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Decades later, Grassy Narrows First Nation waits for solution to mercury poisoning

grassy-narrows-warning-signCBC News, January 18, 2017

The Grassy Narrows community in northern, Ont., has been plagued with mercury poisoning  for decades — affecting its river, its fish, and its people.

In the 1970s, Kas Glowacki, who worked in the old Dryden, Ont., pulp and paper mill — upstream from Grassy Narrows First Nations — emptied out a salt vat and came across mercury. Read the rest of this entry

Land Protectors in Labrador shut down Aboriginal Affairs office in Goose Bay again over #MuskratFalls promises


Protesters shut down Aboriginal Affairs office. Photo: APTN National News.

by Trina Roache, APTN National News, January 13, 2017

A group of Labrador land protectors shut down the Office of Aboriginal Affairs in Happy Valley- Goose Bay early Friday morning as part of ongoing protests against the Muskrat Falls hydro-electric project.

The group blocked employees who showed up to work at 8 a.m. from entering the office for Newfoundland and Labrador’s Aboriginal Affairs, which also houses the local constituency office for the province’s Environment Minister Perry Trimper. Read the rest of this entry

Statement from the family of Arthur Manuel on his passing

art1On Wednesday January 11, 2017 at 11:00 PM, Arthur Manuel, our beloved father, grandfather, husband, brother, uncle, warrior, and teacher passed away. Arthur was one of our most determined and outspoken Secwepemc leaders and activists—a pillar in the resistance, known globally for his tireless advocacy for Indigenous Peoples’ right to self-determination. He passed on into the spirit world surrounded by many generations of his loving family. Read the rest of this entry

Indigenous leader, activist, Arthur Manuel dead at 66


Arthur Manuel, Secwepemc.

Manuel was former Chief of Neskonlith Indian Band, chair of Shuswap Nation Tribal Council

CBC News January 12, 2017

A widely respected Indigenous leader and activist from the Secwepemc Nation has died. Arthur Manuel was 66-years-old.

The son of the late George Manuel, who founded the National Indian Brotherhood — precursor to the Assembly of First Nations — Arthur Manuel entered the world of Indigenous politics in the 1970s, as president of the Native Youth Association. Read the rest of this entry

BC Hydro facing federal order, heavy fines for Site C sediment and erosion problems


Out of the fog, earth moving equipment keeps going at a steady pace on slope stabilization work in the site preparation for BC Hydro’s Site C dam construction project. Derrick Penner / PNG

by Larry Pynn, Vancouver Sun, January 5, 2017

BC Hydro is facing a federal order as early as Friday and potential fines of up to $400,000 due to erosion and sediment problems at the $9-billion Site C dam project in the province’s northeast.

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency has issued Hydro with a “notice of intent” to proceed with enforcement action unless the provincial Crown corporation provides assurances that problems are being addressed. Read the rest of this entry

Brandon, Selkirk eye Bear Clan Patrol groups as movement grows

bear-clan-patrollersMeeting to organize Brandon group will take place Jan. 19 at the Friendship Centre

By Riley Laychuk, CBC News January 06, 2017

Groups in two Manitoba cities are looking into starting their own Bear Clan Patrol groups as the movement spreads beyond Winnipeg’s Perimeter Highway.

James Favel, executive director of Winnipeg’s Bear Clan, said he’s been working fairly closely with community groups in Brandon since last summer to start a patrol group in the Wheat City after first being contacted last winter.  Read the rest of this entry

First Nations Strategic Bulletin

fnsb_aug-sept_16August-December 2016 Issue

by Russell Diabo

Special points of interest:

  • Canada’s 150th Anniversary—Where Do You Stand?
  • PM Trudeau & Justice Minister Wilson-Raybould Have a Two-Track Plan to Rebrand Termination as Reconciliation
  • INAC in Secret Talks to define ‘Nation-to-Nation’ Relationship

Click on the link below to download the August-December 2016 Issue.

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Call OUT: The Year for Indigenous Liberation

resistance-dutyJanuary 2, 2017


From the home fires to the front lines, from our hearts and our minds, we enter the so called new year with this war cry! What we have seen this year, we have never seen before, colonialism and it’s ugly face is laid bare before us again and again, in the murder of our comrades, rest in power Berta Cáceres, in the destruction of our lands and territories, in the poisoning of our water and in the abuse of our Land and Water defenders. This is the time we look back to ask ourselves what we have done to fight our oppressors, to protect our families and to stand in war, love and solidarity with one another. This is the time we look forward, our weapons and tools in hand, our hearts big and open, our moccasins on the ground and our fists to the sky. We are united and we are powerful, we are Indigenous, we are African, we are the oppressed and we say no more. Read the rest of this entry

Canada’s growing indigenous population reshaping cities across the country


Ninoondawah Richard, with the Aboriginal Youth Opportunity, teaches young people spiritual traditions and drumming . JOHN WOODS/GLOBE AND MAIL

Increasingly prominent communities are apparent, but significant social change is still elusive

by Joe Friesen, December 26, 2016

Across Canada, cities are being reshaped by growing indigenous populations.

In the biggest cities on the prairies, and in smaller northern centres close to First Nations reserves, an indigenous population is growing in size and political influence. Already, changes at the local level are signalling a societal turn. Read the rest of this entry

Have a Malcolm X-mas… and a Zapatista New Year!