Author Archives: Zig Zag

Kahnawake man fights bureaucracy, takes father’s body home for burial

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Stuart Myiow Jr. at the grave plot of his father, who was buried on Tuesday Feb. 13, 2018

CTV News, February 15, 2018

The death of an indigenous man in Kahnawake has caused some trouble for a family that wished to bury him as soon as possible.

Stuart Myiow Sr. died Tuesday morning at his home and was subsequently taken to Anna Laberge-Hospital in Chateauguay in order to be declared deceased. Read the rest of this entry

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Man who stole millions from Seabird Island band sentenced to 4.5 years jail

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Stephen MacKinnon sentenced in Chilliwack court for stealing $2.3 million over eight years

Paul Henderson, Chilliwack Progress, Feb. 17, 2018

The man who stole millions of dollars from the Seabird Island First Nation was sentenced in provincial court in Chilliwack on Friday to four-and-a-half years in jail.

Stephen Andrew MacKinnon elicited no reaction in courtroom 201 as Judge Richard Browning handed down the term to the 48-year-old who embezzled approximately $2.3 million from the band while working in the finance department between 2005 and 2013. Read the rest of this entry

Mexico’s Zapatista rebels, 24 years on and defiant in mountain strongholds

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Members of the Zapatista national liberation army (EZLN) in La Garrucha, Chiapas, stand in front of a mural showing the revolutionary leader Emiliano Zapata. Photograph: Eduardo Verdugo/AP

The peasant rebels took up arms in 1994, and now number 300,000 in centres with their own doctors, teachers and currency, but rarely answer questions – until now

by John Vidal, The Guardian,

Diners in the Tierradentro cafe in the southern Mexican town of San Cristóbal de las Casas can choose between a variety of omelettes. The “Liberty” has the most ingredients, the “Democracy” looks the best, but the “Justice” costs the most – possibly because it comes with cheese. Read the rest of this entry

2 killed in Grand Rapids, Man., trailer fire hours after protest demanded better living conditions

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Bobby Ballantyne protested earlier this week demanding better housing conditions on the Misipawistik Cree Nation. His mom and her partner died in a fatal trailer fire Saturday on the reserve and Ballantyne says it was in desperate need of repairs and would have caught fire easily. (Kathy Karol/Facebook)

Couple used oven to heat trailer in need of desperate repairs, deceased’s son says

By Austin Grabish, CBC News, Feb 18, 2018

Hours after he wrapped up a protest for better housing on their First Nation, Bobby Ballantyne awoke to learn his mother and her partner had died in a trailer fire in Grand Rapids, Man.  Read the rest of this entry

Mom of Indigenous man shot dead by police: ‘What did he do that was so bad?’

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The family of Joey Knapaysweet released this photo and a statement Thursday about his recent death. Above he is seen with his mother Micheline Knapaysweet taken just before his death.

by APTN National News, Feb 16, 2018
TORONTO – The grieving mother of a young Indigenous man killed by police in northern Ontario spoke out Thursday, saying the family remains in shock and still doesn’t understand why her son died. Read the rest of this entry

Women’s delegation to International Women’s Gathering in Chiapas

thumbnail_jan20pic“Revolutionary struggles cannot achieve collective liberation for all people without addressing patriarchy, nor can women’s freedom be disentangled from racial, economic, & social justice.” -Victoria Law

The Zapatista women will host the First International Gathering of Politics, Art, Sport, and Culture for Women in Struggle in Chiapas, Mexico from March 7-11, 2018. A delegation of women from all walks of life, racial, social-economic, and cultural backgrounds strongly feel that we could learn much from our Zapatista sisters. Their indigenous perspectives and willingness to decolonize and reshape the political landscape into something that works for all people speaks to us as we look at the challenges we face in the US and Canada. Read the rest of this entry

Alton Gas criminalizing grassroots Mi’kmaq water protectors

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February 12 2018

Alton Gas criminalizing grassroots Mi’kmaq water protectors

Efforts to protect treaty rights and water result met with aggression and threats of legal action

Sipekne’katik/Fort Ellis — Alton Gas has posted signs outside the Treaty Camp at the Shubenacadie River naming water protectors on site as trespassers and criminals.

Grassroots Mi’kmaq water protectors have been holding down a protection camp at the Shubenacadie River for nine months to prevent Alton Gas from dumping thousands of tons of salt brine into the sacred river every day. They are outraged by Alton Gas’ bully tactics and intent to resume work on the project without allowing Sipekne’katik to complete its community consultation process. Read the rest of this entry

‘Clearing the plains’ continues with the acquittal of Gerald Stanley

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Colten Boushie, killed in August 2016.

Is it normal for police to tell you your son is dead, imply you have a drinking problem and search your home for clues? It seems so in Saskatchewan

David MacDonald, National Post, FEb 12, 2018

The decision by an all-white jury, presided over by a white judge, to acquit the killer of Colten Boushie, a young Indigenous man from the Red Pheasant Cree Nation in Saskatchewan, is a severe test of the settler-based Canadian legal system. Read the rest of this entry

Indigenous media website hacked after opinion article on Colten Boushie trial posted

media indigena logoIn a Feb 12 article, Media Indigena said the site may have been hacked “shortly after” publishing Indigenous commentator, Robert Jago’s commentary entitled “An all-white jury runs from justice in the trial of Gerald Stanley.”

An Indigenous current affairs website that published a story that is critical of the verdict in the trial of Gerald Stanley says it has been hacked. Read the rest of this entry

‘Not right:’ Outrage after jury finds Saskatchewan farmer not guilty in shooting

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Colten Boushie, left, was fatally shot in August 2016. Gerald Stanley, right, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder. His trial is underway in Battleford, Sask. (Facebook/Liam Richards/Canadian Press)

APTN National News, Feb 10, 2018

BATTLEFORD, Sask. – There were sobs of despair and cries of “murderer” in a Saskatchewan courtroom Friday night as a jury found a white farmer not guilty in the shooting death of an Indigenous man.

From the beginning in August 2016, Colten Boushie’s death and the second-degree murder charge against Gerald Stanley exposed an ugly side in rural Saskatchewan – landowners who blame Indigenous people for high rates of property crime and First Nations who bear the brunt of that racism and hate. Read the rest of this entry