Indigenous Peoples

Amanda Follett Hosgood
A roadblock preventing Coastal GasLink from accessing a site where it plans to drill under the Morice River, or Wedzin Kwa to the Wet’suwet’en. RCMP have visited the site several times since the camp was created on Sept. 24, making two arrests. Photo by Amanda Follett Hosgood.

4 Oct 2021

On the scene where Coastal GasLink’s plan to install pipe under the river bed has been halted for 11 days.

At the turnoff, four workers with Coastal GasLink security gather in orange and yellow vests, their voices edged with frustration as they talk above four idling pickup trucks that release a haze of exhaust into the early morning light.

Another pickup faces off against the group, blocking access to the rough and muddy spur road that leads to the pipeline worksite.

Matt Simmons, Photography by Ryan Dickie
Josh Rush, member of Wilp Wii Litsxw, fishes at the Lax An Zok fish camp on the banks of the Meziadin River in northwest B.C

Sept. 26, 2021

After waiting for years for support from the provincial government and in the face of declining salmon stock, the Gitanyow are independently forging ahead with new protections under traditional law and custom for some 54,000 hectares of land and water, which are threatened by potential mining projects

On a late August afternoon, under cloudy skies that threatened rain, Gitanyow hereditary chiefs gathered at the Lax An Zok fish camp on the banks of the Meziadin River in northwest B.C. to sign a unilateral declaration. 

Tara Olivetree Ehrcke
Activists stage a “die-in” to protest old-growth logging in Vancouver. Photo: Pa-to-ri-ku.
Tara Olivetree Ehrcke analyzes Canada’s recent snap election and why the issues most important to Canadian voters—such as climate change, housing, and Indigenous rights—failed to translate at the ballot box.
Cloe Logan
A wildfire rages in Coldstream, B.C., on July 9, 2021. Photo courtesy of @ItsGavP

September 29th 2021

For Gordon Murray, the loss of his home during this summer’s wildfire in Lytton shows the British Columbia government isn’t doing enough to curb the climate crisis.

“I still taste smoke from the firestorm that erased our house and 90 per cent of Lytton as we fled that unexpected and unstoppable manifestation of the human-caused climate emergency,” said Murray.

Brett Forester
 Spirit Bear - Advocates for First Nations kids have secured yet another victory in an ongoing human rights complaint about systemic discrimination. Photo: APTN

Sep 29, 2021

Canada has lost every battle so far in 14-year-old court fight that isn’t over yet

The Federal Court has upheld a trailblazing Canadian Human Rights Tribunal order requiring Ottawa to pay potentially billions of dollars to thousands of First Nations kids and families who suffered discrimination by the state.

Justice Paul Favel also upheld a separate tribunal order that said the federal government must consider some non-status First Nations kids eligible for the Jordan’s Principle program.

First Nations leaders

Wet'suwet'en Occupy CGL Drill Site and Call for Support on the Ground and Action in Solidarity!


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