If rain on your wedding day is good luck, then snow on the day of the Native Nations Rise march in Washington, D.C. on March 10, served as a sign of hope in the fight for indigenous rights across the United States and around the world—especially when the battle at stake stems on the sanctity of water.
by Randy Shore, Vancouver Sun, March 28, 2017
A Heiltsuk village site on B.C.’s mid-coast is three times as old as the Great Pyramid at Giza and among the oldest human settlements in North America, according to researchers at the Hakai Institute.
The excavation on Triquet Island has already produced extremely rare artifacts, including a wooden projectile-launching device called an atlatl, compound fish hooks and a hand drill used for lighting fires, said Alisha Gauvreau, a PhD student at the University of Victoria. Read the rest of this entry
‘Namgis artist was known for his mask carvings and as an advocate for Aboriginal rights
By Megan Thomas, CBC News, March 28, 2017
World-renowned B.C. Indigenous artist Beau Dick has died.
Dick was a master carver and hereditary chief from the ‘Namgis First Nation in Alert Bay, just off the coast of northern Vancouver Island.
He was known for his mask carvings and as an advocate for Aboriginal rights. Read the rest of this entry
Judge rules the Sinixt have not lost their connection to a huge swath of southern B.C.
By Adrian Nieoczym, CBC News, March 27, 2017
A First Nation declared extinct by the federal government 60 years ago has won a court battle to have its existence recognized.
A provincial court judge in Nelson, B.C., acquitted a Sinixt man from Washington state on Monday of hunting without a licence and hunting without being a resident. Richard Desautel had been charged after killing an elk near Castlegar in 2010. Read the rest of this entry
Group says drug dealing around Portage Place is getting out of control
By Austin Grabish, CBC News, March 25, 2017
A group of Indigenous activists are fighting against drug trafficking they say is causing trouble around Portage Place Shopping Centre.
“The women and the children don’t feel safe. The elders don’t feel safe walking through the back [of the mall] so we decided we’re going to shut all this down,” said Vin Clarke, a member of a group called Urban Warrior Alliance. Read the rest of this entry
CSIS believes the protests have implications north of the border
By Hilary Beaumont, Vice News, March 15, 2017
Two secret reports on Standing Rock obtained by VICE News show the Canadian spy agency has been monitoring the protest camps and acts of pipeline sabotage in the U.S. and believes they have Canadian implications. Read the rest of this entry
RT, 21 March 21, 2017
Calling it “felony vandalism,” the South Dakota Attorney General’s office spokeswoman Sara Raber confirmed the incident on the Dakota Access Pipeline on Tuesday, according to AP.
Global News, March 20, 2017
TransCanada Corp. is seeking regulatory approval to begin construction of a pipeline that would help feed a proposed liquefied natural gas export terminal on B.C.’s north coast even though a final decision has not yet been made whether to build the terminal. Read the rest of this entry
From the fundraising site: Thank you for visiting here and caring about our sister, Red Fawn. We are her family and this is the only site that is officially raising money for her legal fund.
Red Fawn is a human rights advocate, organizer, community leader and a political prisoner of Standing Rock. Read the rest of this entry