Author Archives: Michelle Goodkey
Silent No More: A Sikh Response to the Idle No More Movement
“Idle No More” and Chief Theresa Spence’s Hunger Strike – Are they the same thing?
I have been watching the social media world closely over the last few weeks and I have to admit there was a period of time where I was confusing the “Idle No More” movement with the Hunger Strike. It is not difficult to do since both are getting a lot of media attention, however they are different yet linked. Continue reading
Etiquettes of Voicing Your Opinion
It amazes me how many people start name calling and become unprofessional when someone else of the opposite opinion states something that they do not want to hear – why? Voicing an opinion is a right and a privilege and so is the right to be heard.
Aboriginal Rights Could Require Industry to Change or Abandon Projects
I always enjoy reading articles like the one attached in this post. It tells us that industry needs to understand the “Duty to Consult”, that transparency in the discussions are paramount and that the process must be “meaningful.” All great words and it should be simple, right? HA! Continue reading
The Fight to Protect Burial Sites…
Interesting article. And I cannot help but wonder what information has not been shared. From what I is available the land was never ceded to the crown – so who legally owns it? And what methods must be taken to prove otherwise, we all know the courts take time and with the injunction in place there is no way to further the delay. Then there is the point that Continue reading
BC’s Wild Salmon…What is their future?
It is so interesting to me how the Canadian government works. We know that there has been something wrong with the salmon stocks in British Columbia for years and there have been numerous reports and studies made, yet nothing has been done we have kept to our status quo. Now with the proposed crude oil pipelines crossing some of the most sensitive salmon habitat in BC I am wondering how clear the messaging will be within this report or will it be diluted with political masks….lots of words but no solid findings, leaving everything to interpretation. Only time will tell…let’s hope that responsible decision making and sustainable development prevail!
Requiem for a Forest by David Jorgenson
Here is a poem I found in a great book that I am reading. I felt the need to share it. It is from the book: “Empire of the Beetle: How Human Folly and a Tiny Bug are Killing North America’s Great Forests” by Andrew Nikiforuk
Do First Nations have Veto?
A great article on the basic reality of Aboriginal rights and title on natural resource projects. Yes they don’t have veto but they have a right to protect their Aboriginal rights to practice their ways on the land. If that project infringes up on that right then it is a determination does this project impact on the Aboriginal right less than the benefits to society as a whole and if so what is it worth in accommodation to the nations impacted. However with all that being said no one has any idea what is adequate and it is very true that this particular project (Enbridge’s Northern Gateway) could be held up in court for years. Continue reading
Interview with Enbridge in regards to the Opposition to the Northern Gateway Project
There are a lot of speculations on what will happen if the Northern Gateway Project (pipeline extending from the OIlsands of Alberta to the Northern Coast of BC) is approved or rejected. Either way someone is not going to be happy and at the Continue reading
Aboriginal Reconciliation: An Open Letter to Stephen Harper
I was shocked and amazed that the federal government stopped funding National Aboriginal Health Organization and the Native Women’s Association of Canada’s health programs. Was there a bigger reason then just costs? This letter posted in the Globe and Mail gives some insight on how the government’s decision may impact more than just these programs directly.