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Pandemic forced changes to Indigenous tourism businesses net positive outlooks 

By Sam Laskaris, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter After some initial concerns about whether his business would be able to survive the COVID-19 pandemic, Scott Iserhoff has a much more positive outlook now. Iserhoff owns Pei Pei Chei Ow, an Edmonton-based catering company that offers contemporary Indigenous cuisine. Iserhoff was one ...

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Indigenous leaders stand with Vancouver Island First Nation in road use battle with logging company

North Island Hereditary chiefs and environmental advocacy group Sierra BC  are supporting the MMFN’s decision to restrict access to WFP trucks. By Binny Paul, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Indigenous leaders and environmentalists are standing behind a Gold River-area First Nation in its dispute with one of Vancouver Island’s largest forest ...

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Brock University to hold public lecture to examine spirit and intention of treaties 

By Sean Vanderklis, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Stanley (Bobby) Henry, a lecturer with the Faculty of Education at Brock University will host an online lecture in recognition of Treaty Week that is open to the public. Henry is a member of the Cayuga nation and an expert on treaties that ...

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Energy retrofits continue at Akisqnuk

By Breanne Massey Local Journalism Initiative Reporter In an effort to make on-reserve homes safer and more energy-efficient, the Akisqnuk First Nation’s (AFN) housing department has been collaborating with ThinkBright Homes to provide inspections for 20 homes in the community. AFN housing manager Dale Shudra and his team asked band ...

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Mini Indigenous business school coming to Port Hardy 

By Zoe Ducklow Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Kwakiutl First Nation is partnering with the University of Victoria and Aboriginal Canadian Entrepreneurs (ACE) to bring business education to Indigenous people in Port Hardy. The program, free for up to 20 students, will run in-person at the North Island Mall with a ...

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Feds add $204M for anti pandemic measures in Indigenous communities and institutions 

By Maan Alhmidi THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA-Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Ottawa will spend an additional $204 million targeted at child care, education and infrastructure to help Indigenous communities fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Trudeau says the government is spending $120 million to support early learning and child-care facilities in First ...

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‘Blacklisted:’ Nova Scotia First Nation pulls commercial lobster boats from the water

By Michael MacDonald THE CANADIAN PRESS HALIFAX-Potential sales have cost the band more than $1.5 million. Mike Sack, chief of the Sipekne’katik First Nation, issued a statement today saying the band has also been blacklisted by lobster buyers. “The (non-Indigenous) commercial fishery has systematically boxed us out of the market,” ...

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For working Santas, it won’t be a green Christmas as parades, other paid gigs dry up

 Will there be a Christmas without Santas? By Christopher Reynolds THE CANADIAN PRESS George McKay belts out a hearty “ho ho ho” as he makes the rounds at a weekend farmers market in Brampton, Ont. Wearing full Santa garb, from tasselled hat to silver bells and with an all-real white ...

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