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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Racist flyers found in Burnaby

An anti-Semitic poster circulated at the University of Victoria is raising serious concerns about white supremacy groups on campus. Photo credit: B’Nai Brith Canada. [PNG Merlin Archive] B’Nai Brith Canada., PNG More white supremacist flyers have been circulating in B.C, this time in Burnaby. A photo of a flyer advertising a white supremacist website was posted on Twitter Thursday. Twitter user @ leacohodas says she saw the poster outside the Bob Prittie library in Metrotown. In a statement, the library’s chief librarian Deb Thomas said two posters reflecting white supremacist views were found glued to the main east entrance...

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Census shows more accepting Indigenous roots

FILE PHOTO – Cheryl WhiskeyJack, executive-director of the Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society, said a major reason more people are identifying as Indigenous is because society is increasingly accepting that "Indigenous people come in all shapes and sizes and colours." Halloween is long gone, but Cheryl Whiskeyjack still chuckles about how her seven-year-old niece described her costume. “She said, ‘I’m a ladybug — no, a First Nations ladybug!’ ” Whiskeyjack said. “She is not eligible to be registered as an Indian, but she is. It is a gift we have given her.” Centuries of policies have complicated the way...

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

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada Jody Wilson-Raybould responds during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017. 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 in the spirit of reconciliation. – Justin Tang,The Canadian Press OTTAWA — 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...

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Edmonton mayor urges Eskimos to move quickly on name change

The storied Edmonton Eskimos franchise has been under increasing pressure to change the team’s name. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press) If the Edmonton Eskimos don’t rename the team before next season, the 2018 Grey Cup could be tarnished by racially-charged controversy, says Mayor Don Iveson. "This conversation is not going to go away," Iveson said in an interview with CBC Radio’s Edmonton AM on Thursday. "With the Grey Cup coming here next fall, it’s going to be difficult to imagine that conversation not coming back in an even more significant way over the next year. "I worry that what would otherwise...

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Proposed bill to end sex-based discrimination in Indian Act a long time coming: FSIN chief

FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron said the process has been frustrating. (CBC) The chief of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations says in the time of reconciliation and other "fine and dandy words," a federal bill amendment that would make it easier for Indigenous women to pass their status on to their children is a long time coming. "We’ve been stating this for many, many decades. Past leaders have stated the same thing. Past chiefs have died stating the same thing," said Bobby Cameron. Last year, the federal government agreed to address sex-based discrimination that exists within the Indian Act....

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Experts focus on ways to save endangered North Atlantic right whales

Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc will be in Moncton on Thursday to discuss how to protect North Atlantic right whales in Gulf of St. Lawrence. (CBC) Federal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc is bringing together experts in Moncton today in an effort to figure out new ways to protect North Atlantic right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. LeBlanc will be meeting with representatives from the fishing and marine transport industries, First Nations leaders from Eastern Canada, scientists and other officials. The federal fisheries minister will be speaking about the whale deaths at 12:45 p.m. AT and will take questions...

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‘A disaster in slow-mo’: See how vulnerable Vancouver, Halifax and other areas are to rising seas

A gif of screenshots from the Surging Seas interactive maps from Climate Central OTTAWA — From the slow-paced, tree-lined streets of downtown Charlottetown to the modern, western architecture of metro Vancouver, Canada’s urban waterfronts are a beacon for condo developers, tourists and everyone in between. But even in best-case scenarios for global warming, a new series of interactive maps that illustrate the impact of rising sea levels suggest Canada is facing a mind-boggling challenge to keep such popular and often historic neighbourhoods from becoming lost at sea. John Clague, an earth sciences professor at Simon Fraser University in British...

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