Indigenous

Sipekne’katik First Nation Chief Mike Sack addresses the crowd in Shubenacadie, N.S., on July 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

Indigenous lobster fishing boats cut loose from wharf in Nova Scotia: First Nation

First Nation says incident expected to delay planned fishery for one week

Sipekne’katik First Nation Chief Mike Sack addresses the crowd in Shubenacadie, N.S., on July 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
A growing memorial, in honour of the 215 residential school children whose remains have been discovered buried near the former residential school in Kamloops, B.C., sits outside Calgary City Hall in Calgary, Alta., Wednesday, June 2, 2021. Calgary police say they are investigating an arson at the memorial. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Calgary police looking for man after residential school memorial set on fire

Security cameras caught a man who appeared to light the fire just before midnight

A growing memorial, in honour of the 215 residential school children whose remains have been discovered buried near the former residential school in Kamloops, B.C., sits outside Calgary City Hall in Calgary, Alta., Wednesday, June 2, 2021. Calgary police say they are investigating an arson at the memorial. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Jordan Watters resigned as chairwoman of the Greater Victoria School District Aug. 3 after four Indigenous communities asked her to step down. She will continue on as a trustee. (Black Press Media file photo)

Greater Victoria School District board chair answers Indigenous call to resign

Citing more work ahead, Jordan Watters says she is honouring wishes of Indigenous communities

Jordan Watters resigned as chairwoman of the Greater Victoria School District Aug. 3 after four Indigenous communities asked her to step down. She will continue on as a trustee. (Black Press Media file photo)
People sing and drum at a memorial outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School to honour the 215 children whose remains have been discovered buried near the facility, in Kamloops, B.C., on Monday, May 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
People sing and drum at a memorial outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School to honour the 215 children whose remains have been discovered buried near the facility, in Kamloops, B.C., on Monday, May 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The Salish Bear Totem was removed from the Malahat Summit on July 31 after it was burned in a deliberate act on July 2. (Submitted)

Malahat totem pole removed for refurbishment following July 2 arson

Private ceremony conducted to ensure cultural protocols were followed

The Salish Bear Totem was removed from the Malahat Summit on July 31 after it was burned in a deliberate act on July 2. (Submitted)
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry talks about B.C.’s plan to restart the province during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on May 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Dr. Bonnie Henry among 16 people appointed to receive province’s Order of B.C.

Premier John Horgan says in a statement each one of the 16 appointees has made tremendous contributions

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry talks about B.C.’s plan to restart the province during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on May 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Over 100 Indigenous people and allies occupied a section of the Pat Bay Highway for an hour Aug. 2 to honour the children forced to go through the residential school system. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Lost Indigenous children honoured during demonstration along Pat Bay highway

Over 100 Indigenous people and allies gathered at Mount Newton Crossroad Aug. 2

Over 100 Indigenous people and allies occupied a section of the Pat Bay Highway for an hour Aug. 2 to honour the children forced to go through the residential school system. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services, holds a press conference in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Federal government reaches nearly $8B deal with First Nations on drinking water suit

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised in 2015 to lift all drinking water advisories by this March

Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services, holds a press conference in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh holds a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Singh meets with Indigenous leaders at residential school where unmarked graves found

NDP leader choked up as he described walking near the Kamloops burial site

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh holds a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Semiahmoo First Nation Councillor Joanne Charles and former Chief Willard Cook share a celebratory hug at a July 28 event marking the lifting of the boil water advisory on Semiahmoo lands. (Alex Browne photo)

‘Canada has to step up’ says federal Indigenous minister during B.C. stop

Much work remains to be done, Marc Miller acknowledges

Semiahmoo First Nation Councillor Joanne Charles and former Chief Willard Cook share a celebratory hug at a July 28 event marking the lifting of the boil water advisory on Semiahmoo lands. (Alex Browne photo)
Students in front of the school at Fort Alexandre are shown in this handout image from 1935 provided by the archives of the Société historique de Saint-Boniface. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Archives of the Société historique de Saint-Boniface

First Nations group says all residential schools need to be investigated

Manitoba RCMP have spent years investigating abuse allegations at Fort Alexander residential school

Students in front of the school at Fort Alexandre are shown in this handout image from 1935 provided by the archives of the Société historique de Saint-Boniface. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Archives of the Société historique de Saint-Boniface
A young tree felled by protesters to block a road in the Fairy Creek area. (RCMP photo)

Pacheedaht condemn cutting of trees by Fairy Creek protesters

Statement expresses concerns about other ‘disrespectful and anti-social actions’

A young tree felled by protesters to block a road in the Fairy Creek area. (RCMP photo)
Indigenous knowledge will help University of Victoria researchers better understand best land management practices in terms of biodiversity. (Pixabay)

Biodiversity project with University of Victoria connection to use Indigenous eco-knowledge

DNA research on plant and animal species relates to food security, human health and more

Indigenous knowledge will help University of Victoria researchers better understand best land management practices in terms of biodiversity. (Pixabay)
When the pandemic hit, keeping people at home, local Elders were first to go virtual at the Victoria Native Friendship Centre, thanks to programming already in place for nearly a year. (Courtesy VNFC)

Victoria Native Friendship Centre Elders first to go virtual during pandemic

Growing Zoom following started with 53 shouts of ‘bingo’ and lingering laughs

When the pandemic hit, keeping people at home, local Elders were first to go virtual at the Victoria Native Friendship Centre, thanks to programming already in place for nearly a year. (Courtesy VNFC)
(Black Press Media file photo)

Oak Bay sets aside $27,000 for Indigenous art at muncipal hall

District to commission artist from the Lekwungen speaking people on whose land Oak Bay sits

(Black Press Media file photo)
Master carver and lifelong artist, Temosen (Charles) Elliot is busy with many large-scale projects at his workshop on West Saanich Road. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

VIDEO: Greater Victoria master carver says Indigenous art a way to restore culture

Temosen (Charles) Elliot totem poles and other works are cherished worldwide

Master carver and lifelong artist, Temosen (Charles) Elliot is busy with many large-scale projects at his workshop on West Saanich Road. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price looks up at the replay following a goal by the Vegas Golden Knights during second period of Game 3 of the NHL Stanley Cup semifinal on June 18, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

‘Better job’ needed in teaching Canadians about residential schools: Carey Price

Lynda Price, Carey’s mother, is chief of the Ulkatcho First Nation in northern B.C.

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price looks up at the replay following a goal by the Vegas Golden Knights during second period of Game 3 of the NHL Stanley Cup semifinal on June 18, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
An Indigenous dancer performs in the Elbow River Camp at the Calgary Stampede in Calgary, Alta., Wednesday, July 14, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

‘Miss the drumbeat’: Return of powwow season welcomed by First Nations

‘Everybody just wanted to powwow (to) renew their spirits and lift themselves up’

An Indigenous dancer performs in the Elbow River Camp at the Calgary Stampede in Calgary, Alta., Wednesday, July 14, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Value Nature podcast producers Chantal MacDonald, left, and Lauren Ball stop for a selfie at Fairy Creek while gathering material for their third episode, which will discuss current old-growth logging protests. (Courtesy of Lauren Ball/Bateman Foundation)

Bateman Foundation podcast taps listeners into Greater Victoria environmental awareness

Episodes connect listeners with Indigenous understanding of nature

Value Nature podcast producers Chantal MacDonald, left, and Lauren Ball stop for a selfie at Fairy Creek while gathering material for their third episode, which will discuss current old-growth logging protests. (Courtesy of Lauren Ball/Bateman Foundation)
Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman, Shoal Lake 40 First Nation Chief Erwin Redsky and Manitoba Indigenous Affairs Minister Eileen Clarke speak to reporters at Winnipeg city hall on Monday Dec. 12, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Steve Lambert

Manitoba’s new Indigenous relations minister sparks backlash over residential school remarks

Opposition NDP Leader Wab Kinew walked up to Lagimodiere and interrupted the news conference

Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman, Shoal Lake 40 First Nation Chief Erwin Redsky and Manitoba Indigenous Affairs Minister Eileen Clarke speak to reporters at Winnipeg city hall on Monday Dec. 12, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Steve Lambert