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B.C. Hydro's Site C promises ring hollow PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 27 September 2017 11:30

by Vaughn Palmer,   September 26, 2017

VICTORIA — B.C. Hydro was nine per cent over budget and already dipping into contingency funds from day one on the main construction contract at Site C, according to the uncensored version of a report to the B.C. Utilities Commission.

The troubles continue to the present day, with the $1.8 billion main civil works contract having run through three quarters of its contingency budget with only one quarter of the work being done.

Those and other disturbing details are contained in a report from Deloitte LLP, the consulting firm hired to scrutinize Hydro’s numbers as part of the cabinet-ordered review of the Site C dam project.


Last Updated on Friday, 20 October 2017 11:40
Site C: Canada’s Interpretation of Free prior Informed Consent is out of Sync with the International Interpretation PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 26 September 2017 09:31

by Joan Russow PhD

Global Compliance Research Project




 As affirmed in International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Canada has an affirmative obligation to “promote the realization of the right of self-determination, and … respect that right, in conformity with the provisions of the Charter of the United Nations.” UN treaty bodies and other diverse entities require or support the standard of Free Prior Informed Consent (FPIC). These include: UN General Assembly and specialized agencies, as well as regional human rights bodies.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 November 2017 18:58
Fish Farm Fight - Update September 13 PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 14 September 2017 06:37

by Alex Morton


For included videos see http://alexandramorton.typepad.com/Update September 13, 2017


Two salmon farms in the Broughton Archipelago are now under occupation by First Nations.

Marine Harvest has paused restocking their Midsummer farm after a stand off between their packer and First Nations and now the occupiers are digging in. As the weather deteriorates they are making preparations as winter is coming. Communities are rallying around them. Other nations are noticing. Many are talking about individual “chiefs” who have sold out and given these companies access to BC waters for personal gain, with no consultation with the people.

Swanson Occupation - A Morton


The provincial government of BC can see this is getting serious, but they don’t have a plan. They are stuttering, unable to fully grasp the scope of what they are going to have to do. They are going to have to tell the Norwegians to move out of the territories of the nations want them out, or they are going to sit there and let this escalate. If so a lot of questions will erupt to the surface. The province is the landlord, they are renting First Nation territory to these Norwegian-run companies in violation of First Nation rights.  The NDP put these farms here in the first place.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 September 2017 06:47
One Wave Gathering: 10th Anniversary PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 09 September 2017 08:41

International Indigenous Arts and Culture Celebration September 16, 2017

Hosted on Lekwungen Territory with permission of the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations

BC Legislature Lawn (501 Belleville St.)

Pacific Peoples’ Partnership presents the tenth anniversary of One Wave Gathering

This milestone features the unveiling of the Longhouse Project, an unprecedented public art installation on the BC Legislature lawn, a historic Lekwungen village site. Four temporary longhouse structures will be raised featuring youth designs in the styles of Coast Salish, Kwakwaka’wakw, Nuu-chah-nulth, and South Pacific peoples. This project was produced in partnership with MediaNet and Nuu-chah-nulth artist Hjalmer Wenstob. Learn more

Last Updated on Sunday, 10 September 2017 20:30
B.C. government adopts UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 07 September 2017 10:30

B.C. government adopts UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples 
September 6, 2017 Chris Newton

VANCOUVER, B.C. — Premier John Horgan, Grand Chief Edward John, and other officials opened the B.C. Cabinet and First Nations Leaders’ Gathering in Vancouver this morning with a major announcement.

During the press conference, Horgan announced that the B.C. government will be governing the province according to principles in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Horgan also said that the provincial government will implement the 94 Calls to Action in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s final report.

The Premier highlighted the government’s strong cross-government commitments to work in partnership with First Nations and Indigenous peoples to adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action, and the Tsilhqot’in Supreme Court decision.
Last Updated on Friday, 08 September 2017 18:39
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