Press Coverage

Snuneymuxw in the News

Here you will find News stories and Press Coverage concerning the Nation.

Mon. Feb. 24/14

City Log: Costs for engineering work climb

Fri. Feb. 7/14

Wesley returns from battle with cancer to take on latest term as Snuneymuxw chief

Thu. Feb. 6/14

11. John Wesley, Snuneymuxw First Nation chief-elect

Thu. Feb. 6/14

Total of $16.6M goes to water treatment for SFN.

Thu. Feb. 6/14

Nanaimo-area residents from all walks of life promise to create headlines locally and around the world.

Thu. Feb. 6/14

Construction of the new infrastructure is slated for early 2014.

Thu. Feb. 6/14

Snuneymuxw's Eli Wyse taking on Biernacki's challenges and coming out on top.

Wed. Feb. 5/14

A new Chief of Snuneymuxw First Nation has been sworn in.

Mon. Dec. 9/13

The Snuneymuxw First Nation will have a new chief after a close election on Saturday that resulted in a victory by 13 votes, according to an official ballot count.

John Wesley, who previously served two terms as chief, will return as the First Nation's leader in February, replacing Doug White as chief.

An official document from the electoral officer revealed a total of 499 ballots were cast by Snuneymuxw band members, with 253 for Wesley and 240 for White. Six ballots were rejected.

White said in a statement that while he is disappointed, he is happy for all those elected and proud of what he and council accomplished during his term.

"I look forward to seeing those (accomplishments) built on as our nation moves forward," he said.

"Tens of millions of dollars in new economic opportunities are now possessed by our nation through our reconciliation agreement and other achievements over the last four years."

Wesley was not available for comment on Sunday.

Five councillors were also elected: James Seward, Michael Wyse, Paul Wyse-Seward, Bill Yoachim and Erralyn Thomas. Only Thomas is new to council.

Thomas, 27, will be the youngest council member. She brings a background in law and First Nations politics and is the current female youth representative for the B.C. Assembly of First Nations.

Thomas said she is excited to be part of Snuneymuxw council and hopes to use her background to help the community.

"My focus is to be a public service for our people, ensuring our nation is protected and participates in the Canadian economy, but also in our own backyards, in our own community," she said. "Sometimes we see an imbalance between the two." 250-729-4230

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Thu. Nov. 28/13

Samantha John and Julian Moreno help shape a totem pole. Read about the AbOut program, which takes students out of the traditional classroom.

Mon. Oct. 28/13

A United Nations human rights official will take the Snuneymuxw First Nation's fight for treaty acknowledgement into consideration when he drafts a report evaluating the situation of Indigenous people in Canada.

Wed. Oct. 2/13
Eli Wyse turned his world around with mixed martial arts - See more at:
Mon. Sep. 30/13

The Snuneymuxw First Nation's Geraldine Manson has been appointed as the first full-time Elder-in-Residence at Vancouver Island University.

The Elder-in-Residence position at VIU provides guidance and support to aboriginal and nonaboriginal students, and will now share traditional knowledge and practices in the faculty of health and human services.

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Fri. Aug. 2/13

Discussions between city and Snuneymuxw may mean waiting until next year for work get going

Fri. Aug. 2/13

Dams society watching, waiting to make next step