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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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.

Ottawa has fallen back to 'managing the problem' with Indigenous Peoples, says Jody Wilson-Raybould

Former Liberal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould told a First Nations justice conference Wednesday she is concerned the federal government is falling back into old patterns in its dealings with Indigenous Peoples.

Indigenous leaders at UN meeting push for decade dedicated to language revitalization

Indigenous leaders are calling for the UN's year of Indigenous languages to be expanded to a decade in speeches at a gathering in New York this week of the United Nations' Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

Trans Mountain consultation approach 'fatally flawed' even with extension, says First Nations leader

Even if the time period for consultation with Indigenous groups over the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline is extended by a few weeks, "it still doesn't make up for the approach and the flawed way the consultations are being done," says Judy Wilson.

Advocates go to court over transfer of Sask. man from prison to psychiatric facility

A Vancouver-based legal aid group is arguing Joey Toutsaint needs to be moved out of the Saskatchewan Penitentiary and into the Saskatoon Regional Psychiatric Centre immediately, "to save him from dying."

First Nations leaders condemn Wilson-Raybould's removal from caucus

As Canadians digest the news that Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott have been kicked out of the Liberal caucus, First Nations leaders in B.C. are expressing support for the two women and condemning Trudeau's decision.

Feast hosted for Jody Wilson-Raybould on Vancouver Island

Ottawa is reeling over the latest materials shared with the justice committee by Jody Wilson-Raybould. Meanwhile, the former justice minister and attorney general is spending Saturday in her home territory on Vancouver Island where she’s being honoured by her Kwakwaka'wakw community.

Budget's Indigenous languages funding 'insufficient' to support revitalization work, says B.C. advocate

If Ottawa is serious about supporting the revitalization of Indigenous languages across Canada, a lot more funding needs to be made available, according to the CEO of the First Peoples Cultural Council in B.C. 

Budget 2019: $1.4B in loans to be forgiven or reimbursed to Indigenous groups for treaty negotiations

The federal government announced in its 2019 budget it will be forgiving loans to Indigenous groups who have taken on debt to negotiate comprehensive claims and treaties.

First Nations guardians gathering aims to grow movement and lobby for sustained funding

Efforts to expand the number of Indigenous guardian groups across the country are the focus of a gathering in downtown Vancouver this week.

14 arrested as RCMP break gate at Gidimt'en camp checkpoint set up to stop pipeline company access

The RCMP have arrested 14 people and entered a fortified checkpoint on a forest service road in northern B.C. where people at the Gidimt'en camp were barring access to a pipeline company.

Hereditary chiefs in B.C. stand opposed to Coastal GasLink pipeline despite injunction

Hereditary chiefs and their supporters are standing their ground in a remote area of B.C., despite a court injunction saying they must move and grant access to a company trying to build the Coastal GasLink pipeline.

Gidimt'en in northern B.C. anticipating RCMP action over anti-pipeline camp

Dozens of people are now living in a remote camp set up in northern B.C. in response to a recent injunction order from the B.C. Supreme Court to allow for pipeline pre-construction activities to take place in the area.

2nd camp set up to block pipeline company's access to Wet'suwet'en land

A second checkpoint has been put up on a remote B.C. forestry road to block construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline, days after a court ordered that the first one must stop preventing the company from accessing the road and a bridge.