First Nations

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.

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