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Flin Flon-area women charged with uttering threats after ‘shoot a Indian day’ post

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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

2 killed in Grand Rapids, Man., trailer fire hours after protest demanded better living conditions


Bobby Ballantyne protested earlier this week demanding better housing conditions on the Misipawistik Cree Nation. His mom and her partner died in a fatal trailer fire Saturday on the reserve and Ballantyne says it was in desperate need of repairs and would have caught fire easily. (Kathy Karol/Facebook)

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

First Nation evacuees spend another ‘frustrating’ night waiting on flights out of forest fire zone


The second of two Hercules aircraft arrives in Garden Hill First Nation Thursday morning to fly forest fire evacuees to southern Manitoba. (Sean Kavanagh/CBC)

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

Sick, diabetic man says Greyhound bus driver left him stranded on highway

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Barry Spence was kicked off a Greyhound bus because the driver believed he was drunk.

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

Boy, 12, arrested in Shamattawa fire, but younger kids can’t be charged, police say

shamattawa-fire-1Blaze 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

Protesters accuse Manitoba government of stalling MMIW inquiry

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Warrior flag flies outside Manitoba Legislative Building, July 2016.

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

Manitoba wants more federal money to finance policing for First Nations


Some 31 aboriginal communities across Manitoba relied on band constables before the program was terminated by the federal government earlier this year. (CBC)

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

Inquest report into Garden Hill in-custody death calls for safe facility

Band constable Gary Wass at the Garden Hill First Nation holding facility.

Band constable Gary Wass at the Garden Hill First Nation holding facility.

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

Three black bears attempt grand theft auto in Peguis First Nation

Published on June 5, 2015 to Youtube by CBC News

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.

Manitoba one of worst places for First Nations to live

A home on the Wasagamack first Nation, about 600 km north of Winnipeg in northern Manitoba. (Karen Pauls/CBC)

A home on the Wasagamack first Nation, about 600 km north of Winnipeg in northern Manitoba. (Karen Pauls/CBC)

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