Category: First Nations People

BC Hydro Indigenous culture…

A sign displayed at a local pre owned shop in the down town of Merritt. File Photo KDG

BC hydro has recommended a number of videos and literature to find out about some of the first peoples culture:

  • A Tribe called Red Ft black bear : You tube
  • Indian Horse : You tube
  • The Road Forward: NFB you tube.
  • The Orange Shirt Story : Good read ( hydro)

The founder of Orange Shirt Day, Phyllis Webstad, shares her story about her experience in a residential school. On top of the trauma she experienced at the school, they didn’t let her wear her favourite orange shirt that her grandmother bought for her. Ever since, she’s associated the colour orange with the trauma of living in a residential school. She took this dark history and turned it into a children’s book, transforming it into a story of hope and education.

Source BC Hydro

We all have a culture in our home (one or more) here is an opportunity to understand a point of view of first peoples. If you are interested you may want to check with a local college to see if they over any Indigenous Art History classes.

On this Day: February 19th 1985

The first heart transplant patient to leave hospital.

Sharon McIvor, lawyer first nations women advocate, professor at NVIT file photo KDG

2019 First Nation language issues.

The number of indigenous people in Canada according to the 2016 census is one million six hundred seventy three thousand, seven hundred eight five. There are 977,230 with a single First Nation identity. Both groups are up around 40 percent since the last reporting. They are rapidly becoming a big part of the makeup of modern Canada. The issue of mother tongues and language is important to them and is at the center of the schools that they are increasingly running. Hence a full year of observance of the issue.

On this Day: July 9th 1755

The Braddock expedition is defeated.

MMIWG Inquiry final report.

The National missing and murdered indigenous women inquiry issued it report on the 100 Million dollar effort to determine what has been the reason for the grief and horror suffered by that community above others in Canada.

Notice boards like this give pause
File photo KDG

When its close to you, less comfort.

The two-volume report delivers 231 “Calls for Justice” that are framed as legal imperatives rather than optional recommendations. These include:

The establishment of a National Indigenous and Human Rights Ombudsperson and a National Indigenous and Human Rights Tribunal, and

Developing and implementing a National Action Plan to ensure equitable access to employment, housing, education, safety and health care.

Wide-ranging calls to action are directed to all governments (federal, provincial, territorial, municipal and Indigenous) including calls to:

Fully implement and comply with relevant rights instruments including the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

Prioritize and resource measures to eliminate marginalization of Indigenous women, girls and others when developing budgets and determining government priorities; and, ensure adequate representation of these groups in governance.

Ensure rights to health and wellness of Indigenous peoples, including through programs for survivors of trauma and violence, and accessible holistic wraparound services including mobile trauma and addictions recovery teams.

Provide access to safe housing, clean water and adequate food for Indigenous peoples.

Ensure that non-Indigenous police services have the capacity and resources to serve and protect Indigenous women, girls and others.

Provide sufficient transportation to Indigenous communities, and in towns and cities, with planning and funding that considers ways to increase safe transit and special accommodations for rural and remote communities.

Source UBCM

On this Day: May 6th 1998

Kerrie Wood strikes out 20 Houston Astros.

TGIF- Marine ecology action..

Good news, the NEB approved the reconsidered application to build the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion. Significant risks are in the report however they confirm it is in the national interest and should be built. One risk is the effect of marine traffic on the Southern resident killer whale and its culture value to First peoples. the conclusion is that the risk to them is already there with the other marine traffic, meaning that measures that should be in place now will become more demanding with increased tanker activity.

Consultation remaining…

There remains constitutional obligated talks with about 40 of 120 effected FN groups.

Cabinet has 90 days to approve the approval…

The federal cabinet has 90 days to consider the approval and endorse it. Tanker traffic is to increase to about 35 medium tankers a month with the expansion from the stated 1 a week now.

Clean gas clean gas pump File photo KDG click for link…

On this Day: February 22nd 1958

Egypt and Syria join to make the UAR.

Frendship funding…

File Photo KDG

C2C funding is available for local governments to build relationships with neighbouring FN groups.

C2C- Community to Community Forum…

Funding permitting, the application deadlines for 2019/20 are:
March 15, 2019. For events between April 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020
September 13, 2019.  For events between September 30, 2019 and March 31, 2020
December 6, 2019. For events between January 1 and March 31, 2020
The C2C program is administered by the UBCM and the First Nations Summit.  In most years since 1999, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing and Indigenous Services Canada have provided funding. In this time, nearly 630 C2C Forums have been held across the province.

Source UBCM

On this Day: February 7th 1940

Walt Disney’s Pinocchio premiers .

Hunter Moon coming…

Beautiful harvest moon.

Moon Photo KDG

October 24th will see the Moon in full and will be called a hunters Moon. Cloudy skies are possible for the 23 and 24th in Merritt however Lethbridge Alberta is clear and cool. Hunting  should be good however remember moon light or not it is not legal to use a firearm a 1 hour before sunset and one hour  sunrise.

Some creatures can be taken after dark including deer, by bow, local conditions and regulations apply.  BC guide

If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, look for the moon to be bright and full-looking for several nights beginning around October 23 or 24. Around all of these nights, you’ll see a bright round moon in your sky, rising around the time of sunset, highest in the middle of the night. source Earth Sky News

On this Day: October 18th 1954

The first transistor radio is announced.

TGIF-Indigenous summer.


Mandy Jimmie, right, is a grad from the local secondary system in Merritt BC now teaches indigenous language at NVIT.  File Photo :KDG

Indigenous summer.

Called Indian summer to many the term may refer  to the warm hazy days of autumn  that north American first peoples liked to hunt for winter caching of meat.

The official term for Indians in Canada now is Indigenous and has amalgamated all other terms in government referencing.

The Ingenuous elementary school  from Upper Nicola participated a parade on Thursday promoting Salmon conservation and concern about pipelines.  Salmon is also a food stock traditionally preserved for winter.

On this Day: September 28th 2008

Falcon 1 puts the first private payload into space.

National Indigenous Peoples Day


Dr. Eugene Atleos speaks to staff members and interested public at the , NVIT speakers series He is now a former grand chief. File Photo KDG

This is National Indigenous Peoples Day, the first since the government made Indigenous the official name for those that called them self’s Aboriginal, Native, Indian, First Nations Etc.  The day an invitation to all to share one of Canadas days.
Activities are on at the Merritt Rotary park, and the Princess Diana memorial band shell. Music by Randy Chillihitza and Aces in the Hole. Aces in the Hole

Indian day was self proclaimed in 1945,  today is the 22 year of an official observance of the day in some form or other. The day is a stat holiday in the Yukon and NWT.

On this Day:  June 21st 2009

Greenland assumes self rule.



The federal government in 2017 said that the low carbon programs would be being implemented. They are looking for partnerships with local governments

In December 2017, the Government of Canada announced it is providing Low Carbon Economy Funding to the Province of BC in support of projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The BC Government has identified matching funds to support a number of initiatives including organic waste processing infrastructure to increase municipal organics diversion and management of agricultural waste. Local governments are the eligible recipient for this funding program and will need to provide one-third matching funding. Local governments may choose to partner with First Nations or private companies.

The government will be presenting a webinar on June 26th and 27th and then looking for expressions of interest or input.


On this Day: June 13th 1994

An Anchorage Alaska jury finds negligence in the Exon Valdez oil tanker disaster.

Kamloops Wildlife Park

Enterprising non profits seminar brought different groups to Merritt this week. File Photo KDG

New Gold and New Afton mines are sponsoring a weekend at the Kamloops Wildlife Park at Easter this year. Including rides on its scale train, chocolate egg hunt and Chris the Clown.

The mining company operates a mine 10 kilometers west of Kamloops, and is operating 5 mines  around the world. It’s  New Afton project is an underground caving operation.

The Easter event requires an admission. 9:30 -4PM daily, wildlife park members are free.

Meet and interact with the resident critters of Kamloops Wildlife Park. Since its opening in 1966, the small zoo has cared for and rehabilitated native British Columbian animals who are injured or orphaned. See more than 65 species of animals and birds that inhabit the wildlife park, including predatory birds, cougars, deer, moose, grizzlies, and the elusive Kermode bear. Take a guided tour to learn interesting trivia about the wildlife and hear stories about the zoo’s residents. Quickly create a custom-made using our trip planner.

Source KWP Kamloops Wildlife Park


The BC mining industry has a long history of support for family and community events and facilities.

Highland Valley copper

Voght street Office of a local mine getting benefit  from new Hydro infrastructure. File Photo KDG

On this Day: March 13th 2003

The Journal Nature features 350 thousand year old footprints found in Italy.

MOre stimulus spending showing up

Federal Government works, file photo KDG


The 2018 budget was tabled yesterday and shows a deficit of 18.1 billion dollars. The document addresses a number of popular issues. The liberal government will present one more budget in their mandate.

Small Business Tax Rate

  •  Reduction of the small business tax rate to 10 per cent, effective January 1, 2018, and to 9 per cent, effective January 1, 2019.

Cannabis Taxation

  • In December 2017, the federal government reached an agreement with most provincial and territorial governments to establish duties on cannabis as the higher of $1 per gram or 10 per cent of a product price, through a federally administrated coordinated framework.
  • This tax room will be shared on a 75/25 basis, with 75 per cent of duties going to provincial and territorial governments and the remaining 25 per cent to the federal government. The federal portion of cannabis excise duty revenue will be capped at $100 million annually for the first two years after legalization.
  • Any federal revenue in excess of $100 million will be provided to provinces and territories.
  • As part of this arrangement, it is the federal government’s expectation that a substantial portion of the revenues from this tax room provided to provinces and territories will be transferred to municipalities and local communities who are on the front lines of legalization.


Rental Construction Financing Initiative

  • To encourage a stable supply of affordable rental housing across the country, the Government proposes increasing the amount of loans provided by the Rental Construction Financing Initiative from $2.5 billion to $3.75 billion over the next three years. This new funding is intended to support projects that address the needs of modest- and middle-income households struggling in expensive housing markets. In total, this measure alone is expected to spur the construction of more than 14,000 new rental units across Canada.

Beneficial Ownership

  • To improve the availability of beneficial ownership information, the Government proposes to introduce enhanced income tax reporting requirements for certain trusts to provide additional information on an annual basis, applicable for the 2021 and later taxation years.

Community Safety:

Opioid Crisis

  • Provide $231.4 million over five years, starting in 2018–19, for additional measures to help address the opioid crisis.


  •  Provide $116.0 million over five years, and $23.2 million per year ongoing, to the RCMP to support the creation of the National Cybercrime Coordination Unit. The National Cybercrime Coordination Unit will create a coordination hub for cybercrime investigations in Canada and will work with international partners on cybercrime.
  • Provide an additional $236.5 million over five years, and $41.2 million per year ongoing, to further support Canada’s new National Cyber Security Strategy.

Guns and Gangs

  • Provide $327.6 million over five years, starting in 2018–19, and $100 million per year ongoing, to Public Safety Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Canada Border Services Agency. This initiative will support community-level crime prevention and enforcement efforts, build and leverage unique federal expertise and resources to advance intelligence related to the illegal trafficking of firearms, and invest in border security to interdict illicit goods including guns and drugs.


Land, Water and Species Protection

  • Contribute $500 million from the federal government to create a new $1 billion Nature Fund in partnership with corporate, not-for-profit, provincial, territorial and other partners. The Nature Fund will make it possible to secure private land, support provincial and territorial species protection efforts, and help build Indigenous capacity to conserve lands and species.

Indigenous Relations

Clean Drinking Water on Reserve

  • Provide an additional $172.6 million over three years, beginning in 2018–19, to improve access to clean and safe drinking water on reserve. Program objective is to have all boil water advisories lifted by March 2021.


Small Craft Harbours

  • Provide $250 million on a cash basis over two years, starting in 2018–19, to Fisheries and Oceans Canada to renew its network of small craft harbours and work with local governments where investments and divestitures can enhance local communities.

Critical Infrastructure Security

  • Provide Public Safety Canada with $1.4 million in 2018–19 to continue operations of the Regional Resilience Assessment Program and the Virtual Risk Analysis Cell. These programs support assessments of critical infrastructure facilities, such as energy grids, information and communication technology networks, and hospitals.


Gender Equity

  • The Government will bring in a legislated proactive pay equity regime in federally regulated sectors, which would apply to approximately 1.2 million employed individuals.
  • EI Parental Sharing Benefit where two parent families who agree to share parental leave could receive an additional five weeks of leave.
  • The Canada Workers Benefit will allow low-income workers – many of whom are single parent women – to take home more money while they work.
  • Source UBCM

The targeted Child Tax benefit was the remedy for Child Care after a universal plan died on the order paper in the senate when an election was called years ago. Licenced spaces are always a concern .The most progressive thing in the budget in our view is the water on Indian reserves. Perhaps it would inspire some of the people served to take up the challenge of clean potable water to the third world.

The 10 percent small business tax is progressive as well hopefully it will inspire some more payroll withholding taxes from more employees.

There is also of note something over 1 and half billon for preservation of waterways and nature.

On this Day: February 28th 1953

The chemical structure of DNA is discovered.

Brown: Kamal Al-Solaylee

land rover

What it means to be a brown person in the world today  ” (to everyone)”, a book, is being presented by the author at the Merritt Civic Center on Friday September 29th 7-:30 pm.

The billing says that Kamal is an associate professor  at Ryerson University after being a writer for the Globe and Mail.

The event is sponsored by the regional district and the Canada Council for the Arts. No registration is required,  no admission charge. Contact the library system FMI

Editors Note: icon and stereotype are only different by six letters and an attitude. KDG

On this Day: September 26th 1988

Mark Simpson British clarenet player born.

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