By Anna McKenzie, The Discourse, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Canada delivered its Speech from the Throne to signal a new session of parliament on Wednesday. The speech was largely focused on the COVID-19 pandemic and the middle class. After a tumultuous 10months following the previous throne speech, including a global pandemic, the Wet’suwet’en crisis, and several high profile police brutality cases upon BIPOC in Canada (and in the United States), the federal government has said that they will be moving towards expediting several of its commitments to Indigenous Peoples. But for Kukip7 Judy Wilson, Secretary-Treasurer of theUnion of British Columbia Indian Chiefs (UBCIC), reconciliation has been put on the back burner.
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By Matt Simmons, The Narwhal, Local Journalism Initiative reporter
Coastal GasLink has been forced to stop pipeline construction near protected wetlands after an inspection by the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office found the company cleared areas without completing the required surveying and planning.
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North Island Gazette, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Charges will not be laid against the 22 pipeline protesters who were arrested on traditional Wet’suwet’en territory in northern B.C. in February, the BC Prosecution Service has confirmed.
The protesters were arrested between Feb. 6 and 10 near Smithers, sparking solidarity protests across the country.
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Originally published on Cortes Radio.ca. This radio broadcast was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative.
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Tactical teams with assault- and sniper-rifles dropped out of black helicopters. Specially trained military-style police demonstrated snowmobile stunt skills. Indigenous heroes sang songs of love and consequences on a Mad-Max battle-bus. There appeared to be directors and cinematographers. It was a high-budget production. I had a front-row seat and played the role of Legal Observer.
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It was “peaceful, respectful demonstration” in support of the Wet’suwet’en resistance to Coastal Gas Link’s LNG pipeline, in Campbell River on Sunday, Feb 15, 2020. Hereditary Chief George Quocksister, Jr. of the Laichkwiltach Nation, led about 40 people, with banners and signs, from Discovery Harbour Mall along the shoreline beside the Island Highway in Campbell River to Ostler Park
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