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Saanich has opened nominations for the 2020 Enviromental Awards on March 5. (Black Press Media file photo)

Canfor plans to sell forest tenure in Mackenzie region of B.C. to two First Nations

Canfor has also agreed to sell its Mackenzie site, plant and equipment to Peak Renewables.

Saanich has opened nominations for the 2020 Enviromental Awards on March 5. (Black Press Media file photo)
From left to right, Craig Davis, president of Pearson College, Metchosin Mayor John Ranns, Sc’ianew First Nations Chief Russ Chipps and Katie Black, executive director of Habitat Acquisition Trust, signing the standstill agreement on Feb. 24. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Sc’ianew signs deal working with partners to protect Mary Hill

The deal could pave the way for an establishment of an Indigenous protected area

From left to right, Craig Davis, president of Pearson College, Metchosin Mayor John Ranns, Sc’ianew First Nations Chief Russ Chipps and Katie Black, executive director of Habitat Acquisition Trust, signing the standstill agreement on Feb. 24. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
St. Michaels residential school before it was torn down in 2015. (J.R. Rardon photo)

Another B.C. First Nation plans to probe grounds of former residential school

St. Michael’s was active in Alert Bay off Vancouver Island from 1894 to 1974, was torn down in 2015

St. Michaels residential school before it was torn down in 2015. (J.R. Rardon photo)
A red dress hangs on the side of the highway near Campbell River. Groups on Vancouver Island are hanging red dresses at prominent locations to raise awareness about Missing/Murdered Indigenous women on the island. (Photo by Binny Paul/Campbell River Mirror)

Keeping the hope fire burning: B.C. First Nation honours missing and murdered women

Mowachaht/Muchalaht honour Nuu-chah-nulth women and girls who have gone missing or been murdered

A red dress hangs on the side of the highway near Campbell River. Groups on Vancouver Island are hanging red dresses at prominent locations to raise awareness about Missing/Murdered Indigenous women on the island. (Photo by Binny Paul/Campbell River Mirror)
(Adam Amir/Tahltan Central Government)

Aerial project takes B.C. First Nation elders to revisit remote homelands

The project is part of an information-gathering exercise by Tahltan Central Government

(Adam Amir/Tahltan Central Government)
The statue of John Deighton, known as Gassy Jack, was toppled by a women’s march on Monday, Feb. 14, 2022. (cjquaschnick/Twitter)

Squamish Nation asserts need to lead reconciliation after Gassy Jack statue toppled

Nation will recommend to Vancouver what to do with the space where the statue once stood

The statue of John Deighton, known as Gassy Jack, was toppled by a women’s march on Monday, Feb. 14, 2022. (cjquaschnick/Twitter)
A photograph of St. Philip’s Residential School in Saskatchewan from the archives of the Société historique de Saint-Boniface is shown in a handout. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Société historique de Saint-Boniface **MANDATORY CREDIT**

First Nation says 54 potential graves at former Saskatchewan residential schools

Graves discovered on grounds of St. Philip’s and Fort Pelly residential schools near Kamsack

A photograph of St. Philip’s Residential School in Saskatchewan from the archives of the Société historique de Saint-Boniface is shown in a handout. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Société historique de Saint-Boniface **MANDATORY CREDIT**
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‘Should be an alarm bell’: Calls for action after fatal fires on First Nations

Study found First Nations people living on reserves were 10 times more likely to die in a fire

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Electrical transmission lines are seen south of Chesley, Ont., on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. The Alberta Utilities Commission is negotiating a settlement with ATCO Electric tied to an alleged breach of regulations. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Colin Perkel

ATCO, investigators given more time to reach settlement on alleged rule breach

ATCO has acknowledged it made mistakes and has offered a $16-million settlement

Electrical transmission lines are seen south of Chesley, Ont., on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. The Alberta Utilities Commission is negotiating a settlement with ATCO Electric tied to an alleged breach of regulations. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Colin Perkel
Kw’umut Lelum Foundation is selling Valentine’s Day cards to raise awareness about its efforts and promote the Hul’q’umi’num’ language. Pictured are Sharon Hobenshield, foundation executive director, and Kayla Seymour, cultural support worker. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)

B.C. non-profit’s Valentine’s Day cards say ‘I love you’ in Indigenous language

Kw’umut Lelum Foundation emphasizes revitalization of Hul’q’umi’num

Kw’umut Lelum Foundation is selling Valentine’s Day cards to raise awareness about its efforts and promote the Hul’q’umi’num’ language. Pictured are Sharon Hobenshield, foundation executive director, and Kayla Seymour, cultural support worker. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
FILE – Torchbearers Rick Hansen, left to right, Wayne Gretzky, Catriona Lemay Doan, Steve Nash and Nancy Greene hold their torches during the opening ceremonies at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver on Friday Feb. 12, 2010. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Canadian Olympic Committee to explore feasibility of Indigenous-led 2030 Games in B.C.

Four First Nations, City of Vancouver and Resort Municipality of Whistler exploring the option

FILE – Torchbearers Rick Hansen, left to right, Wayne Gretzky, Catriona Lemay Doan, Steve Nash and Nancy Greene hold their torches during the opening ceremonies at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver on Friday Feb. 12, 2010. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Pope Francis says vespers in the Roman Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls on the solemnity of the conversion of St. Paul, in Rome on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022. An Indigenous delegation is to meet with the Pope at the Vatican in early spring to discuss reconciliation and healing after a visit was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Andrew Medichini

Indigenous delegation meeting with Pope Francis at Vatican set for March

Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops to cover the travel costs

Pope Francis says vespers in the Roman Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls on the solemnity of the conversion of St. Paul, in Rome on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022. An Indigenous delegation is to meet with the Pope at the Vatican in early spring to discuss reconciliation and healing after a visit was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Andrew Medichini
Williams Lake First Nation announced the preliminary findings of the probe at former residential school, St. Joseph’s Mission on Tuesday, Jan. 25. (Williams Lake Tribune Facebook live image)
Williams Lake First Nation announced the preliminary findings of the probe at former residential school, St. Joseph’s Mission on Tuesday, Jan. 25. (Williams Lake Tribune Facebook live image)
Williams Lake First Nation will reveal the preliminary results of the geophysical investigation of the former St. Joseph’s Mission Indian Residential School site on Tuesday, Jan. 25. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

B.C. chief prepares for investigation announcement surrounding former residential school

Chiefs meeting will be held Tuesday, Jan. 25 near Williams Lake followed by afternoon media conference

Williams Lake First Nation will reveal the preliminary results of the geophysical investigation of the former St. Joseph’s Mission Indian Residential School site on Tuesday, Jan. 25. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Construction of the Trans Mountain Pipeline is pictured near Hope, B.C., Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Indigenous non-profit looks to acquire ownership of Trans Mountain Pipeline

Nesika Services calls itself a grassroots, community-led group of Alberta and B.C. communities

Construction of the Trans Mountain Pipeline is pictured near Hope, B.C., Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Hereditary Chiefs Aaron Hans, Jeffery Snow and Snuxyaltwa (as known as Deric Snow) visit the Royal BC Museum in Victoria which houses family poles. (Mercy Snow photo)

Nuxalk totem pole stuck in limbo, ‘no clear path’ to remove it from Royal BC Museum

Bella Coola’s Nuxalk hereditary chief files civil case against museum for the return of the pole

Hereditary Chiefs Aaron Hans, Jeffery Snow and Snuxyaltwa (as known as Deric Snow) visit the Royal BC Museum in Victoria which houses family poles. (Mercy Snow photo)
VIU Nanaimo campus Elder-In-Residence Gary Manson shares his historical and cultural perspective outside Shq’apthut (A Gathering Place), the campus hub for Indigenous support in 2016. (John McKinley/file)

Vancouver Island University working to decolonize B.C. classrooms

Plan calls for Indigenizing VIU, rather than have it serve as a tool of colonialism

VIU Nanaimo campus Elder-In-Residence Gary Manson shares his historical and cultural perspective outside Shq’apthut (A Gathering Place), the campus hub for Indigenous support in 2016. (John McKinley/file)
Steve Sxwithul’txw and Sgt. Larry Martin of Rama Police force. (Lindsay Sarazin photo)

Tribal Police Files a force to be reckoned with for Island filmmaker

Three seasons of reality TV series captures the stories of officers in First Nations communities

Steve Sxwithul’txw and Sgt. Larry Martin of Rama Police force. (Lindsay Sarazin photo)
A health care worker is seen outside the Emergency dept. of the Vancouver General Hospital in Vancouver on March 30, 2020. Hospital emergency rooms in Alberta are likely to assess complaints from First Nations people as less urgent than those from other patients even when their problems are the same, says a new study that looked at millions of such visits. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Study suggests Alberta First Nations people tend to get lower level of emergency care

More than 11 million emergency room visits between 2012 and 2017 from across Alberta analyzed

A health care worker is seen outside the Emergency dept. of the Vancouver General Hospital in Vancouver on March 30, 2020. Hospital emergency rooms in Alberta are likely to assess complaints from First Nations people as less urgent than those from other patients even when their problems are the same, says a new study that looked at millions of such visits. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Darin Keewatin is pictured in Edmonton on Tuesday January 4, 2022. Keewatin is concerned about slow movement on federal legislation allowing Indigenous groups to take control of child welfare. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

First Nation says Alberta is preventing it from taking control of child welfare

Louis Bull Tribe asked to enter an agreement with Alberta and Canada in October 2020

Darin Keewatin is pictured in Edmonton on Tuesday January 4, 2022. Keewatin is concerned about slow movement on federal legislation allowing Indigenous groups to take control of child welfare. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
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