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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.

B.C.'s First Nations Heath Authority under fire from auditor general

February 2, 2016

B.C.'s first Nations Health Authority is under fire from Canada's auditor general for gaps in its recruiting, compensation and conflict of interest policies.

B.C. Metis Toddler Banned From Cultural Event In Her Honour

February 2, 2016

A foster mother fighting to adopt a Metis toddler she has raised since birth says she's outraged that British Columbia's Children's Ministry has barred the girl from attending a cultural event in her honour.

First aboriginal woman to head Canadian law school lives up to her name

January 24, 2016

Angelique EagleWoman, who will lead Bora Laskin Faculty of Law at Lakehead University, hopes to encourage young aboriginal people to pursue legal careers.

Angelique EagleWoman did not get her full name until she was 15.

First Nations Child Welfare Agencies Preparing for Ruling in Canadian Human Rights Case

January 13, 2016

The woman behind a Canadian human rights tribunal case alleging the Canadian government discriminates against First Nations children in the care of child welfare is preparing for the ruling.

Aboriginal high school graduation rate at record high in B.C.

January 13, 2016

British Columbia's government is celebrating record-high graduation rates for aboriginal students, but indigenous high school completion levels, provincially and for the rest of Canada, still fall significantly short of the national average.

10-year-old First Nations Girl Earns Black Belt in Taekwondo

December 22, 2015

Aurora Lavallee is a shy 10-year-old girl until she hits the taekwondo mat.

She earned her first-degree black belt over the weekend at St. Anne's Parish in Regina, making her one of the youngest First Nations girls to achieve this level in the martial art.

First Nations actor from Vancouver Island plays key role alongside DiCaprio in The Revenant

December 22, 2015

Duane Howard has a three-strike rule. But in his case, the third strike is not a bad thing.

“Anytime someone comes to me once, twice then comes to me a third time, it’s like, ‘OK, I have to act on it now,’” said the Vancouver Island-born actor.

Billy-Ray Belcourt, First Nations Student, Receives Rhodes Scholarship

December 1, 2015

He has a perfect 4.0 GPA. He's the president of the aboriginal students association at the University of Alberta. He sits on committees and somehow finds time to write poetry.

Victoria considers giving the top of Beacon Hill to First Nations

December 1, 2015

The top of Beacon Hill should be given back to First Nations and a traditional longhouse built there to replace the decaying Checkers Pavilion, says Victoria Coun. Marianne Alto.

Chiefs of the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations are supporting her idea.

B.C. First Nation leaders ask PM to reject LNG terminal site

November 9, 2015

First Nation leaders in B.C. have made a direct appeal to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to stop a major liquefied natural gas project from being built adjacent to juvenile salmon-rearing habitat.

Drought causes salmon shortage for Island First Nations

November 9, 2015

Taking eggs from spawning chinook salmon, Don Elliott Jr. feels like he’s really doing something for his people of Cowichan Tribes. Completing the circle of life for struggling stocks at Cowichan Hatchery to ensure, the run stays alive for generations to come.

A distinguished prosecutor and First Nations leader, Canada’s Justice Minister is something new

November 4, 2015

Canada has never before had a justice minister like Jody Wilson-Raybould, 44, named to the position Wednesday by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Her appointment will seem to some like a miracle.

Canada to host World Indigenous Peoples' Games in 2017

November 4, 2015

Canada has been chosen as the site of the next World Indigenous Peoples’ Games, slated for 2017, set to feature ferocious tug-of-war competitions, plus sports ranging from a Mexican version of hockey in which the puck is on fire to Brazil’s jikunahati, like soc

First Nations demand more search and rescue support

October 29, 2015

First Nations on the west coast of Vancouver Island are calling for more search and rescue training for their communities following Sunday's whale-watching tragedy that claimed the lives of at least five people.

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