“Idle No More” and Chief Theresa Spence’s Hunger Strike – Are they the same thing?

"If you are Not OUTRAGED You are not paying ATTENTION" #idlenomore

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


First Nation Leadership Council Open Letter: Federal Announcement of the Responsible Resource Development Plan 

April 19, 2012

Honourable Joe Oliver
Ministry of Natural Resources Canada
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON, K1A 0A6

Sent via facsimile: 613-943-1562

OPEN LETTER: Federal Announcement of the Responsible Resource Development Plan (April 17th, 2012)

Dear Minister Oliver:

We are writing with respect to your government’s shocking announcement to completely gut the environmental assessment process. We are gravely concerned with this announcement to eviscerate the process for environmental review on resource development projects after the changes lay waste to the credibility of the process. Continue reading


Consultation vs Engagement – What is the difference?

Consultation versus Engagement – What is the difference? Is there really a difference? Now it depends to who you talk to but to keep things simple: consultation is the legal responsibility of the crown (Canadian Government) and engagement is the delegated responsibility from the crown to the industry proponent proposing a resource project on the land. If you think of these two terms in this way it keeps it quite simple.

Continue reading