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Indigenous protesters again block entrance to Pinery Provincial Park

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Maynard T. George is leader of the Indigenous family group claiming ownership of Pinery Provincial Park. (Submitted by Colin Graf)

Protester Maynard George says the action is connected to a First Nations claim to the land

CBC News, March 19, 2018

Indigenous protesters are again blocking the entrance to the Pinery Provincial Park, an action they say stems from a longstanding dispute over First Nations claims to the park on the shores of Lake Huron. Read the rest of this entry

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B.C.’s child representative ‘appalled’ after ministry’s apprehension of Indigenous baby

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October 2017:. Penticton Indian Band members marched and sang, holding signs calling out what they say is systemic racism in the child welfare system. (Mark Brett/Western News)

Huu-ay-aht Nation declares public health emergency over high number of children in provincial care

By Angela Sterritt, CBC News, March 12, 2018

The chief councillor of the Huu-ay-aht Nation on Vancouver Island says the number of children in his nation being taken into provincial care has reached a crisis level.

Last week, the Huu-ay-aht leadership declared a public health emergency over the issue. The declaration comes after B.C.’s Ministry of Children and Family Development took a three-day-old baby into care in January. Read the rest of this entry

First Nations say they’ve secured major work stoppage on Site C dam in advance of injunction application

Many assumed the $10.7-billion Site C dam was a done deal when Premier John Horgan announced in December that B.C. Hydro would complete the project.

That perception was reinforced less than two weeks later when the Crown utility chose its preferred proponent for the generation station and spillways civil-works contract. Read the rest of this entry

Historian finds hunger at the root of contemporary Indigenous health problems

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A 1945 investigation in parental complaints at the Gordon’s Reserve school in Saskatchewan reported that one dinner that children were fed consisted of one slice of bologna, potatoes, bread and milk. (General Synod Archives/Anglican Church of Canada)

Ian Mosby blames the legacy of residential schools

CBC News, Feb 27, 2018

A historian is in Saskatoon this week with a message about hunger and the role it plays in shaping contemporary health struggles among the Indigenous population.

Ian Mosby is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Guelph. Mosby studies food, health and colonialism and is speaking tonight at Station 20 West tonight, and then again on Tuesday afternoon at the Gordon Oakes Red Bear Centre at the University of Saskatchewan. Read the rest of this entry

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

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

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Stephen Andrew MacKinnon

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

‘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