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How saying ‘I’m gay’ in Heiltsuk connects this Indigenous man to his ancestors

‘That word makes me so happy,’ Steven Hall says with a smile.

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Welcome to the Urban Nation

Across Canada, more than half of all Indigenous people live off reserve, and nearly 61,500 Indigenous people now call the Lower Mainland home. B.C.’s Lower Mainland has the largest Indigenous population of any urban area in the province. Despite these numbers, urban Indigenous people don’t get a lot of love from local media. News coverage of Indigenous issues is usually about crises, suicide and tragedy, or land titles and resources back on the reserve. It’s important to give voice to urban Indigenous perspectives and stories because although reconciliation is a concept, when you dig beneath that, it’s really about people.

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Surrogate elders are like medics fixing the wounds of colonialism

‘I’ve been struck by how empty many Indigenous youth feel when they don’t know who they are.’

Elders help urban Indigenous youth connect to culture — if they can find each other

‘We aren't learning that knowledge that is supposed to be passed down,’ one teen says.

Indigenous language and culture survives, even in the darkest places

As Robert began to chant, the people shooting up or smoking crack around us in the alley stopped what they were doing to listen.

Help us investigate fake Indigenous art

Cheap fakes are ripping off Indigenous artists in souvenir shops across Canada. Grab your phone to help us pinpoint where.

Fake art hurts Indigenous artists as appropriators profit

Those dreamcatcher keychains and Indigenous-style souvenirs? They’ve been stolen, say artists and advocates.