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After almost 170 years: the truth of Indigenous sovereignty.

By Bayleigh Marelj, The Discourse, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Jesse Wente says that there is power in truth-telling moments. And the truth he spoke about on Nov. 25, was the truth of Indigenous sovereignty.

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Nuchatlaht First Nation calls on BC to honour UNDRIP in land title case.

Campbell River Mirror, Local Journalism Reporter

Almost a year into B.C. adopting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) the Nuchatlaht First Nation (NFN) is calling on the province to honour its legislation with regards to an ongoing land title case. 

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The number of BC’s Indigenous nurses is not known

23. “We call upon all levels of government to: (i) Increase the number of Aboriginal professionals working in the health-care field. (ii) Ensure the retention of Aboriginal health-care providers in Aboriginal communities. (iii) Provide cultural competency training for all healthcare professionals.” –Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action

the Discourse, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) 23rd call to action was for an increase in Indigenous health care practitioners. Without clear numbers, how can this call be met?

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First Nations reawaken ancestral agricultural practises

By Marc Fawcett-Atkinson, Canada’s National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

As a kid, Delbert Good remembers that he would come home from a day of picking potatoes to find a meal made from the fruits of his family’s garden.

“While I was growing up, we were pretty self-sufficient,” said Good, economic development officer for the Gitanyow Band and a lifelong resident of Gitanyow, a community northeast of Terrace, in northern B.C.

“We had garden plots everywhere. Our family stuck to growing potatoes — we had about 100 rows of potatoes every year — but everybody shared in the community and everybody had their own strengths when it came to growing vegetables.”

Not anymore. In the past hundred years, a suite of colonial policies suppressed traditions that were essential to many Indigenous people’s access to food, including agricultural ones that were practised for generations. For Good, reawakening them could help pave a better-fed future for his community.

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Kwakwaka’wakw doulas reclaim birthing traditions

the Discourse, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

A group of newly trained Indigenous doulas reclaim their future bringing back birthing traditions

The first birth Indigenous doula Roberta Williams attended also happened to be the first child born in Kwagu’ł territory in over 30 years. Williams, 23, is one of 17 Indigenous doulas trained last year, in what is a new wave of traditional birth knowledge and reclamation.

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