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Arviat, Nunavut Young Adults Are Learning To Grow Their Own Produce

o-ARVIAT-GREENHOUSE-570by Emma Prestwich, Huffington Post, May 19, 2016

Vegetables aren’t hugely popular in the northern community of Arviat.

The hamlet of just over 2,000 people on the shores of Hudson Bay has two grocery stores, and fresh food, which has to be flown in from southern Canada, is pricey.

Many vegetables, like lettuce, also don’t keep for very long, and community educator Shirley Tagalik says this makes them even less appealing.

“If you buy something and it’s wilted and goes bad the next day, [you] don’t want to waste your money,” Tagalik tells The Huffington Post Canada. Read the rest of this entry

Nunavut jail’s carving program helps inmates handle stress, build life skills


Photo: Jane Sponagle/CBC

‘When I’m carving … I wish I was out there out on the land or on the floe edge’

By Jane Sponagle, CBC News, May 19, 2016

A glass and metal display case gleams under fluorescent lights. Pale and dark greens swirl through the owl, inukshuk and polar bear soapstone carvings that line the shelves.

On this Friday afternoon, shoppers are huddled around the case, inspecting the carvings. Sales seem brisk.

But this isn’t a Toronto art gallery or even an Iqaluit souvenir shop. This is the lobby of Makigiarvik, Iqaluit’s new minimum security jail. Read the rest of this entry

Regina solidarity camp reaches one month anniversary

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Photo: Eagle Feather News

The Colonialism No More Solidarity Camp officially began its occupation outside of the Indigenous and Northern Affairs (INAC) offices in downtown Regina on Monday, April 18th.
The Camp, initially formed in solidarity with the Attawapiskat youth and the community’s declaration of a suicide crisis, operates solely on a volunteer basis for all day-to-day requirements. The Camp pushes for 3-4 occupiers to spend the night and calls on the community to bring meals and other essentials.
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New T-shirt: West Coast Warrior Crest

And new colour in stock: Military Green

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New t-shirt design in red, khaki and new colour: military green (bottom).

A quick update on Warrior t-shirts: We have a new colour referred to as Military Green by the manufacturer.  It’s basically an olive drab (OD) green.  There’s also a new design titled “West Coast Warrior Crest” that features a Tlingit war helmet with two weapons commonly used along the Northwest Coast: a whalebone war club and a dagger. Read the rest of this entry

Fox Lake Cree Nation lifts road blockade to 3 Manitoba Hydro sites

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Manitoba Hydro officials sign a new agreement with Fox Lake Cree Nation on Saturday night. From Left to right: Band Councillor Shawna Henderson, Band Councillor Martin Nicholas, Chief Walter J. Spence, Manitoba Hydro CEO Mr. Kelvin Shepherd and Division Manager of Indigenous Relations Department Ms. Elissa Neville. (Fox Lake Cree Nation)

Manitoba First Nation agrees to lift blockade after negotiations with Manitoba Hydro, chief says

CBC News, May 15, 2016

A northern Manitoba First Nation has walked away from road blockades to three Manitoba Hydro work sites after blocking access last week.

“I feel very optimistic, we’re both renewing our commitment to work together,” said Walter Spence, the chief of Fox Lake Cree Nation.

Spence said a new agreement was reached Saturday night between Manitoba Hydro and Fox Lake Cree Nation. Read the rest of this entry

Fox Lake Cree Nation blocks road access to 3 Hydro sites

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Fox Lake Cree Nation has blocked Highway 290, preventing workers from accessing three Manitoba Hydro sites. (Fox Lake Cree Nation)

First Nation suspects Manitoba Hydro involved after sacred site damaged

By Jillian Taylor, CBC News, May 12, 2016

A northern Manitoba First Nation has put up a road block to keep Manitoba Hydro workers from three sites.

Fox Lake Cree Nation Chief, Walter Spence, said the decision was made after a ceremonial site was desecrated.

“One of our members happened to be out on the land and came across the site,” said Spence. “The prayer flags that were tied to trees, those trees were cut down…tobacco ties [were] on the ground as well.” Read the rest of this entry

Arrests in Cáceres Assassination Connected to Military, DESA Corporation


Berta Caceres, assassinated in March 2016.

by Rick Kearns, Indian Country Today, May 11, 2016

Three of the five men arrested last week in connection with the assassination of indigenous activist Berta Cáceres work for either the DESA Corporation, against whom Cáceres had protested for their plans to build a hydroelectric dam on Lenca territory, or the Honduran military that was also accused of beating and harassing Cáceres and other activists.

In 2013 Cáceres also had charged one of the recently arrested men with threatening and harassing her as a way of stopping the protests. Read the rest of this entry

Canada officially adopts UN declaration on rights of Indigenous Peoples

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Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett told the United Nations in New York on Tuesday, May 10, 2016. (UN video/CBC)

Standing ovation in General Assembly greets Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett’s announcement

CBC News, May 10, 2016

There were cheers in the United Nations as Canada officially removed its objector status to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Tuesday, almost a decade after it was adopted by the General Assembly.

“We are now a full supporter of the declaration, without qualification,” Bennett said, as she addressed the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at the United Nations in New York City on Tuesday.

“We intend nothing less than to adopt and implement the declaration in accordance with the Canadian Constitution.” Read the rest of this entry

First Nations teen solves remote community’s drinking water problems


Quentin Rae, 19, tests at water sample at the North Spirit Lake First Nation in his new role as water plant operator. (Jody Porter/CBC)

He just graduated from high school, now this teen is running the water plant in North Spirit Lake

By Jody Porter, CBC News, May 3, 2016

A 19-year-old from North Spirit Lake First Nation is the key to solving a boil water advisory in place in his community for nearly as long as he has been alive.

The remote First Nation, about 800 kilometres northwest of Thunder Bay, Ont., has been under a boil water advisory for 14 years. Read the rest of this entry

Protesters claim victory after doors open at INAC office in Regina

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Tents outside the Regina offices of INAC, April 18, 2016. Photo: Adriana Christianson/CJME News

Group still camped in front of building demands government address health services on First Nations

The Canadian Press, April 29, 2016

Protesters camping outside the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada office in Regina are claiming victory after the doors to the federal office opened to the public for the first time in nearly two weeks.

Protester Robin Pitawanakwat said they just want the department to once again start serving the public they are paid to serve.

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