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Australia replacing Queen Elizabeth with Indigenous design on $5 bill – CBC

Feb 01, 2023

Bill not expected to be in circulation for years; King Charles to feature on an upcoming coin instead

King Charles III won’t feature on Australia’s new $5 bill, the nation’s central bank announced Thursday, signaling a phasing out of the British monarchy from Australian bank notes, although the new monarch is still expected to feature on coins.

A new Indigenous design will replace the previous portrait of the late Queen Elizabeth, Australia’s Reserve Bank said, a move which honours “the culture and history of the First Australians.”

“The other side of the $5 banknote will continue to feature the Australian parliament,” the bank said in a statement.

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Cedar’s prominence in Indigenous lives featured in documentary – Saanich News

Feb. 1, 2023

Screening of A Cedar Is Life at Chemainus Theatre’s mini film festival, Canadian premiere in Victoria

A mini film festival has become a prominent part of the Chemainus Theatre Festival’s diversification since COVID.

Three Indigenous-based films were screened over two days last March, including director Harold C. Joe’s highly-acclaimed Tzouhalem. Two films are on the agenda for the follow-up festival on Saturday, Feb. 11.

Among them is a documentary film, A Cedar Is Life, directed by Cowichan Tribes’ Joe that has its Canadian premiere at the Victoria Film Festival Feb. 6 before playing at the Chemainus Theatre Feb. 11 at 7 p.m.

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The NCCIH announces new Academic Co-Leads

After 20 years of visionary leadership, Dr. Margo Greenwood, a scholar of Cree descent, is moving on from the National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health to her new appointment as a Senator representing British Columbia in the federal government. Dr. Sheila Blackstock and Dr. Daniel Sims, both Indigenous scholars and Associate Professors at the University of Northern British Columbia, will begin their new roles as Academic Co-Leads of NCCIH on February 1, 2023.

Dr. Sheila Blackstock is a Gitxsan scholar and Associate Professor in the School of Nursing in the Faculty of Human and Health Sciences at UNBC. She has over 32 years of nursing experience ranging from acute care to rural health, Indigenous and occupational health nursing.

Born and raised in Prince George, historian and author Dr. Daniel Sims is a member of the Tsay Keh Dene First Nation. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of First Nations Studies in the Faculty of Indigenous Studies, Social Sciences and Humanities with over a decade’s worth of experience working with communities in northern British Columbia.

Blackstock and Sims credit 20 years of ground-breaking work by founding Academic Lead Dr. Margo Greenwood for elevating NCCIH to prominence as a national and international research powerhouse. Sims and Blackstock, both of whom now call Prince George their home, are committed to continuing to build on NCCIH’s decolonizing approach to advancing Indigenous public health and knowledge translation and exchange. Working in partnerships with communities to improve the health outcomes of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples is the heart of what Blackstock and Sims will be doing.

“I am honored and humbled to be a co-lead alongside Daniel Sims, and grateful to be part of the NCCIH team,” says Blackstock. “I am excited to enhance connections among interdisciplinary teams and traditional knowledge keepers to support innovations in holistic health approaches. The aim in all of our work is to improve outcomes for First Nations, Métis, Inuit and Urban Aboriginal peoples.”

Sims says, “I’m really excited to be working with Sheila Blackstock and the excellent NCCIH team. Our shared roles allow us to lead together and build off each other’s strengths in collaboration. I look forward to enhancing connections to the social sciences and humanities in this work.”

Read the official media release (PDF).

Read the biographies of new Academic Co-Leads Dr. Sheila Blackstock and Dr. Daniel Sims.


MNBC Announces New Standards of Practice for Skills Training, Employment, Post-Secondary

February 1, 2023

Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) is pleased to announce new Standards of Practice (SOP), a comprehensive set of guidelines designed to promote accountability, transparency, and responsible governance within the organization. The new Standards of Practice will go in to effect for all programs in the Ministry of Skills Training, Employment, and Post-Secondary (STEPS) with a program or training date after April 1st.

The SOP are designed to create a more streamlined application process for citizens. They were developed in consultation and feedback received over the last year from STEPS staff, citizens and Métis Chartered Communities. They cover a wide range of areas, including financial management, customer service standards, wrap-around and emergency supports available and are intended to ensure that MNBC is operating in a way that is fair, inclusive, and responsive to the needs of the citizens and communities and is in alignment with our Federal and Provincial funding agreements.

Due to a record number of citizens being funded in post-secondary education this past year, STEPS had fully allocated all available funding to support those seeking degree, graduate or doctoral programs by late August 2022. With MNBC’s new fiscal year starting April 1, new applications for STEPS programs will open on February 01, 2023. Applications must be completed for MNBC to begin processing, and citizens will have to submit new applications for this upcoming fiscal year.

Accompanying the SOP is a new simplified digital application process. STEPS in collaboration with the Ministry of Digital Government has developed digital tools that will make applying for programs more secure and efficient. The new application software will cut down wait times for citizens and create efficiencies for STEPS staff. This is a key improvement we have been working on over the last year, as every year we see higher numbers of applications.

“We are committed to being accountable to our community, and these Standards of Practice are an important step towards achieving that goal,” says Paulette Flamond, MNBC Minister of Skills Training, Employment and Post-Secondary Education. “We believe that by setting high standards for ourselves, we can build stronger, more sustainable communities and ensure that the Métis Nation is a leader in responsible and effective governance.”

Eligibility for STEPS programs and supports remains consistent with last year, requiring citizenship or an active application. Current programs and services have been created based on the funding streams we receive both Federally and Provincially, programs are determined by the priorities and goals associated with these funding streams. Current programs that will continue include the Wage Subsidy Program, Career Placement/Practicum Support/Apprenticeship, and Wrap Around Support.

The Standards of Practice will be reviewed on an ongoing basis to ensure that they continue to reflect the evolving needs of citizens, and will be made available to the public on the MNBC website.

This new SOP is a testament to the work MNBC staff undertakes daily to serve its citizens with the highest quality. The new standards outlined here are a building block on the already instrumental work being done to ensure a brighter future for Métis Nation BC citizens.


National Police Federation Responds to Charges Against Some RCMP Members in Prince George, B.C.

February 1, 2023

Vancouver, B.C. — Following is a statement from Brian Sauvé, President, National Police Federation, regarding charges laid against some RCMP Members in Prince George, B.C.:

“In-custody deaths, while rare, are tragic and impactful for everyone involved. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Mr. Culver, as well our Members and their families in the face of the charges laid today.

We support transparent, accountable, and timely investigations and court proceedings. However, it is important to highlight that, this file was far from timely. The investigation by the Independent Investigations Office of BC, the charge assessment by the BC Prosecution Service, and the ultimate charge approval decision by BC Crown Counsel took almost six years, creating an extensive period of uncertainty for our Members, Mr. Culver’s family, and the community of Prince George. While we understand the challenges associated with insufficient funding and human resources, this delay is simply unacceptable and unfair, and British Columbians deserve better.

In fact, the Province of BC’s report on “A Rapid Investigation into Repeat Offending and Random Stranger Violence in British Columbia(opens in a new tab)” makes important and urgent recommendations to unclog and modernize BC’s overwhelmed court system, with a goal to create a more efficient and respectful legal process and BC Prosecution Service. We fully support and endorse their implementation.

Also importantly, now that deployment of body-worn cameras for RCMP Members across the country is fast-approaching, we expect that these will help protect Canadians, including our Members, and provide transparency, evidence, and accountability on all interactions between police and the public.

Out of respect for those involved, we ask that everyone allow the legal process to unfold in the courtroom, rather than in the media.”

About the National Police Federation:

The National Police Federation (NPF) was certified to represent ~20,000 RCMP Members serving across Canada and internationally in the summer of 2019. The NPF is the largest police labour relations organization in Canada; the second largest in North America and is the first independent national association to represent RCMP Members.

The NPF is focused on improving public safety in Canada by increasing resources, equipment, training, and other supports for our Members who have been under-funded for far too long. Better resourcing and supports for the RCMP will enhance community safety and livability in the communities we serve, large and small, across Canada.

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Media contacts:

Fabrice de Dongo
Manager, Media Relations
(647) 274-7118

Sarah Kavanagh
Coordinator, Media Relations
(604) 842-6864


House post returning to First Nation after 138 years, and decades in Harvard storage – The Toronto Star

Feb. 2, 2023

VANCOUVER – In the 138 years since an Indigenous house post was chopped down and ordered burned by missionaries, it was sold under duress, damaged and displayed as a historic oddity, donated to a museum, then packed away in storage for decades.

Nowthe long-house post, which has “incredible” cultural value for the Gitxaala Nation on British Columbia’s northern coast, is on its way home.

The black and red, three-metre-tall, 180-kilogram house post has been shipped from Harvard University in Massachusetts and is expected to arrive in Prince Rupert next month.

The post depicts a grizzly bear of the sea and her cubs, which are the two main crests of the house within the nation.

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Trigon Appoints Dan Woznow to lead terminal diversification strategy

Trigon Pacific Terminals is very pleased to announce the appointment of Dan Woznow as Trigon’s new Senior Vice President – Business Diversification. In this role, Dan will be responsible for advancing Trigon’s diversification strategy with partners near and far as the terminal becomes Canada’s export hub for the next generation of low-carbon energy products.

Dan brings more than 25 years of technical and commercial expertise in energy and infrastructure development, operations and management with a diversified background in renewables, energy and mining. Dan’s focus will be to further build and expand the strong relationships we have with our partners near and far.

In 2022, with $75 million from the Government of Canada through the National Trade Corridors Fund, Trigon began construction of the Berth 2 Beyond Carbon, or B2BC project for the export of low-carbon energy products. The first stage of construction is now complete with B2BC anticipated to be operational by 2026.

We’re thrilled to have Dan join the Trigon team!


Five Canadian Mounties charged over indigenous man’s death – BBC

Five members of Canada’s federal police force are facing charges in connection with the fatal arrest of an indigenous man nearly six years ago.

Dale Culver died in police custody on 18 July 2017 at the age of 35.

The five officers are members of the Prince George Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). The charges were filed by prosecutors in British Columbia.

Two of the Mounties are charged with manslaughter, while the other three are charged with obstructing justice.

The indictment comes almost three years after it was recommended by the province’s Independent Investigations Office (IIO).

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New funding supports more accessible taxis

Feb. 1, 2023

VICTORIA – British Columbians who use wheelchairs or have other accessibility needs will soon see more accessible taxis on the road with the launch of the Passenger Transportation Accessibility Program (PTAP).

People who depend on wheelchair-accessible taxis often experience longer wait times or lack of service. The program will help offset the extra costs that taxi owner-operators face in providing wheelchair-accessible vehicles, which will help to increase the number of accessible taxis available.

“Promoting equity in passenger transportation is an important way that we’re working to build a better, stronger future for all British Columbians,” said Rob Fleming, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “By investing in a more inclusive transportation network we’re helping people participate more fully in their communities by connecting with friends, attending appointments and getting to work.”

Approximately $3 million of funding is available for the first funding stream under this program, which will provide rebates to eligible taxi owner-operators for costs associated with maintaining their wheelchair-accessible taxis. Applications opened on Jan. 27, 2023:

Over the next two years, the ministry will launch three additional funding streams that will focus on reducing the cost of operating, purchasing and converting wheelchair-accessible taxis, and providing training to better support the passengers who rely on them.

“Supporting industry’s efforts to provide better, more timely services for people with accessibility needs helps address barriers many people face every day,” said Dan Coulter, Minister of State for Infrastructure and Transit. “In line with our commitments under the Accessible British Columbia Act, this funding will help industry meet the needs of clients and make getting around easier and safer for everyone.”

The launch of the Passenger Transportation Accessibility Program follows the passing of Bill 40 in the fall of 2022, which established new responsibilities and authority for the registrar of passenger transportation to support passenger transportation accessibility.

The accessibility program will be funded using revenues collected from the per-trip fee that came into effect in September 2019 as part of the Province’s efforts to introduce ride hailing and to modernize the taxi industry. The per-trip fee was created to offset the regulatory costs and impacts of enabling ride-hailing operations, and to help alleviate the impact that ride hailing has on the availability of wheelchair-accessible vehicles.

Unlike ride-hailing companies, taxi companies may be required as part of their operating licence to reserve a portion of their fleet for accessible vehicles.


Mohan Kang, president, BC Taxi Association –

“One of the BC Taxi Association’s goals is to increase the number of accessible taxis on the road and this new program is going to do just that. The funding will help our members with important retrofitting and maintenance costs so they can provide the important accessibility services people across the province depend on.”

Carolyn Bauer, spokesperson, Vancouver Taxi Association –

“With the removal of some financial barriers, this is a great opportunity for the industry here in Vancouver to get more people where they need to go. I look forward to supporting our members and working with the Province as PTAP gets going.”

Neil Belanger, CEO, BC Aboriginal Network of Disability Services –

“Disability impacts everyone, and everyone has a right to be an active and included member of their community. Service improvements that increase equity for all people requiring transportation accommodations not only makes our communities a better place to live, but British Columbia a more welcoming and accessible province. These improvements will make better services available to B.C.’s Indigenous peoples, who experience higher disability rates than the non-Indigenous population of our province. This is an important and vital step the Province is taking to improve the quality of life for some of British Columbia’s underserved populations.”


Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
Media Relations
250 356-8241


Langara College President Dr. Paula Burns awarded Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Medal

Vancouver, BC – At a ceremony in Calgary on Friday, January 27, snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓ Langara College President and CEO Dr. Paula Burns was awarded Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Medal for her outstanding service and dedication to the field of adult education in Alberta.

The commemorative medal was created by the Government of Alberta to mark the 70th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada and honour Her Majesty’s service to Canada. The Government of Alberta will award the medal to 7,000 Albertans throughout 2022-23 in recognition of significant contributions to the province.

“Dr. Burns is a deserving candidate of this award, and we couldn’t be more proud,” said Michal Jaworski, Board Chair, Langara College Board of Governors. “The medal illustrates her passion and service to public education, first in Alberta, and now here in British Columbia.”

“It’s an honour and a privilege to be recognized in this way; education has been at the heart of my personal and professional growth,” said Dr. Burns. “I look back with gratitude on my years at Lethbridge College and the opportunity to serve in that community. I know those years of experience will serve me well in my current role at Langara College. Thank you Advanced Education in Alberta for making this possible.”

Dr. Burns previously served as the President of Lethbridge College from 2013 until joining Langara in June 2022. She was also board chair of Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan). Dr. Burns served on the National Indigenous Education Advisory Committee that developed CICan’s Indigenous Education protocol; was chair of their governance committee; and was chair of the Presidents’ Advisory Committee on Sustainability, a committee of Presidents who advises CICan and its members on their role with the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

About snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓ Langara College

Located in beautiful Vancouver, B.C., Canada, snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓ Langara College provides University, Career, and Continuing Studies education to more than 23,000 students annually. With more than 1,700 courses and 130 programs, Langara’s expansive academic breadth and depth allows students of all ages, backgrounds, and life stages to choose their own educational path. Langara is also known as snəw̓eyəɬ leləm ‘house of teachings’, a name given to it by Musqueam, on whose unceded traditional territory the College is located.

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Mark Dawson
Manager, Public Affairs
Langara College


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