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Protecting the Fraser with song, ceremony and resistance

06.02.21 | Actions, Indigenous rights, No Tankers, Trans Mountain Pipeline |  Alexandra Woodsworth

Indigenous leaders and supporters gather in response to Trans Mountain’s plans to begin drilling under the Fraser river Cottonwood seed blew through the sky like snow and the river ran swiftly behind us as Secwépemc elder Minnie Kenoras offered sage smudging to people arriving at the banks of the Fraser. On May 29, we gathered […]

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What could it mean to decolonize “British Columbia”?

03.25.21 | In Depth, Indigenous rights, Strategy |  Kai Nagata

Until we reckon with our history of violence and land theft, B.C. will struggle to solve the big problems we face today. In the mid-1850s American miners kidnapped Stó:lō children on the Fraser River to use as slaves, many of whom died. Then the prospectors began to shoot men, women and children to clear the […]

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Dogwood Live – B.C. Election 2020 Reaction

10.26.20 | #Vote16BC, Actions, Ban Big Money, Climate, Election - BC 2020, Indigenous rights, Podcast, Strategy |  Dogwood

Recorded on October 24, as the results of the 2020 B.C. election rolled in, Alexandra Woodsworth, Kai Nagata and Lisa Sammartino share their perspectives on the outcome and how it will impact climate action, youth engagement and Indigenous rights. Watch the video: Listen to the podcast:

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Indigenous leaders, environmental groups and local citizens vow to protect Lower Mainland forest from Trans Mountain pipeline construction

08.08.20 | General, Indigenous rights |  Alexandra Woodsworth

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Crucial window for Trans Mountain tree cutting at risk of delay due to protests August 8, 2020, Burnaby, British Columbia — Today, hundreds of people are touring a conservation area where Trans Mountain is planning to clear trees near the Brunette River in Burnaby. The tours include a visit to public health […]

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Pipeline supporters plan rally to “reclaim” Indigenous land

07.21.20 | Climate, Indigenous rights, News |  Kai Nagata

Business owners, local politicians want Secwépemc houses removed Angry residents of Blue River, B.C. are calling for a “rally to reclaim the North Thompson Valley” on Saturday, as Secwépemc land defenders refuse to leave a piece of land where Trans Mountain plans to build a 500-worker camp. Rally organizers sent a release to media saying […]

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B.C. pipeline construction could trigger major unrest

07.09.20 | Climate, Indigenous rights, News |  Kai Nagata

Police brutality, climate inaction, denial of Indigenous rights: it’s a political tinderbox Wet’suwet’en families have dried and smoked salmon from the Wedzin Kwa, or Morice River, every summer for millennia. As the leader of Cas Yikh, the Grizzly House, Chief Woos has a responsibility to ensure food security for his extended family. That’s why he […]

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B.C. has its own militarized, violent and yes, racist cops

06.04.20 | Climate, Indigenous rights, News |  Kai Nagata

Their next mission? Punch another pipeline through Indigenous lands Canadians can shake our heads at police brutality in the United States, but the same tactics and equipment are used in our country, with alarming numbers of Black and Indigenous people hurt and killed. Irene Joseph, a Wet’suwet’en elder using a walker, was stopped at a […]

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Why B.C. should reopen clean energy opportunities for Indigenous communities

04.23.20 | Climate, Indigenous rights, Local Power, Op-Ed |  Guest Writer

Guest blog by Andy Hira, Professor of Political Science, Simon Fraser University. A little more than a year ago, the British Columbia government launched an inquiry into the regulation of Indigenous energy utilities and ordered the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) to provide recommendations on how Indigenous utilities should be regulated. The BCUC is set […]

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