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Drastic droughts on the horizon, if syilx laws not upheld

By Kelsie Kilawna, The Discourse, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

As devastating wildfires spread through B.C.’s interior, skawilx (Sarah Alexis) says there’s a parallel crisis that demands attention and action — droughts. 

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Bringing back sockeye salmon

By Athena Bonneau, The Discourse, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The first day that sockeye salmon were reintroduced into the Penticton Channel was a “really good day,” explains Herb Alec, the Penticton Indian Band hatchery building operator.

“People were crying and it was a really emotional day.” 

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Indigenous SoverEignty & Rights On Unceded Territory

By Kelsie Kilawna, The Discourse, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Despite being raided twice last month by the Province of B.C.’s cannabis enforcement agency for operating without a provincial license, Vernon-based Indigenous cannabis dispensary Tupa’s Joint has been seeing a rise in customers.

Cory Brewer, shop owner and Okanagan Nation member, is taking a stance and exercising his rights as a sovereign member of his traditional territory. He and his employees say they will continue to stand behind Tupa’s Joint and the movement it’s creating in order to achieve respect for Indigenous sovereignty.

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