Day: December 1, 2017

Mi’kmaq Grand Council Grand Chief Ben Sylliboy dies at age 76

Mi’kmaq Grand Council Grand Chief Ben Sylliboy speaks during a Treaty Day ceremony in Halifax in this 2009 photo. Sylliboy, the spiritual leader and head of state of the Mi’kmaq nation, died Thursday at age 76. SUBMITTED PHOTO SYDNEY, N.S. — The Mi’kmaq nation in Cape Breton and beyond is in mourning following the death of its spiritual leader and head of state. Mi’kmaq Grand Council Grand Chief Ben Sylliboy of Waycobah First Nation died Thursday afternoon at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital with his family and friends by his side. He was 76. Waycobah Chief Rod Googoo called...

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Families share more stories of loss, violence and discrimination as MMIWG hearing continues

A fourth day of Quebec hearings into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG) is underway today, after harrowing testimony about the abuse of power and sexual assault of Innu women and girls by a once-respected Catholic priest. The community of Mani-Utenam, near Sept-Îles, will be welcoming families that have travelled from across the Innu territory to share their stories with commissioners on the first Quebec stop of this Canada-wide inquiry. Witnesses from Uashat, Nutashkuan and Ekuanitshit, Innu communities along the St. Lawrence River, are expected to speak on Thursday, on topics that range from disappearances, to domestic...

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Canadian Zinc hopes to start production at Prairie Creek mine in 2020

The Prairie Creek mine may be brought into production in 2020. The Canadian Zinc Corporation believes production could start at Prairie Creek Mine by August 2020. This is according to results of a feasibility study commissioned by the company, which was released Oct. 31. The study, put together by mining consulting firm AMC Mining Consultants, estimates the Prairie Creek mine could pull in $1.2 billion over its 15-year mine life and create 330 full-time jobs in the Dehcho region. All of this is dependant on two major things, according to Alan Taylor, chief operating officer of Canadian Zinc. The...

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Ending gender-based violence: Lakehead Public Schools gets boys talking

Nathaniel Moses (left) is the cultural resources coordinator at the Thunder Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre. Along with Marco Pasinelli (right), who runs the Kizhaay Anishinaabe Niin domestic assault intervention program at the centre, the two presented a workshop to boys in grades seven to 10 with Lakehead Public Schools and the meaning of being a kind man. (Cathy Alex/CBC) Boys in grades seven to 10 in Thunder Bay, Ont., are talking about what it means to be a kind man and how that can help them work towards ending violence against women and girls. The male student leaders were...

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Final day of first round of MMIWG hearings in Quebec underway

Friday marks the fifth and final day of what has been a week of harrowing and heart-wrenching stories at the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. The first round of hearings in the province have been taking place in the Quebec Innu community of Uashat mak Mani-Utenam, near Sept-Îles, 900 kilometres northeast of Montreal. Families from the Naskapi First Nation of Kawawachikamach will be closing this week of testimonies. And four women from the community, near Schefferville, Que., 525 kilometres north of Sept-Îles, will speak to commissioners before the inquiry heads to Thunder Bay on Monday....

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Edmonton daycare aims to teach cultural acceptance to children

Anastasia Hennigar’s two-year-old daughter in the toddler’s play room at the downtown Edmonton daycare. (Anna Desmarais/CBC) Anastasia Hennigar is studying to become a hospital unit clerk at NorQuest College while her two-year-old daughter is learning about different cultures at a daycare downstairs. Inside the playroom are cultural symbols from around the world. In one corner, Indigenous drums line a bookshelf, waiting to be played. Rugs from all four corners of the globe line the floor. In a basket near the door is an assortment of dolls of every shape, size and colour. Dolls of all shapes, colours and dresses...

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Giant Tiger suspends employee after Indigenous man followed at Regina store

A Facebook video that went viral this weekend shows the man walking around the store gathering groceries while a loss-prevention employee follows him. Excerpts from a video posted on Facebook recorded by a man shopping at Giant Tiger while being followed by a loss prevention employee. REGINA—Giant Tiger says an employee has been suspended after a video circulated on social media showing a man being followed around one of the store’s Regina locations. The video, which was posted to Facebook on Friday, has been viewed more than 225,000 times and has left commenters accusing the employee of racial profiling....

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Gatineau police brushed aside concerns over missing Inuk teen, mother says

A Carleton University professor has filed a complaint alleging a Gatineau police officer assaulted her after she questioned him about what was being done to find her friend’s daughter. (Jean Delisle/CBC) A mother of a 16-year-old Inuk teenager who was reported missing on Monday says Gatineau police were callous and brushed aside concerns that her missing daughter was in more danger because she’s Indigenous. The woman, who lives in Gatineau, can’t be named because her daughter is in foster care. The foster family reported the teen missing to police Monday night around 10 p.m., after last seeing her early...

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Flu virus hits 3 communities in Nunavut, will spread fast, says health department

Three communities in Nunavut have confirmed active cases of the flu virus. Officials are warning that it may spread quickly to other communities, and for Nunavummiut to take precautions. (CBC) Three communities in Nunavut have confirmed cases of the flu, and it’s not going to take long before it spreads to all the territory’s communities, according to the health department. Iqaluit, Hall Beach and Pond Inlet have confirmed active cases of the influenza virus, says a news release from the Department of Health. None of the cases were serious or life-threatening, according to the department. It’s "expected to spread...

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Supreme Court to rule on Peel watershed dispute between First Nations, Yukon government

An independent commission came up with a recommended land use plan for Yukon’s pristine Peel watershed region in 2011. The territorial government then came up with its own plan, which would have opened more of the region to development. First Nations and environmental groups cried foul. (Ellen Woodley) The country’s highest court will deliver a ruling on Friday that’s focused on a land use plan in northern Yukon, but could have far-reaching implications for how modern First Nations treaties are interpreted elsewhere in Canada. The Supreme Court of Canada ruling will bring an end to a five-year legal battle...

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Remembering the women of École Polytechnique

The plaque on the exterior wall of École Polytechnique commemorating the victims of the massacre. / Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. McGill will commemorate the École Polytechnique massacre at the Université de Montreal, in which 14 women were murdered on Dec. 6, 1989, and another 14 injured. McGill’s flags will be set at half staff on Wednesday, Dec. 6 , and a memorial service will be held at Birks Chapel (3520 University Street, 2nd floor) beginning at 5 p.m. There will also be musical and spoken word poetry performances, and dinner will be provided to all those who attend....

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More than 100 mayors oppose nuclear waste storage plan

Protesting a proposed nuclear waste dump site on Lake Huron on Aug. 16, 2015. (Andrew Jowett / The Times Herald via AP) TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — More than 100 mayors and other municipal officials have urged Canada’s environment minister not to allow burial of nuclear waste near Lake Huron. Ontario Power Generation wants to permanently store low- and intermediate-level waste from nuclear plants in a rock chamber 2,230 feet underground. The proposed site is at the Bruce Power Generating Station near Kincardine, Ontario. The company says there’s virtually no chance of the waste reaching the lake. But many officials...

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