Indigenous Peoples

Unist'ot'en Solidarity Brigade
Updates from Camp and Direct Support for Lytton Fire Survivors

This summer has been rough. As communities across so called Canada and the world grapple with the direct evidence of genocide being shown in the media every day communities are also being subjected to climate disasters like the recent heatwave and the fire that tragically burned down the town of Lytton. 

Resist Line 3
July 12, 2021

Floodwood, MN – On Saturday July 10th, water protectors stopped construction for a full day on an Enbridge worksite laying pipe for the Line 3 pipeline. Two water protectors locked to each other through the treads of a machine, while two others climbed up an excavator’s arm, where they stayed for 7 hours. This action took place on Anishinaabe treaty territories in solidarity with leaders of the growing Indigenous-led resistance to Line 3.

Jesse Firempong
The recent heat waves and fires sweeping Canada illustrate that the skeletons in the closets of Exxon and all fossil fuel companies have proven more than metaphorical. Photo by Jerry and Pat Donaho / Flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0)

On the same day sparks ignited the fire that would devour Lytton, B.C., another story was setting #ClimateTwitter aflame. Lobbyists for the American oil giant ExxonMobil made an unintended confession, one that gets to the heart of the climate crisis and how we survive it.

Andrew Nikiforuk
‘These giants of the universe with their unique DNA represent a living library of medicine for the citizens of the world,’ says biochemist Diana Beresford-Kroeger. Photo for The Tyee by Colin Rowe.

July 12, 2021

Famed tree botanist Diana Beresford-Kroeger has a tough message for BC Premier John Horgan.

The world recognized tree botanist, biochemist and bestselling author Diana Beresford-Kroeger is angry.

“I’m furious actually,” she says over the phone from her home in Merrickville, Ontario.

“In this day and age I am furious that they are logging the last old-growth forests during a pandemic. It is sneaky.”

Emma Gilchrist
Blueberry territory sits on top of the Montney formation, one of the largest natural gas deposits in the world. The ruling concluded that the province failed to adequately consider the impacts of development on the nation's Treaty Rights. Photo: Garth Lenz / The Narwhal

June 30, 2021

The B.C. government breached its obligations under Treaty 8 by permitting forestry, oil and gas, hydro and mining development, the B.C. Supreme Court has ruled

The B.C. government breached the Treaty Rights of the Blueberry River First Nations, says a new provincial court ruling that could have sweeping implications for oil, gas, forestry and hydroelectric development in the northeastern part of the province.

Nelson Bennett
Roads and pipelines for natural gas wells stitch the countryside in the Fort St. John-Dawson Creek area -- one of the many cumulative impacts that made up First Nation's treaty infringement claim. | Google Maps

June 30, 2021

BC infringed treaty, must stop approving industrial development in natural gas heartland

The B.C. Supreme Court has found the B.C. government infringed the Blueberry River First Nation’s treaty rights by allowing decades of industrial development in their traditional territory.

The ruling will likely have significant impacts for industries in that region, notably the natural gas industry, as the court says the province may no longer authorize activities that would continue to add to the cumulative impacts that breach Treaty 8.

Marc Fawcett-Atkinson
Commercial salmon fishing — once the cultural and economic backbone of coastal B.C. — will be significantly diminished to protect the salmon, the federal government announced Tuesday. Photo by Marc Fawcett-Atkinson

June 29th 2021

Commercial salmon fishing will be closed in most of coastal B.C. this year and into the foreseeable future to save the West Coast's critically low fish stocks, the federal government announced Tuesday.

Katłįà (Catherine) Lafferty
Kamloops residential school. Politicians and news media formed a ‘vicious circle’ of justification for assimilation of Indigenous peoples, portrayed as inferior, dangerous and in need of white salvation.

June 21, 2021

How relentlessly racist framing helped ‘write’ the Indian Act — and persists today.

Andrew Nikiforuk
Dr. Peter Henderson Bryce was appointed Canada’s first chief officer of medical health in 1904. He toured residential schools and exposed them as disease incubators and superspreaders.

2 Jun 2021

A century ago, Dr. Peter Bryce demonstrated that residential schools were designed to kill. Canada’s government ignored him.

You have probably never heard of Dr. Peter Henderson Bryce, but I can tell you this: he would not have been shocked or surprised by the discovery of an unmarked grave on the grounds of the Kamloops Indian Residential School last week.


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