Indigenous

PaiThomas ‘Barndawg’ Paul (from left), Addie Elliott, and Brian ‘YellowWolf’ Sampson of the Tsartlip First Nation are a group called Paint the Town Red, set to perform at an upcoming Indigenous music festival at Beckwith Park on Aug. 21. (Photo courtesy of Brian Sampson)

Greater Victoria Indigenous artists set to shine at Saturday event in Saanich

First annual IYAKT music festival to take place at Beckwith Park in Saanich

PaiThomas ‘Barndawg’ Paul (from left), Addie Elliott, and Brian ‘YellowWolf’ Sampson of the Tsartlip First Nation are a group called Paint the Town Red, set to perform at an upcoming Indigenous music festival at Beckwith Park on Aug. 21. (Photo courtesy of Brian Sampson)
Canadians will go to the polls to elect a government on Sept. 20. In the past, some Canadians have been prohibited from voting. (Black Press file photo)

Election 2021: Voting rights did not always extend to all Canadians

Women, Indigenous people, religious minorities and others have been denied the vote in past years

Canadians will go to the polls to elect a government on Sept. 20. In the past, some Canadians have been prohibited from voting. (Black Press file photo)
Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Murray Rankin, left, and Premier John Horgan leave the chamber at the Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on April 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Two Indigenous place names restored on B.C.’s Sunshine Coast

Wilson Creek to be called ts’ukw’um, and Saltery Bay is now skelhp

Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Murray Rankin, left, and Premier John Horgan leave the chamber at the Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on April 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Nova Scotia's Sipekne'katik First Nation says it is planning to expand its self-regulated lobster harvest. A crate of lobsters sits on the sidewalk as Cheryl Maloney, a member of the Sipekne'katik First Nation, sells lobster outside the legislature in Halifax on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS /Andrew Vaughan

Nova Scotia First Nation chief detained by fisheries officers after launching fishery

Sipekne’katik First Nation launch lobster fishery months ahead of federally regulated season

Nova Scotia's Sipekne'katik First Nation says it is planning to expand its self-regulated lobster harvest. A crate of lobsters sits on the sidewalk as Cheryl Maloney, a member of the Sipekne'katik First Nation, sells lobster outside the legislature in Halifax on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS /Andrew Vaughan
In addition to the controversial comments of July 18, Rev. Marcin Mironiuk of Edmonton said he visited the former Kamloops Indian Residential School and, without disclosing he was a priest, asked to see the unmarked graves — a request that was denied as he was told the grounds were sacred and not open to the public. Photograph By OUR LADY QUEEN OF POLAND PARISH

Tk’emlúps condemns ‘hate speech’ by Edmonton Catholic priest placed on indefinite leave

Comments were streamed live during Polish-language masses on July 18 at Our Lady Queen of Poland

  • Aug 16, 2021
In addition to the controversial comments of July 18, Rev. Marcin Mironiuk of Edmonton said he visited the former Kamloops Indian Residential School and, without disclosing he was a priest, asked to see the unmarked graves — a request that was denied as he was told the grounds were sacred and not open to the public. Photograph By OUR LADY QUEEN OF POLAND PARISH
Royal BC Museum book

What Was Said To Me

The Royal BC Museum has published a book by linguist Ruby Peter, in collaboration with Helene Demers

  • Aug 16, 2021
Royal BC Museum book
An exterior view of the residential school of the Obaltes Sisters in Fort Alexandre is shown in this handout image provided by the archives of the Societe historique de Saint-Boniface. A tally from police across the country shows there are four ongoing criminal investigations and one decade-long probe into complaints involving residential schools. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Archives of the Societe historique de Saint-Boniface *MANDATORY CREDIT*

Police investigating handful of cases looking at residential schools across Canada

An estimated 150,000 First Nations, Inuit and Métis children were forced to attend residential schools

An exterior view of the residential school of the Obaltes Sisters in Fort Alexandre is shown in this handout image provided by the archives of the Societe historique de Saint-Boniface. A tally from police across the country shows there are four ongoing criminal investigations and one decade-long probe into complaints involving residential schools. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Archives of the Societe historique de Saint-Boniface *MANDATORY CREDIT*
People march after gathering on the lawn in front of the Department of Justice in Ottawa, during a rally to demand an independent investigation into Canada’s crimes against Indigenous Peoples, including those at Indian Residential Schools, on Saturday, July 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Feds pledge $83M for residential school searches, $20M for monument honouring children

Funding comes after multiple First Nations have located unmarked burial grounds

People march after gathering on the lawn in front of the Department of Justice in Ottawa, during a rally to demand an independent investigation into Canada’s crimes against Indigenous Peoples, including those at Indian Residential Schools, on Saturday, July 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Jamie Henyu, left, participates in the Warriors Walk for Healing Nations in Kamloops, B.C. on Monday, August 9, 2021. A six-week journey starting from Yukon and covering more than 2,000 kilometres has finished today in Kamloops, British Columbia — which the man behind the Warriors Walk for Healing Nations calls “ground zero for where the truth broke out.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Tahltan Central Government

Group finishes six-week walk to Kamloops to honour children, survivors of residential schools

Numerous Indigenous nations have reported finding unmarked graves using ground penetrating radar

Jamie Henyu, left, participates in the Warriors Walk for Healing Nations in Kamloops, B.C. on Monday, August 9, 2021. A six-week journey starting from Yukon and covering more than 2,000 kilometres has finished today in Kamloops, British Columbia — which the man behind the Warriors Walk for Healing Nations calls “ground zero for where the truth broke out.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Tahltan Central Government
Mother of Colten Boushie, Debbie Baptiste, speaks during an event to commemorate the anniversary of the death of Colten Boushie at Dakota Dunes Resort Hotel on the Whitecap Dakota First Nation, near Whitecap, Sask., Thursday, Aug. 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kayle Neis

‘He deserved a life:’ Colten Boushie’s mother demands change in justice system

Family continues to push for a public inquiry into the case and how RCMP handled it

Mother of Colten Boushie, Debbie Baptiste, speaks during an event to commemorate the anniversary of the death of Colten Boushie at Dakota Dunes Resort Hotel on the Whitecap Dakota First Nation, near Whitecap, Sask., Thursday, Aug. 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kayle Neis
Willie Nahanee, 79, of the Squamish Nation, who attended the former St. Paul Indian Residential School for 10 years and the Kamloops Indian Residential School for one year, holds one of his class photographs from St. Paul, in North Vancouver, on Tuesday, August 10, 2021. The Squamish Nation, together with the support of the Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam First Nations and the Catholic Archdiocese will be launching an investigation into the former residential school. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

First Nations to search for children who didn’t come home from North Vancouver school

Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam announce Indigenous-led plan to confirm the oral histories

Willie Nahanee, 79, of the Squamish Nation, who attended the former St. Paul Indian Residential School for 10 years and the Kamloops Indian Residential School for one year, holds one of his class photographs from St. Paul, in North Vancouver, on Tuesday, August 10, 2021. The Squamish Nation, together with the support of the Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam First Nations and the Catholic Archdiocese will be launching an investigation into the former residential school. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A football with the new CFL logo sits on a chair during a press conference in Winnipeg, Friday, November 27, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

CFL to remember children, families impacted by Canadian residential schools tragedy

Officials working the games will wear orange pins in recognition of the Every Child Matters

A football with the new CFL logo sits on a chair during a press conference in Winnipeg, Friday, November 27, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods
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