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Ross River Dena Council shocked, angry at land claim proposal


‘There was no consultation … and it creates a bit of difficulty,’ said Ross River Dena Council chief Jack Caesar, pictured at left with councillors Derick Redies, Verna Nukon and Jenny Caesar. (Nancy Thomson/CBC)

The Kaska Dena Council – asking for $1.5B from Ottawa – doesn’t speak for us, First Nation says

By Nancy Thomson, CBC News June 23, 2017

Members of the Ross River Dena Council are upset by a land claim proposal submitted recently on their behalf by the Kaska Dena Council (KDC).

The proposal asks for $1.5 billion from the federal government. That would include $500 million for the Ross River Dena Council, whose traditional territory encompasses 13 per cent of Yukon’s landmass. Read the rest of this entry

Labrador’s Muskrat Falls price tag now $12.7B: Worse than 1969 Quebec deal, CEO says

Muskrat Falls dam

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

Nalcor expects consumers’ power bills will be double in 2022: ‘I knew this was a boondoggle’

By Marilyn Boone, CBC News June 23, 2017

There has been another billion-dollar bump in the projected cost of the Muskrat Falls hydro megaproject in Labrador.

The new estimate is $12.7 billion, including financing and other expenses, according to a briefing Friday by the chief executive of Nalcor Energy, Stan Marshall. Read the rest of this entry

Northern Ontario First Nation declares state of emergency on youth suicides


Chantell Fox, 12, left, committed suicide on Jan. 10, two days after her friend Jolynn Winter, right. (Supplied photos)

Community says entire $380,000 promised by Health Canada to help pay for mental health workers has yet to arrive.

Wapekeka First Nation has declared a state of emergency after the suicide of 12-year-old Jenera Roundsky last week sent 35 kids into a mental health crisis and ignited fears that a suicide pact that gripped the community in January still exists. Read the rest of this entry

Looking white and being Aboriginal


Regan and her father Dennis Burden, pleasantly surprised while checking her salmon nets. (Dennis Burden/Facebook)

Rude comments spark identity crisis that took months to get over

By Regan Burden, CBC News, June 21, 2017

It was a beautiful summer day in downtown St. John’s; my friend was working a food truck and on my way to work, I’d often stop to say hello, maybe grab a poutine to eat on my way to work. Read the rest of this entry

‘Jiu-Jitsu Saved My Life’: Dorchester Gym Helps Youths With Struggles At Home

Jiu Jitsu 1by Shira Springer, WBUR News, June 21, 2017

Walking up crooked, dimly lit stairs, you wonder, “Is this the right place?” There’s sheet rock, an old toilet and a discarded vent pipe in the stairwell, but no signs for Level Ground Mixed Martial Arts.

After a couple flights, you hear music and follow it. You open the door to Level Ground and step into a big, bright, welcoming gym with music pulsing from a stereo, kids readying for class and the founder’s dog, Corn Chips, roaming around like he owns the place. Read the rest of this entry

Thunder Bay’s Indigenous guardians volunteer to protect their community

#Resist150: Battleford mass hangings poster

Canada 150 battleford hangings

Not sure who did the poster, but there it is…

“The executions of the Indians ought to convince the Red Man that the White Man governs” Prime Minister John A MacDonald.

Winnipeg’s Métis Friendship Centre battles with AIM over who sits on the board, and what they can wear

winnipeg indian-and-metis-friendship-centreby Shaneen Robinson-Desjarlais, APTN National News, June 15, 2017

Another election was held to create a new board for the embattled Métis Friendship Centre in Winnipeg Wednesday night.

The centre was incorporated nearly 60 years ago – but has been in the limelight lately because of allegations of mismanagement and infighting. Read the rest of this entry

Woman evicted over smudging ceremonies files human rights complaint


Crystal Smith demonstrates how to smudge using sage, a shell and a feather. June 13, 2017. (CTV)

by Andrew Weichel, CTV News, June 14, 2017

An aboriginal woman who claims her landlord tried to evict her for performing traditional smudging ceremonies in her Burnaby, B.C. home has filed a human rights complaint.

Crystal Smith of the Tsimshian and Haisla First Nations said she’s had problems with her landlord, Parminder Mohan, ever since he noticed her smudging at home with her children in March. Read the rest of this entry

New radio stations to serve urban Indigenous communities in 5 cities: CRTC

Radio indigenous bc

Northern Native Broadcasting’s existing CFNR radio station broadcasts live in March 2015 from a Gingolx, B.C. event in the province’s north, where it is currently aired.

Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Toronto will get new radio stations, CRTC says

CBC News June 14, 2017

Five Canadian cities will be home to new Indigenous radio stations, the CRTC has announced.

The commission said Wednesday it has granted licences for the stations, which will serve Indigenous audiences in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Ottawa and Toronto. Read the rest of this entry