Category Archives: Community

Restoring a focus on matriarchal roles in First Nations communities

By Melissa Renwick, Ha-Shilth-Sa, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

A new report is highlighting the importance of restoring a focus on matriarchal roles for the health and strength of First Nations communities.

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‘In our grief, rage and love’ says mother of Indigenous man killed by RCMP

the Discourse, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

This article contains accounts of police violence, as well as accounts of racism and hate against Indigenous people that could be triggering. Please read with care.

A busy pier forms the backdrop to the small courtyard next to Island Funeral Services funeral home in Campbell River on July 20. Alunaye, Laura Holland sits in the shade of a nearby maple tree, waiting for the memorial ceremony for her son to begin. 

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Powell River city councillor called out for transphobic speech

At a city council meeting in Powell River last month, elected official Jim Palm made unsolicited comments that have been labeled as hate speech against transgender people.

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Kamloops Indian Residential School Survivors share their stories

By Michael Potestio, Kamloops This Week, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Mona Jules recalls the Kamloops Indian Residential School sounding like a beehive when she arrived at the age of six in the late 1940s.

Being fluent in her own Indigenous language, Jules said she couldn’t understand anyone.

“The buzzing and the noise. I just looked form face to face. I couldn’t understand anything,” she said.

Leona Thomas remembers her first day, entering that school at the age of six in 1958, and being pried from her brother’s back and split up.

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