Indigenous Peoples

Charlie Carey
Aerial spraying of herbicides, like this helicopter seen in the Prince George Forest District, are part of a proposed South Coast Pest Management Plan from BC Timber Sales.James Steidle

Mar. 24, 2022

The five year Pest Management Plan, which covers Squamish to Hope, targets native hard woods and Indigenous medicines and food in efforts to increase lumber output.

A proposed BC Timber Sales Pest Management Plan is gaining attention and fierce push back, as the provincial agency seeks to use aerial and ground spraying of herbicides to increase commercial lumber output.

Judith Lavoie
Nuchatlaht Ha’wilth (Hereditary Chief) Jordan Michael says logging has destroyed old-growth forest and salmon streams on Nootka Island, but the province won’t recognize Nuchatlaht First Nation’s right to manage the territory. Photo via Nuchatlaht First Nation.

Mar. 22, 2022

The nation is in BC Supreme Court to claim title to heavily-logged land the province says they ‘abandoned.’

As Archie Little anticipated the groundbreaking Indigenous title case that began in B.C. Supreme Court yesterday, March 21, he emphasized the phrase supporters are using to describe the legal battle between the tiny Nuchatlaht First Nation and the provincial and federal governments.

Andrea Palframan - RAVEN
RAVEN - Victory for Beaver Lake Cree

Mar. 18, 2022

Beaver Lake Cree set powerful precedent for Indigenous access to justice in Canada’s Supreme Court


Ministry of Just Transition Collective
Government of Canada - Ministry of Just Transition

Mar. 24, 2022

A press conference from a Climate Emergency Coalition Government three years into the future reports on its progress towards climate justice

As we near the end of 2025, it’s worth reflecting on the first 1000 days of a new era. 

Amanda Follett Hosgood
An image taken by enforcement officers with BC’s Environmental Assessment Office in October shows a muddy plume of water from a Coastal GasLink worksite entering the Clore River, east of Kitimat.

Feb.  25, 2022

The pipeline firm was penalized for violations including allowing sediment to flow into sensitive watersheds.

Coastal GasLink has been ordered to pay a $72,500 fine for environmental violations that continued for at least a year along its 670-kilometre pipeline route through northern B.C.

Amanda Follett Hosgood
Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chief Na’Moks, left, speaks with a Coastal GasLink worker. ‘I’m sure they don’t want the public to know how much the public is paying to guard an industry.’ Photo by Amanda Follett Hosgood.

Mar. 2, 2022

Spending dropped quite a bit in 2021, but the force still has a significant presence in Wet’suwet’en territory.

The RCMP’s costs for policing a remote resource road on Wet’suwet’en territory have steadily dropped over the past three years, according to information obtained by The Tyee through freedom of information laws.

Amanda Follett Hosgood
RCMP tactical officers stand on a bridge on the Morice Forest Service Road while arrests were underway on Nov. 18, 2021. BC’s Public Safety Ministry approved the use of provincial resources despite flooding underway in the province’s southwest. Photo by Amanda Follett Hosgood.

Mar. 11, 2022

Documents contradict previous statements made by RCMP Chief Supt. John Brewer.


British Columbia’s Public Safety Ministry worked to provide policing resources for the arrest of Wet’suwet’en and their supporters who blocked a remote resource road in northern B.C., even as the province’s southwest faced unprecedented flooding last November.

First Nations leaders
Come to the front lines
Allies are always needed at the front lines. It's still winter in the Wet'suwet'en Yintah. So if you're a hardy committed individual prepared to spend some time standing with these brave land defenders, apply at the following websites:
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Wendy Stueck and Brent Jang
Wet'suwet'en supporters and Coastal GasLink opponents protest in Victoria, on Feb. 14, 2020. CHAD HIPOLITO/THE CANADIAN PRESS

Two groups of First Nations have signed option agreements to acquire a 10-per-cent equity stake in the Coastal GasLink pipeline, a natural-gas project under construction in northern British Columbia.

The agreements, announced Wednesday, are exercisable when the pipeline comes into service and are subject to customary regulatory approvals.

For the First Nations involved, the potential equity stakes are one of the first opportunities they have had to own part of a project that crosses their traditional territory.


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