"This is My Drum" ... a one person performance ... http://www.heathermajaury.com/this-is-my-drum.html Written & Performed by Heather Majaury Directed by Lisa O'Connell Robert Reid ~ "a riveting performance", Majaury "delivers nothing less than a virtuosic tour de force, engaging in every way"Read more
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A group has formed to save the Islands at Chaudière Falls in Ottawa from being developed into condos, retail and office space. This handout includes an article on the situation as well as links to four videos and two audio interviews, and the contact info for the group: firstname.lastname@example.orgRead more
By Betty Ann Adam -The Starphoenix (photo credit Gord Waldner)
Grassroots organizers and First Nations leaders are seeking ways to cope with stricter voter identification rules that many fear will reduce the turnout of aboriginal voters in the next federal election.
Two women are leading a call for volunteers to help spread information and encourage aboriginal people to vote, and First Nations leaders across the province are working on letters for band members to meet Election Canada's new, more stringent requirements. The flurry of activity in advance of this year's federal election was stirred up by the new requirement that each voter prove his or her physical address on paper. The long accepted practice of having a second person vouch for a voter's address will no longer suffice. Such vouching was a common necessity at many reserves, which lack regular street addresses.Read more
From the cover story of Maclean's to defamation lawsuits, can we build some bridges?
By Rosanna Deerchild, CBC News
Posted: Jan 24, 2015 10:49 AM ET Last Updated: Jan 24, 2015 1:15 PM ETRead more
by CBC News (photo credit Kathy Fitzpatrick/CBC)
Last night in Saskatoon people brainstormed ideas for helping the families of murdered and missing aboriginal women.
They packed the hall at Station 20 West in the city's core. About 150 people turned out, both aboriginal and non-aboriginal.
The gathering was organized by social workers and social work students — who formed a social justice committee last summer.
"We thought it was really relevant for us to discuss issues that were pertinent to Saskatoon. So missing and murdered Indigenous women has been a hot topic recently," said Jessica Fisher, the committee's student co-chair.
One of the most dramatic moments came when an impassioned Monica Goulet, one of the panellists, stood to speak.Read more
by CBC News
At least one elder from a northern Manitoba First Nation, where Premier Greg Selinger delivered a landmark apology this week, says a statement was long overdue for the damages caused by hydroelectric development to the land and water.
Selinger travelled to the Pimicikamak Cree Nation on Tuesday to issue a formal apology, on behalf of the provincial government, to members of the community — also known as Cross Lake — for the environmental and social harm caused by the Jenpeg hydroelectric dam over the past four decades.Read more
by CTV Winnipeg
A Manitoba First Nation has set up a blockade in the path of workers clear-cutting trees to make way for a hydroelectric transmission line planned to cross their ancestral lands.
The Sapotaweyak Cree Nation released a statement, saying they want work halted on clearing a path for Manitoba Hydro’s Bipole III until the provincial government consults with them.
The First Nation applied for an injunction to delay work on the line in December, but a judge denied their request earlier this month.Read more