Keeseekoose First Nation elders spark RCMP investigation into band council

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Flag of the Keeseekoose First Nation in Saskatchewan.

APTN National News, September 19, 2017

The RCMP has confirmed to APTN National News that it has launched an investigation on Keeseekoose First Nation in Saskatchewan after two elders came forward providing a stack of financial documents. Read the rest of this entry

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Province apologizes after wildlife officers seize fish from northern Alberta Métis camp

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A video still showing Alberta Fish and Wildlife officers seizing fish from a Métis camp outside Conklin, just south of Fort McMurray. (Roxy Power/ Submitted)

‘We will take steps to ensure this doesn’t happen again,’ Indigenous Relations Minister says

By David Thurton , CBC News, September 16, 2017

The Alberta government has apologized to a northern Alberta Métis community after wildlife officers confiscated 25 fish from a camp near Christina Lake on Friday.

“This was an unfortunate circumstance,” Indigenous Relations Minister Richard Feehan said in a media release Saturday. Read the rest of this entry

Indigenous elders at national gathering warn of dire need to react to environmental disasters

‘We want to practise our traditions but our medicines, the animals, the environment is affected,’ says elder

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Rita and Tommy Monias travelled to the gathering from Cross Lake, Man. (Brandi Morin)

By Brandi Morin, CBC News, September 15, 2017

Some Indigenous elders who live traditional lifestyles that include hunting, fishing and trapping on lands and waters long utilized by their ancestors say they have noticed a rapid shift in the environment over the last several decades — a shift some attribute to climate change. Read the rest of this entry

Gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous inmates growing, latest statistics show

prison cellsMinisters of justice and public safety say the government is not turning a ‘blind eye’ to the issue

By Alison Crawford, CBC News, September 15, 2017

There are more Indigenous offenders in Canada’s prisons and they serve more time before being released on parole than other prisoners, according to fresh statistics from the federal Department of Public Safety. Read the rest of this entry

Enbridge pipeline protesters lock down site in Wisconsin

SUPERIOR, Wis. — Five people were arrested during protests Thursday, Sept. 14, after blocking entrances at an Enbridge pipeline contractor in Superior.

It was the sixth “lockdown” protest in roughly three weeks by people identifying themselves as water protectors, and the first one inside the city limits. Read the rest of this entry

Video: The Fight Against Fish Farms

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by SubMedia, September 13, 2017

After 30 years of peaceful opposition, indigenous nations of western “Canada” have had enough and have begun occupations of illegal fish farms to disrupt their operations. A call has been made to occupy the offices of the ruling New Democratic Party (NDP) of “British Columbia” to help put an end to the harmful practice of fish farms, that endangers the local salmon populations. Read the rest of this entry

Grassy Narrows: Children of the poisoned river

grassy-narrows-five-girlsHalf a century after mercury contamination near Grassy Narrows First Nation, the poisoning continues to have deadly consequences — especially for youth
By Jody Porter, CBC News, September 12, 2017

Azraya Ackabee-Kokopenace wanted help. That’s all anyone knows for sure.

The girl with the bright smile had just turned 14 when she left her family in Grassy Narrows First Nation in northwestern Ontario last spring in search of someone — or something — to ease her overwhelming grief. Read the rest of this entry

SANTA Fe: 12 Arrested Protesting Conquistador Celebration on Stolen Pueblo Land

 

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A long-running annual pageant recalling the 1692 retaking of Santa Fe by Spanish conquistadors spurred raucous, roving protests Friday that wound through downtown streets and resulted in at least eight arrests.

The clash over the Entrada, anticipated amid heightened racial and ethnic tensions nationally, pushed a simmering conflict over Santa Fe’s own legacy of colonialism to a new level. Coming after city leaders had appealed for reconciliation between organizers of the Fiesta de Santa Fe and Native American activists, the fracas that unfolded on and around the Santa Fe Plaza seemed a big step back from diffusing a controversy at the heart of the community’s very identity.

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Video: Activists Build Tiny Houses To Defend Against Oil Pipeline

Secwepemc tiny houses video clipLiving Big In A Tiny House, Published on Sep 11, 2017

Ten tiny houses are about to go head-to-head with a giant proposed oil pipeline. In what some area already dubbing the next ‘Standing Rock’, Kanahus Manuel, an activist of the Secwepemc Nation is spearheading a team of builders and volunteers from all over North America to construct tiny homes with the aim of halting the expansion of the Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline which would run through 518 kilometres of Secwepemc Territory. Read the rest of this entry

Indigenous artists unite to create Edmonton, Ottawa murals focused on water protection

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Artist Isaac Murdoch, from Serpent River First Nation in Ontario, and volunteers in Edmonton began painting a mural on the iHuman Youth Society building on Friday. The mural is about protecting water from threats posed by industrial development and pipelines, Murdoch said. (Brad Crowfoot)

Isaac Murdoch and Christi Belcourt leading creation of murals to raise awareness about water issues

By Brandi Morin, CBC News, September 9, 2017

Two well-known Indigenous artists and environmentalists have partnered to create murals in Edmonton and Ottawa that they hope will raise awareness about the protection of precious water resources. Read the rest of this entry