Indigenous Peoples

19/12/21
Author: 
The Canadian Press
Forest

Dec. 16, 2021

VICTORIA — The British Columbia government says it is finalizing plans with First Nations that have indicated support for plans to defer logging in certain old-growth forests, while it continues talks with nations that need more time to decide.

VICTORIA — The British Columbia government says it is finalizing plans with First Nations that have indicated support for plans to defer logging in certain old-growth forests, while it continues talks with nations that need more time to decide.

18/12/21
Author: 
Climate and Capitalism
Prehistoric art

December 17, 2021

Is inequality inevitable? Is freedom just a choice? Two materialist critiques of a widely-praised book.

Introduction

18/12/21
Author: 
Rochelle Baker
Federal Fisheries Minister Joyce Murray is cutting the commercial herring fishing allocation to 10 per cent, down from 20 per cent last year, to protect the valuable forage fish and threatened salmon. Photo courtesy of Fisheries Ministry

Dec. 16, 2021

In her first major decision, new federal Fisheries Minister Joyce Murray has reduced the West Coast commercial herring fishery by half.

Wading into the thick of fish politics Thursday, Murray said the decision is based on an abundance of caution given herring are a critical food for endangered salmon stocks — further jeopardized by the double whammy of fire and floods in B.C. this year.

18/12/21
Author: 
Saul Arbess

With much of BC Timber Sales' old-growth logging on pause, the Province could direct the publicly-owned agency to focus its logging program on second-growth forests using ecosystem-based management.

 

Background

14/12/21
Author: 
Vaughn Palmer
A notice to clear the road from RCMP sits in a tree fell across the road block access to Gidimt'en checkpoint near Houston, B.C., on Jan. 8, 2020. PHOTO BY JASON FRANSON /THE CANADIAN PRESS

Dec. 13, 2021

Party brass have worked behind the scenes to tamp down dissent, but some bubbled over in weekend convention

VICTORIA — The B.C. NDP convention on Sunday called for an independent investigation into allegations the RCMP used excessive force against protesters at the standoff over the Coastal GasLink pipeline.

The party accused the RCMP of setting back reconciliation with the Wet’suwet’en Indigenous people, whose hereditary leaders oppose construction of the natural gas pipeline through their traditional territory.

13/12/21
Author: 
Nick Cunningham
Activists protest Jordan Cove LNG in Salem, OR. June, 2016. Credit: Francis Eatherington (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Dec.6, 2021

A coalition of Oregon landowners, environmental groups, and Native tribes fended off Jordan Cove for more than a decade. But the legal implications of the project’s demise outside of Oregon are unclear.

Oregon’s 15-year battle against the Jordan Cove LNG project quietly came to an end on December 1, bringing relief to dozens of landowners that live in the path of the proposed project. 

10/12/21
Author: 
Matt Simmons (Local Journalism Initiative Reporter)
A worker stands on a newly cut access road for the Coastal GasLink pipeline near Houston, B.C., in 2019. Since then, the company has faced 11 non-compliance orders from the environmental assessment office for contravening its operating permit. Photo: Amber Bracken / The Narwhal

Dec. 8, 2021

B.C’s environmental assessment office has issued 11 orders to Coastal GasLink since the project began, including three in November

Jerry cans of gas in an overflowing pool of water. Oil barrels lying on the ground. A dumpster filled to the brim, its lid propped open and bags of garbage left out in bear country. Murky water flowing into wetlands, lakes, streams and rivers. 

10/12/21
Author: 
Stephanie Wood
Kechika River runs through Dene K’éh Kusān, an area proposed for protection by the Kaska Dena. But the B.C. government isn't on side and hasn't designated any large conservation areas in more than a decade. Photo: Taylor Roades / The Narwhal

Dec. 9, 2021

Canada pledged to protect 25 per cent of land and water by 2025, but British Columbia has added only one percentage point in the past decade. Many say Indigenous protected areas are the way forward. Will the province agree?

British Columbia still hasn’t endorsed the federal government’s promise to protect 25 per cent of lands and oceans in Canada by 2025, leading conservationists and First Nations to call on the province to support more Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas in the face of climate change and biodiversity loss.

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