Showing posts with label First Nations. Show all posts
Showing posts with label First Nations. Show all posts

Saturday, April 6, 2019

While Nestlé extracts millions of litres from their land in Ontario, Canada, residents have no drinking water

The Guardian
Just 90 minutes from Toronto, residents of a First Nations community try to improve the water situation as the beverage company extracts from their land. Story here.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Is Modern Agriculture Threatening Traditional First Nations Food and Medicine? (Story & Video)

by Larry Powell  
(A PinP exclusive.)
First Nations researchers in Manitoba sound a warning note.
Deformed berries in the study area. Standing Medicine People Project photo.
They call it “The Standing Medicine People Project.”  

Researchers from three reserves in south-central Manitoba, Long Plain, Swan Lake and Rolling River, have teamed up with the charity, “Food Matters Manitoba,” (FMM) to conduct the project. 

They collected samples of six wild plants which grow there – pin cherry, saskatoon, nannyberry, raspberry, grape and the medicinal herb, wiike (or sweet flag). Indigenous gatherers throughout North America have harvested them traditionally as both food and medicine, for centuries. The team submitted the samples to “ALS Laboratory Group,” a certified lab in Winnipeg. There, they were analyzed for 103 different pesticides and heavy metals. 

The lab detected several in either the roots, the soil, or both. However, most of the readings were well below levels of concern. In other words, the risk of getting sick from environmental contamination is low. And, if certain precautions are taken, the berries and herbs are still considered safe to eat.

Still, concerns linger. 

Sunday, October 25, 2015

The Toxic Contamination of Manitoba First Nations Communities


According to the Treasury Board of Canada's "Contaminated Sites Inventory," of the 77 “high priority” contaminated sites in Manitoba, 70 are situated in First Nations communities. Story here.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Two Big Names Perform For First Nations Beset With "Big Oil" Misery

Neil Young has announced that he will perform 
four benefit shows in his native Canada to raise 
money for the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation 
(ACFN) Legal Defense Fund. The “Honour The Treaties” 
Very Special Guest, Diana Krall will also perform.
The ACFN refer to themselves as K'ai Taile 
Dene, meaning "people of the land of the willow.”  
A Legal Defense fund was set up to support the
ACFN’s legal challenges against oil companies and
government that are obstructingtheir traditional lands
and rights.
As people of the land theACFN have used andoccupied their traditional lands in the
Athabasca region for thousands of years,hunting, trapping, fishing and gathering to
sustain themselves and continue spiritualcultural rights passed down through generations.
The ACFN’s legal challenges will ensure the protection of their traditional lands,
eco-systems and unique rightsguaranteed by Treaty 8, the last and largest of the
nineteenth century land agreementsmade between First Nations and the Government
of Canada, are upheld for the benefitof future generations.For more info on the
Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, please visit:

Monday, October 7, 2013

Massive B.C. coal mines are about to get a new owner. Why some are worried about Glencore’s record

THE NARWHAL Coal mine at Tumbler Ridge, B.C.  Jeffrey Wynne ,      If the sale goes through, the company will inherit a contamination proble...