Day: November 9, 2017

St. Mary’s mural pays tribute to lost loved ones and Indigenous culture

This overpass in St. Mary’s now boasts several vividly painted murals honouring Indigenous history and culture. (Shane Fowler/CBC) A massive mural paying tribute to Indigenous culture and history is nearing completion on St. Mary’s First Nation in New Brunswick. Vividly painted turtles, moose, butterflies and flowers have replaced the dreary grey concrete of an overpass on Fredericton’s northside. "I drew the flower," said April Paul, the artist who spent the last three months creating the towering artwork. "Then after that I just went crazy." Paul can see the mural from her property. She said what is most likely her...

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How author Lynn Gehl reclaimed her Indigenous roots

Lynn Gehl shares her story connecting to Indigenous knowledge in her book, Claiming Anishinaabe: Decolonizing the Human Spirit. (Samantha Moss) grew up distanced from her Algonquin Anishinaabe roots. She had been denied her Indigenous status because of sex-based discrimination in how it can be passed on. After decades-long legal battle, Gehl finally won her case in Ontario’s highest court in April 2017 — only to find out she received a lower level of status. CBC News: Woman wins 32-year fight for Indian status; argued rules were discriminatory But in researching her family history in her fight to get status,...

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Siblings share ‘nightmare’ journey at Edmonton MMIWG inquiry

Nicole Gladue-Weesemat and brother Keanu Gladue prepare to testify at the MMIWG inquiry in Edmonton. (Brandi Morin/CBC) Brandi Morin Brandi Morin, Métis, born and raised in Alberta, possesses a passion for telling Indigenous stories. Based outside Edmonton, Morin has lent her talents to several news organizations, including Indian Country Today Media Network and the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network National News. She is now hard at work striving to tell the stories of Canada’s Indigenous peoples to a broader audience. Siblings Nicole Gladue-Weesemat and Keanu Gladue didn’t make up their minds to testify about their missing mother until the last...

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Wintry weather ahead: OPP tell motorists to prepare for slippery drive

Motorists are bracing themselves for what’s expected to be a wet and wintry commute as the first bout of snowfall is forecast to arrive in the Greater Toronto Area tonight. Environment Canada issued a winter weather travel advisory on Wednesday for a large swath of southern Ontario ahead of snow flurries caused by a late-day dip in temperature. The weather agency is predicting a high of 9 C in Toronto that will fall to around 2 C by the afternoon and drop further to -10 C overnight. When the wind chill is factored in, Thursday night will feel more...

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Brad Wall To Governor General: Congrats On The Job! Also, Don’t Mock Religion

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall told Governor General Julie Payette in a letter that her comments on creationism don’t sit well with many in his province. Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall offered his belated congratulations to Julie Payette on her appointment as Governor General — and then warned her that her recent comments on creationism won’t fly in his province. Wall told the former astronaut in a letter sent Wednesday that while her impressive achievements make her "well qualified" for the position, her remarks at a recent science conference did not "meet the standard" for the role. Today, I sent a...

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