‘They rediscover themselves’— northern Ontario First Nations turn to land-based addiction treatment


Northern Ontario First Nations are hoping 2020 is the year they stem the tide of drug and alcohol addiction. Several are planning to open treatment programs based on traditional teachings.  Vic Linklater is the coordinator of a land-based withdrawal management program Moose Cree First Nation hopes to launch later this …

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B.C. Supreme Court grants injunction against Wet’suwet’en pipeline opponents


A B.C. Supreme Court judge has issued an injunction against members of the Wet’suwe’ten Nation who have blocked access to a pipeline project inside their traditional territory in northern B.C. On Jan. 7, 2019, RCMP enforced an interim injunction ordering people to stop preventing Coastal GasLink workers from accessing a …

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Acclaimed Inuk singer Kelly Fraser was ‘fiercely open with her fans,’ says family


Kelly Fraser, the 26-year-old Inuk musician who died last week in Winnipeg, had hoped sharing her struggles would let others know they’re not alone, her family said Monday. Kelly Fraser ‘was an incredibly kind person who gave so much of herself to help others,’ the family of the Inuk musician …

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Kelly Fraser, Juno-nominated Inuk singer-songwriter, dead at 26


Kelly Fraser, a Juno Award-nominated Inuk singer-songwriter originally from Sanikiluaq, Nunavut, who had been living in Winnipeg, has died at age 26. Inuk singer-songwriter Kelly Fraser, who rose to fame through YouTube for her Inuktitut cover of Rihanna’s Diamonds and later earned a Juno Award nomination, has died at 26. …

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Trio of college stars turning Pimicikamak into a hockey hotbed


Lifelong friends Saige McKay, Carrigan Umpherville and Kennesha Miswaggon grew up in an isolated northern Manitoba community, where exposure to the big leagues is limited. But all three have carved a path into elite, collegiate-level hockey. From left: Saige McKay, Carrigan Umpherville and Kennesha Miswaggon are all originally from Pimicikamak, …

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NDP wants RCMP investigated following report of plan to send snipers to Wet’suwet’en blockade


The NDP is calling for an independent investigation into how police handled the Wet’suwet’en pipeline blockade in northern B.C. earlier this year, in response to a media report saying RCMP officers were willing to deploy snipers against protesters. But the RCMP is defending its conduct during the incident, saying its approach …

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Up to 21,000 Atlantic salmon escape after B.C. fish-farm fire damages net pen


British Columbia Fish farm company Mowi, formerly known as Marine Harvest, says divers are investigating the damage resulting from a fire at its salmon farm at Robertson Island. Environmental and Indigenous groups say escape presents ecological and environmental risks to wild salmon The Canadian Press · Posted: Dec 22, 2019 …

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Indigenous ‘honouring blankets’ donated to Whitehorse long term care homes


Three long term care homes in Whitehorse have been gifted hand-crafted blankets, to honour Indigenous elders after they die. Yukon Aboriginal Employee Forum members with a hand-made honouring blanket, one of three donated to long term care homes in Whitehorse. (Submitted by Roni-Sue Sparvier) Three long term care homes in Whitehorse have …

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B.C.’s Indigenous court system continues to grow with new location in Williams Lake


British Columbia Judges in Indigenous courts work with lawyers, community elders and often victims to come up with a “healing plan” for the offender, with an aim of rehabilitating them back into society while serving their sentence. Courts are for Indigenous offenders who have admitted guilt and are strong candidates …

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