‘Namgis artist was known for his mask carvings and as an advocate for Aboriginal rights
By Megan Thomas, CBC News, March 28, 2017
World-renowned B.C. Indigenous artist Beau Dick has died.
Dick was a master carver and hereditary chief from the ‘Namgis First Nation in Alert Bay, just off the coast of northern Vancouver Island.
He was known for his mask carvings and as an advocate for Aboriginal rights. Read the rest of this entry
Company ‘highly regrets’ spilling of 600 litres; initial reports said the amount was 1,500 litres
By Rhianna Schmunk, CBC News, March 5, 2017
Emergency crews are responding to a diesel spill at a fish farm near the northern tip of Vancouver Island.
Early Sunday officials said at least 1,500 litres of diesel overflowed from the Burdwood Fish Farm in Echo Bay, B.C., northeast of Port McNeill. Read the rest of this entry
Andy Everson of Komoks First Nation speaks on behalf of the wild salmon.
Video by Tamo Campos
by Jessica Lepp, CTV News, August 29, 2016
An international salmon farming company based on Vancouver Island has been handed an eviction notice from Campbell River First Nations.
First Nations protesters and their supporters marched to the offices of Marine Harvest Friday to slide an eviction notice beneath the door demanding their waters back. Read the rest of this entry
Orders follow a number of developments, including federal decision to extend licences.
By Andrew Nikiforuk,
The Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw, whose traditional lands includes much of the Broughton Archipelago, have boarded two Japanese-owned fish farms and delivered eviction orders to remove their operations from unceded territories over the last six days.
On Aug. 15, three Dzawada’enuxw traditional leaders served an eviction notice to a Cermaq/Mitsubishi salmon farm on the Burdwood Islands, and on Aug. 18 boats from the communities of Gwayasdums (Gilford Island), U’kwa’nalis (Kingcome Inlet) and Alert Bay arrived at the Sir Edmund Bay fish farms run by Cermaq/Mitsubishi to conduct a cleansing ceremony. Read the rest of this entry
“Are we prepared to die for this. I think we are now. The fight is on!”
The Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw boarded a salmon farm in their territory for the second time in three days to begin the process of cleansing their waters of the fish farm industry. This is done in the name of our children, future generations and in memory of our ancestors. Read the rest of this entry
The RCMP came unannounced into our community of Ukwanalis (Kingcome Inlet) but our leaders stood strong and committed in standing our ground.
“You guys say you are peacekeepers but when you look at the UN Declaration and it talks about the genocide of indigenous people, and that it will no longer happen and yet this is what’s happening in our territory. The very thing that we live off of are being killed off.” -Okwilogame
When Haida copper is smashed on Parliament Hill on July 27, the ancient shaming ceremony won’t just be sending a message to the federal government.
On the first day of the Awalaskenis II journey from Vancouver to Ottawa, Kwakwaka’wakw hereditary chief and carver Beau Dick told the Georgia Straight that he sees performing the copper cutting ritual as a “challenge” to all Canadians as well.
“It’s about consciousness and about waking up to realize that, as human beings, we have a lot of things to sort out,” Dick said on Wednesday (July 2), as he marched with about 40 people on West Broadway. Read the rest of this entry