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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Forest fire evacuees from Poplar River First Nation head home

Forest fire evacuees from Poplar River First Nation begin to fly home to the community Sept. 5. (Meaghan Ketcheson/CBC) Hundreds of people who escaped wildfires in northern Manitoba near Poplar River First Nation begin their journey home Tuesday. About 750 people were evacuated by the Canadian Red Cross beginning Aug. 11 after lightning ignited a forest fire south of the community. On Saturday, Ernest Bruce — who serves on Poplar River’s emergency measures committee — said that while the fire is not completely out it is slow moving and no longer poses a threat to the community. It will...

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Police reopen Highway 6 in Caledonia after dismantling blockade

More than 50 OPP officers were observed at the site of a relocated blockade Monday night. OPP said it removed "debris" from the roadway around 11 p.m. (David Ritchie) Police say Highway 6 in Caledonia s open again after Six Nations protesters moved a blockade there. Police dismantled the blockade the day after the protestors moved it from Argyle Street South. In an updated press release, Ontario Provincial Police said both roads have been reopened to through traffic as of 2:20 p.m. Tuesday. The dismantling began Monday night. OPP said Monday around 11 p.m. that "debris" was being cleared...

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Students from shuttered Ottawa high school find footing in new surroundings

Students (left to right) AJ Moroziuk, Jacob Smith and Jared Biefe have been friends since starting Grade 9 at Rideau High School. Today they begin classes at Gloucester High School. (Amanda Pfeffer/CBC News) For many students returning to Ottawa’s English public schools Tuesday, the new academic year means a fresh start in a new building, surrounded by new classmates. The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board closed five elementary schools and one high school last spring, sending hundreds of students to new schools. One of those schools opening its doors to new students this fall is Gloucester High School on Ogilvie...

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Police dismantling blockade on Highway 6 in Caledonia

More than 50 OPP officers were observed at the site of a relocated blockade Monday night. OPP said it removed "debris" from the roadway around 11 p.m. (David Ritchie) Police are trying to dismantle a blockade the day after Six Nations protesters moved it to Highway 6 in Caledonia. Ontario Provincial Police said Monday night around 11 p.m. that "debris" was being cleared and no one was arrested. No arrests in relation to roadblocks in Caledonia . Debris is being cleared. Contact OPP Prov. Liaison Team or 1-888-310-1122 Kanonhstaton pic.twitter.com/m8VKgel58U — @OPP_News Tuesday morning, OPP said the Highway 6...

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Water Week: A look at Canada’s Indigenous water crisis

For many Indigenous peoples, water is sacred and seen as a living entity. Before settlers arrived, Indigenous peoples were guided by teachings about how to care for the land and water. In many Indigenous communities, these teachings have been carried down from one generation to the next. A sacred element revered as medicine, water was used in traditional ceremonies and viewed as something that must be honoured, protected and treated with the utmost respect. But all of that changed with colonization, as Indigenous people were forced to assimilate and relocate to reserve lands from their traditional territories, ordered to...

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U of Ottawa law school welcomes indigenous elder in residence

François Larocque says the appointment is in keeping with the new direction of the faculty, and with call to action No. 28 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law has appointed the first indigenous elder in residence at a law school in Canada. In her new role, Claudette Commanda, who is an Algonquin Anishinabe from Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation and an alumna and former instructor of the faculty, will provide knowledge and guidance to indigenous students, as well as to professors and staff. She also will lead the faculty in cultural protocols...

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The Komagata Maru Incident: a character’s struggle between doing what’s right and doing what he’s told

Kiran Ahluwalia as the Woman. (Photo by Cylia von Tiedemann) There are no heroes in Sharon Pollock’s play, The Komagata Maru Incident . There are only characters that do the wrong thing for what they believe to be the right reason, and characters that want to do the right thing, but aren’t in a position to do so. And above it all there is T.S., the Master of Ceremonies and ever-omniscient narrator of the play, brought to life for the Stratford Festival by Quelemia Sparrow. When dressed in her top hat and red coat, T.S. gleefully orchestrates the misery...

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