February 21, 2018

First Nations leaders want Safe Streets Act repealed

Don't make a bad problem worse. That's the message from First Nations leaders and health officials in BC who are calling for the repeal of the federal government's Safe Streets Act. A new report by the provincial health officer says First Nations are already over-represented in prison, and Doctor Evan Adams says the Safe Streets Act will exacerbate … [Read more...]

First Nations disappointed in pipeline proposal expansion

The Tseil-Wauthuth First Nation is disappointed but not suprised at the announcement that Kinder Morgan's pipeline expansion proposal has grown. Council member Carleen Thomas says the announcement begs the question, where will it end?  What will Kinder Morgan be asking for next? "Will there be dredging under the Second Narrows Bridge to make … [Read more...]

First Nations Senator opposes ‘Idle No More’ movement

A First Nations Senator is coming out against the 'Idle No More' movement.  Senator Patrick Brazeau says the movement is short on offering much needed solutions to problems plaguing aboriginal peoples.  Matter of fact Brazeau says the 'Idle No More' movement is spreading "mis-information" about federal bill C-45. "It is going to allow … [Read more...]

Another election called for Tsawwassen First Nations

The Tsawwassen First Nations band will have a "do over" of its general election early in the New Year after a judicial council upheld two appeals. Former chief Kim Baird, who lost by nine votes to new chief Bryce Williams in the September election,  answers the big question: "Yeah, I do plan on running again." Baird says the election result … [Read more...]

First Nations could help fill doctor shortages in rural B.C.: minister

B.C.’s health minister says First Nations could play a big role to help fill the shortage of health care workers. Margaret MacDiarmid says UBC’s aboriginal medical student program has graduated more than 30 students, with another 30 currently in the program. She says with First Nations in many areas of B.C., the students can play a role … [Read more...]

Pickton inquiry on hold until First Nations lawyer replaced

VANCOUVER - The public inquiry into the Robert Pickton case has been put on hold until April 2 while the commission searches out a lawyer to represent First Nations. The independent lawyer appointed to represent aboriginal interests resigned last week, and commission Wally Oppal says he doesn't want the hearing to proceed until a replacement is … [Read more...]

First Nations take centre stage at Aboriginal Achievement Awards

Dressed in black ties and gowns, 15 recipients of the 19th annual National Aboriginal Achievement Awards will be recognized for career achievements at a celebration Friday night hosted by Burnaby actress Carmen Moore and hockey star Theo Fleury. “When I was growing up, there weren’t a lot of aboriginal people in the spotlight,” said Moore, who … [Read more...]

Honor our nation’s founders at this historic plantation site

Celebrate Presidents Day today with a trip to the plantation home of our third Commander-in-Chief, Thomas Jefferson. Located outside Charlottesville, Virginia, this estate offers guided tours, beautiful gardens and grounds, and two miles of hiking and biking trails. Fodor's Travel News … [Read more...]

First Nation’s injunction granted to delay work on Properity mine

A B.C. First Nation is basking in a court victory that they say reiterates their right to be consulted. The Tsilhqot'in have won an injunction that prevents Taseko Mines from continuing exploration work for 90 days on the proposed Prosperity mine near Williams Lake. The province approved that work, but now a judicial review will go over the entire … [Read more...]

First nations renew vow to physically block pipeline construction

B.C.’s First Nations say they've reached a turning point in their fight against oil pipelines being built on their land. "I'm going to stand in front of bulldozers to stop this project,” says Chief Jackie Thomas, reiterating her promise from last year. Now, Chief Ralph Pierre has joined her, as well as 130 other native leaders, in … [Read more...]