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Timothy Atlookan’s mom may never know what led to son’s death but police say it’s not suspicious – CBC

Donna Atlookan-Mekanak says she still wants to see full police report of investigation Dec 10, 2019 The Thunder Bay police have told Donna Atlookan-Mekanak they may never know definitively the circumstances that led to her 26 year-old son’s 2018 death, but they believe it was suicide. Her son, Timothy Atlookan, originally from Eabametoong First Nation, […]

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Rest-A-Bit Shelter Sees Increased use With Cold Weather – PortageOnline.com

10 December 2019 With Portage seeing some of the coldest temperatures of the season last week, the Rest-a-bit shelter has been filling up. Miriam Turyamwijuka is the Board chair. She talks about how things are going. “We have more people now because of the colder weather. On Friday, for example, we were completely full. We’re […]

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‘The voice of the people is what I carry,’ says Michipicoten Gimaa Kwe on the Anishinabek Nation Governance Agreement – Anishinabek News

SUDBURY – Michipicoten First Nation Gimaa Kwe Patricia Tangie believes Anishinabek First Nations must work together if they are to remain strong and independent communities. “We see that with other cultures all over Canada,” she says. “But we as First Nations, we still have a lot of the residential school and government policies and laws […]

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City approves 1.6% tax hike, sunsets Indigenous relations advisor job – CBC

‘If we don’t transform these systems, racism will continue to flourish in Yellowknife,’ says advocate Dec 10, 2019 The city of Yellowknife’s budget for next year raises the property tax rate by 1.63 per cent — far from the 8.5 per cent jump city officials initially pitched. The 2020-2021 budget comes in at an estimated […]

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Decades old cabinet document surface saying Nunavut wouldn’t get full language rights – APTN

December 9, 2019 The president of Nunavut Tungavik Inc. (NTI) says that a recently uncovered cabinet document from the Brian Mulroney administration shows that the federal government sought to block Inuktitut from being the working language of Nunavut even as the deal for the new territory was being cut. NTI obtained the documents through an […]

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Canadian Rangers Assist in North Spirit Lake FN and Bearskin Lake FN Crisis Situations – Net Newsledger

December 10, 2019 Canadian Rangers have helped evacuate a remote First Nation in Northern Ontario and delivered an emergency program for at-risk youth in a second isolated community facing a drug addiction crisis. North Spirit Lake First Nation, a small Oji-Cree community 520 kilometers north of Thunder Bay, declared an emergency and asked for federal […]

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Indigenous representation through street art – The Concordian

December 10, 2019 Reflecting on the place of visual art in the Montreal streetscape Wherever you go on the island of Tiohtià:ke (Montreal), you will find street art. Regardless of the borough or neighbourhood, you are bound to stumble upon a sculptural installation, mural or the good ol’ reliable mosaics and vitrines in various metro […]

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BC mulls potential promise and pitfalls of UNDRIP – Business in Vancouver

December 10, 2019 The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) has been formally adopted in B.C. Whether it will be the key to reconciliation with Indigenous people or a legal labyrinth that ends up conflicting with Canadian constitutional law is a matter of some speculation. Read More: https://biv.com/article/2019/12/bc-mulls-potential-promise-and-pitfalls-undrip

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R. Donald Maracle, Chief of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, re-elected for another term – Globalnews.ca

December 10, 2019 The votes are in and the Chief of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte band council has been re-elected. Chief R. Donald Maracle easily won another term during the weekend vote. He secured more than double the votes of his nearest competitor, Stacia Loft, winning 650 to Loft’s 290. Maracle says […]

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Alberta Court of Appeal to live stream carbon tax reference case – CBC

Court of Appeal to hear arguments Dec. 16, 17 and 18 Dec 10, 2019 Next week’s arguments before the Alberta Court of Appeal on the constitutionality of the federal carbon tax will be live streamed, following precedents set in Ontario and Saskatchewan. The reference case on the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act will be heard […]

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Rare earths project open to Indigenous partners – Northern News Services

December 10, 2019 The door is open to Indigenous groups to become part-owners of the Nechalacho rare earths deposit. That’s the word from Geoff Atkins, managing director of Australian-based Vital Metals, which made its final payment in October to complete a $5-million purchase of the upper portion of the Nechalacho rare earths deposit, 100 km […]

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Activist Thunberg turns spotlight on Indigenous struggle at climate summit – Net Newsledger

December 10, 2019 Indigenous activists argue that their communities contribute almost none of the fossil fuels emissions driving climate change, but bear the brunt of its effects MADRID (Reuters) – Teen activist Greta Thunberg turned a spotlight on the struggles of the world’s indigenous peoples against climate change on Monday, appearing at a U.N. summit […]

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It’s a call to action’: Survey shows Sask. and Man. take dimmer view of race relations than other Canadians – CBC

More than 3,000 people responded to national race relations survey Dec 10, 2019 Saskatchewan and Manitoba residents don’t seem as optimistic about race relations as people in other parts of Canada, according to a new survey by the Environics Institute. In the region of Manitoba-Saskatchewan, only 60 per cent of those surveyed said race relations […]

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People gather to remember Cassidy Bernard at community feast – APTN

December 9, 2019 The family and community of Cassidy Bernard came together in We’koqma’q First Nation on Sunday. They joined together for a feast to celebrate the life of the young mother who was found dead in her home in 2018. “We’re going to keep on going for all the souls missing and murdered,” said […]

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Council adopts Indigenous territory acknowledgement – Sarnia Observer

December 9, 2019 A traditional territory acknowledgement will be read at the start of future council meetings. Council 6-1 Monday adopted the recommended acknowledgement, proposed by the city’s United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) committee, which consulted local First Nations elders starting in 2019 to come up with the wording. “I […]

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A way to keep our language alive’: How the Atikamekw Nation uses Wikipedia to promote its language – CBC

Over 1,000 articles created as part of Wikipetcia Atikamekw Nehiromowin project Dec 10, 2019 What started out as a high school computer science project has grown into the only active Wikipedia in Canada operating in an Indigenous language. Wikipetcia Atikamekw Nehiromowin includes over 1,000 articles, sound clips and photos representing life, history and culture of […]

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Morning Brief: Freeland heads to Mexico City for trade talks – iPolitics

Dec 10, 2019 Good morning, readers. Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland is heading to Mexico City today to participate in talks with the United States and Mexico on a new North American trade agreement, as the latest news from Capitol Hill suggests the pact is close to being finalized. The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) didn’t […]

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Aboriginal Law Report – First People’s Law

December 8, 2019 In the News The AFN Special Chiefs Assembly was held in Ottawa. ‘Reconciliation is not just words’: B.C. Premier Horgan speaks to the Assembly of First Nations – Global News Perry Bellegarde says national focus needed on suicide crisis among Indigenous youth – Globe and Mail Jody Wilson-Raybould to push for Indigenous rights recognition […]

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Canada must stop normalizing inequality for Indigenous people – Macleans.ca

Cindy Blackstock: The federal government, which has an insatiable appetite to be thanked for inadequate measures, should expect no gratitude for discrimination Dec 9, 2019 Cindy Blackstock is a member of the Gitxsan First Nation and currently serves as the executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society and is a professor […]

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RSU executives condemn ‘anti-Indigenous’ Facebook … – The Eyeopener

RSU executives condemn ‘anti-Indigenous’ Facebook statement after non-Indigenous performance of song from Disney’s Pocahontas Concerns over anti-Indigenous sentiments have been raised by Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) executives after a non-Indigenous performer sang “Colors of the Wind” from the movie Pocahontas at an event organized by members of the union. During Ryerson’s Social Justice Week in […]

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Inuit org uses 30-year-old document to allege Ottawa “blocked” language rights – Nunatsiaq News

9 December 2019 NTI says Ottawa used Nunavut land claims deal to suppress Inuktitut Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. is marking the end of the International Year of Indigenous Languages by releasing a 30-year-old federal cabinet document that they allege “blocked use of Inuktitut in government services in the territory.” In the document, prepared on March 13, […]

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Indigenous government and the future of the GNWT – Northern News Services

December 9, 2019 The self in self-government refers to the people in distinct and autonomous communities who have been waiting for their treaty rights to mature like a long-term savings bond. The governing has to come from somewhere else. It’s why progress toward the ideal for Indigenous governments from the Dehcho to the Beaufort becomes […]

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Undergrad student shares personal story on homelessness and the power of research – UM Today

‘We are trying to see the light in the dark’ December 9, 2019 — Undergraduate student Henry McKay spent the summer of 2019 discovering paradigm shifts and changing mindsets while learning what research is, and what it can do. And the third-year social work student was surprised by what he found. “I … learned that […]

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Indigenous trusts provide much needed capital to expand small businesses – Globe and Mail

Oct. 7, 2019 When Santana Wooden opened T’Sala Salon Spa, a storefront on the Squamish Nation’s reserve in North Vancouver, the only thing it offered was manicures and pedicures. After hearing about the Squamish Nation Trust (SNT), a fund to help entrepreneurs who are members of the First Nation, Ms. Wooden applied and got a […]

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Lobby Wrap: Number of new filings pick up as Parliament resumes sitting – iPolitics

Dec 9, 2019 The federal lobbying registry saw its biggest number of new filings last week since the summer, as the election-induced lull appears to be over. Collectively, there were 39 new registrations filed last week, which saw the House resume sitting for the first since June. All were single registrations for different client organizations […]

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Stakes high for Indigenous women still waiting for action after MMIWG inquiry – Globalnews.ca

December 9, 2019 Daleen Kay Bosse was a Cree woman from Onion Lake Cree Nation, Sask. She was 25 years old, married and studying to become a teacher while raising her young daughter. She had grown up wanting to be a doctor or a lawyer, but she ultimately picked teacher’s college — just like her […]

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Teepee raised at Suncor’s reclaimed tailings pond – Wapisiw Lookout – JWN

Dec. 9, 2019 In September this year, an authentic, handcrafted 18-foot teepee was set up on Wapisiw Lookout, the reclaimed tailings pond at Suncor’s Oil Sands Base Plant, located 25 kilometres north of the city of Fort McMurray, Alberta. Suncor has been operating in the Wood Buffalo region of Alberta since 1967. We’ve been part […]

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Family calls for inquest into suicide of Indigenous teen in government care – CBC

Devon Freeman’s body was found in a wooded area in April 2018 The circumstances that allowed an Indigenous teenager to take his own life metres from his group home and go undiscovered for months can only be remedied by an inquest from the Ontario coroner, according to a request from the boy’s loved ones. Devon […]

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Lawyer competence includes knowledge of Indigenous-Crown history: B.C. law society – CTV News

December 9, 2019 VANCOUVER — The Law Society of British Columbia has moved to require Indigenous cultural competency training for all practising lawyers in the province, in response to gaps in legal education that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission identified. “Lawyers and the law created a justice system that discriminates against Indigenous people,” said Law […]

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Indigenous Peoples’ building a stepping stone to reconciliation

Credit: CBC News: The National 100 Wellington St. will serve as the first dedicated space for Indigenous Peoples within the Parliament Hill district. It’s part of reconciliation efforts and has been met with support from some Indigenous leaders. But for the Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation, whose traditional land the building sits on, it remains a contentious […]

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New B.C. Indigenous rights legislation called ‘crucial step’ toward reconciliation – The Lawyer’s Daily

December 06, 2019 British Columbia is entering a new phase in its relationship with its First Nations following the adoption of a bill to align its laws with the principles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), and legal observers are saying, despite the fact that the legislation leaves some […]

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Lumbering towards a decolonized society – UM Today

December 6, 2019 — Although she harbours the healthy skepticism of a researcher, Iloradanon Efimoff remains hopeful that Canada is lumbering towards a decolonized—or at least Indigenized—society. Efimoff, an Indigenous PhD candidate and Vanier Scholar in UM’s psychology department, studies ways to make people less racist. We last wrote about her in the alumni magazine’s […]

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Reparations for slavery and genocide should be used to address health inequities: U of T expert – U of T News

As soon as I entered Elmina Castle (the dungeons) in Cape Coast in Ghana, I felt haunted by over 400 years of brutality and the enslavement and genocide of millions of African and Indigenous Peoples. That violence still impacts the health of Black and Indigenous folks today. The literal branding of Black people through mostly […]

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Liberals promise to table UNDRIP law within one year – Nunatsiaq News

6 December 2019 National Inuit organization “encouraged” by some throne speech promises Within the first year of its mandate, Justin Trudeau’s minority Liberal government will introduce a law to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the government said in yesterday’s throne speech. That proposed new law—promised in a section of […]

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Supreme Court sides with Ontario against previous owners of abandoned Dryden mercury disposal site – APTN News

December 6, 2019 Canada’s Supreme Court sided with Ontario Friday on who bears responsibility for remediating a mercury waste disposal site on Ontario’s Wabigoon and English rivers. The contamination damaged the health and livelihood of multiple generations on Grassy Narrows and Islington First Nations downstream. In a written decision, the court concluded Resolute FP Inc. […]

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Decade in review: Planning a path of reconciliation – Ubyssey Online

Dec. 4, 2019 UBC has taken steps toward Indigenous reconciliation throughout the 2010s, but there’s still room for improvement over the decade to come. Kicking off the ’teens, Canada officially endorsed the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) released 94 calls to action […]

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I’ve never mismanaged anything’: Wrigley chief defends record amid ousting attempt – CBC

Chief Maurice Moses says he’s not prepared to step down following community move to oust him Dec 05, 2019 The chief of the Pehdzeh Ki First Nation in Wrigley, N.W.T., says he won’t be stepping down as members of his community call for his resignation. This is the latest development after 34 people attended a […]

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Removed homeless shelters leave organizers ‘heartbroken’, but city says proper protocol wasn’t followed – CTV News

December 5, 2019 WINNIPEG — A community initiative to keep the homeless warm through the winter months was quashed by the City due to zoning regulations and potential fire hazards. Last week Alina Beda, the vice-president of The Urban Knights and Ladies – a community patrol group that helped build two warming huts on a […]

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British Columbians talk about province adopting UNDRIP – APTN

December 5, 2019 It’s been one week since the government of British Columbia made the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples a law in the province. People are talking about the historic law and what it means for them. Read More: https://aptnnews.ca/2019/12/05/british-columbians-talk-about-province-adopting-undrip/

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Supreme Court to rule on cleanup of contaminated Grassy Narrows site – Toronto Star

Dec. 6, 2019 OTTAWA—Two companies are on the hook for looking after a mercury-contaminated site near Ontario’s Grassy Narrows First Nation, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled. The 4-3 decision Friday brought some clarity to a long-running dispute over one element of the legacy of environmental poisoning that has caused significant health problems for […]

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NTI accuses feds of undermining Inuit language after obtaining ‘secret’ land claim cabinet document – Nunavut News

December 6, 2019 Land claims organization Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI) has uncovered a historic cabinet document that it claims is evidence that the Government of Canada sought to block the use of the Inuit language as the new territory was established. In the March 1990 federal government negotiations document, marked “secret” atop each page, there […]

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From seals to belugas, scientists describe worrying signs for Arctic ‘sentinels’ – CBC

Current population estimates for seals and beluga remain stable in the Arctic Dec 06, 2019 Scientists attending a national gathering of Arctic researchers are outlining a widening range of climate change risks for so-called “sentinel” species, such as ringed seals and beluga whales, which have sustained Inuit for millennia. The ArcticNet conference happening this week […]

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Anishinabek Nation delegation visits the Navajo Nation to prepare for self-government – Anishinabek News

NIPISSING FIRST NATION— A delegation on behalf of the Anishinabek Nation made a quick visit to Arizona recently to learn more about how the Navajo Nation runs its government. Southeast Regional Deputy Grand Council Chief James Marsden led the team consisting of Chief Governance Negotiator Martin Bayer, Fiscal Relations Support Advisor Jidé Afolabi and Executive […]

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Métis educator wins award for developing program to help teenage mothers – APTN

December 5, 2019 A Métis assistant professor at the University of Alberta has won an award for her work helping to develop a program for teenage mothers. Melissa Tremblay has spent the past four years helping to develop a program to give mothers the best chance for success. cstewart@aptn.ca Read More: https://aptnnews.ca/2019/12/05/metis-educator-wins-award-for-developing-program-to-help-teenaged-mothers/

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Rama event aids women in need – OrilliaMatters

Sharing WITH Our Sisters saw bags filled with items for Barrie Native Friendship Centre The Sharing WITH Our Sisters Tea and Jamm was hosted by Dawn Ireland of Cedar Place in Rama on the weekend. We gathered some 30 previously loved handbags, filling them with donated personal hygiene products and more for women in need. […]

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Our language comes from this land’: How culture and territory connect for Homalco First Nation – CBC

Revitalizing Éy7á7juuthem is bringing back more than a language Dec 06, 2019 A large cardboard-backed calendar sits in the Homalco band office in Campbell River, B.C. It looks like a medicine wheel, or pie chart, dissected into several sections with words in Éy7á7juuthem and English handwritten in each space. It’s the first documented copy Homalco […]

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Qikiqtani Inuit Association seeks community directors for Sanikiluaq, Pond Inlet – Nunatsiaq News

Byelection nominations close Dec. 13 at 5 p.m. for Jan. 20 votes The nomination period opened this week for byelections on Jan. 20, 2020, to fill community director positions in Sanikiluaq and Pond Inlet, the Qikiqtani Inuit Association has announced. “This byelection was delayed by one week to allow all Inuit to fully participate after […]

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See something? Say something – Simcoe Reformer

December 5, 2019 The public is often told to “Say something if you see something” when confronted with suspicious behaviour. This extends to the abuse and potential abuse of women. “As a man, an employer, a friend – what do I do if I suspect a woman is being abused?” Simcoe Coun. Ian Rabbitts asked […]

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Government ‘repeat offender’ when it comes to First Nations kids – APTN

December 5, 2019 The new Indigenous services minister was introduced to the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) this week. And Marc Miller promised that Canada would compensate children in care in due course. “We have that track record with respect to the Indian Day School settlements, the residential school settlements and the Sixties Scoop.” But […]

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Liberals zero in on environment, economy, taxes in throne speech – SaltWire Network

OTTAWA, Ont. — The Liberal government, chastened at the polls on election day, laid out priorities for its new mandate in the speech from the throne Thursday, Dec. 5. Those priorities includes lower taxes and lower carbon emissions, and a sharper focus on healthcare, safety, and reconciliation with Indigenous people. The throne speech, that sets […]

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