By Matt Kieltyka, Metro Vancouver, April 26, 2015
British Columbia’s Environmental Assessment Office has ordered construction of two buildings at the proposed Jumbo Glacier Resort to stop.
According to an April 24, 2015 letter from the office’s compliance and enforcement department (EAO C&E), the under-construction day lodge and service buildings are located within an avalanche hazard area and breach the conditions of the resort’s environmental assessment certificate. Read the rest of this entry
by David Dodge, Huggington Post, April 24, 2015
Judith Sayers is a former chief, a negotiator and a pioneer in helping First Nations get involved in the renewable energy business.
Her traditional name is Kekinusuqs (pronounced ke-kay-ana-suks) and she is a member of the Hupacasath (pronounced who-pa-cha-sut) First Nation in the Greater Alberni Valley on the west coast of Vancouver Island.
Trained as a lawyer in Alberta she eventually made her way back to the Hupacasth First Nation where she served as chief for 14 years, as well as chief negotiator. In the ’90s plans for a large natural gas facility in Port Alberni were turned away due to concern about emissions. “As a nation, we asked ourselves, ‘Well, how can we be a part of the solution so that we aren’t creating greenhouse gas emissions,” says Sayers. Read the rest of this entry
by CTV News, April 23, 2015
The threat of flooding is once again forcing the residents of a remote Northern Ontario First Nation to flee their homes.
Hundreds of vulnerable Kashechewan residents have already registered with the Red Cross in Kapuskasing, Ont. The rising Albany River is threatening to flood the First Nation for the fourth consecutive year.
One of the evacuees, Gary Wesley, told CTV Northern Ontario that he’s coping with the situation, but it’s “difficult” for others. Read the rest of this entry
By Amy McQuire, New Matilda, April 23, 2015
It’s the war that Australia doesn’t like to remember, but that has never deterred the group of Aboriginal people who have walked behind the official ANZAC Day march in Canberra each year since 2012, calling on the nation to remember the first people who fell in defence of country. [ANZAC: Australia New Zealand Army Corps]
This year the group, which usually numbers between 20 and 60 participants, are preparing to make their mark on the centenary of Gallipoli. They will mobilise at 10:30 am on ANZAC Parade, which bares no trace of the existence of the Aboriginal warriors who died in the Frontier Wars.
by Vincent Schilling, Indian Country Today, April 23, 2015
Approximately a dozen Native actors and actresses, as well as the Native cultural advisor, left the set of Adam Sandler’s newest film production, The Ridiculous Six, on Wednesday. The actors, who were primarily from the Navajo nation, left the set after the satirical western’s script repeatedly insulted native women and elders and grossly misrepresented Apache culture.
The examples of disrespect included Native women’s names such as Beaver’s Breath and No Bra, an actress portraying an Apache woman squatting and urinating while smoking a peace pipe, and feathers inappropriately positioned on a teepee.
Australia occasionally interrupts its ‘normal’ mistreatment of Aboriginal people to deliver a frontal assault, like the closure of Western Australia’s homelands
Australia has again declared war on its Indigenous people, reminiscent of the brutality that brought universal condemnation on apartheid South Africa. Aboriginal people are to be driven from homelands where their communities have lived for thousands of years. In Western Australia, where mining companies make billion dollar profits exploiting Aboriginal land, the state government says it can no longer afford to “support” the homelands.
Vulnerable populations, already denied the basic services most Australians take for granted, are on notice of dispossession without consultation, and eviction at gunpoint. Aboriginal leaders have warned of “a new generation of displaced people” and “cultural genocide”. Read the rest of this entry