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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The Spectator’s View: Sexual minorities deserved apology

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau receives applause during a formal apology to individuals harmed by federal legislation, policies and practices that led to the oppression of and discrimination against LGBTQ people in Canada. – Adrian Wyld,The Canadian Press There is nothing the Government of Canada can ever do to make up for the decades it systematically persecuted sexual minorities who worked loyally for it and this country. No act or actions, no matter how well-intended, will at this late date heal the wounds inflicted by Ottawa’s cruel purge of the public service, military, RCMP and intelligence agencies of thousands of...

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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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