Day: November 13, 2017

‘Woefully inaccurate’ Inuit population data overwhelming local agencies

Dr. Deborah Caddigan, left, is a physicians at the Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team, a clinic catering specifically to Ottawa’s Inuit community. (CBC) Inaccurate census data about the size of Ottawa’s Inuit community is leading to inadequate funding for the health and social services designed to help it, the agencies that provide those services say. According to the latest numbers available from Statistics Canada, Ottawa has the largest Inuit population outside of the North , enumerated at 1,280 in 2016. But agencies that provide services to the community estimate the Inuit population in the capital is at least 3,700,...

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Inuk miner reaches top of his field, operating massive machine at Nunavut gold mine

 It was humble beginnings for Gabriel Ulayok, who started off working as a haul truck driver at a Nunavut gold mine. But after six years and more than 10,000 hours of training, Ulayok has reached the top of his field, now qualified to operate one of the largest excavator machines in the global mining world — the RH 120. “If I can go under this [machine], I would be still standing,” said 36-year-old Ulayok, the first Inuk miner to operate the massive machine at the Meadowbank gold mine, about 110 kilometres north of Baker Lake, Nunavut. At about eight...

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Ontario knew about mercury contamination near Grassy Narrows in 1990: report

A new report shows the Ontario government knew nearly 30 years ago that a mill site upstream from Grassy Narrows First Nation was contaminated with mercury. “There’s a continued liability on the province,” Grassy Narrows chief Simon Fobister said. “They said it’s going to clear itself up, but they never informed us that there’s still mercury in the soil and they were aware of it.” “We’ll consider all our options right now, whether it’s political or legal.” The confidential report was done by True Grit Consulting in 2016; the firm was tasked with determining whether mercury is still leaching...

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Indigenous youth, RCMP team up for annual leadership workshop

RCMP Const. Chris Whynot (right) and 17-year-old Jacob Klengenberg (left) hail from the Northwest Territories. (Submittied/RCMP) As far back as 17-year-old Jacob Klengenberg can remember, there’s always been a Mountie dressed in a red serge in his home of Ulukhaktok, N.W.T. “Every single officer in my community that has been there so far were really really nice to everyone in the community,” he said, adding they are all heavily involved in activities. “They’re just really good role models.” Klengenberg now aspires to be a Mountie and last week, he had the chance to work for change in his community...

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B.C. grapples with fate of Site C dam as ministers head north for consultations

The New Democrats promised to decide Site C’s fate by the end of the year after a review by the B.C. Utilities Commission, the province’s independent energy regulator, concluded the dam is over budget and behind schedule. Construction work on the $8.3-billion project began near Fort St. John in the northeastern part of the province more than two years ago. The heat is on, said Premier John Horgan, who is sending his ministers of Indigenous relations and energy to the region for consultations with First Nations and community representatives this week. Horgan said he will continue to crunch numbers...

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‘It’s a common story… It’s all for freedom that the people served willingly and voluntarily’

Indigenous people have been an important part of Canada’s Armed Forces since the time of the First World War and one Saskatchewan First Nation has now compiled its veterans’ stories in a book. The Kahkewistahaw First Nation, located approximately 150 kilometres east of Regina, has nearly 30 members who have served with the Canadian Armed Forces. “History needs to be written down, it needs to be told,” said Evan Taypotat, chief of the Kahkewistahaw First Nation, in an interview with CBC Saskatchewan’s Morning Edition. “I believe right now there’s a lot of younger people in our reserve that have...

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LETTER: It is morally wrong to continue with Site C Dam project

 Dear editor, The following is an open letter to Premier Horgan and Minister Mungall: Please stop the Site C dam project. It is morally wrong to continue with a project that supports the increase of greenhouse gases when our planet is experiencing increasing global warming. The former CEO of BC Hydro has said that, “There never was a business case for…Site C, and there is not a business case to support its continuation or postponement.” The BC Utilities Commission report confirms the project will far exceed the current budget. British Columbian taxpayers for many generations should not have to...

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Justin Trudeau seeks guidance from Jacinda Ardern on ‘indigenous issues’

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau plans to ask Jacinda Ardern about indigenous issues when the pair meet for a one-on-one at a summit for ASEAN leaders in the Philippines. He said the New Zealand and Canadian governments share common values on climate change, feminist foreign policy and progressive trade. “We’ve had many conversations already over the past few days, but this is an opportunity to really dig into the bilateral relationship [and] talk about a number of things we have shared values on,” Mr Trudeau said. “Whether it’s a progressive trade agenda, whether it’s looking at climate change, whether...

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“150 for Whom?” tackles anti-racism on Canada’s sesquicentennial

Canada’s sesquicentennial anniversary, while widely celebrated, has also raised critical discussion regarding what it means to celebrate the past 150 years as seen through the lens of colonialism. On November 11, the Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies hosted a workshop and symposium event titled “150 for Whom, Canada? Colonialism and Indigeneity across Lands” at U of T’s Ontario Institute of Studies in Education. The event included a panel discussion featuring Sandra Hudson, former University of Toronto Students’ Union (UTSU) Executive Director and co-founder of Black Lives Matter – Toronto; Coty Zachariah, current National Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of...

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Source of Truth: Indigenous Leaders Gathered at Banff for Dialogue

Sacred Buffalo Guardian Mountain is the name ceremonially granted in 2017 to the small mountain in the Banff townsite. Its previous name recalled a surveyor’s mistaken decision to put a tunnel through the small hill. Bill Snow is on the board of the Banff Centre, which hosted the first Indigenous Leaders’ Dialogue last weekend as part of the annual Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival. He helped choose the more appropriate name, and hopes Alberta and Ottawa will accept it soon. The Centre has included Indigenous programming since the 1990s and in 2004 it appointed educator Robert Breaker as...

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Ontario provincial park closed after indigenous men who say it’s ‘rightfully theirs’ threaten to occupy it

Pinery provincial park is known for its great beach and sand dunes. Pinery Provincial Park along the eastern shore of Lake Huron has been closed to the public “until further notice” due to a threatened occupation. The park issued a statement Thursday saying the decision was made after “a few individuals” informed the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry of their intention to occupy the park. Hubert George, who lives at Kettle and Stony Point First Nation, says he and Maynard T. George delivered a “notice of repossession and trespass” to the park earlier this week, and set up...

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Canadian Arctic road finally completed from Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk

Tuktoyaktuk – Finally there is an all-weather gravel road from the hamlet or small town of Tuktoyaktuk on the Arctic coast of the Canadian Northwest Territories to the town of Inuvik to the south. This is Canada’s first permanent link to its Arctic coast. The old ice road is replaced For many years the Tuktoyaktuk Winter Road, an ice road connected Inuvik with Tuktoyaktuk across the frozen MacKenzie River delta channels, and the frozen Arctic Ocean. The ice road was permanently closed on the 29th of April 2107 to be replaced this year by the new highway. The new...

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