Archive for February, 2024

Fraser Valley Metis Association Acquires Bigfoot Moccasin – February 26, 2024

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The Fraser Valley Métis Association (FVMA) is elated to share a significant achievement:

the official acquisition of Bigfoot Moccasin. This monumental step forward underscores our unwavering commitment to honoring and cherishing Indigenous heritage while embracing growth and cooperation. But the excitement doesn’t stop there—there’s more cause for celebration!

In tandem with this momentous acquisition, we are thrilled to unveil upcoming fundraising endeavors through Bigfoot Moccasin. Each purchase made will not only support our Indigenous youth, local artisans, and craftsmen but will also directly bolster the prosperity and sustainability of our community.

Here’s why this partnership is such a game-changer:

Cultural Empowerment: Through taking ownership of Bigfoot Moccasin, we are not merely preserving traditional craftsmanship; we are empowering our community members to showcase their talents on a broader platform, amplifying Indigenous voices and creativity.

Economic Reconciliation: This acquisition will inject a fresh wave of economic vitality into our community, opening doors to new growth opportunities, supporting local organizations, and fostering prosperity throughout the Fraser Valley.

Community Collaboration: With Bigfoot Moccasin as our newest venture, we are paving the way for exciting collaborations with local artists, designers, and entrepreneurs. Together, we will enrich our cultural landscape and promote meaningful cross-cultural exchange.

Inspiration and Progress: We are not just acquiring a business; we are investing in the future. With our vision and resources, Bigfoot Moccasin will continue to evolve and innovate, leaving a lasting legacy for generations to come.

Let’s celebrate this milestone and embrace the limitless potential ahead for the FVMA and Bigfoot Moccasin!

Stay tuned for more details on what Bigfoot Moccasin will offer and when.

MEDIA ANNOUNCEMENT: Feb. 21, 2024 Global News – Ottawa reaches $59M settlement with Matsqui First Nation for 1909 land seizure

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🌟 PROOF OF STOLEN LANDS: Matsqui First Nation Settlement with Ottawa 🌟

The Fraser Valley Metis Association stands in solidarity with Matsqui First Nation as they reach a historic settlement with the federal government. This agreement marks a significant step towards reconciliation and justice for the Matsqui community, whose lands were unjustly taken away.

The announcement of this settlement underscores the undeniable truth that Indigenous lands across Turtle Island were stolen through colonization and unjust government policies. It serves as a stark reminder of the ongoing impacts of colonialism and the urgent need for meaningful action towards reconciliation.

As allies in the fight for Indigenous rights and sovereignty, we commend Matsqui First Nation for their resilience and perseverance in pursuing justice. We call on all levels of government to honor their commitments to Indigenous Peoples and work towards true reconciliation based on respect, recognition, and restitution.

#StolenLands #ReconciliationNow #IndigenousRights #Solidarity

Link to the news article: Matsqui First Nation Settlement with Ottawa

Global News: “Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Gary Anandasangaree and Matsqui First Nation Chief Alice McKay jointly announced the settlement, compensating for the federal government’s taking of land in 1908 for the Vancouver Power Company right-of-way.

The federal Indigenous relations minister was in Abbotsford to provide details on the $59-million compensation deal for the Matsqui First Nation. The Fraser Valley First Nation says what once was a 3800-hectare reserve has been reduced by 99 percent over the past 150 years.”


Ottawa reaches $59M settlement with Matsqui First Nation for 1909 land seizure