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Violence in Indigenous communities: a vicious cycle that needs to be broken

Kahnawake, February 17, 2017 – Quebec Native Women (QNW) would like to highlight the courage of the women and children who, despite facing great social pressure and many other hardships, have bravely spoken out against the situation of sexual abuse that persist within their communities on Radio-Canada “Enquete” show. QNW wishes to acknowledge the women […]

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Nation to Nation: Victory for 60s Scoop survivors – APTN

February 17, 2017 Nation to Nation this week speaks with Beaverhouse First Nation Chief Marcia Brown Martel, the lead plaintiff in Ontario’s 60s Scoop case about a major legal victory this week. Cree NDP MP Romeo Saganash speaks with Nation to Nation about his push to change the name of the building housing the Prime […]

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Update re OHRC & Thunder Bay Police Service

Incident Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 – 11:30 Incident Number: Joint Written Statement Location: Thunder Bay Date Published: 2017-02-15 Ontario Human Rights Commission – Thunder Bay Police Service Update The Thunder Bay Police Service is in the process of developing a comprehensive plan with the support of the Ontario Human Rights Commission. The goal of […]

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Disbarred lawyer only Manitoban among 56 who gouged residential school survivors – Winnipeg Free Press

Lawyers overcharged more than 2,500 people compensated for the abuse they suffered in residential schools, say documents revealed by Ottawa. Fifty-six of the lawyers had their fees reduced on more than 10 separate occasions and one lawyer had fees reviewed 257 times, and paid back more than $2 million. The Law Society of Manitoba disbarred […]

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Statement from Deputy Commissioner Craig Callens, Commanding Officer, RCMP in British Columbia

February 16, 2017 I would like to acknowledge the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission report on Policing in Northern BC. The report provides an external overview of a sample of RCMP occurrence files between 2008 and 2012, as well as input from a small number of community members, representatives of human rights and civil liberties […]

by pmnationtalk on February 17, 2017379 Views

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Toronto judge faces discipline hearing over land claim ‘intervention’ – Toronto Star

Feb 15, 2017 Justice Frank Newbould plans to retire June 1, which means his case may never be heard. A Toronto judge who provided advice on defending against a First Nations land claim, in an area where his family owns a cottage, is now facing a public discipline hearing. However, because Superior Court Justice Frank […]

by ahnationtalk on February 17, 2017101 Views

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Two deaths handled badly – Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal

Feb 17, 2017 ANYONE who would minimize complaints by indigenous people about treatment at the hands of officialdom need only look at what happened in Thunder Bay this week. In a series of alleged events surrounding two deaths in one family, police and correctional officials acted with no apparent regard for common decency. In a […]

by ahnationtalk on February 17, 2017153 Views

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OHRC: “Unfounded” – a human rights issue

February 16, 2017 By: Renu Mandhane, Chief Commissioner, Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) Robyn Doolittle’s ground-breaking investigation “Unfounded” exposes how police services across Canada are “ill-equipped or unwilling to investigate sexual assault cases” with nearly 20% being dismissed as “unfounded.” At one point in the story, Doolittle asks police to explain the disproportionate “unfounded” rates. […]

by pmnationtalk on February 17, 2017309 Views

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First Nation chief calls for charges against lawyer who overcharged residential school survivors – CBC

Manitoba lawyer was disbarred after he took nearly $1 million from 55 survivors Feb 17, 2017 The chief of a Manitoba First Nation says the lawyer who misappropriated nearly a million dollars from some of the community’s most vulnerable and traumatized people should face criminal prosecution. “I think he should be charged,” Sandy Bay Chief […]

by ahnationtalk on February 17, 2017286 Views

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Aboriginal leaders demanding answers in death of artist Moses Beaver – CTV

February 16, 2017 THUNDER BAY, Ont. — Aboriginal leaders say indigenous artist Moses Beaver has died under what they are calling unexplained circumstances. Beaver, a renowned Woodlands artist, is believed to have died in a jail in Thunder Bay, Ont., Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler and Nibinamik First Nation Chief Johnny Yellowhead said […]

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Hay River RCMP respond to house fire which results in one fatality

February 16, 2017 Hay River, Northwest Territories Hay River RCMP responded to a call for service on the K’atl’odeeche First Nation Reserve near Hay River, NT. RCMP arrived on scene at approximately 5:30 pm on Wednesday, February 15, to find a house fully engulfed in flames. The scene was attended by the Hay River Fire Department, Emergency Medical Services, Hay […]

by pmnationtalk on February 17, 2017311 Views

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N.B. introduces legislation to help victims of domestic violence – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Feb 17, 2017  FREDERICTON _ New Brunswick is proposing a new law it says would make it easier for victims of domestic violence to leave their abusive relationship. Premier Brian Gallant introduced the Intimate Partner Violence Intervention Act on Thursday, saying more must be done to end gender-based, domestic violence. He says the […]

by ahnationtalk on February 17, 2017290 Views

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BR RCMP Missing Women – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire Feb 17, 2017  OTTAWA – An independent watchdog is questioning some of the reporting by R-C-M-P officers in northern British Columbia, saying that it’s impossible to tell whether many missing-persons cases were properly investigated. The Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP also found serious record-keeping gaps and policy […]

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Sask. government pledges new laws to combat family violence – CBC

Feb 16, 2017 In 2015, Saskatchewan’s family violence rate was double the national average Saskatchewan’s alarming rate of family violence prompted provincial Justice Minister Gordon Wyant on Thursday to promise to address the problem. Wyant said he will propose a number of new laws in the upcoming legislative session. One would allow those fleeing domestic […]

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Central Alberta man gets life for killing mother of three by strangling her – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Feb 16, 2017  By Crystal Rhyno, Red Deer Advocate THE CANADIAN PRESS RED DEER, Alta. _ A man from Red Deer, Alta., who strangled a woman and left her body in a dumpster has been sentenced to life in prison with no parole for at least 13 years. Nathan Michael Desharnais, 28, pleaded […]

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Double tragedy for family of artist Moses Beaver – CBC

Feb 16, 2017 Beaver died Monday; his sister, Mary Wabasse, died Wednesday on the way to making his funeral arrangements The raw grief of one death had barely begun to settle in for the people of Nibinamik First Nation in northern Ontario when another tragedy struck. Artist Moses (Amik) Beaver, 57, died on Monday after […]

by ahnationtalk on February 17, 2017354 Views

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Investigation pending into fatal house fire at K’atl’odeeche reserve – CBC

1 person found dead inside home after fire was extinguished Feb 16, 2017 Weather is delaying the arrival of investigators to the scene of a fatal house fire last night at the K’atl’odeeche First Nation reserve near Hay River, N.W.T., according to RCMP. Members of the N.W.T. RCMP’s Forensic Identification Unit and Major Crimes Unit […]

by ahnationtalk on February 17, 2017337 Views

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AIAI: Judge Sides with ’60s Scoop Survivors Against Canada

Toronto, Ontario, February 15, 2017 – Recently Superior Court Justice Edward Belobaba ruled in a class-action lawsuit in favor of the 16,000 survivors of what is called ‘The 60’s Scoop’  From 1965 to 1984 aboriginal children were taken away and placed in non-indigenous care with no chance at having a proper cultural identity. It was […]

by pmnationtalk on February 16, 2017310 Views

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Opening Statement to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts – Preparing Indigenous Offenders for Release – Correctional Service Canada

(Report 3—2016 Fall Reports of the Auditor General of Canada) 15 February 2017 Michael Ferguson, CPA, CA FCA (New Brunswick) Auditor General of Canada Mr. Chair, thank you for this opportunity to present the results of our report on how Correctional Service Canada prepares Indigenous offenders for release back into the community. Joining me at […]

by pmnationtalk on February 16, 2017374 Views

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1 found dead, 1 injured in burned home on First Nation near Hay River, N.W.T. – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Feb 16, 2017  HAY RIVER, N.W.T. _ One person has died in a house fire on a First Nation in the Northwest Territories. RCMP got a call early Wednesday about a house on fire on the K’atl’odeeche First Nation Reserve near Hay River. The house was fully engulfed in flames when police got […]

by ahnationtalk on February 16, 2017346 Views

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N.S. pardons late Mi’kmaq leader: ‘The treatment of the grand chief was unjust’ – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Feb 16, 2017  By Aly Thomson THE CANADIAN PRESS HALIFAX _ The Nova Scotia government has pardoned and honoured a late Mi’kmaq grand chief, decades after he was convicted of illegal hunting. Gabriel Sylliboy received only the second posthumous pardon in Nova Scotia history, after black civil rights pioneer Viola Desmond. The province […]

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Moose Hide Day proclaimed in British Columbia

Feb. 16, 2017 VICTORIA – The provincial government has boosted its commitment to end violence against women and children by proclaiming today, Feb. 16, 2017, as Moose Hide Campaign Day in British Columbia. Men from throughout the province are gathering in Victoria for the campaign’s annual day of workshops, healing circles and discussion about how […]

by ahnationtalk on February 16, 2017396 Views

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Pardon, Apology, for Late Grand Chief Gabriel Sylliboy

February 16, 2017 Gabriel Sylliboy, a late grand chief of the Mi’kmaq, remembered for defending his people’s right to hunt and fish, received a posthumous pardon and apology from the province, today, Feb. 16, for his conviction for hunting illegally almost 90 years ago. Grand Chief Sylliboy was 44 years old in 1927 when he […]

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RCMP response to Chairperson-initiated complaint and public interest investigation into policing in Northern British Columbia

The Civilian Review and Complaint Commission’s (CRCC) investigation did not result in any findings of systemic misconduct by RCMP members in northern British Columbia. However, where weaknesses were identified, the RCMP has implemented policy or procedural updates to improve upon these areas. Please read a statement delivered by Deputy Commissioner Craig Callens, Commanding Officer of […]

by ahnationtalk on February 16, 2017437 Views

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Former Olympian Waneek Horn-Miller discusses her new ‘mission’: the MMIW inquiry – CBC

Feb 15, 2017 Mohawk media personality, health advocate to oversee how the inquiry connects with families, public For Waneek Horn-Miller, being part of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is more than just a job — it’s a mission. A Mohawk from Kahnawake, Que., Horn-Miller is a former Olympian, a […]

by ahnationtalk on February 16, 2017124 Views

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Pope Francis says Indigenous people have rights over their lands – CBC

Feb 15, 2017 Pope doesn’t cite Dakota pipeline by name, as Trump seeks to advance its construction Indigenous people must give prior consent for any economic activity on their ancestral lands, Pope Francis insisted Wednesday as the U.S. administration of Donald Trump seeks to advance construction on the $3.8-billion Dakota Access pipeline. Francis, who met […]

by ahnationtalk on February 16, 2017194 Views

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Reconciliation with indigenous peoples key to economic growth: justice minister – CP

Feb 15, 2017 OTTAWA – The federal Liberals remain fully committed to legal and policy reforms for indigenous people, Canada’s justice minister said Wednesday as she sought to deflect complaints that the government has so far only paid lip service to Aboriginal Peoples. There are those who question the strength of the Liberal government’s commitment […]

by ahnationtalk on February 16, 2017160 Views

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Alex Gervais death dominates first question period of B.C.’s spring legislative session – The Georgia Straight

February 16th, 2017 B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan has put the treatment of children and teenagers in government care at the top of the Official Opposition’s agenda. In the first question period of the spring session of the legislature, Horgan repeatedly asked Premier Christy Clark about the death of foster child Alex Gervais. Citing a […]

by ahnationtalk on February 16, 2017349 Views

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Indigenous police accused of dragging feet on child sexual abuse complaint in Quebec community – CBC

Innu woman tells Radio-Canada’s Enqûete Aboriginal police forces reluctant to investigate abuse allegations Feb 16, 2017 When Sylvane tried to file a police complaint last year against the chief of the small Innu community of Uashat-Maliotenam for allegedly sexually abusing her when she was a teenager, she ran into a roadblock. “The Aboriginal police didn’t […]

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Mi’kmaq chief to get pardon, apology years after death, conviction for hunting – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Feb 16, 2017  HALIFAX _ A unique ceremony is being held today to pardon and honour a Mi’kmaq grand chief who passed away in the 1960s, decades after he was convicted of illegal hunting. Gabriel Sylliboy will receive only the second posthumous pardon in Nova Scotia history, after black civil rights pioneer Viola […]

by ahnationtalk on February 16, 2017288 Views

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Watchdog chastises RCMP for poor reporting in missing persons cases – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Feb 16, 2017  By Jim Bronskill THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA _ An independent watchdog has uncovered shoddy reporting by RCMP officers in northern British Columbia that makes it impossible to tell whether many missing-persons cases were properly investigated. The Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP also found serious record-keeping gaps, policy […]

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BR RCMP Missing Women – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire Feb 15, 2017 OTTAWA – An independent watchdog says shoddy reporting by R-C-M-P officers in northern British Columbia makes it impossible to tell whether many missing-persons cases were properly investigated. The Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the R-C-M-P also found serious record-keeping gaps, policy weaknesses or compliance issues related […]

by ahnationtalk on February 16, 2017348 Views

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B.C. children’s ministry in line for budget boost, says finance minister – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Feb 15, 2017  By Dirk Meissner THE CANADIAN PRESS VICTORIA _ British Columbia’s finance minister says the Children and Family Development Ministry will get a financial boost in next week’s budget, but the Opposition New Democrats accused the Liberal government of playing catch up Wednesday after cutting funding since the party came to […]

by ahnationtalk on February 16, 2017341 Views

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Family violence in Canada: A statistical profile, 2015

February 16, 2017 According to self-reported data from the 2014 General Social Survey on Victimization (GSS), one-third (33%) of Canadians aged 15 and older experienced some form of maltreatment during childhood. Child maltreatment includes physical and/or sexual abuse before the age of 15 by someone aged 18 or older, as well as witnessing violence by a parent or guardian against another adult. Police-reported […]

by pmnationtalk on February 16, 2017526 Views

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Guatemala’s indigenous seek recognition for justice system – CP

Source: The Associated Press Feb 15, 2017  By Sonia Perez D. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SOLOLA, Guatemala _ The law works as it has for centuries in the Guatemalan indigenous community of Solola: Townsfolk bring grievances and local authorities make rulings, usually with a speed unheard of in a country where justice is often delayed, if it comes […]

by ahnationtalk on February 16, 2017292 Views

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Victims remembered – The Chronicle Journal

February 15, 2017 Sharon Johnson knows the grief of losing a family member and not having the closure of finding out what happened. Her sister, Sandra Johnson, was found murdered 25 years ago near the Neebing-McIntyre Floodway on Feb. 13, 1992. Sharon Johnson has been the organizer and founder of the Valentine’s Day Memorial Walk, […]

by ahnationtalk on February 15, 2017324 Views

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Edmonton-based march highlighting missing and murdered indigenous women now in its 12th year – Edmonton Sun

February 14, 2017 Hundreds of people squeezed into the basement of Sacred Heart Church on Tuesday evening before embarking on an annual march for missing and murdered women. Danielle Boudreau started the Memorial March of Edmonton for Missing and Murdered Women in 2006 after both her friend and sister-in-law were murdered. “We wanted to them […]

by ahnationtalk on February 15, 2017282 Views

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Sixties Scoop survivors in Ottawa ‘ecstatic’ with lawsuit ruling – CBC

$1.3B class-action lawsuit involves 16,000 Indigenous people in Ontario Feb 15, 2017 Survivors of the Sixties Scoop living in Ottawa are “ecstatic” that an Ontario judge has ruled in favour of other survivors in a bitterly fought class-action lawsuit against the federal government, but warn there’s still “healing left to do.” The landmark decision came […]

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I’m still trying to find out who I am,’ B.C. survivor says of Sixties Scoop legacy – CBC

Tuesday’s ruling in favour of Ontario survivors encouraging for similar claim in B.C., lead plaintiff says Feb 14, 2017 An Ontario judge ruled Tuesday in favour of Sixties Scoop survivors from that province, finding Canada failed to prevent thousands of on-reserve children who were placed with non-Indigenous families from losing their heritage. But it’s just […]

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ONWA: 9th Annual Valentine’s Memorial Walk

February 15, 2017 Keeping the memory of a loved one alive is just one of the reasons so many people take part in the Annual Memorial Walk organized by Sharon Johnson and friends. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the unsolved death of her younger sister Sandra Kaye Johnson. The walk Tuesday started off […]

by pmnationtalk on February 15, 2017250 Views

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New Alberta consortium to ensure First Nations children’s health needs are met – Global News

February 14, 2017 A new health partnership was launched in Alberta on Tuesday with the goal of improving the coordination of health care service delivery to First Nations children in the province. The First Nations Health Consortium is a partnership between the Bigstone Health Commission, the Kee Tas Kee Now Tribal Council, Maskwacis Health Services […]

by ahnationtalk on February 15, 2017504 Views

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Judge Newbould could be removed from office after complaint from Indigenous Bar Association – SooToday.com

The Canadian Judicial Council has announced a public inquiry into the conduct of the Ontario judge overseeing Essar Steel Algoma’s restructuring. The inquiry will focus on an unrelated matter involving a land claim at Sauble Beach The Ontario Superior Court justice overseeing Essar Steel Algoma’s insolvency proceedings faces possible removal from the bench for remarks […]

by ahnationtalk on February 15, 2017325 Views

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Candlelight vigil hears heartbreaking MMIW stories – StarPhoenix

It was a tear-filled Valentine’s Day for people who gathered in downtown Saskatoon to honour missing and murdered indigenous women. The event opened with a smudging ceremony and prayer, but emotions were at their highest when family members began to share the stories of the women they lost. Carol Wolfe, whose daughter Karina Wolfe was […]

by ahnationtalk on February 15, 2017290 Views

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Enhancing Police Response to Sexual Violence

Province Funding Projects Focused on Innovation and Supporting Survivors February 15, 2017 8:00 A.M. Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services Ontario is supporting people who have experienced sexual assault through a program that builds partnerships between community and justice partners, front-line victim service providers and police services across the province. Fifteen two-year pilot projects […]

by pmnationtalk on February 15, 2017381 Views

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AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde Welcomes Sixties Scoop Court Decision: “Children of the Sixties Scoop Deserve Justice”

AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde Welcomes Sixties Scoop Court Decision: “Children of the Sixties Scoop Deserve Justice” OTTAWA, Feb. 14, 2017  – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde welcomed today’s decision by the Ontario Superior Court in the Sixties Scoop class-action lawsuit. “Children of the Sixties Scoop deserve justice, healing and reconciliation,” […]

by ahnationtalk on February 14, 2017586 Views

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Ruling in favour of Sixties Scoop survivors should be just the beginning, Ontario survivor says – CBC

Apology, recommendations, should follow Ontario judge’s ruling on Sixties Scoop, survivors says Feb 14, 2017 An Ontario judge has ruled in favour of survivors of the Sixties Scoop, but a First Nations man in Thunder Bay, Ont., says that should be just the beginning. On Tuesday, a judge ruled that Canada failed to take reasonable […]

by ahnationtalk on February 14, 2017284 Views

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It’s a vindication’: Sask. survivor welcomes Sixties Scoop ruling – CBC

Premier Brad Wall hasn’t yet followed through on apology Feb 14, 2017 A Saskatchewan woman is ecstatic about Tuesday’s landmark court ruling on the Sixties scoop, calling it a powerful indictment of the federal government and all those who participated in Canada’s “colonial” system. Raven Sinclair is one of roughly 20,000 Indigenous children who were […]

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Judge sides with ’60s Scoop survivors; damages now to be decided – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Feb 14, 2017 By Colin Perkel THE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO _ Canada failed to take reasonable steps to prevent thousands of on-reserve children who were placed with non-native families from losing their indigenous heritage during the ’60s Scoop, an Ontario judge ruled in a landmark case Tuesday. The decision in the long-running and […]

by ahnationtalk on February 14, 2017303 Views

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List of recent Ontario fires with multiple deaths – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Feb 14, 2017 A deadly fire that killed three people in Brampton, Ont. is the latest in a series of blazes to claim multiple lives in Ontario in the past year. Here are some examples: – Flames broke out at an isolated home near Chatham, Ont. in late January. Two victims were reported […]

by ahnationtalk on February 14, 2017339 Views

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CLC: Remembering missing and murdered Indigenous women at February 14 Memorial Marches

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 Every year on February 14, marches are held across Canada to remember missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. The first happened in 1991 following the murder of a Coast Salish woman on Powell Street in Vancouver. Indigenous women have worked tirelessly with allies for years to draw attention to and […]

by pmnationtalk on February 14, 2017276 Views

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