CBC – Yukon may be too soft on illegal land use, minister says.

 ‘We are considering legislative changes to increase the penalties,’ said Mines Minister Ranj Pillai People who violate Yukon land use regulations could soon be facing stiffer penalties, according to the territory’s mines minister. Minister Ranj Pillai was...
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NR – Tŝilhqot’in Nation Announces Full Closure of Steelhead Fisheries

TŜILHQOT’IN NATIONAL GOVERNMENT 253 – 4th Avenue North – Williams Lake, BC V2G 4T4 – Phone (250) 392-3918 – Fax (250) 398-5798 PRESS RELEASE Tŝilhqot’in Nation Announces Full Closure of Steelhead Fisheries Williams Lake, BC (March 20, 2018): Due to immediate...
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BiV – Geoscience BC map gets instant results. Survey has spurred claims on 250 square kilometres of land.

By Nelson Bennett. A new aeromagnetic map of a 9,600-square-kilometre region of Northeast B.C. that was unveiled near the end of January has produced almost instant results in the form of new mineral claims being staked. At the Association For Mineral Exploration Roundup...
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CBC – DFO voices concern about 2018 salmon runs on B.C.’s North Coast.

 Official says fallout from the warm-water Pacific ‘blob’ years ago is still impacting ecosystems As salmon fisheries get set to open on B.C.’s North Coast in the next few months, anxiety in the region is high. Fisheries and Oceans Canada is preparing 2018...
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Victoria Times Colonist – Comment: Can premier be a man of his word?. By Bev Sellars, Chair, FNWARM

 By Bev Sellars, Chair, FNWARM. Former Chief of the Xat’Sull (Soda Creek) First Nation So, B.C. will finally review its sadly weak environmental-assessment process. About time! But can First Nations trust the NDP government to work with them to address the glaring problems...
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CBC – It’s full steam ahead for Victoria Gold’s Eagle Gold project.

Company says getting $505 million in financing was a make it or break it deal for the Yukon mine Closing a $505 million deal with investors was tough, but the president of Victoria Gold, John McConnell, says persistence paid off. Orion Mine Finance, Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd.,...
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CFNR-FM – DFO examining the possibility of major North Coast salmon closures

It could be a very tough year for First Nations, fishing charter operators, and commercial salmon fisheries. Low number projections have the Department of Fisheries and Oceans considering North Coast area closures for both chinook and sockeye this season. DFO Director of Salmon...
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ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT REVITALIZATION – REGIONAL WORKSHOP

    Prince George – Mar. 7  – The University of Northern British Columbia – 3333 University Way * Workshops registration and breakfast will be at 8:00am with the official workshop starting at 9am * Lunch will be provided * Workshops are intended to end at 4:30pm...
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CP – Caribou hunting quotas make scapegoats out of northern First Nations: study…argues caribou decline result of impacts from mineral exploration.

By Bob Weber. …”The scapegoat is the Indigenous person who depends on caribou for subsistence,” says the paper’s author Brenda Parlee, a biologist at the University of Alberta. “It’s easier to point the finger at somebody with a gun than it is to...
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Quesnel Caribou Observer – Mount Polley to begin dredging Springer Pit.

Water, tailings stored in Springer Pit since 2014 breach to be returned to tailings storage facility. By Monica Lamb-Yorski. Three-and-a-half years after the Mount Polley Mine breach, the company responsible for the disaster is preparing to return water and tailings to the...
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Globe and Mail – Ottawa’s conservation plan puts Indigenous people in charge of protecting land.

By Gloria Galloway. There are already a number of conservation agreements with Indigenous people in Canada. In Gwaii Haanas National Marine Park Reserve, on the west coast, young Haida people who are part of an Indigenous Guardians Program protect the region while introducing...
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CBC All In A Day – Federal Budget Panel with Valerie Courtois (ILI) on Indigenous Protected Areas:

LISTEN  11:39 Mins. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/programs/allinaday/federal-budget-panel-1.4554607
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