Category Archives: Indigenous Women

5 Years after Idle No More, founders still speaking out

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Idle No More rally in Ottawa, Dec 21, 2012.

CBC talks with Nina Wilson, Jessica Gordon, Sheelah McLean, Sylvia McAdam about movement that changed Canada

By Lenard Monkman, Brandi Morin, CBC News, Dec 10, 2017

It’s been five years since Idle No More was elevated into the Canadian conscious.

Through the work of social media and in particular the hashtag #IdleNoMore, Indigenous peoples we’re able to connect with each other and mobilize in cities and towns across the country. Read the rest of this entry

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Nicco Montano, UFC’s First Navajo Champion, Sends Message of Hope (TUF 26 Finale)

After Nicco Montano captured the inaugural UFC women’s flyweight championship at The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale, she recounted her time in the fighter house on the show and how her upbringing on a Navajo reservation helped develop the resolve she needed to be one of the lowest ranked fighters on the show, but still overcome the odds and defeat the Top 3 seeds to win the title.

Families reveal pain of Atikamekw children’s mysterious disappearances half a century ago

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In the Indigenous communities of Quebec’s Upper Mauricie region, including Obedjiwan, pictured here, there are few families that haven’t been affected by the disappearance of a child. (Archives of the Atikamekw Nation Council)

Indigenous communities of Quebec’s Upper Mauricie region grapple with loss

CBC News, Dec 3, 2017

The hearings held this week into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls on Quebec’s North Shore dredged up painful memories that still haunt families in the northeastern part of the province. Read the rest of this entry

#FreeRedFawn

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Add your name to the petition calling for the charges against Red Fawn to be dropped: Read the rest of this entry

Response plan for missing Indigenous women and girls being developed in Fort St. John, B.C.

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People in Fort St. John march for Sisters in Spirit, a group for missing and murdered Indigenous women organized by Connie Greyeyes. (Fort St. John Sisters in Spirit/Facebook)

Plan comes after to Amnesty International report documenting problems in northeast B.C.

By Andrew Kurjata, CBC News, Nov 15, 2017

The Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society is developing a plan aimed at improving community response when Indigenous women and girls go missing in northeast B.C.

The plan is a direct response to a 2016 Amnesty International report documenting the risks Indigenous women and girls face in northeast B.C., and Fort St. John in particular. Read the rest of this entry

Who Ordered Killing of Honduran Activist? Evidence of Broad Plot Is Found

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Berta Cáceres

By ELISABETH MALKIN, New York Times, October 28, 2017

MEXICO CITY — It was just before midnight when two men kicked in the door to Berta Cáceres’s house in the small Honduran mountain town of La Esperanza. Moving past the kitchen, one of them opened the door to her bedroom and fired six shots. She died moments later. Read the rest of this entry

Canadian Indigenous activist in North Dakota court to face Standing Rock charges

kanahus-manuelKanahus Manuel was arrested near the construction of the North Dakota Access Pipeline Oct. 22

By Brandi Morin, CBC News, October 3, 2017

A Secwepemc activist from B.C. is in a North Dakota court today to face charges stemming from her involvement with protests in Standing Rock.

Kanahus Manuel was among dozens of people arrested near the construction of the North Dakota Access Pipeline last Oct. 22. Read the rest of this entry

Police seize child from Alberta mother; B.C. judge questioned

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Kandis Potskin reunited with her two year old boy Daylan Potskin.

Saturday, Sept. 23 was supposed to be the day Daylan Potskin celebrated his second birthday at Chucky Cheese.

Instead, an RCMP officer met his mother Kandis Potskin at the front door of their Spruce Grove apartment. He had a B.C. court order that allowed him to take Daylan and give him to his father, who he’d last seen as a newborn. Read the rest of this entry

MMIW Inquiry hears that RCMP kept information from family for decades

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Siblings Roddy and Winnie Sampare hold a photograph of their sister Virginia Sampare.Ian Smith / Vancouver Sun

by John Murray, APTN National News, September 28, 2017

Roddy Sampare stood before the commissioners at the national inquiry hearings in Smithers, B.C. and told the story of his family’s tragedy like he had told it a thousand times before.

“The pain doesn’t go away,” he said. “You know, I was sitting in the other room listening to the people who lost their loved ones through murder. At least some of them had the chance to bury their loved one. Read the rest of this entry

First B.C. hearing for problem-plagued Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Inquiry

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Walkers in the ‘Tears 4 Justice’ complete their journey from Prince Rupert, B.C., to Smithers for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. (Briar Stewart/CBC)

by Lori Culbert, Vancouver Sun, September 26, 2017

Vicki Hill paused frequently to compose herself this morning as she told the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women that she has no memory of her mother, who was murdered along the Highway of Tears when she was just a baby. Read the rest of this entry