Day: September 17, 2017

Province apologizes to Métis community after seizing fish during cultural event

Alberta Indigenous Relations Minister Richard Feehan personally apologized to Métis Local 193 president Shirley Tremblay and vice-president Ernie Desjarlais. Larry Wong / Postmedia The Alberta government is apologizing to a Métis community in northern Alberta after fish and wildlife officers seized about 25 lake whitefish at a cultural event aiming to teach the traditional way of smoking the catch. “We were all so hurt,” said community spokeswoman Roxanne Powder on Saturday. She explained the three-day culture camp occurs annually and offers the community a chance to learn about traditional activities, including making dreamcatchers, trapping and hunting. On Friday, about...

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‘I feel rich because of my family’: Winnipeg man struggled with homelessness as single dad

Darryl Buck’s son was just a few months old when this picture was taken. As a single dad, Buck struggled with poverty and homelessness. (Supplied/Darryl Buck) Darryl Buck remembers how tough it was being a single parent to his son — and not just because of the usual challenges that come with raising kids. Buck and his son have also struggled with poverty and homelessness. “It was hard,” he said. “I was basically on my own with everything for him.” CBC spoke with Buck as part of the series Modern Families, a look at how families reinvent themselves as...

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Chief calls to end moose hunt in B.C. following wildfires, habitat loss

First Nations in B.C. say moose in the province have had enough to deal with this year because of widespread wildfires throughout the Interior. (Jim Cole/The Associated Press) A First Nations chief is calling on the British Columbia government to halt the moose hunt this year, arguing the historic wildfire season has caused enough trauma to the species. Tl’etinqox Chief Joe Alphonse said the flames that have charred thousands of square kilometres of habitat in the province’s Interior and hunting will only further endanger the moose population. “Anyone who chooses to point a gun to a moose in the...

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Province apologizes after wildlife officers seize fish from northern Alberta Métis camp

David Thurton The Alberta government has apologized to a northern Alberta Métis community after wildlife officers confiscated 25 fish from a camp near Christina Lake on Friday. “This was an unfortunate circumstance,” Indigenous Relations Minister Richard Feehan said in a media release Saturday. “I understand there may have been some issues with the licensing, but I think this situation could have been avoided. I commit that we will take steps to ensure this doesn’t happen again.” The apology comes after the Sept. 15 incident at the Conklin Metis Cultural Camp, around 150 kilometres south of Fort McMurray, was filmed...

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As Franklin’s lure brings people North, Gjoa Haven seeks its share of tourism dollars

Children play in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut. Community leaders say they’re hoping to cash in on tourist dollars that come as access to the Franklin wrecks grows. It’s cool and cloudy as Don Sessions, wearing a toque and a good, solid jacket, hops off an inflatable boat that has ferried him from his cruise ship to shore. The welcoming facilities in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut, are primitive — a stretch of pebbly beach marked off with yellow police tape. Sessions and his fellow tourists will walk up a dusty dirt trail into town to stroll its dusty dirt roads. He’s having...

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