Hundreds flee Northern Ontario First Nation amid flood threat

Flooding in Kashechewan, 2013.

Flooding in Kashechewan, 2013.

by CTV News, April 23, 2015

The threat of flooding is once again forcing the residents of a remote Northern Ontario First Nation to flee their homes.

Hundreds of vulnerable Kashechewan residents have already registered with the Red Cross in Kapuskasing, Ont. The rising Albany River is threatening to flood the First Nation for the fourth consecutive year.

One of the evacuees, Gary Wesley, told CTV Northern Ontario that he’s coping with the situation, but it’s “difficult” for others. Read the rest of this entry

Australia: Aboriginal Group To Shadow ANZAC Day March And Highlight Frontier Wars

Michael-Anderson

Michael Anderson.

By Amy McQuire, New Matilda, April 23, 2015

The annual gesture is intended to remind Australians about a war many don’t realise took place. Amy McQuire reports.

It’s the war that Australia doesn’t like to remember, but that has never deterred the group of Aboriginal people who have walked behind the official ANZAC Day march in Canberra each year since 2012, calling on the nation to remember the first people who fell in defence of country. [ANZAC: Australia New Zealand Army Corps]

This year the group, which usually numbers between 20 and 60 participants, are preparing to make their mark on the centenary of Gallipoli. They will mobilise at 10:30 am on ANZAC Parade, which bares no trace of the existence of the Aboriginal warriors who died in the Frontier Wars.

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National Call To Action: April 29 Stop Mt Polley from reopening

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Native Actors Walk off Set of Adam Sandler Movie After Insults to Women, Elders

Actors Saginaw Grant and Loren Anthony on the set of 'Ridiculous Six.' Image source: instagram.com/lorenanthony

Actors Saginaw Grant and Loren Anthony on the set of ‘Ridiculous Six.’ Image source: instagram.com/lorenanthony

by Vincent Schilling, Indian Country Today, April 23, 2015

Approximately a dozen Native actors and actresses, as well as the Native cultural advisor, left the set of Adam Sandler’s newest film production, The Ridiculous Six, on Wednesday. The actors, who were primarily from the Navajo nation, left the set after the satirical western’s script repeatedly insulted native women and elders and grossly misrepresented Apache culture.

The examples of disrespect included Native women’s names such as Beaver’s Breath and No Bra, an actress portraying an Apache woman squatting and urinating while smoking a peace pipe, and feathers inappropriately positioned on a teepee.

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Kitselas First Nation signs agreement with TransCanada for gas pipeline

Evicting Indigenous Australians from their homelands is a declaration of war

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Rally against forced closure of Aboriginal communities, held in Brisbane, Australia, March 2015.

Australia occasionally interrupts its ‘normal’ mistreatment of Aboriginal people to deliver a frontal assault, like the closure of Western Australia’s homelands

Australia has again declared war on its Indigenous people, reminiscent of the brutality that brought universal condemnation on apartheid South Africa. Aboriginal people are to be driven from homelands where their communities have lived for thousands of years. In Western Australia, where mining companies make billion dollar profits exploiting Aboriginal land, the state government says it can no longer afford to “support” the homelands.

Vulnerable populations, already denied the basic services most Australians take for granted, are on notice of dispossession without consultation, and eviction at gunpoint. Aboriginal leaders have warned of “a new generation of displaced people” and “cultural genocide”. Read the rest of this entry

Occupation of premier’s office ends as meetings planned with First Nations over human-waste spreading in Okanagan

Kelowna protest over sewage waste may escalate

Rally against sewage disposal outside BC Premier Christy Clark's office in Kelowna, April 18, 2015.

Rally against sewage disposal outside BC Premier Christy Clark’s office in Kelowna, April 18, 2015.

WEST KELOWNA – Saturday marked day four of a protest at Premier Christy Clark’s constituency office in West Kelowna. The demonstration began last Wednesday when a handful of native chiefs from the Nicola Valley occupied the office to take a stand against bio-solid sewage waste being trucked from the Okanagan to land near Merritt.

On Saturday a rally was held outside Clark’s office bringing out close to 100 demonstrators, many of them from first nations communities. Among them, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, the President of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs. Read the rest of this entry

Is it time we start talking about our murdered and missing indigenous men?

Grace Lafond-Barr.

Grace Lafond-Barr.

Indigenous men are more likely to be murdered than anyone else in Canada – possibly more than 2,000 in a 30-year period.

Ayotzinapa to Ottawa delegation aims to draw attention to student disappearances in Mexico

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