Moricetown band set to change name

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Part of a mural in the Moricetown community hall.

Posted by Jacob LeBlanc, CFNR Radio,  September 21, 2017

Moricetown band members will now get to say a familiar name as the village is changing their name.

Victor Jim is the newly elected chief and as one of his first acts in office was to return the name of their village to its original name, Witset. Read the rest of this entry

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Residential school runaway remembers harrowing journey that killed his two friends

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Bernard Andreason, then and now. Andreason, left, at 11 years old, when he attended Stringer Hall in Inuvik. He’s now 56, and lives in Vancouver (right). (CBC)

‘At the time, as young kids, it sounded good … like we were going to make it in a day or 2’

By Brandi Morin, CBC News, September 21, 2017

When the highway connecting Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk year-round finally opens in November, Bernard Andreason hopes to be there.

But it will be a celebration tinged with loss and regret. Read the rest of this entry

Families walk B.C. Highway of Tears to honour missing, murdered Indigenous women

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Billboard warning girls not to hitchhike on the Highway of Tears (Highway 16) where many young women have gone missing. This is just north of Smithers. Steve Bosch / Vancouver Sun

by Laura Kane, Associated Press, September 20, 2017

When Gladys Radek walks the Highway of Tears, she says she can feel the spirits of women who are missing or have been murdered walking beside her.

Dozens have vanished or been killed along the notorious stretch of Highway 16 in central British Columbia. On Thursday, Radek will honour the 12th anniversary of the disappearance of her niece, Tamara Lynn Chipman, by walking the route once again. Read the rest of this entry

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

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