Day: September 9, 2017

First Nations take governments to court over $4 annual benefit

Alan Corbiere, a historian with Mchigeeng First Nation, Chief Dean Sayers of Batchewana First Nation, and David Nahwegahbow, legal Counsel, speak at a press conference in Sault Ste. Marie. The chiefs from the Robinson-Huron Treaty territory say that they are filing their lawsuit today over what they call “the long-standing failure of the Crown” to raise the annuities under the treaty signed in 1850. (Duke Peltier) A group of First Nations is taking the federal and Ontario governments to court, arguing that a $4-per-year annuity they receive is inadequate. The chiefs from the Robinson-Huron Treaty territory say in a...

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uReport: Centre for Dreams Founder honoured with Canada 150 pin

Elaine Vollett, founder of The Centre for Dreams, was honoured as one of the recipients of the Canada 150 Sesquicentennial Pin on Aug. 29 by Markham-Stouffville MP Jane Philpott. Canada’s 150 Sesquicentennial Pin is given to outstanding individuals in the community throughout Canada. Recipients in Markham-Stouffville were selected based on their contributions to the community with special focus given to the Canada 150 themes of promoting a diverse and inclusive Canada; supporting efforts towards national reconciliation of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians; reaffirming the importance of strong environmental stewardship; and engaging and inspiring youth. Philpott said of Vollett as she...

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AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde Marks World Suicide Prevention Day by Focusing on ‘Culture for Life’ to Promote Health and Wellness

(Ottawa, ON) – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde will mark World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10 by focusing on culture as a way to promote life and wellness, shifting the focus from ‘suicide prevention’ to ‘life promotion.’ Part of this effort involves a social media campaign called ‘ Culture for Life ’, encouraging First Nations youth to share how they are connecting to their culture. “As First Nations people, we have endured a great deal but through this long history our cultures, spirituality and the knowledge of our Elders have sustained us with strength, guidance...

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Iqaluit director to be honoured at TIFF as one of Canada’s top women in film

Alethea Arnaquq-Baril says she’s looking forward to attending TIFF and meeting other actors and filmmakers. Iqaluit filmmaker Alethea Arnaquq-Baril is being recognized at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival as one of the top women in film. The Birks Diamond Tribute to the Year’s Women in Film takes place at TIFF on Sept. 12. "It’s exciting, of course. A little bit weird, too," said Arnaquq-Baril. "I’ve never been to the TIFF festival. It’s a huge one, obviously, so I’m looking forward to going and meeting other people. She is one of 12 recipients of the award — which include...

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From Stoney Creek to Fort Hope, Rebecca Jerome’s First Nations first teaching job is an opportunity of a lifetime

Rebecca Jerome has travelled from Stoney Creek to Fort Hope, Ontario, also known as Eabametoong First Nation, to teach Indigenous youth. – Photo courtesy of Teach for Canada Rebecca Jerome has travelled more than 1,100 kilometres to land her first teaching job. For Jerome, who graduated as a teacher candidate from Brock University in June, her first teaching post is an opportunity of a lifetime. The Stoney Creek native is leading a 12-student Grade 7 class at John C. Yesno Education Centre in Fort Hope, Ontario, also known as Eabametoong First Nation. Located about 350 kilometres northeast of Thunder...

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Indigenous artists unite to create Edmonton, Ottawa murals focused on water protection

Artist Isaac Murdoch, from Serpent River First Nation in Ontario, and volunteers in Edmonton began painting a mural on the iHuman Youth Society building on Friday. The mural is about protecting water from threats posed by industrial development and pipelines, Murdoch said. (Brad Crowfoot) 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...

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Guilty plea in sex assault

Woman was left seriously hurt after being attacked Delon Shurtz lethbridge herald dshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com The morning of Sept. 30, 2016 began for a young Lethbridge woman like many other mornings. She arose early, texted her husband who at the time was in another province, then left for work. Unfortunately that’s where the similarities end. As the woman walked to work, Denzel Dre Bird struck her from behind with a metal pipe, knocking her to the ground where he sexually assaulted her before dragging her into an alley and stuffing her body into a residential garbage can. “She fell to the ground, unconscious and helpless,” Crown prosecutor Erin Olsen said Friday in Lethbridge provincial court, where Bird pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated sexual assault. Reading from an agreed statement of facts, Olsen said the woman, who can’t be named under a court-ordered publication ban, likely hit her head when she struck the ground, which, along with the blow to the head, fractured her skull and facial bones. The 26-year-old woman was found by two men going to work who called 911 and said they found a partially naked woman, face down in a garbage bin in an alley just off 6 Avenue South. When paramedics arrived, they heard “puffing sounds” coming from the woman and they noted swelling, contusions, and abrasions all over her face and mouth. One front...

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Edmonton’s new downtown park to honour nation’s first Indigenous police officer

Alex Decoteau, shown in a photo from 1912, when he represented Canada at the Olympic Games in Sweden. (CBC) The steel security fences will come down Saturday to reveal a new downtown park, built in honour of one of Edmonton’s most extraordinary former residents. It will be the first chance for people to walk inside Alex Decoteau Park at 105th Street and 102nd Avenue. Killed in 1917 during the Second Battle of Passchendaele, Decoteau’s legacy continues to inspire Canadians a century later. He represented Canada at the 1912 Olympics as a long distance runner, and served in the First...

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Collateral Damage Project brings travelling gallery to Thunder Bay, Ont. hospital

Scott Chishom, Founder of the Collateral Damage Project, and Anna Betty Achneepineskum, Deputy Grand Chief of Nishnawbe Aski Nation, stand next to a photo and story of Margaret Hajdinjak on Friday. The photo, and several others in the Collateral Damage Project, will be displayed at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre for 10 days. (Submitted) A travelling photographic gallery of portraits of people left behind by a loved one’s suicide is visiting Thunder Bay’s hospital. The Collateral Damage Project is an initiative of Thunder Bay’s Scott Chisholm. The goal of the project is to address stigma surrounding mental...

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Indigenous self-government vital

Recently, the Trudeau government introduced a series of initiatives to further Indigenous self-government and self-determination — including the splitting of the Department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs into two separate ministries. The new Department of Crown-Indigenous Relations will be tasked with accelerating “self-government and self-determination agreements based on new policies, laws and operational practices.” This is a very tricky policy file — replete with political land mines, twists and turns and huge impediments — but one that can’t be ignored forever. In July, the federal Justice Department released its 10 principles that will guide the governing Liberals in securing...

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Inuit leader frustrated with agenda of Oct. 3 first ministers meeting

President of the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami Natan Obed, right, appears with AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde, left, and Manitoba Metis Federation President David Chartrand to speak to reporters in the foyer of the House of Commons on Parliament Hill last December. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press) The head of Canada’s national Inuit organization says he’s not impressed with the way the Liberal government announced a meeting with premiers and Indigenous leaders next month A news release from the Prime Minister’s Office on Thursday said Justin Trudeau will meet with premiers and Indigenous leaders on Oct. 3, with environmentally friendly economic...

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John Ivison: Trudeau’s Liberals have kept all the pipeline promises they intended to keep

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks to reporters during a visit to the annual Saint-Tite western festival in Saint-Tite, Que., Friday, September 8, 2017. Energy East is dead and j’accuse the Trudeau Liberals. TransCanada Corp, the company behind the 4,500-km pipeline that would carry crude from Alberta to refineries in eastern Canada, has said it wants to suspend its application to build the $15.7-billion project. The reason: the National Energy Board’s announcement late last month that it will consider Energy East’s contribution to upstream and downstream greenhouse gas emissions — factors not considered when the Liberals granted permits to expand...

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