First Nations

Williams Lake First Nation will be unveiling a sign at the Sugar Cane Ball Diamond on Saturday, Aug. 13 dedicating it as the Byron Louie Memorial Park. (Willie Sellars photo)

Sugar Cane Ball Diamond to be named after late player, tournament organizer Byron Louie

Louie died from COVID-19 in January 2021 six days before his 47th birthday

 

Jeneva Touchie points to a new bilingual Nuu-chah-nulth / English street sign across from the high school. The District of Ucluelet hosted a small gathering on July 29 to unveil the new bilingual sign, which will be one of many installed around town over the next few months. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Ucluelet unveils new bilingual Nuu-chah-nulth / English street signs

“Our bilingu̓al street sign project is a small way we can honour the Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ people”

 

Arin Charleyboy celebrates graduating from the carpentry program. (Photo submitted)

TNG celebrates carpentry graduates in Williams Lake

The 24-week program was delivered by Nicola Valley Institute at Tl’esqox First Nation

  • Aug 2, 2022

 

Doug Johnson wets down the rodeo grounds before the events get underway. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

PHOTO GALLERY: Esk’et Rodeo Action

Just before noon on a hot dusty July Saturday, cattle calls and…

Doug Johnson wets down the rodeo grounds before the events get underway. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Michael Wijma, from left, Kalan Vath, Tobias Baumann, Tom Schoen, Rhys Vath, Caleb Engle, Charlie Gash and Olen Grady were all smiles after some trail work and trail riding at Soda Creek on July 25. (Dena Baumann photo)

Young Cariboo mountain bikers clear trails then clear a road gap

Five teens were out lending a hand on local biking trails and then enjoying them

Michael Wijma, from left, Kalan Vath, Tobias Baumann, Tom Schoen, Rhys Vath, Caleb Engle, Charlie Gash and Olen Grady were all smiles after some trail work and trail riding at Soda Creek on July 25. (Dena Baumann photo)
Orange Every Child Matters banners will be going up in Williams Lake on July 31, 2022. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Orange Every Child Matters banners will be going up in Williams Lake on July 31, 2022. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Whitney Alphonse-Manuel has been making candles and adding sage, cedar or sweetgrass to them. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

OUR HOMETOWN: Combining business and culture

Whitney Alphonse-Manuel has found a way to combine elements of her culture into candle making

Whitney Alphonse-Manuel has been making candles and adding sage, cedar or sweetgrass to them. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Tom Schoen of First Journey Trails points out some of the lower sections of trail which have already received some maintenance by trail builder and crew leader Michael Wijma. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

Soda Creek mountain bike network gets needed maintenance

Xatśūll First Nation is partnering with trail company First Journey Trails to refresh the network

Tom Schoen of First Journey Trails points out some of the lower sections of trail which have already received some maintenance by trail builder and crew leader Michael Wijma. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, president of the UBCIC, left, June North, widow of the man who died by suicide and Williams Lake First Nation Chief Willie Sellars all spoke during a press conference held Tuesday, July 19. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

‘In shock and mourning’: Indigenous leaders demand inquiry into fatal RCMP incident

Incident of man threatening self harm in Williams Lake ended tragically July 10

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, president of the UBCIC, left, June North, widow of the man who died by suicide and Williams Lake First Nation Chief Willie Sellars all spoke during a press conference held Tuesday, July 19. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
The University of Victoria’s First Peoples House, located in the heart of the campus. In 2023 UVic will be offering a master’s in business administration program for Indigenous Reconciliation for the first time. (Courtesy of UVic Photo Services)

B.C. university to offer groundbreaking MBA program in Indigenous Reconciliation

University of Victoria program’s first enrolment of business students set to begin in spring 2023

The University of Victoria’s First Peoples House, located in the heart of the campus. In 2023 UVic will be offering a master’s in business administration program for Indigenous Reconciliation for the first time. (Courtesy of UVic Photo Services)
Chief Willie Sellars has been re-elected by acclamation for a second consecutive four-year term. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

Williams Lake First Nation Chief Willie Sellars acclaimed for another term

One other person withdrew his nomination to run for chief

Chief Willie Sellars has been re-elected by acclamation for a second consecutive four-year term. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
A Secwepmc Nation flag has been raised at Williams Lake’s city hall on July 8, 2022. (City of Williams Lake photo)

Secwepemc Nation flag raised at Williams Lake city hall

Flag installed one year after WLFN chief provided ‘gentle nudge’ with social media post

A Secwepmc Nation flag has been raised at Williams Lake’s city hall on July 8, 2022. (City of Williams Lake photo)
Around 200 people gathered for a sacred fire healing ceremony Wednesday, July 6, at the Williams Lake Stampede grounds. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

Sacred fire, healing ceremony held at Williams Lake Stampede grounds after shooting

It was lead by Yeqox Nilin Justice Society with assistance from several organizations

Around 200 people gathered for a sacred fire healing ceremony Wednesday, July 6, at the Williams Lake Stampede grounds. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Emergency responders tend to one of the victims shot Sunday, July 3, in the trade fair area at the Williams Lake Stampede. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

Indigenous leaders speak out following targeted violence at Williams Lake Stampede

Williams Lake First Nation, Tŝilhqot’in Nation chiefs issue statements

  • Jul 5, 2022
Emergency responders tend to one of the victims shot Sunday, July 3, in the trade fair area at the Williams Lake Stampede. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Cedar bark ribbon cutting marks opening of new skills training centre June 30 at Kitselas. Chief Glenn Bennett, Sierra Spencer, Isabelle McKee and Kitselas Band Council member CJ Bennett-Nabess. (Submitted photo/Sarah Zimmerman)

New northwest B.C. skills training centre opens its doors in Kitselas

Anyone living in northwest B.C. can access new training and employment

Cedar bark ribbon cutting marks opening of new skills training centre June 30 at Kitselas. Chief Glenn Bennett, Sierra Spencer, Isabelle McKee and Kitselas Band Council member CJ Bennett-Nabess. (Submitted photo/Sarah Zimmerman)
Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation master carver Joe Martin orchestrates the raising of a new totem pole for Opitsaht on July 1, 2022. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Truth-speaking Vancouver Island totem pole unveiled on Canada Day

July 1 ceremony on the shores of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations village of Opitsaht near Tofino

Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation master carver Joe Martin orchestrates the raising of a new totem pole for Opitsaht on July 1, 2022. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Cyclists were at the front of the group as Tl’etinqox and Yunesit’in riders came into town on June 29, 2022. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

Tl’etinqox and Yunesit’in bike and horse ride rolls into Williams Lake

Riders entered town with smiles on, despite some wet weather en route

Cyclists were at the front of the group as Tl’etinqox and Yunesit’in riders came into town on June 29, 2022. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Various First Nations groups including the Tsilhqot’in National Government are coming to the defense of AFN National Chief Roseanne Archibald who was suspended on June 17. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

‘Suspension of National Chief Archibald must end immediately’: Tŝilhqot’in National Government

TNG said it stands with Archibald’s call for a forensic audit, fundamental reform at AFN

Various First Nations groups including the Tsilhqot’in National Government are coming to the defense of AFN National Chief Roseanne Archibald who was suspended on June 17. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Riders enjoying the IYMBP-built trails in the Simpcw trail network. (Matthew Clark photo)
Riders enjoying the IYMBP-built trails in the Simpcw trail network. (Matthew Clark photo)

First-ever Allies Mountain Bike Festival back on for Simpcw near Barriere

After being cancelled in April, the festival is rescheduled for late September

Riders enjoying the IYMBP-built trails in the Simpcw trail network. (Matthew Clark photo)
Riders enjoying the IYMBP-built trails in the Simpcw trail network. (Matthew Clark photo)
The Tl’etinqox horse and bike ride, seen here crossing the Sheep Creek Bridge in 2018 en route to Williams Lake, will depart Saturday, June 25 from Tl’etinqox First Nation. (Monica Lamb-Yorski file photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

19th annual Tl’etinqox horse and bike ride departs June 25 en route to Williams Lake

Riders will reach Williams Lake Wednesday, June 29 between 5 and 6 p.m.

The Tl’etinqox horse and bike ride, seen here crossing the Sheep Creek Bridge in 2018 en route to Williams Lake, will depart Saturday, June 25 from Tl’etinqox First Nation. (Monica Lamb-Yorski file photo - Williams Lake Tribune)