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...Read More
Month: November 2017
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...Read More
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...Read More
Allan Jolly is interviewed in 2014 about MoCreebec’s struggle for recognition. ‘We are Eeyou, our heritage is Eeyou Istchee,’ said Jolly, the chief of MoCreebec. ‘We identify ourselves as Eeyouch. We are proud to say that Eeyou Istchee is also in Ontario.’ (CBC) Efforts for official recognition by a small group of landless Quebec Cree living on the Ontario side of James Bay moved forward last week as the Cree Nation Government threw its considerable weight behind a plan that would see MoCreebec become the 11th Quebec Cree community. "We are Eeyou, our heritage is Eeyou Istchee," said Allan...Read More
Former Governor General David Johnston presents the group Better Hearing in Education for Northern Youth with $300,000 of the Arctic Inspiration Prize money in January 2016. Up to $3 million is up for grabs among 10 groups for the 2017 awards, which will be presented in January. (Fred Cattroll) The regional selection committee for the Arctic Inspiration Prize has announced ten projects shortlisted for the 2017 awards, including two finalists for a $1 million prize. The Arctic Inspiration Prize awards up to $3 million in three categories to teams that have made a substantial contribution to the gathering of...Read More
The organization that oversees the conduct of Canada’s judges has decided not to pursue further investigations into Justice Vic Toews’ conduct before becoming a judge. (CBC ) Born and raised in Winnipeg, Sean has had a chance to live in some of Canada’s other beautiful places (Whistler BC and Lake of the Woods, Ontario) as well as in Europe and the United States. In more than a decade of reporting Sean has covered some of the seminal events in Manitoba, from floods to elections, including a stint as the civic affairs reporter responsible for city hall. The Canadian Judicial...Read More
Law Society of B.C. president Herman van Ommen and Ardith Walpetko We’daix Walkem served as co-chairs for the Truth and Reconciliation symposium held Nov. 23. Stereotyping and discrimination exists within the British Columbia legal community as lawyers attending the Law Society of B.C.’s Truth and Reconciliation symposium Nov. 23 heard from indigenous lawyers who have been mistaken in court for the accused, and who faced barriers getting access to court resources. Law Society of B.C. president Herman van Ommen calls the stories "shocking and horrible." "It is unacceptable for them to have to experience this," says van Ommen, who...Read More
Photos of Christian Duck Chief were taken by his family as he was recovering in hospital. Charges of resisting arrest and assaulting a peace officer were dropped by the prosecutor Thursday. (Facebook) All charges have been dropped against a man from the Siksika First Nation southeast of Calgary who suffered broken facial bones during a violent RCMP arrest last year. Christian Duck Chief, 24, faced charges of assaulting a peace officer, resisting arrest, and breach a release condition stemming from an incident on April 1, 2016 where RCMP officers entered his home and broke at least four bones in...Read More
Prior to his appointment as a federal court judge, Paul Favel acted as legal counsel to a number of First Nations, advising them on leases for commercial developments, land claims and self-government negotiations. (Photo submitted on behalf of Paul Favel) Saskatchewan judges may have been overlooked this year for nominations to the Supreme Court of Canada, but a First Nations man from the province was announced as a federal court judge this week. Paul Favel, a member of the Poundmaker Cree Nation and former partner at McKercher LLP in Saskatoon, was appointed as a federal court judge by the...Read More
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh speaks with media following caucus Wednesday November 29, 2017 in Ottawa. (THE CANADIAN PRESS / Adrian Wyld) OTTAWA — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh was forced Wednesday to claw back a suggestion bilingualism requirements for Supreme Court justices be waived to encourage Indigenous candidates. Singh had made the suggestion earlier in the day after judge and educator Sheilah Martin was nominated to fill an upcoming vacancy on the top court, disappointing some who had hoped an Indigenous candidate would be chosen. But after his idea generated friction within his own caucus, Singh issued a statement to...Read More
Inuit hunters Lew Philip, left, and Joshua Kango, walk by a ring seal they caught through the ice on Frobisher Bay near Iqaluit, Nunavut, Feb. 2, 2003. (Canadian Press) Seal meat jerky will be served at a Windsor screening of the film Angry Inuk , which highlights the importance of seal hunting to the Inuit people. The National Film Board movie also looks to challenge long-standing perceptions of seal hunting in Inuit culture. Organizers in Windsor wanted to take that a step further and actually serve the controversial food in jerky form. Last month a Toronto restaurant became the...Read More
Fort William First Nation Chief Peter Collins and Janet DeMile, Medical Officer of Health for the Thunder Bay District Health Unit, sign the memorandum of understanding to implement a drug harm reduction program in Fort William Fist Nation. (Jackie McKay/ CBC) A new harm reduction service is available in Fort William First Nation (FWFN). Chief Peter Collins signed a memorandum of understanding with the Thunder Bay District Health Unit Monday. The partnership will provide resources from the Superior Points Harm Reduction Program to help people suffering from drug addiction in the community, located just south of Thunder Bay. "It’s...Read More
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...Tootoo has seen the suicide epidemic in remote Indigenous communities firsthand.In August 2002 ... older brother Terence died by suicide at the age of 22.That’s one of the reasons why, 16 years...
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...convicted of cannabis possession clear their record in the era of legal recreational pot, but what ... arrests for cannabis possession appear to have targeted black and Indigenous Canadians in a...
...of cannabis in the province • First Nation communities will be able to opt-out of cannabis ... First Nation communities on a wide scope of legislative components. For example: • The Cannabis...
Indigenous people fight for rights with new cash crop – CannabisIndigenous entrepreneurs ... al cannabis on Wednesday.While indigenous entrepreneurs have already been selling cannabis for...
With cannabis legalization looming, B.C. based Aura Cannabis and Alberta based Westleaf Cannabis are ... of cannabis. Aura is headquartered in Vancouver — Canada’s unofficial capital of cannabis — and...
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