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Child Welfare Panel Examines Complex Issues

April 25, 2017

A child intervention panel examines the complex issues that surround Indigenous children and their families in the child intervention system. In the first round of hearings, the panel met with Indigenous representatives and groups, and the panel will meet with youth in the next round.

First Nation Rejects Ajax Mine Proposal

April 21, 2017

The Stk'emlupsemc te Secwepemc Nation (SSN) rejected the Ajax mining project proposed by a subsidiary of KGHM Polska Miedź after completing a comprehensive review.

First Nations Bring Awareness to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

April 20, 2017

First Nations throughout Canada are working to bring awareness and education about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). By working with schools and health and social services workers, more Indigenous people can be reached to develop an understanding of the disorder.

Author Encourages Northern BC Communities to Celebrate Difficult Times

April 20, 2017

Author Sarah de Leeuw examines negative issues that have branded communities in northern British Columbia, including missing and murdered Indigenous women.

Liaison Office Opens to Provide Families of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women

April 17, 2017

A family information liaison unit office has been opened in Ontario to provide support to families of missing and murdered Indigenous women. While funding has been provided, most provinces and territories are still working to set up these offices.

First Nations Set to Benefit from Legalization of Marijuana

April 13, 2017

Several First Nations have begun exporing and investing in both medical and recreational marijuana companies. They are looking to participate in the economic benefits if recreational marijuana is legalized by the federal government in 2018. 

Report on 2016 Oil Spill Released

April 12, 2017

A report detailing event surrounding a grounded tugboat and oil spill in British Columbia in 2016 has been released. 

Indigenous-Owned Company Introduces Renewable Energy Projects for First Nations

April 12, 2017

David Isaac, owner of W Dusk in Vancouver, is working to bring renewable energy sources to First Nations throughout Canada. In every community where the company completes a renewable energy project, it also trains youth about solar energy and involves them in projects.

Health Canada Changes Travel Policy for Pregnant Indigenous Women

April 9, 2017

The Federal Government is changing its health policy to begin paying for someone to travel with Indigenous women who need to leave their communities to give birth. This comes after recommendations from the Truth and Reconiliation Commission to recognize the state of Indigenous health.

14,000-Year-Old Village Discovered on Triquet Island

April 8, 2017

An ancient village determined to be 14,000 years old has been discovered on Triquet Island north of Victoria, British Columbia. The discovery includes ancient artefacts that point to how civilization in North American first began.

Softwood Lumber Producers Exploring New Overseas Markets

April 6, 2017

Critical negotiations for a new softwood lumber agreement with the U.S. have stalled as the U.S. investigates claims that Canadian lumber was being sold for less than fair value. In the meantime, softwood lumber producers in British Columbia have begun pursing overseas markets.

BC Ferries to Restore Service Route in 2018

April 5, 2017

BC Ferries will restore the route between Port Hardy and Bella Coola in the summer of 2018. The cut to the service, which occurred in 2014, damaged the tourism industry in the area. 

Reconciliation Pole Is a Symbol of Progress

April 3, 2017

The University of British Columbia Reconciliation Pole was designed by artist James Hart, a hereditary chief and member of the Haida Nation, and placed into a standing position during a ceremony on April 1.

Report Shows Indigenous Children Fail to Receive Adequate Support from Child Welfare Services

March 31, 2017

A report from the Representative for Children and Youth was released on March 30 and focused on inadequate funding for Delegated Aboriginal Agencies, which serve Indigenous children and their families.

Regional Meetings to Be Held by the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

March 28, 2017

A series of regional advisory meetings will be held by the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls during April and May.

Indigenous Communities Engage in Renewable Energy Projects

March 27, 2017

A renewable energy project designed by economic developer, John Disney, uses wood waste left from logging to heat Indigenous communities. Indigenous communities continue to invest in clean energy projects, which creates jobs and makes them more self-sufficient. 

Winner of 2016 Margolese Prize Fights Battle Against Homelessness

March 24, 2017

Sylvia McAdam, winner of the 2016 Margolese National Design for Living Prize from the University of British Columbia's School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, talks about her work to provide housing for underpriviledged Indigenous people.

Osooyos First Nations Successfully Operates Winery

March 15, 2017

The Osoyoos First Nations in British Columbia has been successful at a variety of business ventures, most notably the first Indigenous-owned winery in Canada and the United States.

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