Posts from June 2014

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Tsilhqot’in First Nation granted B.C. title claim in Supreme Court ruling

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Celebrations today as Supreme Court of Canada makes historic land claim ruling: The Supreme Court of Canada has granted declaration of aboriginal title to more than 1,700 square kilometres of land in British Columbia to the Tsilhqot’in First Nation, the first time the court has made such a ruling regarding aboriginal land. First Nations ‘ecstatic’ […]

First Nations ceremonial shaming rite targeted at federal government

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An ancient First Nations ritual steeped in symbolism is going to take place in the nation’s capital this summer.  A copper shield will be smashed on Parliament Hill, an act believed never to have been done before in Ottawa. Called copper cutting, the ceremonial shaming practice will evoke what many consider to be a broken […]

Thursday (June 26) will be a day that rocks this country one way or the other

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On Thursday, June 26th, at 6:45 a.m. PST, the Supreme Court of Canada judgment in the Tsilhqot’in case will be handed down and the court will be deciding on aboriginal title. Kekinusuqs, Dr. Judith Sayers, is from the Hupacasath First Nation in Port Alberni, BC, and acts as a strategic adviser to First Nations and […]

A SUGGESTED PRAYER FOR PARISHES IN THE DIOCESE OF BC

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A SUGGESTED PRAYER FOR PARISHES IN THE DIOCESE OF BC Especially for Aboriginal Sunday ETERNAL GOD AND CREATOR, we ask for your blessing on the First Peoples of this land. May they have strength and courage as they continue their long search for justice. Comfort and renew them in times of sorrow and despair. Give […]

Indigenous Peoples and the Anglican Church in Canada: Timeline of an Evolving Relationship

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“Indigenous Peoples and the Anglican Church in Canada: Timeline of an Evolving Relationship” is an educational resource that portrays the historical encounter between First Peoples and European, mostly English, settlers who identified themselves first with the Church of England in Canada, and then with the Anglican Church of Canada. This historical overview of colonization viewed […]

Fort Nelson First Nation concern: BC lack of regulation around fracking wastewater disposal wells

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  Fort Nelson First Nation whose land contains three of B.C.’s four major fracking sites, concerned about lack of regulation around the disposal of fracking wastewater in B.C., asked the University of Victoria’s Environmental Law Centre  to complete a study so reforms might be recommended to the province. The report, written by law student Savannah Carr-Wilson […]

Oak Bay community group aims to build a bridge

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Oak Bay community association spurs grassroots initiative to build bridges by Christine van Reeuwyk – Oak Bay News (Wed, June 11, 2014) Successful early steps bode well for a grassroots initiative to build bridges between communities. The Community Association of Oak Bay aims to raise a First Nations pole once the new Oak Bay High […]

GRASSROOTS MOBILIZE TO FUND FIRST NATIONS SUING ALBERTA FOR RIGHT TO SPEAK AT HEARINGS

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MEDIA RELEASE For immediate release Lac la Biche, AB, June 12, 2014 –A coalition of grassroots and environmental organizations is launching a new crowd funding campaign in response to Alberta’s efforts to shut First Nations out of oil sands regulatory hearings. Yesterday Beaver Lake Cree Nation and Whitefish Lake First Nation announced they were filing […]

Learning to call one another friends

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Learning  to  call  one  another  friends: The Anglican Primate’s  Commission  on  Discovery,  Reconciliation  and Justice June  2014 “Discovery”- it’s  such  a  hopeful  word.  It  suggests  new  ideas,   new  visions,  a  brighter  future.  But  when  we  join  it  with  that  legalistic  noun,  “doctrine,”  we  end  up  with  something  much  more sinister – something  called  the  “Doctrine […]

Decolonizing together

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Moving beyond a politics of solidarity toward a practice of decolonization Respecting Indigenous leadership is not the same as doing nothing while waiting around to be told what to do. “I am waiting to be told exactly what to do” should not be an excuse for inaction, and seeking guidance must be weighed against the […]