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Our view: The road to real reconciliation

News stories exploded across Canada after the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc announced on May 27 that 215 unmarked burial sites had been found near the old Kamloops Indian Residential School. In the next few weeks, there were scores of stories about similar discoveries around other former residential schools, and about more planned investigations. The findings included…

Blog: CAPE and CANE take the cake

A dramatic billboard went up last week at the Tsawwassen ferry terminal in which a group of BC doctors and nurses asked “How healthy is natural gas?” They provided their own one-sided answer to that question in a news release that announced: “Today, physicians and nurses are raising the alarm—and billboards—over the significant harms to…

Blog: What if money is not the answer?

Ken Coates, University of Saskatchewan professor and Munk Senior Fellow in Aboriginal and Northern Canadian Issues at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, has long been a friend of the Alliance. Let us then, for our newest blog, reproduce his latest column for the Institute: What if money is not the answer for Indigenous communities? Coates writes: The…

Blog: BC LNG projects respect environment

Soon after the Ksi Lisims LNG project filed its official project description with regulatory authorities, a knee-jerk letter to the editor appeared on Vancouver Island, decrying the project’s potential impact on the global environment. No mention, of course, as to how the Nisga’a-led project itself plans to be Net Zero within three years, and no…

Blog: Stand by for more Treaty 8 challenges

The “bombshell” court decision that held BC violated treaty rights of the Blueberry River First Nations is sending shockwaves into other treaty regions — especially in Alberta. Justice Emily M. Burke of BC Supreme Court ruled that decades of “cumulative” resource developments approved by BC infringed on Blueberry rights under Treaty 8 of 1899. Treaty…

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