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Oppenheimer homeless camp: First Nations members issue eviction notice to Vancouver

Oppenheimer tents 1City of Vancouver says Oppenheimer Park is a backyard for the neighbourhood, not a campground

CBC News July 20, 2014

A standoff is brewing between the City of Vancouver and a group of protesters camped out in a Downtown Eastside park — but in a twist, the city itself has been handed an eviction notice.

On Sunday, just over a dozen tents stood at Oppenheimer Park. Those living in them tell CBC News they’re homeless with nowhere else to live.

In the past three days, the campers have received two eviction notices from the city, which has bylaws prohibiting sleeping in parks and erecting structures on public property. Read the rest of this entry

Gitxsan First Nation evicting rail, logging, fishing interests

Members of the Gitxsan First Nation opposed to the $5.5-billion Enbridge oil pipeline from Alberta to the British Columbia port of Kitimat warm themselves around a fire at a camp outside the Gitxsan Treaty Office in Hazelton, B.C., on Thursday January 12, 2012.

Members of the Gitxsan First Nation opposed to the $5.5-billion Enbridge oil pipeline from Alberta to the British Columbia port of Kitimat warm themselves around a fire at a camp outside the Gitxsan Treaty Office in Hazelton, B.C., on Thursday January 12, 2012.

Other B.C. bands also making claims following Supreme Court of Canada ruling

CBC News/The Canadian Press, July 10, 2014

British Columbia First Nations are wasting no time in enforcing their claim on traditional lands in light of a landmark Supreme Court of Canada decision recognizing aboriginal land title.

The hereditary chiefs of the Gitxsan First Nations served notice Thursday to CN Rail, logging companies and sport fishermen to leave their territory along the Skeena River in a dispute with the federal and provincial governments over treaty talks. Read the rest of this entry

Australia: Protesters scale buildings to stop bulldozing of The Block

One of several banners at The Bloc, an aboriginal housing site set to be demolished, July 7, 2014.

One of several banners at The Bloc, an aboriginal housing site set to be demolished, July 7, 2014.

James Robertson, Sydney Morning Herald, July 7, 2014

Two protesters have scaled buildings at The Block in Redfern with banners early on July 7, 2014. Construction work is due to begin today and the protesters have vowed to blockade the site to stop the Aboriginal Housing Commission’s planned commercial redevelopment.

About 200 protesters gathered at The Block in Redfern on Monday as tensions flared over the fear that the site will be bulldozed for redevelopment. Read the rest of this entry

Military’s aboriginal programs do little to bolster recruitment: report

Participants in Bold Eagle aboriginal recruitment program training in Manitoba.

Participants in Bold Eagle aboriginal recruitment program training in Manitoba.

Lee Berthiaume, Ottawa Citizen, June 29, 2014

Several programs that introduced hundreds of young aboriginal people to the Canadian military over the past few years have been well-received by participants, but they appear to have done little to bolster recruitment numbers.

The findings are contained in a government-commissioned study that comes at the same time as the Canadian Forces are pushing to slash recruitment targets for aboriginals, women and visible minorities. That move has prompted concern and criticism from opposition parties and others.

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First Nations mistaken in their celebration of Supreme Court ruling

No Justice Stolen Land buttonBy Ian Mulgrew, Vancouver Sun, June 29, 2014

“Welcome to Colonial Courtrooms,” should have been the title of the Supreme Court of Canada’s landmark aboriginal rights judgment.

While B.C. natives were busy last week celebrating the court’s affirmation of their “aboriginal title,” they should have paid closer attention to the fine print.  In spite of all the hand-wringing about threats to resource development and the land mass of B.C., this is a big victory for governments.  In the unanimous 8-0 decision, which dismissed with nary a nod the last half century of strident native assertions of sovereignty, the high court said B.C. natives are not unlike any other litigant squatter.

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Pipeline prospects take a hit as Supreme Court grants land title to B.C. First Nation

supreme court canadaAboriginal communities’ land claims have become much more viable, making future resource development iffier

Dwight Newman, Financial Post, June 26, 2014

The Supreme Court of Canada has just released its latest take on the rules on Aboriginal title – and the first declaration of Aboriginal title in Canadian history. Its groundbreaking decision concerning the Tsilhqot’in Nation’s claims has the potential to reshape aspects of Canadian resource development more broadly. To understand why, we need to back up a bit to understand what the case has changed on Aboriginal title and why that matters.

Aboriginal title is the form of ownership Aboriginal communities hold over unceded lands that they regularly and exclusively used in the past. It is not identical to but is analogous to the fee simple title that private landowners hold, with the important difference that the courts have always considered Aboriginal title land to be collectively owned by a particular Aboriginal community. Read the rest of this entry

Tsilhqot’in granted B.C. title claim in Supreme Court ruling

Tsilhqot'in protest at Taseko Mine's annual general meeting in Vancouver, June 2010

Tsilhqot’in protest at Taseko Mine’s annual general meeting in Vancouver, June 2010

Top court’s decision today resolves legal questions following 2012 B.C. Court of Appeal ruling

CBC News, June 26, 2014

The Supreme Court of Canada has granted declaration of aboriginal title to more than 1,700 square kilometres of land in British Columbia to the Tsilhqot’in First Nation, the first time the court has made such a ruling regarding aboriginal land.

The unanimous 8-0 decision released Thursday resolves many important legal questions, such as how to determine aboriginal title and whether provincial laws apply to those lands. It will apply wherever there are outstanding land claims.

The decision, written by Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, also has implications for future economic or resource development on First Nations lands. Read the rest of this entry

First Nations ceremonial shaming rite targeted at federal government

Kwakwaka'wakw carver Beau Dick with a copper and talking stick.

Kwakwaka’wakw carver Beau Dick with a copper and talking stick.

By Carlito Pablo, The Georgia Straight, June 25, 2014

An ancient First Nations ritual steeped in symbolism is going to take place in the nation’s capital this summer.

A copper shield will be smashed on Parliament Hill, an act believed never to have been done before in Ottawa. Called copper cutting, the ceremonial shaming practice will evoke what many consider to be a broken relationship between the federal government and Canada’s aboriginal people.

“Our coppers are a symbol of justice, a symbol of truth, a symbol of balance,” according to Beau Dick, a renowned carver from Vancouver Island’s Namgis First Nation. Read the rest of this entry

Six Nations on high alert as Haldimand council orders removal of blockade

The scene at Kanonhstaton after incident with Gary McHale, June 2014.

The scene at Kanonhstaton after incident with Gary McHale, June 2014.

by Jim Windle, Two Row Times, June 24, 2014

CALEDONIA – Monday night, in camera, Haldimand Mayor Ken Hewitt and his council ordered the blockade put up to protect the Kanonhstaton land in Caledonia, to be removed ASAP.  Claiming the order was only to clean up the appearance from Highway #6 and to make the site “accessible to emergency access,” Hewitt insists that it was not council’s intention to cause any undue stress to anyone.

However many at Six Nations believe he is upping the ante after two recent provocative incidents created by Haldimand residents, Gary McHale and Randy Fleming a week apart which brought back memories of the 2006 shut down of Argyle Street. Read the rest of this entry

Australia: Aboriginal Tent Embassy is Reclaiming the Black Heart of Sydney

Aboriginal tent redfern 1By Paul Gregoire, Vice, 

As you approach the Aboriginal tent embassy on the Block in Redfern, inner city Sydney, you see the sacred fire burning within a large circle marked on the ground, serving to cleanse the area. Some ten metres up from the fire, at the edge of the Block, the Aboriginal Housing Company (AHC) has erected a sign that reads: “Warning. Private Property.”
On Saturday, a group of more than 200 protesters gathered in support of the tent embassy that was established on National Sorry Day, May 26 [2014].

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