Indigenous Peoples

First Nations Leaders

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National Observer
Ocean Hyland (left) and elder Ta'ah (Amy George) of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation address the crowd, Oct. 28, 2017. Photo by Zack Embree

Pipeline protests escalated in B.C. on Saturday as First Nations and environmental activists paddled into Vancouver harbour in an attempt to disrupt construction at Kinder Morgan's pipeline terminal.

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Standing Rock protest

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe won a significant victory today in its fight to protect the Tribe’s drinking water and ancestral lands from the Dakota Access pipeline.

A federal judge ruled that the federal permits authorizing the pipeline to cross the Missouri River just upstream of the Standing Rock reservation, which were hastily issued by the Trump administration just days after the inauguration, violated the law in certain critical respects.

Kenneth Jackson
The AFN executive in a meeting with Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr, back to the camera with dark suit Sept. 28. Twitter photo

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) slammed the brakes on drafting legislative amendments on environmental and regulatory processes with the Trudeau government last month saying it had become strangers within the process.

Regional Chief Isadore Day said it was supposed to be a co-development of legislative changes but it became clear to him – and other regional chiefs – that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was moving ahead without them.

Shawn McCarthy

Published Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 4:33PM EDT

Last updated Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 4:33PM EDT

First Nations leaders have halted their collaboration with Liberal government on developing environmental legislation, arguing Ottawa is failing to make good on its vaunted commitments to work in partnership with Indigenous people.

James Munson

The Liberals’ transparency bill will make it harder for First Nations to defend their treaties, lawyers and experts who work for First Nations said Monday.

The federal government currently faces 58 ongoing claims in a special court tasked with handling allegations the Crown has breached a treaty. The claims, called ‘specific claims’ in government lingo, can often lead to compensation in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

Chantelle Bellrichard
People travelling by boat in the floodwaters on Oct. 17, 2017. (Cassandra Henry/Facebook)

B.C. River Forecast Centre says flood watch remains in effect with between 50-80 mm of rain in forecast

Posted: Oct 17, 2017 5:09 PM ET

Floodwaters in Kingcome have people huddled indoors, watching and hoping the water continues to recede. 

"The high tide was at noon, so the water is starting to go down. We're not too worried about it right now," said Cassandra Henry from her home in Kingcome, a Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw community on B.C.'s Central Coast.

Emilee Gilpin
Indigenous leaders and activists occupy a fish farm on Swanson Island on Oct. 14, 2017. Photo by Emilee Gilpin

How will newly elected B.C. politicians handle the escalating fish farm conflict?



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October 17, 2017

Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

House of Commons, Ottawa, Ontario    K1A 0A6


Honourable Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture
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Dear Ministers LeBlanc and Popham:



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