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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