British Columbia

Matt Kieltyka
JENNIFER GAUTHIER/FOR METRO  Environmental and community groups gathered in front of the BC Hydro offices on Dunsmuir Street for a lunchtime rally opposing Site C on June 15, 2017.

A large crowd gathered outside BC Hydro’s offices in Vancouver to protests the Site C dam Thursday, and Gordon August says awareness of the project is growing.A large crowd gathered outside BC Hydro’s offices in Vancouver to protests the Site C dam Thursday, and Gordon August says awareness of the project is growing.

The Site C dam has become top of mind to British Columbians after a historic election that has left the project’s – and government’s – future in flux.

Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation

News Release

Tla-o-qui -aht First Nations

June 19, 2017


On Thursday, June 16t h, a tanker accident in the Upper Kennedy Lake area released approximately 3,000 litres of aviation fuel resulting in the shutdown of Highway 4 for approximately 24 hours. The spill has impacted the immediate site as well as the adjacent lake. Kennedy Lake is an important fish bearing site which is of critical importance to the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations.


Simogyet Malii

Simogyet Malii is chief negotiator for the Gitanyow Hereditary Chiefs


There has been a lot of talk in Canada lately about cultural appropriation of Indigenous stories and imagery. This is a conversation that actually goes back to the origins of first contact between settlers and this land’s first peoples, and it is a conversation without end. The latest dust-up just happens to be a high point, or a low one depending on your point of view.

The Real News

Dimitri L.: This is Dimitri Lascaris for The Real News in Vancouver, British Columbia. I'm here today with Eugene Kung, a staff lawyer with the West Coast Environmental Law Group. Eugene specializes in aboriginal and natural resources law. Thanks very much for joining us today.


Eugene Kung: Thank you for having me.


Dimitri L.: Eugene, why don't you just start by telling us a little bit about West Coast Environmental Law. What does the organization do? What is the nature of the practice?


Shawn McCarthy, Justine Hunter and Kelly Cryderman


Crude exports via supertanker from the Port of Vancouver fell 40 per cent between 2014 and 2016, a decline that has led critics of the $7.4-billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion to challenge the need for the project.

In its report last year recommending approval of the Kinder Morgan project, the National Energy Board cited the company’s figures when it said the terminal typically loads five crude tankers a month. It forecast that, with the proposed pipeline expansion, that number could climb to 34 a month depending on demand from shippers.

Emma Gilchrist

Roland Willson is a practical man. As chief of the West Moberly First Nation in northeastern B.C., he’s got to be.

“The natural gas industry is the main source of employment,” Willson said over coffee in Victoria this week, before heading into meetings with the B.C. NDP and B.C. Green parties. “It’s a natural resource economy up there.”

Chris Newton

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Peace Valley residents Ken and Arlene Boon, who were cc’ed on Premier Christy Clark’s letter to NDP leader John Horgan earlier this week, have written back to the Premier saying they are confused about some of the points in her letter.

Brent Jang

A Federal Court case has cast the spotlight on a hereditary tribal leader’s battle against a liquefied natural gas project in northern British Columbia.

Donnie Wesley argues that he has the rightful claim to be recognized as hereditary head chief of the Gitwilgyoots tribe – one of nine allied tribes of the Lax Kw’alaams First Nation.

Eric de Place

New evidence that Kinder Morgan may double its Whatcom and Skagit route.

Indigenous and environmental groups

For Immediate Release: June 9, 2017



Jason Disterhoft, Senior Campaigner at Rainforest Action Network, 1-312-402-8075

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs, 1-250-490-5314

Eugene Kung, Barrister & Solicitor, West Coast Environmental Law 604-601-2514

Tara Houska, National Campaigns Director, Honor the Earth (612)226-9404

Katie Perfitt, Canada Divestment Organizer at (613) 250 0302


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