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David Bush and Doug Nesbitt

So there we have it. Harper is gone. The Liberals surged from third place to win in this marathon election. The NDP, which was leading in the polls in August, slowly lost steam after they promised to prioritize balancing the budget and refusing to tax the rich. Ever the opportunists, the Liberals seized on this opening and ran a campaign that rode of a wave popular discontent with the Harper government, drilled home the message that they would tax the rich and spend money on infrastructure to pull the economy out of recession.

Andrea Morison and Ana Simeon
'Peace River' by Fort St. John artist Cindy Vincent

While BC Hydro has begun some construction work on the Site C dam, we want to assure you that the battle to protect the Peace is far from over! We have a strategy, we have a plan, and over the next year –– we will be pulling out all the stops!

The Treaty 8 First Nations are putting all they have into their legal strategy to stop to this destructive and unnecessary dam. The hearing on the request for a judicial review of the construction permits issued for Site C will be coming up very soon - November 18-20th in Victoria.  

Mark Nielsen
Skins Lake Spillway regulates the level of the Nechako Reservoir and the river levels downstream.

The Supreme Court of Canada Thursday denied Rio Tinto Alcan’s appeal of a lower court decision allowing two north-central B.C. First Nations to sue the company over its diversion of water from the Nechako River since the 1950s.

The Saik’uz and Stellat’en First Nations first filed the lawsuit in October 2011, claiming the 1987 and 1997 Settlement Agreements entered into by Alcan and B.C. and Canada are not defences against the claims of the bands, based on constitutional grounds.

Sean Devlin

"Clocking in at just under an hour, this is the film Stephen Harper doesn’t want you to watch before voting [...] In turns captivating, moving, enraging and inspiring, Whoa Canada is never boring. It’s a testament to the power of a group of young people with a couple cameras and an idea, and a searing indictment of the Harper decade." [1]

You can watch the whole movie as well as nine short scenes that we've packaged separately for easy sharing. It's all here:

Cassandra Jeffery
Photo Credit: BC Hydro via BC Government.

A public workshop on the future of the Columbia River Treaty held in Osoyoos has found that the Treaty must be modified to meet the needs of First Nations, growing population numbers, increasing competition for water; fisheries health and environmental values, as well as negative impacts on Canadian agriculture and the impact of a changing climate.

Organized by the Canadian Water Resource Association (CWRA) and the Adaptation to Climate Change Team (ACT), the workshop took place on Wednesday, October 7th at the Sonora Centre.

Yukon First Nations

WHITEHORSE, Oct. 14, 2015 /CNW/ - This morning Self-Governing Yukon First Nations filed a Petition for the Yukon Supreme Court to declare Bill S-6 amendments to the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act (YESAA) invalid.

"Our Petition states that the amendments through Bill S-6 undermine or weaken Yukon's development assessment process and our role as Yukon First Nation governments," said Chief Carl Sidney of Teslin Tlingit Council. "Therefore, they are a clear breach of our Final Agreements."

Derrick Penner
Richard Wright, a spokesman for Luutkudziiwus, a 600-member house group of the Gitxsan Nation in action in Vancouver, BC., October 13, 2015. The group will file a legal challenge against the proposed Prince Rupert Gas Transmission pipeline which they say will decimate wild salmon in the Skeena as it crosses 34 km of its traditional Madii Lii territory. Photograph by: Nick Procaylo , PNG   Read more:

The province faces a new First Nations legal challenge to an element of the Pacific Northwest Liquefied Natural Gas project just as it prepares to open its major annual conference aimed at promoting the prospects of its still nascent industry.


Over the last week, hundreds of people have told us that they’re planning to risk arrest this November at the the Climate Welcome Action. I’ve been moved by the courage of these people and their stories.

Here are some of the reasons that people across the country are mobilizing to the reasons that have motivated them to risk arrest outside the Prime Minister’s residence in less than a month:

“I am a mother to a small child and I owe it to him to fix the mistakes that we've made.”- Katrina - Nanaimo, BC

Mychaylo Prystupa
Eight First Nations announce their federal legal challenge to the Northern Gateway pipeline at a Vancouver press conference. Photo by Mychaylo Prystupa.

The Harper government’s already strained relationship with First Nations that oppose oil sands pipelines is being put on trial this week.

Eight B.C. First Nations are in federal court to launch a legal attack on the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline. The coalition hopes to overturn Ottawa’s conditional approval of the project, which would deliver Alberta crude to B.C.’s north coast.


EJOLT, Environmental Justice Organizations, Liabilites and Trade, 29/09/15

In the run-up to the UNFCCC COP 21 in Paris set for December, the EJOLT team is happy to announce the 23rd EJOLT Report dedicated to widening the discussion on climate justice, “Refocusing resistance for climate justice: COPing in, COPing out and beyond Paris”.


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