Vancouver Island

Indigenous Educator to Lead First Ever Coast Salish-Owned Charitable Foundation

Thursday, July 22, 2021 - 6:00pm

"I am excited to be part of this new Foundation that is breaking new ground in self-determination," said Dr. Hobenshield.

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  • "I am excited to be part of this new Foundation that is breaking new ground in self-determination," said Dr. Hobenshield.
  • Ms. Hobenshield has worked with the Coast Salish communities on Vancouver Island for more than 25 years, most recently as Director of Indigenous Education and Engagement at Vancouver Island University.
  • The Kw'umut Lelum Foundation is a response to the call for Indigenous self-determination and independence from government funding.
  • "Sharon's history of collaboration and partnership with our Coast Salish Nations, and her dedication to Indigenous education and success made her a clear choice to guide the Foundation."

Malahat SkyWalk Now Open

Thursday, July 15, 2021 - 1:30pm

MALAHAT, BC, July 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -Located 35 minutes north of Victoria, British Columbia, Malahat SkyWalk officially opens today as the newest year-round outdoor experience on Vancouver Island, providing the 'ultimate natural high.'

Key Points: 
  • MALAHAT, BC, July 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -Located 35 minutes north of Victoria, British Columbia, Malahat SkyWalk officially opens today as the newest year-round outdoor experience on Vancouver Island, providing the 'ultimate natural high.'
  • Malahat SkyWalk is located on the traditional territory of the Malahat Nation and their Indigenous stories are embedded in the visitor experience.
  • Located 35 minutes north of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, Malahat SkyWalk is an outdoor experience providing the 'ultimate natural high' on Vancouver Island.
  • Situated on the traditional territory of the Malahat Nation, the $17-million project is owned and operated by BC-based Malahat SkyWalk Corp who has partnered with the Malahat Nation.

Every British Columbian community with 1,000 residents or more now enjoys TELUS’ lightning-fast wireless service

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 2:30pm

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Feb. 19, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TELUS is celebrating the significant milestone of bringing wireless connectivity to every community in British Columbia with a population of 1,000 people or more.

Key Points: 
  • VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Feb. 19, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TELUS is celebrating the significant milestone of bringing wireless connectivity to every community in British Columbia with a population of 1,000 people or more.
  • This milestone was reached after TELUS brought wireless service to the communities of Gold River on Vancouver Island, and Ahousaht off the coast of Tofino.
  • TELUS is committed to continuing to connect communities with smaller populations, including the communities of Port Clements, Hazelton, and New Denver that are all served by TELUS wireless sites.
  • TELUS has committed to invest $4.7 billion throughout British Columbia between 2017 and 2020, at no cost to taxpayers.

Nisg̱a’a Nation joins Tsawwassen First Nation, Tla’amin Nation, Huu-ay-aht First Nations, Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’/Chek’tles7et’h’ First Nations, Toquaht Nation, Uchucklesaht Tribe, and Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ Government in the Alliance of BC Modern

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - 1:29am

TSAWWASSEN LANDS, British Columbia, Nov. 04, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today, the Nisgaa Nation joined Tsawwassen First Nation, Tlaamin Nation, Huu-ay-aht First Nations, Ka:yu:kth/Chektles7eth First Nations, Toquaht Nation, Uchucklesaht Tribe, and Yuuuiath Government by becoming a member of the Alliance of BC Modern Treaty Nations.

Key Points: 
  • TSAWWASSEN LANDS, British Columbia, Nov. 04, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today, the Nisgaa Nation joined Tsawwassen First Nation, Tlaamin Nation, Huu-ay-aht First Nations, Ka:yu:kth/Chektles7eth First Nations, Toquaht Nation, Uchucklesaht Tribe, and Yuuuiath Government by becoming a member of the Alliance of BC Modern Treaty Nations.
  • Under our modern treaties, our nations have clear, unique, and constitutionally protected rights which are fundamentally different from indigenous groups with asserted rights.
  • We are excited and pleased to be joining the Alliance of BC Modern Treaty Nations.
  • The Nisgaa Treaty came into effect in 2000, the Tsawwassen First Nation Treaty in 2009, the Maa-nulth Treaty (Huu-ay-aht First Nations, Ka:yu:kth/Chektles7eth First Nations, Toquaht Nation, Uchucklesaht Tribe, and Yuuuiath Government) in 2011, and the Tlaamin Treaty in 2016.

Cowichan Tribes, Canada and British Columbia commit to working together on Child and Family Services reform

Friday, January 25, 2019 - 6:48pm

COWICHAN TRIBES, BC, Jan. 25, 2019 /CNW/ - Improving the well-being of Indigenous children and families is a priority for the Cowichan Tribes, the Government of Canada and the Government of British Columbia.

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  • COWICHAN TRIBES, BC, Jan. 25, 2019 /CNW/ - Improving the well-being of Indigenous children and families is a priority for the Cowichan Tribes, the Government of Canada and the Government of British Columbia.
  • The Honourable Seamus O'Regan, federal Minister of Indigenous Services, signed the agreement on January 24, 2019, in the presence of a witness from Cowichan Tribes.
  • This LOU between Canada, British Columbia and the Cowichan Tribes provides a framework that charts the path forward in recognizing and implementing Cowichan jurisdiction over their child and family services.
  • Lalum'utul' Smun'eem Child and Family Services have delegated authority to administer Child & Family Services for all on-Reserve Cowichan Tribes members.

Government of Canada takes additional steps to support recovery of the Southern Resident Killer Whales in the Salish Sea

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 7:00pm

Today, the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, announced additional measures to support the recovery of endangered whale populations.

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  • Today, the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, announced additional measures to support the recovery of endangered whale populations.
  • This state of the art hydrophone station will be deployed in the Southern Resident Killer Whale's critical habitat, at Boundary Pass in the Salish Sea.
  • The 2018 voluntary measures in Haro Strait and the Strait of Juan de Fuca ended when the Southern Resident Killer Whales left the region.
  • "Our government is taking bold actions to help protect and restore the iconic Southern Resident Killer Whales.

Huu-ay-aht First Nations Social Services Project on child and family services to receive funding from Government of Canada

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 9:05pm

Today, the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services, announced $4.2 million in funding to support the Huu-ay-aht First Nations Social Services Project on child and family services.

Key Points: 
  • Today, the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services, announced $4.2 million in funding to support the Huu-ay-aht First Nations Social Services Project on child and family services.
  • In addition, Minister Philpott held an engagement roundtable with the Nuu-chah-nulth community leaders to discuss co-created options for potential Indigenous child and family services federal legislation.
  • "The federal government is proud to support Huu-ay-aht First Nations in their work to bring home Huu-ay-aht children in care.
  • Huu-ay-aht First Nations Social Services Project: Safe, Healthy and Connected, Bringing Huu-ay-aht Children Home

Statement from the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard following the B.C. Supreme Court Decision - Ahousaht Indian Band and Nation et al v. Canada

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 11:28pm

"Over the past year, the Government of Canada has been taking concrete action in the spirit of reconciliation with the five Nuu-chah-nulth Nations.

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  • "Over the past year, the Government of Canada has been taking concrete action in the spirit of reconciliation with the five Nuu-chah-nulth Nations.
  • "As an immediate step, I have directed Fisheries and Oceans Canada to review the Pacific Salmon Allocation Policy.
  • Today's court decision will inform the broader process which seeks to provide stability and predictability around the management of fisheries and oceans resources.
  • It will be long, and it won't be easy, but we will arrive at a better place for all."

Canada congratulates Cowichan Tribes on award-winning project to return salmon to creek in British Columbia

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 6:00pm

The Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services, offers her congratulations to Cowichan Tribes on the completion of an award-winning culvert and roadway project that has supported the return of salmon to the Quamichan Creek.

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  • The Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services, offers her congratulations to Cowichan Tribes on the completion of an award-winning culvert and roadway project that has supported the return of salmon to the Quamichan Creek.
  • The Government of Canada invested $1.1 million through the First Nation Infrastructure Fund for the project.
  • Quamichan Creek was a productive salmon spawning habitat until it was blocked by the collapse of an old culvert in 2015.
  • The collapse contributed to the partial erosion of the only access road to Quamichan Village a Cowichan Tribes community.