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BREAKING (Video): Indigenous Nations react to Supreme Court decision on TMX

By Andrea Palframan / July 2, 2020 /

Squamish, Tsleil Waututh and Coldwater First Nations have worked for eight long years to assert their rights to be consulted on the Trans Mountain pipeline and tankers expansion project. On July 2nd, 2020, The Squamish Nation, Tsleil-Waututh Nation and Coldwater Indian Band were denied leave to appeal by the Supreme Court of Canada. These three…

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Folk that Pipeline!

By Maia Wikler / July 1, 2020 /

A Festival to Celebrate the Coast Protection Community!   Folk That Pipeline ….Festival! Get together with fellow coast protectors for a Folk Festival with Dan Mangan, Luke Wallace and Holly Arntzen. Find out with the next steps are to fight Trans Mountain pipeline and hear from Indigenous leaders about strategic moves afoot to defend orca…

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Access to Justice was Outlawed with the Indian Act

By Maia Wikler / June 24, 2020 /

Indigenous communities are rising up to defend their rights, their lands and future generations. Through skillful use of Canada’s courts, First Nations have become a force for human rights and environmental justice, uniting diverse communities in solidarity for the cause.  The sheer determination required to assert Indigenous rights, together with the necessary fundraising for access…

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VIDEO: Chiefs Lulua and Ross unpack the Tsilhqot’in legal strategy and vision for Nation on webinar

By Andrea Palframan / June 19, 2020 /

“Tsilhqot’in” means “blue water people”. On June 18, 2020, we were fortunate to get to hear from the stewards of the Chilco River, who caretake the strongest salmon run in the world. We heard from Chiefs Jimmy Lulua and Chief Russ Myers Ross, whose long struggle to gain authority over their territory achieved the first…

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New Prosperity mine is dead. Why are the Tŝilhqot’in still in court?

By Andrea Palframan / June 17, 2020 /

By Ana Simeon / Photo by Nathan Einbinder On May 14, 2020, the Supreme Court of Canada delivered a final coup de grâce to the moribund “New Prosperity” mine project in Tŝilhqot’in territory. The twice-rejected mine proposal had been maintained on life support for years by a series of legal and political manoeuvres Taseko Mines pursued with…

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How to beat a giant: Join Tsilhqot’in chiefs for a webinar

By Andrea Palframan / June 17, 2020 /

You may have heard about the recent legal win that resulted in the final and irreversible rejection of the New Prosperity Mine in Tsilhqot’in territory. Moments — and victories — like this are hard won and uncommon, so we want to mark the moment with a celebration.  On Thursday, June 18, join Tsilhqot’in leaders for a…

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Trans Mountain Spills 150,000 Litres of Oil: An Inevitable Catastrophe Long Warned by First Nations

By Maia Wikler / June 15, 2020 /

Protection. Solidarity. Justice. These are the principles around which the Pull Together community has mobilized for years in unwavering support of the First Nations who have persevered in the courts for justice in the fight to stop the Trans Mountain Pipeline and Tanker Expansion project (and the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline before it).  Yet on…

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5 Key Indigenous-led protests that could be illegal under Alberta’s draconian new “Bill 1”

By Maia Wikler / June 11, 2020 /

While Canadians were urged to slow down, stay home and follow good pandemic protocol, resource extraction industries continued business as usual. Bill 1 is an example of the opportunistic policies which took advantage of Canadians being preoccupied with the pandemic. Alberta Energy Minister, Sonya Savage, infamously commented, “Now’s a great time to be building a…

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Why You Should Know the Sparrow Case

By Maia Wikler / June 11, 2020 /

May 31st marked the 25th anniversary of the Sparrow Case: the day an Indigenous fisherman took on the Queen — and won. The 1990 Supreme Court decision has important prevalence throughout past and ongoing Indigenous rights legal challenges. The case created the “Sparrow Test” which has been used to interpret the “existing Aboriginal and Treaty rights… hereby…

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Bananas not Bitumen: Baking in solidarity with Beaver Lake Cree

By Maia Wikler / June 11, 2020 /

We are blown away by the ingenuity, commitment and creativity of this community that never ceases to amaze, even with the challenges of a pandemic! Marianne, an artist based in Victoria, BC has been known to trade her pottery wheel for a baking oven when solidarity calls. This May, Marianne whipped up her signature banana…

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