A new University of Victoria study found that British Columbians consumed more alcohol during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic than they have at any other point during the past 20 years.Continue reading We’ve been drinking a lot more alcohol during COVID, study finds
Terrace Standard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
The remote northwest B.C. First Nation community of Iskut has been lobbying the RCMP and the provincial government for more than 20 years now for its own police detachment but with no luck.Continue reading A First Nation’s 20-year fight to get an RCMP detachment
Warning: This story contains details that may provoke distress or trauma in some readers.
National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Homalco Chief Darren Blaney has the tragic distinction of being a third-generation residential school survivor.
Like his father, and grandfather before him, Blaney was forced from his home, family, and culture in the small community of Church House in Bute Inlet along B.C.’s remote central coast.
“My great-grandfather was the first one from Homalco to go to residential school in 1875,” said Blaney.Continue reading The shadow of residential schools ‘gets longer and longer’
By Michael Potestio, Kamloops This Week, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Mona Jules recalls the Kamloops Indian Residential School sounding like a beehive when she arrived at the age of six in the late 1940s.
Being fluent in her own Indigenous language, Jules said she couldn’t understand anyone.
“The buzzing and the noise. I just looked form face to face. I couldn’t understand anything,” she said.
Leona Thomas remembers her first day, entering that school at the age of six in 1958, and being pried from her brother’s back and split up.Continue reading Kamloops Indian Residential School Survivors share their stories
There are isolated reports of increased violence, both physical and verbal, as a result of increased isolation during the pandemic.Continue reading reports of increased violence during COVID