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by Yolande Cole, The Georgia Straight, April 15th, 2015
Twenty-year-old Jorge Antonio Tizapa Legideño was one of 43 students from the Escuela Normal Rural de Ayotzinapa teachers’ college who disappeared on that date in the Mexican state of Guerrero.
At first, the parents of the students looked in the local hospitals and jails—in any location they thought their children might be. They soon widened their search, and began to organize protests, calling on the Mexican government to look for the students. Now, they have taken their quest international, urging Canadian politicians, organizations, and citizens for support.
Southeast Regional Correctional Centre says it received 2 complaints since 2012 from aboriginal inmates
By Anthony Peter-Paul, CBC News, April 14, 2015
Several former inmates of the Southeast Regional Correctional Centre say they were blocked from practising their native spirituality or visiting with elders while in the jail.
Shawn Peterpaul from the Elsipogtog First Nation says he was not allowed to participate in native spirituality activities when he was in jail.
For Peterpaul, the ability to smudge would have been adequate enough to fill his spiritual needs. Read the rest of this entry
Modern day treaty process has produced only 4 treaties in 20 years
By Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press/CBC News, April 12, 2015
There is easy agreement between First Nations and the British Columbia and federal governments that treaty negotiations are languishing, expensive and fraught with obstacles, but all sides have completely different views on how to solve the problem.
The agony and ecstasy of the maligned and saluted treaty process was on full display last week when hundreds of cheering people witnessed the signing of an agreement-in-principle on a southern Vancouver Island treaty after 20 years of talks. Read the rest of this entry
Thousands of people have staged a rally in Melbourne against the forced closure of remote Aboriginal communities, bringing parts of the CBD to a standstill.
There were major delays to public transport on Friday as Flinders Street and St Kilda Road closed to traffic.
Yarra Trams tweeted at 7:10pm to say Swanston Street trams running between the Arts Precinct and Melbourne Central Station were able to resume service. Read the rest of this entry
Sunday’s silent auction to help with lawyer fees
KJIPUKTUK (HALIFAX) – On April 20th, Elsipogtog First Nation band member Annie Clair will be heading to Moncton to face six charges related to the violent actions of New Brunswick RCMP against defenders of the land in Kent County, New Brunswick.
Clair intends to fight the charges. But she is looking to the wider community for help. Read the rest of this entry
CBC News, April 8, 2015
Police departments across Canada get a failing grade for their efforts at solving cases of missing and murdered indigenous women, according to CBC interviews with more than 110 family members.
CBC News has embarked on an exhaustive search for families who have lost a relative either to an unsolved killing or whose loved one still remains missing.
So far, more than 110 families have responded to questions ranging from the efficacy of police investigations to the need for a national inquiry.
Families were asked to rate the quality of the police investigation in each case, on a scale of one to 10, with 10 being excellent. The average rating was 2.8. Read the rest of this entry
Hawaii News Now, April 7, 2015
HONOLULU – In a Tuesday news conference, Gov. David Ige announced that TMT construction has agreed to a one week halt of work at the summit of Mauna Kea.
Ige said,”The president of the University (Hawaii) and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs have agreed to a timeout on the project and there will be no construction activities this week.” Read the rest of this entry
MAUNA KEA, HAWAIi – A small group of activists started a blockade against construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea ten days ago. Now, its a growing encampment.
Organizers estimate as many as 300 people lined the summit access road Friday, showing their opposition to the controversial $1.4 billion telescope.
“To see just so many people gathered, it was so uplifting,” said organizer Lanakila Mangauil. “It looked like there was a whole Mauna Kea festival going on.” Read the rest of this entry
Questions are being raised about Nunavut’s suicide prevention strategy as the rate of deaths — particularly among young men — remains alarmingly high.
During his month-long secondment with the Australian army, Prince Harry will be challenged and given an “authentic” experience – but who are the Aboriginal soldiers?
In a remote stretch of bushland in outback Australia, a force of camouflaged Aboriginal soldiers rely on their unique hunting and survival skills as they keep watch over a vast swath of territory that includes harsh desert, rugged coastline and crocodile-infested marshes.
Entrusted with surveillance and reconnaissance across much of the nation’s northern border, the mostly Aboriginal troops of Norforce, or the North-West Mobile Force, conduct patrols across a 700,000 square-mile section of northern Australia that marks the largest area of operations of any military unit in the world.