Indigenous Peoples

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.

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.”

Dave Kolpack, The Associated Press
Heavy equipment is seen at a site where sections of the Dakota Access pipeline were being buried near the town of St. Anthony in Morton County, N.D., in this Oct. 5, 2016, file photo. (Tom Stromme, The Bismarck Tribune/Associated Press)

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe chairman calls ruling 'a significant victory'

A U.S. federal judge has handed a lifeline to efforts to block the Dakota Access pipeline, ruling Wednesday that the Army Corps of Engineers didn't adequately consider the possible impacts of an oil spill where the pipeline passes under the Missouri River.

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

Coast Protectors
Mark my words - the Trans Mountain Expansion Project will never see the light of day

June 04, 2017

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip is challenging Alberta Premier Rachel Notley on Kinder Morgan. On Tuesday, Premier Notley declared that no NDP/Green government or First Nations objections would stop its construction, saying, "Mark my words, that pipeline will be built, the decisions have been made."

Discourse Media

Feb 10, 2017 - Earl Muldon sits at his kitchen table surrounded by family, sipping coffee. His wife Shirley brings over a plate of cream cake topped with huckleberries.

Bruce Livesey
Both the RCMP (left) and the Canadian Security Intelligence Agency (right) have been caught spying on environmentalists, writes investigative reporter Bruce Livesey. File photos by The Canadian Press

This is the first installment in a two-part investigative series on governments, spies, and the oil and gas industry

“Mr. Tremblay, do you remember me?”

Elizabeth McSheffrey
Members of the Haida Nation gather for a historic potlatch ceremony in Haida Gwaii, B.C. on Aug. 13, 2016. Photo courtesy of Trevor Jang, Discourse Media

The federal government has been caught making false statements about how oilpatch partners tried to hijack its efforts to consult First Nations in British Columbia on marine protection in their territory.


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