Indigenous Peoples

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. 

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.

Bill Metcalfe
Dr. Rachel Holt at a Dec. 1 video press conference on old growth forests held by the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs. Photo: Video screenshot, Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs

Dec. 6, 2021

Rachel Holt was part of a technical panel that mapped old growth

A Nelson ecologist who served as part of a provincial government panel that mapped B.C.’s remaining old growth forest is concerned about the way the government has implemented the panel’s work.

The Old Growth Technical Advisory Panel identified and mapped 2.6 million hectares of at-risk old growth forest.

Vaughn Palmer
Supporters of the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs and who oppose the Coastal GasLink pipeline set up a support station at kilometre 39, just outside of Gidimt'en checkpoint near Houston B.C., on Wednesday January 8, 2020. PHOTO BY JASON FRANSON /THE CANADIAN PRESS

Dec 6, 2021 *
 “I have seen a disturbing video in which two young residents in my constituency were arrested with undue force." — Stikine MLA Nathan Cullen

VICTORIA — Cabinet Minister Nathan Cullen is challenging the RCMP over its handling of protests at the Coastal GasLink pipeline, claiming police used “undue force” in arresting two of his constituents.

“I am writing today as a resident and MLA for Stikine regarding enforcement behaviour by RCMP in furtherance of a court order in my region,” wrote Cullen in a letter Friday to RCMP commissioner Brenda Lucki.

John Woodside
Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs — from left, Rob Alfred, John Ridsdale and Antoinette Austin — who oppose the Coastal GasLink pipeline take part in a rally in Smithers, B.C., on Jan. 10, 2020. File photo by Jason Franson / The Canadian Press

Dec. 2, 2021

The crisis unfolding on Wet’suwet’en territory went from simmer to boil in recent weeks, and those on the ground say the fight against the Coastal GasLink project is far from over.


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