National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Some First Nations on B.C.’s central coast are celebrating now that black bear hunting in their territories is closed to protect the exceptional cream-coloured spirit bears concentrated in those areas.
The spirit bear, also known as Kermode bears, are black bears that have a creamy white coat as a result of rare genetic mutation.
Continue reading New hunting ban aims to preserve B.C.’s rare spirit bear
By Melissa Renwick, Ha-Shilth-Sa, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Victoria, BC – The University of Victoria (UVic) is set to deliver the world’s first custom master’s degree in business administration in Indigenous Reconciliation.
Continue reading UVic launches MBA in Indigenous Reconciliation with the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres
This is the 13th annual cycle for Dr. Emily Ellingsen Memorial Bursaries. She passed away on February 19, 2010 at the age of 31. Applications for two $2,000 Bursaries will be accepted until midnight on August 15, 2022.
Continue reading In Remembrance of Dr Emily Ellingsen, a bursary
By Cloe Logan, National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
People are pushing the investment firm that manages retirement savings for B.C.’s public sector workers to move roughly $2 billion out of fossil fuels by the end of the year.
The British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (BCI) holds a total of $199.6 billion in managed assets and oversees retirement savings for the province’s teachers, nurses, municipal workers and other government workers, according to its site.
Continue reading Campaign ramps up to pressure one of Canada’s largest pension firms to divest from fossil fuels
qathet Living, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Beading helps share knowledge, good laughs, and support for each other through hard times. That’s why beading is important to me, as both an art, and community-centred experience.”
So explains Klahoose and Tla’amin Nation member Emily White, who’s contemporary beading designs are pushing the boundaries of the traditional art form (see left). The 24-year-old Tla’amin Nation intergovernmental policy and fiscal analyst learned to bead in 2018 from the Elders in Residence at the University of Victoria – over many lunchtimes as she was completing her degree in Indigenous Studies and ethics. She especially credits Métis Elder Barb Hulme.
Continue reading Beyond Beads