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Lake research video translated into Ojibway to help promote language as well as science

By | January 26, 2020

An environmental science video has been translated to Ojibway and the creators are hoping it sparks youth interest in science and language revitalization. “We really believe that language is an essential part of culture and any way that we can help kind of promote local languages, the better,” said Pauline Gerrard. Gerrard is the deputy director of the… Read More »

Ottawa backed away from commitment to approve child welfare lawsuit, lawyer says

By | January 25, 2020

Ottawa is balking at a pledge to consent to the certification of a proposed class action lawsuit over First Nation child welfare — less than two months after the justice and Indigenous services ministers publicly said the federal government wanted to settle the case, according to one of the lawyers on the file. Justice Canada informed lawyers handling the proposed… Read More »

Over-representation of Indigenous people in federal prisons reaches ‘disturbing’ historic high

By | January 21, 2020

The over-representation of Indigenous people in federal custody has reached a new historic high, according to a statement released Tuesday by the Office of the Correctional Investigator.  In the statement, Correctional Investigator of Canada Ivan Zinger described the continuing trend of the increasing number and proportion of Indigenous people in federal prisons as “disturbing” and called for bold and urgent actions from corrections and government.  Indigenous… Read More »

Children at Lake Manitoba Indian day school were strapped for speaking their language, say former students

By | January 15, 2020

Former students of the Lake Manitoba Indian day school, attended by the lead plaintiff of the class action lawsuit, describe it as a place where children spent a good deal of time praying and would get strapped for speaking their language. “They didn’t really teach us about education,” said former student Russell Maytwayashing.  The Lake Manitoba school, also… Read More »

Ottawa eyes ‘meaningful resolution’ to Indian hospitals class action lawsuit

By | January 14, 2020

The federal government has consented to the certification of a proposed $1.1 billion class action lawsuit filed over Indian hospitals — federally run medical facilities that saw the abuse and mistreatment of Indigenous patients over several decades.  The Federal Court is scheduled to hold a certification hearing on the proposed class action lawsuit on Jan. 22, according to court files. Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister… Read More »

What you need to know about filing an Indian day schools settlement claim

By | January 13, 2020

Thousands of former students who suffered harms while attending federally operated Indian day schools are now able to submit claims for compensation. The claims process began Jan. 13 for the long-awaited nationwide settlement, which offers former students a range of compensation between $10,000 and $200,000, based on abuse suffered. Former students have two and a half years to submit… Read More »

MMIWG inquiry report being translated into more Indigenous languages

By | January 7, 2020

Ahonwanatónte. It’s a word in Kanien’kéha — the Mohawk language — to describe the act of genocide. “It means to get rid of them,” said Hilda Nicholas, director of Tsi Ronterihwanónhnha ne Kanien’kéha Language and Cultural Center in Kanesatake, Que. Nicholas has been one of the many people busy over the past few months on her own time working to translate… Read More »

Out of the dark and into the boxing ring

By | December 26, 2019

At one time, Jordan McCue was down for the count after getting into a bout of fisticuffs that landed him in trouble with the law.  Now, the 27-year-old Curve Lake First Nation man is still fighting, but as a professional boxer.  Growing up in Curve Lake First Nation in Ontario, he said he struggled with mental health and depression that… Read More »

Opaskwayak Cree Nation volunteer returns from cross-cultural internship in Peru with new perspective

By | December 23, 2019

A voluntary work program that sends Indigenous youth from Canada to Peru is a good opportunity for cross-cultural learning, says one participant. “At first I was so scared, but it was really great,” said Mary Sayese. Sayese is from Opaskwayak Cree Nation near The Pas, Man. She is one of 34 youth who participated in the Canada World… Read More »