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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Federal candidates make pitches to B.C. First Nations at AFN meeting

Several federal election candidates delivered their pitches to First Nations leadership at a meeting in Musqueam on Thursday, speaking about their commitments to issues like climate change, Indigenous rights and title and the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Court of appeal tells B.C. to reconsider Trans Mountain environmental conditions

The B.C. Court of Appeal has instructed the province to reconsider its environmental assessment certificate and conditions issued for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.

No evidence uncovered in recent search for family missing for 30 years, say RCMP

Police say a three-day search on a property in northern B.C. turned up no evidence of Ronnie or Doreen Jack or their two sons Russell and Ryan, last seen in August 1989.  

First Nations leadership concerned about who will be included in child welfare ruling

First Nations leadership in British Columbia is calling on the Canadian government to “do the right thing” and ensure nobody is left behind in the recent ruling from the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. 

Revamped B.C. treaty negotiation process drawing mixed reaction from First Nations

The First Nations Summit, province of British Columbia and federal government unveiled a new policy approach to the way treaties are negotiated in B.C. on Wednesday, anticipating more Indigenous groups will seek agreements.

Benefits agreement asks First Nation to discourage members from hindering B.C. pipeline project

Community members and legal experts are concerned about provisions in benefit agreements between First Nations and companies that ask leadership to dissuade their community members from speaking out against the project.

RCMP probe Northern B.C. site for young family that disappeared 30 years ago

There are several active and highly public RCMP search sites in Northern B.C. this week. But there was also a much more discreet RCMP search on Wednesday, at an undisclosed location near the Highway of Tears. 

Hundreds of landowners still haven't signed agreements with Trans Mountain for pipeline expansion

With the re-approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, landowners along the route who have yet to sign agreements with the company say they're frustrated with a process they say is unequally weighted in favour of the corporation. 

Trans Mountain approval frustrating, says B.C. chief with unresolved concerns about pipeline project

While Coldwater Chief Lee Spahan wasn't surprised to hear that the federal government was moving ahead with plans to twin the Trans Mountain pipeline that runs beneath his reserve, he says the approval is still frustrating because Ottawa has yet to deal with outstanding issues in his community related to the existing pipeline.

B.C. woman still waiting for cleanup of pipeline oil leak on her property

With the federal government expected to announce its decision on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion on Tuesday, Janice Antoine, a resident of the Coldwater reserve in B.C., wants to know when contamination from the pipeline discovered on her property five years ago will be cleaned up.

'Truths are piling up': The legal and moral imperatives behind the MMIWG's calls for justice

In the wake of the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls' final report, attention is now turning toward whether its 231 recommendations will be acted upon.

'The genocide cannot continue' says longtime MMIWG advocate Gladys Radek

Gladys Radek might be leaving the nation's capital for her home in B.C. following the national inquiry's closing ceremony but she said the families, survivors and advocates who pushed for the inquiry to happen aren't going away.

MMIWG families gather in Ottawa on the eve of the national inquiry's final ceremony

Holding signs and framed photos of the people they have lost, family members of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls came together in Ottawa on Sunday to remember their loved ones — and talk about what comes next.

MMIWG inquiry still fighting for access to RCMP files, weeks before closing ceremony

Lawyers for the inquiry are in Vancouver this week fighting for access to files on two cases it says are at the core of the inquiry's mandate to look into the systemic causes of violence against Indigenous women and to make recommendations for effective action.

Wet'suwet'en hereditary leaders level human rights complaint during speeches at United Nations forum

Hereditary leaders from the Wet'suwet'en Nation in northern B.C. told the United Nations special rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous Peoples Wednesday their human rights are being violated by pipeline development on their territory.