Who belongs in Canada’s newest and possibly largest First Nation?
Bureaucratic process conflicts with cultural identity as Newfoundland band and federal government disagree on enrolment points system
Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation, which includes Mi’kmaq from all across Newfoundland, stands to become the largest First Nation band in Canada with more than 104,000 applicants for membership since 2008.
That is, if the band and the federal government can figure out who belongs. Read the rest of this entry
9 arrested at Muskrat Falls in early morning police raid
by Trina Roache, APTN National News, October 17, 2016
Happy Valley-Goose Bay, N.L — Nine people arrested in an early morning raid on a camp at the entrance to the Muskrat Falls hydro-electric construction project are in custody and waiting to go before a judge. 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
Strapped, bullied and sexually assaulted at residential school, ex-student testifies
Toby Obed says former students in North West River were scared of staff
by CBC News, Oct 5, 2015
An Inuit man told a St. John’s courtroom Monday that he never felt loved at the Labrador residential school he was forced to attend, and that punishment against Inuit students was very common.
Toby Obed said students at the North West River school were also bullied and taunted but staff did nothing to protect them.
“We were scared of staff. They could do or say anything at anytime,” Obed sobbed as he testified during a class action lawsuit at Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador. Read the rest of this entry