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Meet the brave women patrolling Regina’s toughest neighbourhood

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Some of the White Pony Lodge volunteers return from a Friday evening patrol. (David Gutnick/CBC)

By David Gutnick, CBC News, January 7, 2018

It’s 6 p.m. on a cold Friday evening. Outside, the temperature hovers around -20 C.

Eight women sit in a circle in a bare-bones office in a nondescript building on 5th Avenue in downtown Regina, smack in the middle of a neighbourhood called North Central. Eleven thousand residents live in the surrounding blocks, in rundown apartment buildings and small houses on tiny lots, squeezed in between two sets of railway tracks. Read the rest of this entry

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Regina girl, 12, finds empowerment in new self-defence class

jada-mosquitoJada Mosquito finds self confidence in martial arts defence after near-abduction

By Penny Smoke, CBC News, Nov 24, 2017

A Regina grandmother is giving credit to the North Central Community Association for offering a different kind of class — a self-defence class aimed at children between the ages of eight and 12. Read the rest of this entry

‘Warning!’: Regina activists label indigenous Halloween costumes as dangerous materials

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Warning label attached to Native Halloween costume. Photo: Colonialism No More.

Labels warning shoppers to “avoid contact” with a number of revealing Halloween costumes depicting indigenous women were on display at Regina’s Spirit Halloween location.

On Sunday, members of the Saskatchewan Coalition Against Racism (SCAR) entered Spirit Halloween and added two-sided labels to costumes named “Reservation Royalty” and “Wolf Dancer”, among others. Read the rest of this entry

‘Colonialism No More’ camp outside Regina’s INAC office surpasses 100 days

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Photo: Eagle Feather News

July 27, 2016

Regina’s “Colonialism No More” camp has now reached a new milestone: 101 days.

Back in April, groups across Canada held rallies to address the First Nation suicide crisis at the Attawapiskat First Nation.

Since then, camps in Vancouver and Toronto have since packed up but Regina’s camp outside the local Indigenous and Northern Indigenous Affairs (INAC) office has remained strong. Read the rest of this entry

Colonialism No More group in Regina asked to move their tents

Occupy INAC regina tentsCTV News, June 28, 2016

The “Colonialism No More” group camped out in front of the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) Office in Regina is being asked to move their tents.

Sue Deranger, a member of the rally says the owner of the building and the property manager both approached the group and informed them they would like to landscape the space they are currently camping on.  Read the rest of this entry

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 fenced out in Regina

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REGINA,Sk: APRIL 19, 2016 – The landlord has put up a temporary fence to keep protesters at the INAC office on city property on the 1800 block Albert St. . Photo by Bryan Schlosser

by Kerry Benjoe, Regina Leader-Post, April 19, 2016

A fence wasn’t enough to deter protesters in front of the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) office in Regina Tuesday.

For a third day the office remained closed to the public as protesters maintained a presence outside. At 3 p.m., a six-foot metal fence was placed on the property line in front of the INAC building, but protesters only moved their tents outside of the fence onto public property. They plan to stay put. Read the rest of this entry

Regina: Protesters set up camp outside federal office

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

by Kerry Benjoe, Regina Leader-Post, April 18, 2016

Seven tents have popped up along Albert Street as a protest in front of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada offices moves into a new phase.

Robyn Pitawanakwat, organizer, said she and others are prepared for the long haul.

“We started off with a protest on Friday because we wanted to bring attention to the issues that are happening in a lot of First Nations communities across Canada — the mental health crisis, the water issues, the housing issues,” she said Monday. “So today, we are trying to bring more attention because (the previous protest) really didn’t seem to do anything.” Read the rest of this entry