Month: August 2017

As Convention Centre fills, 2nd emergency shelter set to open for northern Manitoba wildfire evacuees

Forest fire evacuees from three Manitoba First Nations line up in halls of the RBC Convention Centre where they will stay until the fire dies down. (Caroline Barghout/CBC) The Winnipeg emergency centre for evacuees driven from their homes by a wildfire in northern Manitoba is expected to reach its capacity of nearly 1,000 people by Friday morning. A spokesperson from the Canadian Red Cross told CBC News the organization expects the group shelter set up at the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg to fill throughout Thursday night, and is preparing to open a second emergency shelter Friday morning for...

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Mixed year for Fort McMurray workers as oil struggles, construction booms

A construction worker helps with the completion of a house in the subdivision of Abasand Heights in Fort McMurray Alta. on Wednesday May 3, 2017. Robert Murray/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network It has been a year of contrasts for Fort McMurray’s labour movement, with one side buoyed by a construction boom following the May 2016 wildfire and another side worrying about oil prices, layoffs and mental health. But as Labour Day approaches, labour movements in the region say they hope the next 12 months will see some economic growth and stability for workers. “The biggest hits in growth have been...

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Whitehorse RCMP asking for help finding 19-year-old man

Police say Sheldon Jim was reportedly seen in Whitehorse a few weeks ago. (RCMP) The Whitehorse RCMP are asking the public for help finding 19-year-old Sheldon Jim. Jim was reported missing by family members on Aug. 26. The police say his family is concerned about his well-being. He was reportedly last seen in Whitehorse around the beginning of August. Jim is described as a First Nations man with black hair and brown eyes, 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing approximately140 pounds. The RCMP are asking anyone with any information about his whereabouts to contact police at 867-667-5555. Click...

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‘Could have caused death’: Inuvik welding company’s rock crusher feed deliberately jammed with iron

Wesley Bergeron holds one of the 12 pieces of iron he found near the rock crusher. (Mackenzie Scott/CBC) Police are investigating after pieces of solid iron were jammed into an Inuvik welding company’s crusher feed. A supervisor at Bob’s Welding Ltd. says the iron not only damaged its equipment, but nearly caused serious injury. The company says it happened over the weekend of August 18, sometime between Friday night and Monday morning. Iron is about three times harder than rock, so when the crusher was turned on Monday morning they damaged the machine and two pieces were spit out....

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Switched at birth forty years ago, four men still ‘filled with questions’ after investigation into Manitoba hospital

John Woods / The Canadian Press John Woods / THE CANADIAN PRESS By Steve Lambert NORWAY HOUSE, Man. — The families of four men who were switched at birth and sent home from a northern Manitoba hospital with the wrong parents said they were left with more questions than answers Thursday after reviews by the RCMP and Health Canada. Manitoba RCMP said no charges will be laid in the two mixups at the Norway House Indian Hospital in 1975 because there is no evidence that what happened was a criminal offence. Health Canada said its review found that the...

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First Nations occupy second salmon farm on B.C. coast

Open this photo in gallery: Protesters gather at the Marine Harvest fish farm on Swanson Island, near Alert Bay, B.C., in a handout photo from the Facebook page Swanson Occupation. Members of two British Columbia First Nations say they have occupied a salmon farm on a small island on the province’s coast, the second such protest to be held in the past week. Chief Willie Moon, also known as Okwilagame, said about 16 members of the Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw and the Kwikwasutinuxw Haxwamis arrived at the Wicklow Point salmon farm on Thursday afternoon. He said about five protesters plan to...

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U of Ottawa law school welcomes indigenous elder in residence

François Larocque says the appointment is in keeping with the new direction of the faculty, and with call to action No. 28 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law has appointed the first indigenous elder in residence at a law school in Canada. In her new role, Claudette Commanda, who is an Algonquin Anishinabe from Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation and an alumna and former instructor of the faculty, will provide knowledge and guidance to indigenous students, as well as to professors and staff. She also will lead the faculty in cultural protocols...

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‘Didn’t want to leave’: Wave of First Nation forest fire evacuees arrives in Winnipeg

Young girls walk off the tarmac in Winnipeg on Thursday after arriving from Garden Hill First Nation aboard a Canadian Forces Hercules aircraft. (Lyzaville Sale/CBC) Another group of First Nation forest fire evacuees arrived in Winnipeg Thursday morning with help from the Canadian Forces. "Kind of relieved," said Audrey Mason, who came to Winnipeg with her young grandchildren. "The past two days it was bad. I didn’t really want to come out … I didn’t want to leave my other kids back home." A Canadian Forces Hercules aircraft arrives in Winnipeg on Thursday carrying a group of forest fire...

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Dividing Indigenous Affairs a step back

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a town hall in Halifax earlier this month. He’s in Winnipeg on Thursday. (THE CANADIAN PRESS file photo/Darren Calabrese) There’s one thing governments seem to be really good at these days: making it look like they’re doing something about a problem without doing anything at all. They hire the best and the brightest bureaucrats to carry out these illusions, many of whom you’d swear went to specialized government schools to learn the tricks of their trade. Most policy announcements by governments are usually little more than slick communiques filled with government jargon and...

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No criminal wrongdoing in switched-at-birth cases, Manitoba RCMP say

Norway House resident Leon Swanson weeps at a press conference in Winnipeg, Aug. 26, 2016. Swanson and David Tait Jr. were switched at birth in 1975 when their mothers gave birth at Norway House Indian Hospital. Two other men discovered in 2015 they were also switched in the same year at the same hospital. (John Woods/Canadian Press) Manitoba RCMP have found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing after investigating two cases where babies were switched at birth in the same year at the same northern Manitoba hospital. Norman Barkman, Luke Monias, Leon Swanson and David Tait Jr. — all born...

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Firefighters hopeful Indigenous Affairs shakeup will lead to better fire safety measures on reserves

Indigenous firefighters hopeful work on fire safety on reserves will continue. “We have an ambitious plan to have smoke detectors in every First Nation home in Ontario,” Six Nations Fire Chief Matthew Miller said. Indigenous firefighting experts are hopeful that the federal government’s recent cabinet shuffle will help improve fire safety and prevention on reserves. “I don’t fear change. I fear increased levels of bureaucracy. Hopefully that’s not the direction we’re going in,” said Six Nations Fire Chief Matthew Miller, who is also president of the Ontario Native Firefighter’s Society. “Overall, I’m cautiously optimistic,” Miller said. On Monday, Prime...

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Governments must engage indigenous peoples as equals in resource development approvals: study

A mutually beneficial model for decision making in land and resource development in Canada requires a new approach—one that commits governments to recognizing indigenous peoples’ inherent jurisdiction and fully engages them in the decision-making process, says a new paper from the Institute for Research on Public Policy. “Canada’s full endorsement of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) represents a significant advance toward reconciliation, but many challenges lie ahead for transforming words into deeds,” say authors Martin Papillon and Thierry Rodon. There is considerable controversy about the interpretation of one of the core elements of...

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