Indigenous Peoples

Alex Brockman
Indigenous residents in Fort Chipewyan, Alta., say they fear an expansion of Alberta's oil industry will threaten their way of life. (David Thurton / CBC)

Project touted as safe and responsible, but Indigenous environmental activists not convinced

Raymond Ladouceur remembers what happened to Lake Athabasca when an oil pipeline leaked nearly 30 years ago.

Oil seeped into the water, creating slicks that forced fish to dive deep underwater and eat mud, something he'd never seen before.

"The stuff was yellow, and you talk about the stink," Ladouceur said from his home in Fort Chipewyan, Alta. "I can't describe it. It's a rotten smell, very hard on the nose."  

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Melina Laboucan-Massimo
Cedar George-Parker, 20, a youth activist from the Tulalip Indian Band and Tsleil-Waututh Nation in Coast Salish Territory in B.C. after marching in D.C March 10, 2017. Photo by Amanda Mason, courtesy of Greenpeace

The winds of resistance from Standing Rock blew into Washington D.C. last week, as indigenous leaders brought their demands directly to the door of the Trump administration.

CTV Vancouver Island 
Published Friday, March 10, 2017 3:20PM PST 
Last Updated Friday, March 10, 2017 5:39PM PST

The Canadian Coast Guard responded to an oil spill off the north coast of Vancouver Island, the second spill in the area in a week.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada says a crew was dispatched Friday afternoon to an area near the Port Harvey Marina, south of Port McNeill. 

Members will deploy sorbent pads if necessary as an initial response measure, B.C.'s Ministry of Environment said.

Ian Bailey
Mining Watch Canaada cited the Mount Polley mine disaster as the "the worst mining spill in Canada’s history." (Handout/Reuters)

A coalition of First Nations, environmentalists, doctors and other community leaders are calling on the British Columbia government to launch a judicial inquiry into mining, given flaws they have cited in oversight of the industry.

“It’s in the public interest to do it. We have had repeated instances where it has been shown that the regulatory system has failed,” said Calvin Sandborn, legal director of the University of Victoria Environmental Law Centre, which has helped rally the coalition.

Rhianna Schmunk
This photograph shows what appears to be fuel in the water around the Burdwood Fish Farm in Echo Bay B.C., which is northeast of Port McNeill on Vancouver Island. (Twyla Rosocovich)

Company 'highly regrets' spilling of 600 litres; initial reports said the amount was 1,500 litres

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.

The company that owns the site, Cermaq Canada, issued a statement later on Sunday that the amount of diesel spilled was closer to 600 litres.

Tom Fennario

APTN National News
Lawyers working on a review of how the Toronto Dominion bank is investing in the Dakota Access pipeline said it has not idea when the project will be complete.

In December, the bank issued a statement stating that it would undertake a review after protesters blocked several branches in Canada and the United States in an effort to get the bank to stop investing in the Dakota Access pipeline.

Ayoko Mie

Citizen’s groups on Friday delivered a petition with more than 11,300 signatures to three of Japan’s mega-banks to demand they halt funding for the Dakota Access Pipeline reinstated by U.S. President Donald Trump.

Shannon Lough

Prince Rupert, B.C. posted Feb 16, 2017

The provincial government views the multiple benefits agreements for Metlakatla and Lax Kw’alaams as a win for both the LNG industry and First Nations reconciliation.

In conversation with John Rustad, the minister of Aboriginal relations and reconciliation, on Feb. 16, the day following the landmark deal, he explained that even if the Pacific NorthWest LNG project doesn’t follow through with a final investment decision (FID) some land will still be transferred to First Nations.

Sam Levin
 Jake Pogue, a 32-year-old marine corps vet, returned to the Sacred Stone camp on Friday. Photograph: Sam Levin for the Guardian

A growing group of military veterans are willing to put their bodies between Native American activists and the police trying to remove them


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