Blueberry River First Nations lawsuit threatens Site C, fracking in B.C.

The Blueberry River First Nations have launched a legal battle that could affect B.C.’s planned Site C hydroelectric dam, as well as oil and gas development both inside and outside the band’s territory.

The B.C. First Nation has filed a lawsuit in B.C. Supreme Court that alleges years of development, including mining, forestry and oil and gas projects, have violated its treaty rights under Treaty 8.

"The province is not abiding by our treaty rights that were given to us back in 1900," said Chief Marvin Yahey of the Blueberry River First Nations.

The band has raised concerns about hydraulic fracturing​ - or fracking - for natural gas in their territory for more than a decade, but the B.C. government hasn’t listened, said Yahey.

He said Blueberry River First Nations want the Site C dam and other projects slowed to provide time for consultation, which he called “disappointing” to date.

"There has always been talk, yes, but never a meaningful consultation to address our concerns," said Yahey.

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NDNs vote with their feet.

Since a lot of non-native ppl are on here I’d thought I’d bring something very important up.

Most native americans vote with their feet. 

Meaning the moment you show up in a region and start asking for help or support for something you’re basically asking that individual to follow you in a sense and defend what you are saying to their friends and family. Its the reason most are reluctant to talk to outsider non-natives about certain issues. Its why many times its only a very few Natives who are doing things in public.

Also asking any native american to speak to the non-native public is something that is very serious because if it blows back they are silently judged back home. If they fail there is a loss of prestige for the person among the community, Who are always watching. Speaking publicly also means that one is asserting themselves as a leader, If not now then in the future. So even though it doesn’t seem like a big deal, Said native might be moved up a level and have to deal with the Chief and other leaders. Its because they will often acknowledge them as a future threat to their election run. Because a rise in honor for taking a stand means the community will look to them for help. By backing them with their feet, Figuratively speaking.

When you look to a random native friend and ask for support because you got into a argument with another native. They are unlikely to want to commit because of the above.  Many adopted out or great grandparents who was a native miss this point because it doesn’t have anything to do with blood and more with an internal culture. 

This is mostly what happens here in my area. I don’t know about other places I was tired when writing this. I hope this makes sense.

Winnipeg police asking for help to find missing girl

The Winnipeg Police Service is asking for the public’s help to find 15-year-old Pauline Heather Crane.

Crane was last seen in downtown Winnipeg on Feb. 27, 2015.

She is described as aboriginal, 5’2” (157.38 cm)  tall, 180 pounds (81 kg), medium build, long straight brown hair and brown eyes.

Police are concerned for the girl’s well-being.

Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts is asked to contact the Missing Persons Unit at 204-986-6250.