WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C - Sep. 26, 2017 - Following the worst wildfire season the Province of British Columbia has ever seen, the Tŝilhqot’in Nation remains unequivocally opposed to the opening of the moose hunt in Tŝilhqot’in territory. The Province of B.C has not addressed this crisis appropriately and the Tsilhqot’in Nation is exploring all options to ensure food security for its people and healthy moose populations for the future. Moose populations in the Cariboo-Chilcotin region have severely declined over the past decade. In response to the unprecedented wildfires, the Tŝilhqot’in Nation has been calling on the Province of B.C to ban the licensed moose hunt for 2017 in Tŝilhqot’in territory. Instead, the BC Wildfire Service recently approved increased access by hunters to affected areas. READ IT HERE
May You Be Surrounded By Things That Bring You Cheer This Yuletide Season
Badinotti Net Services Canada Ltd. (Badinotti Net Services) in Campbell River, B.C., took possession of a 40' catamaran, in January 2017, designed specifically to clean nets on the open sea. The Bravo II is the result of two years of research and planning based off of Badinotti Net Services three-plus years of experience with on-site net washing operations. READ IT HERE
Beau Dick, Canadian artist of the Northwest Pacific Coast tradition, was a leading proponent of the collective experience of builders and artisans cooperating on big projects, a shared burden strongly reflecting the traditional way of life in the Indigenous communities of the Northwest Pacific Coast. “The time-line in the experience is all shared,” he explained, about working on cultural projects. Beau was a man with strong connections to the coastal past, born in 1955 and raised in Kingcome Inlet, B.C. (an inlet flowing deep into the mainland coast) there to grow up with a lot of culturally-grounded individuals.
Beau lived his first 10 years surrounded by extended family including Elders, uncles and aunts, and others who maintained the society of Big House Potlatch culture rooted in history. They lived in personal contact with pristine surroundings of Kingcome Inlet, sustained by hard work and thriving culture in manufacturing various forms of arts and crafts. His early years were spent fully immersed in Kwakwala, the language of the nation. Beau sat amongst carvers, father, grandfather, and uncles, and listened to histories, legends, laws, jurisdiction, in Kwakwala, and learned the way things came to pass and what is to come. Beau was vigilant about maintaining and passing along that knowledge for the rest of his life.
The Sæplast 405 joins the company’s existing and highly successful Sæplast 705 version. The new container offers a capacity of 400 liters . . .
OTTAWA – Dec 11, 2017 - Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde said today’s decision by B.C. Premier John Horgan to move forward with the Site C dam project is a major setback to reconciliation. First Nations will continue to work towards protection and prevention of the destruction of First Nations traditional territory. "Today’s decision is disappointing," said AFN National Chief Bellegarde. READ IT HERE
Wicapi Omani, “Walks Among the Stars”, Offers Condolences to Family
On Saturday, October 1 and Sunday October 2, 2016, in Delta, members of the Vancouver Island Marine Debris Working Group including Ocean Legacy Foundation unloaded all the plastic and marine debris collected from Vancouver Island beaches during a recent clean-up campaign. READ IT HERE
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All of us have been referred to become facilitators and have gone through rigorous training and hold a valid Criminal Records Check for working with vulnerable people and sensitive situations.
What we discuss and who attends is kept confidential. We assist grandparents and kin to navigate service systems and to find resources, assistance and answers to solve problems and learn about the services. Sometimes it is good just to enjoy a chat with others who have similar challenges.
Robert Walker is the Chief Operating Officer of AgriMarine Holdings, operators of a Canadian-based aquaculture company that specializes in fish farming and
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Quaaout Lodge and Spa has been established for over 25 years on the shores of Little Shuswap Lake. The 70-room facility has grown from inception to include spa and conference halls, not to mention an 18-hole golf course ranked in the top 10 in B.C., and cultural awareness features such as a re-created kekuli on the property beside the lake, and pictography in the facility's walks and walls that recall the ancient connection of the Little Shuswap Indian Band with their traditional territory in the Secwepemc Nation. READ IT HERE
OTTAWA, ON - Oct. 18, 2017 - Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde today honoured the memory of Gord Downie as an artist and advocate who made a great personal effort to advance reconciliation and raise awareness of First Nations issues in Canada.
“I honour the life and work of Gord Downie, a dedicated and accomplished artist who used his profile to advance reconciliation and build support for First Nations peoples,” said AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde. “Gord had the ability to reach people who might not be otherwise engaged in our issues. This was a tremendous personal effort on his part, one that illustrates his commitment to justice and his belief that every Canadian has a role to play in reconciliation.”
NANAIMO, B.C. - Oct. 22, 2017 - "I don't know what you people are about . . . ," he said, with a hint of disgust, and a lot of disguise. I had been searching for this guy for a couple of hours to give him a leather jacket and that was the response I received.
It was a deflating moment, having searched Value Village for the perfect jacket, the one that would keep him warm and dry come night-time, but also deliver to him something I had detected in him -- style. It was picked out deliberately with him in mind and I guess I had dreamt of some happy ending. Of course it was just a dream because the street is no picnic.
If you become familiar with a few of the homeless, some welcome your appearance and others will remain suspicious and defensive. That's the way it is. It works both ways. Some people are equally suspicious of the homeless -- who are they, what are these people about?
The growth of Indigenous business in the economy is extraordinary and behind its sucess stand proud a diverse and spectacular crowd of characters many of who are widely ignored by the mainstream media. It is first and foremost a story of survival against all odds, a story of historical injustices many of which continue today. But despite this these spectacular people have broken through years of negative stereotypes
Cermaq Canada farmed salmon grows in some of the wildest, cleanest waters on earth. The strong tides and West Coast climate are good for Cermaq Canada's Atlantic salmon, keeping them strong and healthy. This makes them some of the finest, best-quality fish you can find in the grocery store. "We produce exclusively head-on, gutted salmon that are always fresh," says Grant Warkentin, Communications Manager, Cermaq Canada in Campbell River, British Columbia. READ IT HERE
TORONTO - I applaud (November 23rd's) introduction of the Indigenous Institutes Act, which will establish a third pillar of provincial post-secondary education, owned, controlled and governed by a First Nation council. This will create a distinct pathway towards earning a diploma, certificate or degree that reflects Indigenous knowledge, cultures and languages.
As a graduate of the First Nation Technical Institute, I know full well the value and need for this specific stream of post-secondary education. I would not be where I am today without the quality education that I received from a First Nation institute, which provided education based on First Nations culture and values.
The province made a commitment in last year’s The Journey Together -- the response to the TRC Calls to Action -- towards developing a stand-alone Indigenous Institutes Policy and has upheld this commitment through a rigorous policy co-creation process with the 9 First Nation community-based educational institutes. These institutes, collectively known as the Aboriginal Institutes Consortium (AIC) develop and deliver culturally enriched, accredited post-secondary certificate, diploma, degree and post-graduate programs to Indigenous and non-Indigenous learners.
On behalf of the Chiefs of Ontario, I want to congratulate the AIC for their perseverance in their quest for recognition, as articulated in their 2014 Roadmap to Recognition Position Paper.
NOV. 24, 2017 - The Games Committee of the Tony Cote Winter Games 2018 is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Lyle Daniels as the Games Manager. Mr. Daniels brings a wealth of experience to the games, including eight years as a former Director of Sport, Culture, Youth and Recreation for the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN), a former Team Saskatchewan Chef de Missions for the 2006 North American Indigenous Games in Denver Colorado and Sport Manager, First Nation Summer Games 2017.
Along with Mr. Daniels the committee would like to introduce Mr. Wendell Head as Chair of the Games. Mr. Head, a member of the Red Earth Cree Nation, is looking forward to working with the Committee, Mr. Daniels, the Crew and the Host Communities of Cumberland House Cree Nation, Red Earth Cree Nation and Shoal Lake Cree Nation. READ IT HERE
A growing number of grandparents and other relatives serve as parents for children whose own parents are unable to care for them for a time. Sometimes the kinship care is an informal, private arrangement between the parents and the relatives who are caregivers. In other cases it is a formal arrangement because parents are unable to care for their children for a variety of reasons.
The Aboriginal Grandparents Raising Grandchildren group meets on the last Thursday of the month in the Comox Valley of Vancouver Island, from 7- 8:30 p.m.. The address is 956 Grieve Avenue in Courtenay, B.C., at the Comox Valley Aboriginal Headstart Preschool, with parking by the back door of the building. All grandparents and kin raising youngsters are welcome to come and enjoy a light snack and a hot drink and conversation.
We have three trained facilitators who are themselves grandmothers. Training and support is provided by our elders and by Parent Support Services of BC with ongoing support.
Sæplast has developed a next-generation wet storage container for the Oysters, Clams and Mussels. The 405 will be launched in North America at the Pacific Marine Expo in Seattle, WA at the Century Link Field Event Center on November 16-18, 2017. Please stop by the Saeplast booth # 109. The Sæplast 405 liter PUR multi-purpose wet storage container is ideal for the storage and purification of live oysters, clams & mussels. An even flow of water is maintained resulting in the perfect oxygenation of each individual shellfish.
According to the recent experience of Richard Dickenson, you can apprentice for carpentry in Saskatchewan to the level of a fourth year journeyman, at which point the bureaucracy of apprenticeship opens the flat earth and swallows aspiring Indigenous applicants READ IT HERE
Host Communities: Shoal Lake Cree Nation | Red Earth Cree Nation | Cumberland House Cree Nation
This October, Cermaq Canada farms continue to achieve the highest standard of independent certification, the World Wildlife Fund-based ASC farm standard. This expansion of ASC certification of Cermaq Canada farms comes as part of Cermaq Canada’s commitment to the highest standard of independent certification,
Kiel Hannah manages and over sees operations of New Wave Docks Oceanside here in Campbell River, B.C., as of May of this year. New Wave Docks Oceanside is a new division of New Wave Docks Freshwater in 100 Mile House, B.C. started in 1996 by Mike McNeil. "We're building in Campbell River with a location on the north end of the city including a boat launch accessing the Inside Passage."
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Frank Busch Book Review"...The strong narrative voice of Painted Turtle Man peels the layers of society off in small but explosive revelations.
Hon. Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, announced funding from Ottawa for Fish Safe BC to support an education and awareness initiative in January of 2016, that promotes safe boating practices on board small commercial fishing vessels across the country. Fish Safe BC is receiving up to $900,000 over three years to expand a successful safety education program based in B.C., the "Safest Catch" program. This program uses fishermen to train other fishermen about relevant regulatory requirements and how to make safety an integral part of their commercial fishing business. READ IT HERE
in developing sustainable technologies for commercial aquaculture applications. The Company operates its farming division through West Coast Fishculture (Lois Lake) Ltd., and its technology division through AgriMarine Technologies Inc..
OTTAWA - The Chiefs of Ontario joined the Chiefs of Quebec and Labrador, on Dec. 6, 2017, in calling upon Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, to honour the federal government’s commitment to provide equitable funding for First Nation policing. This is not only an essential service, it is a human right to provide safe and secure communities for our peoples.
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SERPENT RIVER FIRST NATIOIN - Dec. 11, 2017 - Today is the 20th anniversary of Five Nations Energy Incorporated (FNEI), a development that placed transmission and distribution of electricity into the hands of Mushkegowuk First Nations in the James Bay Lowlands in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. The anniversary is being marked today by the FNEI Board of Directors.
In September 1997, Five Nations Energy Inc. (FNEI) was incorporated under the Canada Corporations Act. FNEI selected SNC Lavalin Inc. to undertake a feasibility study to look into the development and construction of a transmission line between Moosonee and Attawapiskat, also serving Fort Albany and Kashechewan. The study proved to be positive in its outlook of the development of line, whereby the Mushkegowuk Chiefs decided to proceed with construction.
A confidence report was completed by Stone & Webster on the technical and engineering aspects of the feasibility study and by Scotia Capital on the financial aspects. READ IT HERE