First Nations

Two coastal B.C. First Nations investing $25 million in renewable energy projects

Two coastal B.C. First Nations investing $25 million in renewable energy projects

To get off diesel power, two off-grid communities developing hydro power

Two coastal B.C. First Nations investing $25 million in renewable energy projects
Indigenous youth holding paddles with ‘Indigenous Lives Matter’ insignia listen to speakers at a Rally for Justice at Bob Dailey Stadium in Port Alberni on Saturday, June 13, 2020. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Youth in Port Alberni rally for justice

Family of Chantel Moore thank youth, talk about standing up to racism for next generation

Indigenous youth holding paddles with ‘Indigenous Lives Matter’ insignia listen to speakers at a Rally for Justice at Bob Dailey Stadium in Port Alberni on Saturday, June 13, 2020. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Mary Chester sits on a log on a beach preparing grasses for making baskets. In this photo, one of a series in the Alberni Valley Museum’s digital archives, she is holding and turning a tool over a plate. The AV Museum has an extensive exhibit on Indigenous baskets and prominent Nuu-chah-nulth makers. See more at https://portalberni.pastperfectonline.com. (PHOTO PN03464 COURTESY ALBERNI VALLEY MUSEUM)

A LOOK BACK: The culture of Nuu-chah-nulth basket making

Take a peek at Alberni Valley history with Alberni Valley Museum

Mary Chester sits on a log on a beach preparing grasses for making baskets. In this photo, one of a series in the Alberni Valley Museum’s digital archives, she is holding and turning a tool over a plate. The AV Museum has an extensive exhibit on Indigenous baskets and prominent Nuu-chah-nulth makers. See more at https://portalberni.pastperfectonline.com. (PHOTO PN03464 COURTESY ALBERNI VALLEY MUSEUM)
Belinda Nookemus of Huu-ay-aht First Nations works in the nation’s forestry industry. (PHOTO COURTESY HUU-AY-AHT)

Road to recovery remains unpaved for Huu-ay-aht First Nations

Huu-ay-aht First Nations say Paving Bamfield Road will be key to its post-COVID-19 success

Belinda Nookemus of Huu-ay-aht First Nations works in the nation’s forestry industry. (PHOTO COURTESY HUU-AY-AHT)
Joseph Tom, senior cultural worker with the Nuu-chah-nulth Quu?asa program in Port Alberni, hands an eagle feather to Port Alberni RCMP Cst. Pete Batt during a blessing ceremony on Friday, June 5, 2020. The RCMP will use 12 feathers to help them better communicate with Indigenous people in the community. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Nuu-chah-nulth, Port Alberni RCMP use culture to expand discussions

Elder blesses eagle feathers officers will offer Indigenous people to help them speak together

Joseph Tom, senior cultural worker with the Nuu-chah-nulth Quu?asa program in Port Alberni, hands an eagle feather to Port Alberni RCMP Cst. Pete Batt during a blessing ceremony on Friday, June 5, 2020. The RCMP will use 12 feathers to help them better communicate with Indigenous people in the community. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
A checkpoint is seen at a bridge leading to the Unist’ot’en camp on a remote logging road near Houston, B.C., on January 17, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

No charges to be laid against 22 northern B.C. pipeline protesters

Twenty-two people were arrested in February, but Crown has decided not to pursue charges

A checkpoint is seen at a bridge leading to the Unist’ot’en camp on a remote logging road near Houston, B.C., on January 17, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A screenshot from the video shared on social media, showing a white pickup truck driving through the Tseshaht First Nation reserve. (SCREENSHOT)

Racist incident shocks Tseshaht First Nation

Port Alberni RCMP looking for information

A screenshot from the video shared on social media, showing a white pickup truck driving through the Tseshaht First Nation reserve. (SCREENSHOT)
The lighthouse at Friendly Cove. (Wikimedia commons)

Friendly Cove and Kyuquot will remain closed until further notice

Transition of other B.C. communities will be monitored before a decision to ease restrictions

The lighthouse at Friendly Cove. (Wikimedia commons)
First Nations fishermen from local communities assisted the family in searching for Shawnee Inyallie Sept. 16, 2018. Submitted photo

B.C. woman launches First Nations search, rescue and patrol program

Linda Peters envisions trained searchers ready to go at moment’s notice in each B.C. First Nation

First Nations fishermen from local communities assisted the family in searching for Shawnee Inyallie Sept. 16, 2018. Submitted photo
Dianna Charleson oversees the reception desk at a hotel in Bamfield, one of several accommodations owned by Huu-ay-aht Group of Businesses. Businesses the Huu-ay-aht First Nations own will qualify for the Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy as a result of COVID-19 measures. (PHOTO COURTESY HFN)

Huu-ay-aht First Nations qualify for national wage subsidy

Limited partnership structure caused concern when CEWS was first introduced

Dianna Charleson oversees the reception desk at a hotel in Bamfield, one of several accommodations owned by Huu-ay-aht Group of Businesses. Businesses the Huu-ay-aht First Nations own will qualify for the Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy as a result of COVID-19 measures. (PHOTO COURTESY HFN)
Kyuquot community members participate in cleaning fish. (Photo contributed)

Fish parcels from home: A coastal B.C First Nation’s link with dispersed members

Despite the pandemic, Kyuquot First Nation will continue with its annual food fish distribution for members dispersed outside traditional lands

Kyuquot community members participate in cleaning fish. (Photo contributed)
Nuxalk hereditary leadership, supported by council, are enforcing a community lockdown a the base of the hill on Highway 20. (photo taken March 28, 2020)

Remote First Nation on B.C.’s central coast asking non-essential travellers to stay away

The remote coastal first nation is concerned about COVID-19 with increased summer tourism

Nuxalk hereditary leadership, supported by council, are enforcing a community lockdown a the base of the hill on Highway 20. (photo taken March 28, 2020)
Isolated B.C. First Nation seeks further seclusion in response to COVID-19

Isolated B.C. First Nation seeks further seclusion in response to COVID-19

Accessible only by air or water, no one can get in or out of Kyuquot without First Nation’s permission

Isolated B.C. First Nation seeks further seclusion in response to COVID-19
Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Health Director Dean Wilson works at the health department building on the reserve. (Submitted photo)

False complaint about non-compliance of COVID-19 rules prompts warning from First Nation authority

‘Making a malicious, false complaint is a serious matter’

Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Health Director Dean Wilson works at the health department building on the reserve. (Submitted photo)
Mali the young grizzly bear was relocated to a new natural habitat in a joint effort by First Nations and conservation officers. (Suzie Hall, Grizzly Bear Foundation/ Facebook)

Young grizzly bear saved by the joint efforts of First Nations and conservation officers on Hanson Island

Collaborative approach to relocate the grizzly was applauded by the Minister of Environment calling it a ‘power of partnership’

Mali the young grizzly bear was relocated to a new natural habitat in a joint effort by First Nations and conservation officers. (Suzie Hall, Grizzly Bear Foundation/ Facebook)
Young grizzly bear saved by the joint efforts of First Nations and conservation officers on Hanson Island.

Young grizzly bear saved by the joint efforts of First Nations and conservation officers on Hanson Island.

Collaborative approach to relocate the grizzly was applauded by the Minister of Environment calling it a ‘power of partnership’

Young grizzly bear saved by the joint efforts of First Nations and conservation officers on Hanson Island.
Blueberry River First Nations, located 70 kilometres north of Fort St. John. (BRFN photo)

Remote B.C. First Nation confirms positive COVID-19 case

A number of nations in B.C. have activated lock downs to prevent COVID-19 from entering community

Blueberry River First Nations, located 70 kilometres north of Fort St. John. (BRFN photo)
The First Nations Health Authority is providing a new virtual primary health care service to First Nations people in B.C. (Pexels photo)

B.C. First Nations Health Authority launches virtual doctor program

Program to provide primary health care through COVID-19 pandemic

The First Nations Health Authority is providing a new virtual primary health care service to First Nations people in B.C. (Pexels photo)
Playgrounds have been closed across Canada due to the threat of coronavirus (COVID-19). (MIKE YOUDS/ Special to AV News)

COVID 19: Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council, other First Nations mobilize resources

Some Indigenous communities are enacting emergency measures to cope during pandemic

  • Mar 29, 2020
Playgrounds have been closed across Canada due to the threat of coronavirus (COVID-19). (MIKE YOUDS/ Special to AV News)
Members of Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation talk with Port Alberni RCMP on March 17 at Sutton Pass along Highway 4. (Nora O’Malley photo)

COVID-19: Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations members stop visitors en route to Tofino and Ucluelet

Group at Sutton Pass not preventing traffic from coming in, but convincing some to turn around

Members of Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation talk with Port Alberni RCMP on March 17 at Sutton Pass along Highway 4. (Nora O’Malley photo)