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DFO director a no show at Heiltsuk herring dispute in Bella Bella

Heiltsuk fisherman Frank Brown speaking to DFO officers on Denny Island on Sunday. Photo by Mychaylo Prystupa/Vancouver Observer.  March 29, 2015.

Heiltsuk fisherman Frank Brown speaking to DFO officers on Denny Island on Sunday. Photo by Mychaylo Prystupa/Vancouver Observer. March 29, 2015.

“I just got the text.  Sue Farlinger is a not coming up.  This action is a sign of terrible disrespect,” said Heiltsuk fisherman Frank Brown

Mexico: Violent Confrontation in Guerrero Between Normalistas and Police

A police car burns after normalista students attack police station, March 28, 2015.

A police car burns after normalista students attack police station in Tixtla, March 28, 2015.

By Erin Gallagher, Revolution News, March 28, 2015

Normalistas from the Ayotzinapa normal school were violently confronted by riot police Saturday afternoon in a village near the city of Chilpancingo. Earlier reports indicated there were various injuries and three young detainees, all of whom we are told have since been released. After the confrontation, several riots took place in Tixtla where apparently four or five members of the Municipal Police were detained by comunitarios (community police). Read the rest of this entry

Muzzle Blast Round Injures woman at Quebec City anti-austerity protests

Quebec City Police fire what appears to be a Muzzle Blast round into a group of protesters outside the legislative assembly in Quebec City, March 26, 2015.

Quebec City Police fire what appears to be a Muzzle Blast round into a group of protesters outside the legislative assembly in Quebec City, March 26, 2015.

A young woman, Naomi Tremblay-Trudeau, was injured by a tear gas round fired at almost point blank range during anti-austerity protests in Quebec City on March 26, 2015.  Naomi suffered a blunt trauma injury to her lower lip, which caused bruising and swelling.

Many people across the country are outraged that Quebec City riot cops fired the round at such extreme range, with some confusing the type of round fired as being a tear gas canister.  While the headlines of the protester being shot with a tear gas round are technically correct, the round was most likely not an actual canister. Read the rest of this entry

B.C. treaty process in limbo after province pulls chief commissioner

Okanagan Indian Band taking legal action over rail-trail land

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Tsilhqot’in enact laws to govern territory after historic court win

Chief Roger William of Xeni Gwet'in speaks at a news conference where UBCIC chiefs react to a Supreme Court Decision on the aboriginal title appeal, in Vancouver June 26, 2014. Photograph by: Nick Procaylo , PNG.

Chief Roger William of Xeni Gwet’in speaks at a news conference where UBCIC chiefs react to a Supreme Court Decision on the aboriginal title appeal, in Vancouver June 26, 2014.
Photograph by: Nick Procaylo , PNG.

The Vancouver Sun/Canadian Press, March 20, 2015

WILLIAMS LAKE – A British Columbia aboriginal nation granted rights and title by Canada’s high court has introduced its own laws governing its territory and resources within the area.

The Tsilhqot’in National Government has enacted the so-called Nemiah Declaration that prevents mining and commercial logging, stops commercial road building and requires visitors to get permission before entering the land.

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Australia: Thousands rally against closure of indigenous communities

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People rally in Brisbane on March 18, 2015, against the proposed closure of Aboriginal communities.

Russia Today, March 19, 2015

Hundreds have taken part in rallies in Western Australia, protesting the closure of remote indigenous communities in the state, according to local and social media.

More than a thousand protesters rallied in front of the Parliament House in the state capital, Perth, according to ABC News. Read the rest of this entry

Wolf cull protest targets B.C. helicopter firm

Hundreds of angry phone calls, emails and faxes flooded the lines of one of the two B.C. helicopter companies contracted by the province to carry out the gray wolf cull.

Tommy Knowles, Wildlife Defence League spokesman, said it’s the second time this year his group has organized a call, email and fax protest to Bighorn Helicopters, which began Monday.

It’s one of the two companies currently carrying out the B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations’ decision to eliminate 184 gray wolves in the South Selkirk and South Peace region in an effort to save the dwindling caribou population. Read the rest of this entry

FN leader asked to step down for accepting money from nuclear waste organization

nuclear waste signGrand Chief David Harper says nuclear waste will never be stored in northern Manitoba

By Tim Fontaine, CBC News, March 13, 2015

A northern Manitoba First Nation leader is being criticized for accepting money from the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) and some are even calling on Grand Chief David Harper to step down.

Harper, who is head of the Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO), recently signed a $312,689 agreement with the NWMO. Harper told CBC the money is going toward educating his citizens about the risks involved with nuclear waste, and was not accepted in an agreement to store it.

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Australia: Heirisson Island Aboriginal resist Police effort to clear camp

Photo: Aboriginal protesters stand their ground as police move in to clear camps at Heirisson Island. Mar 13, 2015 (ABC News: Rebecca Trigger).

Photo: Aboriginal protesters stand their ground as police move in to clear camps at Heirisson Island. Mar 13, 2015 (ABC News: Rebecca Trigger).

By Rebecca Trigger, ABC News, March 13, 2015

Angry scenes erupted at Perth’s Heirisson Island today as police and the city moved to dismantle an Aboriginal camp, set up in response to the State Government’s plan to close remote communities.

Dozens of officers, including mounted police and the canine squad moved in on the island at about 3:00pm, after the Perth council gave the group until midday today to remove their belongings. Read the rest of this entry

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