Indigenous

People start to line up early for the Canadian general election before polls open in west-end Toronto for the Monday, Sept. 20, 2021 election. The NDP has requested an official inquiry into what it calls “numerous and systemic failures of election officials” on election day. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy

NDP says errors meant voters — including First Nations — were disenfranchised

Party requests official inquiry into what it calls ‘numerous and systemic failures’

People start to line up early for the Canadian general election before polls open in west-end Toronto for the Monday, Sept. 20, 2021 election. The NDP has requested an official inquiry into what it calls “numerous and systemic failures of election officials” on election day. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy
Kwakiutl chief Calvin Hunt working on the 30-foot totem pole. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)

VIDEO: New Coast Guard station totem making a statement on the North Island

Kwakiutl chief Calvin Hunt’s latest pole is taking shape outside Port Hardy

Kwakiutl chief Calvin Hunt working on the 30-foot totem pole. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)
Regional Chief Shane Gottfriedson looks on as Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, speaks at the Assembly of First Nations’ annual general meeting at the Songhees Wellness Centre in Victoria on October 24, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Federal Court settlement approved for day scholars at Indian residential schools

Survivors will each receive compensation of $10,000, as will the estates of those who died

Regional Chief Shane Gottfriedson looks on as Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, speaks at the Assembly of First Nations’ annual general meeting at the Songhees Wellness Centre in Victoria on October 24, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers his remarks during a ceremony on Parliament Hill on the eve of the first National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, Wednesday, September 29, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Trudeau apologizes to Tk’emlúps chief for not attending truth and reconciliation ceremony

Tk’emlúps Kúkpi7 (Chief) Rosanne Casimir mentioned the prime minister had been invited

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers his remarks during a ceremony on Parliament Hill on the eve of the first National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, Wednesday, September 29, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
The t-shirts of attendees at Campbell River’s National Day of Truth and Reconciliation ceremony illustrate the continual effect of Canada’s residential school system on multiple generations. (Ronan O’Doherty, Campbell River Mirror)

West Coast B.C. chief says shadow of residential schools `gets longer and longer’

Homalco Chief Darren Blaney: ‘Before (Kamloops) … nobody took the genocide seriously’

The t-shirts of attendees at Campbell River’s National Day of Truth and Reconciliation ceremony illustrate the continual effect of Canada’s residential school system on multiple generations. (Ronan O’Doherty, Campbell River Mirror)
A memorial is displayed on Parliament Hill as ceremonies take place for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Ottawa on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Canadians urged to donate one day’s pay to Indigenous groups on Sept. 30

Organization says it’s a way for all Canadians to mark the new holiday

A memorial is displayed on Parliament Hill as ceremonies take place for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Ottawa on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Penticton Indian Band Chief Greg Gabriel speaks to the Sacred Hearts Catholic Church burning down early Monday morning, June 21, 2021. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Penticton Indian Band Chief and Council denounce Truth and Reconciliation Day

No substantive actions to date to show a sincere commitment for reconciliation, says Chief Gabriel

Penticton Indian Band Chief Greg Gabriel speaks to the Sacred Hearts Catholic Church burning down early Monday morning, June 21, 2021. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Tk’emlups te Secwepemc Kukpi7 (Chief) Rosanne Casimir speaks during a news conference ahead of a ceremony to honour residential school survivors and mark the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, in Kamloops, BC., on Thursday, September 30, 2021. The remains of 215 children were discovered buried near the former Kamloops Indian Residential School earlier this year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Indigenous leaders call for ‘concrete action’ on first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

215 unmarked graves of missing children were found on the grounds of the Kamloops residential school

Tk’emlups te Secwepemc Kukpi7 (Chief) Rosanne Casimir speaks during a news conference ahead of a ceremony to honour residential school survivors and mark the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, in Kamloops, BC., on Thursday, September 30, 2021. The remains of 215 children were discovered buried near the former Kamloops Indian Residential School earlier this year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A traditional salmon barbecue on Newcastle Island near Nanaimo. Black Press File Photo

Indigenous food sovereignty movement reclaiming wellness, sense of identity

Indigenous health dietitian says goal is to restore decision making power through food supply

A traditional salmon barbecue on Newcastle Island near Nanaimo. Black Press File Photo
Shoes are placed on the lawn outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School to honour 215 children after it was announced that ground-penetrating radar had detected unmarked graves near the facility in Kamloops, B.C., on June 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Canada marks first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Numerous Indigenous nations reported unmarked graves at former residential school sites

Shoes are placed on the lawn outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School to honour 215 children after it was announced that ground-penetrating radar had detected unmarked graves near the facility in Kamloops, B.C., on June 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director of First Nations Child and Family Caring Society holds a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on September 15, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

‘Put down your sword’: Federal Court dismisses feds’ Indigenous child-welfare appeals

Indigenous leaders have criticized Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s decision to fight both of these rulings

Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director of First Nations Child and Family Caring Society holds a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on September 15, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Robert Riley Saunders. (Facebook photo)

First Nations Leadership Council frustrated by former Kelowna social worker’s plea deal

Robert Riley Saunders pleaded guilty to stealing from and harming at-risk youth in his care, many of whom are Indigenous

Robert Riley Saunders. (Facebook photo)
A woman places one of 215 pairs of children’s shoes on the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery as a memorial to the 215 children whose remains have been found buried at the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, May 28, 2021. When the Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc Nation announced the discovery of 215 unmarked graves found at the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C., Canadians had to face the horrific realities Indigenous children and youth had to live while being forced to attend residential schools. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Teaching Canadians to observe solemn new Truth and Reconciliation Day could take time

The holiday grants a paid day off to federally regulated employees and public servants

A woman places one of 215 pairs of children’s shoes on the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery as a memorial to the 215 children whose remains have been found buried at the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, May 28, 2021. When the Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc Nation announced the discovery of 215 unmarked graves found at the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C., Canadians had to face the horrific realities Indigenous children and youth had to live while being forced to attend residential schools. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Football Canada and indigenous artist Kolten Khasalus Grant have collaborated to produce a national identity for football in indigenous communities across the country.
The Indigenous Football Canada logo, shown in a handout, will be available on merchandise for Football Weekend in Canada on Oct. 15. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO

Football Canada, artist Grant produce identity for football in Indigenous communities

President Jim Mullin said Football Canada and sport in general both have a role to play in reconciliation

Football Canada and indigenous artist Kolten Khasalus Grant have collaborated to produce a national identity for football in indigenous communities across the country.
The Indigenous Football Canada logo, shown in a handout, will be available on merchandise for Football Weekend in Canada on Oct. 15. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO
A sign commemorating victims of residential schools is attached to a fence line in front of homes on the Siksika First Nation, east of Calgary near Gliechen, Alta., Tuesday, June 29, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

B.C. allocates $1.5M to mental health services for Indigenous Peoples, residential school survivors

Money will go towards providing culturally safe, trauma informed services

A sign commemorating victims of residential schools is attached to a fence line in front of homes on the Siksika First Nation, east of Calgary near Gliechen, Alta., Tuesday, June 29, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Everyone is welcome for the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation observance Sept. 30 at 10 a.m. at the Sno���uyutth Welcome Pole, in front of Oak Bay High at 2121 Cadboro Bay Rd. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Businesses, schools and cities observing National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Sept. 30 set aside to mark the history of and intergenerational trauma caused by residential schools

Everyone is welcome for the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation observance Sept. 30 at 10 a.m. at the Sno���uyutth Welcome Pole, in front of Oak Bay High at 2121 Cadboro Bay Rd. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Artist Carey Newman’s design for the University of Victoria’s 2021 Orange Shirt Day T-shirts. (UVic Photo Services)

Greater Victoria marks Orange Shirt Day with in-person, streamed events

University of Victoria hosts event Sept. 29, City of Victoria on Sept. 30

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Artist Carey Newman’s design for the University of Victoria’s 2021 Orange Shirt Day T-shirts. (UVic Photo Services)
A sign commemorating victims of residential schools is attached to a fence line in front of homes on the Siksika First Nation, east of Calgary near Gliechen, Alta., Tuesday, June 29, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Catholic bishop hopes residential school apology will improve Indigenous relations

Indigenous leaders say remorseful sentiments need to be backed up by meaningful actions

A sign commemorating victims of residential schools is attached to a fence line in front of homes on the Siksika First Nation, east of Calgary near Gliechen, Alta., Tuesday, June 29, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Tim Hortons franchise co-owner, former Tkemlups te Secwepemc First Nation chief and former B.C. regional chief for the Assembly of First Nations Shane Gottfriedson holds a box of orange-sprinkled Tim Hortons doughnuts in this undated handout photo taken from video. The discovery of the unmarked graves of children, some as young as three years old, sent shockwaves across the country last spring. It also propelled a group of Indigenous Tim Hortons owners to come up with fundraising campaign for residential school survivors involving an orange-sprinkled doughnut. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Tim Hortons *MANDATORY CREDIT*

Indigenous Tim Hortons owners drive campaign for residential school survivors

Tim Hortons will donate 100 per cent of the retail price of orange-sprinkled doughnuts for one

Tim Hortons franchise co-owner, former Tkemlups te Secwepemc First Nation chief and former B.C. regional chief for the Assembly of First Nations Shane Gottfriedson holds a box of orange-sprinkled Tim Hortons doughnuts in this undated handout photo taken from video. The discovery of the unmarked graves of children, some as young as three years old, sent shockwaves across the country last spring. It also propelled a group of Indigenous Tim Hortons owners to come up with fundraising campaign for residential school survivors involving an orange-sprinkled doughnut. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Tim Hortons *MANDATORY CREDIT*
A woman places one of 215 pairs of children’s shoes on the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery as a memorial to the 215 children whose remains have been found buried at the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, May 28, 2021. When the Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc Nation announced the discovery of 215 unmarked graves found at the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C., Canadians had to face the horrific realities Indigenous children and youth had to live while being forced to attend residential schools. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Survivor offers advice on how to honour National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Geraldine Shingoose believes it’s important to listen to survivors’ experiences

A woman places one of 215 pairs of children’s shoes on the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery as a memorial to the 215 children whose remains have been found buried at the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, May 28, 2021. When the Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc Nation announced the discovery of 215 unmarked graves found at the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C., Canadians had to face the horrific realities Indigenous children and youth had to live while being forced to attend residential schools. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck