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Les spectateurs du match de la ligue de hockey de l'ouest entre les Pats de Regina et les Oil Kings d'Edmonton mercredi soir ont eu droit à un avant-match atypique : une prestation de tambour et de chants autochtones, et l'hymne national chanté en cri.
"Similar protests took place in Halifax, Calgary, Winnipeg, Montreal, Vancouver and other cities across Canada and in the United States. They were part of a "world day of action" organized under the banner of Idle No More – a native rights movement that has been heating up since October, when the Canadian government proposed a bill, known as C-45, that included provisions to undermine environmental protection and indigenous sovereignty."
"The RCMP’s National Centre for Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains (NCMPUR) is pleased to announce the launch of a new national website.
The NCMPUR website, located at www.canadasmissing.ca, is Canada’s first national website designed to engage the public in reporting tips and information related to ongoing cases. The site is a key component of the federal government’s commitment to the Canadian public to help identify remains and bring the missing home."
"Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government promised a new focus on First Nations grievances after aboriginal leaders voiced their demands in a day of pleas, protests, warnings and high-level meetings around Parliament Hill.
After four hours of talks Friday, First Nations leaders came out of the meeting with a pledge from Harper for talks on treaty relationships and comprehensive claims."
"Raw video of dramatic confrontation involving First Nations chiefs on the doorstep to the House of Commons chamber where MPs pass the laws of the land.
First Nations chiefs clashed with Parliament Hill security guards Tuesday after they tried to enter the House of Commons and deliver a message to the Harper government that the time for talk had passed.
Surrounded by the crush of video cameras and bathed in the glow of TV lights, the chiefs from Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario served notice that they now planned to take “direct action” against the Harper government.
The dramatic confrontation lasted for only about 30 seconds when chiefs relented and pulled back from their attempt to enter the green-carpeted chamber where the laws of the land get debated and only MPs and chamber officials are allowed to enter."
-By Jorge Barrera and Kenneth Jackson APTN National News
"Nine of Canada’s provinces pressed Wednesday for a national inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women across the country.
The action came after a meeting in Winnipeg of aboriginal affairs ministers from every province and territory except British Columbia.
“We jointly call upon the federal government to call a national inquiry into this matter of missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls,” said Manitoba’s Aboriginal Affairs Minister Eric Robinson, chairman of the working group of the provincial and territorial aboriginal affairs."
"A historic photo of Louis Riel was returned to Manitoba on Friday, as was the spirit of the Métis leader.
A photograph of the Métis leader and his councillors, dated around 1869, is among a collection of eight historic photographs known as cartes de visite, which were taken by several photographers in the 1860s and 1870s in the Red River Settlement."
"Aboriginal people are so vastly over-represented in Canada's federal prison system that current policies are clearly failing them, according to a new report by the Office of the Correctional Investigator. "
"Former CBC Radio 3 Ab-Originals host Suzette Amaya is one of the 15 house guests on the series, and she is the only First Nations person on the show, in addition to being the oldest female contestant (and the second oldest overall) at the age of 36. A mother of three, Amaya lives in Vancouver and is from the Tsulquate Reserve, near Port Hardy on Vancouver Island."
Canadians have a blind spot when it comes to facing, and responding to, the extensive damage done to this country’s native people through the residential school system, a commissioner with Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission said Thursday.
"A new, online map sets out to demonstrate the extent of violence against Aboriginal women in Canada.
The map, released Feb. 5, by the online hacker group Anonymous pays particular attention to Thunder Bay, where the group has been critical of the police investigation into the abduction and sexual assault of a First Nations woman."
"Le Centre national pour les personnes disparues et les restes non identifiés (CNPDRNI) de la GRC a le plaisir d’annoncer le lancement d’un nouveau site Web national.
Le site Web du CNPDRNI, dont l’adresse est www.disparus-canada.ca, est le premier site Web national canadien conçu pour permettre au public de fournir des indices et de l’information sur des enquêtes en cours. Il s’agit d’une composante clé de l’engagement du gouvernement fédéral envers le public canadien visant à aider à identifier les restes et à ramener les personnes disparues à la maison."
"They marched across the bridge in Halifax. They greeted the sun in Montreal. They jingle-danced in Ottawa and round-danced just about everywhere else.
Across Turtle Island in particular, tribes and bands from both sides of the 49th Parallel were flash-mobbing like crazy, breaking out in round dances all over the U.S., in Alaska, Michigan, Coloarado, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, New York, Texas, Washington State, Oregon and elsewhere."
Events happened in the UK, France, Sweden and Greenland as well.