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Notice and Application for Standing

TORONTO, March 13, 2017  – The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is now accepting applications for standing from interested parties. The application forms and instructions are available on the National Inquiry’s website, at www.mmiwg-ffada.ca , under “Legal Notices and Documents.” There is also an opportunity for those parties seeking standing to […]

by pmnationtalk on March 13, 2017458 Views

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Child welfare hearings must be sooner when kids seized: Manitoba court ruling – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Mar 10, 2017 12:13 By Steve Lambert THE CANADIAN PRESS WINNIPEG _ The Manitoba Court of Appeal has ruled that parents whose children are seized by social workers have a right to an expedited hearing if they want their kids back. The ruling involves a couple whose child was seized at birth in December […]

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Canadian Judicial Council recommends that Justice Robin Camp be removed from office

Ottawa, 9 March 2017 – Further to a public inquiry conducted under the Judges Act, the Canadian Judicial Council has now completed its review of the conduct of the Honourable Robin Camp. That review resulted in a Report to the Minister recommending that Justice Camp be removed from office. In accordance with s.13 of the […]

by pmnationtalk on March 10, 2017397 Views

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Remoteness Quotient Table to Ensure Equity in Delivery of First Nations Child Welfare Funding – NAN

OTTAWA, ON (March 10, 2017): Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler joined with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) Minister Carolyn Bennett today to announce a Remoteness Quotient Table (RQ Table) to address the unique costs of providing child welfare services in NAN First Nation communities. “This RQ Table is a commitment by […]

by pmnationtalk on March 10, 2017673 Views

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NFU Renews Call for (hashtag)NoDAPL in Solidarity with Standing Rock

March 09, 2017, Saskatoon In December 2016 a significant victory was achieved in North Dakota when pressure from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, along with other Indigenous and non-Indigenous supporters, managed to convince the Obama administration,through months of struggle,to deny a final permit to complete the Dakota Access Pipe Line (DAPL).  Completion of the pipeline […]

by pmnationtalk on March 10, 2017389 Views

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Girls’ group home in Nunavut capital to re-open in June – NunatsiaqOnline

March 09, 2017 Halifax-based agency that runs Cambridge Bay home chosen as service provider Iqaluit’s Illagiitugut group home for youth will re-open its doors as a residence for female adolescents this June, under a new service provider. Nunavut’s Department of Family Services signed a service contract last month with Atlantic Youth, a Halifax-based agency that […]

by ahnationtalk on March 10, 2017357 Views

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Media Release: Press Freedom Coalition Condemns Criminal Charges Against Reporter Justin Brake

TORONTO, March 9, 2017  – An international coalition of press freedom organizations have condemned in the strongest possible terms the criminal charges brought against Justin Brake, reporter and editor for The Independent, for his reporting on the Indigenous occupation of the Muskrat Falls site in October 2016. The charges are an outrageous assault by the […]

by pmnationtalk on March 10, 2017379 Views

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MMIWG: International Women’s Day Newsletter

Today is International Women’s Day. On this day honouring all women, girls and two spirited people, we’re sending you our first newsletter from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. We know it appears to be a slow-moving process. This is an unprecedented undertaking and will take time to do properly. In order […]

by pmnationtalk on March 10, 2017381 Views

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60s Scoop survivor reconnects with culture after 5 decades away – CBC

Manitoba-born Brent Mitchell was sent to New Zealand as a child in 1963 Mar 10, 2017 A Sixties Scoop survivor who returned to Canada for the first time after more than five decades in New Zealand says it’s been “absolutely amazing” to reconnect with his long-lost culture and community as he tries to find his […]

by ahnationtalk on March 10, 2017281 Views

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Media Advisory: Indigenous Families Heartbroken Murdered Sons Will Not be Meaningfully Included in the National Inquiry

Media Advisory – For Immediate Release Indigenous Families Heartbroken Murdered Sons Will Not be Meaningfully Included in the National Inquiry Expand the Inquiry Coalition Promises Separate Hearings for Families Left Out of Government Process OTTAWA, ONTARIO — (March 7, 2017) The Coalition to Expand the Inquiry is disappointed with the sudden and unexplained policy reversal […]

by pmnationtalk on March 9, 2017294 Views

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For persons with disabilities in Canada, education is not always an open door: CHRC report

March 9, 2017 – Ottawa, Ontario – Canadian Human Rights Commission People with disabilities in Canada are facing overwhelming barriers and challenges within our schools, says Canada’s human rights watchdog in a new study released today. In a report, entitled “Left Out: The treatment of persons with disabilities in Canada’s education system,” the Canadian Human […]

by ahnationtalk on March 9, 2017410 Views

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Fines assessed after Saskatchewan men admit to night hunting with spotlight – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Mar 9, 2017 KAMSACK, Sask. _ A provincial court judge has ordered fines of $1,500 each for two Saskatchewan men who pleaded guilty to unlawful hunting and illegally using a spotlight to hunt at night. Kevin Badger and Mathew Dubois, both residents of the Cote First Nation in the Kamsack area, entered the […]

by ahnationtalk on March 9, 2017198 Views

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Empowering Indigenous Women Now and in the Future

The Fifth National Indigenous Women’s Summit March 8, 2017 2:30 P.M. Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation On International Women’s Day, National Indigenous leaders, federal, provincial and territorial Ministers of Indigenous Relations and Status of Women, senior officials and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne met with delegates for the fifth National Indigenous Women’s Summit. Held in […]

by pmnationtalk on March 8, 2017395 Views

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Why gender is such a critical part of the national MMIW inquiry – CBC

What does it mean to go missing? What does it mean to disappear? At the lowest estimates, the Native Women’s Association of Canada and the RCMP have documented between about 600 and 1200 cases of murdered and missing Indigenous women from the last 30 years. Although Indigenous women make up four per cent of Canada’s […]

by ahnationtalk on March 8, 2017261 Views

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Statement by the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada on International Women’s Day

From Department of Justice Canada March 08, 2017 – Ottawa, ON – Department of Justice Canada The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today issued the following statement: “International Women’s Day is an occasion to recognize the achievements of women and girls. It is also an opportunity to raise awareness […]

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Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls – Stand With Us

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Join us on International Women’s Day for a panel discussion addressing the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Learn about the issues from a panel of Indigenous women and the screening of a short film. There will be a presentation on the situation of […]

by ahnationtalk on March 8, 2017322 Views

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The Future is Feminist: Femmy Awards to Highlight Local Women’s Rights Defenders on International Women’s Day

March 8, 2017: Six feminist leaders are being recognized with Femmy Awards for their tireless work advancing women’s human rights and gender equality in the Ottawa-Gatineau area. Encouraged by the recent groundswell of participation in feminist mobilizations in Canada and abroad, the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day event and Femmy Awards ceremony is […]

by pmnationtalk on March 8, 2017408 Views

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Edmonton’s Aboriginal Women’s Association brings in black belt to help make women safer – APTN

March 6, 2017 Across Canada, big cities can be unsafe for women. The Aboriginal Women’s Professional Association wants to change that. In Edmonton, women were invited to a self defence class to how to now make yourself a target. Read More: http://aptnnews.ca/2017/03/06/edmontons-aboriginal-womens-association-brings-in-black-belt-to-help-make-women-safer/

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Quebec First Nation can expel drug dealers under new rules aimed at curbing abuse – CBC

Mar 07, 2017 Obedjiwan residents approved banishment policy in referendum last November A First Nations community in northern Quebec has taken a novel approach to cracking down on drugs: banishing dealers from its territory. Last week, the Atikamekw community of Obedjiwan, located about 600 kilometres north of Montreal, expelled a suspected cocaine dealer who was […]

by ahnationtalk on March 8, 2017192 Views

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Student Legal Assistance sees increased use – The Gauntlet

March 7 2017 — Student Legal Assistance (SLA) expanded from working on 624 open files in 2015 to 707 over the 2016 calendar year. The SLA has also expanded their services to represent clients from rural communities in Alberta as well as First Nation reserves near Calgary. The SLA is the University of Calgary’s non-profit […]

by ahnationtalk on March 8, 2017194 Views

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Improving the reporting, charging and prosecution of sexual assaults against adults

March 8, 2017 – Ottawa, ON – Department of Justice Canada The safety and security of Canadians are of paramount importance to our Government. We also believe that public confidence in the criminal justice system is essential. For victims or survivors of sexual assault, building this confidence requires that we address the significant barriers they […]

by pmnationtalk on March 8, 2017360 Views

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Butterworth-Carr looks to make a positive change – Prince George Citizen

March 7, 2017 When Brenda Butterworth-Carr joined the RCMP 30 years ago as a native special constable in the Yukon, she wanted to create positive change. Now, as assistant commissioner and newly appointed commanding officer for the B.C. RCMP, Butterworth-Carr’s goal remains the same, both in the community and within the RCMP. “I’ve always kept […]

by ahnationtalk on March 8, 2017141 Views

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Ontario Combatting Systemic Racism and Breaking Down Barriers

Province Releases Three Year Anti-Racism Strategic Plan March 7, 2017 Ontario is combatting systemic racism by releasing a new three year strategic plan in order to break down barriers for racialized people across the province, including Black, Indigenous and other racialized communities. The government has heard from people that despite efforts to promote inclusion and […]

by ahnationtalk on March 7, 2017382 Views

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Missing, murdered women inquiry must support family participation: advocates – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Mar 7, 2017  By Steve Lambert THE CANADIAN PRESS WINNIPEG _ Families of missing and murdered women are still in the dark about how they can participate in the upcoming national inquiry, a coalition of Manitoba family members said Tuesday. The long-promised inquiry is scheduled to start formal hearings in May. But coalition […]

by ahnationtalk on March 7, 2017336 Views

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Missing, murdered women inquiry must support family participation: advocates – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Mar 7, 2017  WINNIPEG _ Manitoba advocates for families of missing and murdered indigenous women say they are worried the upcoming national inquiry will not provide enough support or answers for families. Hilda Anderson-Pyrz, co-chair of the group, says the inquiry is set to start in the spring and family members still have […]

by ahnationtalk on March 7, 2017235 Views

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NWAC Outlines How to Participate in the Inquiry & Find Support

NWAC Outlines How to Participate in the Inquiry & Find Support March 7, 2017 (Ottawa, ON) – Out of respect for the families and communities of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG), the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) has resisted relaying information on behalf of the Inquiry.  NWAC has been acting […]

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Canadian Bar Association BC Branch supports Law Society of BC’s vision for publicly funded legal aid

VANCOUVER, BC–(March 07, 2017) – The Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch (CBABC) welcomes a report released yesterday by the Law Society of BC (LSBC) entitled A Vision for Publicly Funded Legal Aid in British Columbia. The report concludes that legal aid is a crucial part of the proper administration of justice. “Our colleagues at the […]

by ahnationtalk on March 7, 2017166 Views

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First Nations students learn how to file complaints against police in Thunder Bay, Ont. – CBC

Radio show made by Dennis Franklin Cromarty students aims to inform others about their legal rights Mar 07, 2017 Miranda Brown says she wanted to know if police officers are always right. ​The 15-year-old from Wapekeka First Nation said it can sometimes feel like that, especially when she’s a long way from home, attending high […]

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Hysteria over M-103 exposes double standard between faith communities – Regina Leader-Post

March 7, 2017 We’re coming back from a rally at Regina City Hall where the alt-right group Canadian Coalition of Concerned Citizens was trying to save Saskatchewan from sharia-crazed Muslims and M-103. It was one of many such rallies held Saturday in cities across the country, including Saskatoon. As my sister-in-law Sabreena and I talked […]

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Statement from the Minister of the Status of Women on International Women’s Week

March 06, 2017 Today, Indira Naidoo-Harris, Ontario’s Minister of the Status of Women, issued the following statement: “As Ontario’s Minister of the Status of Women, I am pleased and proud that our province will join in the worldwide celebration of International Women’s Week 2017. A highlight of the week is International Women’s Day, which occurs […]

by pmnationtalk on March 7, 2017212 Views

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Improving Access to Justice for Families

Making the Family Court System Easier to Navigate March 6, 2017 Ontario is helping families by making it easier for them to navigate family courts and access the legal assistance they need. Last year, Ontario and the Law Society of Upper Canada asked the Honourable Annemarie E. Bonkalo to lead a review to consider whether […]

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OPSEU: Building International Indigenous solidarity from Canada to Guatemala

March 6, 2017 OPSEU member Geri Kakeeway, Indigenous Circle Representative from Region 7, travelled to Guatemala with Horizons of Friendship (www.horizons.ca) February 6 – 18, 2017.  The OPSEU Social Justice Fund, as an expression of international Indigenous solidarity, asked the Indigenous Circle to select one of its members to participate in the Horizons of Friendship tour […]

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Incarceration rates in Canada’s North among highest in G20 – CBC

Nunavut, N.W.T. trail United States in the rate of imprisoned citizens Mar 06, 2017 Nunavut and the Northwest Territories jail a higher rate of their populations than Russia, Brazil, South Africa and nearly every country in the G20, according to Statistics Canada. In an annual report on the Canadian corrections system, the North once again […]

by ahnationtalk on March 6, 2017279 Views

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AMM: Meeting with Justice Minister

March 3, 2017 The AMM met with the Honourable Heather Stefanson, Minister of Justice and Attorney General, on March 2, 2017. Position Paper NT4

by pmnationtalk on March 6, 2017215 Views

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Ottawa starts compensating residential school survivors over rejected claims – The Globe and Mail

Mar. 03, 2017 The federal government has reached financial agreements with the first of many people who were harmed as children at an Indian residential school but whose claims for compensation were unfairly denied as a result of a legal tactic employed by Justice Department lawyers. Settlements negotiated over the past several days mark the […]

by ahnationtalk on March 3, 2017261 Views

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Mohawk Council of Akwesasne: Justice Holding Forum On Developing Indigenous-Based Justice Systems

The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne is hosting a Restorative Justice Forum from March 14-16, 2017 entitled “Developing a Principle- Based Indigenous Justice System”. The Restorative Justice Forum will bring First Nations together to discuss the design of an Indigenous Justice System that fits the needs of their communities, with the end result being a more understandable, […]

by aanationtalk on March 3, 2017535 Views

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Shock wave at Lac-Simon: the Council announces the closure of their police department – CUPE

March 02, 2017 The union of police officers of the Council of the Anishnabe Nation of Lac-Simon is shocked to learn about the closure of the police department on March 31. The Council of the Anishnabe Nation of Lac-Simon has announced that since it has not been able to reach an agreement with both levels […]

by pmnationtalk on March 3, 2017337 Views

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Two people rescued by Mounties from fire on Saskatchewan First Nation – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Mar 2, 2017  LOON LAKE, Canada _ A pair of RCMP officers pulled two people out of a burning house on the Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation this week. The officers from the Loon Lake detachment responded to a complaint of a potential assault early Wednesday evening, but when they arrived they found the […]

by ahnationtalk on March 3, 2017368 Views

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Manitoba child advocate to get expanded powers under proposed law – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Mar 2, 2017  WINNIPEG _ Manitoba’s children’s advocate is set to be given much broader powers to investigate and report on government services to young people. A bill presented in the legislature Thursday would expand the advocate’s mandate beyond kids involved in the child welfare system to include those accessing mental health services, […]

by ahnationtalk on March 3, 2017441 Views

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Caring Society Newsletter – Spring 2017 – FNCFCSC

January 26 marked the one year anniversary of the landmark Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruling which found the Government of Canada was racially discriminating against 163,000 First Nations children. The Tribunal ruling included orders requiring the federal government to provide immediate relief for First Nations child welfare and to fully implement Jordan’s Principle. In the […]

by ahnationtalk on March 2, 2017246 Views

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Case of the missing hearts: Truth and Reconciliation installation disappears – Edmonton Sun

March 02, 2017 An installation of more than 1,000 paper hearts in the Edmonton river valley has vanished. The hearts were created by school children, Edmonton residents and members of RISE – Reconciliation in Solidarity Edmonton – as a way to raise awareness about residential schools and extend a hand of friendship and healing to […]

by pmnationtalk on March 2, 2017192 Views

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How One Woman is Helping Young Aboriginals Aging Out of Foster Care – Vancouver Magazine

March 2, 2017 As at-risk youth face losing all government support at 19, Barbara Lawson has found a different way to help Aboriginal children in B.C.’s foster care system. Barbara Lawson likens herself to a single mother of 16 children. Her phone is always on, ready for a 3 a.m. call from a stranded teenager. […]

by ahnationtalk on March 2, 2017165 Views

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ONWA: Walking Together – 1 year anniversary

March 1, 2017 For over 46 years, The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) has advocated for safety, equality and justice for Indigenous women. Our 1989 groundbreaking report, Breaking Free, exposed the true extent of the violence they faced. After building on this work for nearly another three decades, ONWA was pleased at the announcement of […]

by pmnationtalk on March 2, 2017294 Views

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The numbers tell a sobering story about Labrador’s uprooted foster children – CBC

Some Aboriginal leaders say province too quick to look at what’s wrong, as opposed to finding solutions Mar 02, 2017 Aboriginal communities in Labrador are small in population, which makes the large number of children in some type of foster care arrangement all the more troubling. In the Innu community of Sheshatshiu, for example, there are 90 […]

by pmnationtalk on March 2, 2017209 Views

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Tribunal Timeline and Documents – First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada

2017 February 28, 2017 Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) – Immediate Relief Factum NAN Immediate Relief Factum February 28, 2017.pdf February 28, 2017 Chiefs of Ontario Submissions (factum) on Motion – Regarding Immediate Relief Chiefs of Ontario Immediate Relief Factum February 28, 2017.pdf February 28, 2017 Assembly of First Nations Written Submissions (factum) to Enforce Respondent’s […]

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ONWA Appointed Human Trafficking Liaison in Ontario’s Anti-Trafficking Strategy

March 01, 2017 The Ontario Native Women’s Association has received funding to establish Human Trafficking Liaisons in five sites across the province, one of four areas of action from Ontario’s Strategy To End Human Trafficking. The province will commit up to $72 million in an anti-trafficking strategy. The strategy comes from the commitment within Walking […]

by pmnationtalk on March 1, 2017633 Views

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Ontario reports progress on strategy to end violence against indigenous women – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Mar 1, 2017 TORONTO _ In the year since Ontario launched its long-term strategy to end violence against indigenous women, community supports and programming for indigenous men have been expanded. The Liberal government updated its progress today, saying a family well-being program is now in more than 200 Indigenous communities. The program aims […]

by ahnationtalk on March 1, 2017271 Views

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Indigenous People’s Court opens in Thunder Bay – Tbnewswatch.com

Thunder Bay’s Aboriginal People’s Court is getting ready to deal with its first cases. THUNDER BAY — The opening ceremony was held Monday afternoon for northwestern Ontario’s first Indigenous People’s Court. The court is situated in the Aboriginal Conference Settlement Suite at the Thunder Bay Courthouse. It is designed to assist in the healing of […]

by pmnationtalk on March 1, 2017342 Views

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Justice system in B.C. “close to crisis” says Canadian Bar Association official – Penticton Herald

February 28, 2017 The B.C. president of the Canadian Bar Association said the provincial justice system is close to crisis. Speaking to Rotarians Tuesday morning, Penticton lawyer Michael Welsh said only one per cent of the province’s entire $47 billion budget is devoted to the court system. Although last week the system saw a budget […]

by ahnationtalk on March 1, 2017324 Views

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Fire in Kugaaruk, Nunavut hamlet’s only school, leaves massive damage – CBC

‘I am devastated,’ says local father Mar 01, 2017 A fire burning through most of the night at the Kugaardjuq School, the only school in the Nunavut community, has been extinguished. Of the 972 residents, 331 are under age 14. One resident, Alex Ningark, said the fire started sometime around 10 p.m. Tuesday. The gymnasium, […]

by ahnationtalk on March 1, 2017266 Views

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