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‘It strengthened our people’: Pacific Rim Whale Festival celebrates 34th year

By Melissa Renwick, Ha-Shilth-Sa, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Ucluelet, BC – Almost every aspect of Nuu-chah-nulth life was enriched through whaling, said Huu-ay-aht Hereditary Whaling Chief Tom Mexsis Happynook.

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Ocean Acidification poses a top climate change danger on B.C. coast

National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Lurking in B.C.’s ocean is a lesser-known climate risk experts say has the potential to cause significant harm to the marine ecosystem and the economies of coastal communities.

Now scientists and stakeholders are developing an action plan to deal with the dual dangers of ocean acidification and hypoxia — or dangerously low oxygen levels — in the marine environment. 

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Tahltan Nation becomes distributor for Swedish mining equipment company

Terrace Standard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Tahltan Nation Development Corporation (TNDC), the business arm of the northwest B.C. First Nation, is set to become a distributor for the Swedish mining equipment company Sandvik.

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New report recommends that BC First Nations gain control of mining in Indigenous territory

By Jacob Cardinal, Alberta Native News, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

(ANNews) – In an effort to proactively reclaim sovereignty over their territories in British Columbia, the BC First Nations Energy and Mining Council (FNEMC) released a new report — supported by the Union of BC Indian Chiefs and the BC Assembly of First Nations — demanding the right to exercise sovereignty and consent in relation to mining activities in the province. 

 The Indigenous Sovereignty: Implementing Consent for Mining on Indigenous Lands report sets out 25 recommendations which, if implemented, would compel mining companies and prospectors to secure the approval of First Nation governments in order to obtain consent-based access to First Nations’ lands.

 They would further be required to agree and abide by conditions set by those First Nations governments.

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Rogers breaks ground with first cellular tower in Highway 16 connectivity project in B.C

Terrace Standard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Rogers Communications has begun constructing its first cellular tower site in Seaton, near Witset (Moricetown), after the province announced a collaboration with the telecom giant in April to improve connectivity and close cell gaps along Highway 16.

As part of the project, Rogers will set up 12 new cellular towers by fall 2022 along the stretch of Hwy 16 from Prince George to Prince Rupert.

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