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Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs

[West Moberly, Prophet River, Fort Nelson, Union of BC Indian Chiefs, BC Assembly of First Nations, and First Nations Summit logos]

November 19, 2015

BC Climate Leadership Team:

Jordan Sturdy, MLA

Susan Laaksonen-Craig, Climate Action Secretariat

Nancy Olewiler, SFU

Dr. Thomas F. Pederson, Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip
Photo of an anti-Site C Dam sign seen at the annual Paddle for the Peace event. Photo by Wilderness Committee.

Today in Victoria, lawyers representing two First Nations will be in B.C. Supreme Court arguing that the provincial government violated First Nation rights by rushing to approve the controversial $9 billion (and counting) Site C dam on the Peace River.

Regardless of the outcome of the case, which is one of three B.C. First Nations legal proceedings against Site C currently underway, First Nations opposition to Site C is understandable.

Julien Gignac
(Kanesatake Grand Chief Serge Simon holds up a Haudenosaunee Wampum Belt. Photo/Tom Fennario)

The Mohawk community at the centre of the Oka Crisis is leading plans to hold a ceremony aimed at solidifying an Indigenous alliance against the proposed Energy East pipeline.

Kanesatake Grand Chief Serge Simon said the ceremony is expected to take place in British Columbia this coming spring.

William Stodalka
George Desjarlais looks through a telescope at the Site C dam construction from an observation shack built by the Treaty 8 Tribal Association overlooking the Peace River.   Photo By William Stodalka - See more at:

It’s a humble shack with a $9-billion view.

The Treaty 8 Tribal Association has set up an observation shack overlooking the Peace River at the Site C dam site where opponents and other interested parties can watch what critics say is the destruction of the Peace River valley.

Sarah Lazare
"The intervention of fossil fuel companies in our lawsuit against the Federal Government makes it clear that the industry is scared," said Alex Loznak, an 18-year-old plaintiff from Oregon. (Photo courtesy of Our Children's Trust)

Representatives of nearly the entire U.S. fossil fuels industry lined up on Thursday to help the federal government wage a legal battle against a group of young people—aged 8 to 19—who are demanding climate policies that respect the rights of current and future generations.

Fram Dinshaw
First Nations protest against fossil fuel development and pollution in Sarnia, Ontario, in September. (Photo credit: Fram Dinshaw).

The new Liberal government has promised to implement the UN Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples just over a year after Stephen Harper raised objections to it.


TORONTO, Nov. 12, 2015 /CNW/ - A broad cross-section of 100 environmental, business and community interests, including many participants in the current National Energy Board (NEB) reviews, are asking Prime Minister Trudeau, before heading to Paris, to keep his promise and stop the costly, broken pipeline reviews, including Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain and TransCanada's Energy East proposals.

The Associated Press
A man walks in a depot of urban railway early into the 24-hour strike called by labour unions. (Thanassis Stavrakis/The Associated Press)

(Editors: See video interview here

Clashes briefly broke out Thursday between riot police and protesters in central Athens during the first general strike since the country's left-led government initially came to power in January.

Brandi Morin
Elder Violet Poitras on the Paul First Nation. The TransAlta generating station sits in the background. Photo: Native Counselling Services of Alberta.

With the world focusing on climate change leading up to the COP21 United Nations gathering in Paris at the end of November, some Indigenous elders in Canada say it’s an issue that they’ve been witnessing unfold for decades.

Francois Paulette from Smith Landing First Nation in the Northwest Territories (NWT) has been speaking out about changes to the landscape in his home territory.

“The north is a very sensitive, delicate place with impacts from pollution to the air and water,” said Paulette.

Josh Massey
The Pacific Northwest LNG terminal design showing its proposed location near Prince Rupert on Lelu Island. — Image Credit: Web Photo

A MEMBER of a local environmental group hopes the new federal Liberal government pays attention to a letter it sent calling for the rejection of a planned LNG export plant on Lelu Island near Prince Rupert.

“I am feeling very optimistic about that,” says Christie Brown of Northwest Watch of the switch in Ottawa from the previous Conservative government. “It's exciting to have a new party in power.”


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