BC NDP to proceed with Site C dam, total cost raised to $10.7B

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Site C dam construction. Photo: Desmog Canada

, Global News, December 11, 2017

It’s official. B.C.’s NDP government says it will complete the controversial Site C dam megaproject.

“Although Site C is not the project we would have favoured and it’s not the project we would have started, it must be completed to meet the objectives our government has set,” said Premier John Horgan on Monday. Read the rest of this entry

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5 Years after Idle No More, founders still speaking out

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Idle No More rally in Ottawa, Dec 21, 2012.

CBC talks with Nina Wilson, Jessica Gordon, Sheelah McLean, Sylvia McAdam about movement that changed Canada

By Lenard Monkman, Brandi Morin, CBC News, Dec 10, 2017

It’s been five years since Idle No More was elevated into the Canadian conscious.

Through the work of social media and in particular the hashtag #IdleNoMore, Indigenous peoples we’re able to connect with each other and mobilize in cities and towns across the country. Read the rest of this entry

Warrior Up blog

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Heavy machinery targeted by arson attack during campaign against Dakota Access Pipeline, 2016.

Warrior Up is a research project open to any anonymous input, turning an eye towards the infrastructures and extractive industries that the capitalist economy depends upon – how they function, and how they are vulnerable to direct action. Read the rest of this entry

Youth council scolds AFN for usurping power, authority belonging to First Nations

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Mark Hill, Co-Chair AFN Youth Council

By Deb Steel, Windspeaker, December 5, 2017
“The centralization of the power and authority that the Assembly of First Nations assumes over our First Nations communities diminishes our treaty and inherent rights…” National AFN Youth Council

Stand down from the assumption of power over First Nations peoples and their Nations. The Assembly of First Nations is not a government.That was the message that the AFN National Youth Council delivered to the chiefs in assembly this morning in a powerful statement delivered by co-chair Mark Hill of Six Nations of the Grand River. Read the rest of this entry

Alaska natives sue over B.C. company’s exploration plans near eagle preserve

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The state created the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve to protect salmon and the world’s largest concentration of bald eagles. The preserve is downstream from a copper, zinc, gold and silver prospect that could some day be developed into a hard rock mine. (Matt Hage/Associated Press)

Tlingit village of Klukwan wants permits revoked from Constantine Metal Resources, for area near Haines

The Associated Press, Dec 6, 2017

An Alaska Native tribe and three environmental groups sued the U.S. government, claiming an agency granted mineral exploration permits without considering how a mine could affect a major salmon river and bald eagle preserve. Read the rest of this entry

Two killed in Kinder Morgan pipeline explosion

Indigenous Affairs is no more — departmental split is underway, Liberal government says

Canada's Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Bennett and Minister of Indigenous Services Philpott take part in a cabinet shuffle at Rideau Hall in Ottawa

Canada’s Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, Carolyn Bennett, left, and Minister of Indigenous Services Jane Philpott take part in a cabinet shuffle at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on August 28, 2017.

‘We are tearing down the outdated and paternalistic structure of old,’ Carolyn Bennett says

By John Paul Tasker, CBC News, Dec 4, 2017

The Liberal government’s promised move to dissolve Indigenous Affairs and Northern Development (INAC) and replace it with separate departments reached a milestone Monday with the creation of two new ministries. Read the rest of this entry

Steelhead LNG cancels plans for floating terminal

malahat-first-nation200 jobs, 30 years of revenue were estimated from proposed export facility outside Victoria

CBC News, Dec 4, 2017

Steelhead LNG  is no longer exploring a proposal for a liquefied natural gas terminal on south Vancouver Island.

The company announced plans in August 2015 to build a floating facility moored to shore with capacity to process up to six million tonnes of LNG per year. Read the rest of this entry

Nicco Montano, UFC’s First Navajo Champion, Sends Message of Hope (TUF 26 Finale)

After Nicco Montano captured the inaugural UFC women’s flyweight championship at The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale, she recounted her time in the fighter house on the show and how her upbringing on a Navajo reservation helped develop the resolve she needed to be one of the lowest ranked fighters on the show, but still overcome the odds and defeat the Top 3 seeds to win the title.

Stop Alton Gas

Alton gas groupMi’kmaq and non-Indigenous allies are actively opposing the completion of the Alton Gas project near Stewiacke, Nova Scotia, and we’re calling for your assistance.

Alton Gas proposes to create two salt caverns in the near future in order to store natural gas underground, with the expressed intention to build  up to 15 more . The creation of these caverns would result in huge quantities of highly concentrated salt brine, which the company plans to dump down the Shubenacadie River. Read the rest of this entry