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 — 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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