Day: January 2, 2018

As number of Indigenous grads grows, so do calls for funding and curriculum changes

As number of Indigenous grads grows, so do calls for funding and programs that reflect the history of their communities First Nations Trent University students sit in a campus tepee in Peterborough, Ont., on Nov. 28. As members of the school’s native association, they hold their weekly meetings around a fire in the structure. Photos by Michelle Siu/The Globe and Mail It’s a cold, late November afternoon at Trent University – the kind of cold that makes a fall coat feel no longer adequate for a day that could easily tip into winter. But inside a tepee on the...

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Artificial intelligence pilot to look for suicide warning signs across Canada

OTTAWA — An Ottawa-based firm has been tapped by the federal government for a three-month pilot project designed to look for warning signs for suicide before tragedy strikes. Advanced Symbolics Inc., is an artificial intelligence service company set to examine suicide hot spots across the country to better understand precursors to suicide. The pilot, expected to start by the beginning of February, will examine all parts of the country including Indigenous communities, said chief scientist Kenton White, though he stressed the goal is not to focus on any particular group. "What we would like to try and understand is...

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Trudeau calls on Canadians to work together in 2018 to build a better future

OTTAWA -Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is calling on Canadians to put the values he says unite the country, openness, compassion, equality and inclusion, into practice heading into the new year. In a New Year’s statement released Sunday, Trudeau says the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017 celebrated how people of different backgrounds, origins, cultures, and faiths came together to make Canada the country it is today. But he says it was also a chance to reflect on the moments when Canada has not lived up to its ideals. Trudeau says Indigenous Peoples, and many Canadians, have faced prejudice and...

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Sasakamoose, formerly of Kamloops Chiefs, appointed to Order of Canada

Fred Sasakamoose, from Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation, is among the latest 125 appointees to the Order of Canada. The first Indigenous player in the NHL, Sasakamoose was also honoured on Friday by the Edmonton Oilers in a pre-game ceremony prior to their game against the Chicago Blackhawks. Sasakamoose, 84, played 11 games for the Blackhawks during the 1953-1954 season and, after bouncing around the minor leagues for a few seasons, landed with the Kamloops Chiefs in 1956. Sasakamoose has been working for the last five decades to give Indigenous youth opportunities to participate in sports, helping establish the Northern Indian...

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First Nations, Inuit and Métis among Order of Canada appointees

Leaders, educators, athletes and artists from across the country to receive Canada’s highest honour The insignia of the Order of Canada is a snowflake, with a centre that bears a maple leaf and the motto of the Order, Desiderantes Meliorem Patriam (They desire a better country), surmounted by the Crown. (Governor General of Canada) Not too many recipients of the Order of Canada would say they felt sadness when notified that they were being awarded the honour. Elder Harry Bone from Keeseekoowenin Ojibway First Nation in Manitoba, was one of 125 new appointees announced last week. His wife died...

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As multi-ethnic population in Canada rises, complications arise

Andre and Sunshine Batson and their three and half year old twins Maxwell (grey hat) and Brandon (blue hat) enjoy their New Years Day in the snow covered Lakeside Park near their home in Oakville. GLENN LOWSON/THE GLOBE AND MAIL Brandon and Maxwell Batson, fraternal twin brothers from Oakville, Ont., were only three years old when they had their racial awakening. This past summer, their mother Sunshine, who is Filipino, was in the front seat of the car with her husband, Andre, who traces his roots back to Barbados, when the boys began comparing skin colours in the back....

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40% of U of S students face issues around food insecurity, study shows

Some students said they stray away from more expensive foods, while others said they skip meals altogether. (Shutterstock) In order to pay for their studies, many university students in this province are cutting costs when it comes to food. University of Saskatchewan professor Rachel Engler-Stringer recently completed a study looking at food insecurity among students at the University of Saskatchewan. The survey, which was the first of its kind in Canada, received about 4,500 responses from students online, sampling around 25 per cent of student body. Engler-Stringer found that about 40 per cent of students face some degree of...

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Chatham-Kent home to two new Order of Canada inductees

Douglas Stenton (left) and Carol Hopkins are being appointed to the Order of Canada. (Government of Nunavut/Carol Hopkins) Two of the latest appointments to the Order of Canada are from Chatham-Kent. The list of 125 inductees was released by the Governor General’s office late last week. Carol Hopkins Thamesville’s Carol Hopkins is the executive director of the Thunderbird Partnership Foundation and a professor at King’s University College in London. She has been appointed an officer, the order’s second highest level. Carol Hopkins speaks to a conference in Whitehorse. (Alistair Maitland/Kwanlin Dun First Nation) Hopkins is cited by the Governor...

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Announcements – January 2018

Post a comment é , president of Nipissing University , is one of 13 recipients of the 2018 Indspire Awards celebrating excellence in the Aboriginal community in Canada. Dr. DeGagné is a member of the Animakee Wa Zhing First Nation, in Ontario, and is being recognized for his public service as founding executive director of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation, a national organization created to address the legacy of Indian Residential Schools. Two other honourees have an academic connection: University of Victoria professor emerita Lorna Wanosts ’ a7 Williams of the Lil’wat Nation in B.C., who introduced a mandatory course...

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Decolonizing the arts in Canada

Aboriginal Curatorial Collective Clayton Windatt is, in his own words, a "Metis non-status Indian," living in in Sturgeon Falls in northern Ontario. He is the executive director of an organization called the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective (ACC). Their members are Indigenous curators and artists – generally those whose focus is contemporary art – from across Canada, and to an extent in the United States. Their mandate is both to support Indigenous curators and artists and to advocate for decolonial change within institutions and in the broader policy environment in the arts sector. On today’s Talking Radical Radio, Clayton Windatt speaks...

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British Columbia High Court Sides With Tribe In Cross-Border Dispute

File photo. Rick Desautel of Inchelium, Washington, center, was accused of illegal hunting after he crossed into Canada in 2010 to hunt for elk on the traditional hunting grounds of the Sinixt tribe in Canada. The Supreme Court of British Columbia has upheld the claims of a Native American man from Washington state that he has the right to hunt in the province. The long-running case concerned Rick Desautel, a member of the Colville Tribes and a descendant of the Sinixt, an indigenous group which once roamed the Northwest. In 2010, Desautel crossed the border from Washington to British...

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2017 brought cash, more big names and good news to Yukon miners

From left, Yukon Premier Sandy Silver, Victoria Gold president John McConnell and Na-Cho Nyak Dun Chief Simon Mervyn at a ceremony in August, to mark the start of construction of the Eagle Gold Mine north of Mayo. The construction work accounted for a big spike in mine development spending in Yukon in 2017. (AMP Alistair Maitland Photography) Dave Croft People in Yukon’s mining industry are optimistic about the future after increased spending and other developments over the past year. Companies spent about $90 million on mineral exploration in the territory in 2017, according to Scott Casselman, the territorial government’s...

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...support helpline run by indigenous women for indigenous women has expanded across the ... handling crisis calls, offering suicide intervention, and making referrals to applicable...

...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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