Lurking beneath the calm waters of the Fraser River on Canada’s west coast are prehistoric monsters, juggernauts from a bygone era. And their history is entwined with the people who have called this part of the world home long before anyone else arrived. When we think of historic and ageless wonders, Egypt’s pyramids and the… Read more »
A wild, sea-swept archipelago (or group of islands) on the north coast of British Columbia, Haida Gwaii is renowned for its natural beauty, rich marine life, and unique First Nations culture, and artistry. Canada’s most famous archipelago, Xhaaidlagha Gwaayaai, the mystical “Islands at the Edge of the World” in the language of its early inhabitants,… Read more »
Two-hundred and forty years have passed and now they’re coming again. Captain James Cook’s arrival on Nootka Island, home of the Nuu-chah-nulth nation, in 1778 marked the first known visit by westerners to Yuquot, a minuscule and charming outpost in the Pacific northwest that has played a big role in history.
Aboriginal tour operators and businesses in the welcoming communities in northern Vancouver Island open their homes to guests who arrive wanting to know more about First Nations cultures, and how their history and present are connected with the environment.
Celebrity chef Rich Francis talks about Indigenous cuisine plus learn where to enjoy bannock, salmon and more.
“Spring break” has a connotation for Aboriginal communities that is starkly different than its meaning for the rest of society.
SHUSWAP, BRITISH COLUMBIA — James August spent one hour on a momentous Sunday morning alone with a tree. He stood in the January cold touching the bark of the 120-foot cottonwood that had spent all of its years on the property of the Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band. Elders such as August selected the cottonwood for… Read more »
These thriving establishments offer locally sourced food, prepared using timeless recipes and sometimes with a twist on traditional fare. Often, these restaurants are decorated with beautiful First Nations art and provide an immersive experience for visitors.
“A costume denotes dressing as something you are not,” Dangeli said. “All our regalia has our stories and history behind it. And the regalia we use in our dance group, our masks, we have over a hundred songs, and just as many masks, which are tied and attached to the songs.”
Celebrated BC artist Andy Everson shared his vast knowledge of totem poles recently, following a totem pole tour through Thunderbird Park beside the Royal BC Museum that he gave during the Aboriginal Cultural Festival in Victoria.