First Nations

Block A on Saturna Island Indian Reserve No. 7 where three community members and some Saturna residents were protesting the logging of Tsawout land. (Courtesy of Perry LaFortune)

Logging halts as Tsawout leadership launches legal action against members of their community

Indigenous Services Canada to send inspectors amid fractious climate

Block A on Saturna Island Indian Reserve No. 7 where three community members and some Saturna residents were protesting the logging of Tsawout land. (Courtesy of Perry LaFortune)
Some of the felled trees on Tsawout reserve land on Saturna Island. (Courtesy of Perry LaFortune)

Bitter Saturna land-use dispute highlights legal grey areas

Unhappy Tsawout accuse leadership of cultural destruction

Some of the felled trees on Tsawout reserve land on Saturna Island. (Courtesy of Perry LaFortune)
A truck used as part of the logging operation on Saturna Island. (Courtesy of Perry LaFortune)

Tsawout councillor visits Saturna to meet logging protestors

Three Tsawout members engaged in direct action to stop logging, in defiance of leadership

A truck used as part of the logging operation on Saturna Island. (Courtesy of Perry LaFortune)
A picture of the area cleared of trees. (Nick Claxton)

Tsawout members upset with leadership’s decision to approve logging

Approximately 130 acres of two First Nations’ lands logged on Saturna after decision by chief and council

A picture of the area cleared of trees. (Nick Claxton)
A doctor writing on a chart. The recent court decision upheld the First Nations Health Authority’s decision to terminate its funding agreements with the Inter Tribal Health Authority, effective March 31st. (Pexels File)

Court approves First Nations Health Authority’s strong medicine

Lawsuit brought by three Vancouver Island chiefs, including Peninsula’s Tseycum loses in court

A doctor writing on a chart. The recent court decision upheld the First Nations Health Authority’s decision to terminate its funding agreements with the Inter Tribal Health Authority, effective March 31st. (Pexels File)
Canada and The First Nations Health Authority are being taken to court by the Inter Tribal Health Authority, to challenge a decision to stop their funding as part of a wider decision to terminate their service contracts. Until recently, they acted as Vancouver Island’s health services provider to 29 Nations. (Pexels photo)

Unhealthy disagreement sees three First Nations chiefs take government to court

Claim and counter-claim: B.C.’s First Nations health department and administrator end up in court.

Canada and The First Nations Health Authority are being taken to court by the Inter Tribal Health Authority, to challenge a decision to stop their funding as part of a wider decision to terminate their service contracts. Until recently, they acted as Vancouver Island’s health services provider to 29 Nations. (Pexels photo)
Four girls from the Kwakiutl First Nation who spoke at the UN (from left) Kiara Child, Natalya Child, Mariah Child, Talia Child.

Vancouver Island First Nations Youth Ambassadors deliver message to the United Nations

The delegation appeared at an event celebrating ‘the rich tapestry of global cultural diversity’

Four girls from the Kwakiutl First Nation who spoke at the UN (from left) Kiara Child, Natalya Child, Mariah Child, Talia Child.
Master Nuu-Chah-Nulth carver Tim Paul (Left) and Edward Johnson Jr., program manager for Huu-ay-aht First Nation, stood near an 800-year-old felled tree near Bamfield. Paul will carve the tree into a new Language Revitalization Pole for the UN 2019 Year of Indigenous languages (File Contributed/First Nations Education Foundation)

800-year-old tree to become UN project totem at UVic

Pole to be raised in recognition of the UN 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages

Master Nuu-Chah-Nulth carver Tim Paul (Left) and Edward Johnson Jr., program manager for Huu-ay-aht First Nation, stood near an 800-year-old felled tree near Bamfield. Paul will carve the tree into a new Language Revitalization Pole for the UN 2019 Year of Indigenous languages (File Contributed/First Nations Education Foundation)
Artist Archie Andrew shows off one of his carved masks. Don Denton photography

Indigenous Artist Archie Andrew Chases A Vision

Creating Carvings, Paintings, Prints and a Monumental Canoe

  • Jan 7, 2019
Artist Archie Andrew shows off one of his carved masks. Don Denton photography
Chief Russell Chipps (left) of Beecher Bay First Nation, Lila Underwood, Executive Director of South Island Wellness Society, Colleen Spier, Executive Director of Island Métis Family & Community Services Society, Bill Bresser, President of the Board of Directors of Island Métis Family & Community Services Society sign a Protocol Agreement after years of a cultural misunderstanding. (File submitted/Joseph Whonnock)

Island Métis society rights long cultural misstep with Vancouver Island First Nations

Over 20 years ago the society accidentally showed disrespect to local First Nations

Chief Russell Chipps (left) of Beecher Bay First Nation, Lila Underwood, Executive Director of South Island Wellness Society, Colleen Spier, Executive Director of Island Métis Family & Community Services Society, Bill Bresser, President of the Board of Directors of Island Métis Family & Community Services Society sign a Protocol Agreement after years of a cultural misunderstanding. (File submitted/Joseph Whonnock)
Over 80 per cent of surveyed Camp Namegans residents self-identified as Indigenous. Namegans Nation/Facebook

Victoria organization says homelessness needs to be seen through an Indigenous lens

A disproportionate number of people living on the streets come from Indigneous backgrounds

Over 80 per cent of surveyed Camp Namegans residents self-identified as Indigenous. Namegans Nation/Facebook
Arthur Vickers; the Artist as Master Story Teller

Arthur Vickers; the Artist as Master Story Teller

Creating art in a Cowichan Bay waterfront studio

  • Aug 28, 2018
Arthur Vickers; the Artist as Master Story Teller
Could Vancouver Island be the site of a future LNG export facility?

Could Vancouver Island be the site of a future LNG export facility?

Vancouver-based Steelhead LNG and the Huu-ay-aht First Nation provided an update on the $10 billion development

Could Vancouver Island be the site of a future LNG export facility?
Sandra Slobodian will join others for a celebration of unity in honour of the anniversary of the birth of Baha’u’llah and the encouragement of Reconciliation Canada at the Esquimalt Nation big house on Sunday (Oct. 22). Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS

Victoria’s Bahá’í building bridges with Songhees and Esquimalt Nations

In the spirit of reconciliation, Bahá’u’lláh’s followers join with local First Nations communities

Sandra Slobodian will join others for a celebration of unity in honour of the anniversary of the birth of Baha’u’llah and the encouragement of Reconciliation Canada at the Esquimalt Nation big house on Sunday (Oct. 22). Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS
First Nations from the Washington state region canoeing to Tsawout Spit July 26. (Morgan Cross)                                The Solstice glides ito the beach at the Tsawout First Nation near Central Saanich Wednesday morning. (Morgan Cross)

Tribal Journeys reach Saanich Peninsula

First Nations from Washington state arrived by canoe in Tsawout territory the morning of July 26

  • Jul 26, 2017
First Nations from the Washington state region canoeing to Tsawout Spit July 26. (Morgan Cross)                                The Solstice glides ito the beach at the Tsawout First Nation near Central Saanich Wednesday morning. (Morgan Cross)
Perry LaFortune, artist for the WSANEC welcome figure, speaks at the unveiling ceremony July 21. (Morgan Cross photo)

WSANEC Welcome Figure unveiled in Sidney

Addresses and a witness ceremony took place July 21 for the unveiling of the figure.

  • Jul 25, 2017
Perry LaFortune, artist for the WSANEC welcome figure, speaks at the unveiling ceremony July 21. (Morgan Cross photo)
Paddlers in the 2014 Tribal Journey get ready to land at Sidney. The paddlers return to the Salish Sea and the WSANEC area in July 26. (Steven Heywood/News staff file)

60 canoes part of Tribal Journey to the shores of Island first nations

Tsawout and Tseycum First Nations to welcome paddlers July 26 at Tsawout Spit.

  • Jul 24, 2017
Paddlers in the 2014 Tribal Journey get ready to land at Sidney. The paddlers return to the Salish Sea and the WSANEC area in July 26. (Steven Heywood/News staff file)
The foundation for the WSANEC Welcome Figure laid out on July 19, two days before the pole will be unveiled. (Morgan Cross photo)

Unveiling ceremony for Coast Salish artist Perry LaFortune’s WSÁNEĆWelcome Figure on July 21

First Nations singers, witness ceremony and formal addresses begin at 10 a.m.

  • Jul 20, 2017
The foundation for the WSANEC Welcome Figure laid out on July 19, two days before the pole will be unveiled. (Morgan Cross photo)
The fourth annual Aboriginal Cultural Festival is set to kick off this Friday (June 16) with music, art and cultural displays. Here, a performer from the Lekwungen Traditional Dancers of the Songhees Nation welcomes one of the 40,000 people who attended the event in 2016. Photo contributed

Fourth annual Aboriginal Cultural Festival comes ashore in Victoria

Traditional entertainment, food part of event at Royal B.C. Museum

  • Jun 14, 2017
The fourth annual Aboriginal Cultural Festival is set to kick off this Friday (June 16) with music, art and cultural displays. Here, a performer from the Lekwungen Traditional Dancers of the Songhees Nation welcomes one of the 40,000 people who attended the event in 2016. Photo contributed