First Nations

A rider carries her speed down a trail reinforced by rocks in the Simpcw trail network. (Paul Masukowitz photo)

First Nation in central B.C. to host 1st-ever Allies Mountain Bikes Festival

Festival will include mountain biking, culture, films will be first of its kind

A rider carries her speed down a trail reinforced by rocks in the Simpcw trail network. (Paul Masukowitz photo)
File photo shows the contents of a drug overdose rescue kit at a training session on how to administer naloxone, which reverses the effects of heroin and prescription painkillers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Carolyn Thompson

Tl’azt’en First Nation issues alert after 3 overdoses in 1 day

Residents are advised there are dangerous drugs in the area and to use with extra caution

File photo shows the contents of a drug overdose rescue kit at a training session on how to administer naloxone, which reverses the effects of heroin and prescription painkillers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Carolyn Thompson
A sacred fire was held Sunday, Feb. 27 in Williams Lake to honour the lives of people who recently lost their lives. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

Sacred fire lit after overdoses claim 3 lives over 4 days in Tsilhqot’in Nation

“It has been very hard on communities,” said Joyce Cooper of the Tsilhqot’in Women’s Council

A sacred fire was held Sunday, Feb. 27 in Williams Lake to honour the lives of people who recently lost their lives. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Reacting to a Supreme Court ruling on Feb. 25, Terry Teegee, B.C. regional chief of the Assembly of First Nations said, “By continuing to target the unhoused, Prince George leadership have betrayed their commitments to reconciliation.” (Photo by Tom Fletcher)

B.C. First Nations applaud defeat of Prince George tent city injunction

B.C. Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief Terry Teegee called the ruling a ‘win for First Nations and human rights’

Reacting to a Supreme Court ruling on Feb. 25, Terry Teegee, B.C. regional chief of the Assembly of First Nations said, “By continuing to target the unhoused, Prince George leadership have betrayed their commitments to reconciliation.” (Photo by Tom Fletcher)
Qualicum First Nations chief Michael Recalma is grateful for Qualicum Beach councillor Scott Harrison (inset) for donating his kidney to him. (Submitted photo)

B.C. town councillor to donate kidney to Qualicum First Nation Chief

‘I really can’t express the feeling, because it’s such a gift and a sacrifice’

Qualicum First Nations chief Michael Recalma is grateful for Qualicum Beach councillor Scott Harrison (inset) for donating his kidney to him. (Submitted photo)
Lejac residential school on the shore of Fraser Lake. (National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation photo)

Nadleh Whut’en First Nation plans for unmarked grave search at Lejac residential school site

Nadleh Whut’en will be sending a delegation to the Vatican in March, as part of the Assembly of First Nations delegation

Lejac residential school on the shore of Fraser Lake. (National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation photo)
Teachers from School District 27 learn about a sweat ceremony during a cross-cultural workshop at Esk’etemc. (Photo submitted)

B.C. First Nation connects reconciliation and healing through education

Chief Fred Robbins says education is key to changing attitudes toward First Nations people

Teachers from School District 27 learn about a sweat ceremony during a cross-cultural workshop at Esk’etemc. (Photo submitted)
Tsideldel First Nation councillor and Central Chilcotin Rehabilitation (CCR) director Percy Guichon, left, and Tsi Del Del Enterprises Ltd. forester Danny Strobbe are excited about CCR’s trial project using drones to seed forests devastated by wildfires. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

First Nations look to reforest northern B.C. areas destroyed in wildfires with drone pilot

Central Chilcotin Rehabilitation has seeded 52 hectares burned in the White Lake wildfire

Tsideldel First Nation councillor and Central Chilcotin Rehabilitation (CCR) director Percy Guichon, left, and Tsi Del Del Enterprises Ltd. forester Danny Strobbe are excited about CCR’s trial project using drones to seed forests devastated by wildfires. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Nechako River in Vanderhoof, B.C. (Aman Parhar/Omineca Express)

First Nations to appeal B.C. Supreme Court ruling on damages to Nechako River

First Nations to appeal B.C. Supreme Court ruling on Nechako River and fisheries to hold Rio Tinto Alcan mining company accountable for damages

Nechako River in Vanderhoof, B.C. (Aman Parhar/Omineca Express)
First Nations’ Emergency Services Society members Dean Colthorp, left, and Reo Jerome pose beside the truck donated to the society Feb. 1 by Esquimalt Fire Rescue. Fire Chief Steve Serbic stands on the engine. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Donated fire truck will help train remote First Nations departments across B.C.

Former Esquimalt truck to be used to build skills, enable better community protection

First Nations’ Emergency Services Society members Dean Colthorp, left, and Reo Jerome pose beside the truck donated to the society Feb. 1 by Esquimalt Fire Rescue. Fire Chief Steve Serbic stands on the engine. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Takla First Nation shared the announcement of the loss of Carmelita Abraham late Friday, Jan. 14. (Facebook photo)

Investigation into missing Indigenous woman leads to homicide charge against B.C. man

Carmelita Abraham, 33, had been missing since late December

Takla First Nation shared the announcement of the loss of Carmelita Abraham late Friday, Jan. 14. (Facebook photo)
Scientists Chloe Immonen and Curran Crawford with the University of Victoria-based Pacifical Regional Institute for Marine Energy Discovery stand with their group’s state-of-the-art wind measurement buoy, Nov. 10 in Victoria. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

Plan to replace diesel with wind energy buoy launched by University of Victoria

Data collected from buoy could help shift rural, Indigenous communities away from diesel

Scientists Chloe Immonen and Curran Crawford with the University of Victoria-based Pacifical Regional Institute for Marine Energy Discovery stand with their group’s state-of-the-art wind measurement buoy, Nov. 10 in Victoria. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
Williams Lake Mayor Walt Cobb reads a written statement at council Nov. 2. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

Williams Lake mayor ‘seriously sorry’ for sharing offensive post about residential schools

Mayor Walt Cobb apologizes for offending, but says WLFN open letter was a ‘personal attack”

Williams Lake Mayor Walt Cobb reads a written statement at council Nov. 2. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
The water off Port Renfrew could be threatened without a federally-funded search and rescue and environmental response service in Port Renfrew, says the Pacheedaht First Nation. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

B.C. First Nation wants feds to expedite plans for marine rescue centre

Vancouver Island’s Pacheedaht chief says talks stalled on $22-million project for Port Renfrew

The water off Port Renfrew could be threatened without a federally-funded search and rescue and environmental response service in Port Renfrew, says the Pacheedaht First Nation. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Chief Roger Jimmie was a strong advocate for Indigenous forestry rights. In a 1990 Observer article he was demanding Kluskus be allowed to log their own land. (Quesnel Observer File Photo - 1990)

‘Fearless’ northern B.C. chief remembered after death

Roger Jimmie passed away last week

Chief Roger Jimmie was a strong advocate for Indigenous forestry rights. In a 1990 Observer article he was demanding Kluskus be allowed to log their own land. (Quesnel Observer File Photo - 1990)
Saik’uz First Nation held a news conference Friday, Oct. 15 declaring forest management in its territory must change immediately. (Saik’uz First Nation Facebook screen grab)

Saik’uz First Nation makes swift changes to forest management in its territory

“When you look out in our territory all I see is devastation,” said Chief Priscilla Mueller

Saik’uz First Nation held a news conference Friday, Oct. 15 declaring forest management in its territory must change immediately. (Saik’uz First Nation Facebook screen grab)
Hundreds gathered to honour the inaugrual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Thursday, Sept. 30. They walked nearly four kilometres to bring awareness and healing to residential school survivors and victims. (Adam Louis/Observer)

VIDEO: ‘We are all brothers and sisters’ Sts’ailes chief imparts words of healing, hope on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Hundreds of people walked with the Sts’ailes First Nation to remember residential school victims

Hundreds gathered to honour the inaugrual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Thursday, Sept. 30. They walked nearly four kilometres to bring awareness and healing to residential school survivors and victims. (Adam Louis/Observer)
BC Hydro plans to remove the Wilsey Dam and Shuswap Falls Powerhouse along the Shuswap River as part of a restoration project to help salmon access to historical spawning habitat. (BC Hydro photo)

Splatsin: BC Hydro decision to remove Shuswap River dam disregards title and rights

Utility to provider to decommission 92-year-old Wilsey Dam, improve access for salmon

BC Hydro plans to remove the Wilsey Dam and Shuswap Falls Powerhouse along the Shuswap River as part of a restoration project to help salmon access to historical spawning habitat. (BC Hydro photo)
People gathered for a solidarity rally in Smithers after hereditary chiefs served Coastal GasLink with an eviction notice from a worksite on traditional Wet’suwet’en territory near Houston. (File photo)

Progress on Wet’suwet’en rights and title slower than parties would have liked

Murray Rankin said the pandemic and the complexities of the negotiations are behind the slow progress

People gathered for a solidarity rally in Smithers after hereditary chiefs served Coastal GasLink with an eviction notice from a worksite on traditional Wet’suwet’en territory near Houston. (File photo)
Ann Leach general manager of North Pacific Cannery Museum said on Aug. 5 a donation from world-renowned master carver Dempsey Bob is extra special because he embodies the canneries and the lives of the people who lived and worked there. (Photo: K-J Millar/The Northern View)

Dempsey Bob donates artistic residency to North Pacific Cannery in Port Edward

World-renowned artist will carve cannery history to preserve the past for the future

Ann Leach general manager of North Pacific Cannery Museum said on Aug. 5 a donation from world-renowned master carver Dempsey Bob is extra special because he embodies the canneries and the lives of the people who lived and worked there. (Photo: K-J Millar/The Northern View)