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Tsilhqot’in call grizzly hunt ‘illegal’

By Mychayio Prystupa - Vancouver Observer

One of the more legally trailblazing tribes in Canada — the Tsilhqot’in — has just declared the BC Liberal government grizzly hunt as unlawful on traditional Aboriginal lands, the Vancouver Observer has learned.

“The hunt is illegal,” said Chief Joe Alphonse, tribal chair of the Tsilhqot’in National Government on Wednesday from Williams Lake in B.C’s interior.

“If [grizzly] hunters come on to Tsilhqot’in title lands, they better check with us,” he added.

The six Tsilhqot’in bands, fresh off an historic Supreme Court land rights victory, sit atop one of B.C.’s fledging recovery of grizzlies. The landmark ruling last summer requires outsiders to gain the consent of First Nations before impacting traditional territories, including its wildlife.

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Nicola Valley Chiefs & Supporters Occupy Premier Clark's Office Over Sewage Waste Import

By Nicola Valley First Nation - Intercontinental Cry

The five Nicola Valley Chiefs and their representatives (Chief Harvey McLeod of Upper Nicola, Chief Marcel Shackelly of Nooaitch, Chief Aaron Sam of Lower Nicola, Chief Percy Joe of Shackan and Chief Lee Spahan of Coldwater) and supporters of Friends of the Nicola Valley, faced with inaction from the Provincial Government and its Ministries on the grave issue of importing sewer sludge into the Nicola Valley, have together decided to occupy the office of the Honourable Premier Christy Clark in West Kelowna.

“The Nicola Valley First Nations hold and exercise Aboriginal Title and Rights over areas where biowaste operations are currently being carried out, and where future biowaste operations have been proposed. The biowaste operations affect our Aboriginal Title and Rights. The Province of British Columbia is obligated to consult and accommodate us in relation to the impacts of biowaste operations on our Rights and Title”, says Chief Aaron Sam.

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St’at’imc re-occupation aims to stop logging, call for support

By Zig Zag - Warrior Publications

From Voice of the Voiceless, Junction Creek (Xwisten Territory, St’at’imc Nation), April 13, 2015

URGENT!!!
We have heard that Aspen Planers is going to start logging at Lac Le Mer, very near the camp, this week! We think they will be trying to start at Junction Creek too. Christine Jack who has been living at the camp is requesting support. We need more people up there ASAP!!!!

Voices of the Voiceless camp is an Indigenous re-occupation of Junction Creek area in Xwisten territory, St’at’imc Nation. This camp was set up on March 16th under the direction of Xwisten elders to stop the logging by Aspen Planers. The site of the VoV Camp is just below a heritage site that has huge cultural significance to Xwisten people. Junction Creek summer village has been a traditional meeting place where people come to hunt, gather and process food. The Xwisten people continue to access and use Junction Creek for these traditional purposes today.

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Swinomish Tribe files suit to stop oil trains through reservation

By indianz.com

The Swinomish Tribe of Washington filed a lawsuit in federal court today in hopes of stopping the transport of crude oil through the reservation.

According to the complaint, BNSF Railway has broken the terms of an agreement with the tribe. To resolve a century of trespass claims, the company promised just one train of 25 cars could pass through the reservation in each direction daily.

But with energy development in the Bakken region on the rise, the tribe recently learned that BNSF is sending as many as six trains with 100 cars through the reservation every week. The lawsuit seeks an end to the practice.

“A deal is a deal,” Chairman Brian Cladoosby said in a press release. “Our signatures were on the agreement with BNSF, so were theirs, and so was the United States. But despite all that, BNSF began running its Bakken oil trains across the reservation without asking, and without even telling us. This was exactly what they did for decades starting in the 1800’s.”

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Sachigo Lake members walk 1,000-kilometre journey in memory of murdered youth

By Jodi Lundmark - tbnewswatch.com


THUNDER BAY -- Members of Sachigo Lake First Nation are walking 1,000 kilometres in memory of a 20-year-old man killed outside of the city’s movie theatre last fall.

On Oct. 3, 2014, Daniel Levac was fatally stabbed outside of SilverCity movie theatre in Thunder Bay. The Sachigo Lake First Nation youth was a Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School student.

Members of the First Nation will be walking from the community to Thunder Bay through the winter road that connects Sachigo Lake to the highway at Pickle Lake. The journey begins on April 7 and is estimated to take two weeks.

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Brant issues a “Final Offer” regarding land transfer

By Jim Windle - Two Row Times

PARIS – On Friday morning in the chambers of the County of Brant, Mayor Ron Eddy read a draft resolution on behalf of the County reflecting their stance on the ongoing land transfer talks between his council, and that of Brantford and Six Nations.

While indicating that they are still willing to finalize boundary discussions by June 30th, they have not moved from their previous position regarding the quantity of land requested by the city or the terms of that transfer.

The proposed resolution put forward includes a guarantee of meaningful consultation and accommodation with the Six Nations elected council. Until recently, Brantford considered talks that would include Six Nations to be unnecessary. However, pressure by the County to include them as stakeholders rather than as merely observers has caused the City to reconsider its stance and include Six Nations.

When asked if the HDI would be a part of these discussions, Mayor Eddy said no. “As an elected council we have to deal with their elected council.”

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Facebook racism confronted with 'We Are One' rally in Thunder Bay

By CBC News

A group of students at Confederation College rallied the broader community to stand up against racism in Thunder Bay on Wednesday after a series of offensive Facebook pages popped up in the city.

Ashley Nurmela pitched the idea of a silent 'We Are One' protest to her colleagues in the Native Child and Family Services class last month. The group printed T-shirts and invited others to join the event at noon on Wednesday.

The event comes after Thunder Bay police launched an investigation on March 20 into what police say is "extreme racism" against Aboriginal Peoples in postings on several Facebook pages that appear to originate in the city.

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Elsipogtog land defender Annie Clair fights legal charges

By Robert Devet - Halifax Media Co-op

KJIPUKTUK (HALIFAX) - On April 20th, Elsipogtog First Nation band member Annie Clair will be heading to Moncton to face six charges related to the violent actions of New Brunswick RCMP against defenders of the land in Kent County, New Brunswick.

Clair intends to fight the charges. But she is looking to the wider community for help.

On October 17th, 2013, RCMP officers with assault rifles at the ready, entered a peaceful anti-shale gas encampment along highway 134, near the town of Rexton, New Brunswick.

That encampment was erected to stop Texas-based SWN Resources from exploring for shale gas without proper consent on what remains unceded Mi'kmaq territory.

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Cumberland House grows own produce on road to self-sufficiency

By Jessica Valois and Daeran Gall

The old model of 'feeding the world' is being replaced by giving people the resources to feed themselves.

The first settlement in Western Canada is now home to a blossoming river delta market garden.

Valerie Deschambeault, Mayor of Cumberland House, saw a need in her village of roughly 2,000 Aboriginal, Cree and Metis people, and knew growing self-reliant would leave a legacy for future generations.

"We want to work towards the long-term goal of creating a good, healthy food source and a medicinal herb concept for Aboriginal communities," she says.

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Boys don't cry - Is it time we start talking about our murdered and missing indigenous men?

By Jeremy Warren - The StarPhoenix

Grace Lafond-Barr believes healing starts in the home, so she moved her family to Muskeg Lake Cree Nation from Saskatoon two years ago to escape the city where murder took away her two brothers and a son.

She hopes the distance between the city and her grandkids will mean a quieter life without the spectre of violence and vice following them as they grow into young men. Lafond-Barr has seen enough of that: in 2002, her 36-year-old brother was stabbed to death; in 2011, a 15-year-old boy shot and killed her 28-year-old son; her 35-year-old halfbrother was fatally stabbed in front of their elderly father in November 2014. "It's a heartache I don't wish on anyone at all. In a lot of ways, we've failed our children because we're not the parents we're supposed to be," Lafond-Barr said in a recent interview at her home on the reserve north of Blaine Lake.

"We just keep on forgetting how to heal - quit the drugs, quit the gangs. Sometimes I feel powerless because every day you're reminded of a girl missing or a guy missing."

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