Oilsands work camps fill with fire evacuees

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Fire and smoke loom over a Fort McMurray neighborhood on May 3, 2016. Mindy Francis/Facebook.

Canadian Press, May 3, 2016

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. – Oilsands work camps were being pressed into service Tuesday to house evacuees as a raging wildfire emptied the city of Fort McMurray.

“We’ve made our work camp available to staff and their families who have been evacuated and need a place to stay,” said Cameron Yost of Shell Canada.

“We are looking at getting non-essential people out by aircraft,” said Yost, who added Shell’s camp could accommodate hundreds of evacuees.

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Wildfire destroys Fort McMurray homes, most of city evacuated

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A wall of flames marches toward Highway 63 on Tuesday afternoon. (Terry Reith/CBC Edmonton )

Thousands of people are fleeing Fort McMurray as wildfire leaps highway and into city

CBC News, May 3, 2016

A huge wildfire raging in Fort McMurray, Alta., has burned homes in some neighbourhoods and residents fleeing the fire have caused gridlock on Highway 63 leading south out of the city.

Robin Smith, a spokesman for the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, confirmed to CBC News that homes in Beacon Hill and the Centennial Trailer Park have been destroyed. Read the rest of this entry

First Nations teen solves remote community’s drinking water problems

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Quentin Rae, 19, tests at water sample at the North Spirit Lake First Nation in his new role as water plant operator. (Jody Porter/CBC)

He just graduated from high school, now this teen is running the water plant in North Spirit Lake

By Jody Porter, CBC News, May 3, 2016

A 19-year-old from North Spirit Lake First Nation is the key to solving a boil water advisory in place in his community for nearly as long as he has been alive.

The remote First Nation, about 800 kilometres northwest of Thunder Bay, Ont., has been under a boil water advisory for 14 years. Read the rest of this entry

‘This is so powerful:’ Kitikmeot women revive traditional Inuit tattoos

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Millie Angulalik of Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, got traditional Inuit facial tattoos done last week in Kugluktuk by her niece Angela Hovak Johnston. (CBC)

Inupiat tattoo artist passes on traditional hand-poking technique to Yellowknife resident

By Juanita Taylor, CBC News, May 3, 2016

Millie Angulalik broke down in sobs after seeing herself in the mirror.

Her niece had practised her new skill flawlessly, creating an exact replica of a traditional Inuit facial tattoo on her aunt’s face.

“I feel so complete,” said Angulalik. “Like really complete. I feel like flying like a bird.” Read the rest of this entry

THE PRICE OF FREEDOM

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greets FHQ Leadership (File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council) April 26, 2016.

By Johnny Hawk,  Anishinaabek.com, April 29, 2016

With the recent attention mainstream media has given to the on-going genocide within our communities that is sugar coated as “emergency crisis” and as grassroots and INAC leadership call for an abolishment of the Indian Act we must question and look at some truth’s that can help us find solutions to our liberation.

A key solution lies within our perspective of our condition as the majority of our people may not see that genocide is still being waged on our Nations where just because guns, smallpox and residential schools are no longer being used, war is still being waged  nonetheless through the sophistication of liberal economic and judicial warfare as relatives fall in love with Trudeau 2.0 as he visits our communities.  The boiling frog dilemma. We must also acknowledge the RCMP and Army are always on standby and present when our peoples assert who we really are and protect what we have to. Read the rest of this entry

Protesters claim victory after doors open at INAC office in Regina

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Tents outside the Regina offices of INAC, April 18, 2016. Photo: Adriana Christianson/CJME News

Group still camped in front of building demands government address health services on First Nations

The Canadian Press, April 29, 2016

Protesters camping outside the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada office in Regina are claiming victory after the doors to the federal office opened to the public for the first time in nearly two weeks.

Protester Robin Pitawanakwat said they just want the department to once again start serving the public they are paid to serve.

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Elsipogtog roadblocks planned to keep drugs out of community

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John Levi, an Elsipogtog warrior chief, plans to set up roadblocks in his community to stem the flow of drugs. (Ian Bonnell/CBC)

Warrior chief John Levi says ‘It’s about time we made a stand and got our community back’ from influx of drugs

By Tori Weldon, CBC News, Apr 28, 2016

John Levi, the warrior chief at Elsipogtog First Nation, is planning to erect roadblocks on the three routes into the Mi’kmaq community in an attempt to curtail what he says is a steady stream of street drugs entering the reserve.

“It’s been many years that we’ve had problems with drugs in our reserve,” said Levi. Read the rest of this entry

Lac La Ronge Indian Band members are traveling across the north teaching people how to garden

Lac La Ronge gardenThe Star-Phoenix, April 27, 2016

Every time Phillip McLeod went boating along the Churchill River in northern Saskatchewan, he saw huge cleared areas along the forested riverbank.

Curious about who had once tamed the land, the Lac La Ronge Indian Band member told the elders what he’d seen.

“They said ‘That used to be our garden,’ ” McLeod recalls. They told him stories of using dynamite to blast away rocks and trees and of nurturing a wide range of crops including strawberries, melons, potatoes and carrots.

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Tropical parasite emerges in indigenous communities in Far North

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Under low magnification, this photomicrograph reveals some of the changes in small bowel tissue biopsy in a case of cryptosporidiosis due to Cryptosporidium. (CDC/ Dr. Jonathan W.M. Gold)

by CTV News, April 28, 2016

Canadian researchers have discovered an intestinal parasite known as Cryptosporidium for the first time in a remote community in the Arctic.

The potentially dangerous parasite was found in Nunavik, in Quebec’s far north.

A team from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre made the find after examining an outbreak of intestinal illnesses in 10 Indigenous villages between April 2013 and April 2014.

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Philippines: Anniversary of Battle of Mactan

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Battle of Mactan mural in Cebu, Fort San Pedro painting, Philippines;  scene depicts the leader of the Mactan warriors, Lapu-Lapu killing Magellan, commander of the Spanish forces.

On this day in 1521 Indigenous peoples on the island of Mactan in present-day Philippines defeated a heavily armed Spanish force and killed their commander, Magellan.  This was the first Spanish attempt at colonizing what would eventually become the Philippines. Read the rest of this entry

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