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Indigenous youth set up protest camp outside Toronto’s Old City Hall

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From left, Dean Mcleod, Koryn John, Ezra Green and Gary Wassaykeesic at the Soaring Eagles camp outside of Old City Hall in Toronto. (Rhiannon Johnson/CBC )

Soaring Eagles Camp aims to raise awareness about injustices faced by Indigenous people across Canada

By Rhiannon Johnson, CBC News, March 6, 2018

Following the Justice for Tina Fontaine rally this past Sunday in Toronto, a youth-led occupation has set up camp outside Old City Hall in downtown Toronto.

The group set up three tents Sunday on the southwest portion of the grounds of the building that currently functions as a provincial courthouse. Read the rest of this entry

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At Regina rally for Tina Fontaine, protesters promise fight to the end against ‘colonial justice’

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Protestors march down Victoria Avenue to show their frustration following the acquittal of Raymond Cormier who was charged with second-degree murder in the death of 15-year-old Tina Fontaine. BRANDON HARDER / REGwp

Speakers at a protest that briefly blocked traffic at Albert and Victoria say they fear for their children’s lives, and don’t trust the justice system to protect them

Raymond Cormier found not guilty in death of Tina Fontaine

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Tina Fontaine.

The Crown had argued that Cormier convicted himself with his own admissions on secret police recordings. But the defence said numerous forensic holes in the prosecution’s case had left reasonable doubt.

WINNIPEG—A not-guilty verdict Thursday for a man who had been accused of killing a 15-year-old First Nations girl he met on the streets prompted immediate reaction from Indigenous leaders who criticized the safety nets that were supposed to keep her safe. Read the rest of this entry

‘You didn’t win’: Singer Susan Aglukark publicly names her abuser at MMIWG hearings

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‘You didn’t win. Not now, not ever,’ Susan Aglukark said as she named her abuser when she testified on Thursday at the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut. (CBC)

Celebrated Inuk singer says person who assaulted her has hurt many others in Rankin Inlet

By Randi Beers, CBC News, Feb 22, 2018

Susan Aglukark ended the Rankin Inlet hearing for the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women by addressing the man she says sexually abused her when she was eight years old. Read the rest of this entry

Families reveal pain of Atikamekw children’s mysterious disappearances half a century ago

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In the Indigenous communities of Quebec’s Upper Mauricie region, including Obedjiwan, pictured here, there are few families that haven’t been affected by the disappearance of a child. (Archives of the Atikamekw Nation Council)

Indigenous communities of Quebec’s Upper Mauricie region grapple with loss

CBC News, Dec 3, 2017

The hearings held this week into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls on Quebec’s North Shore dredged up painful memories that still haunt families in the northeastern part of the province. Read the rest of this entry

MMIW Inquiry hears that RCMP kept information from family for decades

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Siblings Roddy and Winnie Sampare hold a photograph of their sister Virginia Sampare.Ian Smith / Vancouver Sun

by John Murray, APTN National News, September 28, 2017

Roddy Sampare stood before the commissioners at the national inquiry hearings in Smithers, B.C. and told the story of his family’s tragedy like he had told it a thousand times before.

“The pain doesn’t go away,” he said. “You know, I was sitting in the other room listening to the people who lost their loved ones through murder. At least some of them had the chance to bury their loved one. Read the rest of this entry

First B.C. hearing for problem-plagued Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Inquiry

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Walkers in the ‘Tears 4 Justice’ complete their journey from Prince Rupert, B.C., to Smithers for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. (Briar Stewart/CBC)

by Lori Culbert, Vancouver Sun, September 26, 2017

Vicki Hill paused frequently to compose herself this morning as she told the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women that she has no memory of her mother, who was murdered along the Highway of Tears when she was just a baby. Read the rest of this entry

Families walk B.C. Highway of Tears to honour missing, murdered Indigenous women

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Billboard warning girls not to hitchhike on the Highway of Tears (Highway 16) where many young women have gone missing. This is just north of Smithers. Steve Bosch / Vancouver Sun

by Laura Kane, Associated Press, September 20, 2017

When Gladys Radek walks the Highway of Tears, she says she can feel the spirits of women who are missing or have been murdered walking beside her.

Dozens have vanished or been killed along the notorious stretch of Highway 16 in central British Columbia. On Thursday, Radek will honour the 12th anniversary of the disappearance of her niece, Tamara Lynn Chipman, by walking the route once again. Read the rest of this entry

Mural: No More Stolen Sisters

No More Missing Sister Isha JulesIsha Jules in Enderby, BC, at the mural painted to raise awareness that there are 3 missing women in the area since last year. The three women went missing within a month & a half of each other.  Caitlin Potts, Ashley Simpson and Deanna Wertz all missing for 12-16 months now.  All from within Splatsin First Nation and Secwepmeculu.

One-quarter of all female homicide victims in Canada in 2015 were Indigenous

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Hundreds of family and supporters of missing and murdered women gathered at the University of Winnipeg to honour their memories and to call for action. CTV Winnipeg.

Indigenous women also continue to be over-represented in justice system, says Statistics Canada report

CBC News, June 6, 2017

The homicide rate for Indigenous females between 2001 and 2015 was nearly six times higher than that for non-Indigenous females, according to a new study by Statistics Canada. Read the rest of this entry