Month: October 2017

Pamela Napoleon case: Suspect charged with murder, arson in 2014 killing

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...

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Eagle feathers now an option for swearing legal oaths in N.S. RCMP detachments

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...

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Bill proposing National Indigenous Peoples Day be a stat holiday is moving forward

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...

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Ta’an Kwäch’än opens new housing development in Whitehorse

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...

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Expectant mom in Norman Wells wins medical travel appeal for funding

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,...

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