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Inuit Survivors Asked to Register for National Inquiry

(June 12, 2017 – Iqaluit, Nunavut) Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) President Aluki Kotierk today said that Inuit who wish to provide testimony to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls need to register with the secretariat conducting the inquiry. Family members, loved ones and survivors who wish to provide their testimony […]

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Northern Quebec stabbings: victims, suspect identified by coroner’s office – Montreal Gazette

AKULIVIK, Que. — The provincial coroner’s office has formally identified the victims in a triple slaying in northern Quebec over the weekend. The deceased are Eli Qinuajuak, 32, Lucassie Anautak, 36, and Putulik Anautak, 12. The coroner also identified the suspect shot and killed by Kativik Regional Police in Akulivik as Illutak Anautak, 19. The […]

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City of Toronto recognizes community safety projects at awards ceremony

Jun 10, 2017 The City of Toronto issued this news release through Canada News Wire on Saturday. Mayor John Tory celebrated the efforts of five local safety projects at the Mayor’s Community Safety Awards at Toronto City Hall this afternoon. He was joined by Inspector Chris Boddy, Community Response Unit Manager, Toronto Police Service and […]

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Police seek woman missing since April – 1310 News

Jun 12, 2017 View Photo OTTAWA – Police are looking for your help locating a missing woman. Mary Papatsie, 39, was last seen in late April. She is described as: -Inuit -5’2″ to 5’3″ tall -140 to 160 lbs. -long, straight brown hair -scar above left eye from piercing -no tattoos Read More: http://www.1310news.com/2017/06/12/police-seek-woman-missing-since-april/

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Statement in Senate about 2017 EFry Conference – CAEFS

“Honourable Senators, This past Friday, Senator St. Germaine and I had the honour of presenting at the conference, entitled, “The Need for Justice and Equality for Indigenous and All Women” cohosted by the Elixabeth fry society du Quebec, the association canadienne des societies Elizabeth fry et l’University de Montreal. Held on unceded Mohawk territory, opened […]

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Trying to keep that momentum going’: Missing and murdered indigenous women walk marks tenth anniversary – Edmonton Journal

June 11, 2017 The signs covered the front steps of Edmonton City Hall, left there for safekeeping while the loved ones of the women in the pictures prayed and listened to speeches inside. Some bore the names and faces of women who have disappeared from the Edmonton area, including Shelly Dene and Misty Faith Potts. […]

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Council to provide update on inquest recommendations – Tbnewswatch.com

City staff and council will be discussing the progress on the recommendations from the coroner’s inquest into the deaths of seven First Nation teens Monday night. THUNDER BAY — City staff and council will be talking on Monday night about what’s been done to meet the recommendations from the coroner’s inquest into the deaths of […]

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Safety in numbers: First Nations communities look to analytics to reduce risk of their most vulnerable – Ottawa Citizen

June 11, 2017 For indigenous women and children most at risk of violence, there is safety in numbers. At least that’s the hope of an innovative indigenous-led project to harness the power of big data to first identify, then protect indigenous communities’ most vulnerable members. Too many indigenous people “have fallen through the cracks of […]

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Prime Minister underlines commitment to fight sex crimes and trafficking

Ottawa, Ontario June 9, 2017 The Government of Canada is committed to combat sexual crime and human trafficking for sexual exploitation. These crimes are global problems that have devastating impacts on their victims. That is why the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today underscored that, as part of the Government of Canada’s continued financial support for […]

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Recent Deaths in Residential Care: Statement of The Ontario Association of Child and Youth Care

TORONTO, June 8, 2017  – The recent article in the news about the fire at a Kawartha Lakes Foster Home raises numerous concerns.  Regulations in residential care facilities should be about safe environments that create the best possible circumstances to provide care to our provinces children.  However, some of the recent situations have left us questioning […]

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Statement from Marion Buller, Chief Cmmissioner

I have spent the past few days contemplating what we all heard during the community hearings of the Truth Gathering Process in Whitehorse. Over three days, we’ve heard many stories of loss, we’ve heard anger, we’ve heard pain. We also heard courage and strength and hope. What has moved me most of all was the […]

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Alberta man to plead guilty to murdering 2 Saskatchewan women in 2007, 2009:Crown – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Jun 8, 2017  EDMONTON _ A Crown prosecutor says an Alberta man will plead guilty to killing two indigenous women in 2007 and 2009. Gordon Alfred Rogers of Red Deer is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Jeanette Chief and Violet Heathen, who were both from Onion Lake […]

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Annual Report responding to Seven Youth Inquest set for June 12 – City of Thunder Bay

June 7, 2017 – A report outlining the City’s response to the recommendations directed to the City in the Seven Youth Inquest will be presented to City Council at Committee of the Whole on June 12. The Inquest into the deaths of seven First Nations youth began on October 5, 2015 and concluded on June […]

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Judge denies bail for man accused of killing indigenous woman in Winnipeg – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Jun 8, 2017 WINNIPEG _ A man accused of killing an indigenous woman whose body was found in a farmer’s field has been denied bail. Brett Overby, who is 30, looked over to his family in the courtroom as a judge ruled he must stay behind bars while awaiting trial on a charge […]

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New Website for the Kativik Regional Police Force

Kuujjuaq, Québec, June 8, 2017 – The Kativik Regional Police Force (KRPF) launches today its new website, www.krpf.ca, in Inuktitut, English and French. The new platform promotes security measures and tips, and contains other news and information related to public security in Nunavik. For the KRPF, the new website represents an effective way to enhance […]

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Grieving biological mom wins court battle for rights to daughter’s remains – CTV News

June 8, 2017 Members of the Louis Bull First Nation held a ceremonial drum circle outside the Edmonton law courts on Wednesday to celebrate a judge’s decision to grant June Deschamps the rights to her 23-year-old daughter’s remains. Danika Deschamps Yellowhorse died from a heart attack on Saturday following complications with her medication for juvenile […]

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Thunder Bay Police say they are not in crisis – Sudbury.com

THUNDER BAY – In the wake of several First Nation youth death investigations, an ongoing review looking into possible systemic racism and growing mistrust from First Nation chiefs, leadership with the Thunder Bay Police say there is no crisis. “I don’t see the situation as a crisis,” said acting Thunder Bay Police Service Chief, Sylvie Hauth. […]

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Alberta has highest provincial aboriginal female homicide rate: StatsCan – Edmonton Journal

June 8, 2017 A new Statistics Canada study shows Alberta’s homicide rate for aboriginal women was more than seven times that of non-aboriginal women. Aboriginal women in Alberta also face higher homicide rates than in any other province, the sweeping report on women and the justice system found, a finding that one Edmonton advocate calls “startling.” Between […]

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Not ‘necessary’ for RCMP to review 3 Indigenous deaths, Thunder Bay police say – Thestar.com

Thunder Bay Police are in ‘damage control,’ says Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler June 7, 2017 The Thunder Bay Police Service says it is not “necessary” or “practical” to have the RCMP reinvestigate the recent deaths of three Indigenous people. Acting police chief Sylvie Hauth told a Thunder Bay news conference Wednesday that […]

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TBPS News Conference: Realities and Challenges

Incident Date: Wednesday, June 7, 2017 – 15:00 Location: Thunder Bay Date Published: 2017-06-07 The follow are the joint statements issued today as part of the Thunder Bay Police Service news conference. June 7, 2017 1:30 p.m. – Balmoral HQ Introduction: Good afternoon. I’m Acting Chief Sylvie Hauth. I’m joined today by Thunder Bay Police […]

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Ontario Making Criminal Justice System Faster and Fairer in Northwestern Ontario

Province Expanding Bail Programs and Hiring More Prosecutors June 7, 2017 Ontario is moving forward with 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 northwestern Ontario. The plan will enhance public safety by making it possible to resolve criminal […]

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Distraught Innu leader issues poignant plea for troubled youth after son’s death – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Jun 7, 2017 13:17 ST. JOHN’S, N.L. _ An aboriginal leader in Labrador who recently lost his 16-year-old son to suicide is calling on the federal and provincial governments to dramatically alter the way they treat Innu youth with substance abuse problems. Simeon Tshakapesh, deputy grand chief of the Innu Nation, has written an […]

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CWP: Human rights are not a zero sum game

June 07, 2017 As the country gears up for Canada 150 celebrations this summer, much of the focus has been on celebrations of Canada’s achievements – but the data on poverty shows there is a long way to go. In Canada, as many as 50,000 people experience some form of homelessness on any given night. […]

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Take it from a human rights lawyer: the system screwed up in seeking justice for ‘Angela Cardinal’ – CBC

I thought I’d heard everything. But I was truly astounded reading about Cardinal’s treatment Jun 07, 2017 Few things should rattle a human rights lawyer. Work in this business long enough, and you’ll think you’ve seen everything. But I was legitimately horrified reading about the callous disregard for Angela Cardinal’s basic human rights when she […]

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Hundreds participated in largest KAIROS Blanket Exercise ever

Jun 03, 2017 Despite the threat of rain, about 800 people converged on Parliament Hill on June 2 for the largest KAIROS Blanket Exercise ever. They came to mark the second anniversary of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action and renew their commitment to reconciliation. The Kitchi Blanket Exercise lived up to […]

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First Nation leader wants OPP commissioner to apologize – Sudbury.com

First Nation leader calling for a retraction and apology from OPP following statement by commissioner; OPP say the initial request to review the investigation into the death of Stacy DeBungee was refused because of ongoing review into Thunder Bay Police. THUNDER BAY – The Ontario Provincial Police are providing more details on statements made from […]

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The Canada most people don’t see – Macleans

It has an unemployment rate worse than Sudan. The infant mortality rate is worse than Russia. And the injustice is appalling. June 5, 2017 Imagine your daughter, 15 years old, sneaks some booze and gets drunk for the first time. She is found by the police, who arrest and handcuff her. A male cop body […]

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Racism against Indigenous people based on skin colour, language, chiefs tell Quebec inquiry – Montreal – CBC

‘Still today, we’re dealing with discrimination, and this needs to stop,’ Algonquin leader testifies Jun 07, 2017 Algonquin leaders who testified Tuesday at the Quebec inquiry into the treatment of Indigenous people say they face discrimination because of the colour of their skin — or because French is their second or third language. “I was […]

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Grief, grace mark memorial – Winnipeg Free Press

The place where Christine Wood waited to be found is covered in flowers now. The place where she rested is guarded with rocks. The spot where she lay is watched by the green leaves of young soybeans and a white wooden cross. Christine isn’t there anymore. Ten months after she went missing, and eight weeks […]

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Suspicious fire deals blow to powwow plans on Saskatchewan First Nation – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Jun 6, 2017 RAYMORE, Sask. _ A fire on the Kawacatoose First Nation in Saskatchewan has dealt a blow to the reserve’s powwow planning. Community members estimate half of a large arbour, which held an announcer’s stand and provided shelter during powwows, is damaged after parts of the structure burnt down after 9 […]

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Vigil held in field where body of slain indigenous woman was found – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Jun 6, 2017 WINNIPEG _ Relatives and friends of a slain indigenous woman from northern Manitoba held a vigil Tuesday in a field just outside Winnipeg where her body was found. Christine Wood from the Oxford House First Nation was 21 when she disappeared in August while she and her parents were in […]

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Anishinabek Police Service (APS) Officers Vote Down Employer Offer – PSAC

On May 31, 2017, Anishinabek Police Service (APS) officers who are represented by the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) voted down the employer’s final offer vote conducted by the Ministry of Labour over three days (May 29-31). “We were surprised that the employer, instead of negotiating with us, went to the members with an […]

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Opening of the hearings of the Public Inquiry Commission on relations between Indigenous Peoples and certain public services in Quebec: Listening, Reconciliation and Progress

Jun 05, 2017 Val-d’Or, June 5, 2017 – Québec Native Women (QNW) wishes to respond following the opening of the hearings of the Public Inquiry Commission on relations between Indigenous Peoples and certain public services in Quebec: Listening, Reconciliation and Progress. Up until now, QNW is satisfied with the process of the Inquiry, which has […]

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Vigil to be held in field where body of slain indigenous woman was found – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Jun 6, 2017  WINNIPEG _ The family of a slain indigenous woman from northern Manitoba was planning a vigil Tuesday in a field just outside Winnipeg where her body was found. Christine Wood from the Oxford House First Nation was 21 when she disappeared in August while she and her parents were in […]

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Sask Suspicious Fire – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire Jun 6, 2017 RAYMORE, Sask. – A fire on a Saskatchewan First Nation has dealt a blow to the reserve’s powwow planning. Community members estimate half of a large arbour, which held an announcer’s stand and provided shelter during powwows, is damaged after parts of the structure burnt down after […]

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Public Inquiry Commission on Relations between Indigenous Peoples and some Public Services in Quebec

The AFNQL has Confidence in the Process WENDAKE, QC, June 6, 2017 – While participating in the second day of the working proceedings of the Public Inquiry Commission between Indigenous Peoples and some Public Services in Quebec, the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL) commends Commissioner Viens’ efforts in a first round of hearings which will […]

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RCMP and Winnipeg police suspend organized-crime and warrant task forces – CBC

Changes follow flat provincial funding for city, but the province says it played no role in the decision Jun 06, 2017 Manitoba’s RCMP and Winnipeg’s police have dissolved two of six their joint units and have reassigned the officers to other duties in the wake of flat provincial funding for the City of Winnipeg. The […]

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Ottawa continues to fail Indigenous children – The Globe and Mail

Jun. 06, 2017 At St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, just across the street from the Supreme Court of Canada, there is a small display paying tribute to Dr. Peter Henderson Bryce, an underappreciated legend of Canadian public health. In 1907, when he was chief medical officer for the federal government, Dr. Bryce penned the Report on […]

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Teen who killed Saskatoon baby Nikosis Cantre back in court – CBC

Hearing will decide whether teen should be sentenced as adult Jun 06, 2017 A teenage girl who admitted to killing six-week-old Nikosis Cantre last year in Saskatoon is back in court on Tuesday. One of the issues is whether the teen should be sentenced as an adult. The 17-year-old pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. Crown […]

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Chiefs demand answers on Thunder Bay river deaths – Thestar.com

These deaths in the city’s waterways has caused a crisis of confidence in policing; specifically, the credibility of investigations into the deaths of Indigenous people. June 6, 2017 Recent deaths have once again confirmed the inability of the Thunder Bay Police Service (TBPS) to conduct credible investigations into the epidemic of deaths of Nishnawbe Aski […]

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Parallel lives: A lost boy and the mother who loved him but couldn’t save him – CBC

Pierre and Angela Gregoire lived apart but walked the same path from Labrador to Quebec, through foster care Jun 06, 2017 Angela Gregoire is sorry. She’s sorry she forgot about our appointment. It slipped her mind — she’s grieving. When we meet, it’s just two weeks since her son, Pierre, died, a week since his […]

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BR MMIW Inquiry – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire Jun 6, 2017  WHITEHORSE – Families who shared heart-breaking stories about their missing and murdered love ones in Yukon last week say the national inquiry where they spoke must keep listening and adapting as it moves to other communities. Whitehorse was the first community to host public testimony for the […]

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BR Alta Assault Victim Confined – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire Jun 6, 2017 EDMONTON – Alberta’s justice minister says she is launching two investigations into a case where a sexual assault victim was shackled and jailed and forced to ride in a prison van with her attacker. Kathleen Ganley calls the facts of the case disturbing and tragic. She says […]

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Families of missing, murdered indigenous women share hopes for future of inquiry – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Jun 5, 2017  By Laura Kane THE CANADIAN PRESS WHITEHORSE _ Relatives who poured out heart-wrenching stories of their missing or murdered loved ones in Yukon say the national inquiry must keep listening and adapting as it moves on to other communities. The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls […]

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Ontario human rights tribunal mulls hearing Cleveland Indians complaint – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Jun 5, 2017  By Michelle McQuigge THE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO _ Ontario’s human rights tribunal is considering hearing a complaint that seeks to bar the Cleveland Indians from being able to use their team name or wear specific logos at major league baseball games played in Toronto. The complaint was filed last October, […]

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Heavy hearts’: 2 children die in separate water incidents in Manitoba, Alberta – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Jun 5, 2017 A three-year-old boy has drowned in Manitoba. The boy was reported missing early Friday night on the Poplar River First Nation in Manitoba. Police say the boy was with his family at a residence on the water when he wandered away. A search began along the shoreline and at homes […]

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Study: Women in Canada: Women and the Criminal Justice System

June 06, 2017 Violence against women has been recognized at both national and international levels as an important issue and one that affects individuals, families and society as a whole. Violence against women also acts as a barrier to the advancement of gender equality in Canada and around the world. Women experience different types of […]

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Statement: NunatuKavut President says Beatrice Hunter Detainment Exposes Deep Flaws in the Justice System and Need for Change

HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, LABRADOR, June 5, 2017 – NunatuKavut Community Council (NCC) President Todd Russell today issued the following statement relating to Beatrice Hunter’s placement at Her Majesty’s Penitentiary in St. John’s: “Our thoughts are with Beatrice Hunter and her family during this extremely challenging time. We understand how difficult it must be for Beatrice […]

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ITK Joins Nunatsiavut Government In Questioning Detention Of Inuk Grandmother

June 2, 2017 – Ottawa, Ontario – Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) supports the Nunatsiavut Government in objecting to the decision of the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Justice and Public Safety to hold Nunatsiavut woman Beatrice Hunter at a prison for medium- to maximum-security male offenders in St. John’s. Hunter was detained on Monday for […]

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Arguments over bail being heard for suspect in missing Manitoba woman’s death – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Jun 5, 2017  WINNIPEG _ A bail hearing is underway for a man accused of killing a Manitoba woman whose body was found last week in a farm field after she vanished almost 10 months ago in Winnipeg. Christine Wood, who was 21, was from the Oxford House First Nation and disappeared in […]

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