First Nations

A federal grant worth $12.5 million will help Splatsin develop almost all of the Shuswap North Okanagan Rail Trail. (Jacob Brett file photo)

Major federal funds for Splatsin to develop rail trail

First Nations band near Enderby receives more than $12 million to develop almost all of old rail corridor

 

Jeneva Touchie points to a new bilingual Nuu-chah-nulth / English street sign across from the high school. The District of Ucluelet hosted a small gathering on July 29 to unveil the new bilingual sign, which will be one of many installed around town over the next few months. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Ucluelet unveils new bilingual Nuu-chah-nulth / English street signs

“Our bilingu̓al street sign project is a small way we can honour the Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ people”

 

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, president of the UBCIC, left, June North, widow of the man who died by suicide and Williams Lake First Nation Chief Willie Sellars all spoke during a press conference held Tuesday, July 19. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

‘In shock and mourning’: Indigenous leaders demand inquiry into fatal RCMP incident

Incident of man threatening self harm in Williams Lake ended tragically July 10

 

The University of Victoria’s First Peoples House, located in the heart of the campus. In 2023 UVic will be offering a master’s in business administration program for Indigenous Reconciliation for the first time. (Courtesy of UVic Photo Services)

B.C. university to offer groundbreaking MBA program in Indigenous Reconciliation

University of Victoria program’s first enrolment of business students set to begin in spring 2023

The University of Victoria’s First Peoples House, located in the heart of the campus. In 2023 UVic will be offering a master’s in business administration program for Indigenous Reconciliation for the first time. (Courtesy of UVic Photo Services)
Canoes dot the western shore of the Shuswap River at Belvidere Park in Enderby Tuesday, July 12, for the start of the Pulling Together Canoe Journey. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

PHOTOS: Canoe journey paddlers pull it together in Enderby

The 20th Pulling Together Canoe Journey began Tuesday morning, July 12, on the Shuswap River

Canoes dot the western shore of the Shuswap River at Belvidere Park in Enderby Tuesday, July 12, for the start of the Pulling Together Canoe Journey. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation master carver Joe Martin orchestrates the raising of a new totem pole for Opitsaht on July 1, 2022. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Truth-speaking Vancouver Island totem pole unveiled on Canada Day

July 1 ceremony on the shores of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations village of Opitsaht near Tofino

Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation master carver Joe Martin orchestrates the raising of a new totem pole for Opitsaht on July 1, 2022. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Various First Nations groups including the Tsilhqot’in National Government are coming to the defense of AFN National Chief Roseanne Archibald who was suspended on June 17. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

Tŝilhqot’in voices support for AFN National Chief RoseAnne Archibald amid complaint probe

TNG said it stands with Archibald’s call for a forensic audit, fundamental reform at AFN

Various First Nations groups including the Tsilhqot’in National Government are coming to the defense of AFN National Chief Roseanne Archibald who was suspended on June 17. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
From left, Ron Tomma, Rod Tomma and Tilkotmes Tomma stand with the Sxwesméllp Landmark after it was unveiled following a celebration and ceremony on June 25, 2022 in Marine Peace Park in Salmon Arm. Rod and his son Tilkotmes Tomma were the main carvers of Coyote Rock, while Rod’s cousin Ron helped them finish off the sculpture. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)

‘Spirit of reconciliation’: Landmark in Salmon Arm creates awareness of Secwépemc presence

Unveiling celebration at Marine Peace Park reveals place names, oral histories, relationship to land

From left, Ron Tomma, Rod Tomma and Tilkotmes Tomma stand with the Sxwesméllp Landmark after it was unveiled following a celebration and ceremony on June 25, 2022 in Marine Peace Park in Salmon Arm. Rod and his son Tilkotmes Tomma were the main carvers of Coyote Rock, while Rod’s cousin Ron helped them finish off the sculpture. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)
The Little Shuswap Lake Band issued an evacuation order due to flooding on June 22, 2022 for two properties on Schouten Road. The yellow area on the Google Earth image is subject to an evacuation alert while the red area is on evacuation order. (Little Shuswap Lake Band)

Little Shuswap Lake Band issues evacuation order due to flooding

Just a month after a devastating fire at Quaaout Lodge, two properties are threatened by flooding

The Little Shuswap Lake Band issued an evacuation order due to flooding on June 22, 2022 for two properties on Schouten Road. The yellow area on the Google Earth image is subject to an evacuation alert while the red area is on evacuation order. (Little Shuswap Lake Band)
Fish fragments unearthed from the villages of Ts’ishaa and Huu7ii in Barkley Sound, B.C. (Dylan Hillis/University of Victoria)

Ancient Vancouver Island fish bones may hold lessons for adapting to climate change

5,000-year-old bones show how Indigenous people worked with warming oceans

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Fish fragments unearthed from the villages of Ts’ishaa and Huu7ii in Barkley Sound, B.C. (Dylan Hillis/University of Victoria)
WFN government is now preparing for a general election and vote of its membership on Sept. 15. (File photo)

Westbank First Nation looks to future after resignation of Chief Derickson

‘Including open and inclusive dialogue with its membership, all members of council, and administration’

WFN government is now preparing for a general election and vote of its membership on Sept. 15. (File photo)
WFN Chief Christopher Derickson has resigned, citing corruption within WFN. (Photo contributed)

Westbank First Nation Chief abruptly resigns over alleged “corruption”

‘Fighting corruption and promoting accountability, integrity, and transparency was the right thing to do’

WFN Chief Christopher Derickson has resigned, citing corruption within WFN. (Photo contributed)
Autumn Cooper, right, of the Stz’uminus First Nation speaks about her experiences learning her traditional language, at an event announcing provincial funding for Indigenous language, art, culture and heritage revitalization at the legislature June 14. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)

B.C. commits $35M to continue revitalization of Indigenous languages, arts, culture

First Peoples’ Cultural Council learning initiatives to be funded

Autumn Cooper, right, of the Stz’uminus First Nation speaks about her experiences learning her traditional language, at an event announcing provincial funding for Indigenous language, art, culture and heritage revitalization at the legislature June 14. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)
Playwright and actor Laura Michel, from the Adams Lake band, creates play focusing on resilience, strength of those working to preserve languages, culture for future generations. Play runs from June 2 to 11 at Pavilion Theatre in Kamloops. (Photo contributed)

40-plus interviews help Shuswap playwright create story of Indigenous language survival

Adams Lake band member commended for production which runs from June 2 to 11

Playwright and actor Laura Michel, from the Adams Lake band, creates play focusing on resilience, strength of those working to preserve languages, culture for future generations. Play runs from June 2 to 11 at Pavilion Theatre in Kamloops. (Photo contributed)
Dr. Barney Williams. Submitted photo/ Coast Mental Health

Renowned B.C. First Nations therapist recognized for resilience

Dr. Barney Williams receives 2022 Courage To Come Back Award in the Addictions category

Dr. Barney Williams. Submitted photo/ Coast Mental Health
Horses from the community of Esk’etemc race down the slope in a traditional annual roundup which brings the horses back from winter range to the reserve. (Georgina Chipman photo)

PHOTOS: Indigenous Cariboo horse roundup a time-honoured tradition

Horses returned from winter range in Esk’etemc thanks to leadership of Bill Chelsea

Horses from the community of Esk’etemc race down the slope in a traditional annual roundup which brings the horses back from winter range to the reserve. (Georgina Chipman photo)
Williams Lake First Nation councillor Chris Wycotte, left, Chief Willie Sellars and councillor Shae Chelsea outside WLFN’s new farm-to-gate cannabis facility during its grand opening Friday, May 6. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo- Williams Lake Tribune)

B.C. First Nation opens province’s first farm-to-gate cannabis operation

Sugar Cane Cannabis in Williams Lake also first such operation on First Nations land in Canada

Williams Lake First Nation councillor Chris Wycotte, left, Chief Willie Sellars and councillor Shae Chelsea outside WLFN’s new farm-to-gate cannabis facility during its grand opening Friday, May 6. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo- Williams Lake Tribune)
B.C. Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparedness Jennifer Rice. (Norman Galimski/Black Press)

B.C. rolls out emergency preparedness funds for First Nations and municipalities

Funding will go toward capacity building for emergency support in those communities

B.C. Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparedness Jennifer Rice. (Norman Galimski/Black Press)
An architectural rendering of the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology campus and Urban Native Youth Association Centre at Commercial Drive and East Hastings in Vancouver. (Submitted photo)

B.C. funds concept plan of new urban Indigenous education centre

Province will contribute $2.5 million in funding for the business case development of the project

An architectural rendering of the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology campus and Urban Native Youth Association Centre at Commercial Drive and East Hastings in Vancouver. (Submitted photo)
Parks Canada representative Genevieve Jones, left, hands over Chief Poundmaker's staff to Pauline Poundmaker, his great-great-granddaughter, right, after signing a transfer agreement during a ceremony at Fort Battleford National Historic Site near Battleford, Sask., on Wednesday, May 4, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Heywood Yu

Parks Canada returns Chief Poundmaker’s staff to family at Saskatchewan ceremony

Parks Canada returns Chief Poundmaker’s staff to family at Saskatchewan ceremony

Parks Canada representative Genevieve Jones, left, hands over Chief Poundmaker's staff to Pauline Poundmaker, his great-great-granddaughter, right, after signing a transfer agreement during a ceremony at Fort Battleford National Historic Site near Battleford, Sask., on Wednesday, May 4, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Heywood Yu