First Nations

Culture, issues, and interests of northern First Nations.

🔍Read Full ArticleThe Future of LNG

The Future of LNG

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔Sep 11, 2017

In wake of Petronas decision, northerners agree: It’s time to work together.

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🔍Read Full ArticleSimbiyez Wilson

Simbiyez Wilson

👤Melissa Sawatsky 🕔Sep 11, 2017

Her name means “child of the stars.” And Witsuwit’en singer-songwriter Simbiyez Wilson seems to be living up to the name.

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🔍Read Full ArticleHelp Yourself

Help Yourself

🕔Sep 11, 2017

Ging Gang Hla tllGad Independent Music and Arts Co-operative

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🔍Read Full ArticleFishing for Future

Fishing for Future

🕔Sep 11, 2017

Opening day on the Skeena came late this year. Kitsumkalum fish monitors were there working with recreational anglers to gather data. Britta Boudreau takes us to the river, and gives us a glimpse of what’s at stake if the salmon stop swimming, and who is working to protect the resource.

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🔍Read Full ArticleThe Last Salmon Stronghold

The Last Salmon Stronghold

👤Dan Mesec 🕔Sep 11, 2017

Salmon are a way of life in northern BC. This season’s closures of the sockeye and Chinook fisheries on the Skeena River are causing ripples of fear for a future with no fish in the rivers. Dan Mesec investigates the issues, and the potential cultural implications of declining stocks.

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🔍Read Full ArticleCaribou Conundrum

Caribou Conundrum

🕔May 01, 2017

The Telkwa caribou herd has dwindled down to just over a dozen animals. Here, we explore different perspectives on the issue. First, Emily Bulmer takes us back to her childhood and looks at a Witsuwit'en perspective. Then, Amanda Follett Hosgood gives us a glimpse of what's being done at a government level.

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🔍Read Full ArticleMichelle Stoney

Michelle Stoney

👤Melissa Sawatsky 🕔Feb 27, 2017

The future of First Nations art

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🔍Read Full ArticleIn Retrospect

In Retrospect

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔Feb 27, 2017

JRP chair Sheila Leggett on due process, yoga and the search for common ground

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🔍Read Full ArticleCultural Conservation:  A Tahltan fights to preserve his first nation’s language

Cultural Conservation:  A Tahltan fights to preserve his first nation’s language

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔May 31, 2016

It’s a well-worn cliché that the Inuit have dozens of words for snow.

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🔍Read Full Article“It’s All About the Caribou”  How the Gwaii Haanas Agreement inspired a national park

“It’s All About the Caribou”  How the Gwaii Haanas Agreement inspired a national park

👤Dave Quinn 🕔Mar 30, 2016

John “Muffa” Kudlak was born and raised in Paulatuk, NWT, a hamlet of just over 300 residents and one of the most northerly permanent settlements on the Canadian mainland.

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🔍Read Full ArticleSmokin’ Good Fish:  Many ways to smoke a salmon

Smokin’ Good Fish:  Many ways to smoke a salmon

👤Emily Bulmer 🕔Jul 31, 2015

A slight breeze rustles the aspen leaves, and on it drifts the distinct scent of a northern summer. It could be a campfire or a Bar-B-Q, but when the days are long and when the salmon are running, the smell of smoke carries with it the flavour of curing fish and the promise of good eating throughout the winter.

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🔍Read Full ArticleLeadership Development on the Land

Leadership Development on the Land

👤Curtis Rattray 🕔Mar 27, 2015

It was more than a decade ago that I was backpacking in the remote and isolated Spatsizi in the heat of the day and the weight of the pack was taking its toll.

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🔍Read Full ArticleGrowth in aboriginal tourism means cultural opportunities for visitors

Growth in aboriginal tourism means cultural opportunities for visitors

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔Mar 27, 2015

Anyone who considers Canada a dull and uncultured country clearly hasn’t experienced the rich heritage of northern BC, where hundreds of First Nations communities provide the region with a history rooted several millennia into the earth and traditions that significantly pre-date European arrival on the continent.

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🔍Read Full ArticleHow Raven found his lunch:  Stories across cultures of an eternally hungry bird

How Raven found his lunch:  Stories across cultures of an eternally hungry bird

👤Emily Bulmer 🕔Nov 26, 2014

Corvus corax. We-gyet. Trickster.

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🔍Read Full ArticleNass  Valley volcano: Tseax crater and Nisga’a Memorial Lava Bed Provincial Park

Nass Valley volcano: Tseax crater and Nisga’a Memorial Lava Bed Provincial Park

👤Joanne Campbell 🕔Aug 04, 2014

As a child, I was terrified of volcanoes.

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🔍Read Full ArticleGwaii Haanas Legacy Pole—First monumental pole in 130 years celebrates Haida past and future

Gwaii Haanas Legacy Pole—First monumental pole in 130 years celebrates Haida past and future

👤Dave Quinn 🕔Oct 02, 2013

I first visited Haida Gwaii nearly 20 years ago with three friends, before the temporary moniker Queen Charlotte Islands was returned to BC

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🔍Read Full ArticleExcavating Wu’dat

Excavating Wu’dat

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔Oct 02, 2013

In 2010, the Lake Babine Nation and the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) joined forces to excavate an archaeological site at the north end of Babine Lake.

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🔍Read Full ArticleOne hundred years wiser  Reflecting on our joint kungax during Smithers’ centennial

One hundred years wiser Reflecting on our joint kungax during Smithers’ centennial

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔Aug 01, 2013

In the Witsuwit’en language, “yin tah” is the word for “land,” but it carries more weight and more context than its English equivalent.

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🔍Read Full ArticleTwo poles, Two Stories, Two Carvers…One Cultural Destiny

Two poles, Two Stories, Two Carvers…One Cultural Destiny

👤Dennis Horwood 🕔Mar 29, 2013

Without a breath of wind, the low January clouds seemed skewered by the pointed treetops. Beneath so close a ceiling, nothing moved or flew over the still surface of Minette Bay.

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🔍Read Full ArticleThe Salmon Cycle: Keeping Salmon sustainable and close to home

The Salmon Cycle: Keeping Salmon sustainable and close to home

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔Mar 29, 2013

It’s unknown exactly how long the Lake Babine people have relied upon salmon. For countless generations, ocean-run sockeye made its way from the Pacific, up the Skeena River, to the Babine River and its spawning grounds at Babine Lake, sustaining the nation while also providing a resource to trade with other nations.

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🔍Read Full ArticleSilence on the Sacred Headwaters: What happens next?

Silence on the Sacred Headwaters: What happens next?

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔Dec 01, 2012

As the clock winds down on the province’s moratorium on coalbed methane drilling, the Ministry of Energy and Mines remains tight-lipped about its plans for northern BC’s Sacred Headwaters.

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🔍Read Full ArticleDigging up the past: Archaeology in a cultural context

Digging up the past: Archaeology in a cultural context

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔Oct 01, 2012

Issues around the dead—whether recently deceased or ancient ancestors—are seldom simple.

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🔍Read Full ArticleFrom the flames: Burns Lake seeks a stronger future in the ashes of its past

From the flames: Burns Lake seeks a stronger future in the ashes of its past

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔Oct 01, 2012

Robert Charlie speaks in slow, deliberate prose, as if people have always listened to the former Burns Lake Band chief, and he sees no need to rush. It’s hard to imagine this imposing figure ever being the target of racial insults.

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