speaking of grizzlies, no prizes for guessing the city whose name is the Syilx (aka Okanagan) word for grizzly bear:
Edited by amor de cosmos, 23 August 2021 - 04:35 PM.
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Posted 08 September 2021 - 12:42 PM
More than 4,700 books were removed from library shelves at 30 schools, and they have since been destroyed or are in the process of being recycled
Posted 17 September 2021 - 09:03 AM
So the WSÁNEĆ Leadership Council is launching an online initiative, called "Resource for Settlers," to educate the public about the region's Indigenous language and culture.
The website includes advice on territorial acknowledgements, recommended reading and video resources.
But most important for Pelkey, there's a guide on how to pronounce the very land that First Nations share with settlers.
Posted 26 September 2021 - 07:44 AM
Marion Cumming is leaving her multi-million-dollar Oak Bay home and property to the Victoria Native Friendship Centre in the name of reconciliation.
The 85-year-old, who bought the property in 1990 with her late husband, Bruce, has decided that now is the time to show more of their commitment to Indigenous people.
The Indigenous connections of land across Canada have not been acknowledged in ways they should be, said Cumming, whose .82-acre parcel is adjacent to Walbran Park on Gonzales Hill. “I think some of us appreciate the opportunity to return some of the land.”
Once the property is bequeathed to the friendship centre, she said, the intent is that it will be maintained with a sustainability fund overseen by the Victoria Foundation.
“It’s the idea that there should be sufficient funding over the decades, and if there’s an additional need, one would hope that a grant would be applied for to the Victoria Foundation,” said Cumming. “If property tax is required, the sustainability [fund] would cover it.”
The fund would also cover insurance and basic maintenance, said Cumming, who wants to see the property protected as green space for years to come.
Posted 26 September 2021 - 02:38 PM
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Posted 28 September 2021 - 08:42 AM
Catholic bishops pledge $30M for residential school survivors, AFN expresses skepticism
Officials at Crown-Indigenous Relations worry the Crown may lose a lawsuit launched by Six Nations of the Grand River’s elected council over the community’s numerous outstanding land claims, internal documents suggest.
Negotiators with the Treaties and Aboriginal Government branch informed their deputy minister, the department’s top public servant, of the law department’s opinion in an August 2020 briefing package obtained by APTN News.
“The First Nation is claiming approximately 900,000 acres of land that was improperly surrendered in southwestern Ontario,” the memo explained.
“Justice Canada advises that portions of the Six Nations litigation claim poses high risk for the Crown, and will result in a significant damage award.”
Filed in 1995, the statement of claim alleges the Crown stole nearly all of the 950,000-acre Haldimand Tract from the Six Nations, also known as the Haudenosaunee or Iroquois Confederacy. The land stretches six miles from either bank of the Grand River and was granted them “to enjoy forever” in 1784.
The suit claims the Crown broke this promise and abused its trustee position by squandering, mishandling or embezzling the community’s assets.
The plaintiffs initially asked the court to force Canada and Ontario to account for all allegedly stolen cash and land. It was amended in 2020 to seek damages for breach of treaty obligations and fiduciary duty.
“Six Nations’ financial expectations are extremely high (over a trillion dollars),” the memo continued. “A judicial decision may be required to reset those expectations.”
Posted 29 September 2021 - 02:17 PM
So who wants to wager we'll see some churches vandalized or torched tonight?
Posted 30 September 2021 - 05:23 AM
A Victoria not-for-profit initiative says Canadians have been living “rent-free” on Indigenous land for more than 150 years and it wants to change that.
Reciprocity Trusts wants to arrange payments from homeowners, business owners and renters to distribute to the First Nations whose land they live and work on.
People will be able to go online to calculate how much their monthly reciprocity payment would be based on their address and whether they own or rent.
For homeowners, it’s equivalent to about one per cent of their monthly property taxes, and for renters it’s about one per cent of monthly rent. The payment for businesses is about one percent of profits, shares, time or product.
The average Victoria homeowner would pay about $300 to $500 per year, Candler said. The money will go into a fund managed by trustees nominated by participating First Nations, who will decide where the dollars go.
Christina Clarke, CEO of Songhees Development Corporation, said Songhees chief and council are interested in working with the initiative as they move towards launching. “I think it’s a good idea. I think it has legs,” Clarke said.
In addition to the financial benefit, the program also has the potential to show Songhees community members how many people care and want to contribute.
“That sends a strong message to the communities,” she said.
^ there is the key right at the end. who can you shame if they do not contribute. it will show which community members "care" - and of course it will also determine those who don't care.
Edited by Victoria Watcher, 30 September 2021 - 05:24 AM.
Posted 30 September 2021 - 06:40 AM
If you are ever selling or advertising your home, remember to let others know about your home's r. or r.+ status — reciprocity status stays with your property and adds value when you sell it. When buyers or renters see your property, they'll know they can feel good by choosing a Reciprocity home. It's kind of like a fair trade label for your home.
A tax deductible receipt that you can claim when you file your tax return. We'll work with your Reciprocity Trust and Reciprocity Nations in your area to get that to you. We usually send tax receipts out digitally in January or February.
Recognition as an r. home, including placement on the Reciprocity Web Map (with your permission).
Nifty swag for your front door or yard to recognize your r. home status and help you recognize Indigenous rights by making them more visible in your neighbourhood.
^ that works like a BLM flag in your business window, protects you from looting during the uprisings.
Edited by Victoria Watcher, 30 September 2021 - 06:42 AM.
Posted 30 September 2021 - 07:25 AM
Hmmm, settlers collecting rent from other settlers.
Posted 30 September 2021 - 07:46 AM
In my experience "professor emeritus" means not senile enough to teach anyone anymore and commentary in the TC today seems to support that.
Many others are engaging in everyday acts of decolonization by supporting Indigenous struggles, be it at Fairy Creek to halt old-growth logging, with the Wet’suwet’en to stop the Coastal GasLink pipeline, or with the many Nations fighting the Trans Mountain pipeline.
So the fairy creek protests are now in support of FN?
Edited by spanky123, 30 September 2021 - 07:47 AM.
Posted 30 September 2021 - 07:57 AM
the TC article does not tell us what percentage or fee the company charges or how otherwise they fund their operations. which of course you think would be important to the story.
the website says it's 15%.
85% of every Reciprocity payment will go directly to the Indigenous Nations whose lands you live and work on. In the start up phase, 15% of your Reciprocity payment will help cover some of the admin, communications and outreach costs associated with building and growing Reciprocity.
Edited by Victoria Watcher, 30 September 2021 - 07:59 AM.
Posted 30 September 2021 - 08:01 AM
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Posted 30 September 2021 - 08:11 AM
Posted 30 September 2021 - 08:12 AM
Canada marks first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
A Vancouver Island school named after a racist politician has been renamed to be culturally appropriate, and honour the land and local First Nations.
Children, staff and community members donning orange shirts gathered on Wednesday morning for a ceremony to rename A. W. Neill Elementary School in Port Alberni. The name of the school is now c̓uumaʕas Tsuma-as Elementary School. Tsuma-as is the Nuu-chah-nulth name for the nearby Somass River, spelled as c̓uumaʕas in the Nuu-chah-nulth alphabet.
The official renaming comes just before the inaugural National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, an annual observance honouring Indigenous children who died at residential schools and the survivors, families and communities who continue to be affected by the damaging legacy of those facilities.
The school's former namesake, Alan Webster Neill, served the local settler community as a politician in a variety of roles from 1889 to 1945 including mayor of Port Alberni and MP for the riding of Comox-Alberni from 1921 to 1945. He supported Indian residential schools, anti-Chinese laws in the B.C. legislature and the internment of Japanese people during the Second World War.
Neill's home in Port Alberni included a restriction that it could never be sold to Asian people. The home's covenant was removed in 2019.
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