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Dzawada’enuxw First Nation to push for removal of fish farms

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A coastal First Nation in B.C. is vowing to challenge the B.C. government’s new approach to fish farm tenures, which would give First Nations a say over where these operations can set up on the West Coast.

The province announced Wednesday that starting in 2022, fish farms will need First Nations approval to renew their tenures. Read the rest of this entry

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B.C. fish farms will require Indigenous consent

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Members of the Kwakwaka’wakw occupy a fish farm in August 2017.

by Justine Hunter, Globe & Mail, June 19, 2018

The B.C. government is poised to give an effective veto to First Nations over fish farm tenures in their territories, a historic concession that reaches beyond the traditional court-ordered requirement that Indigenous groups be consulted and accommodated on resource decisions on their lands. Read the rest of this entry

B.C. first province to have funding available for on-reserve housing

The B.C government is pledging $550 million over the next 10 years to build and operate 1,750 new units of social housing for projects, both on- and off-reserve in Indigenous communities. The funding will make British Columbia the first province in Canada to invest provincial housing funds into on-reserve housing. Read the rest of this entry

First of 202 Trans Mountain pipeline protesters await sentencing

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Police read out injunction prior to arresting protesters at the TransMountain Pipeline expansion in Burnaby, BC. in March 2018. Photo: CTV News

Fines stemming from later arrests will escalate from $500 to $5,000 as trials progress this summer

by Mike Laanela, CBC News, June 18, 2018

A couple of dozen anti-pipeline protesters rallied outside B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver on Monday morning.

They were there to mark the end of the trial of the first 28 protesters arrested for blocking access to the Kinder Morgan work site on Burnaby Mountain on March 17. Read the rest of this entry

Justice for Our Stolen Children camp torn down by Provincial Capital Commission

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The Justice For Our Stolen Children Camp in front of the Legislative Building was forced to take down tents after 108 days. D.C. Fraser / Regina Leader-Post

The Justice for Our Stolen Children camp in Wascana Park is being torn down by the Provincial Capital Commission.

Chief of Six Nations calls for Indigenous jury members as trial with echoes of Colten Boushie case begins

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Jon Styres, right, was shot and killed in Hamilton on Feb. 4. (Facebook)

Hamilton police say Jon Styres died of ‘gunshot-related injuries’ after being confronted by Peter Khill

by Dan Taekema, CBC News

The chief of the Six Nations of the Grand River says she will be watching closely as jury selection begins Monday for the trial of a Hamilton man accused of second-degree murder for allegedly shooting and killing a First Nations man.  Read the rest of this entry

Indigenous resistance, title make Trans Mountain pipeline extension ‘untenable,’ says economist

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Land defender Kanahus Manuel (centre) and Secwepemc people and allies have vowed to defend unceded Secwepemc territory against the Trans Mountain pipeline extension. Some say Secwepemc title and jurisdiction make the controversial project a risky investment.

by Justin Brake, APTN News, June 8, 2018

The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is a high-risk investment for Canada and any future financial backers because it runs through unceded Indigenous lands, says one economist. Read the rest of this entry

B.C. premier ‘concerned’ over data showing VPD disproportionately stopped Indigenous people

Premier John Horgan says he’s concerned about data released by the Vancouver Police Department showing “carding” incidents disproportionately involved people who were Indigenous. Read the rest of this entry

Protesters greet PM at meeting with Trans Mountain pipeline’s Indigenous-led oversight committee

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Chief Ernie Crey sits next to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a meeting about the Trans Mountain pipeline in the B.C. community of Cheam. (Chantelle Bellrichard/CBC)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits Stó:lō community of Cheam

B.C. First Nation files Aboriginal title claim challenging fish farms in their territory

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Dzawada’enuxw leaders outside BC Supreme Court in Vancouver. Photo courtesy Lindsey Mae Willie

by Laurie Hamelin, APTN News, June 2, 2018
The Dzawada’enuxw First Nation of Kingcome Inlet filed a claim of Aboriginal title in British Columbia’s Supreme Court that affects ten fish farms in their traditional territory that they say are operating without their consent. Read the rest of this entry