Indigenous peoples

Carver Tim Paul, left, talks with a collaborator prior to the ‘closing the eyes’ ceremony for n’aasn’aas?aqsa Aug. 13, 2021 at the Maritime Discovery Centre. The totem will be unveiled in its final resting place near Victoria Quay on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

New home for totem pole in Port Alberni

Language pole was a joint carving project

 

Sawmill workers in Princeton, B.C., 2018. The B.C. government has committed to redistributing Crown forest resources to provide a greater share for Indigenous communities. (B.C. government photo)

‘Disrespectful’: B.C. First Nations blast NDP’s forest renewal effort

20 Indigenous communities call for more time, resources

 

Red Feather Podcast hosts Janelle Minoza, left, and Aimee Chalifoux get set up to record from their office at Literacy Central Vancouver Island. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

Indigenous knowledge-keepers share stories as part of Island podcast project

Central Island’s Indigenous literacy program coordinators launch Red Feather Podcast

 

Well-known Oak Bay artist Marion Cumming created this image for neighbour and friend Robin June Hood. (Christine van Reeuwk/News Staff)

Artist leaves century-old Oak Bay home to Victoria Native Friendship Centre

Respect a key to transitioning home to Indigenous group’s use

Well-known Oak Bay artist Marion Cumming created this image for neighbour and friend Robin June Hood. (Christine van Reeuwk/News Staff)
EJ Dunn principal Darrin Olson, left, and Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Councils Richard Samuel, right, present Trey Kyte, second from left, with his Grades 2-3 Spring Festival 2021 winning poster. With them are Kytes fellow banner painters Liam Horbatch, Sybil Purwins and Macen Avery. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

SD70’s biennial First Nations spring festival goes virtual for 2021

Alberni Valley schools showcase Indigenous learnings from past year

EJ Dunn principal Darrin Olson, left, and Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Councils Richard Samuel, right, present Trey Kyte, second from left, with his Grades 2-3 Spring Festival 2021 winning poster. With them are Kytes fellow banner painters Liam Horbatch, Sybil Purwins and Macen Avery. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre has embarked on a fundraising campaign, seeking to raise $1 million for establishment of an independent urban Indigenous school. Pictured here, Tsawalk Learning Centre students at an Orange Shirt Day event in September. (Submitted photo)

Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre looks to raise $1 million for urban Indigenous school

Centre says independent school would be first of its kind in B.C.

Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre has embarked on a fundraising campaign, seeking to raise $1 million for establishment of an independent urban Indigenous school. Pictured here, Tsawalk Learning Centre students at an Orange Shirt Day event in September. (Submitted photo)
Braden Holtby’s new mask designed in collaboration with Luke Marston and David Gunnarsson. (Mike Wavrecan photo)

QUINN’S QUIPS: Art is more than simple expression in First Nations culture

Indigenous artwork has a connection to its people, and vice versa

Braden Holtby’s new mask designed in collaboration with Luke Marston and David Gunnarsson. (Mike Wavrecan photo)
The First Nations language pole project, underway in Port Alberni, has been stalled due to lack of funding. Artist Tim Paul can occasionally be seen working on the project behind a fence at the Maritime Discovery Centre. (JERRY FEVENS PHOTO/ Special to the News)

Port Alberni’s First Nations language pole suffers another setback

First Nations Education Foundation still looking for funding for a final push

The First Nations language pole project, underway in Port Alberni, has been stalled due to lack of funding. Artist Tim Paul can occasionally be seen working on the project behind a fence at the Maritime Discovery Centre. (JERRY FEVENS PHOTO/ Special to the News)
Danielle Saddleman and Shane Miller OKIB business owners are reclaiming their family and hope to see more people choose the same path. (Kelsie Kilawna, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter)

Confronting their addictions to make way for healing — a B.C. love story

‘I think what’s helped us is that we had to understand our past and move forward’

Danielle Saddleman and Shane Miller OKIB business owners are reclaiming their family and hope to see more people choose the same path. (Kelsie Kilawna, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter)
Dr. Judith Sayers, who starts a three-year term as VIU Chancellor in October 2020, intends to use her new role to push the boundaries of what a university education entails. (PHOTO COURTESY VANCOUVER ISLAND UNIVERSITY)

Vancouver Island University appoints Dr. Judith Sayers as chancellor

Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council president is considered a leader in Indigenous rights advocacy

  • Aug 15, 2020
Dr. Judith Sayers, who starts a three-year term as VIU Chancellor in October 2020, intends to use her new role to push the boundaries of what a university education entails. (PHOTO COURTESY VANCOUVER ISLAND UNIVERSITY)
An image from the Royal BC Museum’s digitized collection of historical photographs shows an Interior Salish woman and child weaving baskets. The image is one of thousands posted in an online database. (Courtesy of the Royal BC Museum)

B.C. museum releases more than 16,000 historical photos of Indigenous life

Digitized images preserved and shared with Indigenous communities

An image from the Royal BC Museum’s digitized collection of historical photographs shows an Interior Salish woman and child weaving baskets. The image is one of thousands posted in an online database. (Courtesy of the Royal BC Museum)
Lekwungen dancers and singers perform at Royal Roads as part of a previous National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations. (Black Press Media file photo)
Lekwungen dancers and singers perform at Royal Roads as part of a previous National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations. (Black Press Media file photo)
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)
Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller speaks with the media in the Foyer of the House of Commons before Question Period Tuesday March 10, 2020 in Ottawa. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)

Concerns raised over COVID-19 outbreak plans for Indigenous communities

Plans for possible outbreaks in remote, vulnerable Indigenous communities getting a failing grade

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller speaks with the media in the Foyer of the House of Commons before Question Period Tuesday March 10, 2020 in Ottawa. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)
The Ricky’s All-Day Grill location in Nanaimo’s north end. (News Bulletin photo)

B.C. man who alleged racial profiling at restaurant wants end to dispute

First Nations man says customer service he received was different than other patrons

The Ricky’s All-Day Grill location in Nanaimo’s north end. (News Bulletin photo)
Peggy Tatoosh instructs students before Strength From Within, the residential school sculpture by Connie Watts, during a cultural sharing event in School District 70 on Feb. 5, 2020. (MIKE YOUDS/ Special to the News)

Lessons from the Tseshaht longhouse: countering ignorance-based racism with knowledge

A Nuu-chah-nulth First Nation and School District 70 share their cultures during annual event

  • Feb 7, 2020
Peggy Tatoosh instructs students before Strength From Within, the residential school sculpture by Connie Watts, during a cultural sharing event in School District 70 on Feb. 5, 2020. (MIKE YOUDS/ Special to the News)
Retired hockey player Scott Niedermayer, Ktunaxa Nation Council chair Kathryn Teneese and former NDP leader Adrian Dix present a territorial claim to Jumbo Glacier at a news conference at the B.C. legislature, Nov. 15, 2011. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)

B.C. VIEWS: The limits of Indigenous rights

Jumbo Glacier Resort decision a harsh lesson for John Horgan

Retired hockey player Scott Niedermayer, Ktunaxa Nation Council chair Kathryn Teneese and former NDP leader Adrian Dix present a territorial claim to Jumbo Glacier at a news conference at the B.C. legislature, Nov. 15, 2011. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)