Month: November 2017

St. Anne’s Indian Residential School cases in Ottawa’s legal crosshairs, says lawyer

Boys in a classroom c. 1945 at St. Anne’s Indian Residential School in Fort Albany, Ont. (Edmund Metatawabin collection/Algoma University) Jorge Barrera Jorge Barrera is a Caracas-born, award-winning journalist who has worked across the country and internationally. He is currently working for the CBC Indigenous unit based out of Ottawa. Angela Shisheesh begins to weep as she talks about her deceased brother who never received compensation for the abuse he suffered while in St. Anne’s Indian residential school. The Fort Albany-based school gained notoriety over its use of a homemade electric chair for punishment. Shisheesh said her brother Michel...

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Trudeau government withdraws court case on health care for First Nations children

Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott, shown in this Oct. 30 photo, says changes have been made to address two aspects of a ruling the government had wanted to address in Federal Court. OTTAWA—The Liberal government won’t go to court over health care services for First Nations children after reaching an agreement with the parties in a case before the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott says changes have been made to address two aspects of a ruling the government had wanted to address in Federal Court. In June, the government announced it was going to court...

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Ottawa backs off of court proceeding on First Nations child health care

Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott rises during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017. She announced the government will not go to court to challenge a human rights tribunal ruling. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press) The federal government is no longer headed to court over last year’s landmark ruling on the delivery of First Nations child health care, an ongoing irritant in Ottawa’s relationship with First Nations communities. Last year the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal found that the federal government discriminates against First Nations children on reserves by failing to provide...

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In the world of Canadian book prizes, fiction meets politics

Author Michael Redhill celebrates winning the 2017 Giller Prize for his novel Bellevue Square in Toronto on Monday, Nov. 20, 2017. (Chris Young/CP) “This year, I had the luck.” No literary award winner has more succinctly summed up the opaque process of becoming the writer who emerges with cheque in hand than Yann Martel after taking the Man Booker Prize for The Life of Pi in 2002. But if the human drive to establish patterns hits a wall when it comes to discerning larger meaning in a victorious book, it can find a path forward in the lists of...

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New estimates could double diamond potential for Nunavut mining project

Bulk samples of kimberlite at Peregrine Diamond’s Chidliak site in Nunavut. The junior mining company announced Tuesday that a kimberlite pipe at the site is over twice as deep as previously reported. (Peregrine Diamonds) A diamond mining project in Nunavut may have just gotten a whole lot bigger, as Peregrine Diamonds Ltd. says a kimberlite deposit at its Chidliak site is twice as deep as it previously estimated. Peregrine has been exploring the Chidliak site, which sits 120 kilometres northeast of Iqaluit, since 2005. In a release issued Tuesday, the junior mining company announced that one of their most...

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