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The direct action to protect what some call the last intact old growth ecosystem in southern Vancouver Island, at Fairy Creek, began 420 days ago. Now the RCMP have left and a couple of Truth and Reconciliation Day messages have been sent from Fairy Creek:
Continue reading A message of truth and reconciliation from Fairy Creek
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.
Continue reading Treat Truth and Reconciliation Day as Remembrance Day
Windspeaker, Local Journalism Initiative
For Danita Bilozaze of Łuechok Túe, using her family’s original Indigenous name is an essential part of preserving her connection to culture. So Bilozaze undertook a mission to get her Indigenous family name on all of her official identification, an effort that took many difficult months.
Continue reading Reclaiming her Indigenous name
Campbell River Mirror, Local Journalism Reporter
Last week in a virtual Q & A session, Indigenous author Bob Joseph was asked “How will people know that they’ve achieved reconciliation?”
Joseph answered, “When people are at peace with the past.”
The first step is moving away from the Indian Act, according to Joseph, who advocates for First Nations heading towards self-governance, self-reliance and self-determination.
Continue reading An Indigenous author explains Why the Indian Act must go
By Catherine Lafferty, the Discourse, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Almost 100 years ago, while many gathered with family members to exchange Christmas presents, several dozen Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw people were arrested for holding a winter gifting Potlatch of their own.
Continue reading Mass arests at the 1921 Potlatch