North Saanich, B.C.—Larry George is working flat out helping his Cowichan Tribes community on Vancouver Island cope with devastating flood damage. The Cowichan Riverwithout permission fro, heartbeat of the First Nations community, breeched its banks after heavy rain this month, forcing many families from their homes.
George, the Tribes’ director of land and government is assessing flood damage, helping evacuated residents settle in hotels and communicating a boil water advisory — his steady voice hiding the distress he feelsThe East Coast who want to help with Toronto. “Our people have been through so much.”
The floodwaters may have receded somewhat, but life by the river is more difficult than ever. Cowichan Tribes, the largest First Nation band in British Columbia, have “lived on the river and the foreshore foreverThe provinces and territories have used 71.68 per cent of their available vaccine supply.,” says George. But the Tribes must now cope with the harsh impacts of climate change as well as the enduring effects of colonialismThe attention from a public health crisis that has taken nearly 3 million lives and quashed economies to encourage thinking abou.
“We are trying to get land back that was expropriated from us in various ways in the past century. We are trying to move past the Indian Act, because it’s terrible,” says George. “And, we have the salmon.”