Day: November 4, 2017

Healing Over Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women

An event drawing awareness to missing and murdered indigenous women is being held in Rapid City this weekend. The candlelight vigil honors women that have disappeared. The vigil is meant to help the community heal over losses in their lives and around the world. Andreanne Catt is a video blogger for Seeding Sovereignty and an organizer of the event. She says this just the first step. “You can’t lead a movement, you can’t start a movement until you start healing whatever is broken first. And so I really just want to create a safe space for the victims or the families of missing and murdered indigenous women and help raise awareness because maybe these women are still alive. And it’s really hard to know whether or not.” Catt says organizers want to push the United States Government to start a registry for missing and murdered indigenous women. She says it’s important to have an accurate statistic. “It’s so hard to pin point these numbers down because there’s no registry in the United States. And so it’s not just a South Dakota thing or a North Dakota thing, our women are going missing all over the country. Even in Canada. And Canada has a registry for all the missing and murdered indigenous women—yet the United States doesn’t.” Catt says a registry would make it easier to find these women. The...

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Consider workplace safety in legalized marijuana rules, groups urge

Marijuana use appears to be associated with having more sex researchers have found. (HighGradeRoots / VANCOUVER — New rules for legalized marijuana need to consider the impact on workplaces and clarify the rights of both employers and employees, say some business groups. Ottawa has set July 1 as the deadline for regulations to be in place and many provinces and territories are still working to craft legislation, including British Columbia, where a public consultation on legal pot wrapped up this week. Anita Huberman, CEO of the Surrey Board of Trade, said large and small companies need guidance from...

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An irreplaceable ecological treasure is about to be auctioned off for oil. Will Canada step up?

Finis Dunaway is a history professor at Trent University. Norma Kassi is Vuntut Gwitchin (People of the Lakes), director of Indigenous Collaboration at the Arctic Institute of Community-Based Research. Every year, the Porcupine caribou herd embarks on the longest land migration of any animal on earth. Almost 200,000 animals journey from their wintering grounds in the boreal forests of northwestern Canada and northeastern Alaska, crossing over steep mountains and frozen rivers until, more than 1,000 kilometres later, they reach the coastal plain of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, where they have their young. The Republican-dominated U.S. Congress is poised to hand over this area to oil developers. Through backdoor moves and budget chicanery, American politicians are on the path to destroy a shared ecological resource and threaten the fabric of Arctic Indigenous culture. Canadians need to take notice and voice their concerns – before it is too late. The Arctic Refuge was established by Republican U.S. president Dwight Eisenhower in 1960 and doubled in size 20 years later. A 1980 law granted permanent wilderness protection to large swaths of the 19-million-acre refuge but left the 1.5-million-acre coastal plain in legislative limbo. Ever since, environmental and Indigenous activists in Canada and the United States have stood together to defend the refuge. Despite the enormous odds against them, they have faced down multinational oil corporations and powerful politicians to protect it...

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Strangers: Young adult fiction for an Indigenous audience

In Strangers, a young man returns home to find his community in shambles. (Highwater Press) A supernatural murder mystery set in a First Nation that involves ghosts, a trickster figure, and a young man with a tragic past who has come home after 10 years, is the synopsis of David Alexander Robertson’s new book, Strangers . The book was originally slated to be a television show, but that opportunity didn’t happen. Instead of tossing the story, Robertson decided it would work well as young adult fiction. “I wanted to tell a story involving all First Nation characters, that anybody...

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Thunder Bay students learn about clean water from new Indigenous children’s book

Joanne Robertson reads her new book about Josephine Mandamin to a class in Thunder Bay. They want to inspire kids to protect clean water. (Jackie McKay ) “One day an ounce of water will cost as much as an ounce of gold,” is what an Elder told Josephine Mandamin almost 20 years ago. This lead Madamin to dedicate 14 years of her life to running and participating in water walks to raise awareness about the importance of clean water. Now there’s a children’s book inspired by Mandamin’s journeys. The Water Walker was written and illustrated by Joanne Robertson after...

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