Day: November 1, 2017

Families want MMIWG inquiry extension

The family of Virginia Pictou-Noyes testifies before the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls on the Membertou First Nation on Wednesday. Pictured right to left are: her father Robert Pictou, brother Francis Pictou, brother Robert Pictou, and her sister Agnes Gould. On the day the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls released an interim report calling for the creation of a special police task to handle unresolved investigations, it heard from two families dealing with an unsolved killing and a two-decades long missing persons case. The families of Victoria Pictou-Noyes, who...

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Career and education fair helps Whitehorse students face ‘a lot of big decisions’

Shayla Bierlmeir, left, and Julie Rusnak were two of the hundreds of students checking out the Education, Career and Volunteer Expo in Whitehorse Wednesday. (Dave Croft/CBC) Dave Croft It’s like a rite of passage for high school students in Whitehorse — a visit to the annual Education, Career and Volunteer Expo. Hundreds of students went to the event on Wednesday, and had the opportunity to talk to dozens of recruiters from universities and colleges as well as local employers. Grade 12 students Shayla Bierlmeir and Julie Rusnak said it’s both an exciting and stressful time in their lives. “Like,...

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Louis Riel’s walking stick donated to Manitoba Museum

Dr. Roland Sawatzky with the Louis Riel Walking Stick in the Legacies of Confederation: A New look at Manitoba History exhibit. (Manitoba Museum/Submitted) WINNIPEG — A walking stick that belonged to Northwest Rebellion leader Louis Riel has been donated to the Manitoba Museum, but there is a call for it to be returned to the Métis people. The Royal Winnipeg Rifles Regimental Museum initially loaned the walking stick to the Manitoba Museum, where it has been on display since January. In a statement Tuesday, the Manitoba Museum said the artifact was permanently donated to the museum in the hope...

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Stormy weather holds up search for remaining missing hunters in Waskaganish

High winds, snow, freezing rain and slush hit the region on Monday and Tuesday and led to conditions too dangerous for searchers to be out on the water of Rupert’s Bay, where four hunters went missing two weeks ago while on their way goose hunting. (Charles J. Hester) The season’s first winter storm in the James Bay region of Quebec has put the water and ground search for Cree hunters missing since Oct. 17 on hold, and led to school closures, power outages and cancelled flights and Halloween activities in several communities. Recovery crews located the body of a...

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Yukon has spent $2.5M settling sexual assault cases, since 2000

In a statement, Justice Minister Tracy McPhee says the $2.5 million spent on settlement payments by the Yukon government and government insurers includes the payment of plaintiff’s legal costs in some cases. (Wayne Vallevand/CBC) Yukon and its insurers have spent $2.5 million settling historic sexual assault cases launched against the government and other parties, including the federal government, since 2000. The amount was revealed on Monday, in a statement from the territory’s Justice Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee. In the statement, McPhee says approximately 40 sexual assault cases were launched against the Yukon Government "and a variety of other parties including...

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Kluane Lake wind project to go ahead, with investment from Ottawa

The proposed location of the Kluane First Nation’s wind farm, near Kluane Lake. Three 37-metre towers will provide 300 kW of power. (Kluane First Nation) The Kluane First Nation has received the final $1 million it needs to fund a project to build three wind turbines near Kluane Lake. The latest investment comes through the Department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs’s Northern REACHE program, which funds renewable energy projects in off-grid northern communities. The federal funds, combined with a separate $1 million from the Yukon Government, complete the budget needed to build the Kluane N’Tsi (Wind) Energy Project. The...

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Be on lookout for suspected child lurer, police warn Quebec Cree communities

The Eeyou Eenou Police Force is warning people in the James Bay Cree communities about two recent incidents in which a Caucasian man in his mid-40s tried to lure children into his grey pick-up truck. (submitted by EEPF) The Mistissini detachment of the Eeyou Eenou Police Force is warning people in the Cree communities and schools in Quebec’s James Bay region to be on the lookout, after a non-Indigenous man tried to lure a young Indigenous boy into his pick-up truck. The alleged incident happened Monday in Chibougamau, a community 700 kilometres north of Montreal. Police said in a...

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Food complaints, issues over inmate treatment likely behind fatal Sask. prison riot: report

A fatal riot at Saskatchewan Penitentiary last year was likely sparked by unresolved disputes over food and complaints on the treatment of inmate kitchen workers, a report from Canada’s correctional ombudsman shows. The Dec. 14, 2016, riot is detailed in correctional investigator Ivan Zinger’s annual report , released Tuesday, examining the state of Canada’s prisons. Zinger states the “immediate triggering events” of the riot — which occurred in the prison’s medium-security unit — seem to be related to inmates’ dissatisfaction with food quality, portion sizes and a lack of protein, as well as the “perceived mistreatment of inmate kitchen...

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Panel addresses Canada 150, government action, reconciliation

St. Thomas University Students’ Union’s Indigenous and Reconciliation Committee held its first panel discussion about Canada 150 on Oct. 25. The three panelists were Graydon Nicholas, former lieutenant governor of New Brunswick and the endowed chair in native studies at STU; Amanda LeBlanc, operational director of Under One Sky Friendship Centre, an Aboriginal social services and community centre; and Mandy Richard, a fourth-year student and member of the Indigenous and Reconciliation Committee (IRC). The event began with an opening prayer from STU’s elder-in-residence Miigam’agan. IRC chair and STUSU’s Indigenous representative Alexa Metallic then gave a message of solidarity for...

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Number of Indigenous people in prison now a human rights issue says Correctional Investigator

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MMIWG inquiry hears calls for increased punitive damages in deaths of indigenous women

Canada’s legal system fails to attach enough value to the loss of an Indigenous woman’s life, according to an advocate for the family of a Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq woman who died after being held in a police cell in 2009. Cheryl Maloney testified Tuesday that legal changes need to be made to help families sue for punitive damages in cases of wrongful death like that of Victoria Rose Paul of Indian Brook First Nation. “We are worth less, over and over again, because of government’s laws, policies and inactions,” she said during testimony before the National Inquiry into Murdered...

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B.C. premier says Site C could end up in Supreme Court over Indigenous rights

VICTORIA — Premier John Horgan says British Columbia’s $8.8 billion Site C dam project could face ongoing legal battles over Indigenous rights and may eventually end up in the Supreme Court of Canada. Horgan made the comments Tuesday on the eve of the release of an independent review his government ordered on the economic viability of the hydroelectric dam project in northeast B.C. He said he believes Aboriginal people will continue to fight Site C in the courts. “I believe that the Indigenous people in the region who are concerned about this will continue to push their case to appeal and we’ll see where we go, and if we end up in the Supreme Court at the end of the day,” Horgan said outside the legislature. He said he’s aware that every Aboriginal court challenge of Site C so far has ended in defeat or been abandoned, but those issues were fought on environmental grounds, not land, hunting and fishing rights that are enshrined in the Constitution. In August 2015, the Federal Court dismissed an application by the Prophet River First Nation and West Moberly First Nations challenging the environmental approval of Site C by the federal government. An appeal was filed and was dismissed in January. In September 2015, the B.C. Supreme Court dismissed a petition by the same two First Nations challenging the environmental approval of Site...

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