Author Archives: Zig Zag

‘Frankly, we don’t have any reason to celebrate:’ Indigenous centre opting out of Canada Day celebrations

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Anne Solomon, president of the N’Swakamok Friendship Centre in Sudbury, said the centre’s board of directors decided they would not be celebrating the anniversary of confederation. (Markus Schwabe CBC)

N’Swakamok Friendship Centre says Canada 150 does not recognize enough of the Indigenous experience

CBC News, June 27, 2017

As the rest of the country is preparing to mark Canada 150, others plan to sit out on the celebrations.

Many Indigenous communities will not be taking part in Canada Day festivities, saying the nation has a deeper history than just 150 years, and that celebrations do not recognize Indigenous history or experience. Read the rest of this entry

Indigenous women nearly 10 times more likely to be street checked by Edmonton police, new data shows

118_Beats_054Figures obtained by freedom of information request confirm black people also targeted disproportionately

By Andrea Huncar, CBC News June 27, 2017

Critics are calling for an Alberta-wide ban on street checks as a CBC News investigation reveals Edmonton police have been disproportionately stopping, questioning and documenting Aboriginal and black people in non-criminal encounters. Read the rest of this entry

NoCanada.Info website up and running

no canada website logoA new website focusing on resistance against Canada’s 150th year anniversary celebrations is up and running.  you can check it out at:

http://www.nocanada.info/

Here’s a message from the comrades who’ve set the site up: Read the rest of this entry

Ross River Dena Council shocked, angry at land claim proposal

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‘There was no consultation … and it creates a bit of difficulty,’ said Ross River Dena Council chief Jack Caesar, pictured at left with councillors Derick Redies, Verna Nukon and Jenny Caesar. (Nancy Thomson/CBC)

The Kaska Dena Council – asking for $1.5B from Ottawa – doesn’t speak for us, First Nation says

By Nancy Thomson, CBC News June 23, 2017

Members of the Ross River Dena Council are upset by a land claim proposal submitted recently on their behalf by the Kaska Dena Council (KDC).

The proposal asks for $1.5 billion from the federal government. That would include $500 million for the Ross River Dena Council, whose traditional territory encompasses 13 per cent of Yukon’s landmass. Read the rest of this entry

Labrador’s Muskrat Falls price tag now $12.7B: Worse than 1969 Quebec deal, CEO says

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The construction site of the hydroelectric facility at Muskrat Falls, Newfoundland and Labrador is seen on July 14, 2015. (Andrew Vaughan / The Canadian Press)

Nalcor expects consumers’ power bills will be double in 2022: ‘I knew this was a boondoggle’

By Marilyn Boone, CBC News June 23, 2017

There has been another billion-dollar bump in the projected cost of the Muskrat Falls hydro megaproject in Labrador.

The new estimate is $12.7 billion, including financing and other expenses, according to a briefing Friday by the chief executive of Nalcor Energy, Stan Marshall. Read the rest of this entry

Canada 150 banners defaced, destroyed

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Within a week of them being installed as part of the Canada 150 celebration, vandals scrawled profanities across banners lining the Mercier Bridge, and tore them to shreds. (Courtesy David S. Lahache)

June 23, 2017

Within the week of the Jacques Cartier Champlain Bridges Incorporated (JCCBI) installing banners along the sides of the lanes going in and out of Kahnawake, a couple of them were targeted. Read the rest of this entry

Northern Ontario First Nation declares state of emergency on youth suicides

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Chantell Fox, 12, left, committed suicide on Jan. 10, two days after her friend Jolynn Winter, right. (Supplied photos)

Community says entire $380,000 promised by Health Canada to help pay for mental health workers has yet to arrive.

Wapekeka First Nation has declared a state of emergency after the suicide of 12-year-old Jenera Roundsky last week sent 35 kids into a mental health crisis and ignited fears that a suicide pact that gripped the community in January still exists. Read the rest of this entry

Coroner calls in outside police force to investigate waterway Thunder Bay deaths of Begg, Keeash

Thunder-Bay crime scene riverAPTN National News,  June 22, 2017

An Ontario regional police force is stepping in to help investigate the deaths of two Indigenous youth found in Thunder Bay’s waterways last month.

The Chief Coroner of Ontario Dirk Huyer has asked York Regional Police Service to step in and work with the Thunder Bay police to investigate the deaths of Josiah Begg, 14, and Tammy Keeash, 17. Begg was found dead in the McIntyre River on May 18 and Keeash was found in the Neebing-McIntyre Floodway on May 7. Read the rest of this entry

Looking white and being Aboriginal

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Regan and her father Dennis Burden, pleasantly surprised while checking her salmon nets. (Dennis Burden/Facebook)

Rude comments spark identity crisis that took months to get over

By Regan Burden, CBC News, June 21, 2017

It was a beautiful summer day in downtown St. John’s; my friend was working a food truck and on my way to work, I’d often stop to say hello, maybe grab a poutine to eat on my way to work. Read the rest of this entry

Judge grants release to halfway house for Red Fawn Fallis

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Red Fawn Fallis

by CAROLINE GRUESKIN, Bismarck Tribune, June 22, 2017

A federal judge has given Red Fawn Fallis permission to move from a jail in Rugby to a halfway house.

U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland ordered on Tuesday that Fallis be released as soon as space is available at Centre Inc. in Fargo. Hovland had previously denied a similar request for Fallis, who is accused of shooting at police officers during a Dakota Access Pipeline protest on Oct. 27. Read the rest of this entry