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Sumas Lake was and is very important to the Stó:lō peoples, especially the Semá:th. For them, the lake was a source of food, a place to live, a watery highway, and a place which featured in oral histories. Fish and waterfowl were abundant and provided an easy and varied source of food. The lake was large, approximately 10,000 acres, but during the spring freshet (May to July), it often expanded to three times that size.
The Abbotsford International Airport is a significant and well-known landmark in Abbotsford today. However, how much do you know about the rich and memorable history of this site that has been around since before many of us were born?
It was a dreary evening in early October of 2017 when massive numbers of Fraser Valley residents turned up at Garden Park Tower on Clearbrook Road to welcome supporters of anti-Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) curriculum. These anti-LGBTQ2S+ speakers spoke about the so-called “social contagion” that is LGBTQ2S+ communities through long speeches, videos and questions that spanned an exhausting two and a half hours.
As of May 2016, Canada became a full supporter, without qualification, of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (the Declaration). But, what does that mean and how does it affect how you consult and accommodate Indigenous Peoples? What are the legal and policy issues around adopting and implementing the Declaration in Canada, including the application of free, prior and informed consent (FPIC)?
Check out these great events coming this week from UFV and the UFV Race and Anti-Racism Network to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.