Author: Fran Yanor

Northern First Nations call for ‘seat at table’ as BC mulls court…

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While the B.C. government considers whether to appeal a court decision recognizing two nations’ Aboriginal right to fish in a damaged river and the province’s fiduciary obligation to protect that right, the communities behind the lawsuit call on governments and industry to work with them to improve the health of the watershed. “Now that the […]

Northwest communities finally get piece of natural resources action

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A few hours after BC Finance Minister Katrine Conroy stood in the legislature to announce $250 million in new funding for a revenue-sharing agreement in the northwest, glasses clinked at a nearby restaurant where mayors and their staff gathered to celebrate a hard-won victory.  “I feel good. I’m really happy. It’s not as much money […]

First Nations resource tax proposal gets nod from Poilievre

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A proposal allowing First Nations to collect a portion of the resource development taxes paid by industry got a credibility boost this week when Conservative Party of Canada Leader Pierre Poilievre endorsed the unprecedented tax-sharing change, which he dubbed “a First Nations-led solution to a made-in-Ottawa problem.” “This is a historic change in how First […]