First Nations in British Columbia

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.

Key Points: 
  • "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."

10 To Watch List Announced At The 3rd Annual INDIGENOMICS By Design Forum

Thursday, June 24, 2021 - 2:00pm

COAST SALISH TERRITORY, VICTORIA, BC, June 24, 2021 /CNW/ - The Indigenomics Institute announced its 2021, 10 To Watch List highlighting Indigenomics business success from across the country at its 3rd annual Taking A Seat At The Economic Table, Indigenous By Design Forum held virtually on June 22-23rd.

Key Points: 
  • COAST SALISH TERRITORY, VICTORIA, BC, June 24, 2021 /CNW/ - The Indigenomics Institute announced its 2021, 10 To Watch List highlighting Indigenomics business success from across the country at its 3rd annual Taking A Seat At The Economic Table, Indigenous By Design Forum held virtually on June 22-23rd.
  • The 10 To Watch List is made up of Indigenous corporations, businesses, entrepreneurs, initiatives and partnerships that demonstrate leadership and reconciliation in various sectors of the national economy.
  • The Indigenomics Institute would like to thank Scotia Bank for its ongoing support of the Indigenomics 10 To Watch list.
  • Indigenomics is formed on the simple invitation of 'Who wants to play Indigenomics?'

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society celebrates declaration of Indigenous-led protection of the Saskatchewan River Delta by Cumberland House Cree Nation

Thursday, June 17, 2021 - 3:19am

A recent public opinion survey commissioned by CPAWS found that 79% of Saskatchewan residents supported greater environmental stewardship of the Delta.

Key Points: 
  • A recent public opinion survey commissioned by CPAWS found that 79% of Saskatchewan residents supported greater environmental stewardship of the Delta.
  • "CPAWS Saskatchewan is proud to play a supporting role to Cumberland House Cree Nation as they continue to achieve their conservation-focused vision for their traditional territory and the Saskatchewan River Delta, said Gord Vaadeland, Executive Director, CPAWS-SK.
  • CPAWS will continue to work with all partners in developing a co-management plan for the Saskatchewan River Delta.
  • This Declaration is a powerful demonstration of Indigenous leadership in conservation by Cumberland House Cree Nation.

Government of Canada and Heiltsuk Nation collaborate to develop a local Marine Emergency Response Team

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 - 5:52pm

Today, theGovernment of Canada and the Heiltsuk Nation are announcing the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) committing both organizations to work together to enhance the Nation's role in marine environmental response within the Heiltsuk territory.

Key Points: 
  • Today, theGovernment of Canada and the Heiltsuk Nation are announcing the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) committing both organizations to work together to enhance the Nation's role in marine environmental response within the Heiltsuk territory.
  • Under the MOU, the Heiltsuk Nation, in collaboration with the Canadian Coast Guard and Transport Canada, will further develop a Marine Emergency Response Team (MERT) pilot to support a community-based oil spill response within its territory.
  • This collaboration and added community capacity will be a tangible step towards enhanced marine preparedness and response in the Heiltsuk territory.
  • That's why our government is working with the Heiltsuk Nation to develop a new Marine Emergency Response Team that will strengthen Canada's ability to respond to environmental incidents off the West Coast.

Deer Horn Partner Cheona Metals Stakes Mineral Claims with Consent of Indigenous Nation in Northern British Columbia

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 - 1:30pm

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Feb. 17, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Deer Horn Capital Inc. (CSE: DHC) (the Company or Deer Horn Capital), announces that its 51% Indigenous partner Cheona Metals Inc. (Cheona) has staked two mineral claims on the ancestral lands of the Dease River First Nation, a Kaska Nation community at Good Hope Lake in northern British Columbia.

Key Points: 
  • VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Feb. 17, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Deer Horn Capital Inc. (CSE: DHC) (the Company or Deer Horn Capital), announces that its 51% Indigenous partner Cheona Metals Inc. (Cheona) has staked two mineral claims on the ancestral lands of the Dease River First Nation, a Kaska Nation community at Good Hope Lake in northern British Columbia.
  • After prospecting, the second step was to again obtain consent of the Dease River First Nation to stake two mineral claims named Dena Ahtsa and Yeda.
  • Working with Indigenous peoples, NGOs, governments and industry, Deer Horn Capital explores for metals in British Columbia and helps indigenous communities grow and thrive through various industrial, social and environmental ventures.
  • Deer Horn Capital also supports federal Bill C-15, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act.

Nisga'a Nation joins Alliance with seven other modern treaty First Nations in BC

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 1:53am

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Nov. 05, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Yesterday on Tsawwassen territory, Nisga'a Nation formally joined the Alliance of BC Modern Treaty Nations (the Alliance) by signing the updated Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) with representatives from the seven other members: Tsawwassen First Nation, Tlaamin Nation, Huu-ay-aht First Nations, Ka:yu:kth/Chektles7eth First Nations, Toquaht Nation, Uchucklesaht Tribe, and Yuuuiath Government.

Key Points: 
  • VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Nov. 05, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Yesterday on Tsawwassen territory, Nisga'a Nation formally joined the Alliance of BC Modern Treaty Nations (the Alliance) by signing the updated Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) with representatives from the seven other members: Tsawwassen First Nation, Tlaamin Nation, Huu-ay-aht First Nations, Ka:yu:kth/Chektles7eth First Nations, Toquaht Nation, Uchucklesaht Tribe, and Yuuuiath Government.
  • The Alliance has been instrumental in co-developing new policies with British Columbia that will improve the fiscal relationship with modern treaty nations and overall treaty implementation.
  • Seven First Nations are implementing treaties negotiated in the BC treaty negotiations process; Nisga'a Nation negotiated prior to the creation of the BC Treaty Commission.
  • The Alliance of BC Modern Treaty Nations members are:
    Odette Wilson / Communications Advisor / t: 604-482-9215 / c: 604-290-4059 / owilson@bctreaty.ca
    The Treaty Commission is the independent body responsible for overseeing treaty negotiations among the governments of Canada, BC and First Nations in BC.

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.

Government of Canada supports Economic Development in Leq'á:mel First Nation

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 5:30pm

LEQ':MEL FIRST NATION, BC, COAST SALISH TERRITORY, Aug. 22, 2019 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is working in partnership with First Nations to support community-driven economic development projects that will help build healthier, more sustainable communities.

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  • LEQ':MEL FIRST NATION, BC, COAST SALISH TERRITORY, Aug. 22, 2019 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is working in partnership with First Nations to support community-driven economic development projects that will help build healthier, more sustainable communities.
  • Today, the Honourable Seamus O'Regan, Minister of Indigenous Services, congratulated Leq':mel First Nation on the recent grand opening (August 2) of its mixed-use development project.
  • "This investment is contributing to the growth and well-being of the Leq':melFirst Nation by creating jobs and helping the community capitalize on economic opportunities.
  • Our Government is pleased to support First Nations by investing in projects that foster economic opportunity and community development, because a truly prosperous Canada needs a strong Indigenous-built and Indigenous-led economy."

Nuxalk Nation celebrates completion of new and renovated housing

Friday, March 22, 2019 - 6:24pm

Today, the Honourable Seamus O'Regan, Minister of Indigenous Services, congratulated Nuxalk Nation on the completion of a new six-unit housing complex and the renovation of 10 homes in the community.

Key Points: 
  • Today, the Honourable Seamus O'Regan, Minister of Indigenous Services, congratulated Nuxalk Nation on the completion of a new six-unit housing complex and the renovation of 10 homes in the community.
  • Through Budget 2016, Indigenous Services Canada contributed $1.4 million for the new housing and an additional $250,000 for the renovations.
  • "Congratulations to Nuxalk Nation on their new and renovated housing.
  • "The Nuxalk Nation is extremely proud of the new and renovated buildings that have been completed.

Kwispaa LNG reaches major milestone with filing of Project Description with provincial and federal regulators

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 2:00pm

Unique among Canadian LNG projects, Kwispaa LNG is being developed through a co-management relationship between Steelhead LNG and Huu-ay-aht First Nations.

Key Points: 
  • Unique among Canadian LNG projects, Kwispaa LNG is being developed through a co-management relationship between Steelhead LNG and Huu-ay-aht First Nations.
  • As part of this collaborative approach, the Kwispaa LNG team has been undertaking joint environmental studies and engagement with First Nations and local communities.
  • In 2017, Steelhead LNG and Huu-ay-aht First Nations executed Relationship Agreements to co-manage the Kwispaa LNG Project.
  • With this support, Huu-ay-aht First Nations have made Kwispaa LNG a priority project.