Category Archives: Indigenous Nations History

New archaeological dig planned at Charlie Lake cave site

By Tom Summer, Alaska Highway News, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

An ancient cave site at Charlie Lake will go under the shovel for the first time in more than 30 years this spring. 

The Tse’K’wa Heritage Society will host an archaeology field school at the national historic site from May 2 to June 10.

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 British Columbia: An Untold History – filmmaker nominated for Canadian Screen Award

Terrace Standard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Northwest B.C. based filmmaker Michael Bourquin has been nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for his work on the four-part documentary, British Columbia: An Untold History.

Bourquin shares the nomination with his colleague Alfonso Chin in the category of Best Photography (documentary or factual) announced last week by The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.

British Columbia: An Untold History has also been nominated for Best History Documentary Program or Series, Best Direction, Best Documentary Series, Best Editorial Research.

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Hul’qumi’num First Nations & the “Great Land Grab”

Originally published on Ramshackle Pictures (2014)

Robert Morales represents the six Hul’qumi’num First Nations (Cowichan, Chemainus, Penelakut, Lyackson, Halalt, Lake Cowichan), whose territories span the southeastern coast of Vancouver Island. These lands were almost entirely sold off by the Federal government in 1887 to coal baron Robert Dunsmuir, in order to finance the construction of the E&N Railroad from Nanaimo to Victoria, which enabled BC and Vancouver Island to join confederation and become part of Canada.

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Squamish Nation asserts need to lead reconciliation after Gassy Jack statue toppled

By Charlie Carey,  North Shore News, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

In response to the toppling of Gastown’s Gassy Jack statue Monday (Feb. 14), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) has asserted its need to lead the work involving its ancestors and colonization through “respect and collaboration.”

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The Ice Age settlement of Vancouver Island and the Discovery Islands

New evidence suggests that First Nations people may have arrived in northern Vancouver Island as early as 18,500 years ago. 

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