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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Everett Klippert was represented by Western Canada’s first Indigenous lawyer

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s apology to the LGBTQ+ communities has invoked memories of past injustices, particularly the case of Everett George Klippert, who was the only person in Canada ever declared a dangerous sexual offender for homosexuality and sent to prison indefinitely–that is, for life. Klippert’s lawyer appealed his case all the way to the Supreme Court, where he lost again. But the court of public opinion led the government of the day to change the law. Klippert’s 1965-1967 case is often cited as the impetus for PM Pierre Trudeau to declare "The state has no place in the...

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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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