Day: December 6, 2017

Petition to exonerate Chief Poundmaker gains support from AFN, Sask.’s FSIN

A petition to have Chief Poundmaker exonerated has been started by the Poundmaker Cree Nation’s chief and council. Chief Poundmaker along with Chief Big Bear and Chief One Arrow were all convicted of treason felony in 1885. Big Bear, left, and Poundmaker were incarcerated in Stony Mountain penitentiary in Manitoba. Both died shortly after their release. (Manitoba Archives/ Big Bear collection/ 3/ N16092) Born and raised in Treaty 4 Territory, he holds an Indian Communication Arts Certificate from the First Nations University of Canada and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Regina. Follow him on...

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Quebec Museum Celebrates Indigenous Culture In The Most Beautiful Way

A museum in Gatineau, Que. has come up with a brilliant way to celebrate Indigenous culture. On Monday evening, the Canadian Museum of History illuminated seven teepees on its property to represent seven generations of Indigenous people and their seven sacred teachings : love, respect, courage, honesty, wisdom, humility, and truth. Nation 2 Nation is possible . Thank you Canada and let’s seize this moment pic.twitter.com/sLqeOLbOgt — Morley Googoo (@GoogooMorley) December 5, 2017 The teepees will continue to be lit up every night from now until Dec. 31, where the final Canada 150 celebration of the year will take...

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Systemic racism in Quebec: Group launches independent consultations

Svens Telemaque stands on a picnic table to address the crowd during a Black Lives Matter rally in Nelson Mandela Park in Montreal in July 2016. John Mahoney / Montreal Gazette As Quebec holds a diversity and anti-discrimination forum Tuesday, a coalition of groups fighting discrimination announced it will be holding its own independent consultation into the matter without the government’s involvement. At a news conference Tuesday morning, the Table de concertation contre le racisme systémique — which includes about 40 anti-racism groups — said it felt Quebec’s forum has been scaled back too far to be effective and...

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Thalidomide survivors say ‘degraded, insulted’ by disabilities minister

OTTAWA — Members of a group of thalidomide survivors dropped a bombshell Tuesday as they accused Disabilities Minister Kent Hehr of belittling them with insulting and degrading remarks during a face-to-face meeting earlier this year. The comments from Hehr came during an Oct. 19 meeting, which the group had hoped would encourage the federal government to make good on its commitment to further compensate those impacted by the now-banned pregnancy drug, said Fiona Sampson, herself a survivor who was at the meeting. The minister said, "’You don’t have it as bad today as adults as you did when you...

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Indigenous youth key to Canada’s economic growth

Stefan Fournier, associate director for northern and Aboriginal policy for the Conference Board of Canada, says Canada’s Aboriginal youth are key to expanding the economy | Submitted Integrating Canada’s Aboriginal youth into the workforce could provide a huge boost to the country’s economy. According to a National Aboriginal Economic Development Board (NAEDB) study, Canada’s Aboriginal youth could contribute $27.7 billion to the national economy annually. The report also found the Indigenous youth population as a whole is growing much faster than the overall Canadian average for that demographic. In 2011, the Indigenous youth population (those 25 and under) made...

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Cree gov’t calls for co-operation from Indigenous hunters to protect Leaf River caribou

The James Bay Cree government is asking for more cooperation from all hunters and the Quebec government in the protection of diminishing caribou herds. (Submitted by Luc Gervais) The James Bay Cree government says more needs to be done to protect the Leaf River caribou herd, and it’s calling on local Cree, Naskapi and Inuit guides to stop bringing in Indigenous hunters from other regions to harvest. It’s a practice that has been on the rise in recent years and is clearly a concern to the Grand Council of the Crees, which recently passed a resolution condemning it. "We...

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Stats highlight gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Yukoners

According to the latest census data, self-identified Aboriginal people make up about 23.3 per cent of the Yukon population, and had a median annual income of about $33,581 in 2015 – the highest in Canada. (Canadian Press) Yukon’s Indigenous people tend to be more well-off than Indigenous people in most of the country, according to 2016 census data. But the numbers also reveal that they tend to make significantly less money than non-Indigenous Yukoners. The Yukon Bureau of Statistics has been poring over the 2016 census data, to focus in on the territory’s Aboriginal population . According to the...

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Military will act on report saying Canadian Rangers not getting health care they deserve

Canadian Rangers participate in training with the Canadian Forces. (Bob Weber/The Canadian Press) The Canadian Forces says it will follow the recommendations of its ombudsman, who issued a report Tuesday saying the Canadian Rangers are not getting the health care and support they are entitled to. National Defence and Canadian Forces Ombudsman Gary Walbourne said in his report that the Canadian Rangers are a sub-component of the military Reserve Force, so they should be receiving the same health-care benefits as those doing similar work, but that isn’t happening. The Rangers are called Canada’s "eyes and ears" in northern Canada....

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Locals save the day after fire breaks out in Coral Harbour, Nunavut

A fire broke out in a home early Thursday morning in Coral Harbour, Nunavut. Residents came to the rescue after calls to the fire department went unanswered. (Submitted) Community members in Coral Harbour, Nunavut, became local heroes when they took matters into their own hands after a house fire broke out Thursday. Hannah Angootealuk says her neighbour’s house caught fire at around 2 a.m. early Thursday morning. "It was really scary," said Angootealuk, an eyewitness to the event. Angootealuk said when several calls to the fire department went unanswered, residents decided to fight the fire themselves. A man and...

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War museum acquires historic Passchendaele Victoria Cross

The Canadian War Museum has added another Victoria Cross to its collection. This one belonged to Cpl. Colin Fraser Barron for his action on Nov. 6, 1917 during the First World War. The Canadian War Museum has added another Victoria Cross to its collection, the second time in a week the museum has purchased the honour for bravery in the face of the enemy. The Victoria Cross was awarded to Cpl. Colin Fraser Barron for his actions on Nov. 6, 1917, during the First World War bloodbath of Passchendaele. Barron’s medals and VC were sold at auction Monday in...

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B.C. sets minimum age of 19 to consume marijuana, plans mix of retail sales

The British Columbia government has set 19 as the minimum age to purchase and consume pot. VICTORIA — The British Columbia government has set 19 as the minimum age to legally possess, purchase and consume marijuana in the province. The age for consumption is consistent with alcohol and tobacco regulations, and with the age of majority, Solicitor General Mike Farnworth said in a news release Tuesday. Retail sales of recreational marijuana will be permitted through public and private stores with more details to be released next year. The wholesale distribution system will also be similar to alcohol as the...

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Equality delayed is equality denied for Indigenous women

Bill S-3 is designed to address the longstanding discrimination against women in the Indian Act. But once again the needed changes are being delayed. Entitlement to equal status for women in the Indian Act has once again been delayed, after the House of Commons voted in favour of an amended form of the Senate’s Bill S-3 this week. The legislation is supposed to eliminate the long-standing discrimination against Indigenous women embedded in the Act , and to go beyond what is narrowly required by the Quebec Superior Court’s 2015 ruling in Deschenaux v. Canada . But the provisions designed...

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...someone else too."CBC MUSIC | 5 Indigenous artists you need to know in 2018MULTIMEDIA | ... attended a grant writing workshop, Inuit games and a storytelling circle."It was amazing. I was...

...Tootoo has seen the suicide epidemic in remote Indigenous communities firsthand.In August 2002 ... older brother Terence died by suicide at the age of 22.That’s one of the reasons why, 16 years...

...help those in Indigenous communities with issues like mental health and suicide.“I want to work ... around mental health and teen suicide prevention,” he said. “It’s a national problem.”Brandon...

...of cannabis in the province • First Nation communities will be able to opt-out of cannabis ... First Nation communities on a wide scope of legislative components. For example: • The Cannabis...

Indigenous people fight for rights with new cash crop – CannabisIndigenous entrepreneurs ... al cannabis on Wednesday.While indigenous entrepreneurs have already been selling cannabis for...

With cannabis legalization looming, B.C. based Aura Cannabis and Alberta based Westleaf Cannabis are ... of cannabis. Aura is headquartered in Vancouver — Canada’s unofficial capital of cannabis — and...

...opposites when it comes to marijuana. For years, illegal marijuana dispensaries have flourished in ... handful.Now that recreational marijuana is legal, it’s suddenly the reverse. B.C. has a single...

...First Nation, Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation, Opaskwayak Cree Nation (OCN) and Peguis First Nation ... provincial cannabis seller National Access Cannabis Corp. Peguis has also partnered with cannabis...

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