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Reflecting on National Aboriginal Day

I spent last Saturday, National Aboriginal Day, at Centennial Park in Ganges on Salt Spring Island. My family joined a few hundred aboriginal and non-aboriginal people in a rally to protest the development of a luxury home over top of Coast Salish burial cairns on Grace Islet off Salt Spring.

Growing Green in the Okanagan Valley

In May 2013, Dr. Andrew Weaver was elected to the British Columbia Legislature by the people of Oak Bay-Gordon Head. He was the first B.C. Green elected in the province and he has represented his constituents and the Party well.

Statement by Interim-Leader Adam Olsen on MLA Pat Pimm's remarks about First Nations people

I am disappointed at the racist comments made in an email by Pat Pimm, the MLA for Peace River North. As a former member of the British Columbia Cabinet, a B.C. Liberal caucus member and a member of the Select Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs, I am shocked that he would show such disrespect for the First Nations people of our province.

Renewing relationships in B.C. education

SilasSchoolBus.JPGThe relationship between the B.C. Public School Employers’ Association (BCSEA) and the B.C. Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) continues to disintegrate. Their dueling press conferences in the past couple of days has once again magnified the poor state of contract negotiations in public education in British Columbia.

Open letter to Minister Steve Thomson, re: Grace Islet

May 6, 2014

Re: Grace Islet Coast Salish burial site and residential development

Dear Minister Steve Thomson,

I am writing you this to ask you to intervene and stop the residential development proposed for Grace Islet on Salt Spring Island. Unfortunately, efforts to meet with you in person have not been successful; however, this subject is incredibly important to me and other British Columbians and must be resolved.

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