Day: November 3, 2017

Exhibit at Remai Modern to open with talks about museums and Indigenous artifacts

A new collaborative exhibit has its official opening at the Remai Modern this weekend titled, Determined by the River. The weekend will feature panel discussions about the historical relationship between museums and Indigenous art items. (Don Somers/CBC) The Remai Modern in Saskatoon will be focusing on Indigenous art and artists this Friday and Saturday for the new museum’s next big exhibition. Ontario-based artists Duane Linklater and Tanya Lukin Linklater’s collaborative exhibition Determined by the River will have its official opening Friday evening. The opening will be accompanied by a series of panels with some of Saskatchewan’s most notable Indigenous...

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Globe editorial: Inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women can still make a difference

The interim report from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls was released on Wednesday. It’s a frustrating read. The inquiry has been plagued by delays and internal strife. One commissioner quit after 10 months, as did the executive director. It took the inquiry eight months to get around to taking testimony from the survivors of the hundreds of women and girls who have gone missing or been found dead since 1980 – a delay that so angered Indigenous communities that some called for the inquiry to be shut down and started over. When it came time to release its interim report after almost 14 months, the inquiry was unable to include any findings from witnesses’ testimony, because, it says, ” the software we need to do in-depth analyses of the Community Hearing transcripts is not yet in place.” These organizational failures are all the more startling given the fact that the federal government held a “pre-inquiry” from December 2015 to March 2016, with the specific goal of determining how to shape the national inquiry based on the input from the families of victims, Indigenous leaders and the provinces. The commission was given a head start, but managed to turn that into a disadvantage. The chief commissioner, Marion Buller, now says she will likely have to ask the federal government for more time and more...

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Canada, It’s Complicated offers truth and reconciliation, one laugh at a time

Comedians Chad Anderson (left) and Dakota Ray Hebert (right) are the Indigenous stars of Mary Walsh’s new production. (Canada, It’s Complicated/Facebook) As part of the on-going Canada 150 celebrations in 2017, a new comedy called, Canada, It’s Complicated , is touring the country. At first, Dakota Ray Hebert said she was “apprehensive” about being an Indigenous person involved in a Canada 150 show. “I knew they were looking for Indigenous comedians, but I didn’t know what our roles were going to be,” said Hebert. “I didn’t want to be playing a stereotype, and I didn’t want to have to...

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Family ‘disgusted’ that Saskatchewan RCMP officers were cleared of misconduct while investigating Indigenous man’s death

Colten Boushie, 22, was shot dead in August 2016 while riding in an SUV that went onto a farm near Biggar, Sask. (THE CANADIAN PRESS) SASKATOON—The family of an Indigenous man who was shot to death on a Saskatchewan farm says it’s “extremely upset and disgusted” that Mounties have cleared their own officers of misconduct. Colten Boushie ’s family says in a statement that there is no reassurance of fairness when police investigate their own. Boushie, 22, was shot and killed in August 2016 while riding in an SUV that went onto a farm near Biggar, Sask. Boushie’s mother...

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Animal rights groups oppose Indigenous deer hunt

Animal Alliance of Canada denounce partnership established between Haudenosaunee people and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Placards show opposition to the Short Hills Provincial Park deer hunt in 2015. Animal rights groups continnue to express their disapproval. – Kim Weaver,Supplied A dispute that pits an Indigenous group’s observance of traditional hunting practices against animal rights activists is playing out in a provincial park near St. Catharines. The hunt is the result of an agreement established between the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, an unelected, hereditary council and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, that seeks to control white-tailed deer...

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A weekend of music, Indigenous arts and Sir John A. Macdonald

Quantum Tangle was awarded a Juno for Indigenous Music Album of the Year 2017. (Quantum Tangle) A vibrant showcase of artists from Canada’s North, a requiem of warmth, beauty and solace, and a musical look at Canada’s first Prime Minister, warts and all. From the North A vibrant, rich cultural scene is alive and thriving across the vast Canadian north, and young Indigenous artists are eager to show it off to the rest of the country. Ottawa is the first stop for From the North, a traveling showcase for the talents of Indigenous singers, dancers and artisans from Yellowknife,...

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Former judge Robin Camp is applying for reinstatement as a lawyer in Alberta

Justice Robin Camp enters a Canadian Judicial Council hearing in Calgary, Alta on Wednesday September 7, 2016. The hearing, which started its second day, is to determine whether Camp, who made comments in 2014 as a provincial court judge in Calgary, should be removed from his job. Jim Wells//Postmedia Jim Wells, Jim Wells/Postmedia Controversial “knees together” judge Robin Camp, who resigned in the face of a judicial council decision to remove him from the bench, has applied for reinstatement as a lawyer. The Alberta Law Society posted on its website Friday that Camp will face a Nov. 14 hearing...

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Boushie family says there’s ‘no reassurance of fairness’ when RCMP investigates itself

Colten Boushie was killed on a farm near Biggar, Sask., in August. (Facebook) The mother and sister of Colten Boushie say they are “extremely upset and disgusted” by the RCMP’s dismissal of their complaints about the conduct of officers who came to inform them of Boushie’s death. The statement from Debbie Baptiste and Jade Tootoosis released Friday added, “There is no reassurance of fairness when they investigate their own.” ​An internal investigation by the RCMP exonerated officers who dealt with Boushie’s family in the wake of his shooting death in August 2016. Boushie, 22, was shot and killed on...

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Possessing all Louis Riel artifacts would help Métis own their story: law student

Jesse Donovan says it’s important for Métis people to have Métis items so that they can tell their story in their own way. (Guy Quenneville/CBC) You know the old saying: to the victor goes the spoils. Well, that’s no longer going to cut it for Jesse Donovan — not in the current age of reconciliation. Donovan, a second-year University of Saskatchewan Métis law student, is advocating for the return of all items that once belonged to or are historically associated with Métis leader Louis Riel. Donovan joined CBC Radio’s The Afternoon Edition this week to elaborate on his cause....

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Indigenous Second World War veteran remembered by family

Father and son: Edison Kahgee and Eugene. Kahgee served in WWII from 1942-45. He taught his children the importance of providing and to be positive about life. – Submitted Kahgee’s medals he received fro the war. In No particular order: 39-45 Star, Italy Star, France/Germany 39-45 Star, Defense medal, Canadian Veterans Service medal, War medal. – Julia Lovett/Metroland Brothers Edison and Alvin Kagee were separated in life but came together in wartime. When standing, Edison was almost a foot taller than his brother who was about 4’11. – Submitted Edison Kahgee’s Canadian Aboriginal War Veterans medal. Kahgee served from...

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Bloated bureaucracy the real enemy of Indigenous reconciliation: Tim Harper

Assembly of First Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde wants the federal government to stop discriminating against Indigenous on-reserve children. Canada’s Indigenous population, Statistics Canada has recently reminded us, is growing at a rate that dwarfs that of the country’s non-Indigenous population. It is also a younger population. Close to 30 per cent of the Indigenous population is under 15, almost double the non-Indigenous percentage in that age group. And that youth too often starts behind. Canadian children who identify as First Nations, Metis or Inuit make up about 8 per cent of all Canadians aged 4 years and younger, yet...

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Regional Chief Day – Quick Meeting Will Not Address Environmental Issues

Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day TORONTO – Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day in an open letter to the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment is addressing the need for Nation-to-Nation discussions on First Nation priorities for achieving environmental sustainability and ensuring protection of title and rights for First Nations. The Regional Chief says that the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment offered First Nations leaders a short, ninety-minute meeting. Ontario Regional Chief Day reflects, “In a ninety-minute meeting, we would basically only get through the introductions. A ninety-minute meeting is simply like putting three drops of water...

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