Day: September 6, 2017

‘Drug crisis’ forces 7 Manitoba First Nations to declare state of emergency

The seven First Nations that make up the Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council have declared a state of emergency due to a drug crisis that is driving an increasing crime rate. Chiefs from the Birdtail Sioux, Dakota Tipi, Long Plain, Roseau River Anishinabe, Sandy Bay Ojibwaym Swan Lake, and Waywayseecappo First Nations made the declaration to raise awareness about the rise in drug abuse among their communities, including the use of opioids, crack cocaine and methamphetamine. The First Nations’ chiefs said the crisis has led to high crime rates, health issues, and an increase in suicides — the latter also an issue on Northern Ontario’s Wapekeka First this year, prompting the community to declare its own state of emergency in June. Though drug abuse has been an ongoing issue for years, Dakota Ojibway community leaders said it’s only getting worse. Today, it impacts children and newborns. "In the last year in my community, 60 per cent of our children born were put on morphine after birth because of the addictions of the mothers," Ken Chalmers, chairperson of the Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council, told CTV Winnipeg. Although the chiefs said they’ll be working to combat the crisis through a new strategy of education, prevention, and enforcement, they’re calling for government action at the provincial and federal levels to help in creating an addiction treatment facility. "We need a treatment centre in...

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Five Vancouver Sun/Province reporters named finalists for 2017 Jack Webster Awards

Reporter Lori Culbert. Reporter Dan Fumano. Reporter Matt Robinson. Five Vancouver Sun/Province reporters have been named finalists for the prestigious 2017 Jack Webster Awards. Crime reporter Kim Bolan is nominated in the breaking news category for a series of stories she wrote on the murder of prominent Hells Angel Bob Green. Bolan revealed Green’s business connections, his standing in the biker gang and was also able to link the Green murder to the shooting of a Hells Angels prospect in Burnaby and the slaying of a young man, whose dismembered body was dumped on the side of the road....

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Manitoba First Nations chief describes harrowing escape from forest fire

Open this photo in gallery: Manitoba MLA Judy Klassen provided this image showing a large forest fire burning near Wasagamack First Nation in northern Manitoba, on Aug. 29, 2017. The leader of a northern Manitoba First Nation says an evacuation to escape a forest fire was a harrowing experience made harder by the lack of proper infrastructure and a quick way out. "Before we knew it, we had this huge fire column that was hanging over the entire community," Wasagamack Chief Alex McDougall said of the evening last week when the fire that had been in the distance suddenly...

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‘It’s been emotional’: Evacuees get taste of home in Brandon with bannock, soup

The Brandon Friendship Centre served bannock and soup to northern Manitoba forest fire evacuees on Wednesday. (Riley Laychuk/CBC) It’s been more than a week since the the first people forced from their homes in Manitoba’s Island Lake area arrived in Brandon. Some are still feeling lost, while others are starting to settle in their temporary homes. The Brandon Friendship Centre, abuzz with smiles and laughter on Wednesday, tried to give people a taste of home as it hosted the first of two lunches for evacuees. Along with bannock and homemade soup, about a dozen tables were set up with...

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‘We’re just tired of waiting’: Northern Sask. meeting aims to combat rash of suicides

A group of community organizers have planned a two-day meeting in Buffalo Narrows, Sask., to talk about suicide in northern Saskatchewan. (www.learningsupportcentre.com) Holly Toulejour says she’s tired of waiting. A social worker at Dene High School in La Loche, Sask., Toulejour says communities across northern Saskatchewan have been reporting a rash of suicides over the past year. While government support has been pledged, she says it hasn’t worked. "We’re just tired of waiting for someone else to come in and do something," she told CBC Radio’s Saskatoon Morning . "It doesn’t feel like there’s any political will or action...

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First Nations hopeful new B.C. government’s pledges are more than ‘hollow words’

Grand Chief Edward John speaks to media Tuesday following a meeting between First Nations leaders and federal and provincial ministers to discuss the wildfire response. (Ben Nelms/The Canadian Press) First Nations leaders in British Columbia say they are hopeful the commitments being made towards reconciliation by the new provincial government will be different than the many disappointments of the past. First Nations Summit Grand Chief Ed John says he is encouraged by Premier John Horgan’s pledge to govern based on the principles set out in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People — and to incorporate the...

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As of July 31, 2017, there were a total of 121 First Nations under 172 drinking water advisories across Canada

Justin Trudeau’s government is claiming to have solved 26 long term drinking water advisories on 22 First Nations — something it says represents good progress on a key election promise made by the Liberals nearly two years ago. But a VICE News fact check has found that while 14 communities on that list concur with that assessment, some of them told us they still face major issues — including lack of government funding for water operators and problems with leaky, poorly designed systems — that make that status precarious. We were unable to reach water operators in the other...

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2 Wasagamack evacuees hospitalized with pneumonia linked to wildfire smoke, chief says

A forest fire forced about 3,700 people from the community of Wasagamack First Nation, about 470 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg. (Judy Klassen/Facebook) Two people forced from their homes in Manitoba’s Island Lake region due to wildfires are suffering from pneumonia linked to smoke inhalation, according to a local official. The two evacuees are being hospitalized in Brandon, Wasagamack First Nation Chief Alex McDougall told CBC Radio’s Information Radio on Wednesday morning. "One is wearing a ventilator and is only able to communicate with us by a pad, writing notes," he said. Roughly 4,200 people from Wasagamack, Garden Hill and...

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Red Cross closing Winnipeg convention centre shelter for Island Lake evacuees

Volunteers and staff with the Canadian Red Cross set up long rows of cots in the Soccer North Indoor Complex on Leila Avenue on Aug. 31. That shelter will remain open for evacuees from the Island Lake area, but the Red Cross will shut a shelter at Winnipeg’s RBC Convention Centre on Thursday. (Daniel Igne-Jajalla/CBC) One of two Winnipeg emergency shelters housing evacuees from fire-threatened First Nations in Manitoba will close this week, the Canadian Red Cross announced Wednesday. Effective Thursday, the organization will shut down the shelter at the RBC Convention Centre, said Red Cross spokesperson Jason Small....

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The Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples recommended splitting up the Indigenous Affairs department 20 years ago. The context today is much different.

In a recurring segment of Tom King’s celebrated CBC radio series The Dead Dog Café Comedy Hour the affable—but somewhat naïve—character Jasper Friendly Bear invited listeners to join him by the hearth in a segment he called “Fireside Friendly Bear.” Each week, with the sounds of a crackling fire in the background, Jasper would read an excerpt from what he called “great Canadian literature.” King’s running gag deliberately set the audience up for a more high-minded interlude in the comedy show. Without fail, however, Jasper reads a random passage from the 4,000-page Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal...

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Inuit youth leader named to national Indigenous panel

Maatalii Okalik to join with First Nation youth, Métis youth to fulfill TRC call to action NUNATSIAQ NEWS Maatalii Okalik reads through a list of names of former residents of Hebron, Nunatsiavut, in 2016. The former National Inuit Youth Council president was just named to an Indigenous youth panel tasked with figuring out how Canada should deliver on TRC call to action 66 about creating community-based youth organizations. (PHOTO COURTESY OF ITK) Three indigenous youth will gear up to answer “call to action” number 66 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Maatalii Okalik, Gabrielle Fayant, and André Bear were...

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‘World’s best teacher’ from Canada using $1 million prize to promote kayaking

Maggie MacDonnell (in the blue kayak) taught children to kayak at the London Docklands on Sept. 6. (The Varkey Foundation) On a grey, overcast morning down at the London Docks on the River Thames, a group of students huddle around Maggie MacDonnell as she demonstrates the correct way to hold a paddle. Clad in a black T-shirt with the text “qajaq” above the word “kayak” and a blue lifejacket, the spirited Canadian educator is teaching 10 British students from the Greenwich Free School in London, England about the history of the kayak. The children, aged 12 to 15, avidly...

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