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Stellat'en First Nation's traditional culture 'pretty much gone,' but LNG agreement offered relief from 'enforced poverty'

“At the end it was easy because we negotiated the best deal we could,” said Stellat’an Chief Arthur Patrick.  “Natural gas is more benign to the environment than oil and coal. Natural gas will replace coal in other parts of the world, like China. If we can be a part of that replacement, then I think we’re doing the world some good.”

Here's what happens when an energy pipeline company comes calling

What happens when an energy pipeline developer comes to town? Brandi Morin examines the pressure on a First Nations community in central interior B.C. when Enbridge, with an oil pipeline proposal, and then TransCanada, with the Coastal GasLink project, came calling. Elected Nak’azdli Whut’en Chief Alexander McKinnon relives one of the most difficult decisions of his life.

How safe is the Ottawa River from nuclear waste?

A proposed permanent radioactive waste dump at Chalk River Laboratories on the Ottawa River raises questions about the future safety of the water used by hundreds of thousands of people. While some local authorities seem relaxed as the proposal winds its way through an environmental assessment process, Ottawa Riverkeeper, for one, remains vigilant about the health of the watershed.

Urgency in climate change advocacy is backfiring, says Citizen Potawatomi Nation scientist

Kyle Powys Whyte, an Indigenous scientist and climate change expert, says Indigenous peoples have led some of the most vibrant climate change movements, focused on repairing and strengthening ethical and just relationships. Mistakenly, many environmentalists focus on an environmental crisis that must be addressed so urgently and swiftly, that relationships don't matter, he says.

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