Alberta is planning to hold six sessions around the province starting later this month to hear from survivors of the ’60s Scoop. Alberta is crafting a formal apology to Indigenous people for the infamous ’60s Scoop. Children’s Services Minister Danielle Larivee says the government will hold six sessions around the province starting later this month to hear from survivors. Larivee says the information will form the foundation of a formal government apology and guide future actions on reconciliation and healing. Starting in the 1960s, an estimated 20,000 Indigenous children were taken by child-welfare agents and put into the care...Read More
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Lee Maracle (Katrina Cervoni) Métis-Salish author Lee Maracle has been appointed an officer of the Order of Canada for her “contributions to Canada’s literary landscape and for her influential voice in cultural relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.” Journalist Sally Armstrong, Inuit historian Louie Kamookak, and authors Alberto Manguel and Émile Martel were also appointed officers. Children’s writers Marilyn Baillie and Michel Noël, New Brunswick author and academic Christl Verduyn, and library-science expert Barbara Jean Weihs were named as Order members. Click here to view original web page at...Read More
Open this photo in gallery: Indigenous-rights advocate and BC Hydro employee Vicki George is seen in Vancouver in December. Ms. George is the daughter of activist Ron George, a key organizer of the 1980 Constitution Express demonstration. The way forward is a crucial component of reconciliation. It is also a focus of Marie Clements’s film The Road Forward , an innovative examination of Indigenous activism in Canada. One of the activists appearing in the film, which is billed as a musical documentary, is Vicki Lynne George, a mixed-race Indigenous woman from the Wet’suwet’en Nation with European ancestors from Greece,...Read More
Chef Paul Natrall poses with his food truck on the Squamish Nation. Foodies will soon be able to purchase traditional Indigenous cuisine when Natrall launches his business, Mr. Bannock, in early 2018. (Matthew Lazin-Ryder/CBC) It’s the beginning of a new year: a time of renewal, of reinvention or new beginnings. Turning the Page is a week-long series of stories about starting over and moving forward, airing on CBC’s On the Coast Jan. 2 – Jan. 5. Paul Natrall is breaking bannock in 2018. The Squamish Nation chef is bringing Indigenous cuisine to the streets of Vancouver with the launch...Read More
Sen. Lynn Beyak has shared letters of support for her controversial remarks about Canada’s residential school system. (CBC) Sen. Lynn Beyak has been accused of posting "racist" and "offensive" letters about Indigenous people on her taxpayer-funded Senate website. The Conservative senator has posted more than 100 "letters of support" on her personal Senate page lauding her for defending Canada’s residential school system , where some 6,000 Indigenous children died from malnourishment and disease. "Some are frankly racist, offensive, hurtful and it was quite shocking to me that anyone would publish something like that on their website," Saskatchewan Sen. Lillian...Read More
Chief Marcia Brown Martel of the Temagami First Nation near Kirkland Lake, ont., sits with her husband, Raymond Martel, at a Toronto news conference on Tuesday, February 14, 2017. An Ontario judge had just ruled Canada failed to take reasonable steps to prevent thousands of on-reserve children who were placed with non-native families from losing their indigenous heritage during the ’60s Scoop. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young The Alberta government will be coming to Fort McMurray next month, as part of its efforts to craft a meaningful apology to survivors of the Sixties Scoop. Partnering with the Sixties Scoop Indigenous...Read More
John Hanikenne, the president of the Saskatchewan chapter of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, is calling out the national organization he represents after seeing a recent interview with the national chief. Bryan Eneas/paNOW Staff A local leader from one of five national organizations lobbying on behalf of Indigenous and Métis people is questioning his own organization after the organization’s chief claimed it was unnecessary to discuss his Indigenous ancestry in a recent interview. John Hanikenne first joined the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) 14 years ago. Since being elected president of the Saskatchewan chapter in the spring of 2017...Read More
Open this photo in gallery: A fence is under construction in B.C.’s West Kootenay that Indigenous groups in Canada and the U.S. hope will help the survival of a rare species of woodland caribou. Indigenous groups on both sides of the Canadian and U.S. border are working with the British Columbia government and others to save a critically endangered species of woodland caribou. The Kalispel Tribe in Washington state is among those leading a project building a caribou maternal pen on land owned by the Nature Conservancy of Canada in the mountains of B.C.’s West Kootenay. Tribe spokesman Mike...Read More
"It’s hard to believe I was pretty much on my death bed a few weeks ago," said Delilah Saunders. (Sherry Vivian/CBC) For Delilah Saunders, it all comes back to her sister, Loretta. "I couldn’t stop crying one night because I realized how close I was to being reunited with her and waking up from a four-year nightmare," she said, recalling waking up in hospital last month after a week and half of being unconscious after suffering acute liver failure. "But a part of me also knew that I have a purpose here, I have work to do here." Loretta...Read More
EDMONTON — Alberta is crafting a formal apology to Indigenous people for the infamous ’60s Scoop. Children’s Services Minister Danielle Larivee says the government will hold six sessions around the province starting later this month to hear from survivors. Larivee says the information will form the foundation of a formal government apology and guide future actions on reconciliation and healing. Starting in the 1960s, an estimated 20,000 Indigenous children were taken by child-welfare agents and put into the care of non-Indigenous families in Canada and the United States. They were taken on the premise that they would receive better...Read More
Brielle Beardy-Linklater, 2017 House of Commons, Daughter of the Vote. "The truth about stories is, that’s all we are." – Thomas King Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017 highlighted its evolving relationship with Indigenous people. Too often in that history, voices other than those from First Nations did the talking for them. That’s why in this episode we’re featuring the stories of three Indigenous people told in their own words, people whose lives embody this changing relationship and the multitude of new realities they face. The episode has no interviewer. It’s just them and their stories. Sandra Henry "My father...Read More
The future of the Agricultural Land Reserve — which includes small farms like this one in Merritt, B.C. — could be informed by the work of a commission announced Thursday by the provincial government. (Julia Smith/Facebook) The future of 4.6 million hectares of provincially protected farmland — an area bigger than Denmark and almost five per cent of B.C.’s total area — is going under the microscope. Agriculture Minister Lana Popham announced Thursday that an independent commission will hold consultations across B.C. on the "revitalization" of the Agricultural Land Reserve. "The ALR and the [Agricultural Land Commission] are incredibly...Read More
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