by Richard Walker, Indian Country Today, Oct 6, 2015
As four weeks of evidentiary hearings began October 5 in a Fairbanks courtroom, April Monroe and other supporters of the Fairbanks Four prayed for justice – not just for the four men they say were imprisoned for a murder they didn’t commit, but also for John Hartman, the teenager who died after an act of random violence on a street corner one cold Fairbanks night 18 years ago.
“He was a victim of a hate crime,” Monroe said of Hartman. The person or persons responsible for Hartman’s death have not had to answer for the crime, and because of that “he was denied justice.”
by Chinta Puxley, The Canadian Press/CTV News, October 5, 2015
WINNIPEG — A reserve cut off from the mainland and under a boil-water advisory for almost two decades is taking its case to the United Nations.
Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, which straddles the Manitoba-Ontario boundary, became isolated a century ago during construction of an aqueduct which carries water to Winnipeg. The reserve has no all-weather road and has been without clean water for 17 years. Read the rest of this entry
By Gordon Hoekstra, Vancouver Sun,October 4, 2015
Key First Nations in northern B.C. refute there is consensus on an oil pipeline concept initiated by some coastal First Nation members.
Eagle Spirit Energy has issued a trio of news releases in the past week, claiming it has signed agreements and has the support of chiefs along the route of its proposed project — an alternate to Enbridge’s stalled $7.9-billion Northern Gateway project.
Toby Obed says former students in North West River were scared of staff
by CBC News, Oct 5, 2015
An Inuit man told a St. John’s courtroom Monday that he never felt loved at the Labrador residential school he was forced to attend, and that punishment against Inuit students was very common.
Toby Obed said students at the North West River school were also bullied and taunted but staff did nothing to protect them.
“We were scared of staff. They could do or say anything at anytime,” Obed sobbed as he testified during a class action lawsuit at Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador. Read the rest of this entry
Inquest, which begins Monday, will be one of the largest in Ontario’s history
by CBC News, Oct 03, 2015
A joint inquest into the deaths of seven First Nations students begins Oct. 5 in Thunder Bay, Ont.
All of the students died between 2000 and 2011 while attending high school in the city, hundreds of kilometres away from their remote First Nations where access to education is limited.
Three of them were just 15 years old when their bodies were pulled from a local river. Two other teens are suspected of drowning while two more may have overdosed. The inquest is expected to fully examine the circumstances of their deaths and make recommendations to prevent others. Read the rest of this entry
by Warrior Publications, Oct 2, 2015
There are two new t-shirt designs that can be ordered from Warrior Publications. One is a design to mark the 25 year anniversary of the “Oka Crisis”, the other a west coast version of the Warrior flag, both by Kwakwaka’wakw artist Gord Hill. In addition, we also have black t-shirts in stock for all 5 T-Shirt designs.
Click below the fold to see the other design as well as the black versions of previous ones. We’ll also be adding black hoodie sweatshirts shortly. To view and order t-shirts click here, or go the top menu bar and click T-Shirts. Read the rest of this entry
by subMedia.tv, Vimeo, Sept 28, 2015
In the 1990’s the Nuxalk Nation engaged in a campaign of direct action, to stop logging on their traditional lands, also known as the Great Bear Rainforest. Nuxalk Hereditary Chief Qwatsinas, was at the forefront of this struggle.
To find out more about how the battle for the Great Bear Rainforest was hijacked by Greenpeace and other environmental NGO’s visit – offsettingresistance.ca
by Laura Kane, The Globe and Mail/Canadian Press, Sept 30, 2015
Multiple legal challenges aimed at overturning the federal government’s approval of Enbridge Inc. Northern Gateway pipeline plan will be heard starting Thursday.
The challenges are expected to bring new scrutiny to Ottawa’s environmental approval process and its responsibility to consult with aboriginal groups.