B.C. First Nation declares local ban on moose hunt

moose‘We are alarmed that the province has failed to take action,” says ?Esdilagh First Nation

CBC News, October 16, 2017

The small First Nation community of ?Esdilagh in Quesnel, B.C., has declared a ban on harvesting moose within its traditional territory, in a move, it says, addresses gaps in the provincial government’s response. Read the rest of this entry

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Video: A third Marine Harvest owned fish farm has been occupied

by Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw Cleansing Our Waters, October 16, 2017

B.C. First Nations say another occupation possible after fish farm restocking

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Protest outside of BC Premier John Horgan’s office in Victoria, BC, October 13, 2017.

by Laurie Hamelin, APTN National News, October 14, 2017

Just days after meeting with B.C. Premier John Horgan and sending a clear message that fish farms are not wanted in the northern part of the province, community members occupying one farm are now say another occupation is possible after watching RCMP in black zodiacs escort a restocking ship travelling to a fish farm near Alert Bay, where the Horgan meeting took place. Read the rest of this entry

Over 80% of reserves have median income below poverty line, census data shows

Penticton Indian Band grandmothers lead march on MCFD office

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Penticton Indian Band members want the Ministry of Child and Family development to improve the way it consults with the community in child protection cases. (Brady Strachan/CBC)

Band claims social workers attempting to take children from families without proper consultation

By Brady Strachan, CBC News, October 13, 2017

Members of the Penticton Indian Band marched through that city today to protest what they claim is an eroding relationship with the Ministry of Children and Family Development where social workers are attempting to take children into custody without consulting band leadership. Read the rest of this entry

Social movements played a huge part in derailing Energy East

Energy East pipeline protestYes, the cancellation was a business decision. But thousands of activists were instrumental in its delay

By Bronwen Tucker, CBC News, October 12, 2017

In the wake of TransCanada’s announcement that it will no longer be pursuing Energy East, a familiar chorus of politicians have emerged to blame various actors for the pipeline’s demise.

Conservative MPs and premiers pointed to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Leadership hopefuls for Alberta’s United Conservative Party framed it as a direct failure of Premier Rachel Notley. And federal Liberals explained it vaguely as a “business decision” based on “market conditions.” Read the rest of this entry

NDP’s Horgan won’t commit to abolishing fish farms on trip to northern B.C.

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Leaders meet in the Big House on ‘Namgis Territory in northern B.C. with prmier John Horgan and his ministers. Photo: Alexandra Morton

by Laurie Hamelin, APTN National News, October 12, 2017

On a trip to northern B.C., Premier John Horgan met Kwakwakā’wakw Nation leaders to talk about fish farms Tuesday but would not commit to abolishing the open-net cages.

“Any strategy for aquaculture must put a priority on the protection of wild salmon, collaborate with First Nations and acknowledge their interests,” read a statement from Horgan’s office posted online. Read the rest of this entry

‘We’re the ones that have to live here’: Heiltsuk still feel impact of fuel spill

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The Nathan E Stewart tug boat as it sinks in October, 2016.

1 year after Nathan E. Stewart sank off Bella Bella, First Nation says clam beds still contaminated

By Bethany Lindsay, CBC News, October 13, 2017

A year after a sinking tug spilled thousands of litres of fuel into the waters off Bella Bella, B.C., members of the Heiltsuk First Nation say their valuable clam beds are still contaminated. Read the rest of this entry

RCMP, Tobique in showdown over medicinal marijuana

tribal-releaf-marijuana-dispensary-tobique-first-nationby Tom Fennario, APTN National News, October 12, 2017

Maliseet in New Brunswick and the RCMP are at odds over whether the community of Tobique has the lawful ability to sell medicinal marijuana.

The issue came to a head on Oct. 5 when officers raided the offices of Tribal ReLeaf, a medicinal cannabis dispensary on Tobique First Nation. Read the rest of this entry

Hoping to ease tribal homelessness, Leech Lake band takes back its land

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Cabins all along Trader’s Bay on Leech Lake were built on leased tribal land. Now many of them are abandoned. John Enger | MPR News

by John Enger, MPR News, October 12, 2017

Jim and Gail Hinkemeyer just retired and they had their future all worked out. They’d dodge Minnesota’s cold winters with a cheap apartment in Belize, then spend their summers at their small family cabin on Leech Lake. Read the rest of this entry