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‘Clearing the plains’ continues with the acquittal of Gerald Stanley

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Colten Boushie, killed in August 2016.

Is it normal for police to tell you your son is dead, imply you have a drinking problem and search your home for clues? It seems so in Saskatchewan

David MacDonald, National Post, FEb 12, 2018

The decision by an all-white jury, presided over by a white judge, to acquit the killer of Colten Boushie, a young Indigenous man from the Red Pheasant Cree Nation in Saskatchewan, is a severe test of the settler-based Canadian legal system. Read the rest of this entry

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Indigenous media website hacked after opinion article on Colten Boushie trial posted

media indigena logoIn a Feb 12 article, Media Indigena said the site may have been hacked “shortly after” publishing Indigenous commentator, Robert Jago’s commentary entitled “An all-white jury runs from justice in the trial of Gerald Stanley.”

An Indigenous current affairs website that published a story that is critical of the verdict in the trial of Gerald Stanley says it has been hacked. Read the rest of this entry

‘Not right:’ Outrage after jury finds Saskatchewan farmer not guilty in shooting

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Colten Boushie, left, was fatally shot in August 2016. Gerald Stanley, right, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder. His trial is underway in Battleford, Sask. (Facebook/Liam Richards/Canadian Press)

APTN National News, Feb 10, 2018

BATTLEFORD, Sask. – There were sobs of despair and cries of “murderer” in a Saskatchewan courtroom Friday night as a jury found a white farmer not guilty in the shooting death of an Indigenous man.

From the beginning in August 2016, Colten Boushie’s death and the second-degree murder charge against Gerald Stanley exposed an ugly side in rural Saskatchewan – landowners who blame Indigenous people for high rates of property crime and First Nations who bear the brunt of that racism and hate. Read the rest of this entry

Cleveland Indians removing Chief Wahoo logo from uniforms in 2019

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“Chief Wahoo” merchandise; the Cleveland Indians will be changing their logo by 2019, but not their name.

ESPN, Jan 29, 2018

CLEVELAND — Divisive and hotly debated, the Chief Wahoo logo is being removed from the Indians’ uniform next year.

The polarizing mascot is coming off the team’s jersey sleeves and caps starting in the 2019 season, a move that will end Chief Wahoo’s presence on the field but may not completely silence those who deem it racist. Read the rest of this entry

Racial tension hangs over Sask. as trial for farmer who allegedly killed Indigenous man looms

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Colten Boushie, shot to death in August 2016 by a Saskatchewan farmer.

There are fears that the trial of Gerald Stanley, charged with second-degree murder in the death of Colten Boushie, could inflame racial tensions

by Douglas Quan, National Post, Jan 26, 2018

Asked how nervous he was feeling this week, Ames Leslie, the mayor of Battleford, Sask., was cautious, saying he was hopeful “that cooler minds prevail.”

That’s because on Monday, jury selection is set to begin in one of the highest-profile, racially tinged cases the province has seen: the second-degree murder trial of a white, rural farmer accused of fatally shooting a young Indigenous man. Read the rest of this entry

First Nations call for boycott of Senator Beyak’s businesses

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Ontario Senator Lynn Beyak.

by , APTN National News, Jan 8, 2018

Comments in support of Canada’s punitive Indian residential school system could hurt Ontario Senator Lynn Beyak in the pocketbook.

Beyak’s family owns two car dealerships in Dryden and Fort Frances, Ont., smackdab in the middle of Grand Council Treaty 3 and Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) territory.

“I’m calling for a boycott,” said Tania Cameron, a First Nation’s activist in Kenora. Read the rest of this entry

This could happen in Canada’: Indigenous musician on Charlottesville

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Members of the “Proud Boys”, an alt-right fan club, attempt to disrupt a Mi’kmaq ceremony in Halifax, July 2017.

Systemic racism needs to be addressed here at home, A Tribe Called Red’s Ian Campeau says

By Brandi Morin, CBC News, August 15, 2017

The violent events that unfolded in Charlottesville, Va. on the weekend is a steady reality for Canada’s Indigenous community, a First Nations musician says.

“It’s funny how everybody seems to ask ‘How did we get here?’ Where did this [violence] come from?'” Ian Campeau of the popular electronic pow wow music group A Tribe Called Red, told CBC News. Read the rest of this entry

5 military members face review over confrontation at Mi’kmaq protest

by Jeff Lagerquist, CTV News, July 4, 2017

Five Canadian Armed Forces members who appeared in an online video of a confrontation at an Indigenous protest in Halifax on Canada Day will be removed from duty and training while the military conducts an investigation into their conduct, according to the nation’s top soldier. Read the rest of this entry

First Nations woman dies after being hit by trailer hitch thrown from passing car in Thunder Bay, Ont.

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Barbara Kentner, 34, was struck in January, police consider changing charge against man, 18

By Jody Porter, CBC News, July 4, 2017

A First Nations woman who was hit by a trailer hitch, thrown from a passing car in Thunder Bay, Ont., last January, has died.

Barbara Kentner, 34, required surgery after being hit in the abdomen by the trailer hitch on Jan. 29. She was released from hospital in time to take part in a walk in her honour on Feb. 5, but later returned to medical care. Read the rest of this entry

‘This is a British colony’: Group disrupts Mi’kmaq ceremony in Halifax

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Some in attendance said the men identified themselves as members of the “Proud Boys,” a U.S.-based ultra-conservative fraternity-like group that believes in “reinstating a spirit of Western chauvinism during an age of globalism and multiculturalism.”

by Jeff Lagerquist, CTV News, July 3, 2017

A First Nations ceremony held in downtown Halifax on Canada Day to honour missing and murdered indigenous women was interrupted by men who identified themselves as part of an alt-right organization — and included two members of the Royal Canadian Navy. Read the rest of this entry