Indigenous

A memorial is seen outside the Residential School in Kamloops, B.C., Sunday, June, 13, 2021. The remains of 215 children were discovered buried near the former Kamloops Indian Residential School earlier this month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. commits $12M to aid First Nations in residential school site searches

Funds come one month after the unmarked graves of 215 children were found in Kamloops

A memorial is seen outside the Residential School in Kamloops, B.C., Sunday, June, 13, 2021. The remains of 215 children were discovered buried near the former Kamloops Indian Residential School earlier this month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
(Black Press Media file photo)

Canada Day celebrations a go on the Westside

Westside Celebration Committee encourages residents to wear orange in support of Indigenous communities

(Black Press Media file photo)
Leader of the Opposition Erin O’Toole is shown on a camera screen as he speaks during a news conference Monday May 31, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

O’Toole pitches Conservatives as Canada Day defenders as more celebrations cancelled

Unmarked grave findings have called into question the appropriateness of holding festivities July 1

Leader of the Opposition Erin O’Toole is shown on a camera screen as he speaks during a news conference Monday May 31, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Interior Secretary Deb Haaland appears before the Senate Appropriations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 16, 2021. Haaland, the first Indigenous cabinet member in U.S. history, launched an investigation last week into the history of Indigenous residential schools in the United States — a move prompted by the tragic discovery of unmarked graves at former school sites in Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/J. Scott Applewhite

Canada’s tragic residential-school reckoning could be grim harbinger for U.S.

By the turn of the century, the U.S. had 147 day schools and 81 boarding schools on reservations

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland appears before the Senate Appropriations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 16, 2021. Haaland, the first Indigenous cabinet member in U.S. history, launched an investigation last week into the history of Indigenous residential schools in the United States — a move prompted by the tragic discovery of unmarked graves at former school sites in Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/J. Scott Applewhite
Children’s shoes are seen on the steps of the Holy Rosary Catholic Cathedral in downtown Vancouver, Tuesday, June 8, 2021. The shoes represent missing indigenous children after the remains of 215 children were discovered buried near the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Catholics question relationship with church after residential school grave discovery

Vatican has never taken accountability for its role in residential schools

Children’s shoes are seen on the steps of the Holy Rosary Catholic Cathedral in downtown Vancouver, Tuesday, June 8, 2021. The shoes represent missing indigenous children after the remains of 215 children were discovered buried near the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
City of Vernon Coun. Kari Gares encourages Vernonites to log on to celebrate Canada Day 2020 alongside council colleagues in a video published June 19, 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic. (YouTube)

Vernon councillor calling for reconciliation action

Discovery of unmarked children’s graves, ‘an eye opener’

City of Vernon Coun. Kari Gares encourages Vernonites to log on to celebrate Canada Day 2020 alongside council colleagues in a video published June 19, 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic. (YouTube)
CANNABIS

Two Okanagan cannabis facilities reportedly raided

Community Safety Unit confirmed it was in the Okanagan this week

CANNABIS
Vernon-Monashee MLA Hardwinder Sandhu urges constituents to use Canada Day to relfect on the tragic discoveries of Indigenous children at residential schools. (Zoom screenshot)

Indigenous child treatment unthinkable: Vernon-Monashee MLA

Harwinder Sandhu urges everyone to reflect this Canada Day

Vernon-Monashee MLA Hardwinder Sandhu urges constituents to use Canada Day to relfect on the tragic discoveries of Indigenous children at residential schools. (Zoom screenshot)
Charlie Thompson speaks during a June 7 gathering at the former site of the Alberni Indian Residential School. Like many former students of the school, Thompson wants recognition of the children buried in the site, and answers as to why they never came home. (Eric Plummer/Ha-Shilth-Sa photo)

Work begins on researching unmarked burials at Alberni residential school site

Funding needed, but tips, ideas and a desire to do something strong

Charlie Thompson speaks during a June 7 gathering at the former site of the Alberni Indian Residential School. Like many former students of the school, Thompson wants recognition of the children buried in the site, and answers as to why they never came home. (Eric Plummer/Ha-Shilth-Sa photo)
Nisga’a Museum in the B.C. Northwest is among the Indigenous tourism projects funded for improvements by the province’s COVID-19 recovery fund. (Nisga’a Lisims Government photo)

B.C. COVID-19 recovery fund aids 60 Indigenous tourism projects

Landmarks, galleries, resorts, trails aim to build reconciliation

Nisga’a Museum in the B.C. Northwest is among the Indigenous tourism projects funded for improvements by the province’s COVID-19 recovery fund. (Nisga’a Lisims Government photo)
A 1956 photograph of the parish church in Marieval, Sask., is shown in this handout image provided by Société historique de Saint-Boniface. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Société historique de Saint-Boniface *MANDATORY CREDIT*

751 unmarked graves at Saskatchewan residential school: First Nation

The school, about 160 kilometres east of Regina, was built in 1899 by Roman Catholic missionaries

A 1956 photograph of the parish church in Marieval, Sask., is shown in this handout image provided by Société historique de Saint-Boniface. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Société historique de Saint-Boniface *MANDATORY CREDIT*
A 1956 photograph of the parish church in Marieval, Sask., is shown in this handout image provided by Société historique de Saint-Boniface. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Société historique de Saint-Boniface *MANDATORY CREDIT*

‘They made us believe we didn’t have souls:’ Marieval residential school survivor

‘The only crime we ever committed as children was being born Indigenous’

A 1956 photograph of the parish church in Marieval, Sask., is shown in this handout image provided by Société historique de Saint-Boniface. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Société historique de Saint-Boniface *MANDATORY CREDIT*
The former Marieval Indian Residential School. Twitter.

Discovery of ‘hundreds of unmarked graves’ at former Saskatchewan residential school

A press conference will be held June 24, regarding the discovery

The former Marieval Indian Residential School. Twitter.
Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole addresses the Conservative caucus during a meeting in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

VIDEO: O’Toole against cancelling Canada Day; ministers, NDP say it’s time for reflection

Conservative leader for reconciliation efforts, against so-called activist efforts to “cancel” Canada

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole addresses the Conservative caucus during a meeting in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
The RCMP logo is seen outside Royal Canadian Mounted Police “E” Division Headquarters, in Surrey, B.C., on April 13, 2018. A lawsuit alleging RCMP systematically brutalized Indigenous people in the Territories can proceed as a class action, Federal Court ruled on Wednesday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Class action alleging RCMP abuse of Indigenous people in Northern Canada certified

Untested claim seeks $600 million in various damages, alleges federal government negligence

The RCMP logo is seen outside Royal Canadian Mounted Police “E” Division Headquarters, in Surrey, B.C., on April 13, 2018. A lawsuit alleging RCMP systematically brutalized Indigenous people in the Territories can proceed as a class action, Federal Court ruled on Wednesday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The Kamloops Indian Residential School circa 1930. (Archives Deschâtelets-NDC, Richelieu)
The Kamloops Indian Residential School circa 1930. (Archives Deschâtelets-NDC, Richelieu)
FILE - In this April 23, 2021, file photo, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland speaks during a news briefing at the White House in Washington. On Tuesday, June 22, 2021, Haaland and other federal officials are expected to announce steps that the federal government plans to take to reconcile the legacy of boarding school policies on Indigenous families and communities across the U.S. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

U.S. to review its dark history of Indigenous boarding schools

work will include compiling and reviewing decades of records to identify schools and burial sites

FILE - In this April 23, 2021, file photo, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland speaks during a news briefing at the White House in Washington. On Tuesday, June 22, 2021, Haaland and other federal officials are expected to announce steps that the federal government plans to take to reconcile the legacy of boarding school policies on Indigenous families and communities across the U.S. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
CELEBRATING INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY
Council members and witnesses from the Hupacasath First Nation, left, and Tseshaht First Nation, right, prepare to raise their respective flags in front of Port Alberni City Hall on Monday, June 21, 2021. The flags will permanently fly as part of the city’s reconciliation work. See more coverage from the flag raising ceremony on page A5. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Vancouver Island First Nations flags to fly permanently at city hall

Addition of flags are one Port Alberni response to reconciliation

CELEBRATING INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY
Council members and witnesses from the Hupacasath First Nation, left, and Tseshaht First Nation, right, prepare to raise their respective flags in front of Port Alberni City Hall on Monday, June 21, 2021. The flags will permanently fly as part of the city’s reconciliation work. See more coverage from the flag raising ceremony on page A5. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Splatsin Chief Wayne Christian and Tina William lead the Every Child Matters March in Enderby Monday, June 21. (Lyndsey Leon photo)

Hundreds march with Splatsin in Enderby for #215

300 orange-shirt wearing people of all backgrounds turned out in support

Splatsin Chief Wayne Christian and Tina William lead the Every Child Matters March in Enderby Monday, June 21. (Lyndsey Leon photo)
The former Kamloops Indian Residential School on the Tk’emlups te Secwépemc reserve. (Allen Douglas/Kamloops This Week)

Tk’emlups preparing for archaeological work at B.C. residential school site where remains found

The 215 graves are, to the band’s knowledge, undocumented deaths for which it is still collecting records

The former Kamloops Indian Residential School on the Tk’emlups te Secwépemc reserve. (Allen Douglas/Kamloops This Week)