Day: September 10, 2017

Hundreds Of People Forced To Flee Wildfires Without Their Pets

At first glance, remote towns near an outbreak of dangerous wildfires in Canada might seem entirely evacuated . But a closer look reveals a population still living there — about 1,500 dogs and cats. Because these towns, which are populated by indigenous peoples, in the Manitoba province are so hard to get to, the residents weren’t allowed to bring their pets on the flights to safety last week. Feed the Furbabies Canada “These communities can only be accessed by air and one by boat,” Meghan Irwin, one of the directors for Feed the Furbabies Canada , told The Dodo....

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Woman killed after leaving moving pickup truck, being hit by trailer

Manitoba RCMP have charged the driver of the truck, a 46 year old man, with impaired driving causing death. (CBC) A 35-year-old Manitoba woman died early Sunday morning after getting out of a moving pickup truck that was carrying a trailer that hit her. Manitoba RCMP say they were called around 3:20 a.m. to a crash on Highway 10 one kilometre south of Mafeking, Man. Police say the woman, a resident of the Shoal River First Nation, was a passenger in the pickup truck and believe she exited it when she was hit by the trailer. She was pronounced...

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On Haida Gwaii, university students take part in groundbreaking Reconciliation Studies program

Open this photo in gallery: Gwaii Haanas national park, a UNESCO world heritage site, on the Haida Gwaii islands is shown in this file photo. On Haida Gwaii this September, students from universities across the country will begin a semester in Reconciliation Studies. The course, offered by the Haida Gwaii Higher Education Society (HGHES) and accredited by the University of British Columbia, is the first of its kind in Canada. It is offered to students studying in any discipline. "We get a little bit of everyone, and ultimately, I think we see them as becoming the next decision makers...

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Niagara First Nations celebrate identity and culture

A dancer from the Niagara Regional Native Centre preforms during the Celebration of Nations at the Performing Arts Centre Saturday. Photo by Grant LaFleche. The significance of the two small fires, mere feet from each other at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, was easy for many to miss. To the uninformed eye, they were just fires. But to others, they were a proud and unique display of First Nations culture. “This doesn’t happen. I don’t remember this happening before,” said Derrick Pont, president of the Métis Nation Ontario Niagara Region Métis Council. “This is bringing us all together. It’s...

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A list of Canadian Crisis Centres

If your life is in danger or you know someone’s life is in danger DIAL EMERGENCY NOW (often 911 in your area) DO NOT HESITATE! You can click here for Emergency services in your area. If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, you need to know that you’re not alone. You can also call if you are not in crisis, seeking additional information. If you come across information on this page which is incorrect, please contact us so we can update it. CANADA WIDE KidsHelpPhone Ages 20 Years and Under in Canada 1-800-668-6868 First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness...

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Fire evacuees from one Manitoba community are allowed to return home

ST. THERESA POINT, Man. — Residents who were evacuated from a northern Manitoba First Nation because of a wildfire are allowed to return home. The Canadian Red Cross, which has been managing the evacuation effort for the federal government, says leadership of St. Theresa Point has determined the community is safe and that evacuees would begin flying home Sunday. The Red Cross says there were more than one thousand evacuees from the community who had registered with them. More than 4,000 people were forced to leave their homes in three Indigenous communities — Garden Hill, Wasagamack and St. Theresa...

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Letter: Indigenous schools need more support

The government is not taking First Nations children or their education seriously. Simply compare the state of elementary and high school education between public school boards and on-reserve schools. Theoretically, they should receive the same treatment, because here in Canada, we are all equal, of course. However after doing some research and reading through news articles, it is painfully clear that in reality, there are quite a few disparities that are unfair to Indigenous children, especially those living in remote, northern areas. Take, for example, the education gap estimated at between $336 million to $665 million in December 2016...

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Evacuated St. Theresa Point residents happy to be heading home

St. Theresa Point residents get on an airport-bound bus to go home after being evacuated. (Jaison Empson/CBC) More than 1,000 wildfire evacuees will return home Sunday and Monday. The Red Cross confirmed Sunday evacuees who fled flames and smoke in St. Theresa Point are headed home. The decision was made by the federal government and the First Nation’s chief, the Red Cross said. Bus loads full of evacuees are leaving the downtown Radisson and Marlborough hotels Sunday. Alfred Wood is one of the evacuees returning home. "I’m so excited, I hope my house is still there, I am worried...

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New book on Canada’s racism shuts down ‘We’re not as bad as the U.S.’ sentiment

Robyn Maynard’s new book, Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present, is written for academics and lay people alike. The book weaves in Indigenous experiences in Canada and addresses how racial violence specifically impacted Black women. Self-deception has repeatedly served as a bedrock of cruelty. It has transformed greed into gallant heroism, where invasion of lands is adventure, displacement of natives is about saving the savages, and theft and self-enrichment is ingenuity. It has rationalized subjugation as the “natural order” of things. Women — at home; gays — in the closet; natives — in...

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We Matter campaign partners with Facebook to bring hope to Indigenous youth

The #Strongertogether video, created in partnership with Facebook Canada, features the voices of over 20 Indigenous Canadian youth. (We Matter) Canada’s We Matter campaign, founded by siblings from the Northwest Territories, is partnering with social media behemoth Facebook in the lead-up to World Suicide Prevention Day. "It’s really going to uplift the Indigenous youth voices that are so important to this campaign," said Kelvin Redvers, who co-founded the Indigenous-led multimedia We Matter campaign with his sister Tunchai. "It means a lot." Kelvin Redvers, a co-founder of We Matter, hopes the #StrongerTogether video can garner millions of views and help...

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Northerners urged to embrace life as World Suicide Prevention Day marked around globe

It is estimated that each day in Canada, 11 people end their life and 210 make a suicide attempt, according to the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention. (Yuriko Nakao/Reuters) Sunday is World Suicide Prevention Day and communities across Nunavut have events planned to celebrate life and remind those facing troubles that "there is always hope." In Iqaluit, the Embrace Life Council is organizing its annual Embrace Life Day, which has been happening for more than 10 years. The day is used to honour the lives of those who have died, to join together to overcome hardships "and remember that...

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Indigenous student receives scholarship

A local student has been named one of the recipients of this year’s Indigenous Reporter Scholarships. Funded by the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, the RBC Foundation and the Donner Canadian Foundation, the scholarships are an integral part of Journalists for Human Rights’ (JHR) wider Indigenous Reporters Program which works to increase the quality and quantity of Indigenous stories and voices in Canadian media. The scholarships are designed to support Indigenous students studying journalism or media and alleviate a portion of the financial burden associated with obtaining their degree or advanced diploma. In a media release last week JHR executive...

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