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Spatsizi Park in British Columbia Magazine

Cold Fish Lake The Spring 2007 issue of British Columbia Magazine is out with a story about the Spatsizi Wilderness Park in northern British Columbia. The pictures are spectacular. The text touches on recent controversies between Iskut/Tahltan peoples, including the role of guide-outfitter Tommy Walker in the relocation of aboriginal people from the area in […]

Final Stó:lō Installment in theTyee.ca

The fifth and final piece in Sandra Shields’ series on Stó:lō history and contemporary politics is available on theTyee.ca website. Shields summarizes the past six months in BC’s treaty history. She looks at the general impressions and feelings about treaties in one Stó:lō community. Sphere: Related Content

Stó:lō Treaty History

Sandra Shields’ fourth installment on Stó:lō (Fraser Valley; Coast Salish) history is out in TheTyee.ca. In this piece, Shields looks at the history of Stó:lō treaty negotiations. She looks broadly at the historical context of treaty making in British Columbia — and by extension, the position of the Stó:lō in that history. In her words, […]

Charter of Rights and Freedoms 25 Years Old

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms turns 25 years old on Tuesday. Doug Cuthland, an aboriginal writer from Saskatchewan, applauds the Charter’s protection of Aboriginal rights in an op-ed piece in the Regina Leader-Post: … the charter has worked for us. [Because of the Charter and its protection of Aboriginal rights and treaties,] Aboriginal […]

More Stó:lo History in TheTyee.ca

Update The third installment is now out. In it, Shields inquires about the success of sharing forestry revenue between BC and a Fraser Valley First Nation (Leq’á:mél). Original Post Sandra Shields’ second installment in her series about efforts at reconciliation between native and non-native people in the Fraser Valley is out. Title ‘Beyond Teepees and […]

Lengthy Elaboration on Stanley Park History

Victor Guerin, Coordinator of the Musqueam Language and Culture Programme, has written a lengthy rebuttal and reply to the March 17, 2007 Vancouver Sun article about the archaeology of Stanley Park. His statement is copied into the comments section of my post on that article. I acknowledge it here because I fear it would be […]

Waiting for Word on the Lhiedli T’enneh Treaty Vote

The Lheidlh T’enneh are voting today on their treaty agreement with BC and Canada. In the first of what should be many articles this weekend and this upcoming month about relationships between natives and non-natives, treaties, and provincial history, theTyee.ca has launched a four-part series evaluating the Provincial Government’s efforts at reconciliation under the ‘New […]

Father Mouchet Honoured at Canada Winter Games

It was great to see Father Mouchet honoured at the Canada Winter Games this past week. He was asked to ski the honorary first lap of the cross-country ski course prior to competition. Father Mouchet is 89. He is a Whitehorse resident and life-long advocate for physical education on native reserves. I interviewed Father Mouchet […]

Shorts: Arch’al Damage in Stanley Park; Murals in the ‘Leg’ Spur Debate

My BC Anthropology class noted these articles during class discussions: 1) Storms, cleanup take toll on ancient native sites (Vancouver Sun) – Article discusses the impact of recent wind storms on archaeological sites in Stanley Park. 2) Paintings considered insensitive and racist (Vancouver Sun) – Debate over the continued presence of ‘historical’ murals in the […]

Aboriginal Fisheries are Race-Based

The BC Fisheries Survival Coalition has weighed in on Law Professor Hamar Foster’s assertion that BC aboriginal fisheries are not based on race. Being the “wrong” race does not prevent Canadians from teaching at universities, being a judge or working for government. Sphere: Related Content