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Why I’ll forever remember Truth & Reconciliation Day 2021

Editor’s note: The author is writing about a march from Tla’amin Nation lands to Willingdon Beach  in Powell River.

By Abby Francis, qathet Living, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

I attended the Truth and Reconciliation Day march on September 30. I was photographing it for qathet Living, so a lot of my attention was focused on taking pictures, however, there were multiple moments where I would stop and look around and be filled with a thousand different emotions. 

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Powell River Paper Mill changes its name to reconcile with First Nation

By Abby Francis, qathet Living, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Catalyst mill is changing its name, in collaboration with Tla’amin Nation. The Paper Excellence company will now be called tiskʷat (tees-kwat); the English translation is ‘big river.’ 

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Worry for our Waters

By Abby Francis, qathet Living, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Lee George stands on the bank of the Tla’amin Creek, his baseball cap dampening in the light July rain. The ground he stands on is muddy. He scans the river, looking for coho fry. 

Just a few inches of water flow
over the rocky creek.
A few tiny fish swim by. 

Lee, who has managed this hatchery since about 1990, is worried about the level of the water, the heat. What will it do to this year’s salmon? 

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Treat Truth and Reconciliation Day as Remembrance Day

By Abby Francis, qathet Living, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Truth and Reconciliation Day should be like Remembrance Day. A day to honour and remember the children who did not make it home from out of  Canada’s Residential Schools, and a day to honour and respect those who did. 

Then again, how can one really truly come home whole after experiencing what they had inside those places? Residential schools impacted every single First Nations community across Canada. 

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Under First Nations Leadership, Businesses at the End of the Road Thrive

By Abby Francis, qathet Living, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

In 2000, Tla’amin Nation and City of Powell River mayor Dave Formosa entered into a partnership to purchase about 4.1 acres of land in Lund. This area includes three harbours, two parking lots, a hotel and restaurant, general store, and a fuel dock. In 2016, just after treaty was signed, Tla’amin’s government bought out Formosa, and now owns all of the 4.1 acres. 

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