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Industrial Damage Threatens Blueberry River

The ECOreport reposts news of the extent Industrial damage threatens Blueberry River First Nation

From the David Suzuki Foundation

By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Science Projects Manager Rachel Plotkin.

Industrial activity has profoundly affected the Blueberry River First Nations in northern B.C. A recent Atlas of Cumulative Landscape Disturbance, by the First Nations, the David Suzuki Foundation and Ecotrust, found 73 per cent of the area inside its traditional territory is within 250 metres of an industrial disturbance and 85 per cent is within 500 metres.

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A New Era For the Tla’amin people

The ECOreport reposts notice of a new era for the Tla’amin people, BC’s fourth modern treaty came into effect  in Powell River

Press Release from the Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation

At 12:01 a.m., on April 5, the Tla’amin Final Agreement came into effect, ushering in a new era for the Tla’amin people as a self-governing First Nation, equipped with the tools and authority to take control of its future.

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BC signed a five year accord with the Tsilhqot’in Nation

The ECOreport looks at how BC signed a five year accord with the Tsilhqot’in Nation.

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMIt has been almost two years since the Supreme Court of Canada recognized  Aboriginal title in the caretaker area of the Xeni Gwet’in, one of six Tsilhqot’in communities. In item 153 of that decision, it says ” … British Columbia breached its duty to consult owed to the  Tsilhqot’in through land use planning and forestry authorizations.” Now, as the first step towards a lasting settlement,  BC signed a five year accord with the Tsilhqot’in Nation.
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A Pioneer Energy Project at Spirit Bay

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The Sc’ianew (pronounced Chenuh) Beecher Bay Band has been so dependent on the ocean that the translation of their name means “Big Fish.” So Chief Russ Chipps says it is only fitting that this bay, a symbol of our past, will be vital for a prosperous future.” Two years ago they partnered with the Trust for Sustainable Development to develop a pioneer energy project at Spirit Bay.

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