In the May 2017 election, only two of the main parties committed to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. BC Liberals were uncomfortable with clauses related to informed consent that would interfere with business of their corporate donors. John Horgan’s NDP Government and Andrew Weaver’s Green Party committed to a different approach. This was affirmed in today’s Throne Speech and we are left to hope the promises are not hollow, as were similar ones by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Liberal MLA Linda Larson’s comments were absolutely inappropriate, ill-informed and, quite frankly, incredibly ignorant. Just as the world still remembers other human-rights atrocities, like the Holocaust, to honour victims and learn from the past, the lasting effects of residential schools on First Nations people must also not be forgotten.
BC Hydro’s own sales records demonstrate Site C is not needed. Domestic consumption of electricity has been flat for more than a decade and technological efficiencies indicate we will need less power, […]
Even slightly aware BC citizens know that Premier Clark and her accomplices are incompetent. Liberal managers include not a single person capable of completing a basic course in strategic decision making. The […]
Trudeau says Indigenous people can teach the world how to care for the planet, APTN National News, November 30, 2015: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said during a speech in Paris that Indigenous […]
I’m headed to Alert Bay for Thursday’s showing of Barb Cranmer’s “Our Voices, Our Stories.” Ms. Cranmer, a partner in the Culture Shock gallery, just returned from the San Francisco Indian Film […]
Letter to PM Trudeau re Lelu Island https://www.scribd.com/embeds/289524162/content?start_page=1&view_mode=scroll&show_recommendations=true
The trailer for Lisa Jackson‘s fine documentary: How a People Live, the story of the Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Nations of BC. The full 45 minute documentary is available through the CBC Player. I recommend […]
This week we learned that Ron Giesbrect has been re-elected as Chief of the Kiwkwetlem band. The following was first published here October 8, 2014——————–My initial reaction to reports of compensation paid […]
Suzanne Methot reviewed Farley Mowat’s Walking on the Land, which was published in 2000. From that review: “Farley Mowat detailed government treatment of the Ihalmiut, First Nations people in Canada’s northern lands. […]
The Tyee presents testimony of Salmon Arm family physician Dr. Warren Bell to the NEB Northern Gateway hearings. Doctor’s Diagnosis: Pipeline Symptom of ‘Social Pathology’ is a thoughtful piece, well worth reading. […]
Jon McComb, doing the morning show on CKNW today, had this to say about Attawapiskat: “The housing crisis that has plagued her [Chief Spence] remote reserve of about 1,900 people has been […]
A study conducted by UBC Fisheries Centre, funded by World Wildlife Fund Canada, notes in the summary abstract, “If [the economic value of social, cultural and environmental damages] are accounted for, all of the […]
This week, we learned that Stephen Harper, in Nixonian tradition, is using federal tax authorities to harass political opponents. From The Globe and Mail: “Tides Canada is having its charitable status audited […]
I urge you to read through this material provided by Gary Coons, NDP Critic for B.C. Ferries and Coastal Communities: In the bc legislature we asked questions about the spill in Gitga’at […]