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Category Archives: First Nations

Anthropology, Dick Pound, and the Savagery Issue

Anthropology, the ‘Indian industry’, white man’s guilt and Jared Diamond have been implicated as justification for Vancouver Olympic Committee Dick Pound’s comment that 400 years ago Canada was full of savages. In a Globe and Mail column, Margaret Wente writes: … North American native peoples had a neolithic culture based on subsistence living and small […]

Political Consensus Opposes Drilling in Klappan

The Terrace Standard reports that Nathan Cuthen’s (NDP) victory in the Skeena-Bulkley Valley riding in the recent federal election was partly the result of his association with anti-coal bed methane drilling in the Klappan. Consensus among candidates against drilling appears to exist in the region. But, it seems that Cullen was better than other candidates […]

First Nations Issues in 2008 Election — Interview with Phil Fontaine

Assembly of First Nations Grand Chief Phil Fontaine answers questions about aboriginal issues in a online interview. The questions come from the public and many of the contributors are aboriginal. Gang problems, land and title rights, hunting rights, and political correctness are all discussed. Sphere: Related Content

Shell Postponed Drilling Because of Local Requests

Shell spokesperson Larry Lalonde says today in the Globe and Mail that Shell suspended its exploration of the Klappan region for coal-bed methane because of requests from the Tahltan people. The pressure of protests and other requests for consultation seems to paid off. From the paper: “We voluntarily decided to take a pause from our […]

Totems in Stanley Park from Local First Nations

The Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations claim Stanley Park as part of their traditional territories. Yet, for generations, the totem poles in the park have been from communities in other parts of British Columbia. Now, local First Nations have rectified that situation and erected their own gateways in Stanley Park. The Vancouver Sun covers […]

Clayoquot Sound: Diverging Interests of Native and Environmentalists

Mark Hume has a terrific article in the Globe and Mail (or here) about the politics surrounding aboriginal involvement in the environmental movement in BC. For example: One of the ironies in Clayoquot Sound is that the native company now fighting environmentalists was saved from financial collapse two years ago by Ecotrust Canada – a […]

“Extinct” First Nation Files Land Claim: Readers Respond

I tend to associate the issues surrounding unacknowledged tribes with the United States, but the Sinixt of British Columbia’s Kootenay region are making news here as an aboriginal group without legal standing. The Sinixt have filed a land claim with Canada and British Columbia ( The history of their disenfranchisement is detailed in As […]

First Nations Olympic Branding

The Vancouver Sun reports today on aboriginal branding for the 2010 Vancouver-Whistler Olypmics. Native communities, not surprisingly, are turning to multimedia tools. There is a Facebook campaign and, at the website of the “four host first nations” ringtones and wallpaper are available. Says executive director Tewanee Joseph, of the Four Host First Nations: “Four is […]

When First Nations and Environmentalist Activities Don’t Mesh

Update (July 28 2008): Citing an indication that no new logging roads would be built before the fall, environmentalists have postponed further action in Hesquaiht Point Creek old-growth forest (Clayoquot Sound). They have also agreed to talks with local First Nations leaders. Local First Nations hold the licenses to log areas of Clayoquot Sound that […]

Sockeye Return to Coquitlam River

This is a really cool story about the return of sockeye salmon to the Coquitlam River, just east of Metro Vancouver. It involves the efforts of the Kwikwetlem First Nation to restore the salmon run disrupted in 1903 by the building of a dam. Also: Salmon return after century-long absence (Vancouver Province) Sphere: Related Content