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Pixie Wells, of the Metis community, talks to journalists after meeting Pope Francis in Rome, Monday, March 28, 2022. This week’s meetings, postponed from December because of the pandemic, are part of the Canadian church and government’s efforts to respond to Indigenous demands for justice, reconciliation and reparations - long-standing demands that gained traction last year after the discovery of hundreds of unmarked graves outside some of the schools. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

’Truth, justice and healing:’ Metis and Inuit delegates meet with Pope Francis

8 Metis delegates spent an hour with pontiff, 3 survivors shared stories of residential schools.

Pixie Wells, of the Metis community, talks to journalists after meeting Pope Francis in Rome, Monday, March 28, 2022. This week’s meetings, postponed from December because of the pandemic, are part of the Canadian church and government’s efforts to respond to Indigenous demands for justice, reconciliation and reparations - long-standing demands that gained traction last year after the discovery of hundreds of unmarked graves outside some of the schools. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Métis National Council President Cassidy Caron, shown in a handout photo, is part of the upcoming trip to the Vatican to meet Pope Francis. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO- Metis National Council-David Stobbe

‘Always had faith:’ Métis delegates say Vatican visit a step to repair relationship

Métis, First Nation and Inuit delegates flying to Rome for meetings with Pope Francis next week

Métis National Council President Cassidy Caron, shown in a handout photo, is part of the upcoming trip to the Vatican to meet Pope Francis. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO- Metis National Council-David Stobbe
B.C. Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth, left, and Shackan Indian Band Chief Arnie Lampreau (Swakum) view damage to Shackan land caused by last summer’s wildfires and November’s flooding west of Merritt, B.C., on Thursday, March 24, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Chief of B.C. First Nation struck by wildfires, floods says moving may be safest bet

Threat of extreme weather is a constant concern, Shackan leader tells public safety minister

B.C. Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth, left, and Shackan Indian Band Chief Arnie Lampreau (Swakum) view damage to Shackan land caused by last summer’s wildfires and November’s flooding west of Merritt, B.C., on Thursday, March 24, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Cristino Bouvette (left), an Indigenous priest, says he often thinks of his grandmother, Amelia Mae Bouvette (right), a residential school survivor, when he considers the Catholic Church’s role in reconciliation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Gerald McMaster

‘Reconciliation was possible:’ Indigenous priest reconciles faith with identity

Unmarked graves at former residential school sites has some pondering role of the church

Cristino Bouvette (left), an Indigenous priest, says he often thinks of his grandmother, Amelia Mae Bouvette (right), a residential school survivor, when he considers the Catholic Church’s role in reconciliation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Gerald McMaster
Judy Sackaney and her grandson Creedence, 10, stand in front of an honour staff with tobacco ties at the Centennial Flame after participating in a Pipe Ceremony to honour the 215 children whose remains were found at the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School at Tk’emlups te Secwépemc First Nation in Kamloops, B.C., on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on Saturday, June 5, 2021. Government officials spent weeks trying to figure out how best to remove a memorial on Parliament Hill for Indigenous children who died and went missing from residential schools, with an initial recommendation to try and have it taken down in a ceremony before last fall’s federal election. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Behind the scenes of the removal of residential schools memorial from Parliament Hill

Parliament Hill memorial was one of many that popped up across the country

Judy Sackaney and her grandson Creedence, 10, stand in front of an honour staff with tobacco ties at the Centennial Flame after participating in a Pipe Ceremony to honour the 215 children whose remains were found at the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School at Tk’emlups te Secwépemc First Nation in Kamloops, B.C., on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on Saturday, June 5, 2021. Government officials spent weeks trying to figure out how best to remove a memorial on Parliament Hill for Indigenous children who died and went missing from residential schools, with an initial recommendation to try and have it taken down in a ceremony before last fall’s federal election. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Members of the Nuchatlaht First Nation and supporters rally outside the B.C. Supreme Court before the start of an Indigenous land title case in Vancouver on Monday, March 21, 2022. The lawsuit brought by the First Nation against the provincial government seeks to reclaim part of its territory on Nootka Island. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. government disputes land claim by First Nation on Vancouver Island

Province argues ‘modern-day’ Nuchatlaht draws its membership from a broader base of Indigenous Peoples

Members of the Nuchatlaht First Nation and supporters rally outside the B.C. Supreme Court before the start of an Indigenous land title case in Vancouver on Monday, March 21, 2022. The lawsuit brought by the First Nation against the provincial government seeks to reclaim part of its territory on Nootka Island. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A child’s dress hung on a cross blows in the wind near the former Kamloops Indian Residential School to honour 215 children whose remains have been discovered buried near the site in Kamloops, B.C., on Friday, June 4, 2021. The Catholic religious order that operated some residential schools in Canada says it will give researchers access to its archives in Rome. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Oblates to open Rome archives for search of residential school records

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation to get full access to records in the Italian city

A child’s dress hung on a cross blows in the wind near the former Kamloops Indian Residential School to honour 215 children whose remains have been discovered buried near the site in Kamloops, B.C., on Friday, June 4, 2021. The Catholic religious order that operated some residential schools in Canada says it will give researchers access to its archives in Rome. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Ryan Saunders has 13 charges against him (Jacqueline Gelineau/Capital News)

‘Self-centred’: Former colleague testifies against disgraced Kelowna social worker

Robert Riley Saunders has allegedly stolen from over 107 youth

Ryan Saunders has 13 charges against him (Jacqueline Gelineau/Capital News)
Nuchatlaht First Nation elder and councillor Archie Little, centre, and Tyee Ha’with (Chief) Jordan Michael, far left, stand with supporters outside B.C. Supreme Court before the start of an Indigenous land title case, in Vancouver, on Monday, March 21, 2022. The lawsuit brought by the First Nation seeks to reclaim part of its territory on Nootka Island, off the west coast of Vancouver Island. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. First Nation’s land rights claim is about reconciliation, lawyer tells court

Lawsuit says government effectively dispossessed Nuchatlaht nation of territory on Vancouver Island

Nuchatlaht First Nation elder and councillor Archie Little, centre, and Tyee Ha’with (Chief) Jordan Michael, far left, stand with supporters outside B.C. Supreme Court before the start of an Indigenous land title case, in Vancouver, on Monday, March 21, 2022. The lawsuit brought by the First Nation seeks to reclaim part of its territory on Nootka Island, off the west coast of Vancouver Island. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The B.C. Supreme Court is shown in Vancouver, on Jan. 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. Supreme Court to hear lawsuit over First Nation’s land rights

Suit names federal, provincial governments, logging firm Western Forest Products as a defendant

The B.C. Supreme Court is shown in Vancouver, on Jan. 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
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)
Governor General Mary Simon speaks at an event to mark International Inuit Day and to rename a park in honour of deceased Inuk artist Annie Pootoogook in Ottawa on Sunday, November 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle

Canada’s first Indigenous Governor General requested briefing on the Indian Act

Mary Simon met with the deputy minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations last August

Governor General Mary Simon speaks at an event to mark International Inuit Day and to rename a park in honour of deceased Inuk artist Annie Pootoogook in Ottawa on Sunday, November 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle
Construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline is seen under way in Kamloops, B.C., Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. A year after construction was allowed to restart on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, it's chief executive says it is on budget and on schedule for completion by the end of 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Indigenous groups still aim to buy Trans Mountain pipeline, even as costs soar

Construction costs of the expansion have ballooned by 70 per cent to $21.4 billion

Construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline is seen under way in Kamloops, B.C., Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. A year after construction was allowed to restart on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, it's chief executive says it is on budget and on schedule for completion by the end of 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Graduating students from Seycove Secondary in Deep Cove, North Vancouver, B.C. throw their hats during a physically distanced graduation photo Wednesday, June 3, 2020. Graduating students all over the world are celebrating their grads in different ways due to the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Indigenous-focused coursework to be a high school graduation requirement in B.C.

New requirement would enhance knowledges of Indigenous Peoples in classrooms, province says

Graduating students from Seycove Secondary in Deep Cove, North Vancouver, B.C. throw their hats during a physically distanced graduation photo Wednesday, June 3, 2020. Graduating students all over the world are celebrating their grads in different ways due to the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A child’s dress is seen on a cross outside a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C., Sunday, June 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Northern Alberta First Nation discovers 169 potential graves

Kapawe’no First Nation says potential graves have been identified using ground-penetrating radar

A child’s dress is seen on a cross outside a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C., Sunday, June 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Saanich has opened nominations for the 2020 Enviromental Awards on March 5. (Black Press Media file photo)

Canfor plans to sell forest tenure in Mackenzie region of B.C. to two First Nations

Canfor has also agreed to sell its Mackenzie site, plant and equipment to Peak Renewables.

Saanich has opened nominations for the 2020 Enviromental Awards on March 5. (Black Press Media file photo)
St. Michaels residential school before it was torn down in 2015. (J.R. Rardon photo)

Another B.C. First Nation plans to probe grounds of former residential school

St. Michael’s was active in Alert Bay off Vancouver Island from 1894 to 1974, was torn down in 2015

St. Michaels residential school before it was torn down in 2015. (J.R. Rardon photo)
A red dress hangs on the side of the highway near Campbell River. Groups on Vancouver Island are hanging red dresses at prominent locations to raise awareness about Missing/Murdered Indigenous women on the island. (Photo by Binny Paul/Campbell River Mirror)

Keeping the hope fire burning: B.C. First Nation honours missing and murdered women

Mowachaht/Muchalaht honour Nuu-chah-nulth women and girls who have gone missing or been murdered

A red dress hangs on the side of the highway near Campbell River. Groups on Vancouver Island are hanging red dresses at prominent locations to raise awareness about Missing/Murdered Indigenous women on the island. (Photo by Binny Paul/Campbell River Mirror)
(Adam Amir/Tahltan Central Government)

Aerial project takes B.C. First Nation elders to revisit remote homelands

The project is part of an information-gathering exercise by Tahltan Central Government

(Adam Amir/Tahltan Central Government)
The statue of John Deighton, known as Gassy Jack, was toppled by a women’s march on Monday, Feb. 14, 2022. (cjquaschnick/Twitter)

Squamish Nation asserts need to lead reconciliation after Gassy Jack statue toppled

Nation will recommend to Vancouver what to do with the space where the statue once stood

The statue of John Deighton, known as Gassy Jack, was toppled by a women’s march on Monday, Feb. 14, 2022. (cjquaschnick/Twitter)