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Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde Statement on Commissioner’s Resignation from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

July 11, 2017 Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde Statement on Commissioner’s Resignation from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (Ottawa, ON) – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde issued the following statement today on the resignation of Commissioner Marilyn Poitras from the National Inquiry […]

by pmnationtalk on July 11, 2017108 Views

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Plea deal expected in fatal foster home fire – Toronto Star

Teen may see murder charge downgraded to manslaughter, possible three years in jail LINDSAY, ONT.— The case of an Indigenous teenager charged with murder in a foster home fire that took two lives and left another person injured is headed toward a downgraded charge of manslaughter — and a possible resolution. The lesser charge was […]

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A river of tears – Macleans

On this, at least, everyone can agree. On the evening of May 6, two children, a boy and a girl, went missing in Thunder Bay, Ont., after dark. It had been a cool, early spring day in the northern Ontario city. Overnight, the temperature dipped to minus one. The boy was 14, a skilled hunter […]

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Self-reported sexual assault in Canada, 2014

July 11, 2017 There were more than 635,000 incidents of sexual assault reported by Canadians in 2014. In the vast majority (87%) of these incidents, the victims were women. Of the three types of sexual assault measured by the General Social Survey (GSS) on Canadians’ Safety (Victimization), 7 in 10 (71%) incidents of sexual assault were unwanted sexual touching, 2 in 10 (20%) were sexual attacks […]

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Missing Barbara Kentner: ‘Mom, don’t leave me, please don’t leave me, you can’t leave me’ – APTN

July 10, 2017 She played the recording of her mother’s voice over and over again. “I love you,” it said. It was Tuesday morning shortly after the 5 a.m. death of the mother, Barbara Kentner, 34. When the daughter, Serena, 16, entered the St. Joseph’s hospice room and saw her mother lifeless on the bed […]

by ahnationtalk on July 11, 201721 Views

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MMIWG: This is how you can participate in the National Inquiry

If you want to share your story with the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, here is what you need to know: There are six steps to share your story. The National Inquiry is guided by the following principles: participant centered, collaborative, holistic, and is rooted in compassion. Families, survivors and […]

by ahnationtalk on July 10, 201773 Views

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Together the OHRC and the OFIFC take steps towards reconciliation

July 10, 2017 LONDON – On July 8, 2017, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) and the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC) signed an agreement with the ultimate goal of ending anti-Indigenous discrimination in Ontario. This agreement sets the stage for future collaboration with urban Indigenous communities that is based on trust, dignity, […]

by pmnationtalk on July 10, 201755 Views

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Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq leader charged with assault, causing a disturbance – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Jul 10, 2017 MEMBERTOU, N.S. _ A Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq leader and regional chief of the Assembly of First Nations has been charged with assault after an alleged fight in a Cape Breton hotel last month. Chief Morley Googoo was charged Thursday with assault and causing a disturbance at the Hampton Inn in […]

by ahnationtalk on July 10, 201736 Views

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My daughter wasn’t just a number or a statistic;’ Daleen Bosse’s family to travel to Saskatoon for MMIWG hearings – StarPhoenix

July 10, 2017 It’s been more than 13 years since Daleen Bosse left home one night, never to return. But her family has never forgotten the bright young woman who wanted to be a teacher or the years-long search for her that ended tragically in 2008. “A day doesn’t go by when we don’t think […]

by ahnationtalk on July 10, 201747 Views

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Carolyn Bennett promises Canada will not let down families of MMIW – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Jul 7, 2017 By Bill Graveland THE CANADIAN PRESS CALGARY _ Canada’s minister of Indigenous Affairs says she understands some families of missing and murdered aboriginal women are still frustrated about the pace of a national inquiry. But Carolyn Bennett promises the government won’t let them down. “We need to keep going _ […]

by ahnationtalk on July 10, 201733 Views

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BR Quebec Children Injured – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire Jul 8, 2017  MANAWAN, Que. – A three-year-old boy and his five-year-old brother from a First Nations community in Quebec are recovering after allegedly being beaten by some other children. Chief Constant Awashish of the Atikamekw Nation says the boys were allegedly attacked by some older children on a playground […]

by ahnationtalk on July 10, 201724 Views

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Quebec Native Women reacts to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Press Conference

Kahnawake, July 6, 2017 – Following the press conference held on July 6, 2017 by the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG), Quebec Native Women (QNW) welcomes favorably the announcement of community visits and hearings that will take place during the summer and fall 2017. Concrete actions such as this […]

by ahnationtalk on July 7, 201778 Views

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Atikamekw community reeling after young brothers allegedly beaten by other children – CTV

July 7, 2017 A small community in northern Quebec is said to be in shock after two young boys in the community were severely beaten, reportedly by other children in the community. Police in the Atikamekw community of Manawan, Que. can only confirm that two children were airlifted out of the community for medical care. […]

by ahnationtalk on July 7, 201729 Views

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Ontario Making Criminal Justice System Faster and Fairer in Northeastern Ontario

Province Expanding Bail Programs and Hiring More Prosecutors July 7, 2017 11:00 A.M. Ministry of the Attorney General Ontario is rolling out its plan to make the criminal justice system faster and fairer by implementing programs to help reduce time-to-trial and improve the bail system in northeastern Ontario. The plan will enhance public safety by making it […]

by pmnationtalk on July 7, 201739 Views

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Women’s equality experts intervene in lawsuit over solitary confinement

July 4, 2017 VANCOUVER – Today, an historic legal challenge to the use of solitary confinement in Canada’s federal prisons goes to trial at the BC Supreme Court. The equality rights organization West Coast LEAF (Women’s Legal Education & Action Fund) will be in Court to argue that solitary confinement causes specific and severe harms to women […]

by pmnationtalk on July 7, 201732 Views

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Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) and the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women (IAAW) Welcome Alberta Court of Appeal Decision in R. v. Barton

June 30, 2017, Toronto/Edmonton – On June 30, 2017, the Alberta Court of Appeal (ABCA) released its decision in R. v. Barton. The Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) and the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women (IAAW) welcome the ABCA’s decision to order a new trial in this matter. LEAF and IAAW are pleased that the […]

by pmnationtalk on July 7, 201729 Views

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BR MMIW Inquiry – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire Jul 7, 2017  VANCOUVER – The head of the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women is brushing aside a call for her to resign made by a Manitoba First Nations leader. Marion Buller says she’s staying put. She also insisted yesterday that the inquiry is not moving too […]

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NWAC Welcomes Announcement of More Hearings to be Held by the National Inquiry into MMIWG

July 6, 2017 (Ottawa, ON) – The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is continuing its work in seeking accountability from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (National Inquiry) as they announce a preliminary schedule of hearings.  Chief Commissioner Buller’s comments at a press conference held today also included reassurances that […]

by pmnationtalk on July 7, 201733 Views

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Provincial Government Supports the Innu Leadership’s Call for Inquiry into Treatment of Innu Children in Care

July 06, 2017 The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Innu Leadership have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that outlines their mutual intent to pursue an inquiry into the treatment, experiences and outcomes of Innu in the child protection system. The MOU was signed by the Innu Leadership and the Honourable Dwight […]

by pmnationtalk on July 6, 201754 Views

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ONWA Provides Condolences to the family of Barbara Kentner

July 4, 2017 The Ontario Native Women’s Association is deeply saddened by the loss of a beautiful mother, sister and community member Barbara Kentner. The 34-year-old was born and raised in Thunder Bay and was a member of the Waabigon Saaga’igan Anishinaabeg, Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation. Barbara will be remembered by family and friends for […]

by ahnationtalk on July 6, 201776 Views

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N.L., Innu agree to inquiry into treatment of Innu children in provincial care – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Jul 6, 2017 13:37 ST. JOHN’S, N.L. _ The Newfoundland and Labrador government and Innu leaders have agreed to an inquiry into the Innu experience in the province’s child protection system. The move follows the death of Thunderheart Tshakapesh, the 16-year-old son of Simeon Tshakapesh, the deputy grand chief of the Innu Nation. He took […]

by pmnationtalk on July 6, 201752 Views

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Live: National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls announces fall hearings – CBC

Watch the live stream of the announcement, which started at 10:30 am PT Jul 06, 2017 The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls announced plans to conduct hearings across the country later this fall. The announcement made from Vancouver details a schedule for the inquiry, which has been plagued by controversy […]

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Inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls needs a reset – NOW Magazine

It’s not just a few bad apples, Canada has a major problem with racism, abuse and sexualized violence when it comes to policing Indigenous communities There is a darkness that lives in Canadian society – sexual predators who are able to commit horrible crimes against Indigenous girls with relative impunity because our society has looked […]

by ahnationtalk on July 6, 201727 Views

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Thunder Bay woman’s trailer hitch death ‘a horrific act of racism,’ says cousin – CBC

July 05, 2017 Barbara Kentner, the woman who was hit by a trailer hitch in Thunder Bay, Ontario, died on Tuesday. Kentner was a 34-year-old Anishinaabe mother, who was in and out of the hospital since she was injured in January. Her sister told As It Happens at the time of the assault that a […]

by ahnationtalk on July 6, 201733 Views

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Dad tells B.C. court son in unhealthy state of mind before prison suicide – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Jul 5, 2017 By Camille Bains THE CANADIAN PRESS VANCOUVER _ A British Columbia man says his son was in a “fragmented” state of mind just days before he hanged himself in a solitary confinement prison cell where he didn’t belong. Robert Roy told a B.C. Supreme Court trial challenging the use of […]

by ahnationtalk on July 6, 201725 Views

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Grande Prairie RCMP Searching for Missing 16-year-old Girl – Gerico Noskiye – YL Country

Grande Prairie RCMP is continuing their search for a missing 16-year-old girl. Gerico Noskiye was reported missing on Sunday, July 2, 2017. Gerico is described as First Nation, 5’9”, 120 lbs, and has black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing black leggings and a black sweater. Mounties say they would like to […]

by ahnationtalk on July 5, 201750 Views

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Government of Yukon wants your opinion on missing persons legislation

July 4, 2017 The Government of Yukon is considering legislation that would assist RCMP in missing persons investigations. At this time, the RCMP is limited in the activities they can perform and the tools they can use during a search for a missing person unless there is evidence of criminal activity. New territorial legislation would […]

by ahnationtalk on July 5, 201730 Views

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KRG: Enjoy the Water Safely!

Kuujjuaq, July 5, 2017 – The Civil Security Section of the Kativik Regional Government is kicking off the summer season with a campaign aimed at promoting boating safety. Various initiatives are planned to raise awareness and promote safe behaviour on and around the water. Listen to your local and regional FM radio stations for safety tips […]

by pmnationtalk on July 5, 201739 Views

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Continuing the conversation about consent

July 05, 2017 A year-long community education project is aimed at creating a culture of consent and educating Albertans about healthy relationships. With support from Status of Women, the Calgary Sexual Health Centre is launching a new project called Calgary Gets Consent. The project will raise awareness about consent by giving free bystander training to nightclubs […]

by pmnationtalk on July 5, 201760 Views

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No new charges yet for man charged with throwing trailer hit at Thunder Bay woman – APTN

July 5, 2017 Thunder Bay police have not determined if they are upgrading charges against Brayden Bushby. Bushby is accused of throwing a trailer hitch out of the car he was travelling in that struck Barbara Kentner in the abdomen on Jan. 28, 2017. Bushby was charged with aggravated assault shortly after the incident. Kentner […]

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Media Advisory: Press Conference with Chief Commissioner Marion Buller in Vancouver & Commissioner Michèle Audette in Quebec City – Announcement of Summer & Fall 2017 Schedule

Vancouver, July 4, 2017 PDT The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls will provide an announcement about the work of National Inquiry staff over the summer months to prepare for the fall community hearings. The scheduled fall hearings will also be announced. Chief Commissioner Marion Buller will be available on Thursday, […]

by pmnationtalk on July 5, 201766 Views

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Appeal court reduces man’s drug sentence because of Aboriginal status – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Jul 5, 2017 15:07 ST. JOHN’S, N.L. _ Newfoundland and Labrador’s highest court is divided over how to address the aboriginal status of a man who only briefly mentioned he was Mi’kmaq at his sentencing on drug charges. The province’s Court of Appeal reduced Joshua Aaron Bennett’s jail term from 39 months to 23 months, […]

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Man charged with drug trafficking

A 29-year-old man from the Elsipogtog First Nation has been charged with trafficking a controlled substance following a drug seizure on June 29, 2017. The man was arrested on June 29, when the Southeast District RCMP executed a search warrant at an Elsipogtog First Nation residence. Police seized a quantity of what are believed to […]

by ahnationtalk on July 5, 201731 Views

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Proposed ’11th hour’ reforms won’t help Canada’s inmates: B.C. lawyer – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Jul 4, 2017 19:34 By Camille Bains THE CANADIAN PRESS VANCOUVER _ Canada’s correctional service continued to use indefinite solitary confinement for prisoners despite decades of policy-reform recommendations and a call for change from the prime minister, a lawyer said Tuesday. Joe Arvay told a B.C. Supreme Court judge that change did not come after […]

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Women’s equality experts intervene in lawsuit over solitary confinement

July 4, 2017 VANCOUVER – Today, an historic legal challenge to the use of solitary confinement in Canada’s federal prisons goes to trial at the BC Supreme Court. The equality rights organization West Coast LEAF (Women’s Legal Education & Action Fund) will be in Court to argue that solitary confinement causes specific and severe harms […]

by ahnationtalk on July 4, 201774 Views

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Barbara Kentner, who was hit by trailer hitch tossed from car in Thunder Bay, has died – APTN

July 4, 2017 Barbara Kentner, an Indigenous woman who was seriously injured after being hit by trailer hitch thrown from a passing car in Thunder Bay, has died, according to her sister. Melissa Kentner said Tuesday that her sister Barbara Kentner died this morning shortly after 5 a.m. “I heard her take her last breath,” […]

by ahnationtalk on July 4, 201748 Views

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B.C. Supreme Court to test legality of Canada’s solitary confinement rules – CBC

Landmark trial begins today, follows Liberal move to limit confinement to maximum of 15 days A trial beginning in B.C. Supreme Court today could determine the future of solitary confinement rules in Canadian prisons. The B.C. Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) and the John Howard Society of Canada have brought a challenge against the federal government, […]

by ahnationtalk on July 4, 201750 Views

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MMIW Inquiry Director Resigns, Prompting Call For Answers For Families – Huffington Post Canada

The Native Women’s Association of Canada says families need reassurance that the national inquiry is not in jeopardy. OTTAWA — An Aboriginal group is calling on organizers of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls to be more transparent about how the process will move forward with the resignation of its […]

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NWAC Calls for Strong Indigenous Leadership as Executive Director Resigns from Inquiry into MMIWG

July 1 (Ottawa, ON) – As its Executive Director plans her withdrawal from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (National Inquiry), the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) maintains a vested interest in its success and continues to have numerous concerns as it reaches its tenth month of operation today. In […]

by pmnationtalk on July 4, 2017124 Views

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New mental health funding welcome – Mountain View Gazette

New provincial funding to help provide post-secondary students with upgraded mental health services is certainly welcome, says Olds College’s Debbie Thompson, vice-president of student and support services. The provincial government recently announced that it would be implementing seven approaches outlined in the Next Steps to Improve Post-Secondary Mental Health multi-stakeholder report. Under the initiative, post-secondary […]

by ahnationtalk on July 4, 201738 Views

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Thunder Bay police investigating double homicide of 2 First Nations people – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Jul 3, 2017  THUNDER BAY, Ont. _ Police say they believe the deaths of two First Nations people at a home in Thunder Bay, Ont, are homicides. Thunder Bay police say they were called to a home on Sunday where they discovered two bodies. Police say the deceased, both of Thunder Bay, have […]

by ahnationtalk on July 4, 201739 Views

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Alberta reviews controversial missing persons police powers – Edmonton Journal

July 4, 2017 The act allowing police to access phone, bank and other records belonging to missing persons is under review. Passed in 2011, the legislation was developed at the behest of Alberta’s police chiefs who called on government to develop laws giving officers access to more information when someone is reported missing. A legislative […]

by ahnationtalk on July 4, 201730 Views

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(hashtag)NotInMyTbay – Incident Reporting Launch Today

June 27, 2017 – Have you experienced or witnessed racism in Thunder Bay? The City of Thunder Bay’s Anti-Racism & Respect Advisory Committee’s Incident Reporting Working Group, in partnership with Diversity Thunder Bay and Lakehead Social Planning 211, launched a tool today that will allow those who experience or witness racism to report it. “The Committee […]

by pmnationtalk on July 4, 201725 Views

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Advisory: Historic solitary confinement lawsuit at the BC Supreme Court begins July 4

For immediate release VANCOUVER – On Tuesday, July 4, 2017 West Coast LEAF will be at the BC Supreme Court to argue that solitary confinement causes specific and severe harms to women inmates. The historic case is brought against the Attorney General of Canada by the BC Civil Liberties Association and John Howard Society of Canada, who say […]

by aanationtalk on July 4, 201745 Views

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Indigenous families need reassurance as inquiry director resigns, group says – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Jul 3, 2017  OTTAWA _ An Aboriginal group is calling on organizers of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls to be more transparent about how the process will move forward with the resignation of its executive director. The inquiry issued a statement Friday afternoon saying its executive director […]

by ahnationtalk on July 4, 201736 Views

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BR Gender Violence North – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire Jul 4, 2017  OTTAWA – Advocates for gender-based violence are saying Canada’s Far North is getting the short end of the stick on a major federal investment aimed at reducing the problem. They say money is being meted out based on the size of a region’s population, rather than need. […]

by ahnationtalk on July 4, 201737 Views

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New Justices of the Peace Appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice

June 30, 2017 3:00 P.M. Ministry of the Attorney General Ontario has appointed 13 new justices of the peace to the Ontario Court of Justice, effective July 11, 2017. Justice of the Peace Anne Margaret Colterman has been a senior prosecutor at the City of Ottawa for the past 16 years, and a professor at Algonquin […]

by pmnationtalk on June 30, 2017207 Views

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OHRC’s annual report emphasizes bold action

June 30, 2017 Toronto –Today, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) launched A bold voice, its 2016-2017 Annual Report. This report highlights the OHRC’s work and the results we are seeing. Over the past year, the OHRC has successfully put people’s human rights at the centre of public conversations and policy-making, and advanced evidence-based and […]

by ahnationtalk on June 30, 2017191 Views

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Letter: Find and honour bodies of children lost to residential schools – Aldergrove Star

Jun 30th, 2017 Presumably in honour of Canada’s upcoming 150 milestone, Canadian settlers preserve markers of their settler colonial heritage and celebrate a narrative settlers and immigrants have been told for centuries: the urbanization of empty, undeveloped land called Canada. Except, not even a few years ago, Canada itself conceded that the land was not […]

by ahnationtalk on June 30, 201757 Views

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Change of Command Ceremony at Okimaw Ohci Healing Lodge

June 29, 2017 – Nekaneet First Nation, Saskatchewan – Correctional Service Canada On June 29, 2017, the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) held a Change of Command Ceremony at Okimaw Ohci Healing Lodge. This occasion marked the change in command from the outgoing Kikawinaw Lee Anne Skene, to the incoming Kikawinaw Rachel Parker. The ceremony […]

by pmnationtalk on June 30, 201729 Views

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