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Shuswap band carves canoes for 1st time in 60 years

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Tanner Francois (L) poses with Frank Marchand (R). Marchand, from the Okanagan Indian Band, is helping members of the Little Shuswap Indian Band — including Francois — carve two canoes. (Doug Herbert/CBC)

‘Being able to be taught to do something my ancestors were doing — it’s like I’m following in their footsteps’

CBC News, March 8, 2017

The Little Shuswap Indian Band in B.C.’s Shuswap region is carving canoes for the first time in over 60 years.

The band partnered with the Okanagan Indian Band to relearn canoe-making skills and every day band members have been working on the shores of Little Shuswap Lake at Quaaout Lodge carving out two large canoes. Read the rest of this entry

First Nation-led environmental review panel rejects Ajax mine in Kamloops, B.C.

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Ajax mine located on outskirts of Kamloops, BC.

Controversial $1.3-billion project has residents divided

By Maryse Zeidler, CBC News, March 4, 2017

The Stk’emlúpsemc te Secwépemc Nation has rejected a proposed open-pit copper and gold mine south-west of Kamloops, B.C., after its months-long review of the project.

The decision could be an important upset for KGHM International, a subsidiary of Polish company KGHM Polska Miedźthat, which has been trying to push the controversial $1.3-billion project forward since 2006.  Read the rest of this entry

Statement from the family of Arthur Manuel on his passing

art1On Wednesday January 11, 2017 at 11:00 PM, Arthur Manuel, our beloved father, grandfather, husband, brother, uncle, warrior, and teacher passed away. Arthur was one of our most determined and outspoken Secwepemc leaders and activists—a pillar in the resistance, known globally for his tireless advocacy for Indigenous Peoples’ right to self-determination. He passed on into the spirit world surrounded by many generations of his loving family. Read the rest of this entry

Indigenous leader, activist, Arthur Manuel dead at 66

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Arthur Manuel, Secwepemc.

Manuel was former Chief of Neskonlith Indian Band, chair of Shuswap Nation Tribal Council

CBC News January 12, 2017

A widely respected Indigenous leader and activist from the Secwepemc Nation has died. Arthur Manuel was 66-years-old.

The son of the late George Manuel, who founded the National Indian Brotherhood — precursor to the Assembly of First Nations — Arthur Manuel entered the world of Indigenous politics in the 1970s, as president of the Native Youth Association. Read the rest of this entry

Simpcw First Nation marking 100th anniversary of forced relocation

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An image from 1912 identifies “Shuswap Indians” at Tête Jaunce Cache. (Photo by F.A. Talbot, from the Simpcw First Nation Archive)

Simpcw forced from from Tête Jaune Cache to a reserve in Chu Chua, 300 kilometers away

By Andrew Kurjata, Jenifer Norwell, CBC News, August 12, 2016

The Simpcw First Nation are making a symbolic return to their traditional land in Tête Jaune Cache this weekend — marking 100 years since they were forced to leave.

“The settlers, the miners, in those days had very racist kind of ideas about First Nations people,” said chief Nathan Matthew of the relocation.

“And they just didn’t want First Nations people around there, sort of getting in the way of the settlement of the land or the use of the resources.” Read the rest of this entry

Video of arrests at Imperial Metals occupation in Vancouver

Imperial Metals office in Vancouver occupied

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In this photo, land defenders occupy the offices of Imperial Metal in Vancouver, Canada.  The president of Imperial Metals, Bryan Kynoch, stands behind them.

OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM YUCT NE SENXIMETKWE CAMP, August 9, 2016

WE SUCCESSFULLY OCCUPIED IMPERIAL METALS TODAY.

Two years after the Mount Polley disaster, Secwepemc Women’s Warrior Society and Ancestral Pride had an action today to show Imperial Metals that we will escalate resistance until they cease and desist all mining operation in our Indigenous territories. Imperial Metals ordered thirty police offers to violently assault Indigenous women and supporters, with four arrests and many bruised bodies. But our spirits are high and we know the world is watching, we have support from around the world. We are holding their responsible for the violence against Indigenous lands and Indigenous women. We sent a message to investors and shareholders, including President Brian Kynoch who was in the office, that they are violating our Indigenous Rights and Title and violating our free, prior and informed consent. Read the rest of this entry

WE ARE IMPERIAL NO MORE!

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Blockade of the Mount Polley mine site near Likely, BC, on the 2 year anniversary of tailings pond rupture, August 4, 2016.  Photo: Yuct Ne Senxiymetkew Camp.

OFFICIAL YUCT NE SENXIYMETKEW CAMP STATEMENT, August 7, 2016

 

Kukstemc Kleco Ociem. We thank everyone who came out to the Second Anniversary of Mount Polley Mining Disaster on August 4, 2016. We had many diverse groups such as Ancestral Pride, Downtown Eastside Power of Women, Native Youth Movement, No One Is Illegal, Rising Tide, Unist’ot’en Solidarity Bridge, Alliance Against Displacement, and Council of Canadians in attendance and sharing knowledge and experiences. The event was a great success with over one hundred people traveling all across Turtle Island to attend — even a bus from Vancouver. Read the rest of this entry

Mt Polley Blockade Ends – For Now

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Graphic via Tori Cress, Instagram

By Greg Fry, 250 News, August 5, 2016

Likely, B.C. – Things are back too normal at the Mt Polley mine in Likely.

This following a blockade by the Secwepemc Women’s Warrior Society yesterday.

“There were a few activists that gathered at the entrance to the access road to the mine yesterday,” said Imperial Metals spokesperson Steve Robertson.

“Their numbers grew throughout the day. There wasn’t much in the way of blockade activity until late in the afternoon when they were not allowing vehicles to go in and were slowing down vehicles that were going out. But that lasted for a short period of time and the activists were all gone by early evening.”

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Video of Mount Polley blockade