From tiny seedlings mighty cedars grow.
The Minister’s Advisory Council on Aboriginal Women has drawn on the expertise of many respected Indigenous women, and this year, it enhances its youth voice as part of its mandate to advise government on how to improve the quality of life for Indigenous women in B.C.
Moricetown is a Witsuwit’en First Nation near the Bulkley Canyon in northwestern B.C. Approximately 850 members live on-reserve and some 1,100 live off reserve. It is an area often troubled by high unemployment and boom-and-bust economic cycles. Other barriers to employment include the generational impacts of residential schools.
There are nearly 70,000 Métis people in British Columbia and making sure that Métis youth have a strong voice is an important part of Métis Nation B.C.’s (MNBC) work to create a proud, self-governing, sustainable nation.
When McLeod Lake First Nation opened a new sawmill in Mackenzie, it was a decision grounded in the band’s longstanding philosophy: provide good value, work hard and achieve results.
From tiny seedlings mighty cedars grow.
Crews are set to start work on the upgrades to Admirals Road between Hallowell Road and Maple Bank Road that will improve safety and access for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists.
Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation John Rustad has issued the following statement to mark National Aboriginal Day:
The Province of British Columbia and the Tsartlip First Nation have reached an interim reconciliation agreement, setting the stage for comprehensive reconciliation negotiations over the next two years.
New government-to-government and mineral tax revenue-sharing agreements provide for economic benefits and collaboration opportunities for First Nations in northern B.C., related to the proposed Kemess Underground mine.
Provincial land purchases on southern Vancouver Island will protect the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail while advancing reconciliation with Pacheedaht First Nation.
The Province, the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council and seven Carrier Sekani First Nations have completed an agreement that will increase the First Nations’ participation in the forest economy, while setting the stage to advance reconciliation.
B.C.’s First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund is providing more than $750,000 to nine First Nation clean-energy projects that will explore alternative energy sources and help remote Aboriginal communities reduce their reliance on diesel power generation.
More than 600 members of the Tsimshian First Nations are benefitting from courses ranging from driver’s training and essential skills upgrading to environmental monitoring, trades training and other job-related education programs delivered close to home.
The Province is using its First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund to provide more than $500,000 for five clean-energy projects on the central coast and north Vancouver Island that will explore alternative clean-energy sources and help remote Aboriginal communities reduce their reliance on diesel power generation.
"When we first deployed we arrived in the night time, you couldn’t see anything, you could see smoke and we went through the first set of roadblocks at Ashcroft, it seemed odd to be stopped by the RCMP on the highway. We went into Cache Creek, even in the dark you could see there was quite a bit of devastation there already. We spent a few hours sleeping and then we moved on to 150 Mile, we spent the rest of our 10 days there. There were no sleeping arrangements for us and one of the businesses that was quite close to the fire hall was a RV dealership and within the first few hours he was dragging RV’s of different vintages, some new and some used, and was like here you go, get as many people a place to stay, but that is what we slept in, RV’s mostly. Our food and any supplies we needed was just supplied by the local people who somehow stayed inside the evacuation area, so they were connected to the fire hall or just volunteered to help, but they were all out of their homes and were staying at the fire hall as well. One thing that will stick with me was the night they evacuated Williams Lake, for me it just felt like an apocalypse, everyone was leaving, it was snowing ash, smoky, and you're like, what’s going to happen here tomorrow? People were just, I wouldn’t say they were panicked but they were genuinely pretty freaked. Another thing that would stick with me was how generous everyone was, everyone wanted you to be there." (Gord, Metchosin Fire Department) #BCWildfire
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