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Genocide against Indigenous Peoples recognized by Canadian Museum for Human Rights

By | May 17, 2019

The Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg now deems the treatment of Indigenous Peoples in Canada a genocide, a change in position following criticism. Previously, the museum had said Indigenous Peoples faced cultural genocide rather than genocide. Its stance — as noted in exhibits and presentations — has now shifted.  “I think we recognize as a museum that our lack of clear acknowledgement… Read More »

Proposed Indian day school settlement to leave out lawyer who filed lawsuit

By | May 15, 2019

First Nations lawyers who object to the proposed federal Indian day school settlement held a rally Wednesday outside the Winnipeg courthouse where the third and final day of settlement approval hearings was underway. “It is a big fight and there are many people objecting because they want [the settlement] improved,” said Joan Jack. Jack is now a non-practising… Read More »

Sagkeeng First Nation plans to demolish 2 homes where meth production suspected

By | May 14, 2019

The chief and council of Sagkeeng First Nation in Manitoba plan to demolish two homes in the community this week suspected of being used for drug production.  Newly-elected band councillor Dylan Courchene said leadership in the community about 100 km northeast of Winnipeg have received numerous complaints about the homes, and former addicts have told them that meth is being produced there.… Read More »

Grandmothers walk in protest against child welfare system, proposed federal legislation

By | May 10, 2019

On Friday, a group of grandmothers in Winnipeg will walk from four directions to support grandmothers and mothers who have had children taken by the child welfare system and to protest Bill C-92. The walk will start in four different Winnipeg locations at 10 a.m. and walkers are expected to meet at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights at The Forks… Read More »

Short film about Cree man’s life in Winnipeg premieres at Hot Docs Festival

By | May 1, 2019

A short documentary looking at life in Winnipeg through the eyes of an urban Indigenous man will premiere at the 2019 Hot Docs Festival in Toronto. Life in the City of Dirty Water is a 19-minute documentary written, directed and narrated by Clayton Thomas-Muller of Mathias Colomb Cree Nation in northern Manitoba. He described the film as a survival guide for the… Read More »

Q&A: Who is Métis? Manitoba Métis Federation and Eastern Woodland Métis have quite different answers

By | April 27, 2019

This article is a part of our series, ‘Exploring Identity.’ We’re taking a closer look at issues surrounding identity in Inuit, First Nations and Métis communities. It’s a tale of two different peoples both claiming the same name — Métis. One is recognized as a distinct nation with its own culture, while the other is criticized for appropriating an identity.… Read More »

Program gives First Nations students opportunity to learn how to dance, life skills

By | April 16, 2019

Getting an opportunity to learn hip-hop dancing from a trained professional is something that doesn’t happen often in isolated First Nations communities. For the youth in the Outside Looking In program, students are not only learning how to hit the beat on time, but are also learning about the opportunities that exist for them when they finish high… Read More »

Cultural appropriation argument ‘brings us back a few steps,’ says Indigenous Music Awards head

By | April 3, 2019

The woman who runs the Manito Ahbee festival said she doesn’t believe cultural appropriation is possible within the Indigenous community, after a group of Inuit artists pulled out of the Indigenous Music Awards earlier this week, citing concerns about what they described as the cultural appropriation of throat singing. “If you’re asking me as a pipe carrier,” whether cultural appropriation… Read More »

Ottawa heading to trial in class action lawsuit by residential school day scholars

By | March 15, 2019

Ottawa is heading to trial next month over a class action lawsuit involving students who attended residential schools during the day in which its lawyers have argued Canada had no residential school policy and never intended to eradicate Indigenous languages and culture. Talks on the class action, which was certified in 2015, broke down in February after about two… Read More »