Day: December 4, 2017

B.C. author hopes to brighten Indigenous narratives

Campbell’s new book, A Day with Yayah, recounts a childhood memory of her aunt Ethel. (Nicola Campbell / Facebook) A long-time children’s author says its time for First Nation’s stories to focus on empowerment, rather than tragedy. "We need to show the other stories that are happening, we need to show ourselves as empowered, we need to break that trail," said Nicola Campbell, a B.C. author who is half Métis and half Interior Salish. When Campbell was growing up, she read the books of her prolific aunt, writer Maria Campbell. Two of the stories she read, Halfbreed and Little...

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Missing Garden Hill First Nation teen found dead kilometres from community

Treasure Harper, 17, was found dead Saturday after being found outside about 16 kilometres northwest of Garden Hill First Nation. (Facebook) The chief of Garden Hill First Nation says a missing teen has been found dead, about 16 kilometres northwest of her community. Dino Flett confirmed Sunday that Treasure Harper, 17, was found dead after volunteer searchers scoured the countryside after she went missing several days ago. "The family and community are in total shock of the tragedy," said Flett. Posts on social media from searchers show a map where Harper’s body was found. As searchers grew nearer, they...

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Round dance aims to build trust, understanding between First Nations and police

Calgary Police Headquarters was pulsing Saturday afternoon with the rhythms of First Nations drumming. The Calgary Police Service round dance is a cultural celebration to help build trust, understanding and relationships between police officers and the Indigenous community. This is the fifth year the event has been held. For Constable Cindy Provost, a 20-year member with the Calgary Police Service and the event’s host, the round dance was a moving experience. "This celebration really brings tears to my eyes. I’m so humbled and so grateful for the opportunity to share the best parts of my Blackfoot culture, our Indigenous...

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Trudeau’s heartfelt apology to LGBTQ2 community welcomed

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s heartfelt, formal apology in the House of Commons on Tuesday to LGBTQ2 Canadians caused Jaime Watt to be moved to tears, he writes. Formal apologies issued by political leaders are as controversial as they are challenging to get right. To many, these apologies seem like political tools, cynically used to garner or retain votes in certain communities. Others see them as a way for the government, at no cost, to show it is acting on an issue. After all, apologies are cheaper than programs. But for many of those on the receiving end, an apology...

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Montague high school students learn about Mi’kmaq culture through craft

Students used dyed porcupine quills to stitch through pieces of birch bark to create an eight-point Mi’kmaq star. (Sarah MacMillan/CBC) Students at Montague Regional High School are learning about Mi’kmaq culture through craft, as part of an effort to work toward reconciliation. On Friday, about 45 students in grades 10, 11 and 12 had a special workshop where they got to try their hand a Mi’kmaq porcupine quill art. "I think it’s really neat and really awesome that we get to try something new other than drawing a picture or painting," said Grade 12 student Jessica Perry. The project...

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From different pasts to a common future

By Wendy Wang and Heran Zhao For The Chronicle-Journal THE Regional Multicultural Youth Council (RMYC) is an inclusive student-led group for children and youth in Northwestern Ontario. Since being formed in 1985 as a legacy of the International Youth Year, the council has provided a collective voice for youths, and organized initiatives to keep them safe, help them to stay in school and achieve their goals. Guided by the Canadian Multicultural Act unanimously passed by Parliament in 1988, the RMYC has adopted our national values of diversity, equality and respect. Unfortunately racism and discrimination exist and prevent racialized, minority and Indigenous groups from having equal opportunities, equal access, and equal participation in Canadian society. Most racism is a reflection of ignorance, fear of the unknown and intolerance. It is easy to stereotype groups that are different and marginalize them, thereby fostering a false sense of superiority to justify power, influence and control. The RMYC is part of the City of Thunder Bay’s Anti-racism and Respect Advisory Committee and Diversity Thunder Bay – a coalition of community groups and individuals working together to promote acceptance and eliminate racism and discrimination. We organize events such as the community breakfast to commemorate March 21, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. This was designated by the United Nations in 1966 to commemorate the Sharpville Massacre in South Africa when unarmed...

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Trudeau names two new Senators, including Canada’s first female Indigenous dentist

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has appointed two new Independent Senators to the Upper Chamber. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press) Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has named two new Independent Senators to sit in the Upper Chamber. Mary Coyle will sit for Nova Scotia and Mary Jane McCallum will represent Manitoba. McCallum, who is of Cree descent and a survivor of the Indian residential school system, is believed to be the first female Indigenous dentist accredited in Canada. She has worked throughout Manitoba’s north and still runs a practice on Opaskwayak Cree Nation near The Pas. In addition to her private practice, McCallum...

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Chippewas of the Thames pitch off-grid experience to tourists

Myeengun Henry, Chief of the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, wants to build a sustainable living project and tourism community on the reserve. Chippewas of the Thames First Nation Chief Myeengun Henry knows his reserve isn’t on the radar of most tourists. But he wants to change that. Henry hopes that by summer tourists will visit a plot of land being developed on the reserve and stay in off-grid tiny houses made from mostly salvaged materials. He’ll also be on the two hectare property, living in an Earthship home, complete with solar heating, built using recycled materials. "Because...

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The Mi’kmaq Honour Song’s journey from a sweat lodge to the classroom

Mi’kmaq drums were distributed to all Nova Scotia elementary school classrooms so students can learn the Honour Song. (Communications Nova Scotia) Emma Smith is a web writer and radio producer from B.C. who fell in love with the East Coast. She’s interested in reporting on rural communities and Indigenous issues. Songwriter George Paul pinpoints the origin of his most well-known spiritual song to a gathering of Indigenous communities back in 1980. He was in Regina, Sask, watching representatives from different First Nations singing and dancing when it struck him that the Mi’kmaq didn’t have a song. That longing for...

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Indigenous elders teach students, community about sweat lodge ceremony

Pasqua First Nation elder Lindsay Cyr says a sweat is about healing and prayer. (CBC News) On Sunday, elders came together with students and community members to take part in a traditional ceremony — a chance for people to learn about Indigenous spirituality. "The ceremony that we’re going through right now is a prayer ceremony where we have a pipe ceremony, we do the pipe ceremony, then we go inside the lodge and we do prayers and songs," explained elder Lindsay Cyr of Pasqua First Nation. "To us, singing is no different than praying verbally. Beating on the drum...

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Liberal government appoints two women to Senate

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has appointed two new Independent Senators to the Upper Chamber. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press) Mary Coyle will sit for Nova Scotia and Mary Jane McCallum will represent Manitoba. According to a written statement, Coyle is a long-time champion for women’s leadership, gender equality, and the rights of Indigenous Peoples. McCallum has provided dental care to First Nations communities across Manitoba. More to come. Click here to view original web page at...

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Could you bring yourself to eat seal meat?

Whether they’re flippering about and playing in the water, honking happily or doing tricks for a fish supper, it’s hard to argue with the majestic loveliness of seals. [Read more: 6 reasons you should be eating snails – the latest health superfood] The slippery sea-dwelling mammals live in both arctic and temperate oceans, and provide food for sharks, polar bears and killer whales, amongst others. However, they don’t tend to turn up on human menus that often, unless you live in Canada, where pro-seal meat advocates have recently dubbed it ‘Canada’s superfood’. It’s not just eaten in Canada Seal...

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