Two communities living in Grand Falls-Windsor came together on Saturday, Nov. 4 to build a friendship bridge. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and Qalipu First Nation Band came together to celebrate both cultures with prayers and passages from the Quran, as well as the Qalipu’s honouring song, drumming circle and travelling song. The event was hosted by Dr. Mohamed Boodhun at the request of Lal Khan Malik, national president of the Ahmadiyya Community, who was travelling across Canada to meet with Indigenous people. “We are a persecuted community and whenever we come to know of another community that is facing...Read More
Day: November 6, 2017
Gareth Hampshire Every day for the past 18 years, Stephanie Harpe has carried an unrelenting anguish from the death of her mother. Ruby Anne McDonald was found dead in an Edmonton apartment building in 1999. Harpe, now 40, has since dedicated herself to honour missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and is set to speak in Edmonton on Tuesday with a team from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. “I am brave. I am strong. I am a healed woman,” Harpe said. Harpe said she will be the first of 58 witnesses who...Read More
‘I’ll never give up’: Mother of man last seen 3 years ago marks anniversary with plea for information
The family of a man who has been missing for three years is marking the anniversary of his disappearance with a community feast and a plea for information. “We want people to bring forward tips or leads … search their minds, and search their hearts for anything that they might possibly know about the disappearance of my son,” said Lydia Daniels, whose son Colten Pratt disappeared Nov. 6, 2014. Pratt was 26 years old when he was last seen leaving the Marlborough Hotel in downtown Winnipeg around 9:30 p.m. He was also possibly spotted at a bus shelter on...Read More
This post was written by Courtenay Lewis, Canada Project Consultant Two Problems, Joint Solution Last week, two new reports shed light on the dangerous consequences of clearcutting Canada’s boreal forest. On Tuesday, Canada’s federal government released a report showing that Canada’s provinces are failing to prevent boreal caribou habitat loss, and that consequently caribou populations are declining. The next day, NRDC published a new report illustrating that boreal forest clearcutting is undermining Canada’s efforts to combat climate change, by adding annual greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of 5.5 million vehicles to the country’s already accounted-for emissions. Rather than...Read More
Ecuador’s Indigenous groups will no longer have to cough up US$1 million on legal fees that Chevron, the oil giant, had earlier claimed from the groups, Ontario’s top court has ruled. The court dismissed Chevron’s claim to legal fees, saying it was a recourse to block the case. “An order for security for costs should only be made where the justness of the case demands it,” the Appeal Court said. “Courts must be vigilant to ensure an order that is designed to be protective in nature is not used as a litigation tactic to prevent a case from being...Read More
#UofTGrad17: Murray Sinclair, chair of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, receives honorary degree
Senator Murray Sinclair, the former chief commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, will be awarded an honorary degree from the University of Toronto today for his outstanding service to Canada as a lifelong advocate for Indigenous people. As the head of the TRC, Sinclair travelled across Canada, participated in hundreds of emotionally charged hearings and gathered oral and written statements and testimonies from approximately 12,000 Indigenous people affected by Canada’s system of Indian residential schools. Many survivors of the schools were speaking about their experience for the first time. “I think Murray Sinclair is probably one of the...Read More
Indigenous Peoples Share Their Histories Ontario is marking the second annual Treaties Recognition Week by honouring the importance of treaties and helping people learn more about treaty rights and treaty relationships. This morning, David Zimmer, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, joined Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick Wedaseh Madahbee in Whitefish River First Nation to attend a Living Library event and the launch of two children’s books on treaties. More than 50 Indigenous speakers, including Elders, knowledge keepers and Indigenous leadership are participating in more than 200 Living Library events across the province this week to share their...Read More
«Northerners’ dreams are dying,» says premier of Canada’s Northwest Territories as he issues «red alert»
By Eilís Quinn/Eye on the Arctic «The promise of the North is fading and the dreams of northerners are dying as we see a re-emergence of colonialism,» Bob McLeod said. «For too long now policies have been imposed on us from Ottawa and southern Canada that, despite good intentions sometimes, and ignorance other times, are threatening our economic potential and the decades-long work that we as a government have taken on Indigenous reconciliation. Whether it be ill-conceived ways of funding social programs, or new and perplexing restrictions on our economic development, our spirit and energy are being sapped.» Last...Read More
Alberta’s child and youth advocate is calling on the provincial government to do more to recognize the symptoms of trauma in the young people it helps following the deaths of three Indigenous teen girls. All three died over a seven-month period in 2015. All had childhoods in which they were exposed to violence, addictions and neglect. Del Graff’s investigative review into their deaths contains two recommendations which both appeal for the government to better understand the effects of early childhood trauma on the developing brain. “Youth who experience trauma can feel hopeless; for these three girls this was displayed...Read More
Aggravated assault charge withdrawn against Brayden Bushby in alleged Thunder Bay trailer hitch throwing
The 18-year-old man now charged in the death of an Indigenous woman in Thunder Bay, Ont., has officially had his original charge of aggravated assault withdrawn. Brayden Bushby was charged with aggravated assault in February after Barbara Kentner, 34, was reportedly struck by a trailer hitch thrown from a passing car. Kentner was hospitalized and subsequently died in July. Agg assault charge against Brayden Bushby officially withdrawn in death of Barb Kentner in #tbay . Bushby charged w/ 2nd degree murder Fri — @CBCMattProkop On Friday, Bushby was charged with second degree murder and released on bail with a...Read More
Veterans were invited to the Remembrance Day ceremony at the Vincent Massey School in Saskatoon on Monday. (Chanss Lagaden/CBC News) A Saskatoon elementary school recognized the contributions of Indigenous veterans by unveiling Treaty 6 and Métis flags at its Remembrance Day ceremony. The Vincent Massey Community School has permanently installed the two flags after a presentation Monday. The Vincent Massey Community School has permanently installed the Métis and Treaty 6 flags alongside the Canadian and Saskatchewan flags at the school. (Chanss Lagaden/CBC News) Onion Lake First Nation Chief Wallace Fox and Métis Nation Saskatchewan Senator Nora Cummings were invited...Read More
Retired hockey player Scott Niedermayer, Ktunaxa Nation Council chair Kathryn Teneese and former NDP leader Adrian Dix present a territorial claim to Jumbo Glacier at a news conference at the B.C. legislature, Nov. 15, 2011. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press) The 20-year battle against a year-round ski resort proposal in the Purcell Mountains has finally ended in defeat for the Ktunaxa Nation and its allies, with a 7-2 decision by the Supreme Court of Canada. Led by Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, whose term has been notable for advancing Indigenous rights, the court ruled that constitutional protection for religious expression does not...Read More
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