B.C. First Nation in federal court in bid to halt fish farm restocking

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The Canadian Press, March 13, 2018

VICTORIA – A First Nation is asking the Federal Court to prevent the restocking of an open-net salmon farm in its traditional territories off northern Vancouver Island.

The Namgis First Nation of Alert Bay says prior to any fish transfer to an open-net pen at nearby Swanson Island, the Atlantic salmon smolts should be tested for the blood virus piscine reovirus. Read the rest of this entry


B.C.’s child representative ‘appalled’ after ministry’s apprehension of Indigenous baby

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October 2017:. Penticton Indian Band members marched and sang, holding signs calling out what they say is systemic racism in the child welfare system. (Mark Brett/Western News)

Huu-ay-aht Nation declares public health emergency over high number of children in provincial care

By Angela Sterritt, CBC News, March 12, 2018

The chief councillor of the Huu-ay-aht Nation on Vancouver Island says the number of children in his nation being taken into provincial care has reached a crisis level.

Last week, the Huu-ay-aht leadership declared a public health emergency over the issue. The declaration comes after B.C.’s Ministry of Children and Family Development took a three-day-old baby into care in January. Read the rest of this entry

Protesters rally for and against Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline plan

Kinder Morgan rally march 10Thousands participated in the anti-pipeline protest, another 200 staged support rally

CBC News, March 10, 2018

Protesters around Vancouver held duelling rallies on Saturday, some welcoming Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project with others decrying it.

Both sides delivered impassioned arguments about the proposed expansion.

Indigenous leaders beat drums and sang out against the project Saturday morning, saying they won’t step aside for construction. Read the rest of this entry

Video: Marine Harvest serves injunction in Alert Bay against fish farm opponents

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March 10, 2018, via Facebook

Marine Harvest serves an injunction against opponents to fish farms in Alert Bay, BC.  See the video below: Read the rest of this entry

Over 5,000 Women Attend Zapatista’s ‘Women in Struggle’ Summit

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Zapatista women soldiers and dancers during a political event in the Guadalupe Tepeyac autonomous community in Chiapas. October 17, 2017. | Photo: raulfernandopl.tumblr.com

Telesur TV, March 8, 2018

The First International Gathering of Politics, Art, Sport, and Culture for Women in Struggle is hosted exclusively by rebel women for rebel women.

Thousands of women from around the world attended a meeting in Zapatista territory Thursday to hold the “First International Gathering of Politics, Art, Sport, and Culture for Women in Struggle,” hosted by women of the National Liberation Zapatista Army in the southeastern mountains of Mexico. Read the rest of this entry

In narrative therapy, Māori creation stories are being used to heal


Mark Kopua is using Māori knowledge to heal whānau in distress. CHRIS SKELTON/STUFF

by MICHELLE DUFF, Stuff, March 9 2018

The boy sits there, his head down. He feels stink; he knows all the adults are there to talk about him, about what’s wrong with him.

He’s always been told off for being so fidgety, for not paying attention. He knows it’s a bad thing.

But when the talking begins, it’s not about how to fix him. They’re telling a story about atua, the gods, and one of them sounds exactly like him! He’s called Uepoto, and he’s always curious. He’s full a mischief, a tutū. Read the rest of this entry

Indigenous youth set up protest camp outside Toronto’s Old City Hall

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From left, Dean Mcleod, Koryn John, Ezra Green and Gary Wassaykeesic at the Soaring Eagles camp outside of Old City Hall in Toronto. (Rhiannon Johnson/CBC )

Soaring Eagles Camp aims to raise awareness about injustices faced by Indigenous people across Canada

By Rhiannon Johnson, CBC News, March 6, 2018

Following the Justice for Tina Fontaine rally this past Sunday in Toronto, a youth-led occupation has set up camp outside Old City Hall in downtown Toronto.

The group set up three tents Sunday on the southwest portion of the grounds of the building that currently functions as a provincial courthouse. Read the rest of this entry

Chevron in talks to sell minority stake in Kitimat LNG project: sources

Chevron gas stationAmong the parties in talks with Chevron for a possible stake in the Canadian LNG project are Petronas, the sources said

by John Tilak, Ernest Scheyder and David French, Financial Post,

TORONTO/HOUSTON — Chevron Corp is exploring options including the sale of a minority stake in its Canadian liquefied natural gas (LNG) project as it pushes ahead, three people familiar with the matter told Reuters. Read the rest of this entry

Seneca Nation Rallies To Defend River From Fracking Wastewater

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A Seneca Nation of Indians member holds a sign used at Standing Rock to oppose the fracking wastewater treatment facility at the headwaters of the Ohi:yo’ (Allegheny River). © Steven Rubin for Public Herald

by Joshua B. Pribanic, and Melissa A. Troutman for Public Herald, March 3, 2018

In Coudersport Pennsylvania, over 100 members of the Seneca Nation of Indians appeared at a public meeting to oppose a fracking wastewater treatment facility planned for development on the Allegheny River, known by the Seneca as the Ohi:yo’, which means “beautiful waters.” Read the rest of this entry

RCMP ‘sloppy’ and ‘negligent’ in investigating Colten Boushie’s death, say independent experts

Colten Boushie‘The RCMP needs a lot more training,’ said Toronto-based investigator

By David Common, Chelsea Gomez, CBC News, March 6, 2018

Colten Boushie’s family wasn’t entirely surprised last month when a Saskatchewan jury acquitted Gerald Stanley of the murder of the young Cree man.

They had sensed holes in the RCMP investigation from the beginning.

“The RCMP did a botched-up job,” said Debbie Baptiste, Boushie’s mom. “They looked, and then they looked away.” Read the rest of this entry