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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Poplar River fire under control as community prepares to go home

The Winnipeg Soccer Federation’s indoor complex on Leila Avenue has become a temporary shelter for evacuees. (Kari-Jane Hamilton/Submitted) The fire near Poplar River First Nation is now classified as "being held." According to a Manitoba Sustainable Development spokesperson, that means firefighting efforts are controlling the fire’s growth. It’s enough for the community to plan an end to their three-week evacuation beginning Tuesday. The province says firefighters are continuing to monitor the fire and are continuing to work on hot spots. Meanwhile, the wildfire near Wasagamack First Nation remains at about 28,000 hectares and is still about one kilometre away...

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Letter: Monuments that glorify oppression should be removed

After the Charlottesville riots in the United States, where white supremacists gathered to “protest” the moving of a statue of Confederate leader Robert E. Lee, a string of movements sprung up across the country to declare the need to get rid of monuments that memorialize slave owners and racists. Across the border, Canadians took the opportunity to spur conversation about addressing and removing memorials that similarly celebrate figures that were complicit in the genocide of Indigenous people. Although not a new debate, the Charlottesville riots have caused it to come to the forefront. The argument that the memorials should...

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Changing history

Naim Cardinal, recently a history and social studies teacher in Edmonton, still remembers the stigma he felt as an Indigenous student. Now, how history is being taught in classrooms across the country is changing. Naim Cardinal was in Grade 5 when his teacher referred to Louis Riel as a "madman" – a term that stuck in the young boy’s head as one of the times he heard Indigenous people described in a negative light. Mr. Cardinal, recently a history and social studies teacher in Edmonton, still remembers the stigma he felt as an Indigenous student. "Comments and experiences like...

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B.C. First Nations occupy a second salmon farm as company raises safety concerns

Salmon swim in an enclosure at the fish farm owned by Marine Harvest Canada on Swanson Island, near Alert Bay, B.C. (Sea Sheperd Conservation Society/YouTube) 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 stay until the provincial and...

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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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‘Credit is going back to our ancestors’: Gjoa Haven celebrates Erebus and Terror finds

Louie Kamookak’s knowledge of Inuit oral history was key in the 2014 discovery of one of Franklin’s lost ships, HMS Erebus. He’ll be speaking at the community celebration in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut. (Mike Salomonie/CBC) Gjoa Haven, Nunavut, is marking the finding of the two ships lost in Sir John Franklin’s ill-fated expedition through the Northwest Passage with a week-long community celebration. The festival of the discovery of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror begins with a community feast Saturday during the Gjoa Haven Umiyaqtutt Festival. Activities commemorating the finds and celebrating Inuit oral history will continue throughout the week. "The...

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The Government of Canada Recognizes the National Historic Importance of the Wrecks of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror

Today the two vessels – the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror – are being commemorated as national historic sites with a plaque unveiling ceremony held at the Umiyaqtutt Festival in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut, by Parks Canada and members of the Franklin Interim Advisory Committee. By unveiling these plaques, we are commemorating not only historic sites, but the people and places of the North, and the Inuit collaboration that helped us understand the history of the Franklin expedition. The locations of the vessels had been a mystery for over 150 years, after Sir John Franklin and his crew went missing...

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