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Culture Week in Nemiah Valley a 30-year Tradition

Culture Week in Nemiah Valley a 30-year Tradition

By Sage Birchwater – For the past 30 years, Naghtaneqed School in remote Nemiah Valley has held a culture week in mid-May that involves all the children in the school and many elders and volunteers in the community. This unique program initiated by Marty Solomon and June Williams in 1987 was created to preserve the […]

Sawmill Training Provided to Yunesit’in Community Members

Sawmill Training Provided to Yunesit’in Community Members

By Veronica Meldrum – The Yunesit’in Government recently began training community members in the operation of a portable saw mill as part of the Forest to Frame project. This project strives to provide employment opportunities within the community by actively involving Yunesit’in people from the “Forest” stage of harvesting to the “Frame” stage of constructing […]

National Aboriginal Day: Embracing unity and diversity

National Aboriginal Day: Embracing unity and diversity

By LeRae Haynes – A truly diverse and captivating annual highlight will hit the streets of Williams Lake on Wednesday, June 21 when the Northern Shuswap Tribal Council’s National Aboriginal Day celebration takes place.   Embracing diversity and unity, the event includes an outstanding parade and a range of presentations, activities, and vendors in the […]

FIRST NATIONS | 40th Annual Elders Gathering Celebrating BC First Nations in Williams Lake July 12-14

FIRST NATIONS | 40th Annual Elders Gathering Celebrating BC First Nations in Williams Lake July 12-14

By LeRae Haynes – More than 2,000 First Nations Elders from across the province are expected to arrive in the Cariboo mid-July to share and celebrate the heritage of BC First Nations. Over the past 40 years the Annual BC Elders Gathering has become the top event for Elders to celebrate continued education in the […]

FIRST NATIONS | Northern Shuswap Tribal Council and NStQ Treaty Group announce  February 11 Agreement-in-Principle Treaty Referendum Polling Stations

FIRST NATIONS | Northern Shuswap Tribal Council and NStQ Treaty Group announce February 11 Agreement-in-Principle Treaty Referendum Polling Stations

  The Northern Shuswap Tribal Council and its affiliated NStQ Treaty Society is holding the Agreement-in-Principle (AiP) referendum on Thursday February 11, with community polling stations open from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. NStQ band members 18 years of age and older are eligible to vote at their own bands’ polling station only. The ballot […]

FIRST NATIONS | Huicholes: The Last Peyote Guardians

FIRST NATIONS | Huicholes: The Last Peyote Guardians

  FILM CHRONICLES THE MOVEMENT TO SAVE A SACRED LAND AND A VISIONARY CULTURE — When Argentine filmmaker Hernán Vílchez made his way up into the remote Wixarika community of San Andrés Cohamiata Tateikie high in the Western Sierra Madre of Mexico, he knew he would be entering another world. What he didn’t know was […]

NEWS IN REVIEW | FIRST NATIONS | 2014 – A Year of Change for First Nations and All Canadians

NEWS IN REVIEW | FIRST NATIONS | 2014 – A Year of Change for First Nations and All Canadians

  By Sage Birchwater — It’s hard to see the forest for the trees sometimes, but in a decade or two, or maybe some time in the next century, we’ll look back on 2014 as the year Canada finally came of age. The year Canada finally did the right thing by First Nations. The June […]

FIRST NATIONS | Upper Fraser Salmon Sustainability

FIRST NATIONS | Upper Fraser Salmon Sustainability

By LeRae Haynes — Protecting and conserving sustainable salmon stocks and supporting First Nations in becoming re-engaged with their traditional economy is the mission and the primary goal of the Upper Fraser Fisheries Conservation Alliance (UFFCA). In partnership with the Tsilhqot’in National Government, Xeni Gwet’in, and the Northern Shuswap Tribal Council (NSTC), the alliance is […]

FIRST NATIONS | ARTS & CULTURE | Winter Storytelling

FIRST NATIONS | ARTS & CULTURE | Winter Storytelling

By Jessica Kirby — After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” — Philip Pullman These are the coldest months of the year. They spread out grey before us with the sparkle of Christmas left behind and the promise of spring just out of reach. As we hunker […]