Superior Court of Justice decision is a Historic Victory for First Nations

Court finds Constitutionally Protected Treaty Right to Resource Revenue Sharing.


(left to right) Wikwemikoong Ogimaa Duke Peltier, Wasauksing First Nation Chief Walter Tabobandung, Shawanaga First Nation Chief Wayne Pamajewon, Batchewana First Nation Chief Dean Sayers. photo courtesy RHT

168 years after signing the Robinson-Huron Treaty, the calls from former and current Anishinabek Chiefs for the Crown to fulfill its Treaty promise to share the resource revenue of the Treaty territory have finally been heard

“We are so pleased that the Court has heard us and agreed with us that the treaty was not a one-time transaction, but an ongoing promise to share the resource revenues in the Treaty territory, laying the foundation for a respectful and mutually beneficial co- existence. We have always been ready to negotiate a renewed treaty relationship and now, with this decision, we hope to be able to get that work underway.” MORE

Ten charts show how the world is progressing on clean energy

Combined world map and bar chart showing The installed capacity of wind power at the end of 2017, in gigawatts (GW). Source: Drax 2018.

Rapid progress towards clean energy is needed to meet the global ambition to limit warming to no more than 1.5C above pre-industrial temperatures.

But how are countries doing so far? In our Energy Revolution Global Outlook report, written with colleagues at Imperial College London and E4tech – and published by Drax– we rank progress in 25 major world economies. MORE

Ellen Page takes aim at Alton’s controversial underground gas storage plan

Ellen Page takes aim at Alton Gas project

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HALIFAX – Actor Ellen Page is once again harnessing her massive online following to advocate for environmental issues in her home province: this time, publicly opposing a controversial project that would eventually see natural gas stored in huge underground caverns north of Halifax.

Alton Natural Gas LP intends to use water from the Shubenacadie River to flush out underground salt deposits to create the caverns east of Alton, N.S., then pump the leftover brine solution into the river. The planned has raised the ire of Indigenous protesters who have set up a permanent protest camp near the waterway.

Members of the Sipekne’katik First Nation in nearby Indian Brook argue that the project will damage the 73-kilometre tidal river, which runs through the middle of mainland Nova Scotia. MORE

The Optimistic Activists for a Green New Deal: Inside the Youth-Led Singing Sunrise Movement

Sunrise, founded a year and a half ago by a dozen or so twentysomethings, has established itself as the dominant influence on the environmental policy of the Democrat’s young, progressive wing.

n a Sunday in mid-December, some eight hundred young people filled the pews and the aisles of Luther Place Memorial Church in Washington, D.C. They had trickled in from all over the country, in vans and buses, carrying backpacks and sleeping bags, some of them college students and others still in high school.

They belonged to an environmental movement called Sunrise, and they had come to the capital to pressure their congressional representatives on the issue of climate change. The next day would be one of visits and protests, where the young people planned to lobby the incoming Democratic majority to begin work on a Green New Deal.

The plan they hope to see adopted—to make the United States economy carbon neutral—would be nothing less than a total overhaul of our national infrastructure. MORE

Photograph by Michael Brochstein / SOPA / Getty

Space tech that feeds high-end diners in Toronto could help Canada’s North

Lush, leafy greens could be locally grown with innovative vertical farming system


A look inside We the Roots vertical farm in Toronto. Wired with LED lights, the hydroponic facility can grow up to 20,000 leafy green plants at a time. ( Yan Jun Li/CBC)

Technology being used to stock high-end Toronto restaurants with designer leafy greens could provide Northern Canadians with locally grown produce.

That’s the view of academic experts and entrepreneurs involved with a high-tech vertical garden housed in an east-end Toronto warehouse.

“We’re going to grow food using light recipes to make economic food, to make food cost-effective” says Amin Jadavji, “and I think that’s the North story”. MORE

Drawing a line in the oilsands

Why the leaders of First Nations that have been on the front lines opposing oilsands expansion now support a project to develop the industry’s biggest mine in their own backyard

Search “Chief Allan Adam” online and photos pop up of the Indigenous leader with celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio, Jane Fonda and Daryl Hannah. When Hollywood stars travel to northern Alberta to voice their disgust with the oilsands, the chief of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) is usually their tour guide.

Adam and his people are based in Fort Chipewyan, an isolated community that is a 40-minute flight north of Fort McMurray, Alta., and downstream from the region’s massive oilsands developments. MORE

 

 

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