First Nations

The Site C Dam location is seen along the Peace River in Fort St. John, B.C., on April 18, 2017. The chief of a B.C. First Nation that won a landmark court case called on the provincial government to respect the decision ordering the province to stop authorizing industrial developments on the nation’s territory. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

First Nation calls on B.C. to respect, follow court ruling on industrial developments

‘We are not against industry, if this is done right there’s plenty of work for everyone’

 

Sanderlings by the sea. (Margo Hearne / Haida Gwaii Observer)

Questions arise after decapitated sea lion found upon B.C. shore

Headless sea lion discoveries have also been documented on Nanaimo and Comox beaches

 

Julie Payette resigned six days earlier after a bombshell investigation found she presided over a “toxic” and abusive workplace. (File/THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang)

Buckingham Palace throws cold water on Treaty chiefs’ request to intervene in Governor General replacement

‘It is time that Canada has its first Indigenous governor general’

  • Feb 3, 2021

 

COVID-19 crisis distracting from flood-prone First Nation’s plight: NDP

COVID-19 crisis distracting from flood-prone First Nation’s plight: NDP

COVID-19 crisis distracting from flood-prone First Nation’s plight: NDP

COVID-19 crisis distracting from flood-prone First Nation’s plight: NDP

Marc Miller urges First Nations to delay elections during COVID-19 crisis

Marc Miller urges First Nations to delay elections during COVID-19 crisis

Autopsy scheduled to determine death of Maskwacis boy

Autopsy scheduled to determine death of Maskwacis boy

Maskwacis RCMP continue to investigate the death of a 17-year-old boy found dead Wednesday

Autopsy scheduled to determine death of Maskwacis boy
Artist Archie Andrew shows off one of his carved masks. Don Denton photography

Indigenous Artist Archie Andrew Chases A Vision

Creating Carvings, Paintings, Prints and a Monumental Canoe

  • Jan 7, 2019
Artist Archie Andrew shows off one of his carved masks. Don Denton photography
Arthur Vickers; the Artist as Master Story Teller

Arthur Vickers; the Artist as Master Story Teller

Creating art in a Cowichan Bay waterfront studio

  • Aug 28, 2018
Arthur Vickers; the Artist as Master Story Teller
The Ermineskin pow wow grand entry in the afternoon of July 7 brought a bright amount of colours to Bear Park in Maskwacis. Here the chiefs and other dancers represent the four nations in Maskwacis.                                Photos by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Ermineskin Cree Nation’s traditional pow wow brings people together

The traditional pow wow is a break from the norm with today’s competitive pow wow events

The Ermineskin pow wow grand entry in the afternoon of July 7 brought a bright amount of colours to Bear Park in Maskwacis. Here the chiefs and other dancers represent the four nations in Maskwacis.                                Photos by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
Ponoka Secondary Campus Grade 10 students Denver Hillareguy, Ava Buffalo, Winston Saddleback and Haley Samson took part in a project that raised $500 for the Ermineskin Women’s Shelter. With help from the junior high students, the team sold these faceless dolls seen in this photo that raised awareness of the murdered and missing Indigenous women.                                Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Ponoka high school students fundraise for women’s shelter

Creating awareness for #MMIW Ponoka Secondary Campus students hosted a bake sale

Ponoka Secondary Campus Grade 10 students Denver Hillareguy, Ava Buffalo, Winston Saddleback and Haley Samson took part in a project that raised $500 for the Ermineskin Women’s Shelter. With help from the junior high students, the team sold these faceless dolls seen in this photo that raised awareness of the murdered and missing Indigenous women.                                Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
Ponoka’s Mylee Yellowbird, Grade 6, is to be awarded the Honouring Spirit: Indigenous Student Awards for her leadership at Ponoka Elementary School and for passing on her Cree knowledge to younger students.                                Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Ponoka student’s leadership earns Indigenous Student Award

Ponoka’s Mylee Yellowbird is to receive her award in Edmonton on May 12

Ponoka’s Mylee Yellowbird, Grade 6, is to be awarded the Honouring Spirit: Indigenous Student Awards for her leadership at Ponoka Elementary School and for passing on her Cree knowledge to younger students.                                Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
A family pow wow hosted by the Samson Cree Nation at the Panee Agriplex was an event for families and foster children. The event was held March 24 and was a full day of dancing and culture.                                  Photos by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Samson Nation pow wow brings families together

The nation hosted a family pow wow to culture to families

A family pow wow hosted by the Samson Cree Nation at the Panee Agriplex was an event for families and foster children. The event was held March 24 and was a full day of dancing and culture.                                  Photos by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
Shareena Ermineskin is crowned Miss Teen Central Alberta at a pageant in Calgary recently. Her platform was suicide awareness.                                Photo submitted

Teen from Maskwacis crowned Miss Central Alberta

The 13-year-old is heading to Toronto, Ont. for nationals in August

Shareena Ermineskin is crowned Miss Teen Central Alberta at a pageant in Calgary recently. Her platform was suicide awareness.                                Photo submitted
Priscilla Swampy-Dion, Treaty 6 representative and registrar for the Alberta Native Hockey Provincial Championships speaks during a press conference Wednesday in Edmonton about next the championships, which take place next month. Mayor Don Iveson also took some time to praise the tournament, now coming into its 25th anniversary. Photo submitted

Over 250 First Nations teams to converge on Edmonton for Native provincials

The 25th anniversary of the Alberta Native Provincial Hockey Championships starts April 5

Priscilla Swampy-Dion, Treaty 6 representative and registrar for the Alberta Native Hockey Provincial Championships speaks during a press conference Wednesday in Edmonton about next the championships, which take place next month. Mayor Don Iveson also took some time to praise the tournament, now coming into its 25th anniversary. Photo submitted
Priscilla Swampy-Dion, Treaty 6 representative and registrar for the Alberta Native Hockey Provincial Championships speaks during a press conference recently about the tournament coming up in April. Photo submitted

Over 250 First Nations teams to converge on Edmonton for Native provincials

The 25th anniversary of the Alberta Native Provincial Hockey Championships starts April 5

Priscilla Swampy-Dion, Treaty 6 representative and registrar for the Alberta Native Hockey Provincial Championships speaks during a press conference recently about the tournament coming up in April. Photo submitted
COLUMN: Building relationships with our FNMI partners

COLUMN: Building relationships with our FNMI partners

Ponoka’s STAR Catholic trustee speaks to a division-wide plan to improve outcomes for FNMI learners

  • Dec 20, 2017
COLUMN: Building relationships with our FNMI partners

UPDATE: LOCATED – Maskwacis RCMP concerned for missing First Nations man

Police say he was last seen Dec. 13 and hasn’t been heard from

Chevi Rabbit, second from left, was recognized by Premier Rachel Notley as one of the 25 most influential human rights activists at the Alberta legislature recently. Rabbit’s story is one of advocacy and being positive. Posing with Rabbit is MLA Bruce Hinkley, sister Tashina Redcalf and mother Lavenia Schug. Photo submitted

Ponoka’s Chevi Rabbit recognized for human rights advocacy

She was recognized as one of the top 25 most influential human rights advocates

Chevi Rabbit, second from left, was recognized by Premier Rachel Notley as one of the 25 most influential human rights activists at the Alberta legislature recently. Rabbit’s story is one of advocacy and being positive. Posing with Rabbit is MLA Bruce Hinkley, sister Tashina Redcalf and mother Lavenia Schug. Photo submitted

UPDATED – Located: Maskwacis RCMP seek assistance in locating missing First Nations youth

The 15-year-old went missing from the Samson Cree Nation Nov. 26

Ehpewapahk Alternate School principal Andrew Fulks poses in the entryway of the new building recently. The school had its grand opening on the Ermineskin Cree Nation and has a focus on working with students and incorporating Cree culture in all its learning.                                Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Maskwacis educators excited with new alternate school

Students with special needs can learn in a Cree-focussed school

Ehpewapahk Alternate School principal Andrew Fulks poses in the entryway of the new building recently. The school had its grand opening on the Ermineskin Cree Nation and has a focus on working with students and incorporating Cree culture in all its learning.                                Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye