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...Read More
Day: September 17, 2017
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
People of all backgrounds are invited to the We Are All Treaty Celebration on Sunday at The Forks. (CBC) Elisha Dacey is a web writer with CBC Manitoba. She is the former Managing Editor of Metro Winnipeg and her work has been seen in newspapers from coast to coast. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are all treaty people — but rarely do non-Indigenous people celebrate it, say organizers of a unique event happening east at The Forks Sunday. The We Are All Treaty Celebration aims to change that. Put together by non-Indigenous groups, organizers hope the inclusive event will...Read More
New NDP Leader Wab Kinew will be subject to more scrutiny than ever. (Cliff Simpson/CBC) There is little doubt that recent accusations against new NDP leader Wab Kinew have tainted his victory in this leadership election. Leadership contests are supposed to mark new beginnings for parties. But Kinew takes on the role of leader with both new baggage and scars from what turned out to be a nasty leadership race. Nevertheless, it would be a mistake to underestimate either the NDP or Kinew in the months and years ahead. Let’s start with the NDP. Kinew has assumed the leadership...Read More
Andy Miller, associate professor of Indigenous Studies at the First Nations University, is asking people to come forward to identify First Nations people in a collection of 600 photos he found. (Brad Bellegarde/CBC News) Alex Johnson Some say a picture is worth a thousand words. In 2016, Andy Miller came across a large collection of old photographs depicting First Nations people. Now, he’s working to learn their stories. With a lack of description attributed to the snapshots, Miller decided to research the photos alongside the Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan. “It just blew my hat in the ditch,” said Miller,...Read More
Raymond Sewell, Aboriginal student adviser (left) and Isaiah Bernard, co-president of the SMU Indigenous student society. (Aya Al-Hakim) An Aboriginal student adviser was appointed at Saint Mary’s University this year to help support and engage Indigenous students at the university. Raymond Sewell, a SMU alumni who graduated with a master’s degree in Atlantic Canadian studies in 2014, will be filling this new role on Monday. “We come from disadvantageous position most of the time so we might not have the confidence in ourselves even to meet with the institution and its professors,” said Sewell. “So I will be a...Read More
“There are still 153 fires burning in B.C., and 11 evacuation orders are in place affecting more than 3,000 people.” VANCOUVER—The British Columbia government is lifting a provincial state of emergency declared more than two months ago before what would become the province’s worst fire season on record. The declaration that expires at midnight Friday was made July 7 after dozens of out-of-control wildfires broke out in B.C.’s Interior, forcing thousands of people from their homes. The state of emergency allowed for better co-ordination between agencies responding to the fires and to public safety needs, and a $100-million fund...Read More
Environmentalist David Suzuki attended a rally in Surrey on September 16, 2017 to protest the city’s plan to build a new two-lane road through Hawthorne Park. (Jon Hernandez/CBC) A group of Surrey residents opposing a plan to build a new two-lane road through a popular park received a powerful voice of support at a rally on Saturday. “I’m here to speak as one individual, as a grandfather, as a scientist and as an elder,” said Dr. David Suzuki who commended residents for their push to preserve Hawthorne Park , which is located between 140 Street and 144 Street, north...Read More
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