First Nations

The agreement announced between Na̲nwaḵolas Council and Western Forest Products Inc. on Jan. 19, 2022 will defer harvest of approximately 2,500 hectares and ancient, rare and other priority old growth for two years. Ronan O’Doherty/ Campbell River Mirror

Na̲nwaḵolas Council and Western Forest Products agree to two year old growth deferral

Council president said group hopes to fine tune what is suited for long term protection

 

Takla First Nation shared the announcement of the loss of Carmelita Abraham late Friday, Jan. 14. (Facebook photo)

Investigation into missing Indigenous woman leads to homicide charge against B.C. man

Carmelita Abraham, 33, had been missing since late December

 

The B.C. government announced last week an official name change for Saysutshun Park, formerly Newcastle Island Marine Provincial Park. (News Bulletin file photo)

Newcastle to Saysutshun: island park off Nanaimo renamed

Provincial park officially makes switch to recognize Snuneymuxw First Nation heritage

 

Two tugboats and a supply vessel will be part of East Sooke’s Western Canada Marine Response base. The tugs will escort oil tankers through the Strait of Juan de Fuca. (Contributed - Trans Mountain)

Deal inked for tugs to escort oil tankers through Strait of Juan de Fuca

East Sooke-based vessels part of $150-million expansion by Western Canada Marine Response Centre

Two tugboats and a supply vessel will be part of East Sooke’s Western Canada Marine Response base. The tugs will escort oil tankers through the Strait of Juan de Fuca. (Contributed - Trans Mountain)
The Sarita Estuary sits at the heart of the Huu-ay-aht First Nations’ ḥahuułi (traditional territory) and has been a source of food, transportation and cultural value to the nations for generations. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Island First Nation mostly agrees to B.C. plan for old growth logging deferral

Huu-ay-aht will defer 96 per cent of plan, 33 percent of its territory made up of old growth forests

The Sarita Estuary sits at the heart of the Huu-ay-aht First Nations’ ḥahuułi (traditional territory) and has been a source of food, transportation and cultural value to the nations for generations. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Scientists Chloe Immonen and Curran Crawford with the University of Victoria-based Pacifical Regional Institute for Marine Energy Discovery stand with their group’s state-of-the-art wind measurement buoy, Nov. 10 in Victoria. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

Plan to replace diesel with wind energy buoy launched by University of Victoria

Data collected from buoy could help shift rural, Indigenous communities away from diesel

Scientists Chloe Immonen and Curran Crawford with the University of Victoria-based Pacifical Regional Institute for Marine Energy Discovery stand with their group’s state-of-the-art wind measurement buoy, Nov. 10 in Victoria. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
Williams Lake Mayor Walt Cobb reads a written statement at council Nov. 2. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

Williams Lake mayor ‘seriously sorry’ for sharing offensive post about residential schools

Mayor Walt Cobb apologizes for offending, but says WLFN open letter was a ‘personal attack”

Williams Lake Mayor Walt Cobb reads a written statement at council Nov. 2. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
The water off Port Renfrew could be threatened without a federally-funded search and rescue and environmental response service in Port Renfrew, says the Pacheedaht First Nation. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

B.C. First Nation wants feds to expedite plans for marine rescue centre

Vancouver Island’s Pacheedaht chief says talks stalled on $22-million project for Port Renfrew

The water off Port Renfrew could be threatened without a federally-funded search and rescue and environmental response service in Port Renfrew, says the Pacheedaht First Nation. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Huu-ay-aht First Nations Chief Councillor Robert Dennis Sr. addresses a small group of supporters as he announced work on the $31-million resurfacing of Bamfield Main Road will begin in earnest. (PHOTO COURTESY HUU-AY-AHT FIRST NATIONS)

$31M Bamfield Road project breaks new ground for Island First Nation, B.C.

Huu-ay-aht First Nations the first Indigenous community to lead major infrastructure project

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Huu-ay-aht First Nations Chief Councillor Robert Dennis Sr. addresses a small group of supporters as he announced work on the $31-million resurfacing of Bamfield Main Road will begin in earnest. (PHOTO COURTESY HUU-AY-AHT FIRST NATIONS)
Chief Roger Jimmie was a strong advocate for Indigenous forestry rights. In a 1990 Observer article he was demanding Kluskus be allowed to log their own land. (Quesnel Observer File Photo - 1990)

‘Fearless’ northern B.C. chief remembered after death

Roger Jimmie passed away last week

Chief Roger Jimmie was a strong advocate for Indigenous forestry rights. In a 1990 Observer article he was demanding Kluskus be allowed to log their own land. (Quesnel Observer File Photo - 1990)
Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation master carver Joe David gifted this totem pole to the District of Tofino in 2018 to recognize the community’s presence within the First Nation’s traditional territory. (Westerly file photo)

Island First Nation collaborating with province on reconciliation efforts

Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation signs hisiikcumyin pathway agreement with provincial government

Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation master carver Joe David gifted this totem pole to the District of Tofino in 2018 to recognize the community’s presence within the First Nation’s traditional territory. (Westerly file photo)
A recommendation to acknowledge local First Nations before Langford council meetings will be considered. (Black Press Media file photo)

Greater Victoria’s last remaining holdout ponders Indigenous acknowledgement

Langford council considering statement acknowledging First Nations lands before meetings

A recommendation to acknowledge local First Nations before Langford council meetings will be considered. (Black Press Media file photo)
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Ucluelet First Nation declares COVID-19 state of emergency

Delta variant concerns shuts down non-essential travel to Hitac̓u

(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Three of Damian John’s creations from his exhibit, “Cover Up,” currently being featured at Artful : The Gallery, in Courtenay. Photos supplied

Courtenay gallery featuring exhibit of First Nation artist Damian John’s work

Damian John, a B.C.-based Tl’azt’en artist, will be displaying his show “Cover-Up”…

Three of Damian John’s creations from his exhibit, “Cover Up,” currently being featured at Artful : The Gallery, in Courtenay. Photos supplied
Cole Speck sits in his Campbell River studio among some incomplete works. Photo by Ronan O’Doherty/ Campbell River Mirror

Vancouver Island artist carves own path while honouring past

Beau Dick protege, Cole Speck, makes magnificent masks

Cole Speck sits in his Campbell River studio among some incomplete works. Photo by Ronan O’Doherty/ Campbell River Mirror
Hundreds gathered to honour the inaugrual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Thursday, Sept. 30. They walked nearly four kilometres to bring awareness and healing to residential school survivors and victims. (Adam Louis/Observer)

VIDEO: ‘We are all brothers and sisters’ Sts’ailes chief imparts words of healing, hope on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Hundreds of people walked with the Sts’ailes First Nation to remember residential school victims

Hundreds gathered to honour the inaugrual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Thursday, Sept. 30. They walked nearly four kilometres to bring awareness and healing to residential school survivors and victims. (Adam Louis/Observer)
Chief Hank Adams and Orange Shirt Day founder Phyllis Webstad. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

Truth and reconciliation champion

Phyllis Webstad continues to help the country understand the residential school legacy

Chief Hank Adams and Orange Shirt Day founder Phyllis Webstad. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Ahousaht leadership announced on Sept. 27, 2021 that due to an uptick in COVID-19 cases the community is closed indefinitely to non-residents and all gatherings are put on hold. (Westerly file photo)

Ahousaht pauses gatherings and closes to non-residents over COVID-19

As of Sept. 27, there were 19 active cases within the remote Indigenous community

Ahousaht leadership announced on Sept. 27, 2021 that due to an uptick in COVID-19 cases the community is closed indefinitely to non-residents and all gatherings are put on hold. (Westerly file photo)
The Town of Comox and K’ómoks First Nation have come to an agreement over some local parkland. Black Press file photo

Comox, KFN agree to land transfer for park

The agreement covers the popular North East Woods area

The Town of Comox and K’ómoks First Nation have come to an agreement over some local parkland. Black Press file photo
BC Hydro plans to remove the Wilsey Dam and Shuswap Falls Powerhouse along the Shuswap River as part of a restoration project to help salmon access to historical spawning habitat. (BC Hydro photo)

Splatsin: BC Hydro decision to remove Shuswap River dam disregards title and rights

Utility to provider to decommission 92-year-old Wilsey Dam, improve access for salmon

BC Hydro plans to remove the Wilsey Dam and Shuswap Falls Powerhouse along the Shuswap River as part of a restoration project to help salmon access to historical spawning habitat. (BC Hydro photo)