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Solitary confinement conditions ‘unacceptable,’ Ontario minister says – The Globe and Mail

Nov. 23, 2016 Ontario’s Corrections Minister has appealed to the Premier for new prison spending and dispatched a 25-member team to examine conditions in segregation cells across the province as part of a response to revelations about the use of solitary confinement in provincial institutions. David Orazietti divulged the new steps during a sit-down interview […]

by ahnationtalk on November 23, 2016178 Views

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Minister Wilson-Raybould Appoints Deputy Judges to the Territories

November 23, 2016 – Ottawa, ON – Department of Justice Canada The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, is pleased to announce the appointment of 22 Deputy Judges to the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories, the Supreme Court of Yukon, and the Nunavut Court of Justice. These appointees are […]

by pmnationtalk on November 23, 2016202 Views

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Toronto event on missing murdered Indigenous women and girls features Colombian peace builder, November 25

Nov. 22, 2016 (Toronto, ON) – The root causes of violence against women in Canada and Colombia, and how to stop it, will be the focus of No Mas! End Violence Against Women Now – a panel discussion in Toronto sponsored by KAIROS Canada on November 25, the UN International Day to End Violence against […]

by pmnationtalk on November 23, 2016217 Views

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International Day on the Elimination of Violence against Women – 25 November

Joint call by UN Rapporteur on Violence against Women and all other global and regional mechanisms to end femicide and gender-based violence GENEVA (22 November 2016) – Speaking ahead of the International Day on the Elimination of Violence against women, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, the Committee […]

by ahnationtalk on November 23, 2016190 Views

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Quebec premier not closed to inquiry into relations between aboriginals and police – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Nov 22, 2016 QUEBEC _ The Quebec government isn’t rejecting calls for an independent, provincial inquiry into relations between indigenous people and police, Premier Philippe Couillard said Tuesday. Despite being careful not to commit to anything, Couillard signalled for the first time since news broke in 2015 that women in a northern town […]

by ahnationtalk on November 23, 2016201 Views

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Homicide in Canada, 2015

November 23, 2016 Canadian police services reported 604 homicides in 2015, 83 more than the previous year. The homicide rate increased by 15% in 2015 to 1.68 per 100,000 population, the highest rate since 2011. The higher number of homicides for 2015 was primarily due to increases in Alberta (+27 homicides), Saskatchewan (+19) and Ontario (+18). One-quarter (25%) of the 604 homicide victims were reported by police as an Aboriginal person. As well, 33% […]

by pmnationtalk on November 23, 2016202 Views

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Crown’s Failure to pursue charges Against Val-d’Or Officers will have Chilling Effect

November 21, 2016 TORONTO, ON: Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Anna Betty Achneepineskum joins Indigenous leaders who fear that the Crown’s failure to pursue charges against six Quebec provincial police officers over allegations of physical and sexual abuse against Indigenous women in Val-d’Or, Quebec, will have a chilling effect on others seeking justice: […]

by pmnationtalk on November 22, 2016198 Views

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Police and governments must do more to earn the trust of Indigenous women in Canada: Amnesty International supports call for an inquiry into relations between police and Indigenous peoples in Quebec

November 21, 2016 New information released last week concerning police investigations into allegations of sexual violence and other abuses of Indigenous women and men in northern Quebec highlights the urgent need to ensure better police accountability, particularly for individuals and communities who have experienced a history of severe human rights violations in Canada. “Indigenous women […]

by pmnationtalk on November 22, 2016163 Views

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United Nations calls on Canada to implement a comprehensive National Gender Equality Plan

(Ottawa, November 18, 2016) In extensive Concluding Observations issued today, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women calls on federal, provincial and territorial governments to establish a comprehensive National Gender Equality Plan that will address the structural factors that perpetuate women’s inequality in Canada. The Committee expresses serious concern that the […]

by pmnationtalk on November 22, 2016202 Views

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Alberta premier defends non disclosure in death of child in government care – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Nov 21, 2016 By Dean Bennett THE CANADIAN PRESS EDMONTON _ Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says her government withheld critical details surrounding the death of a child in care to protect the integrity of an ongoing police investigation. Notley told the legislature Monday that work continues in the case of the four-year-old girl […]

by ahnationtalk on November 22, 2016164 Views

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Quebec indigenous leaders renew call for inquiry into relations with police – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Nov 21, 2016  MONTREAL _ Quebec indigenous leaders are renewing calls for a public inquiry into the relationship between police and First Nations communities, even as the province continues to refuse. Ghislain Picard, chief of the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador, told a news conference Monday that it was unacceptable […]

by ahnationtalk on November 22, 2016163 Views

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Police ‘still actively investigating’ mysterious death of Charnelle Masakeyash – CBC

Nov 22, 2016 Mother of three from Mishkeegogamang First Nation disappeared last November The disappearance and death of a young mother from a northern Ontario First Nation is “still actively being investigated,” more than a year after she was reported missing and five months after her partial remains were found, provincial police say. The Ontario […]

by ahnationtalk on November 22, 2016172 Views

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Stop Solitary Confinement in Saskatchewan’s Prisons

(SASKATOON, SK – November 21, 2016) The Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice is failing to develop and implement short and long term plans to modernize the provincial incarceration system and in particular, to end the practice of solitary confinement. The province appears to operate in structural ignorance that it has a duty and an obligation to […]

by ahnationtalk on November 21, 2016223 Views

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The Couillard Government: Abdicating its Responsibilities toward First Nations

MONTREAL, Nov. 21, 2016 – Through persistent mistakes and turning its back on First Nations women who dared to denounce and in obstinately refusing to address police discrimination and systemic racism towards First Nations in Quebec, the Government of Philippe Couillard is abdicating its responsibilities toward First Nations. This is what the leaders of Quebec Native […]

by pmnationtalk on November 21, 2016211 Views

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We Believe You; NWAC Stands With The Sisters of Val-d’Or at the Human Rights Monument Tuesday

November 21, 2016 (Ottawa, ON) – The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is calling on all partners and concerned citizens to join them in recognizing the tragic outcome of the complaints filed by Indigenous women in Val-d’Or and other rural regions against members of the Quebec police force. In support of these women and […]

by ahnationtalk on November 21, 2016234 Views

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Supporting restorative justice programs through grants

Nov 21, 2016 The Government of Alberta is supporting restorative justice programs with $360,000 in grants to eligible non-profit organizations, First Nations and community groups. The program will provide up to $50,000 annually to organizations that practise, promote or develop restorative justice initiatives throughout Alberta. The programs are an alternative or supplement to any sentence […]

by pmnationtalk on November 21, 2016184 Views

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Media Invitation – Reaction to Systemic Racism Justice System and the Persistent Inaction from the Government of Quebec Regarding the Relationship Between Policing Services and First Nations and Administration of Justice

WENDAKE, QC, Nov. 20, 2016 – Media representatives are invited to a press conference: Date: Monday, November 21, 2016 Time: 1:00 pm Location: Delta Hotel (475 Président-Kennedy, Montréal, QC) ROOM: OPUS 1 AFNQL Chief Ghislain Picard, Grand Chief Dr. Matthew Coon Come of the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee)/Cree Nation Government, Chief Adrienne Anichinapéo […]

by pmnationtalk on November 21, 2016189 Views

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The Cree Nation deeply disturbed by lack of action on police abuse of indigenous women in Val d’Or

NEMASKA, Eeyou Istchee, QC, Nov. 18, 2016 – The Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee)/Cree Nation Government is deeply disturbed by reports concluding that the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions (DPCP) will not prosecute any of the charges of abuse brought forth by Indigenous women against officers of the Sûreté du Québec. An […]

by ahnationtalk on November 21, 2016184 Views

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Victims of systemic racism and two-tier justice – Is a relationship of trust still possible?

WENDAKE, QC, Nov. 18, 2016 – In reaction to the decision of the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions, but even more so in response to the findings and recommendations of independent observer Fannie Lafontaine, the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission (FNQLHSSC) is deeply disappointed by the systemic racism […]

by ahnationtalk on November 21, 2016223 Views

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Ombudsman for Victims of Crime Marks Restorative Justice Week

November 21, 2016 – HALIFAX (Nova Scotia) – Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime Canada’s Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime, Sue O’Sullivan, is in Halifax to participate in the 2016 Restorative Justice Week symposium November 21-22. Hosted by the Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Program, in partnership with the Nova Scotia Department […]

by ahnationtalk on November 21, 2016166 Views

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Aboriginal women: The Regroupement des centres d’amitié autochtones du Québec reacts to the DPCP’s ruling

WENDAKE, QC, Nov. 18, 2016  – The Regroupement des centres d’amitié autochtones du Québec (RCAAQ) is outraged by the Directeur des poursuites criminelles et pénales’ (DPCP) decision. After analyzing 37 allegations of physical and sexual abuse by Sureté du Québec agents of Aboriginal women, the DPCP ruled that charges will be pressed against only two police […]

by pmnationtalk on November 21, 2016174 Views

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They die horrible deaths’: Slain trans people remembered at emotional Winnipeg vigil – CBC

‘These are hate crimes,’ says one trans woman November 20, 2016 An elder held a feather and led a smudge as the names of 295 slain transgender people were read aloud at an emotional ceremony marking Transgender Day of Remembrance in Winnipeg Sunday night. “It’s a very solemn, you know, very emotional time for a lot […]

by pmnationtalk on November 21, 2016177 Views

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Restorative Justice Week

Restorative Justice Week is November 20-27, 2016. This year’s theme is Inspiring Innovation. Restorative justice is a response to crime that empowers Nunavummiut to be actively involved in the administration of justice. It brings the victims, offenders and community together to meet the needs of victims, hold offenders accountable and address the root causes of […]

by ahnationtalk on November 21, 201693 Views

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A lot of us are still running,’ residential school survivor says at Walk for Wenjack – CBC

Gord Downie fans launch commemorative walk for boy who died running away from residential school Nov 21, 2016 Chanie Wenjack was simply a “trespasser found dead” in the eyes of a railway inspector when his frozen body was beside the rail line near Redditt, Ont., in 1966. The 12-year-old run-away from residential school was always […]

by ahnationtalk on November 21, 2016184 Views

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Indigenous sexual abuse likely to dominate inquiry into murdered, missing women – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Nov 20, 2016 18:04 By Kristy Kirkup THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA _ Sharon Acoose remembers being groped as a child by an uncle who paid her in pocket change for her trouble _ the earliest roots of a life scarred by sex work, drug use and jail time. “He would give me a quarter […]

by pmnationtalk on November 21, 2016169 Views

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Anger and disappointment: Quebec Native Women condemns a racist and discriminatory system

Val-d’Or, November 18th, 2016 – Quebec Native Women (QNW) expresses disappointment, concern, and anger following the Crown prosecutor’s decision to press charges in just two of the 37 files containing allegations of sexual assault of Indigenous women by police officers. ”Once again, it is made clear that the criminal justice system is ill adapted to […]

by pmnationtalk on November 18, 2016217 Views

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Quebec prosecutors to speak about sex abuse allegations involving police officers – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Nov 18, 2016 8:30 VAL D’OR, Que. _ Crown prosecutors will speak today about the investigation into allegations that indigenous women in Val d’Or, Que. were sexually abused by provincial police officers. They’ve scheduled a news conference in the community about 530 kilometres northwest of Montreal. Various media reports earlier this week said the […]

by pmnationtalk on November 18, 2016215 Views

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Crown to explain its decision not to press charges in Val-d’Or abuse scandal – CBC

The Crown has faced mounting criticism from Indigenous leaders for choosing not to charge SQ officers Nov 18, 2016 A mother and father’s search for their missing daughter proved to be the catalyst for a process that will come to a conclusion, of sorts, on Friday. This afternoon, the Crown will explain its reasons for not […]

by pmnationtalk on November 18, 2016234 Views

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The Val-d’Or Native Friendship centre profoundly troubled by the DPCP’s ruling affecting Aboriginal women who were victims of sexual assault by Sûreté du Québec agents

VAL-D’OR, QC, Nov. 17, 2016 – The Val-d’Or Native Friendship Centre was deeply disappointed to learn the decision of Crown persecutors not to charge Val-d’Or police officers in regards to their alleged abuse of Aboriginal women. “We trusted the Canadian justice system and took part with good will in this process of a police investigation […]

by pmnationtalk on November 18, 2016207 Views

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Native women’s group wants public inquiry on police assault claims in Quebec – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Nov 17, 2016 17:09 VAL D’OR, Que. _ A native women’s group is calling on the Quebec government to launch a public inquiry into allegations of assault by police. The women responded today to reports that Crown officials will not lay charges against Quebec provincial police in the alleged sexual abuse of indigenous women. […]

by pmnationtalk on November 18, 2016204 Views

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Declaration of the Aboriginal Women of Val-d’Or

MONTREAL, Nov. 17, 2016 – It is with bitter disappointment and deep concern that we learned that the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions of Quebec (DCPP) will lay no criminal charges against the six police officers of Val-d’Or implicated by our denunciations last year. Eighteen months ago, at the Val-d’Or Native Friendship Centre, we […]

by pmnationtalk on November 18, 2016163 Views

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Chief urges another inquiry into SQ abuse – CTV

Nov 17, 2016 The Chief of the Quebec Assembly of First Nations is calling for an independent inquiry into the abuse allegations made by indigenous women against Sûreté du Québec officers. Following reports that Crown officials will not lay charges against SQ officers, Ghislain Picard stated that the issue is too broad to be adequately […]

by ahnationtalk on November 18, 2016191 Views

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Trudeau government asks Charlie Angus to wait 960 days for records on controversial hydro project – National Observer

Nov 16, 2016 Canada’s Justice Department has asked an elected federal politician to wait up to 960 days before it gives him information about the decision to grant permits for a controversial British Columbia hydroelectric project. The multibillion dollar Site C dam would create an 83-kilometre long reservoir on the Peace River, flooding farmland along […]

by ahnationtalk on November 18, 2016189 Views

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Law expert suggests ‘systemic racism’ against aboriginal women – Montreal Gazette

QUEBEC — Retired Sûreté du Québec officer Alain Juneau may end up being the only accused in a case of alleged widespread abuse of aboriginal women in Quebec. The Directeur des poursuites criminelles et pénales, Quebec’s crown prosecutors’ office, has confirmed Juneau, 56, faces charges of sexual assault and assault with a weapon. But Juneau, […]

by pmnationtalk on November 17, 2016233 Views

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Failure of Authorities to Press Charges Against Officers Accused of Sexual Abuse in Val-d’Or Exemplifies Systemic Violence Inflicted Upon Indigenous Women

November 16, 2016 (Ottawa, ON) – After  voicing their support of the brave Indigenous women of the Val d’Or region who came forward with their disturbing stories of abuse by Quebec police, it is with great sadness that the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) acknowledges that six of the officers under investigation will not be charged. […]

by pmnationtalk on November 17, 2016230 Views

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Diane Redsky dedicates award speech to the ‘future feminists’ in her family – CBC

Nov 15, 2016 Governor General’s award recipient reads emotional letter to granddaughter and nieces Indigenous advocate Diane Redsky used her national platform Tuesday to read a personal letter to the young women and girls in her family. The Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre executive director was one of six women honoured with 2016 Governor […]

by ahnationtalk on November 17, 2016215 Views

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Independent observer in Val-d’Or abuse scandal says police investigation ‘fair, impartial’ – CBC

Fannie Lafontaine appointed by Quebec to oversee probe into allegations of abuse by police officers Nov 16, 2016 The independent observer tasked with overseeing an investigation into the alleged abuse of Indigenous women in Val-d’Or, Que., by provincial police officers concluded the process was “fair and impartial” in a report made public Wednesday. Fannie Lafontaine, […]

by ahnationtalk on November 17, 2016203 Views

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Federal prison corporation’s selling of moccasins, drums for revenue ‘exploitative,’ says Cree-Metis artist – APTN

November 16, 2016 A Cree-Metis artist says a federal prison corporation program aimed at Indigenous inmates to produce moccasins and drums for revenue is “exploitative” and needs a serious overhaul. Dawn Marie Marchand, a Cold Lake First Nation and Metis artist, said she was extremely concerned after discovering a corporation run by Correctional Service of […]

by ahnationtalk on November 17, 2016197 Views

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AFN Calls for Explanation for Apparent Lack of Charges Following Val-d’Or Investigation

AFN Calls for Explanation for Apparent Lack of Charges Following Val-d’Or Investigation November 16, 2016 (Ottawa, ON and Wendake, QC)― The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) today called for an immediate explanation from the Crown prosecutor’s office in response to media reports that charges will be not be laid against six Québec provincial police officers […]

by ahnationtalk on November 17, 2016300 Views

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PQ wants independent probe into Val D’Or SQ sex abuse allegations – Montreal Gazette

November 17, 2016 The investigation was exhaustive. Detectives from the Montreal police interviewed some 31 alleged victims, over 100 witnesses and spent nearly 11,000 man-hours probing claims that Sûreté du Québec officers engaged in widespread abuse of aboriginal women in Val-d’Or. But in the end, their inquiry didn’t result in a single criminal charge against […]

by ahnationtalk on November 17, 2016145 Views

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No charges in Val-d’Or abuse scandal will breed further mistrust, Indigenous leaders say – CBC

Nov 16, 2016 ‘Our women should not be silenced, intimidated or discouraged,’ AFN regional chief says Reports that Crown prosecutors won’t charge six Quebec provincial police officers in Val-d’Or, Que., will breed mistrust of the justice system and dissuade other women from coming forward with allegations of abuse, Indigenous leaders warn. “I think it’s just […]

by ahnationtalk on November 16, 2016212 Views

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CBC public town hall on campus November 30th

November 16, 2016 CBC Radio One’s The Current is holding a Public Forum at UWinnipeg on Wednesday, November 30, with host Anna Maria Tremonti, to explore the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and to hear directly from the communities affected. People will also have the opportunity to experience The Current’s documentary The Highway […]

by pmnationtalk on November 16, 2016139 Views

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I remember them hypnotizing me’: Check out Episode 4 of Who Killed Alberta Williams – CBC

In 1989, 24-year-old Alberta Williams was found dead along the Highway of Tears near Prince Rupert, B.C. Police never caught her killer. Twenty-seven years later, her unsolved murder continues to haunt her family — and the retired cop who says he knows who did it. CBC News has produced an eight-part podcast and slideshow. Each […]

by ahnationtalk on November 16, 2016184 Views

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New grants to advance women’s equality and prosperity

Nov 16, 2016 Alberta Status of Women will support organizations that improve the lives of women and girls through $500,000 in grants. These grants create opportunities for community groups to pilot an innovative idea or expand successful projects to help Alberta women reach their full potential. Eligible organizations include registered charities, registered not-for-profits and community-based […]

by pmnationtalk on November 16, 2016164 Views

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Nunavut RCMP must learn better ways of handling the mentally ill, jury says – NunatsiaqOnline

November 16, 2016 Coroner’s inquest jury makes 25 recommendations The jury that sat on a coroner’s inquest into the 2012 death of a Nunavut man with serious mental health issues says the RCMP must find non-violent ways of dealing with people who are mentally ill. The six-member jury in Igloolik heard testimony about the death […]

by ahnationtalk on November 16, 2016187 Views

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Selkirk Avenue rooming house part of historic homicide investigation – CBC

No details provided about what led police to home in North End of Winnipeg Nov 15, 2016 Winnipeg police executed a search warrant in a North End rooming house Tuesday morning in connection with a historic homicide. Const. Jason Michalyshen said new information came to light that led police to execute a search at the […]

by pmnationtalk on November 16, 2016230 Views

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B.C. limits on probe into missing, murdered indigenous women vex advocates – Times Colonist

November 15, 2016 The B.C. government has issued an order-in-council that some legal advocates fear places new restrictions on the national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women. Attorney General Suzanne Anton said the order-in-council confirms the province’s support for the inquiry by giving commissioners the power to examine relevant matters within B.C. “It gives […]

by ahnationtalk on November 16, 2016207 Views

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AFNQL Supports the First Nation Women Who Dared to Break the Silence and Report Abuse by Police Officers

WENDAKE, QC, Nov. 16, 2016 – Regardless of the conclusions of the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions of Quebec following the SPVM investigation, in connection with First Nations women’s denouncements in the Val-d’Or area, the AFNQL will continue to accompany the efforts of our First Nations women who dared to denounce the situation of […]

by pmnationtalk on November 16, 2016196 Views

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Alta Child Deaths – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire Nov 15, 2016 EDMONTON – Alberta’s child and youth advocate is urging the province to do more to ensure kids who have been in government care are safe after they’ve been returned to their families. Del Graff says families need to be trained and proper assessments need to be done […]

by ahnationtalk on November 16, 2016167 Views

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No charges against Quebec police accused of abusing native women: reports – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Nov 15, 2016  MONTREAL _ Crown officials will not lay charges against Quebec provincial police in the alleged sexual abuse of indigenous women, various media reported Tuesday. The reports quoted unnamed sources as saying prosecutors don’t believe there is enough evidence for charges against officers accused of abuse in Val-d’Or, 530 kilometres northwest […]

by ahnationtalk on November 16, 2016136 Views

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