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Category Archives: Resource Use

Film ‘Local Hero’ (1983) Resonates with the Land and Resource Disputes of Today

I saw an incredible film called Local Hero during a trip away from home in August. It is the story of a man from a Texas oil company sent to Scotland to buy up all of the property on an ocean bay for the construction of an oil refinery. It is presumed by the company […]

Public Discussions of Hunting Protests in Northern BC

One of my summer projects is to learn more about public attitudes towards indigenous rights in British Columbia. I am also looking for current examples of the stigmas and stereotypes associated with indigenous hunting by non-native people (Figure 2, in which foraging is confused with pastoralism, for example). Conveniently, events surrounding a blockade in Tahltan […]

Skwxwū7mesh Liĺwat7ul Cultural Centre

“Through the tour, workshops, film, and hearing the Skwxwū7mesh language I was left with the sense that the Squamish and Lilwat peoples and their cultures are vibrant and thriving.” The Skwxwū7mesh Liĺwat7ul Cultural Centre (Squamish Lilwat Cultural Centre) in Whistler is a fantastic culmination to the Sea-to-sky Cultural Journey (related post). I arrived at the […]

Forests for the Future: Local Ecological Knowledge Project Videos

UBC Anthropology Prof Charles Menzies has posted four short videos on the Forests for the Future website. The videos are shot in the Gitxaała community (Tsimshian) on the British Columbia north coast. From the website: … from 2007 to 2009 one of our research objectives involved the development of social indicators to assist in sustainable […]

Science and TEK Clash Over Polar Bears

The Associated Press offers up another article about science and traditional knowledge. In this case, Inuit traditional knowledge says that polar bears are not in decline in the Canadian arctic. Science says they are. From the article: While scientists warned vanishing sea ice and over-hunting means two-thirds of the iconic predators could be gone within […]

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 […]

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 […]

Duty to Consult in Play as Shell Suspends Klappan Drilling?

Intercontinental Cry draws an intriguing connection between a recent Supreme Court of BC decision and Shell’s suspension of drilling operations in the Klappan (Wii’litswx v. British Columbia (Minister of Forests); 2008 BCSC 1139). This Court ruling chastised the provincial government for not consulting the Gitanyow (north central BC; Gitksan) about logging leases on its traditional […]

Chehalis Sacred Sites Protected Under New Agreement

I love reading about agreements between First Nations and government which are designed to protect sacred sites. In the case of an agreement between the Chehalis (Coast Salish; Fraser Valley) and the BC government, the sacred area contains archaeological components — but spirituality, heritage, tradition, and history are also integral to this cultural landscape and […]

Canadian Mining Journal Sparks Lively Debate on Aboriginal Rights

Last week, Marilyn Scales wrote an opinion piece in the Canadian Mining Journal in which she called for aboriginal people to participate in compromises around the preservation of ‘wilderness’ and development of industry. She wrote: Somewhere between preserving the wilderness as it was and exploiting it for modern conveniences, there is a compromise. That compromise […]