Video: Women’s Warrior song #MMIW Event
posted to Yutube by Cheryl James on Oct 15, 2013
Keewatin Otchitchak Traditional Women’s Drum singing the Women’s Warrior Song, originally from the Sta’timc at Mount Currie, BC.
Police act like idiots during training session on missing, murdered Indigenous women
‘What do we do when we’re sending women in to do training on race relations and they feel violated?’
By Jody Porter, CBC News, September 13, 2016
Police officers in Thunder Bay, Ont., are being accused of verbally assaulting a facilitator who was delivering cross-cultural training on Indigenous issues, but a city official says it was all a misunderstanding. Read the rest of this entry
Protesters accuse Manitoba government of stalling MMIW inquiry
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
‘No foul play’ found in deaths of dozens of Indigenous women, but questions remain
CBC investigation finds suspicious circumstances in deaths ruled accidental or suicidal
By Holly Moore, Martha Troian, CBC News, June 28, 2016
In dozens of cases where police say there is no evidence of foul play, the families of missing and murdered Indigenous girls and women maintain their loved ones may have been victims of homicide, a CBC News investigation has found.
Despite official rulings of suicide or accidental death, CBC News has found evidence in some cases of unexplained injuries, suspicious circumstances, failure to interview key witnesses and persons of interest who have never been convicted. Read the rest of this entry
More than 100 indigenous women in N.L. murdered or missing, meeting told
Pre-Inquiry meeting held at the St. John’s Native Friendship Centre
By Mark Quinn, CBC News, March 31, 2016
A shocking number was revealed at meeting in St. John’s Wednesday: more than 100 indigenous women and girls are estimated to have been murdered or gone missing in Newfoundland and Labrador.
“It is a big issue, and that’s the point,” said Angus Andersen, who hosted the gathering of about a dozen people at the St. John’s Native Friendship Centre. Read the rest of this entry
Highway of Tears gets $3M for transportation safety plan
Funding comes after a recent meeting between transportation officials and First Nations leaders in the area
CBC News, Dec 14, 2015
The B.C. government is committing $3 million to improve public transit along B.C.’s so-called Highway of Tears.
The funding comes following a recent meeting between transportation officials and First Nations leaders in the area, to address concerns about the number of women who have gone missing or been murdered while hitchhiking Highway 16, which runs between Prince George and Prince Rupert. Read the rest of this entry
Winnipeg police charge man, 53, with second-degree murder in Tina Fontaine death
by APTN National News, December 11, 2015
Winnipeg police have charged a 53-year-old man with second-degree murder in the death of Tina Fontaine.
Raymond Joseph Cormier, 53, was arrested Wednesday in the Vancouver area.
Fontaine, 15, was pulled from Winnipeg’s Red River on Aug. 17 2014. Read the rest of this entry
New Highway of Tears documents uncover residents’ deep concerns
36 pages of documents include reports about topics including missing women, hitchhiking and bus service
By Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press/CBC News, Nov 4, 2015
Newly released documents reveal northern British Columbia residents have deep concerns about transportation services along the so-called Highway of Tears — despite government statements about improved safety, New Democrats say.
Maurine Karagianis, the NDP critic for women, said Tuesday a year-old freedom of information request reveals residents want better public transportation on Highway 16, which runs more than 700 kilometres, from Prince George to Prince Rupert. Read the rest of this entry