Chantelle Bellrichard

Chantelle Bellrichard is a reporter with CBC's Indigenous unit based in Vancouver. Email her at or follow her on Twitter @pieglue.

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No criminal charges for people arrested during injunction enforcement on Wet'suwet'en territory

The B.C. Prosecution Service has announced it will not be laying criminal charges against any of the people arrested by the RCMP during enforcement of the Coastal GasLink injunction in northern B.C. in February. 

Northern B.C. protest held in response to death of George Floyd and local deaths in police custody

Dozens of people came together in the northern B.C. village of Burns Lake on Monday to join the protest movement sparked in response to the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis. 

'Start by changing your team name': Inuk MP responds to Edmonton Eskimos post referencing racism

A social media post by the Edmonton Eskimos referencing racism drew criticism over the weekend given the ongoing controversy over the team's name, which is widely considered a racial slur.

Getting cut off safe supply prescription was like a 'slap in the face,' says Vancouver woman

Melissa Steinhauer says a new doctor refused to renew her prescription for a “safe supply” of opiates, which have been made more widely available in B.C. due to new guidelines for doctors and pharmacies published during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Canada Energy Regulator recruiting Indigenous people to join new advisory committee

The Canada Energy Regulator is looking for Indigenous people to join a new advisory committee that is expected to play "a key advisory role" to the regulator's board of directors, according to a recruitment document posted online.

Wet'suwet'en, B.C. and Canada sign MOU on negotiations for legal recognition of title

Hereditary chiefs of the Wet'suwet'en Nation have signed a memorandum of understanding with B.C. and Canada that sets the path for negotiations on legal recognition of their title to 22,000 square kilometres of traditional territory. 

Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs moving ahead with rights and title MOU with B.C. and Canada

The Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs say they’re moving forward with signing a memorandum of understanding with B.C. and Canada on Thursday despite calls from elected band leadership to hit reset on the process. 

B.C. moves to 'safe supply' as overdose deaths spike during COVID-19 pandemic

Just a few weeks ago Melissa Steinhauer's treatment options expanded and she was able to get on B.C.'s new "safe supply" program, introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coldwater band asks Ottawa to intervene after Trans Mountain changes aquifer study plans

The Coldwater band is calling for federal intervention after Trans Mountain announced it was changing the way it would study the aquifer the First Nation relies on for its drinking water.

RCMP investigating incident at Tiny House Warriors village in Blue River, B.C.

RCMP in Clearwater, B.C., are investigating an incident that took place at the Tiny House Warriors village in Blue River over the weekend. 

Prince George family looks for answers after man dies in police custody

A man who was hospitalized after being arrested by Prince George RCMP has died, leaving behind a large family in grief. 

Cluster of COVID-19 cases confirmed on Cormorant Island off the B.C. Central Coast

A cluster of COVD-19 cases on Cormorant Island, B.C., has led to the declaration of a local state of emergency for the ‘Namgis First Nation, Whe-la-la-u Area Council and Village of Alert Bay. 

Lac Seul First Nation going to Supreme Court of Canada in hydro dam flooding compensation case

The Lac Seul First Nation in northwestern Ontario will have its case heard by the Supreme Court of Canada, tasking the court with the question of how Indigenous Peoples should be compensated by Canada for historic wrongs. 

B.C. First Nations say Ottawa will match province's $300 social assistance supplement on reserves

First Nations leaders in B.C. say Ottawa has agreed to match the provincial commitment to provide people on social assistance with an added $300 a month during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

'It's about our future': 4 First Nations have now applied to Supreme Court over Trans Mountain

All four First Nations that were party to the most recent Federal Court of Appeal case challenging the Trans Mountain expansion approval have applied for leave at the Supreme Court of Canada.