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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