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Maa-Nulth Treaty (Vancouver Island) Implemented

The First Nations comprising the Maa-Nulth Treaty Group implemented their treaty with BC and Canada. It is the second BC Treaty Process Treaty to be implemented after the Tsawwassen Treaty in 2009. Here’s a round-up of the news: New, April 9, 2011: Treaty opens up a world of opportunity for First Nation (Victoria Times Colonist) […]

‘Cry Rock’: An Indigenous Perspective on Storytelling

Dear Douglas College Librarians: I saw a wonderful film at the Vancouver International Film Festival tonight. The film is called Cry Rock and it was written, produced, and directed by Nuxalk (Coast Salish; BC Central Coast) filmmaker Banchi Hanuse. It is a story of storytelling, as Ms. Hanuse wonders if she should record for posterity […]

PBS Series on Native American History Airs April 13

Update: All episodes of We Shall Remain are available on the web. PBS will begin airing We Shall Remain, a five part series on Native American history on April 13. It is showing in Vancouver on Detroit PBS (Shaw channel 43) at 6p. We Shall Remain is part of PBS’ American Experience series. From the […]

Gull Eating Salmon

Gull Eating Salmon Originally uploaded by TFM I enjoy fall in Vancouver largely because of the opportunities to see wildlife. Salmon run and spawn in several area rivers in October and November. Hoy Creek, next to Douglas College in Coquitlam, has a run of chum and coho salmon peaking in October. Hyde Creek, also in […]

More On Savagery, Anthropology and Dick Pound

And Even More News: Indigenous cultures rivalled those of civilizations around the globe (Globe and Mail) Call off the ignoble savaging of Margaret Wente and Dick Pound (National Post) (Includes links to a facebook group against Wente; makes the observation that savages might be noble while forgetting that the term savage does not always refer […]

First Nations Issues in 2008 Election — Interview with Phil Fontaine

Assembly of First Nations Grand Chief Phil Fontaine answers questions about aboriginal issues in a online interview. The questions come from the public and many of the contributors are aboriginal. Gang problems, land and title rights, hunting rights, and political correctness are all discussed. Sphere: Related Content

Living Relatives of Kwaday Dan Ts’inchi Found

This story fascinates me — both for reasons of human interest and aboriginal rights. DNA testing has identified seventeen living relatives of an aboriginal hunter who died perhaps three hundred years ago. His remains were frozen in glacial ice in northern BC in the territory of the Champagne-Aishihik First Nations (Athapaskan). The seventeen people connected […]

John Hawks Reviews 10,000BC

Sure, his review* of 10,000BC is making the rounds … but it is utterly fantastic. Update: The Globe and Mail says this about the film: The story is set among an improbable mountainous tribe of Caucasian/Rastafarian/native North American mammoth hunters, who resemble nightclubbing Calvin Klein models who speak in slightly accented formal English. So formal […]

The Whale Hunt – Stunning Photography and Storytelling

The Whale Hunt presents Jonathan Harris’ experience among Inuipiat Eskimos of Barrow Alaska in stunning photography and a unique, narrative-driven interface. From Harris’ statement: The purpose of this project was threefold: First, to experiment with a new interface for human storytelling. The photographs are presented in a framework that tells the moment-to-moment story of the […]

Decision Pending in Xeni Gwet’in Land Claim Case

The Globe and Mail reports today (alternate link) that the long-awaited decision in the Xeni Gwet’in (Chilcotin Region) Land Claim case is coming soon. The article notes that the decision may impact the BC Treaty Process, basking in the glow of recent successes: While a broad acceptance of their claim would itself have minimal impact […]