Day: November 8, 2017

RCMP destroyed murdered Indigenous woman’s belongings, brother says

The brother of a murdered Indigenous woman says Alberta RCMP destroyed his sister’s belongings even though nobody had been charged in her death. “It was sitting there and got thrown out with the garbage,” said Paul Tuccaro, who testified Tuesday about the death of his sister Amber at the national inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women in Edmonton. “How does that happen in this day and age?” The inquiry is scheduled to sit for three days in the Alberta capital to hear from family members about their missing loved ones. Amber Tuccaro lived in Fort McMurray, Alta., and...

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Teachers’ Federation raises concerns about Sask. education minister’s comments on Indigenous education

The Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation says it is very concerned about Minister of Education Bronwyn Eyre’s comments regarding treaty education. The education minister is facing criticism for comments she made in a recent speech in the legislature about the province’s curriculum as it relates to Indigenous people. “Education can be a form of reconciliation, and it is our shared duty as citizens to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s calls to action,” the STF said in an emailed statement Tuesday. “We are all treaty people, and treaty education must be a fundamental component of education in Saskatchewan.”...

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An Indigenous soldier’s story: equal on the battlefield, but not at home

Andrea Huncar Every year before Remembrance Day, the late Pte. Albert Noname drycleaned his blazers, shined his black boots and polished up his medals. Then he took his family to parades and ceremonies in Regina, 20 kilometres southwest of his home at the Piapot First Nation reserve. “Everybody was so proud of him, especially on our reserve,” said granddaugher Chantell Burns, who now lives in Edmonton, recalling those childhood memories. “He said ‘I wanted to fight for my country.’ And that’s what he did.” As another Remembrance Day approaches, top of mind are the heroic actions of her beloved...

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Thunder Bay, Ontario students take workshops for Treaties Recognition Week

It’s the second annual Treaties Recognition week in Ontario and students in Thunder Bay are taking advantage of a variety of presentations. The Canadian Roots Exchange, a not-for-profit organization which teaches about Indigenous reconciliation and treaties, ran workshops at Hammarskjold High School Tuesday. “The intended goal of this is to raise awareness so the more kids we get to, the more dinner conversations change, the more awareness that’s raised and you’ll slowly start to see a shift take place,” said Ashley Nurmela, the First Nation, Inuit and Metis liaison officer for Lakehead Public Schools. Devin Peterson and Pamela Angees...

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Feds urged to expand Court Challenges Program in keeping with reconciliation

Legal and constitutional experts are calling on the Liberal government to expand the Court Challenges Program to include funding for Indigenous cases under Section 35 of the Constitution. Groups, including the Canadian Bar Association and the Indigenous Bar Association, have also been advocating for funding under the program to ensure it is consistent with the prime minister’s commitment to implement the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Martha Jackman, a constitutional legal expert based at the University of Ottawa, says the program was expanded under the federal government to include money for cases relating to specific sections of...

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