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Salish Sea Sentinel | September 19, 2019

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Taike-Sye’yə: Mural depicts Musqueam’s aid to Komagata Maru passengers amidst historic tragedy

August 9, 2019 |

Coast Salish and South Asian-Canadian artists have collaborated to memorialize a historic tragedy that brought the two communities together more than 100 years ago.

A 4,000-square foot mural called Taike-Sye’yə has been revealed on the side of the former Harry … Read More

Tla’amin hosts Pulling Together journey

July 30, 2019 |

Photo: Sherman Pallen of Homalco raises a paddle before arriving to Tla’amin shores.

Photos by Todd Peacey

Tla’amin Nation welcomed dozens of canoe pullers to its territory during this year’s Pulling Together Canoe Journey — an event focused on building relationships between Indigenous people and public … Read More

‘This feels like déjà vu’: Nations launch new TMX legal challenge

July 30, 2019 |

First Nations whose territories cover much of the Trans Mountain pipeline route in B.C. have launched appeals on the recent re-approval of the expansion project. 

Leaders from six communities announced on July 9 that they had filed documents at the Federal Court … Read More

BCCLA launches ‘Policing Indigenous Communities’ project

June 27, 2019 |

The B.C. Civil Liberties Foundation (BCCLA) has launched a multi-year initiative to address negative impacts of policing in Indigenous communities.  

The Policing Indigenous Communities project went live in April with funding from the Vancouver Foundation. 

The project builds on previous work that BCCLA has done on … Read More

RDN unveils last of five Coast Salish art pieces

June 27, 2019 |

Snuneymuxw Elder Lolly Good speaks in front of the spindle whorl by carver William Good. Photos courtesy of RDN.

The Regional District of Nanaimo has unveiled the last of five pieces of Coast Salish artwork that were commissioned for its boardroom … Read More

K’òmoks, Canada settle historic claim

June 27, 2019 |

K’òmoks First Nation has settled an outstanding historic claim with Canada involving stolen timber revenues from its reserve lands. 

The claim involved income from logging operations on K’òmoks land that was taken illegally by an Indian Agent between 1925 to 1929. 

The nation recently reached a settlement agreement with the federal government on … Read More

MoU commits to improve B.C. First Nations’ emergency management

May 28, 2019 |

Photo: Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, centre front, signs the emergency management MoU alongside other political representatives.

In the face of worsening B.C. wildfires, Indigenous and government leaders have signed an agreement committing to improve emergency management for First … Read More

T’Sou-ke moves forward on gas station project

May 28, 2019 |

T’Sou-ke First Nation is preparing to open a new gas station, convenience store and Tim Hortons on its land. 

The nation broke ground on the project in late 2017 and final touches on the development are now being made. The businesses are expected to open soon.  

During a … Read More

TFN celebrates 10-year treaty anniversary

April 29, 2019 |

Photo: Tsawwassen unveiled five new posts on the corners of its treaty land base.

By Cara McKenna

Tsawwassen Nation celebrated the milestone 10-year anniversary of its treaty effective date with a day of ceremony and celebrations on April 3.  

The nation officially unveiled five new territorial marker poles at the … Read More

Feds to forgive, reimburse $1.4 billion in treaty loans

April 29, 2019 |

Photo: Bryce Williams of Tsawwassen Nation, left, and Tla’amin Hegus Clint Williams exchanged gifts during Tsawwassen’s 10-year treaty celebration on April 3.

B.C. First Nations that have gone into debt with Canada to negotiate modern treaties will soon no longer have … Read More