Rebecca Dyok, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

114 Canadians were appointed Nov. 27 to the Order of Canada. (Governor General of Canada photo)

Indigenous actor, author, elder, leaders appointed to Order of Canada

Outstanding achievement, community dedication and service recognized

114 Canadians were appointed Nov. 27 to the Order of Canada. (Governor General of Canada photo)
Members of the Williams Lake Fire Department responded to the Salvation Army in downtown Williams Lake late Wednesday morning (Nov 25). (Rebecca Dyok photo)

Salvation Army closed Wednesday for venting

Williams Lake Fire Department responded

Members of the Williams Lake Fire Department responded to the Salvation Army in downtown Williams Lake late Wednesday morning (Nov 25). (Rebecca Dyok photo)
Bank of Montreal, located on Burrard Street in downtown Vancouver. (Google Maps)

Heiltsuk man files human rights complaint against Vancouver police, BMO after bank arrest

Pair remains distraught after employee falsely reports fraud in progress leading to their arrest

Bank of Montreal, located on Burrard Street in downtown Vancouver. (Google Maps)
”Even if vaccines are developed, coronavirus is going to be a part of our lives here on in,” Tl’etinqox Chief Joe Alphonse said. Members in his community are being requested to only travel for essential needs. (Rebecca Dyok photo)

COVID-19 not going away any time soon warns Tsilhqot’in chief

Tl’etinqox community members fearful, says Joe Alphonse

”Even if vaccines are developed, coronavirus is going to be a part of our lives here on in,” Tl’etinqox Chief Joe Alphonse said. Members in his community are being requested to only travel for essential needs. (Rebecca Dyok photo)
Terry Teegee has been re-elected B.C. Regional Chief of the Assembly of First Nations. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)

Terry Teegee re-elected BC Assembly First Nations Regional Chief

Teegee defeats Cheryl Casimer in assembly’s first virtual election

Terry Teegee has been re-elected B.C. Regional Chief of the Assembly of First Nations. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
Candidate Cheryl Casimir (left) and incumbent Terry Teegee (right) are running to fill the next three-year term as regional chief of the BC Assembly of First Nations. (Courtesy of Cheryl Casimir and Terry Teegee)

BC Assembly of First Nations gears up for virtual election

Election for Regional Chief to follow 17th annual general meeting

Candidate Cheryl Casimir (left) and incumbent Terry Teegee (right) are running to fill the next three-year term as regional chief of the BC Assembly of First Nations. (Courtesy of Cheryl Casimir and Terry Teegee)
Dave Dickson (left) and Samantha-Jo Dick are excited that the Elks Hall will serve as the location of Indigenous Court in Williams Lake. (Rebecca Dyok photo)
Dave Dickson (left) and Samantha-Jo Dick are excited that the Elks Hall will serve as the location of Indigenous Court in Williams Lake. (Rebecca Dyok photo)
Williams Lake First Nation Coun. Rick Gilbert speaks at a Remembrance Day service held at Sugar Cane on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020. (Williams Lake First Nation Facebook photo)

Williams Lake First Nation marks 2020 Remembrance Day awaiting cenotaph arrival

Covid, weather delays installation of cenotaph at Sugar Cane

Williams Lake First Nation Coun. Rick Gilbert speaks at a Remembrance Day service held at Sugar Cane on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020. (Williams Lake First Nation Facebook photo)
The Gitanyow Huwilp Society is one of ten B.C. Indigenous groups receiving funding this fiscal year through the Government of Canada’s Nation Rebuilding Program. (Gitanyow Hereditary Chiefs Office photo)

10 B.C. Indigenous groups get federal funding to rebuild their governance structure

Nation Rebuilding Program providing $2.6 million

The Gitanyow Huwilp Society is one of ten B.C. Indigenous groups receiving funding this fiscal year through the Government of Canada’s Nation Rebuilding Program. (Gitanyow Hereditary Chiefs Office photo)
Lhtako Dené Nation Chief Clifford LeBrun. (Observer file photo)

First Nation leaders demand an end to racism in Quesnel

Systemic racism, violence witnessed daily, say chiefs of Southern Dakelh Nation Alliance

Lhtako Dené Nation Chief Clifford LeBrun. (Observer file photo)
A horse at Yunesit’in (Stone) looks over landscape charred by wildfires in 2017. (Rebecca Dyok photo)

Tsilhqot’in National Government and Shell team up to plant 840,000 trees

Planting to take place in fire impacted areas in spring 2021

A horse at Yunesit’in (Stone) looks over landscape charred by wildfires in 2017. (Rebecca Dyok photo)
Janet Austin, lieutenant governor of British Columbia stands by a canoe carved by former lieutenant governor Steven Point. The canoe named Shxwtitostel (pronounced: Schwe-tea-tos-tel) means “a safe place to cross the river” in Halq’eméylem and is currently on display at the B.C. Legislature building. (Office of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia photo)

New award launched to celebrate champions of reconciliation in B.C.

Reconciliation Award launched by Lieutenant Governor, BC Achievement Foundation

Janet Austin, lieutenant governor of British Columbia stands by a canoe carved by former lieutenant governor Steven Point. The canoe named Shxwtitostel (pronounced: Schwe-tea-tos-tel) means “a safe place to cross the river” in Halq’eméylem and is currently on display at the B.C. Legislature building. (Office of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia photo)
KiNiKiNik hosted an annual Christmas market on Sunday, Nov.8.

KiNiKiNik hosts annual Christmas market at Redstone

The event attracted a large amount of attendees

KiNiKiNik hosted an annual Christmas market on Sunday, Nov.8.
Williams Lake First Nation Chief Willie Sellars will be the keynote speaker at Indigenous Opportunities 2020: Charting a Path Forward hosted by the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade on Nov. 19. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo)

Williams Lake First Nation chief set to talk business at Greater Vancouver Board of Trade

Chief Willie Sellars is the keynote speaker at the Indigenous Opportunities 2020 virtual event

Williams Lake First Nation Chief Willie Sellars will be the keynote speaker at Indigenous Opportunities 2020: Charting a Path Forward hosted by the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade on Nov. 19. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo)
Rich N Beka are thrilled about their first recently released album. (photo by Nolan Guichon Photography)

Tsilhqot’in hip hop duo release first professional album

Let the Games Begin by Rich n Beka now available

Rich N Beka are thrilled about their first recently released album. (photo by Nolan Guichon Photography)
The BCAFN hosted its 15th annual special Chiefs assembly in March 2019 in Merritt. (BC Assembly of First Nations Facebook photo)

Election for BC Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief goes virtual

Terry Teegee and Cheryl Casimer are seeking a three-year term

The BCAFN hosted its 15th annual special Chiefs assembly in March 2019 in Merritt. (BC Assembly of First Nations Facebook photo)
In custody accused who were scheduled to appear in Williams Lake Provincial Court Tuesday did not appear due to a shortage of sheriffs available to transport them from custody to the court house. Monica Lamb-Yorski photo

Suspect in high-speed chase ending in Williams Lake remains in custody

Judicial interim release adjourned for Tyrell Giroux until Nov. 18

In custody accused who were scheduled to appear in Williams Lake Provincial Court Tuesday did not appear due to a shortage of sheriffs available to transport them from custody to the court house. Monica Lamb-Yorski photo
Xat’sull Heritage Village will be celebrating its 25th anniversary next year. (Rebecca Dyok photo)

Casual Country 2020: A cultural oasis

Xat’sull Heritage Village brings First Nations culture front and centre

Xat’sull Heritage Village will be celebrating its 25th anniversary next year. (Rebecca Dyok photo)
Moccasins handmade by Denise Gilpin. (RainFeather Dancen Facebook photo)

Casual Country 2020: Labour of love

The art of traditional tanning and sewing

Moccasins handmade by Denise Gilpin. (RainFeather Dancen Facebook photo)
Michelle Stoney carved this pumpkin on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at her brother's home where their family gathers each year to carve pumpkins for Halloween. (Michelle Stoney, Gitxsan Artist Facebook photo)

Gitxsan artist carves culture in Halloween pumpkin

Michelle Stoney spent more than three hours on her latest holiday creation

Michelle Stoney carved this pumpkin on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at her brother's home where their family gathers each year to carve pumpkins for Halloween. (Michelle Stoney, Gitxsan Artist Facebook photo)