As Found on the Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future Summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada document, pages 189 - 368. Read More Here.
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Calls to Action:
1) We call upon the federal, provincial, territorial, and Aboriginal governments to commit to reducing the number of Aboriginal children in care by:
i. Monitoring and assessing neglect investigations.
ii. Providing adequate resources to enable Aboriginal communities and child-welfare organizations to keep Aboriginal families together where it is safe to do so, and to keep children in culturally appropriate environments, regardless of where they reside.
iii. Ensuring that social workers and others who conduct child-welfare investigations are properly educated and trained about the history and impacts of residential schools.
iv. Ensuring that social workers and others who conduct child-welfare investigations are properly educated and trained about the potential for Aboriginal communities and families to provide more appropriate solutions to family healing.
v. Requiring that all child-welfare decision makers consider the impact of the residential school experience on children and their caregivers.Read more
We are, all of us, the HELPERS
In 2008, Prime Minister Stephen Harper made a formal apology to the people of Canada regarding the impact of Residential Schools on native culture and life. This apology set into motion an avenue by which survivors of the Residential Schools could access compensation. These included a Common Experience Payment (C.E.P.), an Independent Assessment Process (I.A.P.) and a Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
It has since been documented that the Government of Canada will not give full recognition to the genocidal extinguishing of the “human fire within”. It has also been further recognized that a human entity is capable of setting into motion a process to “kill the Indian in the child”! But the government does not fully involve itself in the recognition of the plight of Residential School Survivors. It ignores the pleas of the affected people as well as the efforts of others striving to help. Families seeking missing aboriginal women, Children’s Aid Societies and other groups seeking justice for native people are simply not listened to. We, all of us, are THE HELPERS!
By CBC News
"Shameful," and "a practical joke" were some of the words used to describe a community consultation in Fort Good Hope, N.W.T., on proposed regulations for hydraulic fracturing Monday night.
About 50 people came out to meet a representative for the territorial government who was in town to present the proposed regulations but many at the meeting felt it was put together too quickly and poorly organized.
With no decision makers in attendance — no MLAs or ministers — many felt the government wasn't taking the consultations seriously.
"We don't want to shoot the messenger," said Joe Grandjambe, addressing director of petroleum resources Menzie McEachern.
"Bring the message back to your politicians. We want to have a good discussion. We're not altogether against development."
Read full story here.
By CBC News
Opponents of seismic testing off the coast of Nunavut, including community groups in Clyde River, have a fierce new fighter in their corner: Xena the Warrior Princess.
The former star of the syndicated TV series, Lucy Lawless, has joined activist and author Naomi Klein and 43 organizations, including Amnesty International and Greenpeace, in signing a solidarity statement prepared by the Clyde River Solidarity Network.
Read full article here.
Dehcho Grand Chief accuses government of offering an ultimatum without doing any negotiating
The grand chief of the Dehcho First Nations says the Government of the Northwest Territories is asking them to accept a land claim settlement, even though the government hasn't actually negotiated anything with them.Read more
The K'atl'odeeche First Nation near Hay River will formally sign onto the Northwest Territories devolution deal next week.
Chief Roy Fabian will sign the agreement Monday morning at the legislative assembly in Yellowknife.
The First Nation had concerns that devolution would put too much power in the hands of the territorial government. But the chief says by signing on, the First Nation will get a share of resource royalties and the opportunity to be at the table when issues around land and resources are up for discussion.
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
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
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Alaska Dispatch News
By Julian Roberts
"We wanted Secretary Jewell to know that, despite the rhetoric, many here in Alaska welcomed President Barack Obama’s announcement that the federal government’s final Comprehensive Conservation Plan would recommend that Congress designate the coastal plain and other areas of the refuge as wilderness – the highest level of protection for public lands.
During the Kotzebue meeting, the Tanana Chiefs Conference, which represents 42 Interior Athabascan tribes, clearly addressed support for protection of the refuge. This was immediately echoed by the Native Village of Venetie Tribal Government. The Alaska congressional delegation was on the same panel as Jewell, and heard our views. Yet, Sen. Lisa Murkowski later stated on public radio that all Alaska Natives in the room had been aligned against the wilderness recommendation for the refuge. Her statement blatantly disregarded the truth. How could our voices so easily be set aside in this discussion?"
To Read More on the Commentary on Alaska Dispatch News HERE
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"A member of the Carcross Tagish First Nation shut down a council meeting over the weekend and prevented Chief Dan Cresswell and council from entering their offices Monday, protesting his government's lack of consultation with its members.
"Right now, all I see is they're deciding our future and we don't have a say," says Stanley Jim while sitting in front of the main administrative building where he built a wooden door jamb to bar the entrance."
Read the Full Story on CBC News North HERE