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Bamoseda Update December 30

December 20th, 2010

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In this episode of Bamoseda, we’ll review the big news of 2010.
Perhaps the biggest news of the year came when Canada finally endorsed the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
The 2010 Winter Olympics marked the first time for Aboriginal participation in the event.  And in another first, A First Nations chief participated in greeting world leaders at the G8 Summit which was held in Huntsville in June.
The Harmonized Sales Tax in Ontario and British Columbia caused controversy in the First Nation communities – Ontario First Nations were exempt from provincial sales tax, and they won a hard fought battle to maintain tax their exemption rights in the province.
The British Petroleum oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico spelled environmental and economic disaster in the South, particularly for some of the tribes in the area, who earned their living from shrimping and fishing.  It was better news for First Nations in B.C who were breathing a sigh of relief after the federal government turned down a major mining project.
The lack of running water and potable water in Manitoba First Nations were a shock to the country, where most enjoy that basic necessity of life.

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