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Category Archives: Sacred Sites

Hume On Mining and Conflict in NW BC

Mark Hume has written a substantial article in the Globe and Mail outlining the history of resource development in northwestern BC (or here via Native News North). The article comes on the heels of the Union of BC Municipalities publicly opposing coal bed gas drilling and coal mining in the Klappan (Sacred Headwaters). It is […]

Sacred Sites Agreement Nearing Completion on Vancouver Is.

The Hul’qumi’num Treaty Group (Ladysmith, BC) is close to completing an agreement to protect sacred and archaeological sites from development. The agreement extends the limited protection afforded these kinds of sites by the BC Heritage Conservation Act. Of real concern, as noted in an article in the Victoria Times Colonist, are sites without physical manifestations. […]

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 […]

No Klappan Exploration by Shell in 2008

Shell has suspended plans to explore for coal-bed methane in the environmentally and culturally sensitive Klappan region of northwestern British Columbia for the rest of 2008.

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 […]

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 […]

Opposition to Mining in Sacred Headwaters Ramps Up

The opposition to Shell Canada’s plans to explore for coal-bed methane in the headwaters of the Nass, Skeena, and Stikine Rivers ramped up this past weekend. A rally in Hazelton (Gitksan territory) attracted four hundred opponents to Shell’s drilling project. I suspect the pressure on Shell will continue to grow throughout the summer despite the […]

Heritage Act at Centre of Continuing Klappan Dispute

Dogwood Initiative details the latest round in the efforts of Shell to rebuild a road into the Klappan and the efforts of the Klabona Keepers’ to use all means possible to protect Tahltan cultural resources. The BC Heritage Conservation Act — and the provision that archaeological sites are protected as long as they are older […]

Ethnographic Project About UBC Golf Course Conflict

Charles Menzies (Forests & Oceans for the Future; UBC Anthropology Dept) posts his research proposal for an ethnographic investigation of the social construction of place at the UBC Golf Course. His focus is on how non-natives construct their attachment to the Golf Course and Pacific Spirit Park. The golf course is the site of a […]

Injunction Against Shell in Klappan

Word today from the Klabona Keepers announcing that a temporary injunction has been issued in BC Supreme Court against Shell. This prevents Shell from rebuilding the road into the Klappan where they wish to continue exploring for coal bed methane. Notably, the injunction was issued on the assertion that BC’s Heritage Conservation Act — which […]