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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Indigenous youth raise money for day of flight lessons in northern B.C.

Youths from the Moricetown band get ready to fly a bush plane. (Moricetown News and Events/Facebook) Fifteen young adults from the Moricetown band, near Smithers B.C., spent four months fundraising to pay for a day of flight lessons. The youths, aged 16 to 28, did odd jobs in their community and sold treats in town to come up with the cash. Their youth program mentor, Robert Stewart, convinced them to raise $3,350 for the day of lessons, hoping to inspire some of them to become bush pilots. Stewart saw it as a potential career for many of them since...

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What would Canada look like without the Indian Act?

First introduced in 1876, the Indian Act is seen by many as oppressive and racist legislation. (CBC) For the first time in a while, former prime minister Paul Martin, architect of the Kelowna Accord, says he’s happy with where the federal government is steering its relationship with Canada’s Indigenous Peoples. During this week’s cabinet shuffle, the federal government announced it would split Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) into two separate ministries with the goal of replacing the Indian Act, more than 20 years after the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples recommended such a division. ‘I worry about this’:...

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DFO officers step up salmon fishing enforcement

All photos by Rafferty Baker Department of Fisheries and Oceans officers are stepping up their enforcement of strict salmon fishing rules this year, as the Fraser River sockeye run has hit a dangerously low level. DFO officials are relying on Canadian Coast Guard assets, like the 43-metre CCGS M. Charles to carry out inspection operations, as well as maintain an imposing presence on the ocean near the mouth of the Fraser River. According to Herb Redekopp, chief of conservation and protection for the Lower Fraser area, this year’s pathetic salmon run is extraordinary. "The level of salmon that are...

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Paul Martin feels ‘better about where we’re going’ after Indigenous Affairs split

Former prime minister Paul Martin poses for a portrait following an interview with The Canadian Press in 2016. Martin says he thinks Canada’s move to dismantle the Indian Act could have consequences for Indigenous people around the world. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press) For the first time in a long time former prime minister Paul Martin, architect of the Kelowna Accord, says he’s happy with where the government is steering its relationship with Canada’s Indigenous peoples. "I feel better about where we’re going now than I have in a long time," Martin told CBC Radio’s The House in an interview...

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We asked 8 Indigenous activists: How significant was Standing Rock?

Reflections on the pipeline battle that captured the world’s attention The protests in Standing Rock gained thousands of supporters last year and drew international media coverage. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images) Last year, Indigenous people captured the world’s attention when thousands of protestors joined the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. It is a fight that brought out startling imagery after protesters were attacked by security dogs, pepper-sprayed, and eventually sprayed by a tank of water in frigid temperatures. The legal battle is not over, but CBC asked people what they learned from the protests at Standing...

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