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Regina solidarity camp reaches one month anniversary

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Photo: Eagle Feather News

The Colonialism No More Solidarity Camp officially began its occupation outside of the Indigenous and Northern Affairs (INAC) offices in downtown Regina on Monday, April 18th.
The Camp, initially formed in solidarity with the Attawapiskat youth and the community’s declaration of a suicide crisis, operates solely on a volunteer basis for all day-to-day requirements. The Camp pushes for 3-4 occupiers to spend the night and calls on the community to bring meals and other essentials.
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Protesters claim victory after doors open at INAC office in Regina

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Tents outside the Regina offices of INAC, April 18, 2016. Photo: Adriana Christianson/CJME News

Group still camped in front of building demands government address health services on First Nations

The Canadian Press, April 29, 2016

Protesters camping outside the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada office in Regina are claiming victory after the doors to the federal office opened to the public for the first time in nearly two weeks.

Protester Robin Pitawanakwat said they just want the department to once again start serving the public they are paid to serve.

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Protesters at Regina’s INAC office say they won’t leave until their demands are met

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Participants in Regina INAC protest, April 23, 2016. Facebook/ Colonialism No More – Solidarity Camp Regina)

People are camped out in front of Regina’s Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada office

By Madeline Kotzer, CBC News, April 25, 2016

Seven days after first pitching their tents, people remain camped out in front of Regina’s Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) office.

Signs, fastened to the sides of tents along Albert Street, read “standing strong together” and “honk support change for First Nations”.  Read the rest of this entry

INAC protesters in Winnipeg record video of ‘unexpected’ police visit

INAC occupation winnipeg copFacebook video of the meeting has been viewed more than 5,000 times

By Jillian Coubrough, CBC News, April 25, 2016

When two police officers showed up at the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) office in Winnipeg, where protestors have been peacefully occupying for 12 days, the group figured the worst.

“I heard someone say ‘the police are here’ and the warriors went to the elevator to block them,” protest supporter, Vivian Ketchum told CBC News. The occupiers are standing in solidarity with the Attawapiskat community and other First Nations amid a suicide crisis. Read the rest of this entry

#Occupy INAC Vancouver ends occupation

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Children participating in Vancouver occupation of INAC offices, April 19, 2016.

Through their determination, courage and commitment the Council of Mothers have secured a meeting with both Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Carolyn Bennett and also Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly to discuss their demands.

They are ending their occupation on Saturday April 23, 2016 at INAC. If anyone has supplies at INAC they need to pick up please do so today from 5-9 pm.

Please see and share the press release and statement below and be sure to share and attend the victory press conference and rally on Monday April 25th at 10:30 am. FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/879500925505405/

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Vancouver #OccupyINAC group vows to stay until demands met

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Inside the Vancouver INAC offices, April 18, 2916. Photo: Facebook

‘There’s an urgency that our young people need to be heard,’ says protester inside Vancouver’s INAC office

By Wawmeesh G. Hamilton, CBC News, April 22, 2016

A group of women and children have been occupying the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada office in Vancouver since Monday, April 18.

Jerilyn Webster, who is Nuxalk and Onodaga and a mother of one son, is part of the small group of Indigenous mothers and their children who are vowing to stay until their demands are met. Read the rest of this entry

Toronto protest ends, INAC offices still occupied in Winnipeg, Vancouver

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April 21, 2016 For the first time in nine days, people from a group called #OccupyINAC emerge from Toronto’s Indigenous and Northern Affairs office. (Sakura Saunders/Twitter)

#OccupyINAC protests ‘same energy’ as Idle No More, says Cree lawyer who was key figure in movement

By Tim Fontaine, CBC News, April 21, 2016

On Thursday, demonstrators left the Toronto office of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, nine days after they took it over and sparked a protest that has spread across the country.

“The time has come for us to go back to our families and loved ones, and to come out and thank our supporters. Without you, this week of awareness that has spread across the land may never have happened,” read a statement from a group called #OccupyINAC, who say they were directed to leave by youth from Attawapiskat. Read the rest of this entry

Vancouver #Occupy INAC statement Day 3

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Children participating in Vancouver occupation of INAC offices, April 19, 2016.

While the Toronto #Occupy INAC (Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada) has ended it appears that the occupations in Winnipeg and Vancouver are still continuing.  Below is the statement from the Vancouver #OccupyINAC (which is again not a text version but is still readable).

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Toronto #Occupy INAC ends occupation

Traditional First Nations culture may help reduce teen suicides

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Summer Kelly, 15, lost her older brother to suicide last year. Now she’s taking part in a pilot project to connect Seabird Island teens to the community’s traditional culture to build a sense of identity and place. (Rafferty Baker/CBC)

Pilot project underway in Fraser Valley’s Seabird Island community

By Rafferty Baker, CBC News, April 19, 2016

Suicide is something that has had an impact on nearly every member of the Seabird Island Band in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley. When someone in the tight-knit community takes their life, it hits close to home for everyone.

Summer Kelly, 15, lost her older brother to suicide in Feb. 2015. He was 17 years old. Kelly said it was devastating, and a total surprise. She said things might have worked out differently had she and the family known what her brother was going through.  Read the rest of this entry