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Indigenous communities call for 'reconcili-action' 10 years after UN report

Indigenous communities call for 'reconcili-action' 10 years after UN report | Canadian Indigenous Issues | Scoop.it
A Halifax event marking the 10th anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People stimulated motivating discussions on reconciliation and how to achieve it.
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Why Canada should stand trial for Tina Fontaine's murder

Why Canada should stand trial for Tina Fontaine's murder | Canadian Indigenous Issues | Scoop.it
Looked at from a human rights framework, Canada is culpable for 15-year-old Indigenous girl's death – this may upset criminal law experts, mainstream political commentators and online haters, but sadly it is a fact
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Trudeau not prepared to restart or scrap missing, murdered women inquiry

Trudeau not prepared to restart or scrap missing, murdered women inquiry | Canadian Indigenous Issues | Scoop.it
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government is a long way from 'starting over or scrapping' the federally funded inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.
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Boushie verdict: No justice without Indigenous people in the system, says lawyer | CTV News

Boushie verdict: No justice without Indigenous people in the system, says lawyer | CTV News | Canadian Indigenous Issues | Scoop.it
Public comments made by political leaders about the verdict in the Colten Boushie case can’t undermine the justice system when it comes to Indigenous people because it is already fundamentally broken, says a Native lawyer.
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Lack of First Nations Representation in Children's Panel

Lack of First Nations Representation in Children's Panel | Canadian Indigenous Issues | Scoop.it
http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/edmonton/panel-reviewing-deaths-of-children-in-care-criticized-for-lack-of-first-nations-representative-1.3964075 Panel reviewing deaths of children in care criticized for lack of First Nations representative 'The lack of that information being at the table will really water down the review' Kim Trynacity · CBC News February 3, 2017 Children's Services Minister Danielle Larivee with Amiskwaciy Elder Francis Whiskeyjack Children's Services Minister Danielle Larivee and elder Francis Whiskeyjack at the ceremony to kick off the panel asked to review the child-intervention system. (CBC) 364 shares A panel asked to find ways to improve Alberta's child-intervention system is being criticized for not including a First Nations representative. Aside from MLAs from each political party, the panel includes three expert advisors with backgrounds in child welfare or aboriginal family issues. One member, Patti Laboucane-Benson, is director of research and evaluation for Native Counseling Services of Alberta, and identifies as Métis-Ukrainian. Since April 2014, a total of 73 children have died while receiving government services. Forty-two of those children were Indigenous, according to information from Children's Services. "I think you're missing a big piece of the picture, given the vast majority of children in care in Alberta are First Nations, and the vast majority who have tragically passed away have been First Nations," said Cindy Blackstock, a leading national voice on equitable health care and services for Indigenous and First Nations children. Blackstock, executive director of the First Nations and Family Caring Society, said a First Nations panel member could share the good practices of First Nations child agencies, and relay the implications of federal funding and intersection of provincial jurisdiction for First Nations children. "I do think it's essential that someone on that panel can bring that level of awareness and expertise to the discussion." Almost 10 years ago, Blackstock and the Assembly of First Nations filed a complaint against the federal government with the Canadian Human Rights Commission. They argued that children on reserves receive far less child-welfare support than those living off reserve. Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Cana Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, says without a First Nations member the panel won't get the 'full picture.' (supplied) Last year, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruled that the lack of support "resulted in denials of services and created various adverse impacts for many First Nations children and families living on reserves." Blackstock said the knowledge of that sustained impact is crucial to addressing systemic problems. "The lack of that information being at the table will really water down the review," she said. Liberal Leader David Swann, who is a panel member, raised the issue of First Nations representation during the first panel meeting earlier this week. He said it's important the panel includes a First Nation member with direct knowledge about the system. "I think in clear recognition of the high proportion of First Nations folks involved here, we need to have a very strong, public, visible representative of First Nations," Swann said. 'It's a relatively tight team' The panel was hastily struck late last year after the government came under intense criticism for the way it handled the investigation into the death a four-year-old Indigenous girl, who died while in kinship care in 2014. Children's Services Minister Danielle Larivee, who was named to the position in January, said the panel was kept small intentionally. "It's a relatively tight team looking at a very specific issue," said Larivee. The first phase of the panel's work will deal with a review of how the Children's Services department handles the deaths of children receiving government services. It will make recommendations in eight to 10 weeks. After that, Larivee said she is open to adding panel members to review the overall child-intervention system. "[The government] kept that relatively small, so it can be as nimble as it needed to be to make those recommendations in a timely fashion," said Larivee.

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Trial of Saskatchewan farmer in fatal shooting soon in jury's hands | CTV News

Trial of Saskatchewan farmer in fatal shooting soon in jury's hands | CTV News | Canadian Indigenous Issues | Scoop.it
The fate of a Saskatchewan farmer charged in the shooting death of an Indigenous man will soon be in the hands of a jury.
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Gerald Stanley's son to take the stand at trial for shooting death of Colten Boushie | CTV News

Gerald Stanley's son to take the stand at trial for shooting death of Colten Boushie | CTV News | Canadian Indigenous Issues | Scoop.it
The son of a Saskatchewan farmer charged with fatally shooting an Indigenous man will testify for the Crown this morning.
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'Need not be perfect:' Judge OKs $90M deal for flooded Manitoba First Nations

'Need not be perfect:' Judge OKs $90M deal for flooded Manitoba First Nations | Canadian Indigenous Issues | Scoop.it
A judge has approved a $90-million payout to residents of four Manitoba Indigenous communities that were flooded out almost seven years ago.
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Trial to begin for Sask. farmer accused of shooting Indigenous man | CTV News

Trial to begin for Sask. farmer accused of shooting Indigenous man | CTV News | Canadian Indigenous Issues | Scoop.it
Jury selection in the trial of a Saskatchewan farmer accused in the fatal shooting of an Indigenous man is to begin in Battleford, Sask., today.
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Blizzard leaves people in Iqaluit without city services, including water delivery

Blizzard leaves people in Iqaluit without city services, including water delivery | Canadian Indigenous Issues | Scoop.it
City officials in Iqaluit suspended all municipal services this weekend until further notice due to extreme weather conditions.
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FSC Canada strongly supports proposal to include chapter on rights of Indigenous Peoples in NAFTA now under renegotiation

FSC Canada strongly supports proposal to include chapter on rights of Indigenous Peoples in NAFTA now under renegotiation | Canadian Indigenous Issues | Scoop.it
Montreal, Quebec – October 19, 2017 – The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) Canada, the leading independent certifier of forest management practices in Canada and around the world, strongly endorses the call for a chapter to be added to the proposed renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that recognizes and calls for the rights of the Indigenous Peoples of North America to be respected, according to the terms of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).
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Advocate calls for increased punitive damages in deaths of Indigenous women

Advocate calls for increased punitive damages in deaths of Indigenous women | Canadian Indigenous Issues | Scoop.it
Canada's legal system fails to attach enough value to the loss of an Indigenous woman's life, according to an advocate for the family of a Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq woman who died after being held in a police cell in 2009.
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RCMP cleared of mistreating family after shooting of Sask. Indigenous man

RCMP cleared of mistreating family after shooting of Sask. Indigenous man | Canadian Indigenous Issues | Scoop.it
An internal RCMP investigation has cleared officers who were accused of mistreating the family of an Indigenous man after he was shot to death on a Saskatchewan farm.
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Tougher laws needed, MMIW inquiry told: 'These monsters keep getting let out' | CTV News

Tougher laws needed, MMIW inquiry told: 'These monsters keep getting let out' | CTV News | Canadian Indigenous Issues | Scoop.it
The mother of a 16-year-old Aboriginal girl murdered in northern New Brunswick made an emotional plea Tuesday to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls -- Canada needs tougher laws.
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In ‘Paradigm Shift,’ Trudeau Announces Talks on Indigenous People’s Rights - The New York Times

In ‘Paradigm Shift,’ Trudeau Announces Talks on Indigenous People’s Rights - The New York Times | Canadian Indigenous Issues | Scoop.it
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced talks on changing Canada’s legal system to guarantee Indigenous rights.
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'We're going to fight back': Mother of Colten Boushie speaks out at protest rally | CTV News

'We're going to fight back': Mother of Colten Boushie speaks out at protest rally | CTV News | Canadian Indigenous Issues | Scoop.it
The mother of a young Indigenous man who was shot dead in 2016 vowed on Saturday to “fight back” after his shooter was acquitted.
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'We have to do better': Trudeau reacts to Gerald Stanley verdict | CTV News

'We have to do better': Trudeau reacts to Gerald Stanley verdict | CTV News | Canadian Indigenous Issues | Scoop.it
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canadians know 'we have to do better' after a white farmer was acquitted in the shooting death of a young Indigenous man in Saskatchewan.
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Tribunal again tells feds to fund Indigenous child welfare, minister agrees | CTV News

Tribunal again tells feds to fund Indigenous child welfare, minister agrees | CTV News | Canadian Indigenous Issues | Scoop.it
Canada will immediately begin fully funding the actual costs for child welfare agencies to allow them to help Indigenous families without having to take kids away from their parents.
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Trial for man accused of killing Tina Fontaine to begin Monday

Trial for man accused of killing Tina Fontaine to begin Monday | Canadian Indigenous Issues | Scoop.it
Trial will get underway Monday for the Winnipeg man accused of murdering Tina Fontaine, the 15-year-old whose death stoked demand for a federal inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.
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Indigenous leaders welcome chance to invest in Alberta renewable power auction | CTV News

Indigenous leaders welcome chance to invest in Alberta renewable power auction | CTV News | Canadian Indigenous Issues | Scoop.it
Indigenous leaders say they are eager to invest after Alberta unveiled a plan on Monday that demands bidders in one of its next two rounds of renewable power project auctions include partnerships with those communities.
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Police-linked Indigenous deaths in Timmins, Ont., spark sorrow, anger | CTV News

Police-linked Indigenous deaths in Timmins, Ont., spark sorrow, anger | CTV News | Canadian Indigenous Issues | Scoop.it
The weekend police killing of a young man and the death of an ailing older woman after her arrest has sparked grief and anger among Indigenous people in northern Ontario.
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Feds' First Nations drinkable water pledge just got harder

Feds' First Nations drinkable water pledge just got harder | Canadian Indigenous Issues | Scoop.it
The federal government's pledge to eradicate all drinking water advisories in First Nations communities by March 2021 has just become a bigger task, as the number of water systems with long-term drinking water advisories has increased.
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Trailblazer, staunch advocate for Native American rights, Harriett Skye, dies at 86

Trailblazer, staunch advocate for Native American rights, Harriett Skye, dies at 86 | Canadian Indigenous Issues | Scoop.it
Harriett Skye, a pioneering Sioux woman who paved the way for Native Americans and hosted an unprecedented TV program in Bismarck, has died at age 86.
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Boushie family 'disgusted' RCMP cleared its own officers of misconduct

Boushie family 'disgusted' RCMP cleared its own officers of misconduct | Canadian Indigenous Issues | Scoop.it
The family of an Indigenous man who was shot to death on a Saskatchewan farm says it's "extremely upset and disgusted" that Mounties have cleared their own officers of misconduct.
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Coroner, First Nations urge B.C. to act on high number of youth deaths

Coroner, First Nations urge B.C. to act on high number of youth deaths | Canadian Indigenous Issues | Scoop.it
Too many Indigenous young people are dying tragic deaths in British Columbia, and a coroners' death review panel is calling for a series of steps to improve their health and wellness.
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