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Sunrise ceremony marks National Aboriginal Day – CBC.ca

Sunrise ceremony marks National Aboriginal Day

Aboriginal sunrise ceremony is one of oldest traditions of First Nation culture

By Mark Quinlan, CBC News
Updated: Jun 21, 2012

Canada’s First Nations observe the start of National Aboriginal Day On June 21st with a sunrise ceremony, one of the most ancient and revered rituals practiced today.

It is a deeply spiritual and personal ceremony performed to mark and welcome the beginning of a new day, as well as express appreciation and thanks for life and nature.

Sunrise ceremonies often include participants expressing what they are grateful for and why, and smudging themselves and their ceremonial instruments with burnt herbs as a way to purify oneself of negativity.

The ceremony is of great importance to Aboriginals, but many Canadians are unaware of its true meaning. Elder Raymond Ballantyne of the Cree and his helper Madonna O’Nabigon spoke to CBC News about how they perform their own ceremony. Here are excerpts from the discussion:

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2012/06/15/f-sunrise-ceremony.html

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Kerry Peacock: Setting a new course for aboriginal education – National Post

Kerry Peacock: Setting a new course for aboriginal education

Kerry Peacock, National Post Jun 21, 2012

Educating young Canadians is one of the most critical investments our country makes to ensure its future prosperity. Compare the socioeconomic well-being of those with and without post-secondary education, and the benefits become abundantly clear — post-secondary education leads to higher employment rates and earnings, increased participation in our broader society, and better health. Demand for post-secondary education will only increase as the Canadian economy evolves.

That’s why the education gap between aboriginal and non-aboriginal youth should concern us all. More than half of aboriginal students fail to graduate from high school versus one-fifth of non-aboriginals. Those who do graduate are often weak in core subjects, such as math and English. University graduation rates, as a result, are even more troubling. These outcomes put our standard of living and quality of life at risk, especially when you consider that aboriginals are the fastest growing segment of the Canadian population.

Read more: http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/06/21/kerry-peacock-setting-a-new-course-for-aboriginal-education/

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Aboriginal rights rise on Tory agenda – Calgary Herald

Aboriginal rights rise on Tory agenda

Campbell to ‘open doors’ within cabinet

By James Wood, Calgary Herald June 21, 2012

As Alberta’s new minister of aboriginal relations acknowledges the province has work to do to improve its relationship with First Nations and Metis communities, employment, education and environmental issues loom large for aboriginal leaders.

Premier Alison Redford gave Robin Campbell the aboriginal relations post in her postelection cabinet, making it a stand-alone ministry once again after merging it into intergovernmental relations last fall.

“I think the premier putting the aboriginal relations file as an independent ministry was a good first step,” Campbell said in an interview this week before today’s celebration of National Aboriginal Day.

Read more: http://www.calgaryherald.com/Aboriginal+rights+rise+Tory+agenda/6816970/story.html#ixzz1yRG7jmua

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Ottawa to fund practical aboriginal health solutions: sources – Winnipeg Free Press

Ottawa to fund practical aboriginal health solutions: sources

By: The Canadian Press

OTTAWA – The federal government is expected to announce a “significant” reorientation of research funding today to pay for test driving leading-edge ideas to deal with some of the problematic areas in aboriginal health.

Government sources tell The Canadian Press that the funding will focus on obesity and diabetes, tuberculosis, oral health and suicide prevent in aboriginal communities.

The money will come from the existing budget of the Canadian Institutes for Health Research.

Read more: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/canada/ottawa-to-fund-practical-aboriginal-health-solutions-sources–159818665.html

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TIFF Bell Lightbox celebrates First Peoples cinema – National Post

TIFF Bell Lightbox celebrates First Peoples cinema

Rachel Phan Jun 20, 2012

The largest, most comprehensive aboriginal film series ever compiled will take over the TIFF Bell Lightbox this summer.

Starting June 21, the Toronto International Film Festival will host the First Peoples Cinema: 1,500 Nations, One Tradition film series, as well as Home on Native Land, a free gallery exhibition with work from renowned native artists.

The film series includes 27 features and more than 30 shorts from native filmmakers around the world, with a particular focus on Canada, the United States, New Zealand and Australia. The series aims to trace the history, development and evolution of First Peoples in cinema — from Nanook of the North to Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner.

Read more: http://arts.nationalpost.com/2012/06/20/tiff-bell-lightbox-celebrates-first-peoples-cinema/

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Reconciliation must occur between aboriginal people and all other … – Toronto Star

Reconciliation must occur between aboriginal people and all other Canadians

Published On Wed Jun 20 2012

June is National Aboriginal History Month and June 21 is National Aboriginal Day, and for the first time I’m celebrating as a “status Indian.”

A few weeks ago, I received my status card. I got home from work one day and there it was in the mail. It has my number on the Indian Register of Canada (yes, there is such a thing) and the name of my Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation in western Newfoundland.

It’s the end of a long struggle by the Qalipu. After decades of lobbying, internal disputes and waiting for the wheels of the federal government to turn, we finally have our recognition as aboriginal people, as “Indians,” the very heritage my ancestors spent decades trying to suppress because for them it was a source of shame.

Read more: http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/1214701–reconciliation-must-occur-between-aboriginal-people-and-all-other-canadians

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Regina gearing up to celebrate National Aboriginal Day – Regina Leader-Post

Regina gearing up to celebrate National Aboriginal Day

By Kerry Benjoe, Leader-Post June 20, 2012

REGINA — Not only is it the first full day of summer, but Thursday is also National Aboriginal Day (NAD) and there are plenty of events taking place through out the day in Regina.

In 1996, former Governor-General Romeo LeBlanc declared that every June 21 would be known as National Aboriginal Day, in recognition of all the contributions Aboriginal people have made all across Canada. NAD is a time for all Canadians to celebrate Aboriginal culture — including Inuit, Metis and First Nations.

NAD is celebrated on June 21 because this day is the summer solstice, the first day of summer and the longest day of the year, and has special cultural significance for many Aboriginal peoples.

Read more: http://www.leaderpost.com/Regina+gearing+celebrate+National+Aboriginal/6815055/story.html#ixzz1yOUhoQ98

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Edmonton’s The Works’s aboriginal art offers contemporary voices – Edmonton Journal

Edmonton’s The Works’s aboriginal art offers contemporary voices

Exhibit features eight artists under the Big Tent

BY JANICE RYAN, EDMONTONJOURNAL.COM JUNE 20, 2012

EDMONTON – The Works Canadian aboriginal artist program has showcased the best in contemporary aboriginal art for the past three years, drawing crowds, both curious and fascinated, to the Big Tent in Churchill Square

While many envision a display of traditional beadwork, carvings and paintings, this year’s group exhibition, Indigeneity, dissolves that notion quickly. One need only lay eyes on Natasha Alphonse’s digital print, Now What, and see those exact words beaded onto the soles of the artist’s feet. The effect is riveting and will undoubtedly send the viewer’s thoughts whirling. These artists have fresh, highly contemporary voices and are not shy about using them.

Read more: http://www.edmontonjournal.com/entertainment/Edmonton+Works+aboriginal+offers+contemporary+voices/6813797/story.html

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First Peoples exhibit showcases aboriginal artists and filmmakers – Winnipeg Free Press

First Peoples exhibit showcases aboriginal artists and filmmakers

By: Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press

TORONTO – A summer art and film series is offering a second look at First Nations artists.

The retrospective “First Peoples Cinema: 1,500 Nations, One Tradition” kicks off Thursday at TIFF Bell Lightbox with a screening of the 1922 silent film “Nanook of the North” — a ramped-up revisit that will actually be far from silent thanks to an accompanying live soundtrack provided by throat singer Tanya Tagaq and her band.

“It’s going to be an absolutely wild night and it’s really about reclaiming and rethinking some of these really famous images but from a somewhat different perspective,” says film programmer and exhibit co-curator Jesse Wente.

“And that’s really what I think this show is all about.”

Read more: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/arts-and-life/entertainment/arts/first-peoples-exhibit-showcases-aboriginal-artists-and-filmmakers-159762725.html

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Whitehorse aboriginal youth program gets funding cut – CBC.ca

Whitehorse aboriginal youth program gets funding cut

Friendship centre program ran cultural camps, tutoring and youth employment centre

CBC News Posted: Jun 20, 2012

A popular aboriginal youth program in Whitehorse has fallen victim to federal funding cuts.

Cultural Connections for Aboriginal Youth is run by Friendship Centres across the country. In Whitehorse, the program receives $200,000 annually and operates out of the Skookum Jim Friendship Centre.

The Cultural Connections program was recently transferred from Heritage Canada to Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development. A department spokesperson said the funding is being redirected to programs that equip young aboriginal people with the skills to help them to participate in the economy.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/story/2012/06/20/north-cultural-connections-closure.html

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Debunking 10 myths about Native Canadians – Toronto Star

Debunking 10 myths about Native Canadians

Published On Wed Jun 20 2012
Richard J. Brennan
National Affairs Writer

Enough with the Native stereotypes, says TD Bank Group’s Derek Burleton.

To mark National Aboriginal Day on June 21, the vice-president and deputy chief economist released an eight-page report debunking 10 myths surrounding Canada’s aboriginal population.

“Aboriginal peoples have been the target of stereotyping for a long time …” Burleton told the Star.

The bank’s report, the third in the series of articles on Aboriginal social and economic issues, was designed to put to rest broad-based misperceptions, including access to free post-secondary education, taxation exemption rules, and the prevalence and success of Aboriginal-owned small businesses and economic development corporations.

Read more: http://www.td.com/document/PDF/economics/special/sg0612_aboriginal_myth.pdf

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Metis Federation steps in to save Riel House – CBC

Métis federation steps in to save Riel House

CBC News Posted: Jun 19, 2012

The Manitoba Métis Federation wants to keep Riel House from closing, by taking over its operation.

MMF president David Chartrand is in talks with MP Shelley Glover about backfilling the funding cut to the historic site by the federal government.

The 132-year-old log and plaster home in Winnipeg’s St. Vital area is where Louis Riel lay in state after his execution for treason in 1885.

The cuts, part of the slashing to Parks Canada’s budget, forced the latter to terminate its contract with the St. Boniface Historical Society, which provided guided tours by hosts dressed in period costumes.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/story/2012/06/19/mb-riel-house-metis-federation-winnipeg.html

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ASK-ECDEV launched at UNB (video) – U of NB

ASK-ECDEV launched at UNB – video

6/20/12

The University of New Brunswick and partners received a $2.5 million grant that they will be using to address key aboriginal rights issues.

Chief Candice Paul of Saint Mary’s reserve, and UNB President Eddy Campbell spoke about how this new resource will help researchers, students, the government and First Nations communities.

Hear more: http://blogs.unb.ca/newsroom/2012/06/20/ask-ecdev-launched-at-unb/

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Halifax aboriginal youth centre fights cuts – CBC.ca

Halifax aboriginal youth centre fights cuts

Kitpu Youth Centre staff need $40,000 to keep doors open

CBC News Posted: Jun 20, 2012

Staff at an aboriginal youth centre in Halifax are trying to keep their program open after finding out last week that all of its federal funding will be cut.

About 60 supporters of the Kitpu Youth Centre gathered in north-end Halifax Tuesday night to voice their concerns about the cuts.

Rebecca Moore, a former youth counsellor at the centre, called it a “heartbreaking” loss for the community.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/story/2012/06/20/ns-kitpu-cuts.html

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iPhone app allows First Nations speakers to chat in their native tongue – Winnipeg Free Press

iPhone app allows First Nations speakers to chat in their native tongue

By: James Keller, The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – Four decades ago, Pena Elliott’s grandfather sat down with a typewriter and created the written form of the native language spoken in his First Nations community on Vancouver Island.

The standard 26-letter Roman alphabet couldn’t account for all of the intricate sounds of the language, so he created new characters by overlapping letters and punctuation.

For example, he typed the letter T, hit the backspace and then placed hyphen overtop. The resulting character sounds similar to “th.”

“As soon as the alphabet was created, we were able to teach in schools,” says Elliott, a member of the Tsartlip First Nation, one of the bands in the Saanich First Nation north of Victoria.

Read more: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/arts-and-life/life/sci_tech/iphone-app-allows-first-nations-speakers-to-chat-in-their-native-tongue-159744005.html

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Aboriginal history, culture and achievements to be celebrated – Regina Leader-Post

Aboriginal history, culture and achievements to be celebrated

BY MIRANDA BURSKI, L-P SPECIALTY PRODUCTS JUNE 20, 2012

Saskatoon’s National Aboriginal Day events always bring out a crowd, and this year’s celebration is likely to follow suit.

The Saskatoon Indian and Métis Friendship Centre (SIMFC) will be hosting this year’s National Aboriginal Day events in Friendship Park in downtown Saskatoon on June 21. Bill Mintram, program coordinator with the SIMFC, said that the event is an opportunity to have fun, provide education and awareness, and highlight and celebrate First Nation and Métis cultures within the community.

“It really is a community event at heart that the community comes together to be able to put this on, to be able to celebrate together and to be able to have an awesome, fun time during that nationally recognized day for National Aboriginal Day,” he said, adding that the event usually attracts a few thousand people.

Read more: http://www.leaderpost.com/Aboriginal+history+culture+achievements+celebrated/6810077/story.html#ixzz1yMYkUzMg

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Nanaimo prisoners celebrate Aboriginal Day – Nanaimo Daily News

Nanaimo prisoners celebrate Aboriginal Day

Matthew Gauk, Daily News
Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Staff and inmates at the Nanaimo Correctional Centre marked their fourth annual National Aboriginal Day celebrations at the provincial jail off of Biggs Road on Tuesday.

The celebrations, along with regular aboriginal programming, is credited with reducing racial tension in a jail whose inmate complement is anywhere from 28% to 30% native.

National Aboriginal Day is officially on Thursday, but approximately 150 general population and Guthrie House Therapeutic Community residents observed it on Tuesday, with protective custody inmates scheduled to celebrate Friday.

Read more: http://www2.canada.com/nanaimodailynews/news/story.html?id=729e0796-d1fc-4d43-b8e7-c05e02d3eca7

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Hip hop artist takes on other life roles – Regina Leader-Post

Hip hop artist takes on other life roles

BY TOM EREMONDI, STARPHOENIX CREATIVE FEATURES JUNE 20, 2012

Award-winning hip hop artist Eekwol – a.k.a. Lindsay Knight – is spinning some new tunes these days.

One is parenthood – Knight is the mother of a three-year-old boy. The other is obtaining a master’s degree. She’s doing both while planning her ninth album.

Knight decided to pursue hip hop at 16. “I’ve always been into lyrics, poetry and storytelling. When I was a teenager, I started listening to artists like Tupac. It clicked for me – I realized that I could tell my stories on beats.”

She spent four years mastering rap skills before her first stage appearance, under a different name. “I started using Low Kee but, as hip hop became popular, many others were calling themselves that. So I flipped it around to Eekwol. It’s coincidental but cool that it sounds like equal.”

Read more: http://www.leaderpost.com/entertainment/artist+takes+other+life+roles/6810080/story.html#ixzz1yLdDmv6o

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Preschool reunion will celebrate National Aboriginal Day‎ – MetroNews

Preschool reunion will celebrate National Aboriginal Day

Updated: June 19, 2012

A preschool in Ottawa is hoping to rekindle old friendships with a 15-year reunion on National Aboriginal Day.

Former students of Makonsag Aboriginal Head Start and their families are invited to the reunion at Vincent Massey Park for a potluck and games.

“We’ve been trying to reach families for the past month or so on Facebook and through word of mouth,”said Anita Armstrong, the family co-ordinator. “They’ll see old friends and meet new friends and meet our current staff.”

“Hopefully they’ll be able to see that the program is still running amazingly well and it’s still touching families in Ottawa and has just gotten better.”

Read more: http://metronews.ca/news/ottawa/269338/preschool-reunion-will-celebrate-national-aboriginal-day/

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Celebrate National Aboriginal Day with APTN – Leader-Post

Celebrate National Aboriginal Day with APTN

BY MELANIE FERRIS, THE LEADER-POST JUNE 20, 2012

Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) has worked to build bridges with all Canadians since its launch in 1999. The network gives Aboriginal Peoples a platform and a fresh, modern voice that is true to its mission of “sharing our people’s journey, celebrating our cultures, inspiring our children and honouring the wisdom of our Elders.”

Inspiring children and celebrating cultures are just two things that will happen in Regina on Saturday, June 23, during the largest celebration of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada. APTN is throwing the country’s biggest party and you’re invited to join in at the First Nations University of Canada.

“Aboriginal Day Live and Celebration highlights the very best talent from a diversity of communities across Canada,” said Jean LaRose, chief executive officer of APTN.

Read more: http://www.leaderpost.com/Celebrate+National+Aboriginal+with+APTN/6810076/story.html#ixzz1yLKacycN

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Calendar: The Next Five Days‎ – Nanaimo Daily News

Calendar: The Next Five Days

The Daily News
Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2012

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20

11: 30 a.m. to 9 p.m. The 8th Annual Salvation Army Charity Golf Classic begins at the Nanaimo Golf Club. Prizes, buffets and contests mark the occasion.

THURSDAY, JUNE 21

Noon to 5: 30 p.m. The Snuneymuxw First Nation invites you to attend its celebration of National Aboriginal Day at Swy-a-Lana Lagoon. Band members will be serving up a traditional salmon barbecue dinner ($5 cash per plate) and will prevent cultural events at the Lions Pavilion, in Maffeo-Sutton Park. There will be guest speakers, educational booths, stations, games and activities for all ages.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Nanaimo Museum is featuring the art of Snuneymuxw artist Noel Brown in an exhibition that runs from today – National Aboriginal Day – to Sept. 3. Brown is a renowned carver and jewellery maker whose art can be seen in many public areas of Nanaimo such as the B.C. Ferries Departure Bay terminal; and the new cruise ship terminal.

Read more: http://www2.canada.com/nanaimodailynews/news/story.html?id=daff2920-3ed4-464e-acdb-a419faaf3842

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An open house celebration on National Aboriginal Day‎ – Regina Leader-Post

An open house celebration on National Aboriginal Day

By Sheila Bautz, For L-P Specialty Products June 20, 2012

This year marks the 16th anniversary of National Aboriginal Day, which honours the rich heritage and contributions of aboriginal people. The Duck Lake Regional Interpretive Center: Frontier of First Nations, Métis and Pioneer Society will commemorate the day with the traditional aspects of the Duck Lake area’s history. Such traditions are shared through ceremonial dishes, artifacts, artwork and the re-telling of a controversial event that took place in 1885.

“So much of the First Nations culture we don’t understand,” said Celine Perillat, a spokesperson for the Duck Lake Regional Interpretive Center. “The more we understand each other, the more tolerant and understanding of each other’s cultures we become.”

The centre was founded by Fred Anderson, a collector of historical artifacts and documents dated from 1870 to 1905. In the early 1950s, Anderson began gathering what is now the nucleus of the museum. He ensured the preservation of Canadian history in the Duck Lake story through collecting artifacts and donations from local residents and auctions until his death in 1977. Today, the centre displays all efforts to preserve the history of First Nations, Métis and pioneers in the Duck Lake area.

Read more: http://www.leaderpost.com/entertainment/open+house+celebration+National+Aboriginal/6810078/story.html#ixzz1yLJIwOXW

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National Aboriginal Day celebrations at Richmond Cultural Centre – Richmond Review

National Aboriginal Day celebrations at Richmond Cultural Centre

By Martin van den Hemel – Richmond Review
Published: June 18, 2012

National Aboriginal Day will be celebrated at Richmond Cultural Centre this weekend, highlighted by a welcoming ceremony for elders and community leaders.

The sixth annual event marks the unique and vibrant culture of Aboriginal people across the country and is presented by the Richmond Youth Service Agency’s Pathways Aboriginal Centre.

The event, from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 23 at 7700 Minoru Gate, will also feature a short film screening, traditional drumming by the Oskayak youth drum group, dancing, and traditional games and teaching by elder Mike James. There will also be a presentation of Community Connections Awards to VanCity and Boeing.

Read more: http://www.richmondreview.com/community/159498005.html

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National Aboriginal Day full of events‎ – Edmonton Journal

National Aboriginal Day full of events

BY EDMONTON JOURNAL, EDMOTONJOURNAL.COM JUNE 19, 2012

ational Aboriginal Day is Thursday, June 21. Here in Edmonton, there is a bevy of events that will run into the weekend.

Thursday:

— At 9 a.m. things start with the official National Aboriginal Day commemoration at Canada Place, 9700 Jasper Avenue. The free activities run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with mainstage activities running from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

— The Royal Bank’s Aboriginal Employee group will host a barbecue in partnership with Amiskwaciy Academy High School at the corner of 102nd Street and Jasper Avenue, next to the Royal Bank. The barbecue is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

— The Creating Hope Society and Native Seniors Centre will present an evening of entertainment at Centennial Plaza. Celebrations run from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will feature entertainers Shawn Bernard, Darla Daniels, Red Power Squad, Will Belcourt and the Hollywood Indians and Nathan Cunningham.

Read more: http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/National+Aboriginal+full+events/6808823/story.html

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VIHA to hold Aboriginal Day celebration – hqcowichanvalley.com

VIHA to hold Aboriginal Day celebration

Monday, June 18, 2012
By Natasha Riebe
Duncan

Thursday is National Aboriginal Day in Canada and the Vancouver Island Health Authority is hosting an array of activities to celebrate First Nations’ heritage and culture.

In Port Hardy, they will put on blanket making demonstrations and in Victoria, a smudging ceremony and traditional dance.

And in Cowichan, VIHA will host a celebration at the district hospital, which will showcase traditional dancers, drumming and lunch.

Read more: http://hqcowichanvalley.com/home/local/news/Local/12/06/18/VIHA-to-hold-Aboriginal-Day-celebration

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National aboriginal day celebrations on June 21 – Canada.com

National aboriginal day celebrations on June 21

COMOX VALLEY ECHO JUNE 19, 2012

K’ómoks First Nation celebrates National Aboriginal Day on Thursday June 21 in and around the Big House off the Dyke Road.

During the day enjoy erformances by Kumugwe dancers (Kwakwaka’wakw) and Tzinquaw Dancers (Coast Salish). They are both doing a cultural talk along with their performance.

Elder James Quatell will be teaching in the Big House and doing a prayer for everyone who makes a bundle of cloth and beads. A table will be set up in I-Hos Gallery to June 21st for you to create your bundle. Beads/Cloth purchased in I-Hos Gallery by donation recommended $2.50 and up.

Read more: http://www.canada.com/National+aboriginal+celebrations+June/6803982/story.html

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A Pair of Young Native Players Help the Los Angeles Kings to Their First Stanley Cup – Indian Country Today

A Pair of Young Native Players Help the Los Angeles Kings to Their First Stanley Cup

By ICTMN Staff June 12, 2012

In February, the flailing Los Angeles Kings called up forwards Dwight King, Métis, and Jordan Nolan, Ojibwe, from their Manchester, New Hampshire farm team, looking for a spark. Last night, the Kings ended an improbable run by knocking off the New Jersey Devils, four games to two, to win the club’s first Stanley Cup.

Although it’s impossible to survive the grueling NHL playoffs, which requires winning four best-of-seven series to take the title, without solid veteran play and guidance, there’s a lot to be said for youthful enthusiasm—and legs. In a whirlwind, farm-fresh King, 22, and Nolan, 22, bolted out of the minors to deliver major success on hockey’s biggest stage. “Crazy things happen in hockey” King told ESPN, “and I just happen to be part of it right now.”

Read more:http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2012/06/12/a-pair-of-young-native-players-lead-the-los-angeles-kings-to-their-first-stanley-cup-116760

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Neskantaga targets Ring of Fire access road – Wawatay News

Neskantaga targets Ring of Fire access road

Tuesday June 19, 2012
Shawn Bell – Wawatay News

Neskantanga First Nation is stepping up efforts to block Cliffs’ proposed transportation corridor to the Ring of Fire.

Last week the Mattawa First Nation launched a two-pronged attack on the 340-kilometer, all weather access road that Cliffs wants to run south from the Ring of Fire to Nakina.

With its first move, Neskantaga applied to an obscure Ontario mining court to decide whether the First Nation has rights to the land over which the corridor would be built.

Read more: http://www.wawataynews.ca/archive/all/2012/6/19/neskantaga-targets-ring-fire-access-road_22975

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Chief Joe Re-Elected to New Term – The Coaster

Chief Joe re-elected to new term

Published on June 19, 2012
Cindy Cox

On June 6th, the community of Conne River held an election to determine the new council and chief to represent their community for the next two years. Every two years, the Miawpukek First Nation holds an election for a community leader (sagamaw) and six members for their counsellors.

The voter turn out was also a great success with 81% of eligible voters casting ballots.

Any member can run for council as long as they are 21 years of age and have been nominated by another individual in the community. Throughout this election 16 people ran for council and two for the chief position.

Read more: http://www.thecoaster.ca/News/2012-06-19/article-3011800/Chief-Joe-reelected-to-new-term/1

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Lac Seul signs ‘momentus’ forestry agreement – Wawatay News

Lac Seul signs ‘momentus’ forestry agreement

Monday June 18, 2012
Christian Quequish

In what is being called a historic agreement, Lac Seul First Nation has taken over management of a large swath of forest surrounding the community.

Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) executives, crown operators, Domtar representatives, Lac Seul band counselors and Chief Clifford Bull met June 12 to celebrate the signing of an agreement that will make LSFN sustainable forest license holders on an interim basis.

Lac Seul Chief Clifford Bull called the signing “momentous.”

“This is a momentous occasion – it’s important we have a say how the land in our territory is used,” said Bull. “It’s about self-determination and self-governance.”

Read more: http://www.wawataynews.ca/archive/all/2012/6/18/lac-seul-signs-momentus-forestry-agreement_22973

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Curriculum to reflect role of Dakota people in war‎ – StarPhoenix

Curriculum to reflect role of Dakota people in war

By Creeson Agecoutay, The StarPhoenix June 19, 2012

There will soon be new curriculum in the province for students to learn about the War of 1812.

Announced Monday by the Office of the Treaty Commissioner, the Ministry of Education and the Dakota Whitecap First Nation, the curriculum will be developed for teachers to depict the role the Dakota people played in the building of Canada in relation to the War of 1812.

Dakota Whitecap Chief Darcy Bear told reporters that although the war happened in eastern Ontario, it is important for all Canadians to learn about the history.

“We need to bring that story alive. Yes, the battle sites happened down east in Ontario and Quebec. However, the descendants have moved right across this great nation to form Canada,” Bear said.

Read more: http://www.thestarphoenix.com/life/Curriculum+reflect+role+Dakota+people/6803613/story.html#ixzz1yFxU9pAJ

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Enbridge deal divides Metis‎ – Terrace Standard

Enbridge deal divides Metis

By Lauren Benn – Terrace Standard
Published: June 19, 2012

A NORTHWEST Metis leader has resigned after the official provincial Metis organization signed up for benefits from Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline project without first asking its members.

Alan Sauve said he left his position as president of the Terrace-based chapter of the Metis Nation of BC (MNBC) after being told its executive had accepted a pipeline ownership, employment benefits and revenue sharing package.

He said the announcement was made at a meeting he thought was being held to discuss holding a vote among Metis as to whether they should sign on with Enbridge or not.

Read more: http://www.terracestandard.com/news/159314105.html

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Monument unveiling aids in healing – London Free Press

Monument unveiling aids in healing

NATIVE RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS

By PATRICK CALLAN, THE LONDON FREE PRESS
Last Updated: June 19, 2012

It was one of Canada’s earliest and longest-running native residential schools.

Wednesday, a who’s who of regional and national First Nations leaders will be at a monument-unveiling at the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, honouring the 1,200 kids who went through the Mount Elgin Industrial School before it closed in 1946. Many survivors remember beatings, forced labour and being stripped of their culture.

The Free Press talked to one national First Nations leader who will be there, Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo, about the event’s significance.

Read more: http://www.lfpress.com/news/london/2012/06/18/19891991.html

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Barriere Lake First Nation protests at annual meeting of mining company drawn to Quebec by Plan Nord – Media Co-op

Barriere Lake First Nation protests at annual meeting of mining company drawn to Quebec by Plan Nord

No Mineral Exploration On Our Territory Without Consultation and Community Consent

by BARRIERE LAKE FIRST NATION

JUNE 19, 2012 by MARTIN LUKACS

First Nation protests at annual meeting of Mining Company drawn to Quebec by Plan Nord:

No Mineral Exploration On Our Territory Without Consultation and Community Consent

Montreal – Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

At 10am today at 2000 McGill College avenue, representatives from Barriere Lake and their supporters will be gathering outside the annual meeting of shareholders of Copper One.

Read more: http://www.mediacoop.ca/newsrelease/11416

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First nation protesters ‘trampled’ on voting rights: officials‎ – Vancouver Sun

First nation protesters ‘trampled’ on voting rights: officials

Treaty ratification vote postponed after vehicles block access to polling station; RCMP watch without taking action

BY PETER O’NEIL, VANCOUVER SUN JUNE 19, 2012

Federal Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan has joined the B.C. government and the B.C. Treaty Commission in expressing disappointment with the weekend postponement of a treaty ratification vote involving B.C.’s Tla’amin First Nation.

The vote was put off Saturday after a group of protesters used their vehicles to block access to the polling station at the community near Powell River, about 130 kilometres northwest of Vancouver.

“It is disappointing that the vote was disrupted due to these actions,” Dun-can said in a statement Monday, using much more tempered language than his B.C. counterparts.

Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/First+nation+protesters+trampled+voting+rights+officials/6804406/story.html#ixzz1yFvt3q2k

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Nunavut organizers to use National Aboriginal Day for food price protest – Nunatsiaq News

Nunavut organizers to use National Aboriginal Day for food price protest

“Our main goal right now, as before, is let’s do this again”

Around the Arctic June 19, 2012
SAMANTHA DAWSON

Organizers in Iqaluit will use National Aboriginal Day, June 21, to mount another food price protest across from the Iqaluit Northmart store.

People in Pangnirtung, Coral Harbour, Clyde River, Kugluktuk and Ottawa also plan similar protests that day.

That’s the news from a new Facebook event page called “Peaceful demonstration.”

Organizer Leesee Papatsie, who started the Facebook group “Feeding My Family,” says the message stays the same – that food costs in Nunavut are too high – but there will be more emphasis on specific tasks.

Read more: http://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/stories/article/65674nunavut_organizers_to_use_national_aboriginal_day_for_food_price_prote/

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Play showing in Regina for National Aboriginal Day talks about forgiveness – Regina Leader-Post

Play showing in Regina for National Aboriginal Day talks about forgiveness

By Kerry Benjoe, Leader-Post June 18, 2012

REGINA — As part of National Aboriginal Day celebrations, a First Nation’s playwright is bringing her play to Regina for two days.

Vera Tourangeau deals with controversial issues from the past and present such as gangs, violence, jail and residential schools in her play, My Kokum Prayed for Me.

Performances are to take place at the Applause Feast and Folly Theatre with 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. shows on Thursday and Friday.

Tourangeau said the play is about a wounded warrior.

Read more: http://www.leaderpost.com/entertainment/Play+showing+Regina+National+Aboriginal+talks+about+forgiveness/6802566/story.html#ixzz1yFu98PPw

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World heritage site Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump marks 25th … – Calgary Herald

World heritage site Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump marks 25th anniversary (photos, video)

BY COLETTE DERWORIZ, CALGARY HERALD JUNE 19, 2012

For Conrad Little Leaf, born and raised on a ranch a few kilometres away from Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, it’s a story he knows as well as the rolling hills and coulees around the world heritage site.

Buffalo, once found by the thousands in southwestern Alberta, were rustled by buffalo runners and lured toward the sandstone cliff.

Once there, they were rushed from behind, forcing thousands of the massive animals into a thundering plunge over the steep edge.

“This is where it happened over and over,” Little Leaf, an interpreter at the site, says as he stands atop Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump and points at the steep cliff.

Read more: http://www.calgaryherald.com/travel/World+heritage+site+Head+Smashed+Buffalo+Jump+marks+25th+anniversary+photos+video/6803023/story.html

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CHRC commissioner David Langtry: We’re more relevant than ever – National Post

CHRC commissioner David Langtry: We’re more relevant than ever

David Langtry, National Post Jun 19, 2012

Canadians can trust Parliament to ensure the Canadian Human Rights Act remains relevant in today’s society. The proof is that MPs have voted to amend the Act many times.

MPs voted this month to strike down the section of the Act that prohibited hate speech. Parliament had actually expanded that section to include hate on the Internet 11 years ago, in the very different climate following 9/11.

While hailed as a victory for free speech, this latest change will actually not have all that much impact on the administration of the Canadian Human Rights Act. Here’s why: Of the 1,914 human rights complaints under the federal Act in 2011, only one complaint regarding hate on the Internet was given consideration. The overwhelming majority of complaints deal with allegations of discrimination on the grounds of disability or age.

Filing a human rights complaint is a last resort for people who believe they have suffered discrimination. Stories of sexual harassment or job loss due to depression illustrate chronic and enduring realities of the modern workplace. Our law protects our right as Canadians to enjoy equality of opportunity and freedom from discrimination.

Recognizing this important purpose, Parliament broadened the scope of the Canadian Human Rights Act in 2008, voting to give over 700,000 aboriginal people, mostly residents of First Nations communities, the same protections as everyone else in Canada.

Read more: http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/06/19/chrc-commissioner-david-langtry-were-more-relevant-than-ever/

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Bartleman to speak out on aboriginal youth at native prayer service – Your Ottawa Region

Bartleman to speak out on aboriginal youth at native prayer service

Desmond Devoy|Jun 19, 2012

James Bartleman will never forget the native children, even if countless others have, and continue to do so.

“They’re forgotten by everyone else,” said Bartleman, the first aboriginal Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario from 2002 to 2007. “I don’t count,” he said.

This is not entirely true.

During a tour of his historic home near Stewart Park, a large black-and-white photo of him playing with some native children, his face as jubilant and smiling as theirs are, sits with pride of place above the door.

Read more: http://www.yourottawaregion.com/news/article/1373290–bartleman-to-speak-out-on-aboriginal-youth-at-native-prayer-service

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Cuts ‘assault’ on aboriginal culture – TheChronicleHerald.ca

Cuts ‘assault’ on aboriginal culture

June 19, 2012
BY IAN FAIRCLOUGH

Organizers of a community-driven meeting scheduled for tonight in Halifax say the federal government blind-sided a local aboriginal youth program when it cut funding for the initiative.

The Kitpu Youth Program, run through the Mi’kmaq Friendship Centre on Gottingen Street, was told June 11 that funding across the country through the Cultural Connections for Aboriginal Youth Program was gone as part of federal budget cuts. Co-ordinator Glenn Knockwood and another employee were given two weeks notice.

That was after Knockwood was told in February that the $120,000 budget was being capped by Heritage Canada at $100,000 for this year.

About 120 young people a month would participate in the program, designed in large part to help participants get or stay in touch with their culture. Activities ranged from drumming, dancing and swimming to tai chi, talking circles, medicine walks and social support circles.

Read more: http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/108656-cuts-assault-on-aboriginal-culture

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Aboriginals exercising their human rights – Winnipeg Free Press

Aboriginals exercising their human rights

By: Staff Writer
Posted: 06/18/2012

When aboriginals finally gained full access to the Canadian Human Rights Act, they made sure to use that right to file complaints about everything from housing in Manitoba to the eligibility to vote in band elections.

As the Canadian Human Rights Commission marked the first anniversary of that breakthrough Monday, there was talk of wide-sweeping impacts from the legislative change.

Although it has not been made available how many of the 162 complaints against First Nations governments are from Manitoba, acting chief commissioner David Langtry said the types of complaints the commission receives from Manitoba are not unique, but the same issues forwarded in other provinces. These complaints include eligibility to vote in band elections, housing and band membership.

“The cases in Manitoba would be typical of what we’re seeing across the country,” said Sherri Helgason, director of the national aboriginal commission for the CHRC.

Read more: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/Aboriginals-exercising-their-human-rights-159511795.html

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First Peoples Festival: Opening a window on aboriginal culture – Montreal Gazette

First Peoples Festival: Opening a window on aboriginal culture

By T’Cha Dunlevy, GAZETTE FILM CRITIC June 18, 2012

MONTREAL – Aboriginal culture is at the fore of the 22nd Montreal First Peoples Festival, July 31 to August 8. From concerts at Place des Festivals to screenings in the intimate confines of the soon-to-close NFB Cinema, and events at Kahnawake and the McCord Museum, the multidisciplinary fest will feature music, film, poetry and more.

Two big free outdoor shows anchor the proceedings. Veteran Innu singer-songwriter Florent Vollant represents tradition, with his folk-based rock songs. He first came to popularity as half of the duo Kashtin, with partner Claude McKenzie, from the Maliotenam reserve in northern Quebec. Vollant then went on to a successful solo career. He performs Aug. 2 at Place des Festivals.

Bringing a new-school flavour is acclaimed Ottawa DJ crew A Tribe Called Red. The trio’s boundary-pushing mix of aboriginal chants and rhythms with electronic beats earned it a long-list nomination for this year’s Polaris Music Prize, to be given out in September. They play Aug. 3 at Place des Festivals, along with Morocco’s DJ Mood and Foulane.

Read more: http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/First+Peoples+Festival+Opening+window+aboriginal+culture/6802386/story.html#ixzz1yFq9yrJa

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National Aboriginal Day 2012: Perseverance pays off – Kamloops This Week

National Aboriginal Day 2012: Perseverance pays off

By Staff Writer – Kamloops This Week
Published: June 18, 2012

While Kamloops and the rest of Canada celebrates National Aboriginal Day on Thursday, June 21, it is important to note the roots of the day can be traced back almost three decades and include countless years of lobbying and pursuing the issue with the federal government.

The first call for a day to recognize the culture and contributions of the many First Nations, Inuit and Métis people of Canada goes back to 1982.

It was then that the National Indian Brotherhood, which is now the Assembly of First Nations, called for the creation of a National Aboriginal Day.

Read more: http://www.kamloopsthisweek.com/lifestyles/159500135.html

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Online database launched for aboriginal economic development – TheChronicleHerald.ca

Online database caters to aboriginal entrepreneurs

June 18, 2012

Think of it as Google for aboriginal economic development.

A new online database is billing itself as a one-stop shop for aboriginal entrepreneurs, educators and communities in Atlantic Canada.

The website, Aboriginal Sharing of Knowledge on Economic Development, has compiled a plethora of resources.

“We’ve combed through all the various websites related to aboriginal economic development to create an extensive database,” Gillian Austin, a research co-ordinator with the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs, said in an interview Monday.

Read more: http://thechronicleherald.ca/business/108467-online-database-caters-to-aboriginal-entrepreneurs

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Partial list of omnibus bill’s contents can’t do justice to legislation’s size – Winnipeg Free Press

Partial list of omnibus bill’s contents can’t do justice to legislation’s size

By: The Canadian Press

OTTAWA – A partial list of the measures contained in the Conservative omnibus budget implementation act:
— Increases the age of eligibility for Old Age Security to 67 from 65, starting gradually in 2023.
— Removes the oversight office of the inspector general at the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.
— Repeals the Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act.
— Repeals the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and introduces an entirely new one, setting retroactive timelines for environmental assessments and permitting Ottawa to delegate assessments to provinces.
— Gives cabinet power to over-ride the National Energy Board on decisions regarding pipeline approvals, order alternative environmental assessment processes.

Read more: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/arts-and-life/life/greenpage/partial-list-of-omnibus-bills-contents-cant-do-justice-to-legislations-size-159479025.html

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Politicians blast BC blockade as ‘attack’ on democracy – Vancouver Sun

Politicians blast B.C. blockade as ‘attack’ on democracy

By Peter O’Neil, Postmedia News June 18, 2012

OTTAWA — Federal Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan — using much more measured language Monday than his West Coast counterparts — joined the B.C. governments and the B.C. Treaty Commission in expressing disappointment with the weekend postponement of a treaty ratification vote involving B.C.’s Tla’amin First Nation.

The vote was put off Saturday after a group of protesters used their vehicles to block access to the polling station at the community near Powell River, about 130 kilometres northwest of Vancouver.

“It is disappointing that the vote was disrupted due to these actions,” Duncan said in a statement.

“Our government believes that a person’s right to vote should not be denied and we hope that community members use the democratic process to express their agreement or disagreement with the proposed treaty.”

Read more: http://www.canada.com/news/Politicians+blast+blockade+attack+democracy/6801074/story.html#ixzz1yC5Kv7ri

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Indigenous Teaching Gardens Open – U Alberta

Indigenous Teaching Gardens Open

By DC Brandon
June 18, 2012

This past Monday, the Faculty of Education unveiled its new Indigenous Teaching Gardens at an opening ceremony attended by students, staff and the public.

While the Indigenous flowers, shrubs and other plants are, in many cases, still just seeds in pots, there was a strong sense amongst those who were in attendance that germination of something special has already begun.

The gardens are the result of a commitment made by the faculty to promote Aboriginal perspectives in education through the support of Aboriginal curriculum initiatives.

“At its inception, the concept of Aboriginal plants and gardens feeds beautifully into our ideas for learning and curriculum. It is an explicit way to reveal our faculty’s commitment to promoting Aboriginal knowledge in our courses,” says Dean Snart, who was in attendance at the ceremony.

Read more: http://www.education.ualberta.ca/FacultyOfEducationNews/2012/June/IndigenousTeachingGardensOpen.aspx

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Mary Spencer Will Fight at the Games- CTV

Mary Spencer Will Fight at the Games

Monday, June 18, 2012
Jennifer Lukas, CTVOlympics.ca

The Monday morning after a hard-fought win in Montreal and a long trip home, Mary Spencer was in bed in Windsor, Ont., when her phone rang with the good news.

The wait was over. After a month-long delay, she had been chosen by the International Olympic Committee’s Tripartite Commission to receive the Americas’ lone wild card berth in the 75-kilogram weight class. Spencer would compete in her first Olympic Games.

She fell back asleep with a smile on her face.

A few hours later at a press conference in her hometown, Spencer was awake — and feeling very much refreshed.

Read more: http://www.ctvolympics.ca/combat-sports/news/article/mary-spencer-will-fight-the-games.html

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First Nations challenge federal government and band governments with hundreds of human rights complaints – National Post

First Nations challenge federal government and band governments with hundreds of human rights complaints

Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press Jun 18, 2012

OTTAWA — It’s been a year now since aboriginal people have had the full use of the Canadian Human Rights Act, and they’re using their new power to hold both the federal government and their own First Nations governments to account, new data shows.

The cases involve fundamental conditions on reserves, and throw hundreds of millions of dollars in annual federal funding into question.

Statistics compiled by the Canadian Human Rights Commission show that 162 complaints were registered against First Nations governments over the past year — mostly about on-reserve housing and eligibility to vote in band elections.

“We’re very pleased,” acting chief human rights commissioner David Langtry said in an interview.

Read more: http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/06/18/first-nations-challenge-federal-government-and-band-governments-with-hundreds-of-human-rights-complaints/

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