Indigenous

One of four totem poles on the corners of a bridge over the Nass River to Gitwinksihlkw (Canyon City) in northwestern British Columbia is seen on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018. The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada is making a bleak prediction about its members’ ability to rapidly recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Colin Perkel

Pandemic recovery for Indigenous tourism will be slow, says report

Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada projects an overall 54 per cent decline since the pandemic

One of four totem poles on the corners of a bridge over the Nass River to Gitwinksihlkw (Canyon City) in northwestern British Columbia is seen on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018. The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada is making a bleak prediction about its members’ ability to rapidly recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Colin Perkel
John Jack, chair of the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District, addresses the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention by video link, Sept. 14, 2021. (UBCM video)

Local B.C. governments seek ways to go beyond talking about reconciliation

Indigenous people need power, municipal convention told

John Jack, chair of the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District, addresses the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention by video link, Sept. 14, 2021. (UBCM video)
Actors Phillip Lewitski, left to right, Avery Winters-Anthony and Josh Odjick are shown in a scene from the film “Wildhood,” in a handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Riley Smith **MANDATORY CREDIT**

Nova Scotia filmmaker hopes to inspire Indigenous representation with coming-of-age film

Filmmaker said the coming-of-age film took so long to make because of resistance to the Indigiqueer storyline

Actors Phillip Lewitski, left to right, Avery Winters-Anthony and Josh Odjick are shown in a scene from the film “Wildhood,” in a handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Riley Smith **MANDATORY CREDIT**
The BC Wildfire Service used favourable conditions Tuesday, Aug. 24, to begin a small-scale planned ignition operations along the northeastern flank of the White Rock Lake wildfire. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

syilx family explains how wildfire impacts their ceremonies

Kelsie Kilawna is a syilx reporter who’s covering wildfires that have been spreading through her community

The BC Wildfire Service used favourable conditions Tuesday, Aug. 24, to begin a small-scale planned ignition operations along the northeastern flank of the White Rock Lake wildfire. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
The Skaha Creek fire taken Sunday night, Aug. 29. (Brennan Phillips/Penticton Western News)

B.C. wildfires a `wake-up call’ to return to Indigenous-led fire management

The BCWS should be working with and learning from sqilxw Peoples

The Skaha Creek fire taken Sunday night, Aug. 29. (Brennan Phillips/Penticton Western News)
British Columbia’s provincial flag flies on a flag pole in Ottawa, Friday July 3, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Majority of British Columbians want the province’s name to stay the same: poll

Survey suggests 60 per cent of B.C. residents disagree with changing the name

British Columbia’s provincial flag flies on a flag pole in Ottawa, Friday July 3, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Toronto actor D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai is shown in this undated handout image. Five years ago, Canadian actor Woon-A-Tai never would’ve expected to see a series like “Reservation Dogs” south of the border.But with it and several other fellow Indigenous-led projects finally getting bigger platforms in the U.S., change is afoot when it comes to such mainstream Hollywood representation, he says. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Jeff Vespa *MANDATORY CREDIT*

Canadian ‘Reservation Dogs’ star on increasing Indigenous representation in the U.S.

D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai stars in the buzzy half-hour FX comedy as one of four Indigenous teens in rural Oklahoma

Toronto actor D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai is shown in this undated handout image. Five years ago, Canadian actor Woon-A-Tai never would’ve expected to see a series like “Reservation Dogs” south of the border.But with it and several other fellow Indigenous-led projects finally getting bigger platforms in the U.S., change is afoot when it comes to such mainstream Hollywood representation, he says. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Jeff Vespa *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Police tape is shown in Toronto Tuesday, May 2, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy
Police tape is shown in Toronto Tuesday, May 2, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy
Margot King, 4, touches an orange flag, representing children who died while attending Indian Residential Schools in Canada, placed in the grass at Major’s Hill Park in Ottawa, on Canada Day, Thursday, July 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

‘Remember the children’: Planning underway for residential school memorial in Calgary

The city, Indigenous and Métis communities have committed to work toward building a permanent marker

Margot King, 4, touches an orange flag, representing children who died while attending Indian Residential Schools in Canada, placed in the grass at Major’s Hill Park in Ottawa, on Canada Day, Thursday, July 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Melanie Rivers, whose ancestral name is Tiyaltelwet, is the Squamish Nation artist behind the report’s cover art, poem and dedication. (Katya Slepian/Black Press Media)

Ancestral roots: Indigenous women, girls’ health report highlights hurdles, traditions

Artist Melanie Rivers describes the inspiration between report’s cover art, poem

Melanie Rivers, whose ancestral name is Tiyaltelwet, is the Squamish Nation artist behind the report’s cover art, poem and dedication. (Katya Slepian/Black Press Media)
Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Murray Rankin, left, and Premier John Horgan leave the chamber at the Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on April 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Two Indigenous place names restored on B.C.’s Sunshine Coast

Wilson Creek to be called ts’ukw’um, and Saltery Bay is now skelhp

Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Murray Rankin, left, and Premier John Horgan leave the chamber at the Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on April 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Canadians will go to the polls to elect a government on Sept. 20. In the past, some Canadians have been prohibited from voting. (Black Press file photo)

Election 2021: Voting rights did not always extend to all Canadians

Women, Indigenous people, religious minorities and others have been denied the vote in past years

Canadians will go to the polls to elect a government on Sept. 20. In the past, some Canadians have been prohibited from voting. (Black Press file photo)
Nova Scotia's Sipekne'katik First Nation says it is planning to expand its self-regulated lobster harvest. A crate of lobsters sits on the sidewalk as Cheryl Maloney, a member of the Sipekne'katik First Nation, sells lobster outside the legislature in Halifax on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS /Andrew Vaughan

Nova Scotia First Nation chief detained by fisheries officers after launching fishery

Sipekne’katik First Nation launch lobster fishery months ahead of federally regulated season

Nova Scotia's Sipekne'katik First Nation says it is planning to expand its self-regulated lobster harvest. A crate of lobsters sits on the sidewalk as Cheryl Maloney, a member of the Sipekne'katik First Nation, sells lobster outside the legislature in Halifax on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS /Andrew Vaughan
In addition to the controversial comments of July 18, Rev. Marcin Mironiuk of Edmonton said he visited the former Kamloops Indian Residential School and, without disclosing he was a priest, asked to see the unmarked graves — a request that was denied as he was told the grounds were sacred and not open to the public. Photograph By OUR LADY QUEEN OF POLAND PARISH

Tk’emlúps condemns ‘hate speech’ by Edmonton Catholic priest placed on indefinite leave

Comments were streamed live during Polish-language masses on July 18 at Our Lady Queen of Poland

  • Aug 16, 2021
In addition to the controversial comments of July 18, Rev. Marcin Mironiuk of Edmonton said he visited the former Kamloops Indian Residential School and, without disclosing he was a priest, asked to see the unmarked graves — a request that was denied as he was told the grounds were sacred and not open to the public. Photograph By OUR LADY QUEEN OF POLAND PARISH
Royal BC Museum book

What Was Said To Me

The Royal BC Museum has published a book by linguist Ruby Peter, in collaboration with Helene Demers

  • Aug 16, 2021
Royal BC Museum book
An exterior view of the residential school of the Obaltes Sisters in Fort Alexandre is shown in this handout image provided by the archives of the Societe historique de Saint-Boniface. A tally from police across the country shows there are four ongoing criminal investigations and one decade-long probe into complaints involving residential schools. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Archives of the Societe historique de Saint-Boniface *MANDATORY CREDIT*

Police investigating handful of cases looking at residential schools across Canada

An estimated 150,000 First Nations, Inuit and Métis children were forced to attend residential schools

An exterior view of the residential school of the Obaltes Sisters in Fort Alexandre is shown in this handout image provided by the archives of the Societe historique de Saint-Boniface. A tally from police across the country shows there are four ongoing criminal investigations and one decade-long probe into complaints involving residential schools. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Archives of the Societe historique de Saint-Boniface *MANDATORY CREDIT*
People march after gathering on the lawn in front of the Department of Justice in Ottawa, during a rally to demand an independent investigation into Canada’s crimes against Indigenous Peoples, including those at Indian Residential Schools, on Saturday, July 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Feds pledge $83M for residential school searches, $20M for monument honouring children

Funding comes after multiple First Nations have located unmarked burial grounds

People march after gathering on the lawn in front of the Department of Justice in Ottawa, during a rally to demand an independent investigation into Canada’s crimes against Indigenous Peoples, including those at Indian Residential Schools, on Saturday, July 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Jamie Henyu, left, participates in the Warriors Walk for Healing Nations in Kamloops, B.C. on Monday, August 9, 2021. A six-week journey starting from Yukon and covering more than 2,000 kilometres has finished today in Kamloops, British Columbia — which the man behind the Warriors Walk for Healing Nations calls “ground zero for where the truth broke out.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Tahltan Central Government

Group finishes six-week walk to Kamloops to honour children, survivors of residential schools

Numerous Indigenous nations have reported finding unmarked graves using ground penetrating radar

Jamie Henyu, left, participates in the Warriors Walk for Healing Nations in Kamloops, B.C. on Monday, August 9, 2021. A six-week journey starting from Yukon and covering more than 2,000 kilometres has finished today in Kamloops, British Columbia — which the man behind the Warriors Walk for Healing Nations calls “ground zero for where the truth broke out.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Tahltan Central Government
Mother of Colten Boushie, Debbie Baptiste, speaks during an event to commemorate the anniversary of the death of Colten Boushie at Dakota Dunes Resort Hotel on the Whitecap Dakota First Nation, near Whitecap, Sask., Thursday, Aug. 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kayle Neis

‘He deserved a life:’ Colten Boushie’s mother demands change in justice system

Family continues to push for a public inquiry into the case and how RCMP handled it

Mother of Colten Boushie, Debbie Baptiste, speaks during an event to commemorate the anniversary of the death of Colten Boushie at Dakota Dunes Resort Hotel on the Whitecap Dakota First Nation, near Whitecap, Sask., Thursday, Aug. 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kayle Neis
Willie Nahanee, 79, of the Squamish Nation, who attended the former St. Paul Indian Residential School for 10 years and the Kamloops Indian Residential School for one year, holds one of his class photographs from St. Paul, in North Vancouver, on Tuesday, August 10, 2021. The Squamish Nation, together with the support of the Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam First Nations and the Catholic Archdiocese will be launching an investigation into the former residential school. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

First Nations to search for children who didn’t come home from North Vancouver school

Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam announce Indigenous-led plan to confirm the oral histories

Willie Nahanee, 79, of the Squamish Nation, who attended the former St. Paul Indian Residential School for 10 years and the Kamloops Indian Residential School for one year, holds one of his class photographs from St. Paul, in North Vancouver, on Tuesday, August 10, 2021. The Squamish Nation, together with the support of the Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam First Nations and the Catholic Archdiocese will be launching an investigation into the former residential school. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck