Day: January 13, 2018

Inuit artist Kelly Fraser is revitalizing Inuktitut by singing Rihanna

Kelly Fraser says that singing contemporary music in Inuktitut is a good way to increase pride in Inuit identity and connect to the language. (Kellyfrasermusic.com) Inuit artist Kelly Fraser makes modern, dance-able music — with Inuktitut lyrics. But while her beats might sound at home in a club, her message resonates far beyond: "I really believe that we need to modernize our culture as much as we can or it’s going to die." The 23-year-old musician is based in Ottawa. It was while she was in high school there that Kelly began covering popular English songs in Inuktitut. Her...

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B.C. museum hopes this rare Indigenous music will gain international recognition

The Royal B.C. Museum is seeking UNESCO recognition for its collection. The Royal B.C. Museum is hoping an impressive collection of music will get international recognition. The museum is seeking UNESCO designation for its collection of more than 300 sacred Indigenous songs from B.C., recorded between 1940 and 1975 by Austrian-born musicologist Ida Halpern. "We really believe this collection of records … is such a robust illustration of the culture, but also, it is so important to those communities," archivist Genevieve Weber told On The Coast host Gloria Macarenko. "People often request access to those records from those communities,...

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Ottawa contributes more money to federal Indigenous policing program

Nunavik’s Kativik Regional Police Force one of 185 served by federal program NUNATSIAQ NEWS "Today we’re making the greatest federal investment for policing in First Nation and Inuit communities since 1991." That’s what Ralph Goodale, the federal minister of public safety, said Jan. 10 as he announced money for 185 First Nation and Inuit police forces, which include Nunavik’s Kativik Regional Police Force. (FILE PHOTO) Policing in Inuit and First Nations communities will receive an additional amount of nearly $300 million over the next five years, Ottawa announced Jan. 10. That brings the federal government’s total five-year investment in...

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Ontario government to use helicopters to move endangered caribou herd off wolf-laden island

The operation, which began on Saturday and is described by government officials as a “delicate dance”, involves rounding up the remaining caribou off Michipicoten Island in Lake Superior and transporting them by helicopter to the nearby Slate Islands. A Woodland Caribou on Michipicoten Island. Trouble began for the Michipicoten caribou in late 2013 or early 2014 when the waters around the island froze over, creating a rarely formed ice bridge to the mainland. Four wolves took advantage of the conditions and trekked 15 kilometres to the island, where they found a thriving herd of nearly 700 caribou. The Ontario...

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Are we in the midst of an Indigenous moment that represents a fundamental shift toward awareness and understanding?

Or are things like territorial acknowledgments and teaching circles and urban Indigenous strategies mere blips on a very long continuum? An art installation for 2017 Supercrawl last September entitled, "Abnormally Aboriginal" by Six Nations photographer Shelley Niro. She’s noted for her photographs that challenge stereotypes of Indigenous women. – Hamilton Spectator file photo Rebecca Jamieson, president of the Six Nations Polytechnic holds a two row wampum, the symbol of two peoples living separately but harmoniously. – Gary Yokoyama,The Hamilton Spectator Six Nations Polytechnic presidient Rebecca Jamieson holding a two row wampum, the symbol of two peoples living separately but...

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Carry the Kettle First Nation sues Sask., Ottawa; wants consultation over land development

Carry the Kettle First Nation band councillor Shawn Spencer, left, and Chief Elsie Jack at a meeting in White City, Sask., on Friday. Carry the Kettle First Nation has filed a lawsuit against the provincial and federal government for infringement of treaty rights. (Craig Edwards/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 Carry the Kettle First Nation is suing the federal government and Saskatchewan over development that infringes...

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Lucky find gives archeologists glimpse into early hunting technology in Yukon

A unique barbed antler arrow point with a copper end blade was recovered from a melting ice patch in July 2016, within the traditional territory of Carcross/Tagish First Nation. (Yukon government) Yukon archeologist Greg Hare says it was just luck that led him in 2016 to find a nearly 1,000-year-old hunting artifact, half exposed in a remote patch of ice. Recent radiocarbon dating confirms that the arrow blade point is one of the earliest examples of copper metallurgy ever found in Yukon. Hare was travelling with a documentary film crew over the ice patches near Carcross, Yukon, in July...

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Nunavut’s young gymnasts aim to compete on world stage

Gymnasts from the Aqsarniit Ujauttaq (Northern Lights) gymnastics club in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, hope to get to a few competitions, but costs are a challenge. (Submitted by Lisa Kresky) 0 comments A group of 22 gymnasts in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut have a goal — they want to go to Austria in 2019 to compete on the world stage. "It would be like a really big journey for me. And it would be really important," said 12-year-old competitive gymnast Alyson McKay. "I really just love, love, love the sport." But it’ll take a few competitions and some hurdles to get...

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Carry the Kettle First Nation sues Sask., Ottawa; wants consultation over land development

Carry the Kettle First Nation band councillor Shawn Spencer, left, and Chief Elsie Jack at a meeting in White City, Sask., on Friday. Carry the Kettle First Nation has filed a lawsuit against the provincial and federal government for infringement of treaty rights. (Craig Edwards/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 Carry the Kettle First Nation is suing the federal government and Saskatchewan over development that infringes...

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Despite funding hike, Ottawa still faces rights complaint over First Nations policing

Six officers share this home on Kashechewan First Nation. Kent Elson, lawyer for the Mushkegowuk Council, said six officers spray painted the hearts to cover offensive obscenities. (Submitted) A First Nations community in northern Ontario is marching on with a human rights complaint regarding what it sees as inadequate funding for its police force, despite a recent pledge from the federal government to infuse the program with new money. The Mushkegowuk Council, which represents seven First Nation communities covering a large area in northern Ontario, argues it receives lower-quality police services and facilities than non-Indigenous communities. It launched a...

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High school graduation rates up for B.C.’s Indigenous, special needs students

B.C. Indigenous students and students with special needs showed improvement in high school graduation rates, according to a Ministry of Education report. (Shutterstock) The B.C. education ministry says high school completion rates across the province are on the rise and the greatest gains are among Indigenous students and people with special needs. The ministry says 65.9 per cent of Indigenous students were completing high school within six years, according to data from the latest school year. That marks a 2.1-per-cent increase over the previous year and a 19-per-cent increase from a decade ago. The overall graduation rate in the...

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Criticism of Senator Beyak over the top

The following is in response to a letter from Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus in which he expressed his “deep concern about Senator Lynn Beyak’s ongoing efforts to use her role as a member of the Senate of Canada to denigrate the Indigenous peoples living in Canada.” To the editor: Mr. Angus is obviously committed to the welfare of our Aboriginal peoples. This is commendable and honourable. Having perused the letters on Senator Beyak’s site, my impression was that most people were sympathetic to the plight of the children attending residential schools, while acknowledging that every priest, minister, nun,...

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