Rear admiral apologizes to Indigenous recruits for sailor’s ‘war cry’ insult

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Aboriginal recruits are given a tour of HMCS Fredericton. (Canadian Armed Forces)

Member of HMCS Fredericton taunted Aboriginal recruits during an introductory training program

By Elizabeth Chiu, CBC News, May 26, 2017

The head of the Royal Canadian Navy on the East Coast apologized Friday to a group of Indigenous military recruits who were offended by a “war cry” a sailor made on board HMCS Fredericton earlier this month in Halifax. Read the rest of this entry

Video: Confrontation at Imperial Metals AGM

Heavy police presence as protesters urge investors to divest from Vancouver mining company

Protesters removed from Imperial Metals’ annual conference

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A dozen RCMP officers have been called to the scene. (FarrahMerali/CBC)

A dozen RCMP officers called to scene

CBC News, May 25, 2017

One person has been arrested, and three others forcibly removed after entering Imperial Metals’ annual conference at the Coquitlam Executive Plaza Hotel.

At least a dozen RCMP officers were called to the scene after a group of protesters gathered outside the hotel and entered one of the conference rooms.  Read the rest of this entry

Jody Wilson-Raybould’s father calls missing and murdered inquiry a ‘bloody farce’

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Hereditary chief Bill Wilson, Jody Wilson-Raybould’s father, says the commissioners of the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls inquiry should be replaced. (Facebook)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ‘should fire these people,’ says hereditary B.C. chief

By Catharine Tunney, CBC News, May 24, 2017

Bill Wilson, a hereditary chief and the father of federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, says the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls is a “bloody farce” and the commissioners leading it need to be replaced. Read the rest of this entry

Update from Unist’ot’en Camp

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by Unist’ot’en Camp, May 24, 2017

And so it begins! the skies are busy above camp today. The Construction Crew who are working on the Healing Center are constantly being interrupted by chopper activity flying overhead. Read the rest of this entry

Goodbye DAPL: US Bank Will Cease to Fund Oil/Gas Pipelines

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NoDapl Protectors Dangle from the ceiling at the Vikings Bears game, January 1, 2017. Adam Bettcher – Getty Images

US Bank releases new guidelines that are indigenous people friendly

No more Dakota Access Pipelines (DAPL) for U.S. Bank.

The giant bancorporation has just amended its Environmental Responsibility Policy to ban funding oil and gas pipelines.

According to its new guidelines, “The company does not provide project financing for the construction of oil or natural gas pipelines. Relationships with clients in the oil and gas pipeline industries are subject to the Bank’s enhanced due diligence processes.”

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Thunder Bay police chief charged with obstruction of justice, breach of trust

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Jean Paul Levesque, chief of the Thunder Bay Police Service.

APTN National News, May 23, 2017

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have charged Thunder Bay’s police chief with obstruction of justice and breach of trust.

According to a release sent Tuesday afternoon from the OPP, the investigation started in January at the request of the RCMP. Read the rest of this entry

Frustrated families vow to ‘blockade’ missing and murdered inquiry hearings

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Jocelyn Wabano-Iahtail, right, comforts Shirley Gunner, as John Fox looks on during a news conference regarding the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls national inquiry in Ottawa. (Justin Tang/Canadian Press)

Father of murdered woman says inquiry is at a ‘crisis’ point

By John Paul Tasker, CBC News, May 23, 2017

Some family members of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls are vowing to blockade meetings of the national inquiry to protest what they call a disastrous start.

“We are prepared to take blockades against this inquiry, if it goes through our communities we will be there, it doesn’t matter where,” John Fox told reporters Tuesday. Read the rest of this entry

Trans Mountain $1.75-billion IPO comes at awkward time for Kinder Morgan