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B.C. First Nations lose social funding

On-reserve social assistance programs — distributed through B.C.’s First Nations Social Development Society — will no longer have federal funding by the end of September, and the group still doesn’t know why.

Society president Jamie Hill said for the nearly 15 years, the group has provided support for Band Social Development Workers for all 203 First Nation bands in B.C. “as the only support service for on-reserve income assistance policy clarification, support, training and the adjudication of Person with Disability in B.C.” Read the rest of this entry

Gitxsan LNG opponents protest Kispiox information meeting

Gitxsan Madii Lii logoby Alicia Bridges, Smithers Interior News, May 20, 2015

The RCMP was onsite at the Kispiox Hall this morning to supervise a protest against an LNG information session being held by the provincial government and the Gitxsan Development Corporation.

Today’s presentation is one of two organized by the B.C. government and the GDC, a Gitxsan enterprise company, to be held today and tomorrow.

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Amanda Deer, non-native boyfriend driven from Kahnawake home by protesters

Mohawk Kahnawake evicitionsCriminal record of man is reason for protest on Mohawk territory, says Grand Chief Mike Delisle

CBC News, May 18, 2015

A couple and an 11-year-old boy were driven out of their home on a Quebec reserve by people protesting the presence of the woman’s non-native boyfriend.

There are mixed opinions as to why residents of the Kahnawake reserve near Montreal are protesting the relationship between Amanda Deer and her non-native boyfriend.  Read the rest of this entry

B.C. woodland caribou face extinction despite government protection: study

Caribou herd.

Caribou herd.

Industrial development appears to be contributing most to the decline of caribou herds

By Daybreak South, CBC News, May 14, 2015

Woodland caribou in the South Peace region of eastern British Columbia could be wiped out despite government efforts to protect them.

Researchers from the University of Northern British Columbia and the B.C. government say five subpopulations of caribou could be heading towards extinction, likely because of industrial development. Read the rest of this entry

West Moberly First Nations concerned about mercury contamination in fish

West Moberly First Nation Chief Roland Willson holds a frozen bull trout that he says is contaminated with mercury, in front of the Legislature in Victoria on Monday. (Dirk Meissner/The Canadian Press)

West Moberly First Nation Chief Roland Willson holds a frozen bull trout that he says is contaminated with mercury, in front of the Legislature in Victoria on Monday. (Dirk Meissner/The Canadian Press)

Study by the band concludes 98% of fish have mercury levels above provincial guidelines

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

Members of the West Moberly First Nations say a hydroelectric dam in northeastern B.C. has left fish in the region too contaminated with mercury to eat.

Chief Roland Willson and members of the McLeod Lake Indian Band, located in northeastern British Columbia, arrived at the legislature in Victoria with more than 90 kilograms of bull trout packed in two coolers.

“Typically, you’d be proud of this fish,” he said. “But we can’t eat this.” Read the rest of this entry

Idle No More movement was like ‘bacteria,’ says internal RCMP document

Flash mob in Edmonton mall, December 2012.

Flash mob in Edmonton mall, December 2012.

by Jorge Barrera, APTN National News, May 7, 2015
The Idle No More movement was like “bacteria” that spread across the country carrying with it the potential for an outbreak of violence, according to an internal RCMP document shared by senior officers.

The internal document was a site report from Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence’s camp which was set up during her liquids-only fast on Victoria Island in the Ottawa River within sight of Parliament Hill and the Supreme Court of Canada. The camp became a hub of activity during the height of the Idle No More movement between December 2012 and January 2013. Read the rest of this entry

Dehcho leaders vote to ban fracking in traditional territory

Dehcho First Nations Grand Chief Herb Norwegian.

Dehcho First Nations Grand Chief Herb Norwegian.

Dene and Métis leaders in Dehcho passed resolution to ban fracking on 215,000 km territory last week

CBC News, May 6, 2015

Dene and Métis leaders in the Northwest Territories’ Dehcho region have voted to ban fracking on their traditional lands, passing a resolution during a meeting last week.

The resolution states that fracking can not happen within the 215,000 square kilometre traditional territory of the Dehcho, which stretches from the west point of Great Slave Lake through the Nahanni National Park Reserve near the Yukon border, and as far north as Wrigley. Read the rest of this entry

Thousands gather in Melbourne’s CBD to protest against proposed WA remote communities closure

Australia Melbourne May 3

Thousands gathered in downtown Melbourne, Australia, on May 1, 2015, to protest against the Australian government’s plans to close up to 150 Aboriginal communities.

ABC News, May 1, 2015

About 5,000 marchers have gathered for a vocal but peaceful protest at the corner of Flinders and Swanston streets in central Melbourne to protest against the proposed closure of up to 150 remote communities in Western Australia.

The marchers, some carrying gum leaves, were led by mounted police to the intersection near Federation Square.

The protestors carried signs reading: “Stop moving Aboriginal people on”, “Racism is a lifestyle choice” and “Close the gap, not the communities”. Read the rest of this entry

Australia: Arrests as police remove tents at Perth’s Heirisson Island Aboriginal protest

Australia Aboriginal camp perth 1ABC News, April 30, 2015

Dozens of riot police and City of Perth rangers have again moved into dismantle an Aboriginal camp at Heirisson Island, set up in response to the State Government’s plan to close remote communities.

Officers began dismantling the camp just after 11:00 am, pulling down tents and issuing move on notices.

The tents, as well as residents’ belongings, were confiscated. Read the rest of this entry

Chile: Mapuche Political Prisoners on Hunger Strike in Angol Prison


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