Day: September 5, 2017

Yukon gov’t falling short on election promise, says First Nation development corp.

Ben Asquith, CEO of the Da Daghay Development Corporation, says he had great hopes for new economic opportunities after hearing the Liberals’ election promises. (CBC) It’s been nearly a year since the Yukon Liberal Party swept to power, promising a renewed relationship with the territory’s First Nations. But according to one First Nation development corporation, the honeymoon is over. The Ta’an Kwäch’än Council’s Da Daghay Development Corporation says it’s been frustrated by resistance to its aims, from within the government. The corporation owns several businesses and commercial properties, and also owns and operates XY Charlie Crew, which is a...

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Global Voices: Indigenous men fight violence against women

Raven Lacerte, right, then 17, is shown at a 2012 news conference in front of the B.C. Legislature speaking out against violence toward Indigenous women and children. As the sun crested over the forest just outside of Fraser Lake in northern British Columbia, Raven Lacerte took out her knife. Her father had just taken down a moose. Before he fired the shot, the two were deep in conversation and Lacerte’s thoughts lingered on their painful topic: Violence experienced by Indigenous women and girls. While she field-dressed the animal, prepping the meat for a feast in her hometown of Victoria,...

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New STEAM academy graduates students with high school, college diploma

Though the STEAM academy is run by Six Nations Polytechnic, the school is open to students of all backgrounds and abilities. It will both better prepare them for the workforce, as they graduate with both a high school and college diploma, and be tuition-free. (@snpsteam/Twitter) Brantford’s STEAM academy opens its doors to students today, and its first graduating class will leave with a high school diploma and a college certificate in hand. The high school is run by Six Nations Polytechnique and is the first of its kind in Canada, principal Aaron Hobbs told The Morning Edition ‘s host...

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Dakota Ojibway declare state of emergency to combat drug crisis

Fentanyl and other opioids are flowing into their communities, the Dakota Ojibway tribal council says. (CBC) The Dakota Ojibway tribal council says their communities are in the throes of a drug crisis and have declared a state of emergency to address the problem. Robert Daniels, Dakota Ojibway’s CEO, says the area’s rising crime rate is the driving force behind the declaration. "There’s been an increase in crime, break-and-enters and everything like that," he said. "I think there’s a lot of drugs coming in — opioids, fentanyl, crystal meth, all kinds … there’s been an increase in crime rates in...

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Competing groups join forces to buy rail line and Port of Churchill

The Port of Churchill is Canada’s only rail-accessible deepwater port on Arctic waters. (CBC) A nagging disagreement over who might buy the Port of Churchill and the damaged rail line to it has ended after two competing parties agreed to merge, putting pressure on the federal government to act on repairs to the line before winter. In a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office, obtained by CBC News, Grand Chief Arlen Dumas (acting as a representative of Missinippi Rail LP) said he will no longer pursue ownership of the facilities, and will work with other parties to buy...

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