Day: January 1, 2018

Indigenous scholar Val Napoleon embraces disruption

Open this photo in gallery: In her painting, Val Napoleon depicts Indigenous mythology’s Trickster Raven, a benevolent transformer or a careless glutton who is always male, as a ‘old women Tricksters who are really kick ass.’ In Indigenous stories, the Trickster Raven can be a benevolent transformer or a careless glutton, but almost always is depicted as a male. In Val Napoleon’s paintings, the Trickster is a social-activist grandma who teaches law. Like her. An influential Indigenous scholar, Prof. Napoleon holds the Law Foundation research chair at the University of Victoria’s aboriginal justice and governance program, through which her...

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2018: Battleground year for B.C. chiefs

Contributed file photo of B.C. Grand Chief Stewart Phillip. B.C. Grand Chief Stewart Phillip says B.C. chiefs are ready to take on what he calls Battleground 2018. “As the days start to grow longer, there remains a smouldering, undiminished sense of determination, inspiration and hope in our hearts as we approach Battleground 2018,” wrote Phillip in a New Year’s Day statement issued Monday. Related: Battle against Kinder Morgan far from over, say First Nations Led by the Tsleil-Waututh, Coldwater Indian Band and Squamish Nation, the head of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs notes that the lawsuits that could...

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William Shatner, Denis Villeneuve, and First Indigenous NHL Player Appointed to Order of Canada

125 Canadians have officially been named to the Order of Canada. The prestigious award, which has existed since 1967, was initially created to celebrate the nation’s best and brightest from across all industries. Much like the Order of the British Empire, which grants knighthood to exceptional and accomplished people, the Order of Canada is one of the country’s highest civilian honours and is reserved for a select few every year. In 2018, the honours will go to a number of familiar faces including actor, William Shatner, director Denis Villeneuve, and Fred Sasakamoose among others. Shatner is of course best...

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Lavell, Sinclair named to Order of Canada

Jeannette Cobriere Lavell Two people with connections to the Sudbury area have been named to the Order of Canada. Jeanette Corbiere Lavell of Wikwemikong, on Manitoulin Island, was named a Member to the Order of Canada “for her leadership in advocating for Indigenous women’s rights throughout Canada, notably for advancing gender equality under the law." David Sinclair of Ottawa was named an Officer to the Order of Canada “for his exceptional contributions to the field of experimental sub-atomic physics and for his leadership as a founding director of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory project.” Lavell is best known for launching...

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Canada 150: A Year of Coming Together – More than 31 million people participated in Canada 150 celebrations

OTTAWA: As we move into the final hours of Canada 150, the Honourable Melanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage reflected on this past year that saw Canadians come together and celebrate what it means to be Canadian. Canadians were invited to participate, celebrate and explore their country, their citizenship and their history. They responded with enthusiasm and vision: whether it was pan-Canadian Signature projects or small grass-roots community events. By the end of 2017, an anticipated 87 percent of Canadians got involved in ways that were meaningful to them. The Government of Canada supported community infrastructure projects, free access to Parks Canada sites, and celebrations and community initiatives from coast to coast to coast. Some 5,800 Canada 150 projects and events were supported, not to mention 1,000 events led by 120 of our diplomatic missions abroad. Each Canadian made Canada 150 their own, and the progress made in key areas is ours to share: better opportunities for youth, a healthy natural environment, newcomers better equipped to contribute to our society, equality for all Canadians, and a way forward in our dialogue with Indigenous Peoples. Canadians can be proud of the legacy of this anniversary—a time when we came together as citizens, creating a sense of belonging, knowing that we can forge a bright future together. Quotes "Today, I want to thank each and every Canadian who participated in this...

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2018: Battleground year for B.C. chiefs

Contributed file photo of B.C. Grand Chief Stewart Phillip. B.C. Grand Chief Stewart Phillip says B.C. chiefs are ready to take on what he calls Battleground 2018. “As the days start to grow longer, there remains a smouldering, undiminished sense of determination, inspiration and hope in our hearts as we approach Battleground 2018,” wrote Phillip in a New Year’s Day statement issued Monday. Related: Battle against Kinder Morgan far from over, say First Nations Led by the Tsleil-Waututh, Coldwater Indian Band and Squamish Nation, the head of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs notes that the lawsuits that could...

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Apotex founder Barry Sherman among latest Order of Canada inductees

OTTAWA — The Canadian pharmaceutical giant whose sudden death earlier this month is shrouded in mystery is among the latest inductees into the Order of Canada. Gov. Gen. Julie Payette announced 125 new appointments to Canada’s highest civilian honour Friday, a list heavy on Canadians with accomplishments in science and medicine, including Bernard “Barry” Sherman, whose generic drug company Apotex made him and his wife, Honey, among the wealthiest people in Canada. Both Barry and Honey were found dead in their Toronto home on Dec. 15, and their deaths have been deemed “suspicious.” Sherman was nominated for his entrepreneurship in the pharmaceutical industry as well as his philanthropic support of education and other charities. The Order of Canada cannot be awarded to someone after their death, but Sherman was nominated more than six months ago. The Order of Canada advisory council, which decides who gets the award, granted it to him at their November meeting. Payette signed the appointment prior to his death. A Rideau Hall spokeswoman says a family member can stand in for Sherman at the investiture ceremony, likely some time in 2018. The lawyer representing the family did not respond to a request for comment. Rideau Hall publishes lists of new inductees to the Order of Canada twice a year. In 2015, the federal government made a $13 million, five-year commitment to overhaul all country’s honours,...

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7 stories that gave us all the feels in 2017

Mary Kudlak gets her first traditional Inuit tattoo at 74 years old. (CBC Arts) Take a deep breath and grab a handful of Kleenex — you’re about to watch the warmest and fuzziest stories to appear on CBC Arts in 2017. There are stories about family and culture and the traditions that bind us. There are stories about inspiring kids and the wonder and beauty of nature. But in each case, you’ll meet Canadians who’ve changed their lives — and others’ — through art, music and, in one case, snow. Try not to cry all over your phone, and...

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Helwig looks back at 15 years of SooToday. And 150 years of Canada

New York-based anthropologist Thomas Maschio (shown left with David Helwig) spent a week studying SooToday’s corporate culture in June, 2017. Dr. Maschio, whose ethnographic research helped global consumer-goods giant Unilever increase sales of Lipton tea by 20 per cent, was sent to the Sault by the U.S. head office of Google L.L.C. As the year wound down, we asked our staff to recall their most memorable stories of 2017. The following selections are from David Helwig, who launched SooToday/Village Media’s community news operations in 2002: When I came to Sault Ste. Marie to start what’s now referred to as...

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Celine Cooper: Bilingualism, reconciliation and the Supreme Court

In 2017, the historic opportunity to appoint the first Indigenous justice to the Supreme Court of Canada in conjunction with the nation’s 150th anniversary came and went, Celine Cooper writes. Sean Kilpatrick / THE CANADIAN PRESS In 2017, the historic opportunity to appoint the first Indigenous justice to the Supreme Court of Canada in conjunction with the nation’s 150th anniversary came and went. As we move forward into a new year, it’s incumbent upon the Trudeau government to ensure that when the time comes to appoint the next Supreme Court judge, the result will be different. Back in November,...

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How Haisla hip-hop duo Snotty Nose Rez Kids took on stereotypes and won fans in 2017

Hip-hop duo Snotty Nose Rez Kids takes on stereotypes of Indigenous people and flips them into points of pride. (Snotty Nose Rez Kids/Section 35) In the past year, Haisla hip-hop duo Snotty Nose Rez Kids released two albums, played clubs across Canada and found themselves in rotation on several radio stations including CBC Music, which named their track "Skoden" one of the best Canadian songs of 2017 . All of that feels a little surreal to Darren "Young D" Metz and Quinton "Yung Trybez" Nyce given that they didn’t even decide to pursue musical careers until last year. "Just...

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A refugee family becomes Canadian… one driving lesson at a time

Kathy Bellemare teaching Syrian refugee Asya Almohammad to drive in Dauphin, Manitoba. (Stephanie Cram) By Stephanie Cram When Syrian refugee Asya Almohammad first immigrated to Canada nearly two years ago, she didn’t realize she’d be learning to drive on the snowy streets of Dauphin, Manitoba. Hers was one of three families sponsored by an inter-faith church group in Dauphin. Church members Kathy and Regent Bellemare said they wanted to get involved after seeing news footage of the death of Syrian toddler Alan Kurdi, whose body washed up on a Turkish shore in September 2015. "It’s heartbreaking when you read...

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