First Nations

Alex Wells from Lilwat performed traditional dances. (Andrea Chapman Photography)

PHOTOS: Ancestral fish ceremony held at Alexandra Bridge

Photographer captures special moments on film to share

 

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)
George Price, originally from Seabird Island, carved a Hope secondary school welcome figure. This figure is made of cedar, a tree held sacred by many First Nations communities for providing warmth, coverings and medicine. (Screenshot/Jessica Poirier)

School district staff urge Hope council to incorporate Halq’emeylem into community

Schools have been weaving Indigenous language into culture in classrooms

George Price, originally from Seabird Island, carved a Hope secondary school welcome figure. This figure is made of cedar, a tree held sacred by many First Nations communities for providing warmth, coverings and medicine. (Screenshot/Jessica Poirier)
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)
Call for sandbagging help from neighbours went out from Shxwha:y Village and Skwah First Nation on June 27, 2022. (Eddie Gardner/Facebook)

First Nations near Chilliwack ask neighbours for help sandbagging as waters rise

Call for help to keep flood waters at bay came from Shxwha:y Village, Skwah First Nation

Call for sandbagging help from neighbours went out from Shxwha:y Village and Skwah First Nation on June 27, 2022. (Eddie Gardner/Facebook)
Abbotsford mayor Henry Braun captures video of a flooded section of Highway 1 between Cole Road and No. 3 Road looking east on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Flood recovery forum in July brings together B.C. First Nations, local governments

‘Let’s recognize that climate is changing and adapt toward resilience,’ says forum organizer

Abbotsford mayor Henry Braun captures video of a flooded section of Highway 1 between Cole Road and No. 3 Road looking east on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
B.C. Soccer Hall of Famer and proud Sts'ailes athlete Terry Felix recently received the Indspire Award, among the highest honours the Canadian Indigenous community can bestow. (Contributed Photo/Debbie Felix)

Sts’ailes athlete, former Whitecap Terry Felix wins Indspire Award

Indspire Award among the top honours in Indigenous community

B.C. Soccer Hall of Famer and proud Sts'ailes athlete Terry Felix recently received the Indspire Award, among the highest honours the Canadian Indigenous community can bestow. (Contributed Photo/Debbie Felix)
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)
Sasquatch embraces Sts’ailes Chief Ralph Leon during the opening ceremonies of Sasquatch Days on Saturday, June 18. (Adam Louis/Observer)

PHOTOS: Sasquatch Days opens at Harrison Lake

A weekend of food, friendship and friendly competition awaits on Harrison Lake

Sasquatch embraces Sts’ailes Chief Ralph Leon during the opening ceremonies of Sasquatch Days on Saturday, June 18. (Adam Louis/Observer)
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)
The Sumas First Nation’s first ever With a Good Heart Powwow, Wac’ipi C’ante Was’te Yuhapi, kicked off on Friday, May 27 and continues on May 28. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

SLIDESHOW: Abbotsford’s first powwow event hosted on Sumas First Nation land

Drumming, singing, dancing, food and fun as people converge at Sumas First Nation

The Sumas First Nation’s first ever With a Good Heart Powwow, Wac’ipi C’ante Was’te Yuhapi, kicked off on Friday, May 27 and continues on May 28. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)
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