Indigenous

Phil Fontaine poses for a portrait in Toronto on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021. A former Assembly of First Nations national chief, Fontaine is hopeful as he prepares to make a second trip to the Vatican to ask a pope to apologize for the Catholic Church’s role in residential schools. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tijana Martin

Former national chief remains hopeful before second trip to Vatican

150,000 Indigenous children were forced to attend residential schools, largely run by the Catholic Church

 

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, president of Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, was among those speaking against provincial policy on old growth forests at a press conference Dec. 1. (Canadian Press photo)

B.C. government falling short with old-growth forest protection, say Indigenous leaders

30-day limit to respond to old growth deferral inadequate, says grand chief and union

 

The Nechako River is seen flowing through Vanderhoof, B.C., in an Oct. 12, 2021, handout photo. A British Columbia regional district and three neighbouring First Nations have agreed to work together to restore a river that has been diverted for the last 70 years in order to generate hydroelectricity for aluminum smelting and the province’s power grid. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Johnny Ketlo, *MANDATORY CREDIT*

First Nations, regional district in B.C. working together to restore diverted Nechako River

The Nechako, among the major tributaries of the Fraser River, runs through the town of Vanderhoof

 

Pope Francis blesses faithful as he starts his weekly general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Andrew Medichini

Assembly of First Nations announces 13 delegates to meet Pope Francis at the Vatican

Delegates representing First Nations from across Canada going to the Vatican from Dec. 14 to 21

Pope Francis blesses faithful as he starts his weekly general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Andrew Medichini
Grocery store shelves are bare in the Okanagan as supply routes have been shut off from the rainfall and landslides that closed the Coquihalla and every other route to the rest of Canada. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

City of Penticton invites residents to help draft food security plan

Public feedback will be accepted until Nov. 30

Grocery store shelves are bare in the Okanagan as supply routes have been shut off from the rainfall and landslides that closed the Coquihalla and every other route to the rest of Canada. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
First Nations Summit executive member Cheryl Casimer and Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief Terry Teegee speak in the B.C. legislature in 2018 before a provincial law committing to adopt United Nations rights is implemented. (Hansard TV)

B.C. bolsters Indigenous rights protection as land conflicts continue

Old-growth forest, Coastal GasLink talks at critical stage

First Nations Summit executive member Cheryl Casimer and Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief Terry Teegee speak in the B.C. legislature in 2018 before a provincial law committing to adopt United Nations rights is implemented. (Hansard TV)
Co-founders of the Victoria chapter of Orange Shirt Day Eddy Charlie and Kristin Spray stand with a framed orange shirt featuring a design by Indigenous artist Bear Horne and a quote from Charlie. This shirt is on display in the B.C. legislature following a presentation ceremony on Oct. 27. (Photo courtesy of Kristin Spray)

Framed orange shirt in B.C. legislature Hall of Honour culminates two years of work

Residential school survivor Eddy Charlie hopes display promotes healing, honest discussion

Co-founders of the Victoria chapter of Orange Shirt Day Eddy Charlie and Kristin Spray stand with a framed orange shirt featuring a design by Indigenous artist Bear Horne and a quote from Charlie. This shirt is on display in the B.C. legislature following a presentation ceremony on Oct. 27. (Photo courtesy of Kristin Spray)
Indigenous families are grossly overrepresented in birth alerts in B.C. File photo of reporter Anna McKenzie and her daughter taken by Captured Memories Photography. Bayleigh Marelj, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Indigenous lawsuit seeks damages from B.C. for disproportionate birth alerts

Suit alleges alerts motivated by discriminatory and harmful stereotypes about parenting capabilities

Indigenous families are grossly overrepresented in birth alerts in B.C. File photo of reporter Anna McKenzie and her daughter taken by Captured Memories Photography. Bayleigh Marelj, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Louis De Jaeger, MNBC director for Region 2, ties the commemorative Terry Fox sash onto Terry’s brother, Darrell Fox. (Métis Nation B.C.)

Métis Nation, Terry Fox Foundation partner to create new sash to honour Canadian hero

Fox family has been discovering and learning about their Métis heritage in recent years

Louis De Jaeger, MNBC director for Region 2, ties the commemorative Terry Fox sash onto Terry’s brother, Darrell Fox. (Métis Nation B.C.)
Pope Francis salutes bishops as he arrives for his weekly general audience in the Paul VI Hall, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Alessandra Tarantino

Indigenous delegates to have private meeting with Pope Francis during Vatican visit

Pontiff will hear personal stories of the legacy of residential schools

Pope Francis salutes bishops as he arrives for his weekly general audience in the Paul VI Hall, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Alessandra Tarantino
The Indian River estuary, which connects the ocean inlet around North Vancouver, B.C., to the freshwater river, is shown in this undated aerial photo. A new study on salmon bones dating back thousands of years shows the Tsleil-Waututh Indigenous nation around North Vancouver targeted male salmon for their meat and to sustain the fishery. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Tsleil-Waututh Nation

B.C. study shows sustainable management of salmon fishery before colonization

Archeological evidence shows First Nations effort to focus harvest on males led to stable fishery

The Indian River estuary, which connects the ocean inlet around North Vancouver, B.C., to the freshwater river, is shown in this undated aerial photo. A new study on salmon bones dating back thousands of years shows the Tsleil-Waututh Indigenous nation around North Vancouver targeted male salmon for their meat and to sustain the fishery. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Tsleil-Waututh Nation
Joe Greaves (standing left) and George McLean with Isaac McQueen (sitting) and Jimmy Ingram. (Courtesy of KMA photograph collection No. 930)

Premier remembers Indigenous Okanagan veteran who served two wars

From Head of the Lake, now Okanagan Indian Band, George McLean earned a distinguished honour

Joe Greaves (standing left) and George McLean with Isaac McQueen (sitting) and Jimmy Ingram. (Courtesy of KMA photograph collection No. 930)
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh speaks during a news conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Federal leaders remember sacrifices, injustices endured by Indigenous veterans

Flags on federal government buildings lowered to acknowledge the service of Indigenous veterans

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh speaks during a news conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
A rock with the message “Every Child Matters” painted on it sits at a memorial outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School, in Kamloops, B.C., on Thursday, July 15, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Canadian flag to be raised Sunday on federal buildings, in time for Remembrance Day

Flag will be hoisted at sunset on Sunday, lowered Monday for Indigenous Veterans Day, then raised

A rock with the message “Every Child Matters” painted on it sits at a memorial outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School, in Kamloops, B.C., on Thursday, July 15, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A ceremonial flagged is raised as people attend the Xe xe Smun’ eem-Victoria Orange Shirt Day Every Child Matters ceremony to honour victims of the Canadian Indian residential school system while at Centennial Square in Victoria, Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021. The Assembly of First Nations says it has found a solution to raising the Canadian flag on Remembrance day, while continuing to grieve for Indigenous children who died at residential schools. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Assembly of First Nations says raise Canada flag alongside ‘every child matters’ flag

‘Until all children are recovered, named and returned to their homelands’

A ceremonial flagged is raised as people attend the Xe xe Smun’ eem-Victoria Orange Shirt Day Every Child Matters ceremony to honour victims of the Canadian Indian residential school system while at Centennial Square in Victoria, Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021. The Assembly of First Nations says it has found a solution to raising the Canadian flag on Remembrance day, while continuing to grieve for Indigenous children who died at residential schools. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
The clouds move among the old growth forest in the Fairy Creek logging area near Port Renfrew, B.C. on October 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Indigenous leaders concerned over B.C.’s process for old-growth logging deferrals

A 30-day time frame for such complex analysis called ‘totally unreasonable’

The clouds move among the old growth forest in the Fairy Creek logging area near Port Renfrew, B.C. on October 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A ballot and ballot box are seen on a bench in the law courts during a judicial recount of the results of the Vuntut Gwitchin riding’s results from the Yukon election, in Whitehorse, Monday, April 19, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Kelly

Elections Canada probes extent of mistakes on polling day in Indigenous communities

Were First Nations in Kenora, Ont., were the only ones denied the ability to vote?

A ballot and ballot box are seen on a bench in the law courts during a judicial recount of the results of the Vuntut Gwitchin riding’s results from the Yukon election, in Whitehorse, Monday, April 19, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Kelly
The Four Food Chiefs sculpture seen from the third floor of Okanagan College’s Health Sciences Centre in Kelowna. (Contributed)

Penticton artist’s Indigenous sculpture stands 3-storeys high at Okanagan College

The Health Sciences Centre in Kelowna is home to a 9-metre tall metal sculpture built by an Indigenous artist

The Four Food Chiefs sculpture seen from the third floor of Okanagan College’s Health Sciences Centre in Kelowna. (Contributed)
The Canadian flag flies at half mast over the Peace tower and parliament buildings in Ottawa on October 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

PM says Indigenous talks may offer “solution” so Canada can honour war dead

The flag has been flying at half-mast at federal buildings since late May

The Canadian flag flies at half mast over the Peace tower and parliament buildings in Ottawa on October 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Assembly of First Nations National Chief RoseAnne Archibald speaks during a news conference in Kamloops, BC., Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021. Archibald says any federal compensation paid to Indigenous children removed from their homes would be a recognition of the harms that were caused, but does not represent justice. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Compensation for Indigenous children removed from homes not justice, says AFN chief

But compensation settlement could signal government is on the path towards ending discrimination

Assembly of First Nations National Chief RoseAnne Archibald speaks during a news conference in Kamloops, BC., Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021. Archibald says any federal compensation paid to Indigenous children removed from their homes would be a recognition of the harms that were caused, but does not represent justice. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck