Water was drained 90 years ago to create farms on Sumas Prairie
By Emma Smith and Katelyn Verstraten, Special to The Sun
It’s a sunny day in Abbotsford, and Lester Ned is driving across the Sumas Prairie. As the road weaves through neatly manicured fields and grazing cattle, he explains how his ancestors traditionally fished here — in the same place a dairy farm now stands.
by s.e. Smith
In the last three decades, an estimated almost 600 indigenous women in Canada, including Inuit, Metis, and First Nations women, have gone missing or have been the victims of murders. Overall, indigenous woman are five to seven times more likely than their white peers to be victims of violence. Canada, in short, is experiencing an epidemic of violence against its aboriginal population, and the nation has been shamefully slow to act.