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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