A report from the front lines of the search for “truth” in Truth and Reconciliation, and a look at the people trying to make history accessible to aboriginals and non-aboriginals alike.
WINNIPEG—There are two sacred boxes in the offices of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
One is a bentwood box sculpted from a single piece of cedar by an indigenous artist. Its panels are adorned with the mournful carved faces representing First Nations and Métis who suffered through the residential schools era, when government-sanctioned institutions systemically tried to eradicate indigenous culture, tore apart families and operated havens for child abuse.
‘You would never do this to your ancestors,’ chief tells workers
Emil Bell began walking on Tuesday to press for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women
The Canadian Press/CBC News, Aug 27, 2014
A Cree elder in northern Saskatchewan has set out on a 400-kilometre walk to press for a national inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women. Emil Bell started his Beauval-to-Saskatoon trek on Tuesday, carrying a petition that asks the federal government to hold the inquiry.
Bell says he decided to make the walk after hearing about the death of Tina Fontaine, a 15-year-old aboriginal girl whose body was found in a bag floating in the Red River near a downtown Winnipeg dock earlier this month. Read the rest of this entry
A gathering in Kenora this weekend will mark the 40th anniversary of the Anicinabe Park occupation.
Dozens of young First Nations people from across the continent, including members of the American Indian Movement, joined the protest in 1974.
They were demanding better living conditions, education and access to land. Read the rest of this entry
The morning of August 21st 2014 we took action to shut down 4 Chevron stations including 80 individual gas and diesel pumps in Vancouver. More will follow if Chevron continues to push through the Pacific Trails Pipeline without the consent of the Unist’ot’en people.
Watch the video communique: Read the rest of this entry
West Coast Native News, August 19th, 2014
Moricetown Indian Band Chief and Council and members of the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs have secured commitments from officials of the Province of British Columbia, Chevron Canada Limited, Apache Canada Ltd., and the First Nations Group Limited Partnership (FNLP) that no oil will be transported in the proposed natural gas Pacific Trail Pipeline (PTP) Project owned by Chevron and Apache unless unanimously supported by the FNLP members. Read the rest of this entry