Indigenous Peoples

Kanahus Manuel
Women involved in the tiny house build are protesting the Kinder Morgan pipeline extension that is planned to go through the territory of the Secwepemc people.  (IAN WILLMS/GREENPEACE)

Secwepemc Nation ups fight against Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Expansion pipeline

Water is Life. This simple and indisputable refrain echoed by Water Protectors at Standing Rock helped transform a local Indigenous resistance movement into a global flashpoint for Indigenous rights and environmental protection.

Now, the spirit of Standing Rock is moving northward.

Laura Kane
Protesters gather at the Marine Harvest fish farm on Swanson Island, near Alert Bay, B.C. in a handout photo from the Facebook page Swanson Occupation. Ernest Alfred, 36, sitting cross-legged on the right wearing a cedar bark neck ring, sits with other traditional leaders from neighbouring villages. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Facebook-Swanson Occupation MANDATORY CREDIT

PORT HARDY, B.C. — Members of two British Columbia First Nations say they have occupied a salmon farm on a small island on the province’s coast, the second such protest to be held in the past week.

Chief Willie Moon, also known as Okwilagame, said about 16 members of the Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw and the Kwikwasutinuxw Haxwamis arrived at the Wicklow Point salmon farm on Thursday afternoon.

He said about five protesters plan to stay until the provincial and federal governments revoke permits for the facility on Broughton Island, about 50 kilometres east of Port Hardy.

Marc Lee

Today I submitted an analysis to the BC Utilities Commission in response to their consultation on the economics of the Site C dam. You can read it here.

Mike Hager
fish farm wreckage

British Columbia’s new NDP government campaigned on a promise to transition the province’s fish-farming industry away from open-sea pens to land-based sites, but First Nations are pushing for more aggressive action. They want the province to revoke the licences of unwanted salmon farms operating in their territorial waters.

B.C.’s aquaculture industry was once again in the spotlight last week after thousands of Atlantic salmon may have escaped a Washington State fish farm near the border.

Mike Hager
A United Nations panel says the construction of British Columbia’s $8.8-billion Site C dam should be halted until there is a full review of how it would affect Indigenous land.

A United Nations panel on racism is calling on the B.C. government to immediately halt construction on the $8.8-billion Site C dam, arguing the province needs to review the controversial project in consultation with the First Nations communities facing irreversible destruction of their lands.

First Nations Leaders

August 24, 2017. For immediate release.  Ernest Alexandra Alfred and a small group have peacefully occupied the Marine Harvest salmon farm, Swanson Island.  They state that they will remain on the farm until their chiefs are satisfied that the Province of BC has cancelled that farm’s Licence of Occupation and thus it has to leave the territory. The farm is located 17km east of Alert Bay.


Eric Plummer

Despite opposition from Indigenous leaders and the provincial government, the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is moving ahead, with construction set to begin in September.

Kinder Morgan plans to twin the existing pipeline running from central Alberta to British Columbia’s Lower Mainland, increasing capacity from 300,000 barrels of oil a day to 890,000. The company has announced its intention to begin construction next month on private land, which could include the Westridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby and a tank farm near Simon Fraser University.

First Nations Leaders

TŜILHQOT’IN NATIONAL GOVERNMENT                                   

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August 15, 2017


Tŝilhqot’in Commend Federal Intervention to Permanently Stop Taseko Mines Limited’s

Azeezah Kanji
Jerry Natanine, community leader and former mayor of Clyde River, speaks during a press conference on Parliament Hill following a ruling at the Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa on July 26. Clyde River's legal counsel Nader Hasan looks on.  (SEAN KILPATRICK / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Two recent decisions from the Supreme Court of Canada — Clyde River v Petroleum Geo-Services Inc. and Chippewas of the Thames First Nation v Enbridge Pipelines Inc. — are being hailed as landmark cases on Indigenous peoples’ right to be consulted about projects that threaten to damage their traditional territories.


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