Tag Archives: Secwepemc peoples

The necessity of reclaiming Indigenous birth practises

the Discourse, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Sage Thomas recalls the first birth she witnessed as a doula in training, using the traditional ways of her people. 

“When I walked into the room, they had some juniper burning on the stove and they had the lights low and it was just really quiet and calm,” she says.

This is what birth can look like, Thomas says, when it is supported with culture and traditional knowledge. Thomas speaks of the importance, and necessity of reclaiming Indigenous birth practices.

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Election 2020: 10 Indigenous candidates running

(The 10 indigenous candidates from left to right are, top row: Earl Einarson, Adam Sumexheltza, Ellis Ross, Melanie Mark, Roy Jones Jr. Bottom row: Anna Thomas, Gordon Sebastian, Anne Marie Sam, Nicole Halbauer, Adam Olsen).

the Discourse, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

On Oct. 24, B.C. will elect 87 members of the legislative assembly (MLAs). This comes after current Premier John Horgan called a snap election, leaving many to make quick decisions as to whether or not they would run. IndigiNews reviewed all of the candidates running and determined that there are 10 indigenous candidates participating in this provincial election.  Here’s what we know about them: 

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First Nations wary of DFO’s proposed consultation process

National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Studies show that contentious fish farms in the Discovery Islands pose little risk to wild salmon, therefore they will not face immediate closure, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) said Monday.

Nonetheless, a final decision on the fate of 18 open-net pen operations in the region will be delayed pending consultation with seven area First Nations about whether to renew the region’s fish farm licences, which are set to expire in December.

Talks will begin immediately with the Holmalco, Klahoose, K’omoks, Kwiakah, Tla’amin, We Wai Kai and Wei Wai Kum First Nations, DFO said.

Though it’s unclear if all the region’s First Nations want the farms removed from their territorial waters, many don’t have confidence in DFO’s proposed consultation process, describing it as long overdue, inadequate, or both.

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First Nations call for closure of Fraser River Fisheries

By Rebecca Dyok, The Williams Lake Tribune, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Leadership of the Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw (NStQ) is the latest to call for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) to issue an emergency order closing all fisheries in the Fraser River and associated systems.

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IndigiNews: Let’s talk sovereignty

By Chehala Leonard, The Discourse, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

In this weekly roundup, we share the latest news from across the Okanagan and Turtle Island. This week, let’s talk about sovereignty. In Kelsie Kilawna’s latest article, she explores what the concept actually means in response to common misconceptions and questions raised by readers. As well, we take a look at water rights and land disputes at Sx̌ʷəx̌ʷnitkʷ (Little Falls), also known as Okanagan Falls. 

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