New Alanis Obomsawin doc traces fight for equality in children’s services inspired by Manitoba boy


A film documenting the short life of a Cree child from Manitoba and the impact he has had on the lives of Indigenous children across the country through Jordan’s Principle is premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival on Tuesday.  Jordan River Anderson, The Messenger by Abenaki filmmaker Alanis Obsomawin screens …

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‘We feel very unappreciated’: Sagkeeng First Nation teachers protesting contracts


A number of elementary school teachers at Sagkeeng First Nation are protesting what some say is unfair pay and contract negotiation decisions that aren’t being upheld. A number of elementary school teachers on Sagkeeng First Nation are protesting what they say is unfair pay. (CBC News) As students return to school across the province, …

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Advocates sound alarm on unfolding disaster in B.C. salmon fishing industry


British Columbia B.C. is seeing its worst commercial fishing season in 50 years. B.C. is seeing its worst commercial fishing season in 50 years The Canadian Press · Posted: Sep 09, 2019 4:15 PM PT | Last Updated: September 9 A salmon is placed in a vessel to be lifted …

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Meet 5 Indigenous youth who are spreading hope in communities on World Suicide Prevention Day


The youth are among over 30 Ambassadors of Hope at We Matter, an Indigenous youth-led non-profit. Chyler Justine, 17, is one of We Matter’s Ambassadors of Hope. (Nadya Kwandibens/Red Works Photography) Sept. 10 marks World Suicide Prevention Day. It’s an important day for Indigenous youth involved with We Matter, an Indigenous …

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Honour human rights tribunal ruling on compensation for Indigenous kids in care, Manitoba leaders tell feds


In a decision delivered Friday, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ordered the federal government to pay $40,000 to each child who was in child and family services care on reserve at any point from Jan.1, 2006, to a date to be determined by the tribunal. In a decision delivered Friday, the Canadian Human Rights …

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Young drummers to trade plastic bin for real drum after outpouring of support


A group of young Cree powwow singers are getting a real drum donated after thousands online watched a video of them drumming on a plastic tote bin with sticks. Travis Hart (9), Marquis Nicholas (13), Gordon Nicholas (12), Wade Drake (8), and their mentor Fred Colomb. (Submitted by Doris Castel) …

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Not enough funding to cover all Indigenous language program requests, group says


There is not enough money available to cover what Saskatchewan groups want to do with Indigenous language instruction, says the Saskatchewan Indigenous Cultural Centre. Elder McNeil McArthur oversees four young boys on a duck hunt in Saskatchewan’s Pheasant Rump Nakota First Nation. McArthur used the Cree and Assiniboine languages while …

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Catholic group seeks to sell land near Battleford Industrial school cemetery


A Catholic group is selling land that provides access to a residential school cemetery in the Battlefords, and a group of advocates hopes it will be gifted back to the Indigenous community. Land near the Battleford Industrial School Cemetery is for sale. (Chanss Lagaden/CBC) Seventy-four bodies lie beneath the long grass …

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Federal Court agrees to hear appeal of cabinet’s green light for Trans Mountain pipeline


The Federal Court of Appeal has agreed to hear an appeal from activists determined to overturn the Liberal government’s approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. Pipe for the Trans Mountain pipeline is unloaded in Edson, Alta., in June. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press) The Federal Court of Appeal has …

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‘The fish can’t get through’: Tsilhqot’in issues salmon closure notice after Big Bar landslide


The Tsilhqot’in National Government has issued a salmon closure notice effective immediately due to extremely low levels of sockeye, chinook and coho salmon in the Chilcotin, Chilko and Taseko rivers.  Having to put a salmon closure in place has ‘really hit home for everyone,’ said Randy Billyboy, fisheries manager for the …

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