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
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
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
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
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
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
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
CTV Montreal, July 12, 2017
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
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
‘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