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B.C. first province to have funding available for on-reserve housing

The B.C government is pledging $550 million over the next 10 years to build and operate 1,750 new units of social housing for projects, both on- and off-reserve in Indigenous communities. The funding will make British Columbia the first province in Canada to invest provincial housing funds into on-reserve housing. Read the rest of this entry

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Justice for Our Stolen Children camp torn down by Provincial Capital Commission

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The Justice For Our Stolen Children Camp in front of the Legislative Building was forced to take down tents after 108 days. D.C. Fraser / Regina Leader-Post

The Justice for Our Stolen Children camp in Wascana Park is being torn down by the Provincial Capital Commission.

Chief of Six Nations calls for Indigenous jury members as trial with echoes of Colten Boushie case begins

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Jon Styres, right, was shot and killed in Hamilton on Feb. 4. (Facebook)

Hamilton police say Jon Styres died of ‘gunshot-related injuries’ after being confronted by Peter Khill

by Dan Taekema, CBC News

The chief of the Six Nations of the Grand River says she will be watching closely as jury selection begins Monday for the trial of a Hamilton man accused of second-degree murder for allegedly shooting and killing a First Nations man.  Read the rest of this entry

Grassy Narrows mercury victims up to 6 times more likely to have debilitating health problems, report says

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Research released in September 2016 shows more than 90 per cent of the population at Grassy Narrows First Nation is experiencing symptoms of mercury poisoning. (Jody Porter/CBC)

‘With this health survey and with the discovery of mercury, it’s just a very dark picture,’ chief says

Residents of a northwestern Ontario First Nation who have been diagnosed with mercury poisoning are up to six times more likely to suffer from a wide range of debilitating health problems, a new report finds. Read the rest of this entry

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

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 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