Today: Grand Chief Stewart Phillip in front of Conservative Minister James Moore's office in Port Moody to deliver a petition calling on Conservative MPs to reverse cuts to oil spill response capacity, and ban increased tanker traffic on B.C.’s coast.Vancouver oil spill: "I am here today to stand in solidarity with all those people that know an recognize one undeniable fact, and that is that the Harper government is absolutely the worst federal government that this country has had to tolerate for at least the forty or fifty years."
Nicola Valley First Nation Chief’s and supporters are occupying Premier Christy Clark’s constituency office in West Kelowna over the province’s apparent inaction on the issue of bio waste being trucked into their community.
Industrial giants, from forestry companies to mining operations, must respect Aboriginal territorial claims in British Columbia just as they would heed the rights of any other Canadian landowner, the province’s highest court has ruled.
A decision from the B.C. Court of Appeal paves the way for First Nations to launch lawsuits to protect their territory from private parties, even without proving Aboriginal title.
An Indigenous leader who was monitoring artisanal mining was killed in the Cañamomo Lomaprieta Indigenous Reservation in central Colombia. Many other Indigenous leaders from the Reservation have been threatened and their safety remains at risk.
The City of Vancouver has confirmed a bunker fuel leak in English Bay and warned people not to touch the toxic slime washed up on shore. Transport Canada said the source remains unknown but 2600 feet of boom have been laid out around a Cyprus grain ship called Marathassa. Transport Canada would not confirm this as the source but said the owners of the suspect craft are cooperating fully.
(Guatemala City/Ottawa/Vancouver) Wiretap transcripts ordered by Guatemala’s Public Prosecutor of Tahoe Resources’ former head of security, Alberto Rotondo, in connection with an April 27, 2013 shooting outside its Escobal mine provide strong evidence that he targeted peaceful protesters, then tried to cover up the crime and flee the country. The Public Prosecutor ordered the telephone intercepts roughly two weeks before this incident occurred, in apparent connection with suspicions over earlier violence at the mine site.
A confrontation between the Heiltsuk First Nation and the federal government that threatened to erupt into a “war on the water” appears to have ended with the commercial fleet leaving the central coast, where the industry had been waiting for a disputed fishery to open.
“We’re pretty ecstatic here,” Carrie Humchitt, legal services co-ordinator for the Heiltsuk said Wednesday. “We’re just waiting for official confirmation, but we’ve received word through channels that all of the industry boats will be pulling out.”
See videos below of Heilsuk Nation representatives from the steps of the DFO building in Vancouver.
March 26, 2015, Release. The Heiltsuk nation and Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) failed to reach an agreement concerning the controversial herring gillnet fishery during talks on Wednesday afternoon.