in northern B.C. will lead to...
article Complaints commissioner says RCMP sitting on year-old report into alleged abuses of power
(2/20/2020)
(British Columbia) -- The official responsible for addressing civilian complaints against the RCMP says she will not investigate claims that the RCMP have been acting...
article Prince George’s proposed Urban Aboriginal Community to start off with 50 affordable housing units
(2/19/2020)
(British Columbia) -- Beginning in this fall, a seven-acre site on 17 Avenue will start transforming into an Urban Aboriginal Community complete with modern designs,...

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