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Humans could have arrived in the Western Hemisphere earlier than we thought 

Indigenous archeologist Paulette Steeves shows us how an ancient world could have been more complex and more populated than we imagined

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Indigenous women share their lives through storytelling project

The Ready2Listen campaign sees Indigenous women and 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals across Canada tell their advocacy stories

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People & Culture

Setting the story straight

Indigenous journalists are creating spaces to investigate the crimes committed at Indian residential schools, grappling with unresolved histories and a reckoning that still has a long way to go

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People & Culture

Featured Fellow: Chantelle Richmond

The Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Health and the Environment speaks about her work as a health geographer, restoring relationships with the land, Indigenous methodologies and more 

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People & Culture

The project working to identify Indigenous people in Canada’s archives

Launched in 2002, Project Naming invites Canadians to engage in identifying Indigenous people from Library and Archives Canada to help tell the story behind every photograph 

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four inuit women stand on the shore showcasing their tattoos

People & Culture

Kakiniit: The art of Inuit tattooing

Inuit tattoos, or kakiniit, were once banned. Now they are worn with pride.

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Gidin Jaad Erica Jean Ryan, right, runs through lines with an actor in Sgaawaay K’uuna, The Edge of the Knife, a Haida-language film that premieres next week at the Toronto International Film Festival.

People & Culture

Indigenous language learners on the rise in B.C.

“The more I learn, the more I realize that it’s my responsibility to teach”

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Ocean Bridge Diaries: Jay Matsushiba

“The Edge of the World” became a meeting place, where the edges of my world collided with another

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University at Buffalo PhD candidate Alia Lesnek at a sampling site on Suemez Island. Photo: Jason Briner

People & Culture

First North American peoples may have arrived by sea, study finds

Researchers studying the history of ice sheets around northern British Columbia found that a coastal migration route may have been a pathway to North America 

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The articulated tugboat Nathan E. Stewart aground off B.C.'s north coast in October 2016

Environment

Fighting for their coastline

As ship traffic increases off the coast of British Columbia, so will accidents. The Heiltsuk Nation intends to be ready.

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Jumbo Valley in the East Kootenays, site of a lengthy battle over a proposed ski resort

Environment

The Supreme Court sides with B.C.’s Jumbo ski resort. What does that mean for sacred places in Canada?

With its ruling in Ktunaxa Nation v. British Columbia, the Supreme Court of Canada has shown that Indigenous groups cannot use the Charter's freedom of religion clause to protect lands they consider sacred

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People & Culture

Our Country: Tanya Talaga’s favourite place in Canada

The award-winning author and journalist on her connections to the shores of Lake Superior at the Fort William First Nation, Ont.

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Filmmaker Alethea Arnaquq-Baril on the sea ice in Pangnirtung, Nunavut

People & Culture

An ‘Angry Inuk’ defends the seal hunt, again

Award-winning documentary will have its Canadian TV premiere on CBC this weekend

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Members of the Pirurvik project accepting their award

People & Culture

Inuit preschool, Yukon cold-climate greenhouse among winners of 2018 Arctic Inspiration Prize

A total of $2,566,000 was awarded to five Northern Indigenous programs at a ceremony in Whitehorse Feb. 12

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Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada, teacher's guide and Giant Floor Map launch

People & Culture

Groundbreaking Indigenous resources promote reconciliation

First Nations, Métis and Inuit leaders gather on Parliament Hill for the launch of the Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada's Giant Floor Map and teacher's guide, now available across the country

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A closeup of the Snuxyaltwa pole at the ancient village of Talyu, in B.C.'s Bella Coola Valley

People & Culture

The resurgence of the Nuxalk

In British Columbia’s Bella Coola Valley, the next generation of Nuxalk culture-keepers and Guardian Watchmen is establishing a new paradigm for Indigenous rights

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2019 Indspire award winners group photo

People & Culture

Meet the winners of the 2019 Indspire Awards

Twelve Indigenous people honoured for their extraordinary work across Canada

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People & Culture

“This is where our heart is”

Earlier this year, an Alberta Métis community became the first to purchase their territory from the province. Here’s what it means for their future. 

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The NCTR Survivors Circle

People & Culture

Stories of survival

Sometimes, the people you interview puncture you and you can’t leave them behind

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The Nokedjak from Squaxin Island in Stz’uminus waters on the 2017 Tribal Canoe Journey.

People & Culture

In photos: The 2017 Tribal Canoe Journey

Images from an annual odyssey to reclaim tradition and territory in the Pacific Northwest

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Witsuwit'en language camp

People & Culture

How a B.C. First Nation is working to save their language from extinction

As the federal government prepares to move forward with its promised Indigenous language legislation, the Witsuwit’en Language and Culture Society is hoping for a language renaissance in Canada

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truth and reconciliation commission bentwood box

People & Culture

Truth and reconciliation and a sacred bentwood box

During Truth and Reconciliation Commission events, personal items were placed in a carved bentwood box to symbolize the journey toward reconciliation. How far have we come?

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L’Atlas des peuples autochtones du Canada, SGRC, 50 Promenade Sussex, Mélanie Joly, ministre du Patrimoine canadien, Inuits, Premières Nations et Métis.

People & Culture

RCGS partners with First Nations, Inuit and Métis organizations to create Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada

Ambitious multi-platform, Indigenous-led project will be a tool for education and reconciliation 

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L’Atlas des peuples autochtones du Canada, SGRC, 50 Promenade Sussex, Mélanie Joly, ministre du Patrimoine canadien, Inuits, Premières Nations et Métis.

People & Culture

La SGRC, en partenariat avec les organismes des premières nations, des Inuits et des Métis, prévoit créer l’Atlas des peuples autochtones du Canada

Ce projet multiplateforme et ambitieux, lancé par les peuples autochtones, sera un outil d’éducation et de réconciliation.

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E. Pauline Johnson, postage stamp

People & Culture

The true story of Pauline Johnson: poet, provocateur and champion of Indigenous rights

The daughter of a hereditary Mohawk chief and an English immigrant, Johnson used her hard-won celebrity to challenge Indigenous stereotypes

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Many Colville Lake locals spend their time in and around trapping cabins, preparing the pelts they’ve collected.

People & Culture

Traditional trapping in the North

Once a traditional way of life across Canada, trapping survives and even thrives in communities throughout the North, including Colville Lake, N.W.T.

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Interior view of Robertson Trading Co. in La Ronge, Saskatchewan showing a variety of items for sale, including raw furs

Places

Inside the Saskatchewan grocery store that still trades furs

Robertson Trading Co. in La Ronge is a living museum to northern Saskatchewan’s storied past

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Boats, Rivière Maquatua, Wemindji, eastern James Bay, Eeyou Istchee

Travel

Photos: Living on Eeyou Istchee

The residents of eastern James Bay, or Eeyou Istchee (‘the people’s land’), are opening their territory to visitors. Here’s a glimpse at a few communities in the region.

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A Métis family with Red River carts in North Dakota, 1883 (Photo: STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF NORTH DAKOTA, A4365)

History

Toward a Métis homeland

As Canada embarks on a process of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, the Métis are still without territory to call their own

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Central Esker, northwestern Manitoba

Travel

Exploring the eskers in the “Land of little sticks”

The geological formations that surround Gangler's North Seal River Lodge in northwestern Manitoba are intriguing pathways to the past

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Sheraton grand at wild horse pass

Travel

In search of wild horses in the Sonoran Desert

A chance to spot these beautiful creatures in the wild awaits at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass, just a short drive from Phoenix, Arizona

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