First Nations

Kids got to express their artistic abilities at a family BBQ at Sanala, where people who had left the complex returned and complimented the recent change.
Kids got to express their artistic abilities at a family BBQ at Sanala, where people who had left the complex returned and complimented the recent change. Spencer Sterritt/NanaimoNewsNOW

Revamping Harewood neighbourhood coming together after decades of hard work

By Spencer Sterritt
July 19, 2017 - 10:34pm Updated: July 20, 2017 - 11:25am

NANAIMO — A vital piece is being placed in the complex puzzle of revamping the Harewood neighbourhood.

VIU alumni Morgan Mowatt, Elder-in-Residence Gary Manson and program coordinator Troy Barnes are looking forward to welcoming Indigenous youth to VIU for a summer camp this August.
VIU alumni Morgan Mowatt, Elder-in-Residence Gary Manson and program coordinator Troy Barnes are looking forward to welcoming Indigenous youth to VIU for a summer camp this August. VIU

VIU summer camp to help ease transition into university or college for Indigenous students

By Spencer Sterritt
July 13, 2017 - 11:39am

NANAIMO — Making the switch from living at home to living on campus for school can be a challenge, which is why a new VIU summer camp wants to prepare Indigenous students thinking about post-secondary education far in advance.

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First Nations evade evacuation orders, fight fires as weather conditions improve

By The Canadian Press
July 12, 2017 - 5:20pm Updated: July 13, 2017 - 10:27am

ALEXIS CREEK, B.C. — Emergency officials and police are urging British Columbia residents to respect evacuation orders ahead of fast-moving wildfires, but some First Nations are standing their ground, successfully protecting their homes and property.

Naveah Porter, 8, is comforted by her grandmother Angie Thorne as they view the remains of their home which was destroyed by wildfire on the Ashcroft First Nation, near Ashcroft B.C.
Naveah Porter, 8, is comforted by her grandmother Angie Thorne as they view the remains of their home which was destroyed by wildfire on the Ashcroft First Nation, near Ashcroft B.C. The Canadian Press

'Bigger and better,' family plans to rebuild after wildfire takes their home

By The Canadian Press
July 10, 2017 - 4:27pm Updated: July 11, 2017 - 6:00am

ASHCROFT, B.C. — Angie Thorne hugs her granddaughter as she looks for the first time at the blackened pit where her home of 21 years had stood just days earlier.

Organizers say every day new SFN youth have come to the workshops to learn and become budding MC's and dancers.
Organizers say every day new SFN youth have come to the workshops to learn and become budding MC's and dancers. Spencer Sterritt/NanaimoNewsNOW

Hip-hop music helping Snuneymuxw First Nation youth express themselves

By Spencer Sterritt
July 7, 2017 - 12:39am Updated: July 7, 2017 - 11:35am

NANAIMO — Young Snuneymuxw First Nations kids and teens have spent the week learning how to combine urban hip-hop dancing with traditional pow wow dancing.

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