Day: September 2, 2017

Seven-year-old Calgarian refuses to wear “discriminatory” hockey jersey

Starting hockey should be an exciting moment for any seven-year-old. But for one Calgary girl, that excitement was spoiled after realizing what emblem would be plastered across her chest — a First Nations “warrior” with war paint and feathers. The girl’s mother, who Postmedia has agreed not to name as she fears repercussions for her children, said her daughter refuses to wear the “discriminatory” jersey, and because of zoning issues will be forced to sit out for what would have been her first season on the ice. “A shirt is supposed to represent unity between people,” she said. “My...

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Another 1,500 evacuated from Garden Hill First Nation due to wildfire

A forest fire has forced thousands of people from Wasagamack First Nation, about 470 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg, with the Red Cross reporting more evacuees on Saturday. (Judy Klassen/Facebook) The Canadian Red Cross says an additional 1,500 people from the Garden Hill First Nation have been given evacuation orders due to wildfire smoke in the Island Lake area. Most of the members have health concerns and they’re being flown out at the request of the community. The total number of evacuees has now reached 5,000, including individuals from the Wasagamack and St. Theresa Point First Nations. Most of the...

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Yukon To Receive $360 Million Highway Improvement Package, Trudeau Announces

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces federal and territorial funding to improve access to mineral-rich areas in the Yukon at a press event in Whitehorse on Saturday. WHITEHORSE — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau poured nearly a quarter of a billion dollars into Yukon’s highway network Saturday in hopes it will lead to resource development, but some Indigenous leaders remain wary about environmental implications. Trudeau and Yukon Premier Sandy Silver announced their two governments will spend more than $360 million to improve road access to mineral-rich areas in the territory. The federal share amounts to $247 million of that total. The...

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Saskatoon Tribal Council partners with charity in push to boost Indigenous students’ graduation rates

Saskatoon Tribal Council Chief Felix Thomas hopes a new partnership with Pathways to Education Canada will set the bar for other tribal councils working to help their young people succeed at school. (Liam Richards/Canadian Press) The Saskatoon Tribal Council has partnered with Pathways to Education Canada to help give young Indigenous people the resources to reach their full potential. The partnership is the first of its kind between a tribal council and Pathways to Education, a national charitable organization that helps students from low-income communities succeed in their high school careers. The move is part of the STC’s push...

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Smoke prompts officials in northern Manitoba to evacuate another 1,500

WINNIPEG — Smoke from a northern Manitoba wildfire has prompted officials with the Garden Hill First Nation to move another 1,500 people to Winnipeg. Jason Small with the Red Cross says the evacuation is on top of the more than 3,500 people from the area who have already left. Small says the decision was made by the leadership of Garden Hill in consultation with the federal government. Manitoba MLA Judy Klassen provided this image showing the evacuation of Wasagamack First Nation in northern Manitoba on Tuesday August 29, 2017. (HO-Judy Klassen/The Canadian Press) Manitoba MLA Judy Klassen provided this...

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