The United Nations' (UN) International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples was recognized on August 9, 2017. David Hill from the Guardian interviewed Kankanaey Igorot woman Victoria Tauli-Corpuz about the UN’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Indigenous students are attending summer literacy camps to build literacy and numeracy skills. These camps are provided through a $1.6 million grant over three years from the Alberta government.
Thirteen canoes from hundreds of First Nations communities will meet at Campbell River on Vancouver Island from August 5 to 10, 2017, for a week of celebrating their history.
The Indigenous Advisory and Monitoring Committee will begin monitoring the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.
The Canadian government is required to make annual payments to Indigenous people as part of treaty agreements signed over 100 years ago. The purpose of treaties was to expand white settlement and economic development, but they were used as a tool to remove Indigenous identity.
The Drum Is Calling is a special, 9-day arts and culture festival that will be held in Vancouver beginning July 22, 2017, to celebrate Indigenous peole through the Canada 150+ celebrations. Vancouver is the only city to add a plus sign to Canada 150 in honour of Indigenous people.
A special suicide crisis meeting will be held on July 24, 2017, to address methods to give Indigenous leaders more control over health care resources. The purpose is to reduce bureaucracy when a crisis occurs.
The new British Columbia Premier John Horgan has appointed Melanie Mark as minister of Advanced Education, Skills, and Training.
Researchers are working with First Nations communities to understand what happens to Indigenous people during an evacuation.
Chief Joe Alphonse of the Tl’etinqox First Nation west of Williams Lake said that 60 of 280 members stayed behind to fight the wildfires and save their homes and property.