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Really feel-good Friday: International BC’s highlights of the week

Every week at International BC we spotlight our tales to convey a shiny spot to your Friday and into the weekend.

Listed here are the 5 tales we need to share:

‘Gathering round tradition’: 2 B.C. powwows return for Father’s Day

Households throughout Canada celebrated the position of grandfathers, fathers and sons final weekend, together with two particular occasions in B.C.: Father’s Day powwows in each Vancouver and Williams Lake.

Powwows create areas for Indigenous folks to rejoice and honour longstanding traditions, and for non-Indigenous folks to attach with the tradition and folks of their communities.

Track and dance are the essence of the occasion with seven conventional dances being carried out over the weekend.

Past the intricacy of the dancers’ vibrant regalia lies deep cultural which means with every outfit and each motion telling an vital story.

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“We’re seeing these children and youth placing these regalias on,” Williams Lake First Nation Chief Willie Sellars mentioned.

“We’re additionally seeing everybody on the market and having a great time in a wholesome environment. Gathering round tradition, gathering round ceremony.”

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Summer time Solstice falls on Nationwide Indigenous Peoples Day, a time for celebration

Vancouver Island’s essential Freeway 4 to reopen forward of schedule Friday

A essential freeway linking west coast communities to the remainder of Vancouver Island has reopened forward of schedule following a multi-week closure because of wildfire.

The B.C. Ministry of Transportation introduced Freeway 4 will reopen to single-lane alternating visitors at 3 p.m. on Friday. Officers had initially estimated the earliest the route would open was June 24 or 25.

Freeway 4 was closed on June 6 because of the Cameron Bluffs wildfire.

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With the highway closed, coastal communities have been left to depend on a treacherous multi-hour detour through an industrial logging highway, limiting provides and ravenous companies and tour operators of income at a essential time of 12 months.

The highway isn’t anticipated to totally reopen till mid July.

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Work underway to reopen Freeway 4

Organizers hit fundraising residence run to convey Ukrainian softball staff to B.C.

Organizers of an annual world girls’s softball match have hit a fundraising residence run, raking in sufficient money to convey a Ukrainian nationwide staff to Surrey to compete.

The Canada Cup, held between July 7 and 16 at Softball Metropolis, is ready to be the most important of its sort in Canadian historical past, with greater than 1,500 elite athletes from world wide.

Athletes on the Ukrainian Girls’s Junior Nationwide Softball Group, scattered throughout Ukraine and Poland on account of Russia’s incursion, will now be capable of attend, because of the efforts of lots of of native donors.

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The aim was to lift $60,000 — a sum reached in lower than two weeks with assist from the Metropolis of Surrey, a handful of companies and greater than 500 particular person donors.

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Surrey serving to convey Ukrainian girls’s softball staff to B.C. match

‘That is my solely objective now’: B.C. restoration applications assist mother and father get clear

After years of alcohol and opioid use,  B.C. couple Jean-Pol and Tausha are getting their lives again on monitor after the beginning of their daughter Abbey.

“We did it for our daughter,” Tausha mentioned.

“She was the prime motivator, the initiator. She went and received assist and I used to be left by myself. I used to be lonely and unhappy,” mentioned Jean-Pol.

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When Tausha received pregnant, she received assist from the BC Girls’s Hospital Households in Restoration program (FIR), which is the one program of its sort in Canada.

“Once we admit a affected person into our unit, we’re primarily admitting the entire household,” mentioned Darci Skiber, a BC Girls’s Hospital Households in Restoration spokesperson.

The couple was then capable of join with Collectively We Can, a therapy program for companions of sufferers within the FIR program.

The 2 have set new objectives for themselves, with Tausha engaged on her highschool diploma and desirous to develop into a nurse. John-Pol is lining up work in entry-level equipment operations.

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B.C. couple in restoration helps finish stigma round habit

Okanagan’s 1st cat café opens its doorways, hopes to assist felines discover houses

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A brand new café has opened in Kelowna — however this one provides much more than simply espresso and baked items.

“This can be a place the place you’ll be able to come and hang around with rescued and adoptable cats,” mentioned café proprietor Ashley Karnes.

Referred to as Catelowna, the cat café is simply the fourth in all of B.C.

Years within the making, the downtown cafe formally opened on Thursday, and Hanna Hamaguchi was the cafe’s first buyer.

“The whole lot is so cute, there are such a lot of scratching posts, all these cabinets on the wall,” she mentioned.

Clients can are available in and revel in a cup of espresso whereas having fun with the corporate of cats. And in the event that they make the suitable connection they will apply to undertake a feline good friend and provides them a fur-ever residence.

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A ‘fur’st-of-its-kind espresso store within the Okanagan opens in Kelowna

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