Buffalo Point band plans to oust hereditary chief

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Fighting for history: Uncovering the truth of residential schools

Native children in Residential School.

Native children in Residential School.

A report from the front lines of the search for “truth” in Truth and Reconciliation, and a look at the people trying to make history accessible to aboriginals and non-aboriginals alike.

WINNIPEG—There are two sacred boxes in the offices of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

One is a bentwood box sculpted from a single piece of cedar by an indigenous artist. Its panels are adorned with the mournful carved faces representing First Nations and Métis who suffered through the residential schools era, when government-sanctioned institutions systemically tried to eradicate indigenous culture, tore apart families and operated havens for child abuse.

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Protesters disrupt construction over First Nations burial ground on islet off Saltspring Island

Saltspring Island residents together with First Nations elders took to the water Tuesday to demand a halt to the construction of a luxury home on Grace Islet, in Ganges Harbour.

Saltspring Island residents together with First Nations elders took to the water Tuesday to demand a halt to the construction of a luxury home on Grace Islet, in Ganges Harbour.

 ‘You would never do this to your ancestors,’ chief tells workers

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Cree elder trek to press for national inquiry into missing, murdered aboriginal women

Cree elder Emil Bell.

Cree elder Emil Bell.

Emil Bell began walking on Tuesday to press for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women

The Canadian Press/CBC News,  Aug 27, 2014

A Cree elder in northern Saskatchewan has set out on a 400-kilometre walk to press for a national inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women.  Emil Bell started his Beauval-to-Saskatoon trek on Tuesday, carrying a petition that asks the federal government to hold the inquiry.

Bell says he decided to make the walk after hearing about the death of Tina Fontaine, a 15-year-old aboriginal girl whose body was found in a bag floating in the Red River near a downtown Winnipeg dock earlier this month. Read the rest of this entry

Marchers remember 1974 Anicinabe Park Occupation

Kenora Online, Published on Aug 22, 2014

On the 40th anniversary of the Anicinabe Park uprising in Kenora, Lorraine Major and Roslyn Kelly offer their thoughts.

Secwepemc establish checkpoint and camp to monitor Mount Polley disaster

Mount polley secwepemc camp 2Press Release from Yuct Ne Senxiymetkwe Camp, August 21, 2014

The Secwepemc have established a monitoring checkpoint and encampment at the entrance of the Imperial Metals’ Mount Polley Mine where, on August 4th 2014, the largest environmental disaster in British Columbia’s history unfolded as the damn to the mine’s tailings pond broke and unleashed 2.5 billion gallons of contaminated water and 4.5 million cubic metres of metals laden silt into Hazeltine Creek, Polley Lake and Quesnel Lake on the way to the Fraser River Watershed. Read the rest of this entry

Anicinabe Park Occupation observed in Kenora, 40 years later

Anicinabe Park 1974 1CBC News, August 22, 2014

A gathering in Kenora this weekend will mark the 40th anniversary of the Anicinabe Park occupation.

Dozens of young First Nations people from across the continent, including members of the American Indian Movement, joined the protest in 1974.

They were demanding better living conditions, education and access to land. Read the rest of this entry

Secwepemc Women’s Sacred Fire at the Mount Polley Mine Disaster Site

Yuct Ne Senxiymetkwe Camp, August 2014.

Yuct Ne Senxiymetkwe Camp, August 2014.

August 21, 2014:  Day 3 of the Secwepemc women’s Sacred Fire and camp at the entrance to the Mount Polley Mine Disaster site

“Today on the third day of our Sacred Fire and the 16th day after the disaster, we were blessed by the welcoming of the sun and by a deer visiting us at our camp. The traffic of heavy haul trucks never stopped and continued all night long. Residents of Likely continue to visit the camp with their deep concerns and prayers for the water, as well as their complaints about the Mount Polley mine operations current and past. Read the rest of this entry

Vancouver, BC: 4 Chevron stations shut down using bike locks. #EvictChevron

Gas pumps at a Chevron station in Vancouver are locked up, Aug 21, 2014.

Gas pumps at a Chevron station in Vancouver are locked up, Aug 21, 2014.

The morning of August 21st 2014 we took action to shut down 4 Chevron stations including 80 individual gas and diesel pumps in Vancouver. More will follow if Chevron continues to push through the Pacific Trails Pipeline without the consent of the Unist’ot’en people.

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Oil could be transported by Pacific Trails Pipeline if approved by FNLP members

Members of Unis'tot'en camp, November 2012.

Members of Unis’tot’en camp, November 2012.

West Coast Native News, August 19th, 2014

Moricetown Indian Band Chief and Council and members of the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs have secured commitments from officials of the Province of British Columbia, Chevron Canada Limited, Apache Canada Ltd., and the First Nations Group Limited Partnership (FNLP) that no oil will be transported in the proposed natural gas Pacific Trail Pipeline (PTP) Project owned by Chevron and Apache unless unanimously supported by the FNLP members. Read the rest of this entry

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