Renowned B.C. Indigenous artist Beau Dick has died

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Kwakwaka’wakw artist Beau Dick in traditional regalia.

‘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

Sinixt First Nation not extinct after all, BC court rules

 

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Richard Desautel (middle) stands outside Nelson courthouse on Monday with members of the Colville Confederated Tribes after his acquittal. (Bob Keating/CBC).

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

Indigenous activists confront drug dealers at downtown Winnipeg mall

winnipeg-portage-placeGroup 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

Trump approves Keystone XL but investors remain skeptical pipeline will be built

Canada’s spy agency was watching Standing Rock

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People moving to confront and stop work on the Dakota Access Pipeline, Sept 3, 2016. Robyn Beck / AFP / Getty Images

CSIS believes the protests have implications north of the border

By Hilary Beaumont, Vice News,

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

Dakota Access pipeline vandalized in two states – officials

TransCanada seeks to start building B.C. gas pipeline without LNG project’s OK

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TransCanada’s headquarters in Calgary, Alberta.

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

Free Red Fawn Fundraising Appeal

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Red Fawn Fallis.

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

Native Nations Rise March: A Powerful, Emotional Uprising for Indigenous Rights

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Photo by Renae Ditmer.

Indigenous people from around the world gathered to promote sovereignty, resistance, respect, justice and love at the Native Nations Rise March

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.

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Shell officially shelves plans to build Prince Rupert LNG project