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First Nations Advocacy Resources

Ta’Kaiya Resources

[These are the list of resources Ta’Kaiya referenced in her interview]

Photo by Lëa-Kim Châteauneuf on Wikipedia CC BY-SA 4.0 

The Swanson Occupation

In 2017, a Kwak’wala man named Ernest Alfred began to protest the practices of B.C. salmon farms due to the numerous health risks posed to the wild salmon population. On June 20, 2018 BC’s agriculture minister Lana Popham announced that fish farms must consult with First Nations – but said: “there is no veto.”

Read more here:

https://thenarwhal.ca

https://www.cascadiamagazine.org

https://thetyee.ca/News/2017/09/21/Fish-Farm-Occupations-Tensions/

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/fish-farming-bc-leases

https://seashepherd.org/2019/08/27/commemorating-swanson-occupation/

The Trans Mountain Pipeline Watch House (Kwekwecnewtxw)

In response to the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Expansion pipeline, Indigenous Coast Salish members erected a watch house to house and shelter protestors fighting against the expansion into Indigenous communities. Read more here:

https://protecttheinlet.ca/structure/ 

The Tiny House Warriors

In response to the same pipeline, the Secwepemc people began to build small houses along the planned pipeline route in peaceful protest, which will shelter displaced Secwepemc families. Furthermore, each of these homes will be installed with off-grid solar power. They’ve built six houses so far. Learn more about this initiative and support it here:

http://www.tinyhousewarriors.com/

Climate Action Youth Ambassador Program

Beginning in 2017, Sustainable Canada Dialogues recruited and trained young Indigenous ambassadors in leadership, culture, jurisdiction, reconciliation, and climate action to help strengthen the next generation of Indigenous leaders. Learn more about the program here:

http://www.sustainablecanadadialogues.ca

David Suzuki’s B.C. Indigenous Parks Report

The David Suzuki Foundation published a report exploring the benefits of working alongside Indigenous communities when planning ecological infrastructure. Read their report here:

https://davidsuzuki.org

Indigenous Children’s Fund

This organization, also known as the Native Children's Survival Indigenous Children's Fund (NCSICF) aims to support young Indigenous people by donating medicine, enhancing education, and fighting child sex trafficking. Learn about it and support them here:

https://www.robbyromero.com/indigenous-childrens-fund

Indigenous Works

This non-profit organization supports Indigenous employment throughout Canada. Indigenous Works aims to build and strengthen professional relationships through inclusion training, advisory services, inclusion diagnostics and other services. Read more about them here:

https://indigenousworks.ca/en/resources

Assembly of First Nations

A national organization that advocates on behalf of First Nations people in national and regional discussions, policy analysis, and government communication including facilitating relationship building between First Nations and the Crown as well as public and private sectors. Learn more about them here:

https://www.afn.ca/Home/

W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council Society

This Saanich-based council represents and supports three nations. They run several ecological initiatives to support Canada's national parks and publish articles ranging from W̱SÁNEĆ legends to local Indigenous news. Learn more about them and support them here:

https://wsanec.com/

The Songhees Nation

The Songhees Nation of the Lək̓ʷəŋən people occupies what we call Esquimalt. They’ve founded a variety of service and economic initiatives, ranging from supporting students from K-12, building business connections, art gallery work, nursing, fitness, catering services, and document relevant laws and bylaws. Learn more about them and support them here:

https://www.songheesnation.ca/home

Walking Eagle News

A satirical news site offering an Indigenous spin on political and social events around the world. Read it and support the author here:

http://walkingeaglenews.com/

35 Books to read for National Indigenous History Month

A great list of Indigenous literature courtesy of CBC.

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