First Nation appeals court decision

By RAVEN / January 11, 2024 / Comments Off on First Nation appeals court decision

Repost from CIM Magazine. Read full article here Leaders of the Gitxaała Nation applauded a British Columbia Supreme Court ruling that the province’s online claim staking system violates the Crown’s duty to consult Indigenous peoples. But the Nation is pursuing a partial appeal of the decision, arguing that the court should have prevented further staking…

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Opinion: The Saga Continues – Gitxaała vs. Big Mining

By Andrea Palframan / October 26, 2023 / Comments Off on Opinion: The Saga Continues – Gitxaała vs. Big Mining

It starts.  Just days after First Nations proved B.C.’s mine staking system was unconstitutional, Big Mining has stepped up to the plate. Are they bringing flowers? Champagne? Nope: it’s a lawsuit.   Last month, Gitxaała won a landmark court case that is forcing long overdue changes to the unjust free entry system.  Gitxaała — and Ehattesaht Nation,…

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Gitxaala Chiefs, Intervenors and Media React to Landmark BC Supreme Court Ruling

By Jamie-Leigh Gonzales / September 28, 2023 / Comments Off on Gitxaala Chiefs, Intervenors and Media React to Landmark BC Supreme Court Ruling

RAVEN is awash in messages of gratitude following  the Supreme Court of BC issued a decision on Gitxaała’s legal challenge against free mining in B.C.  The Court’s ruling mandates the government to implement substantial changes to the existing mineral tenure system in B.C. In a 90 page decision, Justice Ross declared that the current online…

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Turning the Tide: How Gitxaała Nation Defied Big Mining

By RAVEN / September 27, 2023 / Comments Off on Turning the Tide: How Gitxaała Nation Defied Big Mining

Gitxaala Nation has won an important victory in the BC Supreme Court — thanks to supporters like you.  Together, we’ve worked long and hard to raise $440k, inspired by one Nation’s courageous stance against a pro-business mining regime in B.C. The Gitxaała Mineral Tenure Act challenge brought together nearly 2000 donors into a coalition of committed…

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The last word in Gitxaała’s Big Mining Challenge

By Andrea Palframan / May 27, 2023 /

Despite having only 2 weeks to prepare, Lisa Fong’s legal team, together with Gavin Smith of West Coast Environmental Law, presented so many pages in their 89-page submission of their closing arguments, they exceeded the upload bandwidth of the Law Courts’ portal. With just one day to sum it all up, Gitxaała’s lawyers did a…

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Webinar Recap: Tripping over DRIPA – The Indigenous mining justice case that could change everything in B.C.

By RAVEN / May 5, 2023 /

Last week we had the opportunity to hear from West Coast Environmental Law’s Jessica Clogg, and Gitxaala Legal Advisor James Herbert on a webinar. Clogg shared her optimism, expressing that “This case is winnable, because it’s very hard to argue that a system that allows someone to pay $1.75 a hectare in the territory without…

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An Earth Day homecoming story

By Andrea Palframan / April 23, 2023 /

We are so happy for Gitxaała standing up against colonial forces to preserve their land and culture for future generations.

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PODCAST: Gitxaała Nation takes on the Mineral Tenure Act in B.C.

By Jamie-Leigh Gonzales / April 22, 2023 /

This episode of RAVEN Debriefs takes a look at how Gitxaała Nation is taking on the Mineral Tenure Act in B.C.

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Win Prizes at Norway House this April 22nd!

By RAVEN / April 18, 2023 /

Join Dee and Tasman as they raise money to support Gitxaała Nation’s legal challenge! These two Indigenous studies students at Camosun College who are hosting this fundraiser for their final project. Come on out on Saturday April 22nd, 5pm at Norway House to support!

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Gitxaała hearings begin with emotional appeal from Chief Nees Hiwaas

By RAVEN / April 4, 2023 /

As the Nation begins a two-week hearing at the BC Supreme Court, RAVEN reports on their landmark mining case – the first to consider the enforceability of BC’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act.  Conrad, Jamie-Leigh, Caitlyn, Levin met up at the Sutton Place Hotel for a press conference hosted by Gitxaała and…

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