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B.C. First Nations artist inspires unique, eco-conscious fashion show

Over the course of an artistic career spanning 40 years, Haida artist Reg Davidson has carved masks and sculptures, painted drums, produced gold jewelry, and even sewed traditional regalia. If there...

Court rules First Nations can sue over property rights

Industrial giants, from forestry companies to mining operations, must respect aboriginal territorial claims in British Columbia just as they would heed the rights of any other Canadian landowner, the...

A Tribe Called Red's musical activism

Although I am a big fan of A Tribe Called Red’s music – which has been described as powwow meets hip-hop – I definitely had a very specific idea of what their show was going to be like. Given that...

How to eat local forever: lessons on food security gathered from First Nations

The Enbridge oil pipeline would threaten the Aboriginal tradition of living off the land and eating local foods, say members of First Nations communities.

Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre ceremony for deceased

Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre recently hosted a powwow dedicated to the memory of a community member who  passed away. The Centre helps First Nations people to make a transition into...

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas's Fresh Perspective on Haida Art

In Yahgulanaas’s art, individual forms often have multiple meanings, depending on how you turn your head. Yahgulanaas calls it “visual punning.” When he feels a meaning is becoming too obvious in a pa

Suzuki’s ‘Legacy Lecture’ Far From His Last

David Suzuki's Legacy Lecture proposes that economics is a figment of the human imagination, and must not be elevated above the biosphere.