Pamela Napoleon was reported missing from the Blueberry River First Nation, north of Fort St. John, in July 2014. Her remains were found the next month. (Facebook) A man has been charged with second-degree murder in relation to the death of a northern B.C. woman three years ago. Pamela Napoleon was found dead inside a cabin, which had been burned to the ground on Aug. 4, 2014. She had been reported missing from the Blueberry River First Nation, about 90 kilometres north of Fort St. John, just over a week earlier. Leon Wokeley, 42, was arrested on Friday and...Read More
Month: October 2017
Nova Scotia RCMP detachments and provincial courts will be providing eagle feathers for people to use when swearing a legal oath. (CBC) RCMP detachments and provincial courts across Nova Scotia have added another option to the Bible or an affirmation for people required to swear a legal oath. On Monday, a ceremony was held at RCMP provincial headquarters in Dartmouth to introduce eagle feathers as an alternative for Indigenous people — witnesses, victims, accused and police officers. Nova Scotia RCMP detachments are the first in Canada to provide eagle feathers for this use. Nova Scotia RCMP detachments will have...Read More
An inter-tribal powwow was part of celebrations at Wanuskewin Heritage Park in Saskatoon on June 21. MP Georgina Jolibois has tabled a private member’s bill to declare National Indigenous People’s Day a statutory holiday nationwide. (Don Somers/CBC) A Saskatchewan MP’s private member’s bill on making National Indigenous Peoples Day a holiday is moving forward. Georgina Jolibois represents the riding of Desnethe-Missinippi-Churchill River. Her bill proposes making June 21 — which is National Indigenous Peoples Day — a statutory holiday, which means it would be celebrated nationwide and would be a paid day off for employees. The day is already...Read More
Ta’an Kwäch’än First Nation elder Frances Woolsey and Chief Kristina Kane cut the ribbon for the River Bend housing development. (Dave Croft/CBC) Dave Croft Families begin moving into a new $6.3 million Whitehorse housing project in the Whistle Bend neighbourhood on Wednesday. An official opening on Friday celebrated the River Bend development as a joint collaboration between the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council and the federal, territorial and city governments. The three buildings contain 42 social housing units. Kristina Kane, chief of the First Nation, said that includes homes for 12 Ta’an Kwäch’än families. "It has been a goal of Ta’an...Read More
Chelsey Bjornson previously told CBC that medical travel refused to pay for her flights to Yellowknife if she was giving birth in Fort Smith. She says she cried when she learned her appeal had been granted on Thursday. (Submitted) An expectant mother in Norman Wells, N.W.T., has won her appeal for medical travel funding to deliver her baby in Fort Smith. Pregnant women in small N.W.T. communities must deliver in one of two designated birthing centres — Inuvik or Yellowknife — but Chelsey Bjornson wants to deliver her first child in Fort Smith, where she has family. Bjornson, 24,...Read More
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is given a standing ovation during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Oct. 16, 2017. The presence in Alberta of strong Conservative leaders – such as Jason Kenney – has not worked well for the conservative movement federally and Scheer will have his work cut out for him, Chantal Hébert writes. MONTREAL—Few Parliament Hill insiders were surprised by Jason Kenney’s decisive Alberta leadership victory. The former federal Conservative immigration minister has long been considered in an organizational class of his own. He was the chief-architect of the federal...Read More
Pamela Napoleon’s body was found in a burned cabin in northern B.C. in 2014. (RCMP photo) A 42-year-old B.C. man has been charged in connection to the murder of Pamela Napoleon near Fort St. John. Napoleon, of the Blueberry First Nation, was reported missing in late July 2014, two weeks after her family had last seen her. Mounties found her body about a month later, in a burned cabin about 100 kilometres north of Fort St. John. On Monday, police announced they have arrested Leon Wokeley of the the Blueberry First Nation. He is charged with second-degree murder, arson...Read More
Child and Youth advocate Del Graff speaks to media on the release of two reports on the delivery of child and family services programs to indigenous children in Edmonton, Alta., on Tuesday, July 19, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson EDMONTON — One Indigenous teenager killed himself in a group home after being denied a call to his mother. Another committed suicide after living on the streets, his calls for help denied. Their deaths in 2015 have Alberta’s child and youth advocate calling for a greater emphasis on family connections and more willingness to provide supports for at-risk teens. “When...Read More
An eagle feather is held up during a rally for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Tuesday October 4, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld) HALIFAX — In what is being described as a first for the RCMP, the Mounties in Nova Scotia are now offering victims, witnesses and police officers the option to swear legal oaths on an eagle feather, instead of using a Bible or offering an affirmation. The RCMP say the eagle feather will be used in the same way as a Bible or affirmation, and may also be offered as...Read More
The Indiegogo campaign that began in May as a response to a group of Canadian media professionals who publicly joked on Twitter about backing a prize for cultural appropriation in literature has brought about a new series of awards for emerging Indigenous writers in Canada. Administered by the Indigenous Literary Studies Association, the new Indigenous Voices Awards were officially announced at the Vancouver Writers’ Fest on Oct. 21, with a second launch event held at the International Festival of Authors in Toronto on Oct. 26. Authors, academics, and media figures, including Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Virginia Pésémapéo Bordeleau, Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley, Gregory...Read More
In a Friday, May 14, 2010 photo, American Indigenous activist Dennis Banks waits to board a canoe to spread a net on Lake Bemidji near Bemidji, Minn., during an American Indian treaty rights protest. Banks, a co-founder of the American Indian Movement and a leader of the 1973 Wounded Knee occupation, died Sunday night at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. (Chris Polydoroff/Pioneer Press via AP) Dennis Banks, a co-founder of the American Indian Movement and a leader of the 1973 Wounded Knee occupation, has died, his family announced Monday. He was 80. Banks was one of several activists...Read More
Charlottetown City Councillor Bob Doiron wins the nomination for the P.E.I. Liberals and will run in the pending byelection. (Krystalle Ramlakhan/CBC) Bob Doiron has won the Liberal Party of P.E.I.’s nomination for the upcoming byelection in District 11, Charlottetown-Parkdale. He defeated lone challenger Marcia Carroll at the party’s nomination meeting on Monday at Birchwood Intermediate School in Charlottetown. The Sherwood native is currently a Charlottetown city councillor for Ward 6 — Mount Edward and will be fighting to hold on to the newly vacated riding for the Liberals. "I’m just overwhelmed, I just got into this six days ago...Read More
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