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Inmates on hunger strike at Regina prison

Regina’s Provincial Correctional Centre.

Regina’s Provincial Correctional Centre.

By D.C. Fraser, Leader-Post March 2, 2015

REGINA — Fifteen inmates being held in a high-risk area of Regina’s Provincial Correctional Centre are on a hunger strike.

They’re protesting against the prison’s decision to refuse them access to cultural programming, such as sweat lodges, and access to the outdoors.

Joshua Bird, who has previously been locked up for manslaughter and is awaiting trial on a break-and-enter charge, is one of the inmates participating.   Read the rest of this entry

Protesters march on Rapid City Hall for racial equality

People take to the streets in Rapid City, South Dakota to protest racism, Feb 26, 2015.

People take to the streets in Rapid City, South Dakota to protest racism, Feb 26, 2015.

In frigid, windy but sunny conditions, more than 100 protesters Thursday marched on the Rapid City-School Administration Center downtown as part of a movement calling for government accountability to resolve social injustices toward Native Americans.

The Thursday march coincided with the release a 12-page report by the Lakota People’s Law Project, “Native Lives Matter,” which asserts the U.S. justice system is responsible for those injustices.

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Cayuga man who acted as rogue, unlicensed notary faces BC court date

Coastal Guardian Watchmen confront armed trophy hunters to save grizzlies

Coastal Guardian Watchmen on the lookout for trophy hunters on the Great Bear Rainforest coast in 2010. Photo by Doug Neasloss with Kitasoo/Xai'xais Nation.

Coastal Guardian Watchmen on the lookout for trophy hunters on the Great Bear Rainforest coast in 2010. Photo by Doug Neasloss with Kitasoo/Xai’xais Nation.

“Sometimes it gets nasty,” said Jason Moody, a patroller from Nuxalk Nation in Bella Coola.

Sacred Water, Klamath People and the Struggle for Cultural Survival

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Upper Klamath National Wildlife Refuge. Photo: Wikipedia.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Sacred Water, Klamath People and the Struggle for Cultural Survival

February 25, 2015 (Upper Klamath Basin, Oregon)

Entangled in the heart of an arduous century long battle over water rights in the Upper Klamath Basin, is the struggle of the Klamath, Modoc, Yahooskin Peoples for cultural survivance.

Our elders have always told us that water is life, water is priceless. Our water is so sacred it should never be quantified, compromised or negotiated.
But what happens to the future of a culture, whose spiritual foundation is water, when even to tribal negotiators, the priceless becomes a mere commodity? Read the rest of this entry

‘Bear Clan Patrol’ to return to Winnipeg streets

Logo on jacket of Bear Clan Patrol. Photo: CBC News.

Logo on jacket of Bear Clan Patrol. Photo: CBC News.

Group hopes to resurrect inner-city safety patrol founded in the 1990s

By Tim Fontaine, CBC News, Feb 25, 2015

Volunteers from the city’s indigenous community are resurrecting a group that once patrolled Winnipeg streets.

The murder of Tina Fontaine this past summer was really the catalyst for this,” said James Favel, chair of the Dufferin Residents Association and one of those reconstituting the Bear Clan Patrol.

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Habitat loss blamed for caribou deaths

While B.C. is justifying the termination of 184 grey wolves to rectify what they say is the primary cause of the declining caribou population, it isn’t consistent with decades of research.

Since the $2.1 million wolf cull program began on Jan. 15, environmental groups across B.C. have said the real reason attributed to the South Selkirk and South Peace caribou population drop from 49 in 2009 to 18 today is because of loss and disruption of crucial old-growth habitat – and research since the 1970s backs up that claim. Read the rest of this entry

Prince Rupert LNG pipeline clearing expected by fall

 

Gitxsan Madii Lii camp.

Gitxsan Madii Lii camp.

by Chris Gareau,  Smithers Interior News, Feb 16, 2015

Pre-construction clearing for the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission project is expected to start before the leaves start falling this autumn. The LNG pipeline route travels just north of the Hazeltons on its way from northeast B.C. to Lelu Island near Prince Rupert.

Project president Dean Patry told the crowd gathered at the Smithers District Chamber of Commerce Thursday that prime contractors for the TransCanada pipeline will likely be hired in the second quarter of this year. Community outreach for local subcontractors and employees for the pre-construction is set for the third quarter. Read the rest of this entry

No fire response to blaze that kills two children on Saskatchewan reserve

Aftermath of house fire on Saskatchewan reserve, Feb 2015.

Aftermath of house fire on Saskatchewan reserve, Feb 2015.

by Indian Country Today, Feb 18, 2015

Two toddlers died in a First Nation reserve fire in the wee hours of Tuesday February 17, as firefighters slept in the neighboring village—unsummoned because there was no longer a contract, officials said the next day.

Firefighters were not called to the scene as a home burned on Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation at 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday, said Loon Lake mayor and volunteer fire chief Larry Heon to the Canadian Press, because the contract with the village had been canceled. Only the Royal Canadian Mounted Police responded, and by then the little ones’ father was carrying their lifeless bodies out of the house. Read the rest of this entry

Native Americans gather in Montana to protest slaughter of Yellowstone bison

Buffalo 1By Laura Zuckerman, Reuters, Feb 10, 2015

Native American activists gathered in Montana’s capital on Tuesday to protest the deaths of hundreds of Yellowstone National Park bison killed this year to ease the worries of Montana ranchers about a cattle disease carried by many park buffalo.

The demonstration marked a week of protests over federal-state management of Yellowstone bison that entails culling the herd each winter when some animals cross from the park into neighboring Montana in search of food. Read the rest of this entry

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