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BC bands bogged down in treaty talks: report

Ottawa needs to consider a flexible exit strategy for British Columbia First Nations frustrated and debt-challenged by slow-moving treaty negotiations, says a special report prepared for federal Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan. Read more…

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Enbridge risks squandering reputation on Gateway: mutual fund company

First Nations opposition to Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline has become so entrenched that the firm's entire corporate reputation could be at risk, says a Toronto-based mutual fund company. Read more…

Taseko asked Minister Kent to restrict First Nations' role in mine review

The president and CEO of Taseko Mines Ltd. wrote to Canadian Environment Minister Peter Kent asking the federal government to limit First Nations participation in the review of Prosperity Mine, a project opposed by the Tsilhqot'in National Government. Read more…

Federal cuts to health groups hurt marginalized women, say critics

The recent federal budget cuts will take a toll on the health of women across Canada, say the leaders of a number of women's health organizations who've recently had their funding slashed. Read more…


UBC Indigenous reporting class tackles Aboriginal health

Canada's first Indigenous reporting class at the University of British Columbia has set out to prove the story of Aboriginal health issues in Canada isn't all doom and gloom with the release feature stories on Aboriginal health issues--and solutions--and a series of radio stories running on CBC this week. Read more…

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Woman who survived Pickton attack decides not to testify at inquiry

A former sex worker who survived an attack on serial killer Robert Pickton's farm five years before his arrest, only to see charges against him dropped, has decided against testifying at the public inquiry into the case. Read more…

Groups boycott Missing Women's Inquiry's second phase

Fifteen groups originally granted standing with the Missing Women's Commission of Inquiry are boycotting the second phase, and are hoping to spark an international inquiry into what they say is a flawed inquiry. Read more…

Oliver comfortable with pipeline timelines; Aboriginals consider lawsuit

The federal government's decision to put a cap on how long environmental assessment hearings can drag on isn't expected to affect the Northern Gateway pipeline project, but Aboriginal reaction to the change probably will. Read more…

Attawapiskat welcomes withdrawal of third-party manager

The Attawapiskat First Nation has welcomed the withdrawal of the third-party manager imposed by Ottawa last fall. But it doesn't agree with Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan about the manager's effectiveness. Read more…

Northern Gateway pipeline hearings begin in Bella Bella, 1.5-days late

BELLA BELLA, B.C. - The Heiltsuk First Nation on B.C.'s central coast says the joint review panel considering the Northern Gateway pipeline project will begin hearings in Bella Bella at 1 p.m. this afternoon. Read more…

Heiltsuk statement: Protest in Bella Bella was 'very respectful'

The Tyee received this afternoon an emailed press release from the Heiltsuk Tribal Council in Bella Bella responding to the Northern Gateway Project Joint Review Panel's cancellation of the day's hearings in the community. According to press reports, the JRP cancelled the hearings because of security and logistical concerns, after protesters greeted their arrival at the airport. Read more…

Northern Gateway panel scrubs first of four hearings in Bella Bella

BELLA BELLA, B.C. - The first day of a planned four-day hearing by the joint review panel examining the Enbridge (TSX:ENB) Northern Gateway Pipeline project was cancelled in Bella Bella, British Columbia. Read more…

Jumbo Glacier ski resort likely to fail, says NDP's MacDonald

Despite the British Columbia government's approval of the Jumbo Glacier ski resort, the project is unlikely to happen anytime soon, said New Democratic Party MLA Norm MacDonald. Read more…

Controversial Jumbo Glacier ski resort can go ahead: BC minister

The British Columbia government has approved a controversial plan to build Jumbo Glacier ski resort in the southeast of the province. Read more…

Five arrested at Lakota oil sands blockade

Five Lakota peoples were arrested Tuesday at an oil sands blockade in North Dakota, including two who The Tyee spent time with last September. Read more…

Missing Women's Commission avoiding lack of Aboriginal representation: lawyer

The former independent counsel* for Aboriginal interests at the Missing Women's Commission of Inquiry says Commissioner Wally Oppal and the council for the commission are opting to personally attack her instead of addressing the lack of Aboriginal witnesses at the inquiry. Read more…

BC First Nations angry as tankers win bureaucratic nod to ply coastal waters

VANCOUVER - First Nations along British Columbia's north and central coast say it's unfathomable that Transport Canada approves the use of oil supertankers in the province's treacherous inlets and marine passages. Read more…

Truth and Reconciliation Commission to release interim report

A commission set up to help First Nations heal from abuses says the residential school system was "an assault" on Aboriginal children, their families and their culture. Read more…

Squamish Nation and BC Parks sign land management deal

The Squamish Nation and BC Parks have signed a landmark agreement covering lands in and around the EstŽ-tiwilh/Sigurd Creek Conservancy area, Brackendale Eagles Park and Tantalus Park--about 13,000 hectares of land in total. Read more…

New jail unlikely to reduce Aboriginal incarceration: criminologist

Osoyoos Indian Band Chief Clarence Louie suggested earlier this week that hosting a new prison on the First Nation's land is going to help reduce the over representation of Aboriginal people in the corrections system.

But Simon Fraser University criminology professor Neil Boyd said he thinks that's an unlikely result of building the new jail. Read more…