Cuts to welfare funding has created an impossible situation on reserve, chiefs say
CBC News, Oct 16, 2015
The man who died following an attack at the Xwisten/ Bridge River Indian Band near Lillooet Wednesday has been identified as David Allan Patrick James.
James, 22, died after being restrained following a vicious attack that sent 11 people to hospital. Three victims remain in serious condition.
James was a member of the band community, and had been identified as someone needing help, according to a statement released by a coalition of First Nations organizations Friday. Read the rest of this entry
Police found suspect had been subdued by staff at B.C. band office
CBC News, Oct 15, 2015
Four people remain in hospital following an attack at the Bridge River Band Office near Lillooet, B.C., yesterday that ended with the death of the suspect.
Two patients remain in critical condition, one is in serious condition and one is dealing with non-life-threatening injuries, according to B.C.’s Interior Health Authority.
Seven victims have already been released from hospital. Read the rest of this entry
Attack sends 10 people to hospital, suspect ‘restrained’ before police arrive
CBC News, Oct 14, 2015
The alleged suspect in an attack on a band office near Lillooet, B.C. is dead following a rampage that injured at least 10 people, RCMP say.
Lillooet RCMP say a man entered the Xwisten (Bridge River Band) office with weapons just before 8:30 a.m. PT. Wednesday and assaulted staff.
The Canadian Press reported that an emergency worker, who didn’t want to be named, said the man apparently attacked one person with a hammer, and when others in the office went to help they were also beaten. Read the rest of this entry
Voice for the Voiceless: Indigenous camp aims to protect ancient village and trading ground from logging
by Nicky Young & Adam Gold, Ricochet Media, July 15, 2015
A flag with an eagle crest blows in the wind above a logging road that shows the concave impressions of roofs of ancient pit-houses. Looking up, mountains are scarred from clear-cutting and pine beetle infestations, and the haze of forest fires lies over the horizon. Downward sits a camp of tents and tipis, where Elders visit, laugh and share stories with guests.