Tag Archives: Indigenous Nations History

Sacred journey exhibit celebrates Indigenous canoe culture

National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Nations and families from far-flung parts of coastal B.C. gathered to launch the Sacred Journey exhibit and celebrate the enduring importance of Indigenous canoe culture that stretches across the Pacific Northwest coast.

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Jody Wilson-Raybould tells Ottawa to take responsibility for reconciliation

Warning: This story contains details that may provoke distress or trauma in some readers.

National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Jody Wilson-Raybould endured a salvo of emotions as news broke confirming the unmarked graves of 215 children at the Kamloops Indian Residential School at Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc.

The Independent MP for the riding of Vancouver Granville, former justice minister, and member of the We Wai Kai Nation was in her home community on Quadra Island, B.C., when she heard.

The initial surge of incredible sadness was pursued by increasing anger and a fixed sense of frustration.

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50 years later: Tlowitsis First Nation in Campbell River

National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Displaced from their traditional territories and scattered across Vancouver Island and beyond for more than 50 years, the Tlowitsis First Nation is on the cusp of breaking ground on a home for its people.

Chief John Smith and his brother, Thomas, a councillor, hope to finally begin work on a new village for the Tlowitsis after a decades-long search and the 2018 purchase of land south of Campbell River from a logging company.

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Folk U: The Secret behind Tribal Societies

2/5/21 Folk U 101 Show: The Secret Behind Tribal Secret Societies

Secret societies were relatively common in the tribal world that Europeans encountered and documented, including the Northwest Coast.  They embodied some of the most awe-inspiring events in the cultures of traditional societies with mystifying public displays of magic and occult powers. as well as profane powers.  Masked spirits appeared and demonstrated their powers as well.  The feasts held for initiates were the most important and lavish events for many families.   

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Booklet unveils Racist British Columbia: 150 years

By Cara McKenna, the Discourse, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

A new educational resource looks at British Columbia’s long history of racist policies and the resiliency of the many Indigenous, Black and racialized people who have been affected.

The open-source booklet Challenging Racist British Columbia: 150 Years and Counting was released today by co-publishers the University of Victoria (UVic) and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).

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