Two women have been arrested after Facebook posts suggested “a purge” and “shoot a Indian day.”
RCMP say the women, from Flin Flon, Man., and nearby Denare Beach, Sask., face charges of uttering threats and public incitement of hatred. Read the rest of this entry
Couple used oven to heat trailer in need of desperate repairs, deceased’s son says
By Austin Grabish, CBC News, Feb 18, 2018
Hours after he wrapped up a protest for better housing on their First Nation, Bobby Ballantyne awoke to learn his mother and her partner had died in a trailer fire in Grand Rapids, Man. Read the rest of this entry
Nearly 3,000 evacuees in northern part of province wait to be airlifted to southern Manitoba
By Bryce Hoye, CBC News, August 31, 2017
Hundreds of evacuees from a northern First Nation in Manitoba spent another night sleeping on an airport floor and in a school gymnasium waiting for flights south, as a fire nearly twice the size of Winnipeg rages nearby. Read the rest of this entry
Barry Spence says he was accused of being drunk, told to walk to next town — 200 kilometres away
CBC News, May 29, 2017
A diabetic Manitoba man says he was left stranded at the side of a dark highway, hundreds of kilometres from home, by a Greyhound bus driver.
Barry Spence, 41, travels from his home in Thompson, Man., to Winnipeg every week for dialysis due to kidney failure from Type 2 diabetes. He started feeling sick as he was heading back home on the bus May 20. Read the rest of this entry
Blaze destroyed only grocery store and crippled services in isolated Manitoba community
CBC News, September 23, 2016
A 12-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with a fire that destroyed the only grocery store and the band office in the remote northern Manitoba community of Shamattawa and crippled some of its essential services.
The boy was one of six children who RCMP believe were involved in setting the blaze on Thursday afternoon. The other five children are under 12 and cannot be charged. Read the rest of this entry
Role police, CFS play in MMIW cases must be examined in national inquiry, protesters say
CBC News, July 26, 2016
About half a dozen tents were set up outside the Manitoba Legislative Building by protesters who say the province is keeping a national inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women from getting underway.
Last week, Brian Pallister’s Progressive Conservative government said it is moving forward with an order in council in support of the inquiry, but officials are still in negotiations with the federal government over the terms of reference. Read the rest of this entry
Gord Mackintosh says government’s cancellation of band constable program was ‘horribly perverse’
By Chinta Puxley, The Canadian Press, Dec 30, 2015
Manitoba’s attorney general says he will be pushing for more federal money to help bolster front-line First Nations policing on remote reserves.
Gord Mackintosh says the previous Conservative government’s decision to freeze the aboriginal policing budget for almost a decade before cancelling a band constable program was “horribly perverse.” Read the rest of this entry
Calvin Waylon McDougall, 19, was found dead in police holding cell in 2009
CBC News, July 23, 2015
An inquest report into the death of Calvin Waylon McDougall, who was in a police holding cell on the Garden Hill First Nation, calls on the Manitoba government to work with the First Nation to improve supports for people with mental health and substance abuse issues.
The inquest report, released on Thursday, recommends that the province and the First Nation set up a safe detention facility in Garden Hill for people who are intoxicated or dealing with mental health difficulties. Read the rest of this entry
Anita Sutherland woke up to the sound of her truck honking Thursday morning on the Peguis First Nation in Manitoba, only to find a bear cub trapped inside.
CBC News/The Canadian Press, Jan 29, 2015
Internal federal government documents show Manitoba is one of the worst places for First Nations to live in Canada.
The regional updates obtained by The Canadian Press through Access to Information legislation show well over half of First Nations children in Manitoba grow up in poverty and have the lowest graduation rate in the country. Read the rest of this entry