A young woman, Naomi Tremblay-Trudeau, was injured by a tear gas round fired at almost point blank range during anti-austerity protests in Quebec City on March 26, 2015. Naomi suffered a blunt trauma injury to her lower lip, which caused bruising and swelling.
Many people across the country are outraged that Quebec City riot cops fired the round at such extreme range, with some confusing the type of round fired as being a tear gas canister. While the headlines of the protester being shot with a tear gas round are technically correct, the round was most likely not an actual canister. Read the rest of this entry
By Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press/APTN National News, March 27, 2015
OTTAWA – Shawn Atleo’s abrupt resignation as national chief cost the Assembly of First Nations more than just its leader.
New documents show the federal government turned down the assembly’s request for an extra $324,000 to cover the unforeseen expenses that arose when Atleo quit his job last May.
Atleo stepped down amid fears that he’d become what he himself called a “lightning rod” for controversy as a result of having backed the Conservative government’s proposed reforms to First Nations education. Read the rest of this entry
A PDF of the 2011 version of Where There Is No Doctor 2011 (click the link to download). This manual is 503 pages. A hard copy version can also ordered from the publisher.
From the introduction:
This handbook has been written primarily for those who live far from medical centers, in places where there is no doctor. But even where there are doctors, people can and should take the lead in their own health care. So this book is for everyone who cares. It has been written in the belief that: Read the rest of this entry
THE CANADIAN PRESS
BELLA BELLA – The Heiltsuk Nation is vowing to protect herring in its territory by any means necessary as it readies boats to defend a contentious fishery on B.C.’s Central Coast.
The First Nation has issued a news release saying it met with federal officials about a commercial herring gillnet fishery in its territory Wednesday afternoon but failed to reach an agreement.
Jeremy van Loon and Rebecca Penty, Bloomberg News/Financial Post, March 23, 2015
The collapse in the market for Canada’s heavy crude below $30 a barrel last week is hammering home a harsh reality for the nation’s oil-sands producers: There’s no one to save them this time.
Unlike previous market crashes that were relatively short- lived, the combination of persistent oversupplies and weakening demand are dealing a severe setback to what’s been one of the biggest growth stories in global energy markets. Oilsands companies such as Suncor Energy Inc. already have been rethinking major developments that can require more than $10 billion in investment. Now even existing projects are barely covering costs or in a losing position. Read the rest of this entry
Bill ‘less about Jihadists under every bed… more about increasing the output of tarsands': Stewart Phillip
By Kady O’Malley, CBC News, March 24, 2015
First Nations activists may find themselves targets of the Conservatives’ proposed anti-terror law, which could “criminalize [their] private thoughts,” Mi’kmaq lawyer Pam Palmater warned the House public safety committee on Tuesday.
She called on the government to withdraw its proposed anti-terror legislation entirely.
Palmater, who currently holds a chair in indigenous governance at Ryerson University, began her testimony by acknowledging that the committee was meeting on traditional Algonquin territory — a fact that, she said, addresses the issue at the heart of the flaws in the bill, as it depends on the continued co-operation between First Nations and Canadian governments. Read the rest of this entry
By Emily Jackson, Metro Vancouver, March 23, 2015
The battle between protesters and Kinder Morgan flared up on Monday after masked men allegedly broke into a vehicle on Burnaby Mountain to steal surveying equipment.
“I understand that a window was smashed on one of the contractors vehicles and some surveying equipment was taken by a masked man who we believe has previously interfered with the survey work we’ve been undertaking,” Trans Mountain Pipeline spokeswoman Lizette Parsons Bell said. Read the rest of this entry
Heiltsuk claim Fisheries and Ocean Canada’s method of measuring herring stocks is flawed
CBC News, March 23, 2015
The Heiltsuk First Nation on B.C.’s Central Coast says when Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) opened a herring fishery on Sunday afternoon it violated the band’s constitutional rights.
According to a statement released by the Heiltsuk, just before 5 p.m. PT, the federal department opened the herring sac roe seine fishery in Spiller Channel, despite the First Nation’s demands the commercial fishery remain closed this year to preserve herring stocks. Read the rest of this entry