Indigenous peoples

Kwantlen First Nation Chief Marilyn Gabriel was among the politicians at Friday’s announcement of $777,000 in federal funding for green energy systems for the Salishan Place by the River building, now under construction. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)

Ottawa pays for green heating systems at new Fort Langley museum

Salishan Place by the River will be heated by geothermal energy and heat pumps

 

Protesters, including First Nations groups, gathered outside the Kelowna Court House during the sentencing of fraudulent social worker Robert Riley Saunders (Jacqueline Gelineau)

5 years prison time ‘not enough’ for fraudulent social worker: First Nations leaders

Robert Riley Saunders stole over $461,000 intended for vulnerable, primarily First Nations, youth

 

Protesters in front of the Kelowna court house (Jacqueline Gelineau)

Trust in social systems ‘destroyed’: Victim of fraudulent Kelowna social worker

Sentencing begins for fraudulent social worker Robert Riley Saunders

 

Young dancers give it their all during the Similkameen Powwow of Champions. June is National Indigenous History Month and June 21 is designated as National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada. (Black Press file photo)

QUIZ: Honouring National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada and June is National Indigenous History Month

Young dancers give it their all during the Similkameen Powwow of Champions. June is National Indigenous History Month and June 21 is designated as National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada. (Black Press file photo)
A bucket brigade on the Spokane River is releasing tagged salmon into the Columbia River system. (Lake Roosevelt Forum/Facebook

Spring salmon spotted for 1st time since 1930 in B.C.’s Columbia River

U.S. efforts to return salmon to Upper Columbia River gaining traction, some caught in BC waters

A bucket brigade on the Spokane River is releasing tagged salmon into the Columbia River system. (Lake Roosevelt Forum/Facebook
Phyllis Atkins is the program coordinator at stɑl̓əw̓ Arts and Cultural Society. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

Indigenous groups across country and from states expected to attend Langley pow wow

The ceremony will be held on Kwantlen First Nations land

Phyllis Atkins is the program coordinator at stɑl̓əw̓ Arts and Cultural Society. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Dozens of people gathered at Vancouver City Hall Thursday (May 5) to mark Red Dress Day and call attention to the continued crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit people. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

PHOTOS: ‘We deserve to be here’: Dozens mark Red Dress Day in Vancouver

May 5 is the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

Dozens of people gathered at Vancouver City Hall Thursday (May 5) to mark Red Dress Day and call attention to the continued crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit people. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
Academics and members of racialized and Indigenous communities in B.C. say anti-racism data collection is a step in the right direction. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

B.C.’s anti-racism legislation could hold real power, if done right: advocates

Data collection must be intersectional and empowering, say academics and community members

Academics and members of racialized and Indigenous communities in B.C. say anti-racism data collection is a step in the right direction. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Keynote speaker Angela Sterritt addressed the guests at Open Doors, Open Minds events at KPU’s langley campus. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

Langley university welcomes Indigenous youth to share academic opportunities

More than 90 students from across Lower Mainland attended

Keynote speaker Angela Sterritt addressed the guests at Open Doors, Open Minds events at KPU’s langley campus. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Jean Dane is the operations coordinator at Lower Fraser valley Aboriginal Society. An artist, herself Jean showcased her creations along with other vendors at the spring market. (Tanmay Ahluwalia/Langley Advance Times)

Aboriginal Spring market open doors in Langley

Multiple vendors presented handmade earrings and other accessories

Jean Dane is the operations coordinator at Lower Fraser valley Aboriginal Society. An artist, herself Jean showcased her creations along with other vendors at the spring market. (Tanmay Ahluwalia/Langley Advance Times)
The late Elton Keshane as a young man. (Courtesy Tina Savea)

B.C. woman finds healing even as graves found in schoolyard where she played

Indigenous woman Tina Savea gives voice to her late father, sharing childhood abuses he faced

The late Elton Keshane as a young man. (Courtesy Tina Savea)
The Malahat Nation’s environment department is in the process of surveying areas of the Salish Sea to find what is known as ghost gear – abandoned fishing and trapping equipment that has sunk. It’s part of the nation’s ocean cleanup and awareness program. (Photo courtesy of Malahat Nation)

Malahat Nation working to remove ‘ghost gear’ from Salish Sea

Surveying is underway via a remote operated vehicle

The Malahat Nation’s environment department is in the process of surveying areas of the Salish Sea to find what is known as ghost gear – abandoned fishing and trapping equipment that has sunk. It’s part of the nation’s ocean cleanup and awareness program. (Photo courtesy of Malahat Nation)
Michelle Ducket will facilitate one of workshops at Langley Art Council. The council received a $16,600 donation from Telus Friendly Future Foundation. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

Langley youth to get more opportunities as art council receives a generous donation

Funding received through Telus’ Friendly Foundation initiative

Michelle Ducket will facilitate one of workshops at Langley Art Council. The council received a $16,600 donation from Telus Friendly Future Foundation. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Vancouver’s temporary Barge Chilling Beach sign has twice been tagged with the Indigenous place name Í7iy̓el̓shn, pronounced ee-ay-ul-shun, which means “good underfoot” in hən̓q̓əmin̓əm. (Cole Schisler/Black Press)

Vancouver’s ‘Barge Chilling Beach’ sparks conversation over Indigenous place names

Quick installation of the sign raised questions about why restoring Indigenous names takes so long

Vancouver’s temporary Barge Chilling Beach sign has twice been tagged with the Indigenous place name Í7iy̓el̓shn, pronounced ee-ay-ul-shun, which means “good underfoot” in hən̓q̓əmin̓əm. (Cole Schisler/Black Press)
Nuu-chah-nulth and Kwakwaka’wakw drummers sing the Grease Trail Song during a totem pole unveiling ceremony in Port Alberni. Canada’s Indigenous population is expected to grow faster than the country’s non-Indigenous population in the next 20 years, including in B.C. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. could be home to 500,000 Indigenous people by 2041

Canada’s Indigenous population growth projected to outpace non-Indigenous in next 20 years

Nuu-chah-nulth and Kwakwaka’wakw drummers sing the Grease Trail Song during a totem pole unveiling ceremony in Port Alberni. Canada’s Indigenous population is expected to grow faster than the country’s non-Indigenous population in the next 20 years, including in B.C. (Black Press Media file photo)
Robert Riley Saunders. (File)

Syilx Nation wants MCFD overhaul after social worker steals thousands from foster kids

Nation says ministry needs to take responsibility for ‘complete failure’

Robert Riley Saunders. (File)
Sawmill workers in Princeton, B.C., 2018. The B.C. government has committed to redistributing Crown forest resources to provide a greater share for Indigenous communities. (B.C. government photo)

‘Disrespectful’: B.C. First Nations blast NDP’s forest renewal effort

20 Indigenous communities call for more time, resources

Sawmill workers in Princeton, B.C., 2018. The B.C. government has committed to redistributing Crown forest resources to provide a greater share for Indigenous communities. (B.C. government photo)
Cover of the 32-page Surrey First Peoples Guide for Newcomers, created and compiled by Jeska Slater.

New ‘Surrey First Peoples Guide for Newcomers’ seeks to ‘uplift and amplify’ voices

32-page guide launched Tuesday by Surrey Local Immigration Partnership (LIP)

Cover of the 32-page Surrey First Peoples Guide for Newcomers, created and compiled by Jeska Slater.
Eric Woodward Foundation’s boarded-up Fort buildings are now covered with historic photos. (Langley Advance files)

Deal to add Fort Langley land to Kwantlen reserve called off

Elders and a land advisory group within the KFN opposed the project

Eric Woodward Foundation’s boarded-up Fort buildings are now covered with historic photos. (Langley Advance files)
Danielle Saddleman and Shane Miller OKIB business owners are reclaiming their family and hope to see more people choose the same path. (Kelsie Kilawna, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter)

Confronting their addictions to make way for healing — a B.C. love story

‘I think what’s helped us is that we had to understand our past and move forward’

Danielle Saddleman and Shane Miller OKIB business owners are reclaiming their family and hope to see more people choose the same path. (Kelsie Kilawna, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter)