Day: September 13, 2017

Saskatoon Indigenous homelessness initiatives receive federal boost

Saskatoon Tribal Council Chief Felix Thomas says the funding will help keep people off the streets, and allow them to access services to treat the root causes of homelessness. (CBC News) The fight against homelessness in Saskatoon received an injection of funding Wednesday afternoon. Saskatoon Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) and the Community Advisory Board on Saskatoon Homelessness (CAB-SH) announced hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal funds through Canada’s Homeless Partnering Strategy program. Saskatoon Tribal Council’s Urban First Nation Services received $143,000 for the purchase of a transitional home for Indigenous children. The group’s capacity for housing will rise...

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Where does Canada sit 10 years after the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples?

Pam Palmater says the Liberal government is ‘skilled in delaying action under the guise of consultation.’ (Pam Palmater) 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 Canada’s Indigenous peoples to a broader audience. It’s been 10 years since the world’s Indigenous Peoples celebrated the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of...

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Lack of Indigenous history glaringly obvious on Via Rail: Botelho-Urbanski

Jessica Botelho-Urbanski travelled across Canada on Via Rail this summer and found the Crown company lacking when it came to honouring Indigenous history. This summer, I took a trip many Canadians dream of (or so I’ve heard after the fact). I travelled west on Via Rail’s Canadian line from Winnipeg to Vancouver. The two-and-a-half-day trip meandered through the mountains and myriad towns. As we passed by noteworthy sites, Via Rail staff announced a bit of history about each place. Here’s a pulp and paper mill to your left. An oil refinery on your right. We’ve arrived at Biggar, Sask.,...

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Decolonial Discourse: The Stó:lō Kidnapping of Indigenous People

The Fraser River gold rush kidnappings are symptomatic of violent colonization Justin Bige, Contributor Carved artwork by Coast Salish artist, Terry Horne. The carving commemorates the Stó:lō children who were kidnapped by miners in the 1800s. (Submitted/Professor Keith Carlson – University of Saskatchewan) Stó:lō children used to be kidnapped for slave labour during the Fraser River gold rush of 1858, CBC News reported on Aug. 19. A historian named Keith Carlson found evidence that in that year an eight year-old Stó:lō Nation boy was taken by a miner named George Crum from California. The discovery sparked further research which...

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Fall arts preview 2017: Tarah Hogue brings her focus on Indigenous women to the Vancouver Art Gallery

Tarah Hogue (right, with artist Charlene Vickers) takes an approach to curating and writing that is feminist, collaborative, and ambitious. A long weekend doesn’t seem like much of a break between leaving one demanding position and taking up another, especially while maintaining an ongoing commitment to a third. But curator and writer Tarah Hogue, who has just departed her busy job at the grunt gallery to become the Vancouver Art Gallery’s first senior curatorial fellow in Indigenous art, seems cheerily relaxed. She is speaking to the Straight in a Chinatown coffee shop, having just wrapped up a meeting at...

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First Nations chief hires European company to help tackle unsafe water

A First Nations chief in Cape Breton has taken matters into his own hands when it comes to his community’s bad drinking water and hired a foreign company to help solve the crisis. Chief Wilbert Marshall of Polotek First Nation has brought in Brewal Ireland Ltd. to help find a solution to the high levels of manganese and iron in the community’s water that has made it unsafe to drink, bathe and even wash clothes in. “We’re trying to come up with a temporary solution for now, but long-term something’s got to be done,” Marshall told CTV Atlantic. The...

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Tribal council hosts own MMIWG gathering to avoid trauma and disrespect to families

Nuu-chah-nulth families stay close to home and culture for MMIWG gathering. “We want to strengthen and support families and communities, and we see the incredible value in communities organizing gatherings like this one,” said Marion Buller, chief commissioner for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. The Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council’s (NTC)Teechuktl Mental Health department is hosting Canada’s first healing gathering for Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) on Tseshaht First Nation’s territory this week. The three-day event began Sept. 12and will conclude tomorrow Sept. 14. The gathering is an opportunity for Nuu-chah-nulth families...

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‘Very representative’: Paul Quassa calls selection of 19 Inuit law students ‘successful’

Nunavut’s Education Minister Paul Quassa defends the admissions process for the law program. ‘We made it very clear that our priority is Inuit lawyers out of this program,’ he says. (Vince Robinet/CBC) Nunavut’s education minister is pushing back against accusations the admissions process for the new law degree program at Nunavut Arctic College did not represent Inuit interests. Paul Quassa says although there were no Inuit on the three-person selection committee, members were directed to get Inuit students into the program. “We made it very clear that our priority is Inuit lawyers out of this program. And 19 out...

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Indigenous prophecy inspires dance project Miigis coming to Fort York

Toronto-born, much-travelled cochoreographer Jera Wolfe exploration of Métis heritage led to work on Miigis. Jera Wolfe partners Julie Pham in Red Sky’s “avant premiere” performance of Miigis at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Mass. last month. (SYSTEM / ANNE SAINT-AMOUR) For Toronto-born, Kelowna-based dancer and choreographer Jera Wolfe, the new season is like a homecoming. In November, Canadian Stage will present Backbone , a Red Sky Performance production Wolfe co-choreographed with New Zealander Thomas Fonua two years ago at the Banff Centre. More immediately, this week Wolfe will offer local audiences his first full-length choreography when Red Sky...

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Residential school survivors share paintings, stories at the Canadian Museum of History

Most of the Alberni residential school paintings were returned to survivors at a ceremony in Port Alberni in 2013. (Devin Tepleski) Jeff Cook spent 13 years of his childhood at the Alberni Indian Residential School on Vancouver Island. He says he doesn’t share much about the time he spent there. “I’ve never really told my story about residential school and my experience,” he said. Now Cook, a hereditary chief from the Huu-ay-aht First Nations, is preparing for a trip to Gatineau, Que., to see how his story has been included in a new exhibit at the Canadian Museum of...

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Ryan Jacobs to Serve as Indigenous Trustee for UCDSB

Ryan Jacobs, a leader in the Akwesasne community, will serve as the new Indigenous Trustee for the Upper Canada District School Board. The 36-year-old community leader serves in the education portfolio with the Council, acting as a liaison with the Director of the Ahkwesahsne Mohawk Board of Education (AMBE) to ensure the education system best serves the needs of students in the Territory. Trustee Jacobs is one of 13 chiefs on the Mohawk Council. Click here to view original web page at...

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‘You can feel it in your heart’: Powwow dancing provides healing for former inmate returning to school

Megan Mandes says she is going to school this fall for her daughter. (Emilio ​Avalos/Radio-Canada) Megan Mandes stomps her feet, waves her arms and shakes her head to the left. Her heart is pounding. She mimics the steps of her aunt and mentor Dr. Lillian Gadwa, world champion Jingle dancer, but she’s not at a powwow. She’s not even on her home reserve of Muskeg Lake First Nation, Sask. She’s in solitary confinement at the Pine Grove Correctional Centre. “I just danced in my cell. I danced in my cell like every day. There was the radio and I...

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