The pass system: another dark secret in Canadian history

Pass system card 1.pngUnreserved, CBC News, Sunday November 29, 2015

Canadians are becoming increasingly aware of residential schools and their impacts on First Nations people. But many have not yet heard about another system of segregation — one that often kept First Nations confined to their communities.

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Paul First Nation members want chief, council removed



Chief Casey Bird of Paul First Nation. Photo: CBC News.

By Michel Boyer,


Members of the Paul First Nation west of Edmonton are calling on the federal minister of indigenous affairs to remove their chief and council from office.

The First Nation is also suing Chief Casey Bird for breach of trust and negligence, claiming he sold off a parcel of land for a fraction of its value.  Read the rest of this entry

We Wai Kai Elders remove chief from office

We Wai Kai chief ralph dick

We Wai Kai chief Ralph Dick, on right.

by  Alistair Taylor, Campbell River Mirror, Nov 26, 2015

The We Wai Kai Nation Council of Elders has removed Ralph Dick from the office of Chief after they determined he breached the nation’s Conflict of Interest Policy.

“While we wish the decision did not fall to us, the Council of Elders members also swore an Oath of Office and are bound to uphold the Election Code and the Conflict of Interest Policy,” the Council of Elders say in a written decision, a copy of which was provided to the Mirror.

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BC Hydro set to sign Site C dam construction contract worth $1.5B

Site C dam mapContract is the largest of the controversial $8.3-billion project

By B.C. Almanac, CBC News, Nov 25, 2015

The controversial Site C construction project is one step closer to reality with BC Hydro choosing consortium Peace River Hydro Partners on Nov. 25 as its preferred partner in a $1.5-billion dollar contract to construct the dam near Fort St. John. Read the rest of this entry

Bob Paulson, RCMP boss, wants warrantless access to online subscriber info

RCMP cougar attack 1Police say telecos demand court approval for nearly all types of requests for basic identifying information

By Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press, Nov 25, 2015

Police need warrantless access to Internet subscriber information to keep pace with child predators and other online criminals, says RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson. Read the rest of this entry

Prime target: How serial killers prey on indigenous women

Video: Lelu Island. Resistance on the water.

from BeyondBoarding,, Nov 23, 2015

Community, First Nations leaders demand B.C. act to avert a second Mount Polley mine disaster

Local politicians and First Nation leaders are calling on the province to quickly avert another disaster at Mount Polley.They reacted angrily Sunday to news that recent heavy snow is pushing water levels to dangerous levels in a temporary containment pit. The pit was created to replace the tailings pond dam that collapsed in 2014.

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Chile: Arson at Hydroelectric Dam’s Office in Pehuenche Territory

Mapuche hydro arson 2from Resume Chile, translated by Earth First! Journal Newswire, Nov 23, 2015

Incendiary devices were used against the installations of the Hydroelectric Center of Angostura de Colbún [Sunday Nov. 15, 2015] during the night. Unidentified people burned the office and three corporate vehicles belonging to Matte, which has installed itself within Pehuenche Territory. Read the rest of this entry

New stats offer snapshot of life in First Nation communities


Children on Lubicon Lake Indian Nation reserve in northern Alberta, (Supplied by Melina Laboucan-Massimo)

Indigenous researchers release preliminary findings of landmark survey about life on reserve

CBC News, Nov 20, 2015

New data released this week is providing an unprecedented look at life in First Nation communities, including indigenous languages, cultural beliefs, education and employment levels. Read the rest of this entry


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