Day: December 3, 2017

The GOP Tax Bill Could Forever Alter Alaska’s Indigenous Communities

Inupiat subsistence hunters carve and divide a bowhead whale near Barrow, Alaska. When Bernadette Demientieff was in high school, she gave up her heritage. Demientieff is a member of the Gwich’in, an indigenous tribe of roughly 9,000 people that spans north-central Alaska and northern Canada. “The ways of living in this world that are being pushed on our people” got to her, she told me. She moved south to Fairbanks, Alaska, and grew disconnected from her people and their land. She had kids. She grew up. And then, one day in 2014, something called to her, she says. She...

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Giant Tiger worker fired for following Indigenous customer

Giant Tiger says a loss prevention employee who appears in a video to follow an Indigenous man around a store no longer works for the company. The company had earlier said the worker was suspended while it investigated the circumstances of the video, which was recorded last week in Regina by Ezekial Bigknife. Bigknife says the same employee has followed him every time he goes grocery shopping there. READ MORE: Giant Tiger employee suspended in Regina amid racial profiling allegations A news release from Giant Tiger says the company is undergoing a “rigorous internal review” of its loss prevention...

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If Québec Solidaire and Option Nationale merge, the stakes may be higher than you think

Québec Solidaire MNA Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, left, with Option nationale leader Sol Zanetti in October. QS delegates will vote on the merger this weekend. (The Canadian Press/Jacques Boissinot) It would be a union of the small with the microscopic, but should Québec Solidaire and Option Nationale proceed with their proposed merger, it would alter the political environment for two increasingly rare species in Quebec: sovereignists and progressives. On Saturday, Québec Solidaire riding delegates will vote on whether to approve a proposal that would see it absorb Option Nationale, whose members will vote, in turn, later this month. ​On the surface,...

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Quebec judge stays controversial face-cover law Bill 62

Open this photo in gallery: Protesters opposing Bill 62 and racism march during a demonstration in Montreal on Nov. 12, 2017. A judge has suspended Quebec’s requirement that people show their faces to obtain public services, dealing the province’s controversial "religious neutrality" law its first legal setback. The Superior Court ruling on Friday means that, for now, people in Quebec who wear the Muslim niqab or burka can continue accessing services such as taking the bus or borrowing a library book without showing their faces. Since the adoption of Bill 62 by the Quebec National Assembly in October, it...

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Unifor and CN Rail donate 250,000 to First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada

"Unifor is proud to support the Caring Society in their work to empower Indigenous children, youth and families," said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. "Supporting initiatives like the Caring Society’s Spirit Bear education program as well as other worthy organizations that are working to improve our society is why the Canadian Community Fund was created." Unifor represents approximately 6,000 CN employees. The donation, presented today at Unifor’s Ontario Regional Council in Toronto, comes from the Canadian Community Fund which is jointly run by Unifor and CN Rail to support programs with a focus on women and aboriginal causes. "CN...

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Feds to spend millions to reverse low take up rates for low-income benefits

The Canadian flag flies on Parliament Hill ahead of the speech from the throne in Ottawa, Friday Dec. 4, 2015. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press) OTTAWA — The Liberals are looking beyond the bureaucracy to figure out how to spend more than $1 billion in uncollected benefits meant to help low-income families save for their children’s post-secondary education. Federal officials have tried for years, with only limited success, to boost take-up of the Canada Learning Bond, which gives up to $2,000 to a registered education savings plan (RESP) for eligible children. An estimated 1.8 million children don’t receive the benefit...

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Saskatoon girls peewee hockey team plans to take Ottawa tourney by ‘Storm’

The girls peewee hockey team Saskatoon Comet Storm won a Canada 150 contest to play in a tournament in Ottawa later this month. (Saskatoon PeeWee Comet Storm/YouTube) A group of preteen girls from Saskatoon plan to ‘storm’ the capital city of Canada, in the spirit of reconciliation. The Comet Storm hockey team, a girls peewee team made up of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous players, has been chosen as one of the two teams to represent Saskatchewan at Ottawa’s Hockey on the Hill tournament later this month. Player Samariah Strongarm, 11, is a member of Kawacatoose First Nation in Saskatchewan....

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With public housing at a premium in Nunavut, family moves into cabin to move up the waitlist

Ellie Mala and her young son, Ryerson. Mala chose to move into a small cabin outside of town to better her chances of receiving public housing in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. (Submitted by Ellie Mala) As the federal government moves ahead on a $40 billion, 10-year housing strategy, a Nunavut woman is bringing attention to the dire housing situation in the territory by detailing the lengths her family went to, to obtain a home of their own. For the past 23 years, Ellie Mala has lived — on and off — in the Nunavut community of Cambridge Bay. As with...

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[The Sexuality Blog] Canada apologizes for centuries of discrimination against indigenous LGBT persons

The government of Canada is showing the world that it is not enough to simply accept LGBT people and give them rights in 2017, if the world is not going to acknowledge the systematic torture, ostracization and discrimination that led to them needing such stringent protection of their rights in the first place. After several months of discussion with the country’s LGBT communities, the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (who has proven himself time and again an ally of minorities) offered an official apology to the indigenous community in Canada, especially for the exclusion and ostracization LGBT people suffered during...

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Canadian swimmer at the second attempt crossed the Strait of Magellan

Swimmer Madhu Nagaraja, won in 2004 the English channel in 2008 in Maui, and in 2012 set a record, having 41.3 km swim in lake Ontario in 24 hours and 29 minutes, made another athletic feat. This time he overcame a small but terribly dangerous area of the ocean – the Strait of Magellan, which separates the archipelago of Tierra del Fuego and mainland South America. Not all ships run the risk of passing through this Strait and for swimmers it is deadly: there are strong winds, cold water and high waves can easily destroy daredevil. Nagaraja, 47-year-old computer...

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Giant Tiger employee fired after Indigenous man followed in store

The Giant Tiger employee who appeared to be following an Indigenous man around a Regina store is no longer employed by the discount retail chain. Video of the incident was posted to Facebook by Maxine Stephanie Goforth , who said her youngest son, Ezekial Bigknife, was the victim of “racial profiling and harassment.” The clip has been viewed over 500,000 times since it was uploaded on Friday. The Ottawa-headquartered discount retailer said in a news release on Monday that the employee is no longer with the company, after initially issuing a temporary suspension. A still from a video recorded...

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Not a death sentence: Edmonton HIV survivor becomes advocate

Ann Favel, on stage with Indigenous activist Lewis Cardinal, shared her story in September during the 2017 AIDS Walk in Edmonton. (HIV Edmonton) Ann Favel was blindsided the day she was pulled from her jail cell and told that she had HIV. The diagnosis came after a regular medical check-up conducted a few weeks earlier. "They came and got me from my cell and took me to a little room, and disclosed to me that I was HIV positive," said Favel. "And then they put me back into my cell." In and out of prison for years, she thought...

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