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Aboriginal education festival comes to B.C. school

May 2, 2016

Over 270 elementary school students packed the hallways and classrooms of John Oliver Secondary School in Vancouver for a hands-on learning experience on Aboriginal culture.

B.C. government paying three First Nations $96m in Jericho Lands deal

April 29, 2016

The provincial government will pay $96 million to three First Nations for them to become the new owners of the Jericho Lands on Vancouver’s west side, according to a document obtained by Business in Vancouver.

Port of Prince Rupert Invests in Kitkatla Community Spaces

April 27, 2016

The Port of Prince Rupert invested $244,000 into a greenhouse, garden and community kitchen in the coastal village of Kitkatla.

Attawapiskat youth urges Canada to 'open its eyes' to First Nations communities

April 18, 2016

A young man in the troubled First Nation of Attawapiskat asked the federal indigenous affairs minister on Monday why his community was living in Third World conditions while Canada is greeting refugees with open arms.

First Nation suicides: the view from Vancouver and Cowichan Valley

April 16, 2016

Over the weekend, the Attawapiskat First Nation in Ontario declared a state of emergency after the chief reported another 11 people had attempted suicide in one day.

That makes more than 100 suicide attempts over the past seven months in a community of only about 1,500. 

Metis, Off-Reserve Natives Win Indian Status In Supreme Court Ruling

April 14, 2016

The Supreme Court of Canada has unanimously ruled that Metis and non-status are "Indians" under the Constitution.

"Non-status Indians and Metis are 'Indians' under (the Constitution) and it is the federal government to whom they can turn," the unanimous 9-0 ruling said.

Drinking water on First Nations reserves an ongoing problem in B.C., says professor

March 9, 2016

The deplorable state of drinking water on many First Nations reserves in B.C. is well documented.

At the end of February 2016, 26 communities in B.C. were under boil water advisories — some of them dating back 10 years.

First Nations gets $9 million in skills training funding from B.C. government

March 8, 2016

Members of the Tsimshian First Nation on British Columbia's northwest coast will be getting $9 million in provincial funding to job skills.

Premier Christy Clark announced the agreement, which must still be drafted.

Two more First Nations courts proposed in British Columbia

March 6, 2016

Two aboriginal groups are exploring plans for First Nations courts in their communities – a tool proponents say can be more effective than standard criminal courts.

Feds will not appeal tribunal ruling on Aboriginal child welfare

February 22, 2016

The federal government will not appeal a landmark human rights ruling that found it discriminated against children on reserves in its funding of child welfare services.

FPCC Celebrates 25 Years of Supporting Indigenous Languages and Arts in B.C.

February 18, 2016
Brentwood Bay, B.C. – The First Peoples’ Cultural Council (FPCC) is proud to announce the release of its 25th Anniversary Report.

SD8 Offers More First Nations Scholarships

February 17, 2016

Demonstrating their continued commitment to aboriginal education, the 

3 B.C. First Nations Plan to Buy Jericho Land Parcel

February 17, 2016

Three B.C. First Nations have announced their intention to purchase a 38.8-acre parcel of land in West Point Grey, the province announced Friday.

First Nations basketball organization bars status Indian from All Native tournament

February 12, 2016

A young Calgary man says a First Nations basketball organization’s decision to bar him from a tournament in northern British Columbia is discriminatory.

Yale First Nation rejects B.C. treaty, citing ‘critical flaws’

February 11, 2016

In a surprise development, a treaty that was celebrated by the B.C. government when it was first signed in 2013 has been rejected by the Yale First Nation, just months before it was to go into effect.

BCGEU signs First Nations Solidarity Accord opposing pipelines and tankers

February 9, 2016

The B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU/NUPGE) signed a Solidarity Accord on February 4, affirming its support of the Save the Fraser Declaration, an Indigenous law signed by representatives of over 100 First Nations banning tar sands transport through their territories.

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