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AFN and Caring Society Mark 10th Anniversary of Human Rights Complaint on Discrimination Against First Nations Children

AFN and Caring Society Mark 10th Anniversary of Human Rights Complaint on Discrimination Against First Nations Children OTTAWA, Feb. 23, 2017  – Today, Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde and Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society (the Caring Society), marked the 10th anniversary of the […]

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Police begin making arrests in pipeline protest camp – CP

Source: The Associated Press Feb 23, 2017 12:51 By James MacPherson And Blake Nicholson THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CANNON BALL, N.D. _ Police in full riot gear began arresting Dakota Access pipeline opponents who remained in a protest camp in North Dakota on Thursday in defiance of orders to leave. Most protesters left peacefully Wednesday, when authorities closed the […]

by aanationtalk on February 23, 2017283 Views

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‘We’re lost in the shuffle’: Van De Vorst family upset after Catherine McKay sent to healing lodge – Regina Leader-Post

02.23.2017 Lou and Linda Van De Vorst were dismayed to learn that the woman who wiped out four members of their family while driving drunk last winter was transferred to a federal healing lodge shortly after being sentenced to 10 years in prison. The Van De Vorsts, whose son, daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren died in […]

by aanationtalk on February 23, 2017264 Views

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Nova Scotia Family’s Powerful Snow Sculptures Honour Missing, Murdered Indigenous Women – Huffington Post Canada

02/22/2017 A snow sculpting contest on a Nova Scotia First Nation was not only an opportunity for one family to build a powerful memorial to a slain relative, but also to cast a spotlight on Canada’s missing and murdered indigneous women. Mirya Obomsawin’s grandmother was inspired by something in her home for the competition on […]

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Ontario Introduces Legislation to Protect Human Trafficking Survivors

Province Increasing Protections and Holding Traffickers Accountable February 22, 2017 3:30 P.M. Women’s Directorate As part of Ontario’s Strategy to End Human Trafficking, Minister of the Status of Women, Indira Naidoo-Harris, introduced legislation today that would, if passed, increase protection for survivors and those at risk of human trafficking. The Anti-Human Trafficking Act, 2017 would create […]

by pmnationtalk on February 22, 2017382 Views

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Winnipeg police call for tips from public in cold case death of woman – CTV

February 22, 2017 Winnipeg police are renewing their call for tips from the public in a case involving a woman who was found dead in the city last year. Marilyn Rose Munroe, who was 41, was last seen alive on Feb. 12. Police say at the time, the aboriginal woman was wearing several layers of […]

by ahnationtalk on February 22, 2017324 Views

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CBABC Calls for Further Investment in BC Justice System

February 21, 2017 Victoria, BC – The Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch (CBABC) acknowledges some steps the BC Government has taken in improving access to justice for British Columbians but calls for further investment. “BC’s justice system requires significant investment to protect the ability of families and businesses to prevent and resolve legal problems in a […]

by pmnationtalk on February 22, 2017257 Views

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Amnesty International: ‘Politics of demonization’ breeding division and fear

RELEASED  WEDNESDAY 22 FEBRUARY 2017 (00.01 GMT)          Amnesty International releases its Annual Report for 2016 to 2017          Risk of domino effect as powerful states backtrack on human rights commitments          Salil Shetty, head of the global movement, warns that “never again” has become meaningless as states fail to react to mass atrocities Politicians […]

by pmnationtalk on February 22, 2017345 Views

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Saskatchewan visit gives Thunder Bay police hope to rebuild relationship with Indigenous people – CBC

Following trip, Ontario city force establishes Sudden Death Committee to examine investigations Feb 22, 2017 Police in Thunder Bay, Ont., have formed a Sudden Death Committee to examine how the service handles every death, whether it was a homicide, an accident or by natural causes. The committee will look at every aspect of the investigation […]

by ahnationtalk on February 22, 2017307 Views

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

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 […]

by ahnationtalk on February 21, 2017370 Views

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(hashtag)Waiting4UCanada: 10th anniversary of First Nations child welfare case

February 23, 2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the filing of the case on First Nations child welfare. Ten years is a long time, especially in the life of a child. Thousands of First Nations children have grown up and continue to grow up with inequitable services and fewer opportunities to grow up safely at […]

by ahnationtalk on February 21, 2017558 Views

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CSFS Safe House Funding Secured!

February 20, 2017 We are very excited to announce that Carrier Sekani Family Services has secured funding to build and operate a Safe House shelter to address family violence in partnership with Lake Babine Nation. The shelter will be built on the Lake Babine Nation Woyenne Reserve located beside the community of Burns Lake. The […]

by ahnationtalk on February 21, 2017437 Views

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Every inmate at Kenora, Ont., jail have addictions, mental health issues: human rights commissioner – CBC

‘This is a very unique population,’ Renu Mandhane says after visit to Kenora, Ont., jail Feb 21, 2017 Ninety per cent of inmates at the provincial jail in Kenora, Ont., are Indigenous and all of them are suffering from mental illness, cognitive impairment or addictions, according to the Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights […]

by ahnationtalk on February 21, 2017351 Views

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‘My only goal is to get justice’: Sue Caribou heads to MMIW inquiry’s 1st family advisory circle – CBC

Feb 20, 2017 Caribou’s niece, Tanya Nepinak, went missing from downtown Winnipeg in 2011 Sue Caribou will be sharing the stories of her family who have been murdered or disappeared in Manitoba at the first meeting of the family advisory circle in Toronto with the missing and murdered Indigenous women inquiry this week. Caribou’s niece, […]

by ahnationtalk on February 21, 2017178 Views

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Quebec Native Women Support Speaking Out – Netnewsledger

Kahnawake – 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. “Violence in our communities is a vicious cycle that […]

by ahnationtalk on February 21, 2017323 Views

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RCMP Northern BC Policing Investigation: First Nations and Human Rights Groups React

February 17, 2017 xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam)  – The Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action and Justice for Girls responded this morning to the report of the Public Interest Investigation regarding RCMP policing in northern British Columbia. The investigation was launched in 2013 by the Civilian […]

by pmnationtalk on February 21, 2017292 Views

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Canadian Police Complaints Body Report Falls Short – HRW

A long-awaited report into policing in northern British Columbia confirms many of the critical shortcomings raised by rights groups in the past, but falls short of adequately addressing issues affecting Indigenous communities, and Indigenous women and girls specifically. The report, the result of a three-year investigation by the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission (CRCC), began […]

by pmnationtalk on February 21, 2017263 Views

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How did this sex assault case end up in court? – Hamilton Spectator

Walter Cooke’s case should never have got to court This might be one of those damned if you do, damned if you don’t issues, but I have to write about it because the topic won’t leave me alone. I tried others, but this one kept tugging at my conscience. A few weeks ago, the Globe […]

by ahnationtalk on February 21, 2017364 Views

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Parents plead for help on missing woman’s 22nd birthday – CBC

Christine Wood has been missing since August 2016 Feb 17, 2017 The parents of a missing Manitoba woman renewed a plea for help Friday — which happens to be their daughter’s 22nd birthday. Sunday will mark six months since Christine Wood went missing. “We’re waiting for her every day and every second for her to […]

by ahnationtalk on February 21, 2017266 Views

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No hate speech charges laid in Colten Boushie case – CBC

‘It sends a message to Indigenous people’: Indigenous studies professor Feb 18, 2017 RCMP haven’t laid any hate speech charges related to statements made following the death of Colten Boushie, a decision which has left some experts shaking their heads. “It would probably be a good idea for the RCMP to send a message out […]

by ahnationtalk on February 21, 2017344 Views

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Statement from AFNQL Chief Ghislain Picard Following the Broadcast of the “Enquête” Report

WENDAKE, QC, Feb. 17, 2017 – Following the broadcast of Radio Canada’s “Enquête” television report on February 16th regarding the vicious cycle of abuse experienced in some First Nations communities in Quebec, the chief of the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL), Ghislain Picard, salutes the immense courage of all the victims who dared to […]

by ahnationtalk on February 17, 2017661 Views

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Caroline Cochrane: Update on the National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

Mr. Speaker, the Government of the Northwest Territories made a commitment in its mandate to support and participate in the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls in collaboration with families, Aboriginal governments, the federal government and other organizations. I would like to update Members today on the work our government is […]

by ahnationtalk on February 17, 2017346 Views

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Inquest called into the death of aboriginal artist Moses Beaver – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire Feb 17, 2017 14:43 THUNDER BAY, Ont. – An inquest will be held into the death of aboriginal artist Moses Beaver. Beaver, 56, was pronounced dead at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre on Feb. 13 after being transferred from a jail in Thunder Bay, Ont. Ontario’s regional supervising coroner […]

by pmnationtalk on February 17, 2017344 Views

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Inquest into the Death of Moses Beaver Announced

February 17, 2017 Dr. David Eden, Regional Supervising Coroner for Inquests, today announced that an inquest will be held into the death of Moses Beaver. Mr. Beaver, 56, was pronounced dead at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre on Feb. 13, 2017, following transfer from the Thunder Bay Jail. An inquest is mandatory under […]

by ahnationtalk on February 17, 2017411 Views

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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 […]

by ahnationtalk on February 17, 2017560 Views

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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 […]

by ahnationtalk on February 17, 2017321 Views

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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 […]

by aanationtalk on February 17, 2017337 Views

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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 […]

by ahnationtalk on February 17, 2017459 Views

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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, 2017391 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, 2017107 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, 2017158 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, 2017319 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 […]

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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 […]

by ahnationtalk on February 17, 2017322 Views

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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, 2017321 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, 2017299 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 […]

by ahnationtalk on February 17, 2017338 Views

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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 […]

by ahnationtalk on February 17, 2017327 Views

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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 […]

by ahnationtalk on February 17, 2017367 Views

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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, 2017363 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, 2017344 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, 2017318 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, 2017380 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, 2017354 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 […]

by ahnationtalk on February 16, 2017319 Views

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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 […]

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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 […]

by ahnationtalk on February 16, 2017619 Views

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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, 2017450 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, 2017128 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, 2017201 Views

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