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Opinion – The Pope can do more: Release records, return artifacts, remain accountable

Adam Olsen is the MLA for Saanich North and the Islands and a member of Tsartlip First Nation. I watched Pope Francis’ “penitential pilgrimage” closely. It was an emotional week for so many Indigenous people who suffered at the hands of the Catholic Church – for residential and day school survivors, and those impacted by intergenerational trauma...

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Update: July 2022 Saanich North and the Islands Newsletter

ÍY SȻÁĆEL (Good Day), Welcome to my update for July 2022! With the Spring session now adjourned my focus returns to the constituency. It’s not that the community work stops while I am in a legislative session but my attention is certainly divided. While I am in session I rely heavily on my incredible team of constituent advocates in my community...

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Why is BC NDP government limiting the Gwa’sala-‘nakwaxda’xw historical information on child welfare?

The Gwa’sala-‘nakwaxda’xw Nation are in the process of taking back jurisdiction of child welfare as per federal legislation. They have been attempting to get access to historical information from the provincial Crown governments Ministry of Children and Family Development but have been consistently blocked by the BC...

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Update: Week 11 – 3rd Session, 42nd Parliament

ÍY SȻÁĆEL (Good Day), Welcome to my weekly update for May 22nd, 2022! Content warning. This newsletter contains content about residential schools. This was a challenging week for me as a legislator. With the one year anniversary of the public acknowledgement of the 215 unmarked grave sites at the Kamloops Indian Residential School just a few days...

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Column: $800 million Royal BC Museum plan is politics masquerading as reconciliation

Written for Daily Hive Urbanized by Adam Olsen (SȾHENEP) Member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia for Saanich North and the Islands (BC Green Caucus) and member of Tsartlip First Nation. Few British Columbians have responded positively to Premier John Horgan’s $800 million new home for the Royal BC Museum (RBCM). It’s a difficult...

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Ministerial Statement: Marking one year since confirmation of unmarked graves at Kamloops

As we approach the one year anniversary since Kúkpi7 Rosanne Casimir (Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc) announced the preliminary findings of 215 graves of children at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School I stood and marked the occasion in a response to a Ministerial Statement delivered by Minister Murray Rankin. This...

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Why is BC NDP investing $800 million on a new museum and only $500,000 in repatriation?

The BC NDP need to get their priorities straight. They announced an $800 million new Royal BC Museum, when millions of British Columbians are struggling to keep up with the increasing costs of basic needs like food, transportation and housing. And, for months British Columbians have been demanding the BC NDP address...

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Update: Week 10 – 3rd Session, 42nd Parliament

ÍY SȻÁĆEL (Good Day), Welcome to my weekly update for May 15th, 2022! This week, I attended the first MLA reception since the pandemic started, joining the BC Police Association members on Monday evening. It was an excellent opportunity to hear from representatives of the municipal police services about the transformation we recommended in the...

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MLA Column: Police Act committee delivered needed change

For the past 15 months, I have had the honour of serving on the Special Committee on Reforming the Police Act. This has been some of the most productive and collaborative work I have been a part of in my five years as an MLA. The 100-page report contains an overview of what the committee heard from the 411 presentations, submissions and 1,500...

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Remembering Jim Hume

On April 13, 2022 Jim Hume passed away. He was an extraordinary, and longest-serving member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly Press Gallery. I am grateful to have the opportunity to honour the memory of Mr. Hume. [Transcript] This was prepared by Stephen Hume. Jim Hume surrendered his seat in the press...

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Why has BC NDP invested so little in stopping violence against Indigenous women and girls?

It is Moose Hide Campaign Day. The grassroots campaign is for Indigenous and non-Indigenous men and boys to stand up against violence against women and children. As the National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls found, instances of violence often increases around resource development sites....

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Update: Week 9 – 3rd Session, 42nd Parliament

ÍY SȻÁĆEL (Good Day), Welcome to my weekly update for May 8th, 2022! Happy Mother’s Day! I raise my hands to all the powerful mothers in my life, my mom Sylvia, wife Emily, sisters Joni and Heather, Pat, Rochana, Leila, Sonia, Maeve, Jonina, and so many more. I hold the memory of my late-grandmothers Laura and Phyllis in my heart. So much love to...

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Ministerial Statement: National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

May 5th is the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls inquiry began in 2015 and concluded with a final report on June 3, 2019. In 2021, the federal government released a National Action Plan and the provincial government tabled...

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