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BC NDP to proceed with Site C dam, total cost raised to $10.7B

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Site C dam construction. Photo: Desmog Canada

, Global News, December 11, 2017

It’s official. B.C.’s NDP government says it will complete the controversial Site C dam megaproject.

“Although Site C is not the project we would have favoured and it’s not the project we would have started, it must be completed to meet the objectives our government has set,” said Premier John Horgan on Monday. Read the rest of this entry

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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

Ottawa working on health facility plans for 2 First Nations suffering from mercury poisoning

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Graphic: APTN

‘Our people are very sick,’ says Grassy Narrows First nation elder

By Jorge Barrera, CBC News, Nov 28, 2017

Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott says two Ontario First Nations still suffering from the impacts of mercury poisoning in their territory will get the “health facilities they need” after a planned study. Read the rest of this entry

Native American activist says Trump slur was ‘staged’: ‘He knew what he was doing’

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American Indians in Film and Television, Sonny Skyhawk and Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye (Photo: Screen capture)

by Sarah K. Burris, Raw Story, Nov 28, 2017

The founder of American Indians in Film and Television, Sonny Skyhawk, called out President Donald Trump’s racist attack on Native Americans as staged. Read the rest of this entry

Navajo leaders release statement in response to Trump’s racist remarks

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Trump addresses Navajo veterans in front of portrait of Andrew Jackson, a US president nicknamed “Indian killer.”

By S Nicholson, Revere Press, November 28, 2017

A number of Native American activists and leaders condemned President Donald Trump’s racist comment during a ceremony honoring Navajo veterans of World War II on Monday. Read the rest of this entry

Trump calls Warren ‘Pocahontas’ at event honoring Native American veterans

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U.S. President Donald Trump reacts as he honours Navajo Code Talkers for their contributions during World War Two at the White House in Washington, U.S., November 27, 2017.

by Jordan Fabian, The Hill, Nov 27, 2017

President Trump on Monday referred to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) as “Pocahontas” at an event honoring Native American Code Talkers who served in World War II.

“You were here long before any of us were here,” Trump said, standing beneath a portrait of former President Andrew Jackson. “Although we have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. They call her Pocahontas.” Read the rest of this entry

Regina girl, 12, finds empowerment in new self-defence class

jada-mosquitoJada Mosquito finds self confidence in martial arts defence after near-abduction

By Penny Smoke, CBC News, Nov 24, 2017

A Regina grandmother is giving credit to the North Central Community Association for offering a different kind of class — a self-defence class aimed at children between the ages of eight and 12. Read the rest of this entry

Muskrat Falls inquiry won’t save Newfoundlanders from a $12.7-billion sinkhole

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The construction site of the hydroelectric facility at Muskrat Falls, Newfoundland and Labrador is seen on July 14, 2015. (Andrew Vaughan / The Canadian Press)

by Konrad Yakabuski, Globe and Mail, Nov 23, 2017

Seven years ago this month, when then Newfoundland premier Danny Williams announced the province would go ahead with the now cursed Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project on the Lower Churchill River in Labrador, he proclaimed the moment “would go down in history as the day that finally eclipses that day back in 1969 when the Upper Churchill agreement was signed.” Read the rest of this entry

West Moberly, Prophet River First Nations warn Site C approval could lead to billion dollar treaty violation

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West Moberly First Nation Chief Roland Willson said B.C. Cabinet members are ‘playing their cards pretty close to their chest’ when discussing how they will proceed on the Site C dam project, but he believes they must cancel it in order to uphold treaty obligations. (Andrew Kurjata/CBC)

The question of whether Site C violates the 1899 Treaty 8 agreement has not been tested in court

By Andrew Kurjata, CBC News, Nov 21, 2017

The West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations have warned they will launch a “billion-dollar lawsuit” testing whether the Site C dam violates their treaty rights should the provincial government decide to proceed with the project. Read the rest of this entry

Indigenous kids largely apprehended because of poverty, says former child protection worker

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Portia Larlee worked as a child protection worker for MCFD in 2015. She said she was so discouraged by the work she quit only one and a half years in. (Portia Larlee)

‘Social workers can only remove a child if they are in immediate danger’

By Angela Sterritt, CBC News, Nov 21, 2017

A former child protection worker, once with the Ministry of Child and Family Development, says, in her experience, Indigenous children are largely being apprehended due to poverty, and their parents are being over policed when trying to reunite with them. Read the rest of this entry