Day: December 5, 2017

How a challenging year strengthened and uplifted the Indigenous literary community

Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm (Himiona Grace) This year has been a challenging and inspiring one for Indigenous writers. When I look back on 2017, I see incredible accomplishments, opportunities, and movements to create, recreate, and reclaim. There are signs we’ve finally punched through to the light – after generations of writers working to hold space and create opportunities for Indigenous literatures; after decades of standing against those who spoke over us, about us, misrepresented us, and stole our stories as their own; after always resisting those who told us that our stories were simplistic, that readers were not interested, that our...

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All Canadians Should Champion Indigenous Rights And Bill C-262

Every single one of us has a role to play in reconciliation, and tomorrow gives us that opportunity. Greenpeace has been trying to do its part by embedding a commitment to Indigenous rights in all we do. We are aware of the great potential for environmental justice as a result of meaningful alliances between environmentalists and Indigenous Peoples, and that such alliances can strengthen our collective capacities to advance the regeneration and protection of the water, oceans, forests and other species that we are all interdependent with. For us, and all Canadians, reconciliation also means guaranteeing that First Nations,...

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Former Nunavut teacher Johnny Meeko found guilty of dozens of sex crimes

Johnny Meeko was found guilty of 27 of the 32 sex-related charges that date back to his time as a teacher at Nuiyak Elementary School in Sanikiluaq, Nunavut. (John Van Dusen/CBC News) Former teacher Johnny Meeko has been found guilty of the majority of the 32 criminal charges against him — for allegedly sexually assaulting several school children in Sanikiluaq, Nunavut, between 1980 and 2007. In the Nunavut Court of Justice Friday, Chief Justice Neil Sharkey convicted Meeko of 27 charges — including sexual assault, sexual touching and general assault. He was found not guilty of more serious allegations...

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Province to create 3,800 new licensed child care spaces across B.C.

WATCH: From crisis to chaos, who will fix B.C. daycare? The province has promised to fund 3,806 new licensed daycare spots across British Columbia at a cost of $33 million. Children and Family Development Minister Katrine Conroy said Monday the new spaces will be part of 103 projects in 52 communities. WATCH: NDP on child care The focus will be spaces for infants and toddlers, spaces on school grounds or in community hubs, employer-based spaces and indigenous child care, Conroy said. It will take one to two years for the new buildings or renovations to be completed. “We have...

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Tears flow at Thunder Bay hearing for MMIW inquiry

Anita Ross gives testimony about the disappearance of her daughter at the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls inquiry in Thunder Bay, Ont., on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. A grieving mother, clutching a feather gifted to her by an elder, wiped back tears on Monday as she recounted the torment of losing her daughter — one of dozens of missing and murdered Indigenous women a public inquiry is investigating. As the first witness to testify at the start of three days of hearings in Thunder Bay, Ont., Anita Ross told the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous...

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