Update on things happening in Rotary and indigenous communities, including current events – Rotary luncheons with guest speakers, open community and cultural gatherings, etc.



May 29, 2014  The Globe & Mail

The first thing that strikes you about the Osoyoos Indian Band is the postcard setting of its reserve. Deep in British Columbia’s southern Okanagan, it’s surrounded by weathered mountains and mirrored lakes. This is the hottest and driest part of Canada, a northern extension of the Sonoran Desert, where rattlesnakes inhabit sagebrush canyons and noonday summer temperatures can hit 38 C.

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How A Native BC Band Went From Poverty to Prosperity

June 10, 2014  The Toronto Star


Residents of Big Trout Lake, a fly-in reserve 600 kilometres north of Thunder Bay, Ont., want ordinary Canadians to see the good and bad of their lives.

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First Nations Community Invites Canadians to Experience Life On A Reserve

May 1, 2014 cbc.ca

It's ironic that in order to cover a story on the remote Neskantaga First Nation in Northern Ontario, I went to one of the ritziest hotels in downtown Toronto.

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Suicide Crisis a Direct Result of "Fourth Living Conditions" Says Community Leaders

May 26, 2014  cbc.ca

They’re an unlikely duo — a judge and a former police officer — but Steven Point and Bob Blacker have joined forces to inspire a flood of donations aimed at building libraries in some of the most remote First Nations in British Columbia.

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First Nations in BC Gain Libraries

First Nations Stories Dominating the News:

1-Vaughn Palmer: Narrow definition of title grossly inadequate, First Nations say Vaughn Palmer, Vancouver Sun columnist, June 24 - While government, business and other interests await Thursday’s ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada on aboriginal title, the expected-to-be landmark judgment is especially anticipated by First Nations.

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