Photo By Doug Neasloss / Kitasoo/Xai'xais Nation
Story by Mychaylo Prystupa
"Patrolling up and down British Columbia's coast with binoculars are a group of dedicated First Nations volunteers that boat right up to armed hunters, often American, in their vessels to dissuade them from killing at-risk grizzlies just for sport.
Called the Coastal Guardian Watchmen, they urge unsuspecting trophy hunters to halt their pursuit of grizzlies as insensitive to First Nations culture, and against tribal law"
To Read More Check out the Story in the Vancouver Observer HERE
Photo By Mike Vesterback
Story by Justin McElroy/Global News
"A federal court has ruled that the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans cannot open a fishery in Haida Gwaii this year.
An injunction was given to the Haida Nation, against the federal government, to prevent the re-opening of a commercial herring fishery on the nation’s north coast"
Read the full story on Global News HERE
Highway of Tears
"A documentary looking into the missing and murdered women along a 724 kilometre stretch of highway in Northern British Columbia"
A documentary film by LA-based, Canadian filmmakers Matt Smiley and Carly Pope
Women in Film & Television Vancouver, Film Festival - Best Documentary Award
Narrated by Nathan Fillion, "Highway of Tears" chronicles the notorious, decades-long string of murders and disappearances of young Aboriginal women along British Columbia's Highway 16, and how the systemic racism that defined their lives also contributed to their deaths. Since the late 1960s, at least eighteen young women — many of them from disadvantaged First Nations communities — have disappeared or been found murdered along the 724-kilometre stretchof Highway 16 in northern British Columbia.Read more
Indigenous Law Institute
"A Movement Toward Restoration and Healing"
The Indigenous Law Institute assists American Indian and other Indigenous communities to work toward a future of restoration and healing. We do this by working to develop a radically new basis for thinking about Native rights, from a Traditional Native Law perspective, and by contending that Native nations and peoples have an inherent right to live free of all forms of empire and domination.
The Indigenous Law Institute is dedicated to supporting Indigenous nations and peoples to protect their sacred ancestral homelands, to restore and revitalize their linguistic, cultural, and spiritual traditions, and to heal from the trauma of colonization.Read more
Photo: B.C. Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres
Moosehide Campaign led by men strives to end violence against Aboriginal woman and children. Each year the organization hosts an event called the Gathering of Men that brings together non-Aboriginal and Aboriginal men to discuss the issue of violence against Aboriginal woman, why it occurs, and how to stop it.
Read more of the CBC Aboriginal News story HERE
Photo: Elizabeth Littejohn
This year is the 25th anniversary of the Women's Memorial Day March held in Vancouver, BC. Over the years the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) has received attention on many levels. However, the problem still persists.
Read the full story on Rabble.ca HERE
The Quinault Indian Nation in Washington State is fighting a lawsuit that claims the tribe does not have legal control over the areas of Lake Quinault. However, it is an area that the Quinault Nation defends that the lands falls within their reservation area.
Read more of the Indian Country Today Story HERE
Water Walks & Healing Walks Listing 2015
This listing is not complete and is being updated regularly as we receive more information. If you know of any Water Walks or Healing Walks not listed here, please send details to firstname.lastname@example.org, and include organizer contact info and relevant links, groups, photos and or videos.
“As women, we are carriers of the water. We carry life for the people. So when we carry that water, we are telling people that we will go any lengths for the water. We’ll probably even give our lives for the water if we have to. We may at some point have to die for the water, and we don’t want that,” Josephine Mandamin - Grandmother, WaterWalker
Photos by Thunder Currier
Thanks to Bobby Fuentes for these great pics!