By Jeremy Warren - The StarPhoenix
Grace Lafond-Barr believes healing starts in the home, so she moved her family to Muskeg Lake Cree Nation from Saskatoon two years ago to escape the city where murder took away her two brothers and a son.
She hopes the distance between the city and her grandkids will mean a quieter life without the spectre of violence and vice following them as they grow into young men. Lafond-Barr has seen enough of that: in 2002, her 36-year-old brother was stabbed to death; in 2011, a 15-year-old boy shot and killed her 28-year-old son; her 35-year-old halfbrother was fatally stabbed in front of their elderly father in November 2014. "It's a heartache I don't wish on anyone at all. In a lot of ways, we've failed our children because we're not the parents we're supposed to be," Lafond-Barr said in a recent interview at her home on the reserve north of Blaine Lake.
"We just keep on forgetting how to heal - quit the drugs, quit the gangs. Sometimes I feel powerless because every day you're reminded of a girl missing or a guy missing."
Read full story here.
By ICTMN Staff - Indian Country Today
Oil leases in the United States are seen as a way to break the need to rely on other countries, however for others, like Chief Earl Old Person they are seen as a way to breaking the back of the world.
The Blackfeet Nation member wrote a letter to President Barack Obama in March seeking his support in ending oil leases in the Badger-Two Medicine area of the Rocky Mountains. The Badger-Two Medicine is 165,588 acres of significant cultural and spiritual importance to the Blackfeet Nation. The mostly roadless area is surrounded by the Blackfeet Reservation, Glacier National Park, the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex and the Rocky Mountain Front. For the Blackfeet, the area is known as the “Backbone of the World.”
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First Nations 'tired of being pawns in Canada's addiction to oil,' regional chief Stan Beardy says
The third train derailment in less than a month in northern Ontario represents a clear violation of indigenous rights, says Stan Beardy, the Ontario regional chief for the Assembly of First Nations.Read more
Anishinabe Women, Youth & Elders Hold Ceremony, Public Event on Lake of the Woods, March in Kenora for World Water Day
Grassroots Indigenous Water Defence hosted an event at McLeod Park to raise awareness about threats to local waterways, in solidarity with Indigenous communities protecting water around the world Kenora, Treaty #3
On March 22nd at McLeod Park, Anishinabe women & Treaty 3 People from the Grassroots Indigenous Water Defence (GIWD) conducted a traditional water ceremony on Lake of the Woods to honour our sacred connection to the water. A ceremony that protect the local lakes and waterways from threats including the Energy East Tarsands Pipeline, Tarsands bitumen and natural gas transported by rail, industrial logging and mining, destructive hydro dams, and other forms of industrial pollution. The march was followed by a rally-style speaking event and a march through the streets of Kenora.Read more
World Water Day - Sunday, March 22nd 2015
#LoveNibi #InTheNameOfTheMother #LoveWater
"The Water is sick and people need to really fight for that water, to speak for that water, to love that water." - Josephine Mandamin, Grandmother, Water Walker
Below is a list of Indigenous Women Led World Water Day Events:Read more
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March 16, 2015
Youth and Elders joined by Grassy Narrows Drum Groups for public demonstrations at Weyerhaeuser, MNR, and Kenora Forest Products
Kenora—Today, Members of Grassy Narrows First Nation—Youth groups, Band Councilors, Drum Groups, Elders and others—are engaging in a multi-stage protest against logging in their territory.
People from Grassy Narrows First Nation are demonstrating to remind the Province and Logging Industry that Grassroots People from Grassy Narrows remain firm in their commitment to protect the land from industrial logging, and to demand that the Province remove all lands in Grassy Narrows Traditional Territory from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry’s (MNRF) Whiskey Jack Forest Management Unit, and that Weyerhaeuser and Kenora Forest Products (KFP) publicly commit to not taking any wood from Grassy Narrows Traditional Territory.Read more
Highway of Tears
"A documentary looking into the missing and murdered women along a 724 kilometre stretch of highway in Northern British Columbia"
A documentary film by LA-based, Canadian filmmakers Matt Smiley and Carly Pope
Women in Film & Television Vancouver, Film Festival - Best Documentary Award
Narrated by Nathan Fillion, "Highway of Tears" chronicles the notorious, decades-long string of murders and disappearances of young Aboriginal women along British Columbia's Highway 16, and how the systemic racism that defined their lives also contributed to their deaths. Since the late 1960s, at least eighteen young women — many of them from disadvantaged First Nations communities — have disappeared or been found murdered along the 724-kilometre stretchof Highway 16 in northern British Columbia.Read more
Photo by Brandy Maxie
"While some preteens might be giving presentations about their favourite hobby or what they did on their summer vacation, Valyncia Sparvier has picked a much more serious topic.
This year, when the 11-year-old was asked what topic she'd like to cover for her Grade 6 public speaking assignment she said murdered and missing indigenous women."
Read the full CBC Saskatchewan Story HERE
Photo Bear Clan Facebook
"Volunteers from the city's indigenous community are resurrecting a group that once patrolled Winnipeg streets.
"The murder of Tina Fontaine this past summer was really the catalyst for this," said James Favel, chair of the Dufferin Residents Association and one of those reconstituting the Bear Clan Patrol.
In the early 1990s, the Bear Clan Patrol had more than 200 members, whose goal was to prevent crime and help vulnerable people. Volunteers would work from dusk to dawn in teams, walking, driving or cycling through inner-city neighbourhoods.
Members of the Bear Clan were involved in everything from preventing break-ins, stopping fights and getting intoxicated people get home safely, to keeping an eye on those in the sex trade."
Read the Full Story by Tim Fontaine from CBC News Manitoba HERE
Check out the Bear Clan Facebook Page HERE
Photo By Greg Giard/National Geographic
Story by Edwin Dobb
"Renewing ties to the land, says Sophia Rabliauskas, of the Poplar River First Nation, is the only way "to keep the heart going, to keep the flame from dying out." The way that aspiration has played out in the Poplar River and neighboring communities east of Lake Winnipeg—the Bloodvein First Nation, Little Grand Rapids First Nation, and Pauingassi First Nation—has inadvertently placed them in the vanguard of the definitive environmental battle of our time.
That's because that territory encompasses a vast section of unspoiled boreal forest—a crucial front in the campaign to slow climate change. If the trees are left standing, and the soil undisturbed, the immense amounts of carbon they contain won't be released into the atmosphere as heat-producing carbon dioxide.
But becoming part of a global campaign wasn't on the minds of Sophia Rabliauskas and other Poplar River leaders when they started trying to reclaim the place they simply call the "bush."
Check out this Full Feature Story from National Geographic HERE