Tags : Indigenous

Energy Policy and Gun Ban Bill from an Indigenous Perspective

There are those in a number of Indigenous communities who are supportive of Alberta’s energy sector. Melissa MBarki who is a policy analyst with the Macdonald Laurier Institute explains. Melissa, who is also First Nations, tells BCN’s Hal Roberts why a number of Indigenous communities take issue with the Liberals’ gun ban bill C-21 which […]Read More

Walk a Mile In My Moccasins

You have heard the term walk a mile in my shoes. Now the Galt Museum and Archives is inviting people to view a new exhibit where they will walk a mile in an Indigenous person’s moccasins. It showcases 18 unique stories of Kainai and Piikani First Nation members. Camina Weasel Moccasin, the curator of the […]Read More

Indigenous art to be on display for new ‘Oki’ partnership

Oki. It means hello or welcome in the traditional Blackfoot language. Lethbridge is celebrating Truth and Reconciliation Week. New signs for the city’s official Blackfoot greeting were displayed on Wednesday morning at Park Place Mall to showcase Indigenous artists. As Video Journalist Micah Quinn explains, these new pieces will be shown off at various places […]Read More

Kainai Powwow and Celebration back after two years

A special powwow is returning for the first time in two years. The Kainai Powwow and Celebration is coming to the Blood Tribe starting tonight with traditional Indigenous games and sports. Travis Plaited Hair, with the powwow committee, says he’s excited to welcome back everyone to Red Crow Park in Standoff, Alberta and you can […]Read More

New art decorating Fort Whoop-Up

A new art installation is hoping to spark some conversations about decolonization. The Hope and Healing Canada project has woven intricate pieces of red yarn using crochet and placed them on the front of the Fort Whoop-Up building in Lethbridge. Organizers for the project say it is meant to really illustrate the connection between our […]Read More

Lethbridge marks National Indigenous Peoples Day

Tuesday marked National Indigenous Peoples Day. Here in Lethbridge there were multiple events taking place at the University of Lethbridge and Lethbridge College to honour our First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples. As BCN’s Micah Quinn explains, the day kicked off with a round dance full of soaring melodies and beating drums.Read More

Yates Theatre prepping for Kirb-Fest

A multicultural concert event will be making its way to our city this weekend. Kirb-Fest will bring together Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists to the Yates Theatre. Willy Big Bull is an artist who will be performing at Kirb-Fest. He says he got his start performing in front of live audiences at funerals playing sombre and […]Read More

Stone Pipe Celebrations take place at Lethbridge College

A two-day Stone Pipe celebration took place this weekend at Lethbridge College. It included a drumming and singing contest along with several other events. Stone Pipe days are a chance to recognize indigenous culture within our community. BCN’s Angela Stewart chatted with one attendee who explained why the event was extra special for him.Read More

Trudeau heckled in Kamloops, B.C.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited Kamloops, BC over the weekend marking the one year anniversary of 215 unmarked graves being discovered not far from a former residential school. Trudeau said it was an important time to come together. While the PM was in Kamloops he was greeted by a number of Indigenous people who were […]Read More

Indigenous Awareness Week highlights art

Indigenous Awareness Week is being celebrated at the University of Lethbridge until April 7. The U of L Art Gallery has a plethora of art from Indigenous artists that is now on display. Micah Quinn has the details on the intricate art.Read More

Galt Museum offering free admission for Indigenous visitors

The Galt Museum and Archives and Fort Whoop Up are now offering free admission to any Indigenous visitors who want to visit the museum and fort. The CEO and Executive Director of the Galt, Darrin Martens, says this is an important step in furthering relationships with Indigenous people. “This initiative was taken as part of […]Read More

Indigenous music featured at Stone Pipe Days

Stone Pipe Days is a celebration of Indigenous culture at Lethbridge College. Stone pipes are used in Blackfoot ceremonies to make an offering to the Source of Life in their culture. As Micah Quinn explains, traditional Indigenous singing and dancing was a staple on Thursday morning.Read More

Premier Kenney announces additional funding for Indigenous investment

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and Indigenous Relations Minister, Rick Wilson, made their way to Standoff on Monday night to announce additional funding for Indigenous communities. The Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation project has invested over $160 million since 2019 in three key sectors. They include $93 million for the Cascade Power Project, $40 million for eight […]Read More

Canadian flag raised to honour National Flag Day

The Lethbridge Legion kicked off Tuesday with the announcement of National Flag Day. This day holds a special connection to 1965 as the branch was joined by members of the community to lower and raise the flag. BCN’s Micah Quinn explains the importance of National Flag Day for our country.Read More

Preston Crow Chief talks Afghanistan experiences

An Indigenous man is recounting his experiences during his time serving with the Canadian military in Afghanistan. He offered his take on what we as a country learned from being in Afghanistan. As Micah Quinn explains, he says serving as an Indigenous military member had its share of challenges.Read More

Calls for early Kenney leadership review

Premier Jason Kenney is facing an earlier call for a leadership review. That is according to our legislative reporter, Tyler Dawson, who says constituency associations have passed a resolution calling for it to be held in March instead of April of next year.Read More

Calls for PM Trudeau to resign are getting louder says

Many including Liberals within the Trudeau caucus are calling for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to resign. It stems from the recent holiday he took in Tofino, BC on the inaugural National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. Political reporter, Brian Lilley, tells BCN’s Hal Roberts that it doesn’t appear as though will be stepping aside anytime […]Read More

New reconciliation t-shirt designed by Blackfoot artist

An Indigenous student from the University of Lethbridge has designed a t-shirt that is now the theme for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30th. As Micah Quinn explains, the student has a personal connection to residential schools within her family, and this day hits pretty close to home.Read More

Lethbridge candidate for CHP wants your vote

The Christian Heritage Party is hoping for your vote on September 20th. Geoffrey Capp is the candidate for the Lethbridge riding. We asked Mr. Capp how important it is for Canada to pay off the 1.1 trillion-dollar debt and balance the budget. Read More

Blackfoot Confederacy flag raised in Lethbridge in observance of National

The Blackfoot Confederacy flag was raised Monday morning at Lethbridge City Hall to honour National Indigenous Peoples Day. A ceremony at the city centre consisted of speeches from dignitaries, and traditional dancing.  Indigenous Relations Coordinator for the City, Pamela Beebe, describes the meaning of the flag and why it is important that it be raised.  […]Read More

Remembering the victims of the Baker Massacre

Indigenous life has been dark lately as the Residential School history of Canada has reared its ugly face.  A monument was recently dedicated in Cardston. This was not only to honour the children who didn’t make it home, but also to remember the victims of a brutal massacre. Former Cardston High School teacher Kara Baldwin […]Read More