Thousand of historic Indigenous photographs now available online via Royal BC Museum website
The Royal British Columbia Museum has made access to its Indigenous content photograph collection much easier with the launch of its online digitized photograph collection.
In the past, people had to go to Victoria to search the archives in person in order to find photographs with…
Tseshaht bid farewell to Chantel Moore
A lone eagle frolicked with the seagulls over the Somass River, feasting on the jumping salmon as mourners gathered on the riverbank to say their final farewell to 26-year-old Chantel Moore.
Many wore yellow t-shirts or masks in honour of Moore’s favorite saying, ‘Stay golden’.
‘We are going to make noise’: Hundreds gather in Victoria for Chantel Moore
Two weeks after Martha Martin lost her daughter to a police officer’s gun in New Brunswick, she stood before hundreds on the other side of Canada at the B.C. legislature, calling for answers.
“We are going to make noise,” said Martin, overcome with emotion. “It’s not fair that I will…
Protestors gather in Ucluelet to march for Chantel Moore
When Marissa Mack reached the edge of the whisky dock in Ucluelet, she turned around and began to cry when her eyes met the assembly behind her. Over 100 protestors poured around the corner at the top of the hill, far surpassing the 50 people she expected.
Demonstrators from Ucluelet,…
Businesses in Tofino cautiously re-open amid COVID-19
Lewis George was one of the first to close down his business operations in Tofino amid growing fears of COVID-19.
The Hereditary Chief of Ahousaht swiftly made the call on March 17 when one of his employees showed up to work sick.
After months of uncertainty of when businesses…
COVID-19 forces changes to graduation celebrations
On June 1 British Columbia’s public schools opened on a limited basis with a goal of full opening in September if the COVID-19 pandemic is less of a risk, but this doesn’t mean that 2020 graduation ceremonies will happen.
Beginning June 1, measures will be put in place to protect against…
Healing the land and spirits through a community garden
When Gail K. Gus was a child, her mother used to tell her stories of what it was like going to the Alberni Indian Residential School, which was built in the middle of the Tseshaht community in Port Alberni.
“She was starving,” Gus said of her late-mother, June Watts, who spent seven years…
Ditidaht students share learning of traditional places through online map
Students at Ditidaht Community School have been working hard to highlight the rich history of places and civilization in traditional territories of the Ditidaht First Nations through a recently launched mapping website.
The site, designed to share information to the public about place…
Encouraging outlook for Vancouver Island’s forest fire season
Dorthe Jakobsen does not wish to definitively predict what is in store for the future.
“We try not to speculate what Mother Nature will do because we can be surprised of course,” said Jakobsen, the information officer for the BC Wildfire Service’s Coastal Fire Centre.
Young Tseshaht lad stages successful fundraising run for cancer
The fundraising efforts of a young Tseshaht First Nation youth far exceeded original expectations.
Eight-year-old Solomon Watts was keen to run an estimated two-kilometre route through streets on the First Nation’s reserve on Thursday, May 7 to raise cancer awareness.
Small Indigenous businesses struggle with coronavirus closure, adapt through online means
The timing could not have been much worse.
Back in mid-March Joel Marriott and his wife Mary Mason opened the doors to their new Port Alberni-based business, The Owls Path Marketplace.
“Day One was busy,” Marriott said. “We had 30-40 people come through and we had some excellent…
Online help is on the way for federal Indian day school applicants
Former Indian day school students that have not submitted their claim forms for Federal Day School Class Action compensation can now find help to complete the forms online, according to Hailey MacKinnon, a consultant for Argyle Public Relationships.
The nationwide class action settlement…