Day: September 7, 2017

Ontario schools to collect race-based data in effort to reduce educational disparities

Open this photo in gallery: Schools across Ontario will soon start collecting demographic information on the province’s public school students, such as those seen in a Vaughan Road Academy class room in late May. The race-data initiative is intended to help recognize and ameliorate gaps in educational equity across the province. Schools across Ontario will be collecting race-based data in an effort to close the gaps in achievement and well-being between students of different backgrounds. A total of 15 boards, including the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), have been collecting race-based data for years, but the province would like...

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Justin Trudeau to meet with premiers, Indigenous leaders Oct. 3

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, and Perry Bellegarde, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, celebrate the newly named National Indigenous Peoples Day in Ottawa on June 21. Trudeau will meet with Indigenous leaders and premiers on Oct. 3 in the National Capital Region. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press) Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will meet with premiers and Indigenous leaders next month with environmentally friendly economic development at the top of the agenda. The meeting will be held in the National Capital Region on Oct. 3. A news release from the prime minister’s office said federal, provincial and territorial governments...

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Indigenous leaders call on Manitoba to declare state of emergency due to forest fires

Manitoba MLA Judy Klassen provided this image showing a large forest fire burning near Wasagamack First Nation in northern Manitoba, on Aug. 29, 2017. Indigenous leaders called on the Manitoba government Thursday to declare a state of emergency and free up more hotel rooms for people who have fled northern forest fires. Chief Dino Flett of Garden Hill First Nation said evacuees living in close quarters in emergency shelters in Winnipeg – sleeping in rows of cots – have been getting sick while waiting for hotel space. "I’m just trying to take care of my people and right now these shelters are not helping," Flett said as he and others prepared for a protest march to the Manitoba legislature. "There’s still children in the shelters and … they’re catching colds. They’re getting sick. They’re not getting any better." A reported mumps outbreak at one shelter Thursday prompted the Canadian Football League Winnipeg Blue Bombers to postpone a planned visit by some evacuees to the team’s stadium. "We are incredibly disappointed we cannot host the evacuees who have been displaced from their homes," the team said in a statement. "However, the safety of guests, fans and players is the top priority of the Winnipeg football club when hosting events at the stadium." More than 4,000 people were forced to leave their homes last week in three aboriginal communities – Garden...

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Ottawa pledges ‘complete overhaul’ of specific claims to promote reconciliation with Indigenous peoples

The Trudeau government is vowing to revamp Ottawa’s specific claims process and policies to put more emphasis on reconciliation, rather than conflict, in dealing with historic Indigenous claims. Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett jointly announced Ottawa’s new approach this week, disclosing at the same time that on Sept. 5 the federal Crown withdrew its application for judicial review of a $14 million-plus Specific Claims Tribunal (SCT) compensation order in favour of the Huu-ay-aht First Nation of British Columbia last year: Huu-Ay-Aht First Nations v. Canada 2016 SCTC 14. The SCT...

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University of Windsor Aboriginal Outreach Centre hosts ‘Reflect 150’ event

Aboriginal Outreach coordinator, Kathryn Pasquach, co-hosted the ‘Reflect 150 – Biidaaban; The Past, Present and Future’ event at the University of Windsor on Sept. 7, 2017. (Stacey Janzer/CBC) Faculty, students, and the public came together at the University of Windsor Thursday to share stories about Canada’s Indigenous communities. "I really want people to come away with more than they walk in with," said Aboriginal Outreach coordinator Kathryn Pasquach. "I think the most important part of reconciliation is education." Pasquach co-hosted the ‘Reflect 150 – Biidaaban: The Past, Present and Future’ event on campus, which included a series of talking...

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Nova Scotia hires support workers for Indigenous women and families as inquiry faces criticism

Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association president Cheryl Maloney said providing culturally appropriate services for Indigenous communities is “long overdue” and should continue beyond the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women inquiry’s time frame. Nova Scotia Justice Minister Mark Furey is flanked by Vanessa Brooks, left, whose sister Tanya Brooks was murdered in 2009, and Cheryl Maloney, president of the Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association, at a news conference in Indian Brook, N.S. Thursday. INDIAN BROOK, N.S.—It’s been eight years since the body of Tanya Brooks was discovered in the basement window well of a Halifax school. The murder of the...

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Opinion: Recognizing land as a legal person could help solve native land claims

A Kermode bear, better known as a Spirit Bear, is seen fishing near the Riordan River on Gribbell Island in the Great Bear Rainforest in September 2013. Could extraordinary developments occurring in New Zealand offer a way to break the impasse over treaty negotiations in Canada? Over the past decade, negotiations between the indigenous Maori and the New Zealand government over unresolved land ownership disputes have produced previously unimaginable outcomes — new laws recognizing that nature has legal rights. The Maori possess a distinctive worldview in which people are deeply intertwined with nature, rather than separate from it. According...

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Activists in B.C. gear up for ‘the next Standing Rock’ with tiny house protest

Kanahus Manuel is leading a group of activists and volunteers in a unique project to block the expansion of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline on Indigenous territory. (Carrie Cervantes) Brandi Morin Brandi Morin, Métis, born and raised in Alberta, possesses a passion for telling Indigenous stories. Based outside Edmonton, Morin has lent her talents to several news organizations, including Indian Country Today Media Network and the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network National News. She is now hard at work striving to tell the stories of Canada’s Indigenous peoples to a broader audience. An activist from the Neskonlith band of the...

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3 young leaders appointed to empower Indigenous youth across Canada

Maatalii Okalik, Gabrielle Fayant, and André Bear (left to right) will be looking for input from Inuit, Métis and First Nations youth on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action 66. (Indigenous Youth Voices) Three young Indigenous leaders have been appointed to gather input from Inuit, Métis and First Nations youth across Canada about programs that can support and empower them. The youth advisors — Maatalii Okalik, Gabrielle Fayant, and André Bear — will gather youth insight throughout the fall of 2017 and share their views and solutions on how best to implement the Truth and Reconcilation Commission’s...

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Under 1 roof: Village of Fort Simpson moves to join feds, First Nation in new office complex

Residents of Fort Simpson have approved the Village to lease space in the new government complex the Liidlii Kue First Nation plans to build on the community’s main street. The lease is expected to cost the Village $3.5 million over 20 years. (CBC) The Village of Fort Simpson, N.W.T., is moving ahead with plans to move into a new office building, together with the local First Nation and Parks Canada. Residents of Fort Simpson voted Wednesday in favour of entering into a 20-year lease on the space on Liidlii Kue First Nation land. Of the 275 votes cast, 84...

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Chiefs want Manitoba to declare state of emergency to help wildfire evacuees

A large forest fire is seen burning near Wasagamack First Nation in northern Manitoba on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017. (HO-Judy Klassen/The Canadian Press) WINNIPEG — Some Indigenous leaders want the Manitoba government to declare a state of emergency and free up more hotel rooms for people who have fled forest fires in the north. Chief Dino Flett of Garden Hill First Nation says people living in close quarters in emergency shelters in Winnipeg have been getting sick. He says this is the first time he can recall large shelters being used for forest fire evacuees because of a lack...

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Sandwich business owners say Liberals ‘betrayed neighbourhood’ by allowing new bridge

Mike Cardinal says the Canadian government has betrayed residents in Sandwich Town by allowing the Ambassador Bridge Company to build a new span. (CBC) Business owners in Sandwich Town believe Canada’s government has made a "deal with the devil" by granting the Ambassador Bridge Company permission to build a new span. Retirement home owner Mike Cardinal has lived and worked in the shadow of the current bridge for 25 years. Now he fears for Sandwich Town. "Quite frankly, it seems the Trudeau-Liberals have betrayed the neighbourhood," he said. The company that owns the Ambassador Bridge between Windsor and Detroit...

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