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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