Category Archives: Indigenous Women

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

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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

Pipeline ‘man camps’ loom over B.C.’s Highway of Tears

Families walk B.C. Highway of Tears to honour missing, murdered Indigenous women

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Billboard warning girls not to hitchhike on the Highway of Tears (Highway 16) where many young women have gone missing. This is just north of Smithers. Steve Bosch / Vancouver Sun

by Laura Kane, Associated Press, September 20, 2017

When Gladys Radek walks the Highway of Tears, she says she can feel the spirits of women who are missing or have been murdered walking beside her.

Dozens have vanished or been killed along the notorious stretch of Highway 16 in central British Columbia. On Thursday, Radek will honour the 12th anniversary of the disappearance of her niece, Tamara Lynn Chipman, by walking the route once again. Read the rest of this entry

Accused in motel murder granted bail, conditions not disclosed

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rally for justice for Cindy Gladue, Edmonton, April 2, 2015.

Bradley Barton turned himself in on Friday and was granted bail the same day

First Nations women had 800% more overdoses: ‘horrific’ crisis’ new B.C. data

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Dr. Shannon McDonald, deputy chief health officer for the First Nations Health Authority, speaks on Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017 at Vancouver’s Bill Reid Gallery.

First Nations overall five times more likely to overdose, despite being just 3.4% of population, health authority and mental health minister reveal.

by David Ball, Metro Vancouver News, August 3, 2017

The statistics are as shocking as the “horrific” crisis they measure, British Columbia’s new mental health minister, Judy Darcy, warned Thursday.

First Nations women in B.C. were eight time more likely to overdose on drugs than non-First Nations women, and First Nations overall were five times more likely to overdose. As for fatal overdoses, the news was equally grim: one-in-ten B.C. drug deaths last year was First Nations. Read the rest of this entry

Two Ontario police officers charged in death of Oneida Nation of the Thames woman

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Debra Chrisjohn, 39, was a member of the Oneida Nation of the Thames

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

Red Fawn Fallis Gets Trial Date and Conditional Release in Standing Rock Case

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Red Fawn Fallis.

By Chris Walker, West Word, Thursday, July 6, 2017

Red Fawn Fallis, a member of Denver’s indigenous community, has been in jail in North Dakota ever since she was arrested at Standing Rock on October 27, 2016; she is the most seriously charged water protector, having been accused of possessing and discharging a firearm as she was being restrained by police near construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Read the rest of this entry