In December 2018, the Indigenous Daily would start its journey as an independent voice for First Nations peoples in British Columbia. We strive to stay independent so that we aren’t constrained by advertiser demands. That way, the Indigenous Daily can commit to honest, informative, yet dynamic Indigenous news that give a real voice to communities.
Much of what you see in the print, online or broadcast news that covers Indigenous communities might not accurately represent communities. We want to dig deeper and give communities a meaningful voice. It’s our goal and mission to look through the lens of Indigenous people, of Indigenous lives across British Columbia.
Indigenous Daily dedicates itself to news coverage that shows all walks of life. Every First Nation person has a story to tell; Indigenous Daily is simply here to share it.
Who’s the owner?
Thomas Kervin grew up in Port Hardy, B.C. At a very young age, he was adopted out of his community of Tsulquate, Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw’s village. He lived with two foster parents. His biological mother and father are Gwa’sala, a nation which used to live in a winter village called T’a̱kus (Smith Inlet). His great-grandfather was John Walkus and his great-great-grandfather was Charlie G. Walkus, both of whom were Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw carvers. They had lived in the winter village before forced relocation to a reserve land adjacent to Port Hardy. Because Thomas was adopted out he was given the last name Kervin; his mother and uncle were also adopted out of the community, taking on the name Green. Now, after years of not knowing who he is or where he comes from, he’s slowly learning his nation’s culture and language, but it’s a learning process for him, especially when uncertain of cultural protocols.
In his high school years Thomas did a summer internship for the local government of Port Hardy, which got him interested in learning about governance. After graduating from Simon Fraser University with a degree in political science, he worked for Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Nation, Quatsino First Nation and Kwakiutl First Nation. He then went on to become a journalist and columnist for two years at a local newspaper.
He noticed a staggering lack of Indigenous voices in mainstream media; and, stories that did cover First Nations were often not mindful of culture, language or seeing through the lens of indigeneity. So he saw a chance to make it right by creating his own small news company now called Indigenous Daily News.
This journey for Thomas has become a bridge between the white upbringing he was adopted into with that of his nation’s culture, language, and entire way of living which he had been taken away from before he was even one years old.