Why do Aboriginal Peoples want self-government?

Posted by Bob Joseph

Feb 26, 2015 9:02:56 AM

Perhaps a more accurate question would be “Why do Aboriginal Peoples want self-government back?” Long, long before European contact, Aboriginal Peoples had their own established political systems and institutions – they were self-governing. And Aboriginal Peoples have been trying to get back the right to govern themselves and preserve their cultural identities since the British North America Act in 1867. Now known as the Constitution Act, it gave the federal government the authority to make laws about “Indians and lands reserved for the Indians”[1] – or, in other words, apply Euro-Canadian ideals, policies and laws on Aboriginal societies. In 1887, Nisga’a and Tsimshian chiefs journeyed to Victoria to request treaties and self-government – it would not be until 2000 that the Nisga’a Treaty was signed.

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Topics: Aboriginal Self-government

Peel River Watershed Aboriginal Law Update

Posted by Bob Joseph

Feb 25, 2015 10:47:00 AM

In this video, Jeff Langlois of JFK Law Corporation summarizes the recent decision of the Yukon Supreme Court relating to land use planning in the Peel River Watershed. This case is an important decision on the interpretation of modern treaties and will have impacts on resource development in Yukon and on the interpretation of Crown obligations in co-management processes established under land claims agreements with First Nations across Canada.

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Swkachàys Lodge Aboriginal Boutique Hotel

Posted by Bob Joseph

Feb 23, 2015 8:21:54 AM

The story of how a hotel, art gallery and social housing organization established a sustainable cycle of positive social impact

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Topics: Aboriginal Arts and Culture

7 Things to Do Before Consulting with First Nations

Posted by Bob Joseph

Feb 18, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Strategies for consulting with First Nations are as varied as the histories, cultures, traditions and world views of the over 600 First Nation communities in Canada themselves. There isn't a "one size fits all" template because each community requires different consultation processes, some communities will have their own policies or templates for consultation, and each provincial and territorial jurisdiction has its own regulations. But, there are steps to take before you engage with a First Nation community that are common for all effective consultation processes.

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Topics: Aboriginal Consultation and Engagement

St. Michael's Indian Residential School Decommissioning Ceremony

Posted by Bob Joseph

Feb 15, 2015 12:05:00 PM

On February 18th, 2015 survivors, honoured guests and dignitaries will come together to witness the symbolic decommission of the St. Michael's Indian Residential School. The decommissioning of the formidable brick building that dominates the harbour of Alert Bay marks the end of a very dark and painful period in history.
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Topics: Indian Residential Schools

BC First Nations

Posted by Bob Joseph

Feb 13, 2015 9:35:28 PM

There is common misconception that BC First Nations are all the same.  

When you take a look at this map of BC First Nations Language Families, that the UBC Museum of Anthropology produced and gave us permission to reproduce for use in our training efforts, you can quickly see just how diverse they are. 

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Topics: First Nations

Lheidli T'enneh are First Official First Nation Host of Canada Games

Posted by Bob Joseph

Feb 12, 2015 6:07:00 AM

The 2015 Canada Games marks a series of firsts. It is the first time in the 48 year history of the Canada Games that a First Nation has been granted the designation of “Official Host First Nation.” The Lheidli T’enneh, on whose traditional territory the City of Prince George sits, bear that honour and as the Official Host First Nation, their flag flies on the roof of Canada Games House along with the Canadian and provincial flags, also a first ever occurrence. And, it is the first time the Canada Games have been held in BC.

"Being designated the official host First Nation is historic and we are proud to be the one to start this journey. In seven days we officially open our doors to the country and celebrate the rich and diverse cultures of aboriginal peoples across Canada," said Chief Dominic Frederick. "We want to welcome all cultures to our pavilion. Regardless of who you are, we want you to come in and to experience all the other cultures and the culture of Lheidli T'enneh." Prince George Citizen, February 7, 2015

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Topics: Aboriginal Arts and Culture

Matrimonial Real Property Act

Posted by Bob Joseph

Feb 10, 2015 9:00:00 AM

How long do you think First Nations have been fighting against inequitable treatment of First Nation women by federal government laws and policies? ........At least since 1869 and likely back to 1867 with the passage of the British North America Act and Section 91.24 when the Federal Government gained control of Indians and Lands reserved for Indians.

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Topics: Indian Act, First Nations

First Nation Community Engagement

Posted by Bob Joseph

Feb 5, 2015 5:22:00 AM

 

Things have definitely changed when it comes to First Nation Community Engagement. The Tsilhqot’in decision has moved the bar much higher in terms of legal requirements and will definitely require governments to beef up and strengthen their duty to consult requirements and policies.


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Topics: Aboriginal Consultation and Engagement

First Nation Talking Stick Symbolism

Posted by Bob Joseph

Feb 3, 2015 6:31:00 AM

In a previous article we wrote about the Talking Stick and associated protocol. Here we are going to explore some of the symbolism represented in the wood, carvings, paints and adornments.

 

First Nation Talking Stick symbolism is ripe with spirituality and tradition. While each First Nation’s culture, traditions and history is unique there are some shared or common symbolism attached to animals, birds, trees and colours. For instance, the eagle is almost universally considered, by both Aboriginal People in Canada and Native Americans, to be the ruler of the sky with a connection to the Creator.

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Topics: Aboriginal Arts and Culture