Day: September 3, 2017

Bulkley Valley representation at UN meeting

Wet’suwet’en hereditary Chief Na’Moks (front) speaks to media in Vancouver after returning from a United Nations meeting. (UBCIC Facebook photo) A delegation of Indigenous people from B.C. recently attended a United Nations committee in Switzerland on eliminating racial discrimination. According to Wet’suwet’en hereditary Chief Na’Moks (John Ridsdale), Canada has a serious racial problem. “We went there to inform the committee on the ratification of racial discrimination, about Canada not upholding what they said they would … under the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People … They said they’d fully support it and yet we’ve seen nothing...

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Ottawa tries to turn the page on ‘colonial’ ways of past governments

As part of his cabinet shuffle, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the dissolution of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) into two new government ministries, Indigenous Services and Crown-Indigenous Relations. New ministries, Indigenous Services and Crown-Indigenous Relations, to be headed respectively by ministers Jane Philpott, right, and Carolyn Bennett. Former prime minister Pierre Trudeau promoted the idea of equality through what is known as the "White Paper" in 1969, which recieved huge backlash from many Indigenous peoples. Pamela Palmater, the chair in Indigenous governance at Ryerson University, expressed concern that the split in ministries would simply add layers of...

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Marching with Pride: Thousands take to the streets for Calgary Pride Parade 2017

It was a sea of rainbows in Calgary as tens of thousands of people marched and supported the 2017 Calgary Pride Parade. (Rachel Maclean/CBC) The Calgary Pride Parade took over parts of downtown on Sunday, as members of the LGBTQ community donned colourful costumes and flags to celebrate alongside their supporters. Tens of thousands of Calgarians took part in and watched the parade, which marched down Sixth Avenue with rainbow flags, signs and balloons. Even some pets got into the pride spirit as they marched the parade route, dressed in rainbow garb. Some colourful four-legged friends marched with their...

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Wildfire in Peachland grows tenfold overnight, evacuation order issued

Photo courtesy Denise, via @SUPokanagan Twitter) PEACHLAND (NEWS 1130) – A fire burning southwest of Peachland, in the Okanagan, is being fanned by strong westerly winds and has now grown to at least 1,000 hectares in size. The fire near Finlay Creek, about seven and a half kilometres from Peachland, was first reported on Saturday afternoon. “The fire did remain quite active overnight which was quite challenging for crews,” says Fire Information officer Rachel Witt with the BC Wildfire Service ‘s Kamloops Fire Centre. Last night the fire was estimated to be 100 hectares in size, but it has...

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Poplar River First Nation wildfire under control: Manitoba

The Manitoba government says the fire near Poplar River is held. As wildfires across the province continue to burn thanks to hot, dry weather, fire officials had at least one piece of good news on Sunday. The wildfire that has been burning near Poplar River First Nation since last month is now classified as being held, according to the Manitoba government. A release that went out on Sunday said that firefighters and equipment continue to monitor the fire and work on hot spots, but the fire is currently under control. READ MORE: Forest fire forces evacuation of Poplar River...

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