Truth and Reconciliation

Residential school survivor Eddy Charlie (left) and friend Kristin Spray (right) at the parliament buildings in Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)

Week full of Victoria Orange Shirt Day events planned leading up to Sept. 30

Co-founders Eddy Charlie and Kristin Spray will present at many of the events

 

Greater Victoria is invited to the first-ever South Island Powwow on Sept. 30, which among other things is set to feature inter-tribal dancers and singers. Pictured is an Indigenous dancer performing at the Change-Makers Gathering Festival in June at Starlight Stadium in Langford. (Black Press Media file photo)

Powwow set to mark second National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Victoria

Organized by the Songhees Nation, all are welcome to attend the free event

 

Community Association of Oak Bay secretary John Armitage’s rough sketch of Spewhung (Turkey Head) that incorporates various ideas proposed by dozens of stakeholders in 2017. Suggestions from the community included a new pier, a farmer and artisan market, an amphitheatre or performance stage, a historical interpretation facility, a saltwater pool and a skateboard park. (Courtesy of John Armitage)

‘Paved wasteland’: Debating the vision for Spewhung and Oak Bay Marina

Songhees chief advocates for greater Indigenous presence, other proposals floated

 

An Indigenous dancer performs at Victoria’s Orange Shirt Day ceremony on the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in 2021. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation regional event in works for Victoria

Royal Athletic Park freed up as a venue for the South Island gathering

An Indigenous dancer performs at Victoria’s Orange Shirt Day ceremony on the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in 2021. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Stz’uminus First Nation and the Province of B.C. announced a reconciliation agreement which includes money for remediation at Ladysmith harbour. Pictured here, Stz’uminus Chief Roxanne Harris and Ladysmith Mayor Aaron Stone at a reconciliation event last September. (Black Press file photo)

$10 million Ladysmith harbour cleanup part of $28.5 million reconciliation agreement

Stz’uminus First Nation and B.C. government announce agreement, signed this week

Stz’uminus First Nation and the Province of B.C. announced a reconciliation agreement which includes money for remediation at Ladysmith harbour. Pictured here, Stz’uminus Chief Roxanne Harris and Ladysmith Mayor Aaron Stone at a reconciliation event last September. (Black Press file photo)
L-R: Chief Randy Ermineskin, Chief Wilton Littlechild and Chief Vernon Saddleback. (Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)

Alberta First Nations anticipate Pope’s visit to bring healing, closure

Preparations beginning, including how to support survivors dealing with re-opened traumas

L-R: Chief Randy Ermineskin, Chief Wilton Littlechild and Chief Vernon Saddleback. (Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)
On May 10, a Summerland mural with a Truth and Reconciliation message was defaced by vandals. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

Summerland reconciliation mural vandalized

Mural at Summerland Secondary School had a Truth and Reconciliation message

On May 10, a Summerland mural with a Truth and Reconciliation message was defaced by vandals. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
A sheet covered with handprints affixed to a sign outside St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church in Nanaimo last summer. (Photo submitted)

Mid-Island Indigenous leaders hope papal apology just a start in reconciliation

Pope Francis asks for forgiveness for Roman Catholic Church’s abuses and conduct

A sheet covered with handprints affixed to a sign outside St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church in Nanaimo last summer. (Photo submitted)
Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation master carver Joe David gifted this totem pole to the District of Tofino in 2018 to recognize the community’s presence within the First Nation’s traditional territory. (Westerly file photo)
Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation master carver Joe David gifted this totem pole to the District of Tofino in 2018 to recognize the community’s presence within the First Nation’s traditional territory. (Westerly file photo)
Wei Wai Kum First Nations Elder James Quatell is a voice for the residential school experience many First Nations people went through. Photo by Alistair Taylor/Campbell River Mirror

‘Empathy and recognition’: Campbell River elder sets reconciliation goals

James Quatell continues to speak truth and spark discussion about residential schools

Wei Wai Kum First Nations Elder James Quatell is a voice for the residential school experience many First Nations people went through. Photo by Alistair Taylor/Campbell River Mirror
Oak Bay’s talk of a reconciliation task force waits for another day as council works late Jan. 24. (Black Press Media file photo)

Reconciliation task force talks on hold as Oak Bay council works late

Meeting extended once Jan. 24, ended abruptly with councillor’s motion on the table

Oak Bay’s talk of a reconciliation task force waits for another day as council works late Jan. 24. (Black Press Media file photo)
Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools’ education committee is recommending formation of a committee which will examine re-naming Coal Tyee Elementary School. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)

Officials consider renaming Nanaimo school named for ‘tragic’ Indigenous figure

Coal Tyee, once thought to celebrate collaboration, recalls colonization: school district report

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools’ education committee is recommending formation of a committee which will examine re-naming Coal Tyee Elementary School. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
Co-founders of the Victoria chapter of Orange Shirt Day Eddy Charlie and Kristin Spray stand with a framed orange shirt featuring a design by Indigenous artist Bear Horne and a quote from Charlie. This shirt is on display in the B.C. legislature following a presentation ceremony on Oct. 27. (Photo courtesy of Kristin Spray)

Framed orange shirt in B.C. legislature Hall of Honour culminates two years of work

Residential school survivor Eddy Charlie hopes display promotes healing, honest discussion

Co-founders of the Victoria chapter of Orange Shirt Day Eddy Charlie and Kristin Spray stand with a framed orange shirt featuring a design by Indigenous artist Bear Horne and a quote from Charlie. This shirt is on display in the B.C. legislature following a presentation ceremony on Oct. 27. (Photo courtesy of Kristin Spray)
Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation master carver Joe David gifted this totem pole to the District of Tofino in 2018 to recognize the community’s presence within the First Nation’s traditional territory. (Westerly file photo)

Island First Nation collaborating with province on reconciliation efforts

Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation signs hisiikcumyin pathway agreement with provincial government

Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation master carver Joe David gifted this totem pole to the District of Tofino in 2018 to recognize the community’s presence within the First Nation’s traditional territory. (Westerly file photo)
Passers-by stop to take a photo of the grave of former Canadian prime minister Mackenzie King in Toronto’s Mount Pleasant Cemetery on Friday, October 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Federal officials rethink wording of markers at gravesites of past prime ministers

Plaques are being rethought specifically in light of historical mistreatment of Indigenous Peoples

Passers-by stop to take a photo of the grave of former Canadian prime minister Mackenzie King in Toronto’s Mount Pleasant Cemetery on Friday, October 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives to a press conference in Ottawa on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

‘An added insult’: Tk’emlúps slam Trudeau for not responding to Truth and Reconciliation invites

Prime minister travelled to Tofino on Sept. 30 and did not attend any ceremonies

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives to a press conference in Ottawa on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau vacationing at a beachfront property in Tofino on Sept. 30. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau vacationing at a beachfront property in Tofino on Sept. 30. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Representatives from Tseshaht First Nation accept the $10,000 donation at the Catalyst Port Alberni mill. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Paper Excellence makes $10,000 donation for Vancouver Island residential school memorial

Tseshaht First Nation in Port Alberni is raising funds to honour survivors and victims

Representatives from Tseshaht First Nation accept the $10,000 donation at the Catalyst Port Alberni mill. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers his remarks during a ceremony on Parliament Hill on the eve of the first National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, Wednesday, September 29, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Trudeau apologizes to Tk’emlúps chief for not attending truth and reconciliation ceremony

Tk’emlúps Kúkpi7 (Chief) Rosanne Casimir mentioned the prime minister had been invited

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers his remarks during a ceremony on Parliament Hill on the eve of the first National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, Wednesday, September 29, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation members Timmy Masso and Hjalmer Wenstob lead a gathering outside the Tofino beachfront property Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is currently staying in to demand an apology on a rainy Saturday evening. (Andrew Bailey photo)

First Nations members demand apology from Trudeau in Tofino

“It’s sad that we don’t expect much from leadership anymore”

Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation members Timmy Masso and Hjalmer Wenstob lead a gathering outside the Tofino beachfront property Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is currently staying in to demand an apology on a rainy Saturday evening. (Andrew Bailey photo)