Indigenous

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens to Prince Charles delivering remarks during the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Kigali, Rwanda on Friday, June 24, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens to Prince Charles delivering remarks during the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Kigali, Rwanda on Friday, June 24, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Deb Chapman, Elder Ethel Thomas and Bonnie Thomas. (Barb Brouwer photo)

Exhibit honours Switzmalph Elder at Salmon Arm Museum

Knúcwentwecw: The Bridges Built by Dr. Mary Thomas is on display

  • Jun 23, 2022
Deb Chapman, Elder Ethel Thomas and Bonnie Thomas. (Barb Brouwer photo)
Protesters in front of the Kelowna court house (Jacqueline Gelineau)

Trust in social systems ‘destroyed’: Victim of fraudulent Kelowna social worker

Sentencing begins for fraudulent social worker Robert Riley Saunders

Protesters in front of the Kelowna court house (Jacqueline Gelineau)
This is the second oldest map of the Okanagan Valley, created by fur trader Archibald McDonald in 1827. It shows Nicola’s Prairie and the river was called the Nicola River, now Aeneas Creek. 
(Summerland Museum photo)

Grand Chief Nicola played important role in Okanagan history

19th-century leader’s land once included most of the region

  • Jun 23, 2022
This is the second oldest map of the Okanagan Valley, created by fur trader Archibald McDonald in 1827. It shows Nicola’s Prairie and the river was called the Nicola River, now Aeneas Creek. 
(Summerland Museum photo)
The initial Trailhead post in the Secwépemc Landmarks Project was officially unveiled at Little Mountain on June 1 in 2021. There will be fewer sculptures, like the one to be unveiled at the Salmon Arm Wharf, than there will be Trailhead posts. (File photo)

Secwépemc Landmarks Sculpture at Salmon Arm Wharf to be unveiled

Public invited to join the celebration on Saturday, June 25 from 10 a.m. to noon

The initial Trailhead post in the Secwépemc Landmarks Project was officially unveiled at Little Mountain on June 1 in 2021. There will be fewer sculptures, like the one to be unveiled at the Salmon Arm Wharf, than there will be Trailhead posts. (File photo)
The artwork on the Wolf Tower was designed by Tseshaht artist Willard Gallic Jr. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

100 years later, First Nations wolf ritual shakes off its chains on B.C. waterfront

Dawn to dusk Tseshaht celebration took place in Port Alberni to mark National Indigenous Peoples Day

The artwork on the Wolf Tower was designed by Tseshaht artist Willard Gallic Jr. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
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

  • Jun 22, 2022
Fish fragments unearthed from the villages of Ts’ishaa and Huu7ii in Barkley Sound, B.C. (Dylan Hillis/University of Victoria)
Plenty of fun for the whole family at the Turtle Island Festival in downtown Kelowna June 21, 2022 (Brittany Webster - Black Press)
Plenty of fun for the whole family at the Turtle Island Festival in downtown Kelowna June 21, 2022 (Brittany Webster - Black Press)
An exhibition at R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum in Salmon Arm featuring revered Neskonlith Elder Dr. Mary Thomas will be unveiled on Tuesday, June 21 at 7 p.m. (Contributed)

Exhibition featuring revered Elder to be unveiled tonight at Haney Village in Salmon Arm

Unveiling to take place at 7 p.m. June 21 on Indigenous People’s Day

An exhibition at R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum in Salmon Arm featuring revered Neskonlith Elder Dr. Mary Thomas will be unveiled on Tuesday, June 21 at 7 p.m. (Contributed)
A rainbow is seen in the distance behind the former Kamloops Indian Residential School after a day-long ceremony to mark the one-year anniversary of the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc announcement of the detection of the remains of 215 children at an unmarked burial site at the former residential school, in Kamloops, B.C., on Monday, May 23, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Residential school survivors reflect on National Indigenous Peoples Day

Diane Hill had just celebrated her seventh birthday when she first arrived…

A rainbow is seen in the distance behind the former Kamloops Indian Residential School after a day-long ceremony to mark the one-year anniversary of the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc announcement of the detection of the remains of 215 children at an unmarked burial site at the former residential school, in Kamloops, B.C., on Monday, May 23, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Cheyenne Stonechild, lead representative plaintiff, speaks during a news conference in Vancouver, on Monday, June 20, 2022. The Federal Court of Canada has certified a class-action lawsuit against the federal government on behalf of off-reserve Indigenous children who were taken from their families and placed in non-Indigenous care. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Federal Court approves class-action on behalf of off-reserve Indigenous children

Suit covers a time frame referred to in court arguments as the ‘Millennium Scoop’

Cheyenne Stonechild, lead representative plaintiff, speaks during a news conference in Vancouver, on Monday, June 20, 2022. The Federal Court of Canada has certified a class-action lawsuit against the federal government on behalf of off-reserve Indigenous children who were taken from their families and placed in non-Indigenous care. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Prince George painter Erin Stagg received a grant for her 12 paintings that celebrate Métis culture in B.C. (Derek Robitaille - Métis Nation British Columbia)

VIDEO: Prince George painter taps the ‘intangible spirit’ of Métis culture

Erin Stagg’s paintings of strength and resilience on display in Surrey this summer thanks to grant

Prince George painter Erin Stagg received a grant for her 12 paintings that celebrate Métis culture in B.C. (Derek Robitaille - Métis Nation British Columbia)
Marc Miller, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations provides an update on the Government of Canada’s actions and investments to support Indigenous communities regarding the ongoing impacts of residential schools during an announcement in Ottawa on Monday, May 16, 2022. Federal Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Marc Miller says Pope Francis’s upcoming trip to Canada at the moment remains unchanged, but his health is an “extreme concern.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Pope’s health is an ‘extreme concern’ but trip to Canada remains unchanged: Miller

Pontiff has rescheduled a trip to Africa that had been set for just prior to his visit to Canada

Marc Miller, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations provides an update on the Government of Canada’s actions and investments to support Indigenous communities regarding the ongoing impacts of residential schools during an announcement in Ottawa on Monday, May 16, 2022. Federal Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Marc Miller says Pope Francis’s upcoming trip to Canada at the moment remains unchanged, but his health is an “extreme concern.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
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)
T. Patrick Carrabré, Métis composer and UBC Director of the School of Music, has worked with Indigenous artists for more than 20 years (Photo courtesy T. Patrick Carrabré).

‘Give them back their music, and the future is limitless’: B.C. Indigenous prof

Wave of mainstream popularity helps Indigenous communities reclaim music and educate other Canadians

T. Patrick Carrabré, Métis composer and UBC Director of the School of Music, has worked with Indigenous artists for more than 20 years (Photo courtesy T. Patrick Carrabré).
Students from Sənsisyustən were proud to show off their mural at the Beercroft Fuel station in Westbank (Jacqueline Gelineau/Capital News)

Indigenous designed mural unveiled in Okanagan

The Beercroft Fuel station comissioned the piece to show gratitude for being able to operate on the Indigenous land

Students from Sənsisyustən were proud to show off their mural at the Beercroft Fuel station in Westbank (Jacqueline Gelineau/Capital News)
Police officers patrol the waters of False Creek by boat near the athletes village and GM Place in downtown Vancouver, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010. An Indigenous-led partnership is moving ahead with plans to host the 2030 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and Whistler. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Indigenous-led bid for 2030 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Whistler moving ahead

B.C.’s Lilwat, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations spearheading the project

Police officers patrol the waters of False Creek by boat near the athletes village and GM Place in downtown Vancouver, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010. An Indigenous-led partnership is moving ahead with plans to host the 2030 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and Whistler. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A new campaign by Cheekbone Beauty features lip glosses with names like Lucious Lead, E.Coli Kiss, and Mercury Shimmer (photo provided by Cheekbone Beauty).

#GlossedOver: Indigenous-owned beauty brand releases contaminated water lip gloss

Cheekbone Beauty aims to raise awareness for Indigenous communities dealing with contaminated water

A new campaign by Cheekbone Beauty features lip glosses with names like Lucious Lead, E.Coli Kiss, and Mercury Shimmer (photo provided by Cheekbone Beauty).
The 7 Generations Cup is a skateboarding competition that started on Friday, June 10. The ticketed event is scheduled to run until Sunday, June 12 at Langley Events Centre, and is open to the public. (Tanmay Ahluwalia/Langley Advance Times)

Skateboarders flying from around the globe to Lower Mainland

Competitors prepare for first-ever ‘7 Generations Cup’ underway at Langley Events Centre

The 7 Generations Cup is a skateboarding competition that started on Friday, June 10. The ticketed event is scheduled to run until Sunday, June 12 at Langley Events Centre, and is open to the public. (Tanmay Ahluwalia/Langley Advance Times)
Judy Wilson, Chief of Neskonlith Indian Band and Executive Member of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, speaks during a news conference on the impact of Bill C-58 on Indigenous communities, in the foyer of the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on December 4, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Indigenous leaders survey members to explore racist responses when status cards used

Online survey will determine the extent of difficulties members face

Judy Wilson, Chief of Neskonlith Indian Band and Executive Member of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, speaks during a news conference on the impact of Bill C-58 on Indigenous communities, in the foyer of the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on December 4, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang