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The drumming family Footprints of the Wolf in front of the Snuneymuxw First Nation band office.
The drumming family Footprints of the Wolf in front of the Snuneymuxw First Nation band office. Spencer Sterritt/NanaimoNewsNOW

Nanaimo celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day

By Spencer Sterritt
June 21, 2018 - 4:38pm Updated: June 21, 2018 - 5:54pm

NANAIMO — Snuneymuxw First Nation members celebrated what makes them unique on National Indigenous Peoples Day.

Dozens of SFN members and residents celebrated at the band office Thurday, singing, dancing and playing traditional Indigenous games.

SFN chief Michael Wyse during the unveiling of two newly installed totem poles at Departure Bay beach.
SFN chief Michael Wyse during the unveiling of two newly installed totem poles at Departure Bay beach. Ian Holmes/NanaimoNewsNOW

'It's like taking back what was ours:' SFN totem poles installed at Departure Bay beach

By Ian Holmes
June 20, 2018 - 6:15pm Updated: June 20, 2018 - 11:16pm

NANAIMO — Snuneymuxw First Nation has a strengthened presence at their traditional Departure Bay village site.

Two 16-foot totem poles made by SFN carver Joel Good were revealed at a ceremony Wednesday at the north end of the waterfront walkway at Departure Bay beach.

Commercial St. is expected to be packed Thursday night for the first of 11 night markets.
Commercial St. is expected to be packed Thursday night for the first of 11 night markets. DNBIA

Downtown Nanaimo excited for first Commercial Street Night Market

By NanaimoNewsNOW Staff
June 20, 2018 - 5:33pm

NANAIMO — The weekend is coming early for downtown Nanaimo.

On Thursday, June 21 the first ever Commercial Street Night Market gets underway and is expected to pack the streets with roughly 70 vendors, food trucks, entertainment and enthusiastic crowds.

Much of the Nanaimo Assembly Wharf will be home to a vehicle processing centre. The business received a $6.3 million boost during an on-site news conference on Wednesday.
Much of the Nanaimo Assembly Wharf will be home to a vehicle processing centre. The business received a $6.3 million boost during an on-site news conference on Wednesday. Nanaimo Port Authority

Feds inject $6.3M into new shipping business on Nanaimo Assembly Wharf

By Ian Holmes
June 20, 2018 - 4:02pm Updated: June 20, 2018 - 11:20pm

NANAIMO — Federal dollars committed to Nanaimo's Assembly Wharf will help fund a new industry which could support as many as 100 well-paying full time jobs.

Nanaimo Regional General Hospital patients will be able to access free Wi-Fi during their stay in hospital.
Nanaimo Regional General Hospital patients will be able to access free Wi-Fi during their stay in hospital. File photo/NanaimoNewsNOW

Free Wi-Fi coming to Nanaimo Hospital

By Spencer Sterritt
June 20, 2018 - 10:06am

NANAIMO — Anyone staying at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital won't have to feel isolated and disconnected from their friends and family.

Island Health announced Wednesday free Wi-Fi is coming to the hospital in an effort to keep patients connected during their stay.

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