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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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MCFD trying to ‘strengthen cultural connections’ for Indigenous kids in care, it says

B.C.’s Ministry of Children and Family Development says it has strategies in place, but social workers face barriers, too.

If we lose our Indigenous culture and language, ‘we lose everything’

Robert Williams overdosed on heroin a few months ago. His language, culture and family's love kept him alive and gave him hope, he says.

One man’s search for his Métis roots sent me on a journey, too

I listened deeply when I heard that Métis people often ‘get less than-ed or othered,’ writes Wawmeesh Hamilton.

A Lower Mainland man’s search for what it means to be Métis

‘Métis is not what they teach you in school. It’s much more than that,’ says Chris Trottier.

Indigenous kids need better access to culture while in government care

‘Generic’ Indigenous teachings aren’t good enough, say Indigenous youth