Day: September 8, 2017

RCMP suspect arson in fire that destroyed warehouse in Pangnirtung, Nunavut

Police say they believe there was no one in the building at the time of the fire. (David Kilabuk) RCMP in Pangnirtung, Nunavut, are investigating a fire that burned a warehouse to the ground early Friday morning. Police responded to the fire around 4 a.m. They believe arson to be the cause of the fire and the investigation is ongoing. "The damage was complete. Both the structure and the contents were completely destroyed," said Cpl. Henry Coman with the Nunavut RCMP. The building is owned by High Arctic Enterprises. Several new mattresses, dry goods, and furniture just off the...

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Photo on Yellowknife tourism brochure blasted for skewing First Nations culture

A brochure created by Alberta-based Enroute Mapping is drawing heat for using a photo of a First Nations woman, scantily-dressed in buckskin and a painted face, kneeling beside a horse. (CBC) The publishers of a Yellowknife tourism booklet are taking heat for using a photo of a First Nations woman dressed in buckskin and a painted face, kneeling beside a horse. The picture was chosen from a stock photo service, according to Carol Sundberg, who runs Enroute Mapping. (CBC) Some business owners who chose to advertise in the brochure, which folds out into a map of the city, say...

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B.C.throne speech: NDP sets course for a more affordable province

For the first time in 16 years, the B.C. NDP set out its goals for the province with a throne speech that closely follows the promises it made during the campaign to reform campaign financing, build true partnerships with Indigenous Peoples and make living in B.C. more affordable. Many of the promises in the speech from the throne also reflect the partnerships signed between the NDP and the Green Party. "An agreement rooted in the belief that the legislature works best when we recognize that no single party has all the answers," read Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon. "This fall, your...

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Ontario calling new childcare agreement with Treaty 3 ‘historical moment’

Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh, of Grand Council Treaty 3, says there are two agencies within Treaty 3 tasked with child, youth and family services. (Grand Council Treaty #3) The province is calling a "relationship agreement" officially signed on Thursday between Ontario and Grand Council Treaty 3 an "historical moment," and the first of its type in Canada. The agreement is the first step in a process that will eventually lead to the transfer of jurisdiction over childcare from the Ministry of Children and Youth Services to the grand council, according to minister Michael Coteau. That is expected to include services...

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Community newspaper article about head lice with photo of Indigenous girl sparks outrage

‘[When I saw it] I really felt for our children, said Rod Burnstick of an article about head lice that appeared with the image of an Indigenous girl in an Alberta community newspaper. (Roderick Burnstick/Facebook) A member of Paul First Nation in Alberta said he was outraged to see a photo of an Indigenous girl displayed along with an article about head lice in a community newspaper. The article, titled ‘Tis the season for school and lice, was published in the Sept. 1 edition of the Stony Plain Reporter/Spruce Grove Examiner community newspaper in Alberta and is sparking heated...

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Our home on native land

Why BC’s First Peoples should have the right to directly elect their own MLAs by Paul H. LeMay Image: William Shatner Sings O Canada directed by Jacob Medjuck, produced by Paul McNeill. Photo credit: Jordan Ancel 2011, all rights reserved. Link to NFB video . Remember when William Shatner narrated his own playful version of O Canada , suggesting “Our home and native land” be converted to “Our home on native land”? At the time, he got more than a laugh. He reminded us that Canada was largely built on stolen land. Despite treaties feebly asserting narratives to the...

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Indigenous Activists Are Building Tiny Houses To Protest B.C. Trans Mountain Pipeline

Mike Hudema/Facebook A group of indigenous and allied activists are protesting Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain pipeline by building places for people to live. Nearly half of the proposed pipeline will run through Secwepemc Nation, one of the largest territories in British Columbia. But the land is mostly uninhabited, so the Tiny House Warriors movement is trying to erect 10 homes along the project’s path to disrupt it. Kanahus Manuel, left, came up with the idea of building tiny homes after attending the Standing Rock protest. Kanahus Manuel of the Secwepemc Women’s Warrior Society got the idea after spending...

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Alberta vows to fight for Energy East as Tory MPs blame Ottawa for pipeline’s pause

The Energy East pipeline is a $15.7-billion development proposed by TransCanada. (CBC) Alberta’s energy minister is vowing to stand with TransCanada in the fight to get Energy East, even as the Calgary-based company moves to suspend its application in view of the national regulator’s new, more wide-ranging review process. TransCanada issued a statement Thursday announcing it will suspend its application for the pipeline for 30 days while it conducts a "careful review" of the National Energy Board’s (NEB) new assessment process. The company said its review could lead to the project being scrapped. In August, the NEB expanded the...

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Longtime Inuit arts patron Terry Ryan dies after battle with Parkinson’s Disease

In the mid-1960s, when the international market for furs and seal skins softened and hunters were struggling for income, Terry Ryan encouraged them to draw and carve. (B.Ritchie/WBEC) Terry Ryan, who played an instrumental role in building Cape Dorset’s famed print studio and a community of artists, has died. The founding manager of the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative (now called the Kinngait Studios) in Nunavut died on Aug. 31 in Toronto. He was 83. According to an online obituary from Turner & Porter Yorke chapel, which is handling the funeral, Ryan died peacefully in his sleep after many years...

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Canada Council for the Arts confronts cultural appropriation in ‘post-Truth and Reconciliation era’

Steven Loft and Simon Brault of the Canada Council for the Arts penned a pair of opinion pieces together this week to announce the organization’s new approach to reconciliation in the arts. (Handout) Canada’s national funding body for the arts is taking a stance against cultural appropriation — announcing this week that it’s implementing a new system for assessing projects that include elements of Indigenous culture. "We don’t see ourselves as the big arts ATM where people just put in their application and if they’re lucky, they get money coming out," said Steven Loft, director of the Canada Council...

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Gathering of Indigenous leaders in Northern Ontario to discuss meaning, significance of 1850 treaty

Atikameksheng Chief Steve Miller says a gathering on cultural grounds will enable chiefs from other First Nations to reflect on the Robinson-Huron Treaty of 1850. (CBC) Leaders and members of 21 First Nations communities across northern Ontario are gathering on the cultural grounds of the Atikameksheng Anishinawbek First Nation this week. Up for discussion is the meaning and significance of the Robinson-Huron Treaty, the 1850 agreement between the British Crown and the Ojibway of Lake Huron. According to the Ministry of Indigenous Affairs’ website, two treaties were negotiated and signed for the north shores of Lakes Superior and Huron....

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First Nations leaders rally in support of B.C. salmon farm occupation

Chief Willie Moon has occupied salmon farms in the past, and says the Musgamagw Dzawda’enuxw is prepared to do whatever it takes to close fish farms along the coast. (Jon Hernandez/CBC) Jon Hernandez is an award-winning multimedia journalist from Vancouver, British Columbia. His reporting has explored mass international migration in Chile, controversial logging practices in British Columbia, and the global HIV/AIDS epidemic. Follow Jon Hernandez on Twitter: Dozens of Indigenous leaders and protestors rallied outside the Vancouver Convention Centre today urging the province to dismantle salmon farms along the B.C. coast. The calls came as environmentalists and members of...

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