Teen couple from Alberta’s Whitefish First Nation were shot to death, police say

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The RCMP are now conducting a double homicide investigation into the shootings of Cory Grey and Dylan Laboucan, a young couple from Whitefish Lake First Nation. (Facebook)

What started as a missing persons case on Saturday is now officially a double homicide

By Mack Lamoureux, Rick McConnell, CBC News, July 28, 2016

Two teenagers from Whitefish Lake First Nation, a young couple in love, were shot to death by someone they were “connected to,” RCMP say.

Police said Thursday they have “a significant amount of evidence” that suggests the killings of Dylan Laboucan and Cory Grey were not random.

Laboucan, 17, and Grey, 19, lived together in a trailer in the small community of 786 people, north of Lesser Slave Lake in north-central Alberta. Read the rest of this entry

‘Colonialism No More’ camp outside Regina’s INAC office surpasses 100 days

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Photo: Eagle Feather News

July 27, 2016

Regina’s “Colonialism No More” camp has now reached a new milestone: 101 days.

Back in April, groups across Canada held rallies to address the First Nation suicide crisis at the Attawapiskat First Nation.

Since then, camps in Vancouver and Toronto have since packed up but Regina’s camp outside the local Indigenous and Northern Indigenous Affairs (INAC) office has remained strong. Read the rest of this entry

Muskoday First Nation declares emergency over water supply

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The Muskoday First Nation has been relying on water trucked into the community to replenish its supplies after the normal source of treated water from Prince Albert, Sask., was closed due to an oil spill. (Muskoday First Nation/Facebook)

Water supply was halted on weekend after oil spill into North Saskatchewan River

CBC News July 27, 2016

After four days of being shut off from its normal supply of water due to an oil spill into the North Saskatchewan River, the Muskoday First Nation has declared a state of emergency.

The move was announced Wednesday afternoon when officials said the “discontinued supply of water” required “prompt action.”

About 800 band members live on the reserve, which is about 15 kilometres south of Prince Albert, Sask. The community is one of several in the area which is connected to a rural water utility that is normally supplied from Prince Albert’s water treatment plant.

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Indigenous Alberta youth reconnect with nature and culture at Ghost River Rediscovery camp

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Ghost River Rediscovery camp west of Calgary teaches survival skills and Aboriginal traditions to kids and teens. (Courtesy of Ghost River Rediscovery)

City kids sleep in teepees and learn Aboriginal traditions from Blackfoot, Cree and Metis elders

By Danielle Nerman, CBC News July 27, 2016

The Ghost River Rediscovery camp west of Calgary can only be reached by gravel road and a river crossing.

While the journey through the wooded forest of the Stoney Nation is not super strenuous, it can be daunting for campers who have never lived off the grid.

“A lot of these kids are pretty city-based. So we’ve got kids who have never camped before, never built shelter, don’t know how build fire,” said Kristie Schneider, the camp’s director of operations. Read the rest of this entry

Australia orders inquiry after teenage prisoners teargassed, stripped naked

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An aboriginal youth is shackled to a chair and hooded in this still from a video. Photo: CBC News.

Thomson Reuters July 27, 2016

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Tuesday ordered an inquiry into the treatment of children in detention after the airing of video showing prison guards teargassing teenage inmates and strapping a half-naked, hooded-boy to a chair.

Footage of the abuse of six Aboriginal boys in a juvenile detention centre sparked renewed criticism of Australia’s treatment of Aboriginal people, or Aborigines, and their high imprisonment rate. Read the rest of this entry

Protesters accuse Manitoba government of stalling MMIW inquiry

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Warrior flag flies outside Manitoba Legislative Building, July 2016.

Role police, CFS play in MMIW cases must be examined in national inquiry, protesters say

CBC News,  July 26, 2016

About half a dozen tents were set up outside the Manitoba Legislative Building by protesters who say the province is keeping a national inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women from getting underway.

Last week, Brian Pallister’s Progressive Conservative government said it is moving forward with an order in council in support of the inquiry, but officials are still in negotiations with the federal government over the terms of reference. Read the rest of this entry

Tsuut’ina break ground on new police building

tsuut-ina-police shoovelsConstruction expected to start Aug. 1 to be completed by end of 2016

By Dave Dormer, CBC News, July 26, 2016

Ground was broken Tuesday on a new headquarters for Tsuut’ina Nation Police.

It’s a long awaited facility for a growing force that currently shares space with a daycare and has some cells in a trailer, according to Tsuut’ina Chief Roy Whitney.

He said work on the roughly $5 million project — being funded by the Tsuut’ina Nation — is expected to begin Aug. 1 and be completed within six months. Read the rest of this entry

Mapuche Group Burns Machinery In Patagonia As Part Of Land Claim

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Burned out excavator. Photo: Earth First! Newswire

Members of the Mapuche Ancestral Resistance burned two excavator machines belonging to English businessman Joe Lewis to demand their ancestral land be returned to the indigenous community.

Video of alleged abuse of Aboriginal teens at Australian prison prompts investigation

Prince Albert, Sask., declares state of emergency over oil spill

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An oil slick on the North Saskatchewan River has prompted the city to shut off the intake to the water treatment plant. (Matthew Garand/CBC)

City rolling out emergency waterline from South Saskatchewan River as oil plume approaches

By Francois Biber, CBC News July 25, 2016

Prince Albert city council has declared a local state of emergency over an oil spill that threatens its water supply.

The declaration was one of the first orders of business at a special meeting of council Monday in the city of 35,000, Saskatchewan’s third largest.

A local state of emergency allows the city to evacuate neighbourhoods and take other measures to deal with the threat and helps pave the way for disaster assistance applications.  Read the rest of this entry

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