Winnipeg: Community rallies and searches for missing woman

Drumming and singing in search for missing woman, Winnipeg, May 2015.

Drumming and singing in search for missing woman, Winnipeg, May 2015.

By Jillian Taylor, CBC News, May 27, 2015

Too often we are drumming for our women after they are gone. That is what Shanastene McLeod’s mom and auntie said to me while they were going house to house in the North End looking for her.

They’re scared she will end up on the list of missing and murdered indigenous women. Shanastene is 25. Her family says she is addicted to drugs and she bounces between “crack shacks” and doesn’t come home. They’re scared she’s being sexually exploited. Read the rest of this entry

Aboriginal women now make up one-third of Canadian female prison population

prison cells 1Poverty-related crimes are becoming ‘life-sentences’ for aboriginal women, NWAC says

CBC News, May 27, 2015

The number of aboriginal women in Canadian prisons is on the rise, according to the federal prison watchdog and the Native Women’s Association of Canada wants justice officials to do something about it.

Women of aboriginal decent now make up more than 35 per cent of the female prison population, Howard Sapers, Correctional Investigator of Canada, told CBC News this week. Aboriginal women represent about four per cent of the general population. Read the rest of this entry

Nunavut: Seismic testing off Clyde River cancelled for 2015

Aerial view of Clyde River, Nunavut.

Aerial view of Clyde River, Nunavut.

Consortium of energy companies made announcement to community this week

CBC News, May 27, 2015

Clyde River, Nunavut, is declaring victory after an energy company cancelled this summer’s plans for offshore seismic testing.

“I’m very happy about it,” said Jerry Natanine, mayor of the hamlet on Baffin Island’s east coast that strongly opposed the seismic plans.

“I’m reassured by the fact the company is willing to do what it did and go with our request.” Read the rest of this entry

Video: A Voice for the Voiceless

by River Voices, Published on May 23, 2015

On March 16th Voice for the Voiceless Camp set up to protect Junction Creek area.

Today the camp is denying access to Aspen Planers the company who will be trying to start up their logging again in Junction Creek any day now. It is the wish of Xwisten elders, the camp, children of Xwisten among many others that there be no further logging in this area of their territory.

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Alberta forest fire forces evacuation of oilsands facilities

Cenovus Energy's Foster Creek plant in northeast Alberta. (Canadian Press/Cenovus )

Cenovus Energy’s Foster Creek plant in northeast Alberta. (Canadian Press/Cenovus )

Cenovus and CNRL shut down operations as precautionary move

CBC News, May 23, 2015

Cenovus Energy and Canadian Natural Resources Limited have evacuated their facilities within the Cold Lake Air Weapons range, close to Alberta’s eastern border, due to an out-of-control forest fire in the area.

“Yesterday, CNRL evacuated their plant facilities in the Primrose area and then, last night at 11 o’clock, we advised Cenovus in Foster Creek that it would be a good precautionary move to evacuate their personnel as well,” said  Leslie Lozinski, spokeswoman for the province’s environmental and resource ministry. Read the rest of this entry

Review of the Mora Companion MG Knife

Mora Companion MG with a fish club carved from maple.

Mora Companion MG with a fish club carved from maple.

by Warrior Publications, May 22, 2015

Mora is the name of a town in Sweden, as well as a knife making company renowned for producing good quality but inexpensive knives (Mora of Sweden). The Mora Companion is probably one of the most popular and recommended knives among those involved in bushcrafting or other outdoor wilderness activities. Many survival and bushcraft schools and instructors use and/or recommend the Companion as a primary knife choice. Read the rest of this entry

B.C. First Nations leaders’ new book calls for native self-determination

Arthur Manuel, former chief of the Neskonlith First Nation.

Arthur Manuel, former chief of the Neskonlith First Nation.

Former leaders say self-determination will help indigenous people become self-sufficient

By Radio West, CBC News, May 21, 2015

Two B.C. First Nations leaders have just written a book that outlines the challenges Indigenous people face and offers solutions that they believe could benefit their people and the rest of the country.

It’s called Unsettling Canada: A National Wake-Up Call. Read the rest of this entry

Nunavut RCMP plan recruitment program for Inuit officers

Inuit RCMP Sgt Merle Carpenter. Photo: CBC News.

RCMP Sgt Merle Carpenter. Photo: CBC News.

Sergeant Merle Carpenter says RCMP last hired an Inuit officer over 8 years ago

CBC News, May 22, 2015

Nunavut RCMP are looking for more Inuit police officers, and have launched an ambitious program aimed at growing the number of Inuit in law enforcement.

Taught in Iqaluit, the Inuit Cadet Development Program is aimed at Nunavut high school graduates. The 8-month course would be taught like a boot camp, shaping students physically and mentally, while taking courses related to policing. Read the rest of this entry

B.C. First Nations lose social funding

On-reserve social assistance programs — distributed through B.C.’s First Nations Social Development Society — will no longer have federal funding by the end of September, and the group still doesn’t know why.

Society president Jamie Hill said for the nearly 15 years, the group has provided support for Band Social Development Workers for all 203 First Nation bands in B.C. “as the only support service for on-reserve income assistance policy clarification, support, training and the adjudication of Person with Disability in B.C.” Read the rest of this entry

Spy agencies target mobile phones, app stores to implant spyware

Cell phone surveillanceUsers of millions of smartphones put at risk by certain mobile browser gaps, Snowden file shows

By Amber Hildebrandt and Dave Seglins, CBC News, May 21, 2015

Canada and its spying partners exploited weaknesses in one of the world’s most popular mobile browsers and planned to hack into smartphones via links to Google and Samsung app stores, a top secret document obtained by CBC News shows.

Electronic intelligence agencies began targeting UC Browser — a massively popular app in China and India with growing use in North America — in late 2011 after discovering it leaked revealing details about its half-billion users. Read the rest of this entry

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