Category Archives: First Nations

Tl’emtl’ems Left Squirrel Cove

By Roy L Hales

Its almost 550 km from Squirrel Cove, on Cortes Island, to Puyallup, Washington by car, but centuries by canoe. In 1884 the Canadian Government joined in a conspiracy to destroy the canoe traffic that had been plying coastal waters, from Alaska to California, since the beginnings of oral tradition.  First Nations people were restricted to their reserves and had had to obtain permission to leave. The reawakening started almost 30 years ago, in what has since become an annual event.  A different nation hosts the gathering every year and this summer the gathering is at Puyallup. The Klahoose canoe Tl’emtl’ems left Squirrel Cove at 10 AM this morning. 

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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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California’s 9th Circuit Hears Appeal on Ivanpah

By Roy L Hales & Robert Lundahl

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1In a remote corner of the Mojave Desert, 15 miles from Las Vegas, stands the expansive Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System. Occupying 5 square miles, the facility seems to swallow up a stunning expanse of desert including animals, plants and now, spiritual and cultural resources.

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