Current Problems: Environment

Exploring Theme: "International Environmental Issues"

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July 19, 2024

The Tŝilhqot’in Nation calls for urgent action to stop interception by Alaska fisheries of historically low returns of Fraser Sockeye

JULY 18, 2024 NatioinTalk: The Tŝilhqot’in Nation is calling on Alaska, Canada, and the US to stop the interception of Fraser bound sockeye in the Alaska District 104 Fishery due to dire forecasts about the state of Fraser River sockeye returns this season. Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) predicts the return of Fraser sockeye this...

July 11, 2024

Degrowth offers a path to a truly just global energy transition

Rio Tinto – Kennecott open pit copper mine. Salt Lake County, Utah. How do we balance the needs of an energy transition with the harsh realities of mining critical minerals like copper? Photo by arbyreed/Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) Canada’s National Observer: As the world inevitably transitions away from fossil fuel extraction, there’s a growing international consensus that mining...

May 31, 2024

Norway’s court rules against Indigenous control over northern territory

Court case could have seen local control granted over as much as 5% of Norway’s territory CBC Indigenous: In a narrow 6-5 decision, Norway’s Supreme Court ruled Friday that the largely Indigenous community of Karasjok does not have collective property rights over a vast area in the country’s northernmost region. The court was asked to...

May 23, 2024

Film takes a new look at dam and flood control intervention on the Columbia River

Dam, water storage and hydro construction on the Columbia River has had deep and lasting impact on the Indigenous peoples and ecosystem on both sides of the Canada/U.S. border. Changing Course: A River’s Journey of Reconnection is a new documentary that explores the significance of the Columbia, a 2,000-km river that begins in the Rocky...

May 7, 2024

Spiraling salmon populations ignite calls for urgent revisions as Alaskan fisheries continue to overfish

The federal fisheries committee will be hearing from DFO Minister Diane Lebouthillier on Thursday.  APTN News: Three conservation groups met virtually with the federal fisheries committee to rally support for urgent amendments to the faltering Pacific Salmon Treaty. Greg Taylor of First Fishing Consulting, Greg Knox from SkeenaWild Conservation Trust and Aaron Hill from Watershed Watch Salmon Society critiqued Alaska’s...

April 23, 2024

Canada Pushes For More Mining In Ecuador Despite Resistance

The Maple: The Canadian and Ecuadorian governments continue to forge ahead with free trade agreement (FTA) plans, despite opposition from social movements and Indigenous Peoples within Ecuador, along with rampant instability. In these negotiations, the spotlight is on the Canadian mining industry. Canadian mining investments in Ecuador are valued at $1.8 billion, with Canada’s trade...

April 16, 2024

Delegates at UN take aim at Canadian government and mining companies

APTN News: Concerns over how Canadian mining companies are conducting themselves in foreign lands landed squarely on the floor of the United Nations in New York on Tuesday. “We would like the Canadian government to listen to us and stop destroying our Indigenous territories,” said Zenaida Yasacama from Peru through an interpreter. “Our territories, our...

April 10, 2024

Don’t shut Line 5: Biden administration issues long-awaited position on Canada-U.S. pipeline

U.S. submits nuanced argument in court case that, ultimately, sides against shutdown CBC News: The Biden administration has weighed in for the first time on a major cross-border legal dispute that could shut down portions of Enbridge’s Line 5 Canada-U.S. oil pipeline. The opinion came in an amicus brief that, although nuanced, argued against shutting down the...

April 1, 2024

Standing up to Enbridge over Line 5 pipeline

Tyler Bender on the Kakagon Sloughs. Photo courtesy of Richard Schultz / 50 Eggs Films  Canada’s National Observer: It all started with a chance meeting. Mary Mazzio, a self-proclaimed recovering lawyer, was looking for a legal case that could provide an “amphitheatre” for a documentary showcasing the voices of Indigenous Peoples in the United States....

March 12, 2024

Proposal announced to address cross-border mining pollution

Lake Koocanusa is seen, June 16, 2021, northeast of Libby, Mont. File photo by: The Canadian Press/AP/Hunter D’Antuono/Flathead Beacon Listen to article Canada’s National Observer: BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The U.S., Canada and several indigenous groups announced a proposal on Monday to address pollution from coal mining in British Columbia that officials say has been contaminating waterways and...

March 5, 2024

Indigenous organization levels complaint against Canadian mining company

Shuar Arutam People come together to discuss and deliberate strategies against extractive megaprojects at an assembly last year in Macuma, province Morona Santiago. Photo by LluviaComunicación Listen to article Canada’s National Observer: As the world’s largest mining conference unfolds in Toronto, a Canadian company is facing a complaint about a proposed copper mine in Ecuador.  The...

March 4, 2024

Akwesasne residents have concerns about proposed hydrogen facility in N.Y. state

CBC Indigenous: Residents of Akwesasne are concerned about plans to develop a hydrogen facility near the Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) community. Air Products and Chemicals Inc., an industrial gas company, is proposing to construct the facility in Massena, N.Y., about 30 kilometres west of Akwesasne, which straddles the Quebec, Ontario and New York state borders. Dr. Ojistoh Horn, a...

March 4, 2024

Trade deal could put corporate profits over people, say groups

Canada’s National Observer: Amazonian women at an International Women’s Day march in Quito, Ecuador in 2020. Sovereignty of their ancestral lands in the face of mining and oil extraction is a key demand for Amazonian women. Photo by Karen Toro / Climate Visuals Countdown Listen to article A proposed Canada-Ecuador free trade agreement could put corporate...

February 20, 2024

‘This mining is destroying us’: Alaskan tribal group applies for Canadian status

The Southeast Alaska Indigenous Transboundary Commission is calling on the province of B.C. and Canada to allow it to be consulted on mining projects that impact transboundary rivers. APTN News: A southeast Native Alaskan organization is petitioning the province of B.C. to be granted formal Indigenous recognition so it can be consulted on mining projects...

November 29, 2023

Balancing Indigenous perspectives and international policies at COP28

There are a wide range of perspectives from Canada headed to the UN climate conversation  People walk near a logo for the COP28 U.N. Climate Summit, Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2023, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)  APTN News: A major annual international climate meeting kicks off tomorrow in Dubai, in the United Arab...

November 24, 2023

Canada’s Use of 1977 Pipeline Treaty to Block Recent U.S. Line 5 Shutdown Order Is Violating Indigenous Rights

Michelle WoodhouseWater Program Manager Nationtalk: Environmental Defense – Earlier this summer, we celebrated the news that a U.S. judge in Wisconsin had ordered the Canadian oil company, Enbridge Inc., to shut down the section of the Line 5 pipeline that runs through the territory of the Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa by June 2026....

May 1, 2023

Indigenous leaders from U.S., Canada ramp up pressure for probe into toxic mining runoff from B.C.

The Globe and Mail: The Canadian Press – Indigenous leaders in Canada and the U.S. are turning up the pressure on Ottawa for an investigation of toxic mining runoff from B.C., despite high-level bilateral promises of an agreement by this summer to “reduce and mitigate” its impact. Tribal and First Nations leaders were in Washington,...

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