Entries by Chantelle Spicer

BC Budget Consultation Report Released

On August 7, the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services related their report compiled from the Budget 2020 consultation process. This consultation presents a unique opportunity for British Columbians to directly engage with a committee of Members of the Legislative Assembly on the issues that matter most to them. Many student groups across […]

International Students Fees for BC MSP on the Rise

On August 1, the BC Government announced that, despite MSP premiums being eliminated as of Jan. 1, 2020, international students will continue to contribute to BC health care coverage. Under the updated system, effective Sept. 1, 2019, all international K-12 and post-secondary students will pay a monthly health-care coverage fee of $37.50. On January 1, […]


The Fight Against Fees: A Look Back on a Year of Student Activism

Part Two: Building Campaigns and Solidarity | Chantelle Spicer |Following years of governmental neglect, mismanagement, and under-funding in post-secondary, students across the province are organising to fight back against ever-increasing fees. In the previous section, we discussed what brings students on campus to this fight and how we see our current educational culture. But how […]


Understanding Community Through History

Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre | Chantelle Spicer | Summer vacations in the Kootenay region for me involve the normal activities of swimming (in the Slocan!), walking, reading at the waterside, and too much eating. As a newcomer to the Kootenays, it also includes getting to know the personalities and unique histories of the region. […]


Six Months Later: No Access Without Consent

Six months Later: Wet’sewet’en and Unist’ot’en Check-in Six months ago, allies and Indigenous communities around the world raised up the voices and actions of the Wet’sewet’en National as they defended their sovereignty and traditional territories. Following approval of a Coastal GasLink pipeline project by the BC government in Novemeber 2018, members of the Nation stood […]


“Not Extinct: Keeping the Sinixt Way”

Book Review This book functions as a display of what collectivity, accountability, and resilience mean for Indigenous communities and allies. Created with a Sinixt mother-and-daughter team at the forefront of the Blood of Life Collective, Marilyn James and Taress Alexis have followed in the footsteps of the late Elders Eva Orr and Alvina Lum to […]

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Columbia River Treaty Negotiations: Communities, Observer Status, & Meaningful Consultation?

The contemporary history of the Kootenay region has been defined and transformed by development – both on the rivers and along side them. Though the dams are highly visible infrastructures on our landscapes, the stories of the people are less visible but their impacts are just as strong. With renegotiations of the Columbia River Treaty […]