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Sisters in remote northwestern Ontario border community given quarantine order despite exemption

By | August 6, 2020

Two First Nations women in Ontario say they’ve been harassed by public health staff after being wrongfully flagged under the federal Quarantine Act for crossing the Canada-United States border despite their community being exempt due to its unique geographical situation. Jessica Kempenich, 31, and her sister Brittany Powassin, 30, are members of Animakee Wa Zhing #37 and live… Read More »

Northern Manitoba First Nation protests VIA Rail over ticket access, fair treatment

By | July 30, 2020

A northern Manitoba First Nation held a protest Wednesday night by the VIA Rail tracks in the community over complaints of priority treatment being given to tourists. “We had a protest when the train came into the community [last night] to let them know that if we’re going to be treated in this way, there will be a blockade and we’re… Read More »

Ex-Senate staffer says she felt forced out for questioning colleague’s Métis identity claims

By | July 30, 2020

A former staffer for a Manitoba senator says she felt forced to resign over the fallout from a complaint she made alleging a co-worker was falsely claiming an Indigenous identity. Breanne Lavallee-Heckert, a citizen of the Manitoba Métis Federation, brought her concerns to Sen. Marilou McPhedran in April in a letter explaining why her co-worker’s claims of being Métis… Read More »

Opaskwayak Cree Nation raises own Pride flag for 1st time, challenges others to do the same

By | July 27, 2020

The Opaskwayak Cree Nation raised its own Pride flag for the first time on Monday and the chief is encouraging other First Nations to do the same. “I challenge all Indigenous communities to implement the same approach in sending the message to their own people  that LGBTQ2S+ are equal members of all our communities and should be gratefully acknowledged and… Read More »

25 years after Beeper Spence was murdered, his mother says little has changed

By | July 23, 2020

Twenty-five years after her son was shot in Winnipeg’s North End, Joseph “Beeper” Spence’s mother says the community is no safer now than it was then. “It’s sad. It breaks my heart thinking that I lost my son … because of this stupid gang violence, and this stuff is still happening,” said Nancy Flett. On July 23, 1995, 13-year-old… Read More »

Day school survivors get easier access to lawyers of their choice in class action settlement

By | July 8, 2020

Following a June 17 Federal Court order, it is now easier for the former students of Indian and federal day schools to get legal advice from lawyers of their choice when applying for the Indian Day Schools (IDS) class action settlement. Free legal advice on settlement claims is being offered by Gowling WLG, the legal firm handling the settlement. Prior to this motion, if day… Read More »

Prepaid credit cards used for off-reserve First Nations COVID-19 relief cause headaches

By | July 6, 2020

The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) is distributing prepaid credit cards as COVID-19 relief for off-reserve band members living in Winnipeg, but the cards’ high user fees have recipients questioning their worth. The emergency funds being distributed by the AMC are from the $15 million in relief for First Nations people living off-reserve announced by the federal government in March. ​​​ Judie… Read More »

New interactive project aims to map the displacement of ’60s Scoop survivors

By | June 24, 2020

The United Kingdom, Germany, India, the Netherlands and Botswana are just some of the places overseas where Indigenous children from Canada ended up after they were removed from their homes and traditional territories during the Sixties Scoop. Visualizing the displacement is the idea behind the recently launched interactive map In our own Words: Mapping the Sixties Scoop Diaspora. It’s a collaboration between… Read More »