First Nations

Elsie Dean and granddaughter Mic

At 91, Elsie Dean remains an active elder of B.C.'s political activist community

With the stakes so high, it is important to honour the elders who have set examples of relentless, joyful struggle.

Opinion: Clark selling out future generations to placate Malaysian oil and gas giant

Christy Clark’s about to drive another nail into the coffin of B.C.’s economic and environmental future. It’s such an unusual move for the B.C. legislature that so far it isn’t even listed on the...
grizzly bears Great Bear Rainforest - Ian McAllister

Coastal grizzly hunt territories eyed for purchase by First Nations, enviros

Two massive guide outfitting bear-hunt territories —one in the north and one in the south —appear to have willing sellers for the first time in years, leading to the tantalizing possibility for...
Audrey Siegl addresses the Shell oil rig platform. Greenpeace photo

Local artist-activist confronts Shell Arctic drill rig off Vancouver Island

Swimmers also occupy the waters and Greenpeace vessel attempts to intercepts the Shell oil rig off the west coast of Vancouver Island.
juvenile salmon, Lelu Island, Prince Rupert, LNG,

Natural Gas Minister, Grand Chief at odds on First Nations support of LNG project

'Virtually all' First Nations are on board with LNG project, says Coleman, but B.C.'s Grand Chief disagrees.
False Creek, canoe, procession, First Nations, TRC, Truth and Reconciliation

Residential school survivor's story illuminates Canada's need for change

'TIME TO QUIT LIVING IN SHAME': Mowachaht Elder Lillian Howard gives The Vancouver Observer a dark glimpse into her life as a residential school survivor.
prison abuse, substance abuse, First Nations, Indigenous women, Vancouver Police

Woman's suit alleging Vancouver police tethered her to jail door set to begin

The mother of four is seeking $25,000 in damages for alleged lasting injuries and emotional trauma
Canadian politics, Auditor general, First Nations, Healthcare, Prisoners

Auditor takes aim at First Nations health, prisoners and tax-credit oversight

OTTAWA — Canada's auditor general is taking issue with the quality of health care in remote First Nations communities, lacklustre efforts to rehabilitate prisoners and the dearth of oversight...

Feds stifle media questions around oil sands' toxic effects, FOIs reveal

For the first time ever a federal scientist is studying toxins in animals near the Alberta oilsands but Environment Canada won't let him speak with the media about his research.

Half of the fuel tanks on First Nations reserves did not comply with regulations

OTTAWA — Half the fuel storage tanks that remote First Nations use to power their communities fell short of federal standards meant to prevent leaks and spills, a new document shows. The Conservative...