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B.C. government and First Nations to phase out 17 fish farms

Vancouver - B.C. First Nations and the provincial government have agreed to shut down 17 open-net fish farms in the Broughton Archipelago in what may be the biggest shake-up in the history of the controversial fish farm industry.

Supreme Court: Canada's Feds do not have to consult First Nations

Ottawa - The Supreme Court of Canada issued its ruling today, saying federal ministers do not have a duty to consult Indigenous groups when drafting legislation, dismissing the appeal of the Mikisew Cree First Nation.

Trans Mountain pipeline reassessment backed by Washington State

Ottawa - Canada's Liberal government announced on Wednesday they would not appeal the August decision from the Federal Court of Appeal that tore up cabinet approval for the pipeline’s expansion. Instead, they are opting for another round of consultations.

Pimachiowin Aki — Canada's newest UNESCO World Heritage Site

Ottawa - On Sunday, July 1, 2018, it was announced that Canada's Pimachiowin Aki — the land that gives life — a biosphere reserve located in the Boreal Forest that covers parts of Manitoba and Ontario, had been added to UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites.

First Nations-led pipeline plan may succeed where others fail

Vancouver - Most people have probably never heard of the Eagle Spirit Energy pipeline, but for the past five years, the head of the project has quietly been working to get the $17-billion oil pipeline project from Alberta to the West Coast up and running.

B.C. First Nations seeking injunction on Taseko mine permits

Vancouver - Tsilhqot’in National Government representatives were in the B.C. Supreme Court this week, asking for an immediate injunction to stop Taseko’s exploratory drilling for the controversial open-pit New Prosperity Mine, set to begin August 7.

Biodiesel spill at BC fish farm threatens traditional food source

B.C. First Nations are worried about possible damage to local clam beds from a diesel fuel spill at a fish farm off the northern coast of Vancouver Island.

Pacific NorthWest LNG project will be a massive 'carbon bomb'

Vancouver - One day after the Royals, William and Kate, visited the Great Bear Rainforest in B.C., the Trudeau government gave its approval for the construction of the Pacific NorthWest LNG project in northern British Columbia.

First Nations leaders declare public health emergency

Toronto - First Nation leaders from northern Ontario declared a public health emergency on Wednesday, citing a shortage of basic medical supplies and an epidemic of suicides among young people.

Victory for First Nations — BC Court rules on No. Gateway Project

Vancouver - First Nations were the victors in a major battle against Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline carried out in the B.C. Supreme Court on Wednesday. The court ruled that First Nations had not been adequately consulted.

Op-Ed: Northern Manitoba railway may be bought by aboriginal groups

Churchill - At present the Hudson Bay Railway(HBR) is owned by Denver-based OmniTRAX, which also owns the port of Churchill. The HBR was formed in July of 1997 by OmniTRAX to purchase Canadian National Railway lines to Churchill and also to Flin Flon and Lynn Lake.

Petronas LNG project on Skeena River spells death to salmon

A proposed LNG export terminal on the Skeena River estuary in British Columbia would dramatically effect Canada's second largest salmon population if allowed to go through.

Op-Ed: Shocking shirt from Vans apparel company dishonors First Nations

Many of you will join me in shock that the American apparel company Vans could even think about the racist t-shirt it put out, one that denigrates First Nations. But they did. They had meetings and not only thought about it - they went with it.

Flying Canoe Adventure a colourful Canadian odyssey Special

Edmonton - Fusing French Canadian and First Nations legend, this lesser known winter festival is becoming something to look forward to in mid-winter.

Op-Ed: FIPA undermines sovereignty of Canada, First Nations – Don Davies Special

Vancouver - Don Davies, Canadian Member of Parliament for the NDP representing the riding of Vancouver Kingsway, discusses the approval of the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) and its future impact on Canada and First Nations.

Canada, U.S. tribes sign treaty to restore bison to Great Plains

Browning - A historic event took place on Tuesday when leaders from 11 native tribes in Alberta and Montana signed a treaty establishing an inter-tribal alliance that will restore bison to areas of the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains.

Op-Ed: ACFN lawyer Larry Innes discusses oilsands expansion and more Special

Calgary - This is an interview with Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation’s lawyer Larry Innes about Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Project approval, the Jackpine mine consent, First Nations’ land and water rights, regulatory protection, a vision for Canada and more.

Final Truth and Reconciliation Commission Canadian event Special

Edmonton - The national Truth and Reconciliation events came to a finish in Edmonton, with the final one held March 27-30 at the Shaw Conference Centre.

Butterfly Moon Project highlights Cree culture Special

Edmonton - On February 23 the Edmonton Interfaith Centre presented the Butterfly Moon Project, an information session based on Cree culture and spirituality.

Op-Ed: University of Toronto oil sands study excerpts, discussion Special

Scarborough - This is Part 2 of an Interview with Abha Parajulee about the study done with University of Toronto PhD supervisor Frank Wania that sheds light on emissions where oil sands production is occurring.

Op-Ed: University of Toronto researchers share oil sands study results Special

Scarborough - This is an interview with Abha Parajulee about the study done with University of Toronto PhD supervisor Frank Wania: Evaluating Officially Reported Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Emissions in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region with a Multimedia Fate Model.

Op-Ed: Neil Young — Attacking the messenger

Neil Young's Honour the Treaties tour with Diana Krall has concluded, but the massive attacks directed at him for his criticism of Alberta's tar sands continue.

Op-Ed: Ecojustice lawyer Barry Robinson on Joint Review Panel outcome Special

Calgary - This is an Interview with Ecojustice lawyer Barry Robinson about the Joint Review Panel outcome and more. Barry acted as legal counsel to three environmental groups in the Joint Review Panel hearings into the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline.

Joint Review Panel urges approval of Northern Gateway pipeline

Calgary - Today, the long awaited Joint Review Panel released a lengthy report recommending approval of Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline but with 209 conditions. Environmental groups vow to stop it for the sake of our climate, land and water.

First Nations rally for treaty rights Special

Edmonton - First Nations from Treaty 6-8 joined with Idle No More for a Peaceful Solidarity Rally with Indigenous People and Canadians, on November 28, 2013 at the Alberta Legislature building.

Op-Ed: Defend our climate, Defend our communities protest on November 16

On November 16, 2013, thousands of Canadians will gather including environmental organizations, community groups, and First Nations for the “Defend our Climate, Defend our Communities” national day of action to protest pipeline expansion.

UBCIC Grand Chief endorses collective vision for Canada - Part 2 Special

Vancouver - UBCIC Grand Chief Stewart Phillip warns that a human rights conflict is imminent if the Indian Act is dissolved, dismantling Indigenous land rights and allowing unprecedented resource development by foreign investors causing environmental consequences.

Indigenous people and land rights: The thin red line - Part 1 Special

Vancouver - UBCIC Grand Chief Stewart Phillip gives a comprehensive summary into the background of Aboriginal land rights, the dissolution of the Indian Act, and the struggle to maintain their distinct culture, heritage, and sacred spiritual practices.

Interview: Simon Dyer of Pembina Institute on oilsands hearing Special

Calgary - This is an Interview with Simon Dyer, Policy Director, Pembina Institute, about an attempt by the Government of Alberta to ban the Oil Sands Environmental Coalition from an oilsands hearing. Justice Richard Marceau overturned the “biased” request.

Interview: Leadnow mobilizes widespread support for FIPA appeal Special

Vancouver - Leadnow mobilizes widespread support for the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA or FIPPA). If ratified, Canada would be bound to this agreement for 31 years, undermining democratic control of our natural resources.
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Deron Bilous, MLA Edmonton-Beverly-Clairview
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Protesters in Edmonton, Alberta
Idle No More protesters in Vancouver  BC in December  2012
Idle No More protesters in Vancouver, BC in December, 2012
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Protesters at the Idle No More rally.
Protesters at the Idle No More rally.
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Face painted ladies during the Aboriginal Day, Vancouver, BC.
Truth and Reconciliation National Event in Edmonton.
Truth and Reconciliation National Event in Edmonton.
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David Swann, MLA
Colourful drums for sale during the Aboriginal Day  Vancouver  BC.
Colourful drums for sale during the Aboriginal Day, Vancouver, BC.
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Food served at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society during the pow-wow event.
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Butterfly Moon Project.

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