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City of Vancouver Acknowledges First Nations Who Saved Lives During the Great Fire of 1886

June 15, 2017

The City of Vancouver has formally acknowledged the sacrifice of First Nations families who saved the lives of Vancouverites during the Great Fire of 1886. The fire devasted the city, killing dozens of citizens and leaving only three out of 1000 building standing.

BC Premier in Waiting Meets with Chiefs

June 12, 2017

John Horgan, British Columbia's Premier in waiting, met with a number of chiefs in Vancouver to discuss his upcoming agenda. He discussed pipelines, the controversial Site C dam, and the need to renew relationships with First Nations.

BC Government Declines to Comment on Safety of BC Teachers in Qatar

June 12, 2017

British Columbia has 48 certified teachers working at a school in Qatar. Five neighboring countries imposed sanctions on Qatar and restricted all modes of transportation into that country. This has made travel difficult and food supplies scarce.

Senator Dan Christmas Condemns Indian Act

June 11, 2017

Independent Senator Dan Christmas, one of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's appointees and the first Mi'kmaq member of the Senate, has condemned the Indian Act. He believes that First Nations governance needs to be re-evaluated.

Lost Indigenous Language Revived in Film

June 11, 2017

Sphenia Jones, a residential school survivor, speaks Haida in an upcoming Canadian film. The script was written in Haida, a mostly forgotten language, in order to revive the language and honor those who suffered at residential schools.

Oil and Gas Industry Intrudes on Treaty Rights

June 10, 2017

The Blueberry River First Nation filed a civil suit against continued oil and gas development on its land. The First Nation lost a bid to stop new permits from being issued, but the court ruling noted that irreversible damage was being done to the land.

Residential School Survivor Receives Awards upon Graduating from First Nations University

June 9, 2017

Clayton Lorne Green, residential school survivor, will receive the President's Medal from the First Nations University of Canada. He will graduate with a degree in social work and plans to use his degree to work toward healing and restoration.

Blood Tribe Honors Wonder Woman Actor with Headdress

June 9, 2017

Eugene Brave Rock, who plays "Chief" in the new Wonder Woman movie, was honoured with a headdress by the Blood Tribe. A special ceremony was held to present Brave Rock with the headdress and acknowledge his achievements in Hollywood.

Exhibit Includes Indigenous Youth Artwork

June 8, 2017

Artwork by students of Kainai High School will be showcased until September 27, 2018. This artwork draws on the long tradition of art within Blackfoot culture and is a reflection of Kainai/Blood identity and culture in the 21st century.

Indigenous Scholars Reflect on Issues at Canada 150

June 7, 2017

Six Indigenous scholars reflect on the findings of the Truth and Reconcilian Commission, Indigenous rights, and Canada's 150th anniversary.

Report Shows One-Quarter of Female Homicide Victims in 2015 Were Indigenous

June 6, 2017

Statistics Canada has released a report showing that one-fourth of all female homicide victims in 2015 were Indigenous. This statistic is six times higher than that of non-Indigenous women. In addition, Indigenous women are disproportionately represented in the prison population.

TRC Commissioner Educates Public About Residential Schools

June 6, 2017

Former commissioner for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Marie Wilson, is speaking about the effort to educate people about residential schools and the need for the commission.

UN Demands Review of Controversial Site C

June 6, 2017

The UN's World Heritage Committee has renewed demands for a review of the controversial Site C dam along with immediate action by the Canadian government to protect Wood Buffalo Park.

Indigenous Leaders Awarded Honorary Doctor of Laws Degrees

June 6, 2017

Two Indigenous leaders have been awarded honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from the University of Calgary. The Doctor of Laws is bestowed upon those who deserve recognition due their achievements and community service.

Physician and Surgeon Dr. Nadine Caron Receives Honorary Law Degree

June 5, 2017

Dr. Nadine Caron is an internationally renowned physician and surgeon who will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Fraser Valley. As an undergraduate, Caron played basketball for the university and credits her coaches for teaching her life skills.

BC Grand Chief Reacts to Remarks about Pipeline by Alberta Premiere

June 2, 2017

Alberta Premiere, Rachel Notley, responded to questions about the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion by stating that the project will move forward.

Ucluelet First Nation Adopts Living Wage Policy

June 2, 2017

Ucluelet First Nation joins Huu-ay-aht Nation in adopting a living wage policy for employees of the First Nation government. This policy demonstrates the value of caring for each other and strenthening the economic health of the community.

TRC Interim Report Reveals Number of Residential School Deaths

June 2, 2017

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission has released an interim report with documentation of over 6,000 residential school deaths. Additional data was released in the interim report as well.

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