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Kelowna protest over sewage waste may escalate

Rally against sewage disposal outside BC Premier Christy Clark's office in Kelowna, April 18, 2015.

Rally against sewage disposal outside BC Premier Christy Clark’s office in Kelowna, April 18, 2015.

WEST KELOWNA – Saturday marked day four of a protest at Premier Christy Clark’s constituency office in West Kelowna. The demonstration began last Wednesday when a handful of native chiefs from the Nicola Valley occupied the office to take a stand against bio-solid sewage waste being trucked from the Okanagan to land near Merritt.

On Saturday a rally was held outside Clark’s office bringing out close to 100 demonstrators, many of them from first nations communities. Among them, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, the President of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs. Read the rest of this entry

Is it time we start talking about our murdered and missing indigenous men?

Grace Lafond-Barr.

Grace Lafond-Barr.

Indigenous men are more likely to be murdered than anyone else in Canada – possibly more than 2,000 in a 30-year period.

Ayotzinapa to Ottawa delegation aims to draw attention to student disappearances in Mexico

Native elders and spirituality denied to inmates in New Brunswick jail

Shawn Peterpaul from the Elsipogtog First Nation says he was not allowed to participate in native spirituality activities when he was in jail. (CBC)

Shawn Peterpaul from the Elsipogtog First Nation says he was not allowed to participate in native spirituality activities when he was in jail. (CBC)

Southeast Regional Correctional Centre says it received 2 complaints since 2012 from aboriginal inmates

By Anthony Peter-Paul, CBC News, April 14, 2015

Several former inmates of the Southeast Regional Correctional Centre say they were blocked from practising their native spirituality or visiting with elders while in the jail.

Shawn Peterpaul from the Elsipogtog First Nation says he was not allowed to participate in native spirituality activities when he was in jail.

For Peterpaul, the ability to smudge would have been adequate enough to fill his spiritual needs. Read the rest of this entry

B.C. treaty process too slow say governments, native leaders

Songhees First Nation Chief Ron Sam speaking at the signing ceremony for the Te'mexw Agreement in Principle Treaty on April 9, 2015. (Murray Rankin/Twitter)

Songhees First Nation Chief Ron Sam speaking at the signing ceremony for the Te’mexw Agreement in Principle Treaty on April 9, 2015. (Murray Rankin/Twitter)

Modern day treaty process has produced only 4 treaties in 20 years

By Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press/CBC News, April 12, 2015

There is easy agreement between First Nations and the British Columbia and federal governments that treaty negotiations are languishing, expensive and fraught with obstacles, but all sides have completely different views on how to solve the problem.

The agony and ecstasy of the maligned and saluted treaty process was on full display last week when hundreds of cheering people witnessed the signing of an agreement-in-principle on a southern Vancouver Island treaty after 20 years of talks. Read the rest of this entry

Australia: Thousands rally in Melbourne in support of remote Aboriginal communities

Australia melbourne protest 1ABC News, April 10, 2015

Thousands of people have staged a rally in Melbourne against the forced closure of remote Aboriginal communities, bringing parts of the CBD to a standstill.

There were major delays to public transport on Friday as Flinders Street and St Kilda Road closed to traffic.

Yarra Trams tweeted at 7:10pm to say Swanston Street trams running between the Arts Precinct and Melbourne Central Station were able to resume service. Read the rest of this entry

Elsipogtog land defender Annie Clair fights legal charges

Annie Clair, in centre wearing red jacket, during protests against SWN Resources and RCMP raid on Oct 17, 2013.

Annie Clair, in centre wearing red jacket, during protests against SWN Resources and RCMP raid on Oct 17, 2013.

Sunday’s silent auction to help with lawyer fees

by Robert Devet, Halifax Media Coop, April 8, 2015

KJIPUKTUK (HALIFAX) – On April 20th, Elsipogtog First Nation band member Annie Clair will be heading to Moncton to face six charges related to the violent actions of New Brunswick RCMP against defenders of the land in Kent County, New Brunswick.

Clair intends to fight the charges. But she is looking to the wider community for help. Read the rest of this entry

Families of missing and murdered indigenous women give police a failing grade

Missing Murdered Women photosCBC probes 230 unsolved cases, interviews 110 families

CBC News, April 8, 2015

Police departments across Canada get a failing grade for their efforts at solving cases of missing and murdered indigenous women, according to CBC interviews with more than 110 family members.

CBC News has embarked on an exhaustive search for families who have lost a relative either to an unsolved killing or whose loved one still remains missing.

So far, more than 110 families have responded to questions ranging from the efficacy of police investigations to the need for a national inquiry.

Families were asked to rate the quality of the police investigation in each case, on a scale of one to 10, with 10 being excellent. The average rating was 2.8. Read the rest of this entry

Hawaii: Governor announces 1 week halt of Mauna Kea telescope construction

Thirty Meter Telescope protesters chant after being arrested from the telescope building site on the summit of Mauna Kea in Hilo, Hawaii, Thursday, April 2, 2015.

Thirty Meter Telescope protesters chant after being arrested from the telescope building site on the summit of Mauna Kea in Hilo, Hawaii, Thursday, April 2, 2015.

Hawaii News Now, April 7, 2015

HONOLULU – In a Tuesday news conference, Gov. David Ige announced that TMT construction has agreed to a one week halt of work at the summit of Mauna Kea.

Ige said,”The president of the University (Hawaii) and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs have agreed to a timeout on the project and there will be no construction activities this week.” Read the rest of this entry

A day after arrests, Mauna Kea telescope protest grows

Hawaii telescope blockade 8By Ben Gutierrez, Hawaii News Now, April 4, 2015

MAUNA KEA, HAWAIi – A small group of activists started a blockade against construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea ten days ago. Now, its a growing encampment.

Organizers estimate as many as 300 people lined the summit access road Friday, showing their opposition to the controversial $1.4 billion telescope.

“To see just so many people gathered, it was so uplifting,” said organizer Lanakila Mangauil. “It looked like there was a whole Mauna Kea festival going on.” Read the rest of this entry

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