Day: September 11, 2017

Hours before wildfire evacuation, sacred site near Nahanni Butte restored

Crews worked last week to open up a sacred vent hole on top of a mountain near Nahanni Butte, N.W.T. The hole is central to Dene legend but was closed several years ago during construction of a radio tower. (Submitted by Nahanni Butte Dene Band) Garrett Hinchey A winner of CBC’s Joan Donaldson News Scholarship, Garrett Hinchey is based in his hometown of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, where he works as CBC North’s social media editor and as a multimedia reporter. A site central to Dene legend near Nahanni Butte, N.W.T., has nearly been completely restored, after crews removed a...

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RCMP in Atlin, B.C., ask for public help to locate missing 13-year-old girl

RCMP in Atlin, B.C., are asking for the public’s assistance to locate Brittany Wesley, 13. (RCMP) Atlin, B.C., RCMP are asking for public assistance to locate Brittany Wesley, 13. She was was last seen Sunday evening at home in Sloko Court. Wesley is described as a First Nations female, five-foot-two inches tall and weighing approximately 45 kilograms (100 pounds). She has long auburn hair and may be wearing a grey ‘Superman’ hoody, black jogging pants and white and pink Nike running shoes. Member of the Atlin Search and Rescue team are also involved in the search. Police ask anyone...

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OSAP applications rise after Ontario streamlines student-aid system

Open this photo in gallery: In total, a little more than 384,000 full- and part-time students headed to institutions in Ontario and abroad applied for student aid this year, compared with 313,000 last year. Applications from Ontario students for financial aid to attend college and university are up by a fifth this year compared to 2016, with applications from Indigenous and mature students showing even higher jumps. The numbers are the earliest indication of the impact that changes to the province’s grant and loan system are having on the participation of underrepresented groups in higher education. The Liberal government...

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Canada C3 expedition finds history on barren northern island

Terry Anthony took this picture of Capt. Tom Camsell at the cairn after the letter was placed inside in 1986. (Terry Anthony) A chance stop on a tiny, barren island in Canada’s Arctic led to a discovery that has given a Yellowknife woman a long lost memory of her father. The Canada C3 icebreaker, which is on a 150-day, 23,000-kilometre expedition of the country’s three coasts, was passing through Coronation Gulf just north of Kugluktuk, Nunavut, on Tuesday when it pulled up to the shore of Sutton Island. It stopped at the remote two-kilometre stretch of gravel and rock...

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Waterloo women support Indigenous youth through Girls at Bat program

Jo Thiessen, left, and Rachel Harder are mentors are part of the Jays Care Foundation program Girls at Bat James Bay. They’re empowering girls to start programs for their peers in northern Ontario Indigenous communities. (Kate Bueckert/CBC) Two Waterloo women are making a difference by helping to mentor girls in remote northern Ontario Indigenous communities. It’s part of a program from the Jays Care Foundation, the charity branch of the Toronto Blue Jays organization. But Joanna Thiessen and Rachel Harder aren’t teaching young girls to play ball, which one might expect. Instead, they’re helping them organize events, everything from...

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Lower Similkameen Indian Band wins right to remove ancesteral remains from private property

Photos courtesey LSIB With chiefs, elders, community members and law enforcement present, a technical team representing the Lower Similkameen Indian Band legally entered private property in Cawston to begin removing ancestral remains. A provincial ministerial order granted the band access to the property. This order marks unprecedented action by the province, which ensures that the reburial is expedited and sanctioned. The decision is an outcome of a leadership gathering last week between Chief Keith Crow, the Honorable Minister of Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Doug Donaldson Forest, and the Honorable Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, Scott Fraser....

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Want free university? Changes to OSAP, Canada Student Grants could help

Campus life at the University of Toronto. (Photograph by Andrew Tolson) Alisha Gordon, an Indigenous undergraduate at the University of Calgary , will have less than $1,000 in student debt at the end of her four-year degree. Like many students in Canada, she’s benefitted from the federal and provincial governments’ efforts to reduce the cost of an education. Gordon received a grant for low-income students from the Alberta government as well as the Indigenous Careers Award to help pay for her final year of tuition. This, together with the Belcourt Brosseau Métis Award—which covers nearly 90 per cent of...

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First-ever national gathering of Indigenous elders underway in Edmonton

In a bid to connect with their peers and talk about how to re-engage Indigenous youth to preserve their culture, Indigenous elders from across Canada met for the first-ever National Gathering of Elders in Edmonton on Monday. “It’s about learning,” said Grand Chief Rupert Meneen of the Tallcree First Nation, who helped organize the event. “All the young people in the world can learn from the elders today.” From reconciliation, to the plight of missing and murdered Indigenous women, to land-rights issues – there is a myriad of matters involving First Nations people being debated these days, but the...

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Waterloo women support Indigenous youth through Girls at Bat program

Jo Thiessen, left, and Rachel Harder are mentors are part of the Jays Care Foundation program Girls at Bat James Bay. They’re empowering girls to start programs for their peers in northern Ontario Indigenous communities. (Kate Bueckert/CBC) Two Waterloo women are making a difference by helping to mentor girls in remote northern Ontario Indigenous communities. It’s part of a program from the Jays Care Foundation, the charity branch of the Toronto Blue Jays organization. But Joanna Thiessen and Rachel Harder aren’t teaching young girls to play ball, which one might expect. Instead, they’re helping them organize events, everything from...

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McKENNA: Untangling Aboriginal self-government a tricky task

Rear-Admiral John Newton, second from left, dances with dancer Bert One Breath Mitchell and Denise One breath Mitchell covered with a blanket that represent reconciliation on June 21, 2017. (Staff) Recently, the Trudeau government introduced a series of initiatives to further Aboriginal 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 landmines, twists and turns...

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‘Significant’ progress made in Indigenous teens’ deaths investigations but more work to do, says coroner

The investigations into the deaths of two Indigenous teens in Thunder Bay are being done collaboratively between York Regional, Thunder Bay and Nishnawbe Aski police, as requested by Ontario’s chief coroner. (Jody Porter/CBC) Investigations into how two Indigenous teenagers died in Thunder Bay, Ont., in May are still ongoing, and while Ontario’s chief coroner says "significant" progress has been made, he added there’s still a lot of work to do. Tammy Keeash, 17, from North Caribou Lake First Nation and Josiah Begg, 14, from Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug both went missing while in Thunder Bay on May 6. Their bodies were...

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Yukon NDP calls for public inquiry into ‘profoundly disturbing’ Michael Nehass case

Nehass was convicted in 2015 of assaulting a woman in Watson Lake. He has since been convicted of assault, arson and vandalism at the Whitehorse Correctional Facility. (Philippe Morin/CBC) The Yukon NDP is calling for a public inquiry into the case of a mentally-ill Indigenous man who spent years in jail before getting the mental health treatment he needs. Yukon NDP leader Liz Hanson says a independent public inquiry should be called into Nehass’ incarceration and the use of segregation at Whitehorse Correctional. (CBC) Michael Nehass, 33, entered the Whitehorse Correctional Centre in 2011, beginning a complex legal odyssey...

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