Category Archives: British Columbia

‘NO GO’ Zones On B.C. Reserves’


“B.C.’s representative for children and youth, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, said she estimates there are about 25 of B.C.’s 203 ‘First Nations’ who have so-called ‘no-go zones’ on their reserves, in attempts to prevent visits from social workers.”ERBLNoGoZonesOnB.C.Reserves800x800FB‘Social workers left girl at risk in ‘no-go zone’

“A vulnerable aboriginal girl was left at risk because social workers were afraid to visit a ‘First Nations’ reserve where they had been previously threatened with a knife and a gun…

“The 14-year-old girl lived with a sometimes-violent, mentally ill mother, suffered physical and emotional abuse, and was likely sexually assaulted by at least two people in her community before taking her own life…the report said.

“B.C.’s representative for children and youth, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, said the social workers {afraid of aboriginal violence} effectively turned the reserve into a “no-go zone” that prevented them from protecting children in dangerous situations. Continue reading ‘NO GO’ Zones On B.C. Reserves’

‘All Is Not Well In B.C.’


“The first issue is a governance question. Are British Columbians to be ruled by a government (in this case, the Sechelt ‘First Nation’…) in which we have no vote or voice? This is basic and an affront to democracy.” 

ERBLAllIsNotWellInBC800x800“We will assert our right to overcome the provincial jurisdiction. The province will have no more say in how they run ‘our land’, how they manage ‘our resources’. They will have no more say in the foreshore, they will have no more say in the water rights, they will have no more say in how forest tenures are handed out. We have put them on notice.” 

–Sechelt (‘shishalh’) Chief Calvin Craigan   Continue reading ‘All Is Not Well In B.C.’