A 15-year-old high school student in British Columbia is turning to technology to help address a decades-old problem — how to revive an Indigenous language nearly lost to the residential school system. Tessa Erickson of the Nak’azdli Whut’en First Nation is creating an app and organizing a summer camp to help get younger people in her central B.C. community speaking the Nak’azdli dialect of the Dakelh language. “To me, it’s a bit of a symbol,” she said. “The language is really important to me, personally, because it’s a way to connect with my community and really bridge the gap...Read More
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A health and wellness program created by a Māori whānau is making use of indigenous practices to help empower youth and prevent reoffending. The Turongo Collective is run by Karena Koria, his wife Milly Grant-Koria and Puriri Koria, all from Rongowhakaata, Te Aitanga-ā-Māhaki and Ngati Kohuru. The three tutors have spent the last six months teaching up to 30 young people twice a week at the Korowai Manaaki Youth Justice Facility based in Manurewa, Auckland. “From the first engagement with these rangatahi we’ve had massive feedback and response, not only from rangatahi but from the staff,” says co-director Karena....Read More
In 2015, seven young people died in Beaver Lake Cree Nation — a tiny community in northeast Alberta with an on-reserve population of only 345 people. “We started to lose young people,” recalled Crystal Lameman, treaty coordinator and member of the First Nation, in an interview with DeSmog Canada. “People my age, in my generation.” A rise of drug use, alcohol consumption and violence in 2015 coincided with a downturn in the price of oil and job losses, creating a “time of crisis in the community,” she said. Lameman is completing her Master’s degree on the relationship between mental...Read More
The province of Saskatchewan has released its pot legislation and some Saskatchewan First Nations are questioning the eligibility requirements for acquiring a licence. According to the province, eligible communities need to have a population of at least 2,500 people and that leaves many First Nations out of the retail opportunity. (CBC) 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 Twitter @BBellegardeCBC Three Indigenous communities in Saskatchewan have been approved to apply...Read More
For this year’s edition of OpenCanada’s annual Twitterati list, we celebrate the contributions of Indigenous peoples to policy in Canada and on the international stage. From front-line advocates fighting for the environment, justice or Indigenous rights, to lawyers and policy makers with a seat at the United Nations, to the organizations holding it all together and the media outlets helping to make sense of it all, here are more than 100 social media influencers in the global Indigenous community (albeit those tweeting mostly in English) you should be following. Get to know each one with our list below. This...Read More
Stock image NEWS RELEASE ROBINSON HURON TREATY TRUST ************************* A court decision issued on Jan. 5, 2018, to allow internet livestreaming and archiving of livestream video of the Robinson Huron Treaty (RHT) Annuity case, hailed as a step forward in reconciliation, was applauded by the 21 Robinson Huron Treaty First Nations of northern Ontario, that launched the case. This is the first time in Canada that livestreaming and the archiving of the livestream video is being allowed in a Superior Court trial, and reconciliation was cited, by Justice Patricia Hennessy, as one of the main reasons for allowing it....Read More
Tessa Erickson, 15, of the Nak???azdli Whut???en First Nation is seen in this undated handout photo. A movement is building to save and revive Canada’s Indigenous languages, and a 15-year-old in British Columbia has joined the efforts with a uniquely youth-focused project. VANCOUVER — A 15-year-old high school student in British Columbia is turning to technology to help address a decades-old problem — how to revive an Indigenous language nearly lost to the residential school system. Tessa Erickson of the Nak’azdli Whut’en First Nation is creating an app and organizing a summer camp to help get younger people in...Read More
A health and wellness program created by a Māori whānau is making use of indigenous practices to help empower youth prisoners and prevent reoffending. The Turongo Collective is run by Karena Koria, his wife Milly Grant-Koria and Puriri Koria, all from Rongowhakaata, Te Aitanga-ā-Māhaki and Ngati Kohuru. The three tutors have spent the last six months teaching up to 30 young people twice a week at the Korowai Manaaki youth prison based in Manurewa, Auckland. “From the first engagement with these rangatahi we’ve had massive feedback and response, not only from rangatahi but from the staff,” says co-director Karena....Read More
Sir John’s Public House in Kingston, Ont., has announced it will remove the reference to Canada’s first prime minister from its name. (Trevor Pritchard/CBC) A Kingston, Ont., pub located in a stone building that once housed Sir John A. Macdonald’s law office is shedding the name of Canada’s first prime minister because it’s offensive to some Indigenous customers, according to its owner. Sir John’s Public House, a two-storey pub and restaurant on King Street that seats 150 patrons, will abbreviate its name to The Public House, Paul Fortier confirmed Monday. "It’s this whole spirit of reconciliation," Fortier said. The...Read More
The Canadian Coast Guard rescues many boaters who might otherwise drown Ottawa, Ontario – The Canadian Coast Guard plays a vital role in ensuring the safety of mariners and the marine environment. The $1.5 billion Oceans Protection Plan includes measures to improve marine safety and protect Canada’s marine environment and coastal communities. As part of this new plan, the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, has announced the creation of an Inshore Rescue Boat station in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut which will provide seasonal search and rescue capabilities in that region. Establishing this new...Read More
Lance Cardinal is the founder of the Calling Lake Arts Academy. (Lance Cardinal/Facebook) After two decades working in Canada’s performing arts industry, Lance Cardinal felt compelled to bring his expertise back to his home community. Cardinal is the founder and creative director of the Calling Lake Arts Academy, the first institution of its kind to serve the small Indigenous community in northern Alberta. "When I was around 40 years old, I decided that it might be time to come home to Calling Lake and bring back what I’ve learned to the community and give back," Cardinal said in an...Read More
Vamps, which are the top part of moccasins, represent missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. They’re part of an exhibit called Walking With Our Sisters that currently visiting Sudbury. (Jason Turnbull/CBC) A national exhibit to honour missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls is in Sudbury. The Walking With Our Sisters exhibit features vamps, which is the top part of a moccasin. "They’re in pairs and each of them are unique and representing a loved one who has gone missing or murdered," Lisa Osawamick, the Aboriginal Women Violence Prevention Coordinator at Greater Sudbury Police, said. Osawamick says the...Read More
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