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Relax, We Know What’s Best for You

Here we go again, another “non native” solution to another native problem. 

On Thursday, November 10, 2011, The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the Law Kw’alaams Indian Band was not a trading people and had no commercial right to harvest and sell all varieties of fish in a modern commercial fishery within their territory.

As discussed in an earlier blog, the BC Supreme Court had ruled that Halalt had not been properly consulted by BC and put on hold a $6 million project that was built by the District of North Cowichan. BC and the District decided to appeal the decision.


The month of September was one in which the economy dominated the news. The stock market plunged, the Canadian Dollar was devalued and unemployment was rising. Some European countries continue to be in dire, dramatic straits.

Ok, here’s how it’s going to go...I am going to complain about some stuff as I normally do, point out a some glaring inconsistencies, then I am going offer up a few suggestions and you are just going sit there and let it all marinate in your skull for a while.....just kidding, although I think mo

In March of 2010, Halalt carried out a protest over the aquifer under their reserve that was going to be utilized by the District of North Cowichan.

 A couple weeks ago in my First Nation, a community meeting was called to vote on an accommodation package. This was the result of seven years intense effort, two court decisions which set out the Crown should have consulted with Hupacasath when private lands were removed from TFL 44.

 I attended the BC Assembly of First Nations meetings this week in Vancouver. Part of the business of the Annual General Meeting was to elect a female youth representative and the women’s representative.

END THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND CHILDREN! How often do we hear this? How often do we have to say it before anything is done? The issues around the missing and murdered women are many and complex. There are mountains of material to go through, testimony from people and hard questions to ask.

It’s becoming more and more difficult to justify the existence of the Indian Act.   As of 2010, 5,442 federal employees worked at the Department of Aboriginal Affairs (that title still sounds weird to me).  They (According to their

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