Massey: Serving civically-minded community with vision for unity

Through the Local Journalism Initiative (LJI), I will be reporting exclusively on Indigenous Affairs

By Breanne Massey

Local Journalism Initiative reporter

As the community’s source of information on current events in the East Kootenay region of B.C., the Columbia Valley Pioneer (CVP) reports on municipal politics, community events, businesses, arts and entertainment as well as sports.

Our goal is simple: we have a fundamental responsibility to provide civically-minded journalism, so the community is in the loop about current events.

Through the Local Journalism Initiative (LJI), I have recently returned to the Columbia Valley Pioneer as full-time staff and will be reporting exclusively on Indigenous Affairs for the Akisqnuk First Nation (AFN), Shuswap Indian Band (SIB) and Métis citizens in the heart of the Columbia Valley on behalf of News Media Canada (NMC).

The goal of the LJI is to preserve Canadian heritage and culture, while providing news coverage for underserved areas of First Nations communities and Métis citizens, all the way from Brisco to Spillimacheen, with funding provided by the Government of Canada.

My commitment to the Columbia Valley community as the Indigenous affairs reporter is to ensure local culture is recorded with accuracy and neutrality, while encouraging local governments to be accountable in providing transparent information to the residents who live here.

I’m devoted to encouraging residents and visitors alike to participate in respectful, engaging conversations and debates about ongoing issues and community triumphs.

The content I’m producing for this region will be distributed nationally through Creative Commons, thanks to the support of NMC.

Having served the community as a general assignments reporter at the CVP between 2015 and 2017, I’m looking forward to returning to the Columbia Valley and I’m extremely grateful to have this opportunity during a global pandemic.

It is crucial for Canadians to acknowledge the damning effects of systemic racism in our country, while also celebrating the diversity and culture of AFN, SIB and Métis representatives of the community.

It is an honour to be tasked with the responsibility of raising awareness about the culture and history of Canada in the LJI reporter role.

I hope to unite citizens here, and to acknowledge the consequences of social injustices that stem from archaic belief systems rooted in white supremacy, settler colonization and classism.

We have the opportunity, as a community, to look at how the history of our country has been shaped as a result of social injustices that took place through Canada’s residential school system from 1886 to 1996 and the discrimination that occurred as a result of the Indian Act in 1876.

Oppression and discrimination has shaped our country’s past — and now, it’s up to us to do better for our present lives, and for the future of B.C. and Canada as a whole.

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Fisher announces decision to run for MNBC regional director’s role

Debra Fisher plans to run for Region 4 director in the Métis Nation of B.C. election this fall

Deja View not closed to cyclists

Although signs suggested that it was open to foot traffic only, Deja View still open to bikes.

Artistic bears and wolf help keep social distancing

Kinsmen Beach now has an artistic reminder to stay two metres (six feet) from others

Citizens of the year

The Rotary Club of Invermere chose Beva and Jordie Kirk as citizens of the year

Dutcher’s skating injuries informed career decision in radiology

A lapsed figured skater has used her life experiences to inform her career decision in radiology

‘This year is unlike any other’: Trudeau delivers Canada day address

Sophie Gregoire Trudeau and the Prime Minister release video celebrating the national holiday

Epstein pal arrested, accused of luring girls for sex abuse

Ghislaine Maxwell was in an intimate relationship with Epstein for years

B.C. repairs COVID-19 emergency order for local government

Ombudsperson shut out as his recommendations implemented

More than 50,000 Coronavirus cases reported per day in US

Coronavirus cases are rising in 40 of 50 US states

Trump plans huge July 4 fireworks show despite DC’s concerns

Despite health concerns from D.C.’s mayor, no one apparently will be required to wear masks

Canadian engineer detained in Egypt released, needs treatment, family says

Yasser Albaz was detained at the Cairo airport after a business trip in February of 2019

Reports of military member arrested after truck rammed gate near Trudeau residence

Officers descended on the sprawling estate Thursday morning.

Canada Day tractor incident kills three children, injures seven in Quebec

The tractor driver has been arrested following the accident

Undercover operation exposes prominent human trafficking problem in Greater Victoria

VicPD’s Operation No More took place in mid-June at a local hotel

Most Read