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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‘Standing Strong Together’ shares knowledge about indigenous culture, history, residential schools and cultural practices

Continuing on the shared path of reconciliation, the general public is invited to attend a series of four learning sessions during November, focusing on the themes relating to indigenous culture, history, residential schools and celebration. All four North Bay school boards have provided a location for the “Standing Strong Together’ sessions. George Couchie, Nipissing First Nation member and Cultural Teacher explains how the name was chosen. “The name came from some of the elders in our community. The City of North Bay was looking for a name to rename the civic holiday next year and the community actually suggested...

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Sask. Indigenous youth treatment centre helps give graduates a sense of identity

Staff and graduates from Leading Thunderbird Lodge attend a celebration in Fort San, Sask., on Tuesday. The gathering was to recognize the contributions the organization has made to the lives of hundreds of male Indigenous youth over the last 10 years. (Brad Bellegarde/CBC) People filled the gymnasium of Saskatchewan’s Leading Thunderbird Lodge at an emotional event this week to celebrate the facility’s 10 years of helping youth. The Leading Thunderbird Lodge (LTL) is a mental health and addictions treatment facility for Indigenous male youth located in the resort village of Fort San, Sask. Since its opening, the youth treatment...

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Spirit by stitch: How sewing helped a Regina woman’s spiritual journey

 Tanya Sayer is more than a seamstress: the Regina woman started Spirit Wear, a business selling ribbons, skirts and shirts for use in traditional ceremony. “I don’t do this for a name or to get rich, that’s for sure. I do it for the ceremony.” A few years ago, Sayer was just beginning her spiritual journey. She had been an injection drug user and that addiction left her sick in body and spirit. She credited Regina elder Archie Weenie with saving her life by helping her connect with her culture and leading her down a better path. As traditional...

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Indigenous history, culture now mandatory part of Ontario curriculum

Rhiannon Johnson is an Anishnaabe journalist from Hiawatha First Nation in South-Central Ontario. She wants to contribute to turning the page on how Indigenous peoples are covered within Canadian media. Rhiannon is currently completing her master’s degree in journalism at Ryerson University. Ontario will incorporate the contributions, histories, culture and perspectives of Indigenous peoples into a revised curriculum for all students in the province, the education minister announced Wednesday. Mitzie Hunter made the announcement at Milliken Mills High School in Unionville with David Zimmer, Ontario’s Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation. “As part of Ontario’s response to the Truth...

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British Columbians mark war contributions of Indigenous men and women

Veterans and other Vancouverites gathered at Victory Square on Wednesday morning in recognition of the thousands of Indigenous men and women who served in the military. It was one of may National Aboriginal Veterans Day ceremonies that we held across the country and province. Thank you to all Indigenous veterans who served and continue to serve with pride. #CanadaRemembers https://t.co/adCnU1Mo22 — @JustinTrudeau The Government of Canada estimates that 4,000 Indigenous people fought in the First World War and more than 3,000 in the Second World War. Viviane Rose Sandy, one of the people who attended the memorial parade on...

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Opioid overdoses hitting Alberta First Nations disproportionately hard: report

Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT) EDMONTON — A new report says the rising number of opioid overdoses in Alberta is disproportionately affecting Indigenous people, including more deaths and visits to emergency rooms. Alberta Health says Indigenous people have been dying from accidental opioid overdoses at a rate three times higher than non-Aboriginal people. The rate of hospital visits is also greater. Calls to emergency medical responders for opioid-related problems are 12 times higher in Calgary and seven times higher in Edmonton. Associate Health Minister Brandy Payne says the findings show more must be done to help Indigenous people...

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Feds urged to expand Court Challenges Program to cover treaty rights cases

The Liberal government’s failure to extend its Court Challenges Program to pay for Indigenous cases involving treaty rights doesn’t make sense at a time when reconciliation is supposed to be a priority, legal experts say. They say the government should expand the program to include funding for cases under Section 35 of the Constitution, which deals with Aboriginal and treaty rights. Lorena Fontaine, an associate professor of Indigenous studies at the University of Manitoba and a former member of the program’s equality rights panel, said Wednesday she was “floored” when she first learned funding for Section 35 cases had...

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