Day: November 7, 2017

Student-built wigwam a central piece of Mount Stewart Consolidated

A wigwam at Mount Stewart Consolidated School has become a popular and central place for students to learn, talk and reflect. Junior Peter-Paul, of Abegweit First Nation, showed and helped students build the wigwam earlier this fall as part of a Canada 150 project and it’s been a central piece to the school grounds ever since. ‘We want people to see who we are’: Mi’kmaq Confederacy of P.E.I. opens doors for awareness week “It was just like me the first time I started building it,” Peter-Paul said. “They did pretty good, they were really hands on.” Junior Peter-Paul says...

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Police, shelter welcome new powers to track missing women

Ottawa police, along with at least one Indigenous organization in the capital, are welcoming a new bill they say will make it easier to locate missing women. Bill 175, known as the Safer Ontario Act , was introduced last week. If passed, it would enact the Missing Persons Act, which the provincial government says fulfills a commitment it made in February 2016 to end violence against Indigenous women. The act would make it easier for police to obtain cellphone and credit card records of missing women, even without evidence that a crime has been committed. Those expanded powers were...

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Alberta street gangs recruit with false promises, new study concludes

Dispelling the myth that gang life promises money, status and respect is the best way to help Alberta youth escape criminal lifestyles, according to a new survey of street gangsters. University of Alberta sociologist Jana Grekul led a research team that interviewed 175 current and former gang members in correctional centres across the province. Grekul wanted to know if Alberta prisons are “breeding grounds” for gang recruitment, and how some members managed to escape criminal life. More than two-thirds of the study participants were involved in gangs before they were incarcerated. “There’s a promise of all good things, a...

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1 in 5 adults in Cree Nation live with diabetes

 On the surface, there is very little in common between 59-year-old Maggie Etapp and 23-year-old Jonathan Linton. Linton is a snowmobile racer and former star hockey player; while Etapp, a grandmother of seven, is a residential school survivor who likes spending time at her camp. But Etapp and Linton do have something in common: along with one in five adults in the Cree Nation, they are both living with diabetes. Their stories, along with 25 others, are part of The Sweet Bloods of Eeyou Istchee: Stories of Diabetes and the James Bay Cree , a new collection put together...

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Divided opinion among Dene leaders on cannabis legalization

The Trudeau government’s implementation of legalized marijuana has sparked debate between Dene leaders who support the law and those opposed to cannabis in their communities. Some Dene leaders spoke to CBC after the recent Dene leadership meeting in Dettah. Peter Marcellais, Chief of Nahanni Butte, tells CBC that he wants the Northwest Territories to embrace legalization instead of fighting the federal government on something that is inevitable anyway. “There’s no way you’re going to stop that so legalize it.” said Chief Marcellais. Peter Marcellais, Chief of Nahanni Butte, says territory should work closely with federal government on cannabis legalization....

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Victim’s brother questions police responses to MMIWG cases during hearings in Edmonton

Paul Tuccaro shakes the hand of Marion Buller, chief commissioner of the MMIWG National Inquiry, after speaking at the Edmonton hearings Tuesday. Stopping to gather himself and wipe away tears, Paul Tuccaro shared stories about his sister’s laugh and how she loved to play music for his children. Tuccaro was the first person to speak Tuesday to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Women and Girls, which is holding its community hearings in Edmonton this week. “My kids really loved her,” Tuccaro told the commissioners. Tuccaro, from Fort Chipewyan, Alta., has devoted himself to helping find the killer...

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First Inuk surgeon, National Gallery curator, CEO honoured with Indspire awards

Donna May Kimmaliardjuk was about to perform heart surgery when she received a phone call informing her she was among 14 Indspire Award winners. On the other end of the line was Roberta Jaimeson, the president of Indspire, and Kimmaliardjuk, 28, said the conversation lifted her spirits. “It was just this beautiful conversation,” said Kimmaliardjuk. “I remember having my heart racing and goosebumps as she was talking to me. I just felt very, very honoured, very humbled … But it was short-lived, I had the phone call and then I was like, OK, back to work.” Kimmaliardjuk will receive...

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Liberal government concedes to Senate on sex-based discrimination in Indian Act

OTTAWA — As it tries to stave off a legislative crisis, the Trudeau government is caving in to Senate demands that an Indian Act update do more to eliminate sex-based discrimination in status registration. A motion from the Liberals’ representative in the Senate Wednesday afternoon attempts to prevent deadlock between the two houses of parliament before a court-imposed deadline this December. The government is proposing changes that it says would eliminate all sex-based discrimination and go into effect after consultations early next year. Since the Liberals introduced Bill S-3 in 2016, senators and Indigenous advocates have been urging the...

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2 suspects make off with $30K polar bear skin from Inuvik hotel

 Inuvik RCMP are looking to identify two suspects in the theft of a polar bear skin from a local hotel, worth an estimated $30,000. In a news release, RCMP say the large wall hanging was stolen in the early morning hours of Nov. 6. “The staff at the hotel observed two males fleeing from the hotel with the polar bear skin,” the statement says. One of the suspects was reportedly wearing a blue coat and brown hat. The polar bear skin is approximately eight feet by five feet and “is a professional mount including the head and feet.” RCMP...

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Federal government promising to remove sexism from Indian Act after Senate’s insistence

Open this photo in gallery: Senator Peter Harder waits in the Senate lobby in Ottawa on November 15, 2016. The federal government has opted to change course on its proposed legislation designed to end sex-based discrimination in the Indian Act. The federal government is promising to remove the last vestiges of sexism from the Indian Act that, for more than a century, have made it easier for men than for women to pass their status to their descendants. It is a change that comes at the insistence of senators who refused to pass a bill allowing the discrimination to...

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Indigenous businesswomen offer each other helping hands

Victoria LaBillois founded an excavation contracting company and is a partner in a construction company. She says starting a business presents challenges but the hard work pays off. (Pierre Fournier/CBC News) Victoria LaBillois has been blazing entrepreneurial trails since 2011. The businesswoman from the Listuguj First Nation started Wejipeg Excavation Inc. and is a partner in Wejuseg Construction. She says there were many challenges in the early days. “First was access to capital — finding the resources — and secondly, I think just being taken seriously,” LaBillois said Tuesday in Moncton, “Working in a construction company as an Indigenous...

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Opposition MPs want Privy Council officials to testify on MMIWG inquiry delays

Conservative MP Arnold Viersen tabled a notice of motion at the Indigenous affairs committee to call Privy Council officials to testify about delays to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. (House of Commons video screengrab) Opposition MPs want officials from the Privy Council Office to appear before the Commons Indigenous affairs committee to answer questions on whether they are responsible for the slow and halting start to National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. In an interim report released last week, the MMIWG inquiry commissioners said rigid federal rules and bureaucratic...

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