In 1979 when war forced Helder Ponte’s family to flee Angola (Africa), he said, “I didn’t feel lucky.” He and his wife moved to the East Kootenays where he learned he “… had no idea how cold ‘cold’ really was” and soon appreciated it could get colder than zero Celsius.
Joseph Boyden, the Giller-winning author, has written the script for a new Heritage Minute video telling the story of Chanie Wenjack, a 12-year-old who died after running away from the Cecilia Jeffrey Residential School in 1966.
The BC government has announced that a scheduled bus service running between Prince Rupert and Prince George will start up by the end of 2016. At least 18 women have gone missing or been murdered along the route since the 1970s.
Human Rights Watch has released a 92-page report (“Make It Safe: Canada’s Obligation to End the First Nations Water Crisis,”) detailing the extent to which First Nations communities do not have access to safe water.
A proposal to build condominiums on land sacred to the Algonquin Nation will put the Federal Government's commitement to First Nations to the test. The Zibi project would be built on two islands in the Ottawa River and an adjacent parcel of riverfront land in Gatineau.
B.C.'s Len Marchand — who headed Pierre Trudeau's ministries for Small Business and Environment in the late 1970s — has died at age 82. Marchand was the first status Indian to enter parliament, and the first aboriginal cabinet minister.
Hunter Tootoo, the MP for Nunavut, has resigned his position as Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard in order to deal with addiction issues. He has also left the Liberal caucus, and so will sit as an independent MP going forward.
A summary of the findings from consultations with the families of missing and murdered Indigenous women in advance of a federal inquiry has been released. Among the recommendations contained in the summary is the suggestion that the inquiry be headed by an Indigenous woman.
After a two-year and multi-million dollar review process, the National Energy Board has approved Kinder Morgan's TransMountain pipeline proposal, with 157 conditions. The pipeline still needs to be approved by a newly appointed panel and cabinet.
Leaders from B.C. First Nations, including the Nine Allied Tribes of Lax Kw'alaams, have traveled to New York City to seek support from the United Nations in their bid to prevent Federal Government approval of a proposed liquified natural gas plant.
Chief Robert Gladstone of the Shxwa:y Village First Nation has been charged with illegal fishing after permission to catch a single salmon for use in a ceremony was denied by the Department of Fisheries.
The Minister of the Status of Women has stated that an announcement regarding the leadership and structure of the promised inquiry into Canada's missing and murdered indigenous women is "very close." She suggested that the information would be made public before the end the current sitting of the