Tsilhqot’in angry over timing of permits issued for controversial New Prosperity mine

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Fish Lake, targeted by Taseko’s proposed “New Prosperity” mine.

by Derrick Penner, Vancouver Sun, July 18, 2017

The province, last Friday, issued drilling permits to Taseko Mines Ltd.’s controversial New Prosperity mine proposal while First Nations communities deeply opposed to it were busy dealing with wildfires and just days before a new government was due to take office. Read the rest of this entry

Protest camp built on proposed site of Sisson mine project

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Terry Sappier of the ‘Wulustukyik (Maliseet) Nation Grandmothers and Mothers’ group intends to live in the protest encampment they’ve built until the Sisson Mine project is halted completely. (Shane Fowler/CBC)

First Nations protesters in N.B. planning to last the winter at the remote site of Sisson mine project

By Shane Fowler, CBC News, July 18, 2017

Members of Maliseet First Nations have started to build a protest camp at the proposed site of the Sisson mine near Napadogan.

Tents, campers, and other homemade structures have been set up in hopes of deterring future development of a proposed tungsten and molybdenum mine. Read the rest of this entry

Australia: Indigenous man dies in custody after unexplained head injury, says family

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Eric James Whittaker died in Westmead hospital in unexplained circumstances. (Facebook)

By Robert Burton-Bradley, NITV, July 18, 2017

The family of a Kamilaroi man who died in custody earlier this month from unexplained head injuries sustained while in a NSW prison is calling for an explanation from authorities. Read the rest of this entry

Forget Smokey the Bear: How First Nation fire wisdom is key to megafire prevention

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Annie Kruger was the last firekeeper appointed by her people, say family. Her granddaughter is in training to take over, but has more to learn yet, and the tradition tapered off with Kruger’s death. (Don Gayton)

Fire prevention policies of the past have created conditions for today’s out-of-control blazes, experts say

By Yvette Brend, CBC News, July 15, 2017

The grandchildren of Annie Kruger remember her lighting an Export A Green cigarette, throwing on her logger’s jacket and heading out to set fires near Penticton, B.C.

Before she died she was a firekeeper — as were generations before her in the Okanagan region of the province — and it was her job to use flames to purify the land by setting fire to berry bushes, hillsides and even mountains to renew growth and clear brush and create natural fireguards. Read the rest of this entry

‘Offensive and disgraceful’: Protesters cheer as City of Halifax shrouds Cornwallis statue

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Protesters who pledged to remove a statue of Halifax’s controversial founder Saturday say they came away victorious after the monument to Edward Cornwallis was covered. (Darren Calabrese/Canadian Press)

Mayor Mike Savage says veil is a temporary measure, will be removed after demonstration

By Frances Willick, CBC News July 15, 2017

Municipal crews draped a black cloth over a statue of Edward Cornwallis in a downtown Halifax park Saturday as protesters gathered with a plan to remove the statue.

After a city truck arrived, crews informed the gathering they would shroud the monument as a sign of good faith. Read the rest of this entry

Two Ontario police officers charged in death of Oneida Nation of the Thames woman

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Debra Chrisjohn, 39, was a member of the Oneida Nation of the Thames

by Mark Blackburn, APTN National News, July 13, 2017

Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has charged two police officers with the death of Debra Chrisjohn, 39, a member of the Oneida Nation of the Thames. Read the rest of this entry

Cleveland Indians’ logo still under fire from activist

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“Chief Wahoo,” official logo of the Cleveland Indians.

Canadian Douglas Cardinal wants baseball team to drop ‘racist’ symbol

By Jamie Strashin, CBC Sports, July 13, 2017

As Major League Baseball gears up for the season’s second half, one of the game’s most controversial symbols will remain.

Chief Wahoo — the toothy caricature that has long appeared on the Cleveland Indians’ uniforms and other team paraphernalia — will be allowed to stick around. At least for now. Read the rest of this entry

Tensions rise as Mohawk activists square off with Oka mayor over development

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A real estate development in Oka is raising tensions in the Mohawk community of Kanehsatà:ke.

On Wednesday morning, a group of protesters led by Mohawk rights activist Ellen Gabriel squared off with Oka Mayor Pascal Quévillon.

Four hundred homes are planned for a plot of land adjacent to The Pines – the land at the heart of the 1990 Oka Crisis. Read the rest of this entry

Halifax mayor cautions against protesters’ plans to tear down Cornwallis statue

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A statue of Edward Cornwallis in downtown Halifax. Cornwallis, a governor of Nova Scotia, was a British military officer who founded Halifax in 1749. The same year, he issued the so-called scalping proclamation, offering a cash bounty to anyone who killed a Mi’kmaq person.

Removing statue now will ‘set back progress’ on reconciliation with Mi’kmaq people, says Mike Savage

By Anjuli Patil, CBC News, July 11, 2017

Halifax’s mayor says forcibly removing the statue of Edward Cornwallis in downtown Halifax will set back progress on reconciliation with Mi’kmaq people.

A group of protesters is planning to tear down a statue of Cornwallis in a south-end park this Saturday. Read the rest of this entry

‘We’re not leaving’: Tempers flare between First Nation, RCMP amid wildfire evacuation order

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Chief Joe Alphons of the Tl’etinqox First Nation said 300 people from his community have stayed behind, choosing not to obey an evacuation order for the area. (CBC)

‘Community stress levels were really high … I kind of lost it a little bit,’ chief says

By Rhianna Schmunk, CBC News July 11, 2017

A B.C. First Nations chief says emotions ran high between himself and the RCMP when he told officers residents wouldn’t be obeying an evacuation order as several wildfires threaten the community. Read the rest of this entry