RCMP claim of B.C. anti-pipeline extremists shocks native, environmental leaders

RCMP report 14Report makes ‘false inferences,’ borders on ‘misguided hysteria’

First Nations fight feds over decision to open herring-roe fisheries

Coastal Guardian Watchmen confront armed trophy hunters to save grizzlies

Coastal Guardian Watchmen on the lookout for trophy hunters on the Great Bear Rainforest coast in 2010. Photo by Doug Neasloss with Kitasoo/Xai'xais Nation.

Coastal Guardian Watchmen on the lookout for trophy hunters on the Great Bear Rainforest coast in 2010. Photo by Doug Neasloss with Kitasoo/Xai’xais Nation.

“Sometimes it gets nasty,” said Jason Moody, a patroller from Nuxalk Nation in Bella Coola.

Sacred Water, Klamath People and the Struggle for Cultural Survival

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Upper Klamath National Wildlife Refuge. Photo: Wikipedia.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Sacred Water, Klamath People and the Struggle for Cultural Survival

February 25, 2015 (Upper Klamath Basin, Oregon)

Entangled in the heart of an arduous century long battle over water rights in the Upper Klamath Basin, is the struggle of the Klamath, Modoc, Yahooskin Peoples for cultural survivance.

Our elders have always told us that water is life, water is priceless. Our water is so sacred it should never be quantified, compromised or negotiated.
But what happens to the future of a culture, whose spiritual foundation is water, when even to tribal negotiators, the priceless becomes a mere commodity? Read the rest of this entry

‘Bear Clan Patrol’ to return to Winnipeg streets

Logo on jacket of Bear Clan Patrol. Photo: CBC News.

Logo on jacket of Bear Clan Patrol. Photo: CBC News.

Group hopes to resurrect inner-city safety patrol founded in the 1990s

By Tim Fontaine, CBC News, Feb 25, 2015

Volunteers from the city’s indigenous community are resurrecting a group that once patrolled Winnipeg streets.

The murder of Tina Fontaine this past summer was really the catalyst for this,” said James Favel, chair of the Dufferin Residents Association and one of those reconstituting the Bear Clan Patrol.

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Protester shut down Carcross Tagish First Nation offices

Carcross Tagish First Nation 2‘They’re deciding our future and we don’t have a say’ says Stanley Jim

CBC News, Feb 23, 2015

A member of the Carcross Tagish First Nation shut down a council meeting over the weekend and prevented Chief Dan Cresswell and council from entering their offices Monday, protesting his government’s lack of consultation with its members.

“Right now, all I see is they’re deciding our future and we don’t have a say,” says Stanley Jim while sitting in front of the main administrative building where he built a wooden door jamb to bar the entrance.  Read the rest of this entry

Anti-terror bill would widen powers for Canadian border guards

Habitat loss blamed for caribou deaths

While B.C. is justifying the termination of 184 grey wolves to rectify what they say is the primary cause of the declining caribou population, it isn’t consistent with decades of research.

Since the $2.1 million wolf cull program began on Jan. 15, environmental groups across B.C. have said the real reason attributed to the South Selkirk and South Peace caribou population drop from 49 in 2009 to 18 today is because of loss and disruption of crucial old-growth habitat – and research since the 1970s backs up that claim. Read the rest of this entry

Shell pulls plug on long-delayed oil sands mine

NSA helped U.K. spies hack Dutch firm to get cellphone eavesdropping codes

Cell phone surveillanceSpy agency hackers breached network of SIM-card maker Gemalto, Snowden documents show

Thomson Reuters, CBC News, Feb 20, 2015

U.S. and British spies hacked into the world’s biggest maker of phone SIM cards, allowing them to potentially monitor the calls, texts and emails of billions of mobile users around the world, an investigative news website reported.

The alleged hack on Gemalto, if confirmed, would expand the scope of known mass surveillance methods available to U.S. and British spy agencies to include not just email and web traffic, as previously revealed, but also mobile communications. Read the rest of this entry

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