Day: November 5, 2017

From placemaking to child-care, what Toronto’s Indigenous community wants City Hall to address

Eduardo Lima / Metro Order this photo Members of Toronto’s Indigenous community are hopeful the creation of an Indigenous Affairs Office at city hall will address some of the pressing issues they’re facing. The city’s Aboriginal Affairs Committee unanimously endorsed a staff report Friday recommending the office be established . If the plan gets support from the Executive Committee later this month and then city council, Toronto will follow in the footsteps of Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Hamilton, which have similar units. The new office is expected to include four positions and a consultant and would report directly to...

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DECLARATION ON THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES – FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS “There is no greater service that the United Nations could do today for its friends and partners in the indigenous community than to adopt the Declaration during the current Assembly session. The Declaration is, fundamentally, about respect for the rights of indigenous peoples. Let us make this respect manifest.†UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Sha Zukang, on the occasion of International Day of the World’s Indigenous People, August 2007 WHAT IS THE DECLARATION ON THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES? The Declaration is a comprehensive statement addressing the rights of indigenous peoples. It was drafted...

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Original – United Nations Declaration on the rights of Indigenous Peoples

Published by the United Nations United Nations Declaration on the rights of inDigenous PeoPles United Nations United Nations United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples 1 Resolution adopted by the General Assembly [without reference to a Main Committee (A/61/L.67 and Add.1)] 61/295. United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples The General Assembly, Taking note of the recommendation of the Human Rights Coun- cil contained in its resolution 1/2 of 29 June 2006,1 by which the Council adopted the text of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Recalling its resolution 61/178 of...

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EDITORIAL: Supreme Court explains charter’s limits on religion

The claim that a grizzly bear spitit inhabits B.C.’s Jumbo Glacier Valley wasn’t enough to block the development of a ski resort there. (TED S. WARREN / AP) Does freedom of religion extend to the Charter-protected right to have spiritual places or spiritual beings important to those beliefs protected? No, a majority of the Supreme Court of Canada ruled this week in a decision that has offended many Indiginous communites. On Thursday, the high court dismissed an appeal by the Ktunaxa Nation that would have blocked development of a B.C. ski resort in Jumbo Glacier Valley. The Ktunaxa call...

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LCBO announces first 14 cities to have legal recreational marijuana shops

The landmark Cannabis Act paves the way for 150 standalone LCBO-run marijuana shops by 2020. Fourteen Ontario municipalities — including Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Vaughan, and Hamilton — will have the first LCBO-run recreational marijuana stores. The Liquor Control Board of Ontario, which runs the new Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation (OCRC), announced the first wave of 40 stores on Friday. While the exact locations remain to be determined, Barrie, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Ottawa, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, and Windsor will also have the legalized weed stores. Read more: “Over the coming weeks, staff from the Ministry of Finance...

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New app aims to help families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls

The Taken Knowledge Keeper App allows users to create an album of their loved one, help conduct a search if a loved one goes missing and provides a missing person action plan toolkit. (CBC) An innovative new app has been developed to provide support and resources for families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. The Taken Knowledge Keeper app allows users to create an album with details about their loved one, help conduct a search if a loved one goes missing and provides a missing-person action plan toolkit. The interactive app was developed in tandem with the...

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Winnipeg homelessness conference was well worth investment

Liberal MP Adam Vaughan speaks at the National Conference on Ending Homelessness in Winnipeg on Oct. 25. An opinion piece suggested the conference could have cut costs and used the savings to help those who are homeless. But representatives from social service agencies say the learning opportunities provided were well worth the investment. (CBC) Louis Sorin is the president and CEO of End Homelessness Winnipeg. As a backbone organization, EHW works in partnership with community and agencies, funders, leadership across public and private sectors, and those with lived experience to address and bring an end to homelessness in our...

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Women team up to seek information on teen found dead at Salmon Arm farm

VERNON — A street campaign to piece together the final days of a teenager found dead on a Salmon Arm-area farm has launched in her hometown of Vernon, where she disappeared last spring. Friday evening, a group of Indigenous women met outside the Upper Room Mission on 27th Avenue, where they brought stacks of flyers with photos and a description of Traci Genereaux, along with an appeal for information that may help police in their investigation. On Wednesday, RCMP confirmed that remains they’d found on a farm at 2290 Salmon River Rd. were those of Genereaux, and the 18-year-old’s death was considered suspicious. No charges have been laid. Jody Leon said her group advocates for missing and murdered women, and said their goal with the flyer campaign is to support police in their investigation by canvassing for tips from people who may be off the cops’ radar. The women said they wanted to reach street people who don’t have access to a computer or phone, and offer them a means of contacting police, such as by allowing them to use their personal cellphones. In recent years, Genereaux had become addicted to heroin, done sex work and frequented the mission and surrounding neighbourhood. She was last heard from on May 29. A friend said he saw her that day entering a white Chevrolet van parked by a bush just down...

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Canadian environment ministers chart progress of actions on climate change and air quality

VANCOUVER, Nov. 3, 2017 /CNW/ – The Government of Canada is committed to working with provincial, territorial, and Indigenous partners to ensure clean air, clean water and clean soil for Canadians; to fight climate change; and to build a stronger, more sustainable economy. Today, Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, participated in a meeting of the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment to discuss air quality and climate change. This annual gathering of federal, provincial, and territorial environment ministers was hosted by British Columbia’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, George Heyman, this year’s CCME chair. The event was an opportunity for environment ministers to review the progress on their climate actions and to identify further areas of collaboration and partnership. During today’s meeting, the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment released a new State of the Air Report , an interactive web report informed by all provinces and territories on air quality and the efforts of governments to improve it. The report shows that Canada reduced its air emissions as the economy grew. Air pollutants that cause smog and acid rain have decreased, helping save thousands of lives and reducing trips to the hospital. Over the past few decades, federal, provincial, and territorial governments have worked together and have taken action to reduce air-pollutant emissions from sources such as vehicles, power plants,...

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Assembly of First Nations to have seat at international climate change conference for first time

Assembly of First Nations to have seat at international climate change conference for first time More The Assembly of First Nations will participate as an official delegate for the first time in a major international climate change conference happening next week in Europe. Indigenous groups from around the world will gather in Bonn, Germany this weekend, ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23) starting Monday. AFN regional chief Bill Erasmus will be attending as part of the Canadian delegation and will participate in the International Indigenous Peoples’ Forum on Climate Change, a gathering intended to facilitate representation...

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Indigenous student services at U of T celebrates 25 years of providing a ‘home away from home’

Jackie Esquimaux-Hamlin, former resource centre co-ordinator for First Nations House (Jackie Esquimaux-Hamlin/Facebook) A student service department offering a home away from home for Indigenous students at the University of Toronto is celebrating its 25th year of operation. Located at the U of T’s downtown campus, First Nations House provides services for Indigenous students that offer cultural support in their studies and personal well-being. “We know who we are and we want to know who you are,” said Jackie Esquimaux-Hamlin, former resource centre co-ordinator for First Nations House, a position she held for 18 years before retiring this summer. First...

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A new sit-down restaurant is opening in Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T. after a decade without one

The highway is opening Nov. 15, businesses in Tuktoyaktuk are gearing up for an expected influx of people into the community. (Chris Corday/CBC) When visitors start driving to Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T., they will have a place to sit down and eat a warm meal. End of the Road Ltd. has owned an inn and convenience store in the hamlet for nearly three years, but recently expanded into the the food industry. It started offering take-out in July and is now planning a sit-down restaurant — the first to open in the hamlet in a decade, according to the hamlet’s economic...

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