Indigenous Environmental Activism (2012)

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Oral histories / interviews with individuals in B.C. with first-hand experiences concerning social and environmental justice such as Ernie Crey, Lori-Ann Ellis, Jamie Lee Hamilton, as well as freedom of speech and wild salmon with Alexandra Morton and Don Staniford, among others. These oral histories and interviews were conducted and compiled in 2012 by students in FNST 433 and FNST 462.

Jenna LaFrance 'First Nations Connection to the Land'

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2012-04-12
Abstract: 

Jenna La France talks about traditional aboriginal approach to environment and the land, compared to consumerist mentality that does not have a relationship with the land. She also speaks about multinational corporations destroying the land for profit, or relocation people for mega hydro electric projects, and how little control citizens have over it. Discusses Enbridge’s ‘clean and green’ motto and how the oil sands project promotes jobs, but the reality is these projects only pollute the land and create disease, and when people protest, they are put in jail.  

Document type: 
Audio
File(s): 
Jenna LaFrance - First Nations Connection with the Land (a)
Jenna LaFrance - First Nations Connection with the Land (b)

Byron Joseph 'The Relationship Between Multinational Corporations & First Nations'

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2012-04-30
Abstract: 

Byron Joseph speaks about traditional aboriginal’s relationship to the land compared to multinational corporations that are only concerned with profit. It harms the ecosystem. There is discussion around China needing our tar sands bitumen for energy needs.  

Document type: 
Video
File(s): 
Byron Joseph - The Relationship Between Multinational Corporations And First Nations Summit.mp4

Gerry Oleman 'Wild Salmon'

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2012-05-24
Abstract: 

Gerry is a elder from Nicola Valley Institute  of Technology in Burnaby , BC. He is at  a sweat at BCIT in Burnaby which he runs telling salmon stories.

Document type: 
Video
File(s): 
Gerry Oleman - Wild Salmon Summit.mp4

Buster Adams 'Traditional First Nations Fishing'

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2012-04-30
Abstract: 

Buster Adams is a elder from Lytton First Nation discussing the history of fishing in Lytton his community.

Document type: 
Video
File(s): 
Buster Adams - Traditional First Nations Fishing (a) Summit.mp4
Buster Adams - Traditional First Nations Fishing (b) Summit.mp4

Grand Chief Shawn Atleo 'The Relationship Between Multinational Corporations & First Nations'

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2012-04-30
Abstract: 

Assembly of First Nations, Grand Chief Sean Atleo, is speaking about Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline project that will be shipping bitumen to China, and the relationship to the Chinese people stating that indigenous people in Canada have the right to free, prior and informed consent when it comes to resource development.

Document type: 
Video
File(s): 
Grand Chief Shawn Atleo - The Relationship Between Multinational Corporations and First Nations

Gary George 'Northern Gateway Pipeline'

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2012-04-30
Abstract: 

Gary George is from Northern Central British Columbia and his Nation lies right near the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline proposed by Enbridge. This area is near Burns Lake, Houston, and Smithers area. The pipeline will cross the Maurice River near the upper part of the Skeena River. These rivers still have Sockeye, Pink and various other wild salmon runs. He is worried that if there is a spill in the river the ecosystem will suffer terribly. He feels that there will be benefit to the community through economic growth, but that the natural state of the Maurice River is too important and fragile, and that the focus should be on protecting the river and its salmon.

Document type: 
Video
File(s): 
Gary George - Northern Gateway Pipeline

Don Staniford 'Norwegian Salmon Farms'

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2012-04-04
Abstract: 

Wild salmon activist Don Staniford was being deported on this day, January 27 2012. Staniford was being sued in the Supreme Court by Mainstream Canada, a division of Cermaq of Norway, for comments made on his website Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture.  Staniford states that the Norwegian government has an incestuous relationship with salmon farming in Norway because Norwegian government leaders have salmon farming interests. Oil and gas exploration is Norways leading industry next to aquaculture and so therefore the Norwegian government has vested interest in Enbridge pipeline and oil and gas exploration.   Staniford mentions the work of dr. Alexandra Morton who made the correlation to salmon farms to ISA (Infectious salmon anemia) and sea lice and describes how deadly salmon farms are to wild salmon stocks, as well as the ecological pollution created by salmon farms due to chemical hormones and antibiotics.

Document type: 
Video
File(s): 
Don Staniford - Norwegian Salmon Farms (a)
Don Staniford - Norwegian Salmon Farms (b)
Don Staniford - Norwegian Salmon Farms (c)

Tiffany Creyke 'Mining in Indigenous Territory'

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2012-04-30
Abstract: 

Canadian Mining Corporation Imperial Metals wants to mine an area of Northern Central British Columbia that would drastically affect multiple indigenous nations traditional homelands including the Tahltan Nation. The project is called the Red Chris Mine. The Tahltan people voted in favour of the project, although it is not a fair representation due to overall low voter turnout. Public awareness amongst the Nation would promote better understanding of the dysfunction to ecosystems and hopefully put a stop to mining in the region.

Document type: 
Audio
File(s): 
Tiffany Creyke - Mining in Indigenous Territory (a)