First Nations

New minister Rev. Billy Isenor, with daughters Florence and Alison, wife Danna and baby Micah arrive at St. Mark’s Anglican. Barb Walks photo

New minister offers recipe for spiritual guidance at St. Mark’s Anglican

South Surrey church welcomes Rev. Billy Isenor, a former professional chef

 

The New Westminster Legion War Memorial Campground has operated on Semiahmoo First Nation land for more than six decades. (Google Streetview image)

Legion campground on Semiahmoo First Nation land closing

Longtime users say handling of issue ‘very, very heartbreaking’

 

People gathered for a solidarity rally in Smithers after hereditary chiefs served Coastal GasLink with an eviction notice from a worksite on traditional Wet’suwet’en territory near Houston. (File photo)

Progress on Wet’suwet’en rights and title slower than parties would have liked

Murray Rankin said the pandemic and the complexities of the negotiations are behind the slow progress

 

Road construction on Vye Road between Riverside Road and Sumas Way (Highway 11) in Abbotsford has been delayed due to a recent archeological discovery. (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)

Major $47M road project in Abbotsford delayed due to archeological find

Unspecified discovery means heritage permit and First Nations consultation are required

Road construction on Vye Road between Riverside Road and Sumas Way (Highway 11) in Abbotsford has been delayed due to a recent archeological discovery. (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)
A woman screams in frustration at Campbell River RCMP members during the procession. Photo by Marc Kitteringham / Campbell River Mirror

VIDEO: Family of slain Indigenous man confront RCMP in Campbell River

‘I’ll never see my son’s face again’ — Lowndes’ mother

A woman screams in frustration at Campbell River RCMP members during the procession. Photo by Marc Kitteringham / Campbell River Mirror
Police attended a Campbell River Tim Hortons for a reported shooting incident. Photo by Alistair Taylor/Campbell River Mirror

Probe of fatal RCMP shooting of Wet’suwet’en man needs Indigenous oversight: First Nation leaders

Wet’suwet’en man shot by police in Campbell River last week

Police attended a Campbell River Tim Hortons for a reported shooting incident. Photo by Alistair Taylor/Campbell River Mirror
Photo of Kuper Island Residential School taken in the 1920s. (B.C. Archives photo)

B.C. First Nation confirms more than 160 unmarked graves found on grounds near former residential school

Penelakut Tribe offering healing sessions for those affected by the discovery

Photo of Kuper Island Residential School taken in the 1920s. (B.C. Archives photo)
St. Michael’s residential school before it was torn down in 2015. (File photo)

B.C. First Nation to search for unmarked residential school burial grounds in Alert Bay

On Vancouver Island, there are 202 children known to have died at 5 schools

St. Michael’s residential school before it was torn down in 2015. (File photo)
Songhees Nation Chief Ron Sam read the South Island First Nations’ public letter, calling for solidarity and respect and an end to vandalism in the Greater Victoria region. (Jane Skrypnek/Black Press Media)

Vancouver Island Indigenous leaders call for unity, end to violence, vandalism in Victoria area

A Malahat Nation totem was damaged in apparent retaliation of Capt. James Cook statue teardown

Songhees Nation Chief Ron Sam read the South Island First Nations’ public letter, calling for solidarity and respect and an end to vandalism in the Greater Victoria region. (Jane Skrypnek/Black Press Media)
The Site C Dam location is seen along the Peace River in Fort St. John, B.C., on April 18, 2017. The chief of a B.C. First Nation that won a landmark court case called on the provincial government to respect the decision ordering the province to stop authorizing industrial developments on the nation’s territory. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

First Nation calls on B.C. to respect, follow court ruling on industrial developments

‘We are not against industry, if this is done right there’s plenty of work for everyone’

The Site C Dam location is seen along the Peace River in Fort St. John, B.C., on April 18, 2017. The chief of a B.C. First Nation that won a landmark court case called on the provincial government to respect the decision ordering the province to stop authorizing industrial developments on the nation’s territory. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
An ‘every child matters’ commemorative mural now stretches a block-long in East Vancouver. (Facebook/Tamara Bell)

Block-long ‘every child matters’ mural in Vancouver to stay 2 years past Canada Day

Haida artist Tamara Bell is among dozens deciding to honor the lives of Indigenous children instead this July 1

An ‘every child matters’ commemorative mural now stretches a block-long in East Vancouver. (Facebook/Tamara Bell)
Hundreds turned out to an event at Civic Plaza Friday (June 4) to honour the 215 Indigenous children discovered at the site of a former residential school in Kamloops. The event was hosted by Skookum Lab, part of the Surrey Urban Indigenous Leadership Committee. (Photo: Lauren Collins)

Surrey councillor plans to acknowledge First Nations communities at next meeting

Annis says it’s the ‘right and respectful thing to do’ despite mayor’s refusal to do so

Hundreds turned out to an event at Civic Plaza Friday (June 4) to honour the 215 Indigenous children discovered at the site of a former residential school in Kamloops. The event was hosted by Skookum Lab, part of the Surrey Urban Indigenous Leadership Committee. (Photo: Lauren Collins)
St. Joseph's Mission site is located about six kilometres from Williams Lake First Nation. (Photo submitted)

Williams Lake First Nation to search residential school site for unmarked graves

St. Joseph’s Mission Indian Residential School operated from 1886 to 1981

St. Joseph's Mission site is located about six kilometres from Williams Lake First Nation. (Photo submitted)
A pod of orcas joined the 7 Generation Steward Society at the Tyee Spit singing in memorial for the 215 children found in Kamloops. Photo courtesy Cory Cliffe

VIDEO: Whales appear during Indigenous ceremony for 215 children in Campbell River

‘Our ancestors wouldn’t appear if we weren’t doing things in a good way’ — Cory Cliffe

A pod of orcas joined the 7 Generation Steward Society at the Tyee Spit singing in memorial for the 215 children found in Kamloops. Photo courtesy Cory Cliffe
Save Fairy Creek supporters sport red to the May 29 Elders circle gathering to show solidarity with Indigenous People. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Solidarity builds for Indigenous claims over Fairy Creek watershed on Vancouver Island

More than 2,000 show up to join push to save old growth forests from harvesting

Save Fairy Creek supporters sport red to the May 29 Elders circle gathering to show solidarity with Indigenous People. (Nora O’Malley photo)
A plaque is seen outside of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School on Tk’emlups te Secwépemc First Nation in Kamloops on Thursday. The remains of 215 children have been found buried on the site of the former residential school in Kamloops. (Andrew Snucins/The Canadian Press via AP)

Flags in Surrey being flown at half-mast to honour 215 children found buried in Kamloops

Flags lowered at civic buildings and schools throughout Surrey

A plaque is seen outside of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School on Tk’emlups te Secwépemc First Nation in Kamloops on Thursday. The remains of 215 children have been found buried on the site of the former residential school in Kamloops. (Andrew Snucins/The Canadian Press via AP)
Splatsin Chief Wayne Christian responded to the discovery of the remains of more than 200 Indigenous children at the former site of a Kamloops residential school Friday, May 28, 2021. (Splatsin photo)

Survivor support needed in wake of ‘unimaginable’ mass burial discovery: Splatsin chief

“It really is about you — you survived that horror, and it’s important that you get what you need,” Splatsin Chief Wayne Christian said

Splatsin Chief Wayne Christian responded to the discovery of the remains of more than 200 Indigenous children at the former site of a Kamloops residential school Friday, May 28, 2021. (Splatsin photo)
The former Kamloops Indian Residential School is seen in this photo from the Kamloops Heritage Commission.

Remains of 215 children found at former B.C. residential school an ‘unthinkable loss’

Tk’emlups te Secwépemc First Nation is reaching out to communities who had children attend

  • May 28, 2021
The former Kamloops Indian Residential School is seen in this photo from the Kamloops Heritage Commission.
Brandi Hansen said she was disheartened to find dozens of severed, declawed bear paws dumped in a culvert alongside a North Shuswap road on Sunday, May 23, 2021. (Contributed)

B.C. First Nations condemn those responsible for bear paws dumped near Shuswap Lake

Union of BC Indian Chiefs says poachers likely responsible

Brandi Hansen said she was disheartened to find dozens of severed, declawed bear paws dumped in a culvert alongside a North Shuswap road on Sunday, May 23, 2021. (Contributed)
Semiahmoo First Nation archeology manager Don Welsh (left) sifts through shell midden at a Crescent Beach site in August 2019. (File photo)

Semiahmoo First Nation to repatriate 200 ancestors

B.C. grant funding return of remains from Simon Fraser University

Semiahmoo First Nation archeology manager Don Welsh (left) sifts through shell midden at a Crescent Beach site in August 2019. (File photo)