The CBC has produced an investigative report about a double murder that took place in July 2016 at the Whitefish Lake First Nation, located 400 kilometres north of Edmonton, AB. Cory Grey and Dylan Laboucan were only two of eight students at the reserve school to graduate from Grade 12 in the past three years. A classmate has been charged in their murders.
Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall recently commented on Facebook regarding an Ontario teacher’s union resolution calling for changing school names that are named after Canada’s first Prime Minister, John A. Macdonald. Wall is opposed to such a move.
CBC News Posted: Aug 25, 2017
Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) Vice Chief Kimberly Jonathon is disappointed with the provincial government’s measures in regards to rural crime. None of the FSIN’s suggestions which came after the shooting of Colten Boushie in a Biggar-area farmyard were acted upon. According to Statistics Canada youth crime in Saskatchewan has decreased 30% in the past decade.
Brian Fitzpatrick, Regina Leader-Post August 23, 2017
A recent study of 100 Indigenous and non-Indigenous parents and teachers conducted in Ontario between 2012 and 2014 revealed that teachers are not confident but nervous about teaching Indigenous issues. This creates a situation where the topics are not being addressed due to a low comfort level among teachers.
Arif Virani, Parliamentary Secretary to the Heritage Minister, was in Saskatoon recently to consult with Indigenous language teachers regarding the upcoming federal legislation. The bill, to be introduced in 2018, is in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.
Betty Ann Adam, Saskatoon StarPhoenix August 18, 2017
Data obtained recently by the CBC from the Edmonton Police Service reveals that Edmonton police stop Indigenous women for ‘street checks’ 9.7 times more than a white person. Black people were 5 times more likely to be stopped. Edmonton police insist that the stops are not racially motivated.
By Andrea Huncar, CBC News Posted: Jun 27, 2017
A guerrilla art project at various unannounced locations in Calgary is trying to raise people’s awareness surrounding missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Two artists, Destin Running Rabbit and Iman Bukhari, spearheaded the project as a wake-up call on the issue.
By Tricia Lo, CBC News Posted: Aug 17, 2017
Richard Blackwolf, President of the Canadian Aboriginal Veterans and Serving Members Association, is blaming a liberal conspiracy and overly sensitive, “snowflakes” behind an effort to oust him as president. These came after he made a number of controversial posts on social media regarding the LGBT community, Muslims and left-wing women.
By Jason Warick, CBC News Posted: Aug 16, 2017
The Government of Canada announced recently that they have approved up to $60M in funding to link the remote Ontario First Nation of Pikangikum to the national electricity grid. Its one of 22 remote Indigenous communities in Northwestern Ontario that will be part of a 1,800 km extension to end reliance on expensive and unreliable diesel generators.
Shawn McCarthy August 17, 2017
Families of some of the missing and murdered Indigenous women say that the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) Inquiry are overlooking data which will hinder their search for the truth. There are also concerns about who compiles the statistics and how they are categorized.
Betty Ann Adam, Saskatoon StarPhoenix August 14, 2017
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