B.C. organization sorry for not telling Indigenous people about free HIV drug


Vancouver health organization Community-Based Research Centre, which disseminates information about HIV, has apologized in an open letter for not better informing Indigenous people it had coverage for the prevention drug PrEP. According to an apology letter from a Vancouver organization that disseminates information about HIV, an estimated 500 Indigenous people …

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Quebec wants out of new federal Indigenous child welfare law, citing threat to provincial jurisdiction


The Quebec government’s decision to ask the provincial Court of Appeal to rule on the constitutionality of a new federal law aimed at ensuring Indigenous communities have jurisdiction over children in care is being slammed by AFN Regional Chief Ghislain Picard as “a shameful decision … on the backs of our …

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Indigenous opposition to Trans Mountain pipeline shouldn’t outweigh other views, provinces argue


The governments of Alberta and Saskatchewan are urging the Federal Court of Appeal to defer to cabinet’s approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion because they say Indigenous opposition shouldn’t outweigh other public interests in the project. Protesters attend an anti-Trans Mountain pipeline rally in downtown Vancouver on Dec. 16. …

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United Nations declares International Decade of Indigenous Languages


Indigenous As the International Year of Indigenous Languages comes to an end, the United Nations has declared an International Decade of Indigenous Languages, to begin in 2022. ‘One year is simply not enough,’ says AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde Jessica Deer · CBC News · Posted: Dec 18, 2019 5:34 …

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Trans Mountain lawyer argues First Nations failed to approach pipeline consultations in good faith


A lawyer for Trans Mountain Corp. is defending the government’s consultation with Indigenous groups over the Crown corporation’s operation and construction of its pipeline project. Workers survey around pipe to start of right-of-way construction for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project, in Acheson, Alta., Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press) …

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Miawpukek First Nation to study genetic links with ancient Beothuk


A DNA testing project will look for possible descendants of the ancient Indigenous people, who have long been thought to be extinct. A detail from a 17th century engraving shows English businessman John Guy meeting Beothuk in Trinity Bay. The Indigenous people have long been thought extinct. (CBC) A Newfoundland …

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Trans Mountain pipeline expansion approval ‘unlawful,’ First Nations argue as new court challenge begins


Several B.C. First Nations are squaring off against the federal government in the Federal Court of Appeal in Vancouver this week, arguing that it failed to conduct meaningful consultations with them about the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and that the project should be cancelled. Khelsilem of the Squamish Nation holds …

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Fire destroys Sandy Bay child welfare head office


A fire causing $600,000 in damages burned down the building that housed the main offices of Sandy Bay Child and Family Services, but services are “actually up and running” already in a temporary space, director Richard De La Ronde says. A Sunday morning fire tears through the main office of …

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Dead North wants to make sure filmmakers respect Indigenous stories, cultures


The annual Yellowknife film festival is adopting new rules from the imagineNATIVE Institute to ensure filmmakers respect Indigenous people’s rights to their own stories and culture. Dead North Film Festival organizers Jay Bulckaert, left, and Pablo Saravanja are implementing the protocols in a document published by the imagineNATIVE film institute, …

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Policing alone won’t stop violent crime in Winnipeg, say advocate, criminologist


A recent spike in violent crime in Manitoba’s capital has been at the centre of conversations by men who get together in the downtown core each week. Healing Together organizer Ryan Beardy says most of Winnipeg’s crime is linked to poverty, addictions and First Nations intergenerational trauma from colonization and …

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