Canada’s justice system is failing Aboriginal youth and their communities, Feathers of Hope report concludes
CNW – March 7, 2016
Intimidating, foreign, unjust and discriminating are just some of the words used by youth to describe the relationship between Aboriginal people and the justice system, according to a new report by the Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth. Feathers of Hope, Justice and Juries: a First Nations Youth Action Plan for Justice captures the voices of young people from across Aboriginal communities in Ontario, and was released in simultaneous events held on Parliament Hill and at the Ontario Legislative Assembly.
Police often assume worst of aboriginal youths: report
CBC – March 8, 2016
Despite the existence of sensitivity training for police officers, aboriginal teens and young adults feel “targeted” by police and believe that officers “assume the worst” about them during confrontations, says a new report about aboriginals and the justice system. Released Monday, the report by Ontario’s Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth is the result of input from 150 Aboriginal Peoples aged 15-29 who took part in a 2014 Thunder Bay forum into justice issues.
Delaine Copenace search: Thunder Bay holds vigil for missing Kenora teen
CBC – March 8, 2016
A vigil is being organized for Tuesday evening in Thunder Bay, Ont., to support the family of Delaine Copenace, the Kenora teenager who disappeared on Feb. 27. Frances Wesley said she was inspired to do something “to show that Thunder Bay cares” about the missing teen. “When I heard the plea of the mother, I wondered what I could do as an individual to lend support,” Wesley said.
Children’s advocate calls for missing, murdered women inquiry to probe suicides
CBC – March 8, 2016
Manitoba’s children’s advocate says an alarming number of indigenous girls are committing suicide — a disturbing trend which should be included in the upcoming inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women. Darlene MacDonald says she made the suggestion to Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett in a letter last week. MacDonald says more than half the suicide deaths she has investigated in the last three years have been indigenous girls.
Northern First Nation reeling from rash of suicides
WinnipegFreePress – March 7, 2016
Eighteen people have attempted suicide and another five have died on a northern Manitoba First Nation in just over three months…
Cree Nation sues over 48,000 square kms of northeastern Ontario
CP – March 7, 2016
The James Bay Cree Nation has filed a lawsuit seeking title to about 48,000 square kilometres of land in northeastern Ontario. The lawsuit, which has been filed with Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice, names the federal and Ontario governments and claims damages of $495 million in relation to the Eeyou Istchee-Ontario lands. The suit claims the two governments have “unjustifiably infringed” on the Cree Nation’s title and rights – and breached their trust and obligations to the First Nation.
PM can save Ring of Fire
Sudbury Star – March 8, 2016
Column: A 2011 report found that it would cost about $1 billion to upgrade or replace the water and wastewater needs of all these communities. As Trudeau himself would probably say, “It’s 2016.” It is high time we gave these communities the potable water that the rest of Canada takes for granted. Another need is roads. Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day has called for the construction of permanent roads to the many isolated First Nations communities in Northern Ontario, which would replace winter roads that are being affected by global warming.
National Chief Outlines Priorities for First Nations in Pre-Budget Speech “Closing the Gap: A New Era for First Nations in Canada”
TurtleIslandnews – March 7, 2016
Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde today called for immediate action to close the gap in the quality of life between First Nations people and Canada, in a pre-budget address to the Economic Club…
Kiikenomaga Kikenjigewen Employment and Training sees new grads
Anishinabek News – March 7, 2016
Long Lake #58’s Carolyn Hardy plans to study at Confederation College after graduating from Kiikenomaga Kikenjigewen Employment and Training Services Aboriginal Skills Advancement Program. “I enjoy cooking so I’m going into the Culinary Management program and the Business Management program,” Hardy says. “My goal is to open my own restaurant … downtown in Thunder Bay.”
Consult band members to ensure responsible government
Sault Star – March 7, 2016
In 1869, the federal government passed the Gradual Enfranchisement Act, which was the first Canadian legislation to address the election of chiefs. The Act established that the “Governor may order that the chiefs of any tribe, band or body of Indians shall be elected by the male members of each Indian settlement … for a period of three years” and allowed him to depose any elected chief for “dishonesty, intemperance, or immorality.”
FIRST NATION LEADERS ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO CELEBRATE ACHIEVEMENTS OF WOMEN on International Women’s Day and TO SEND Prayers to the FAMILIES OF MISSING AND MURDERED WOMEN AND GIRLS
COO – March 8, 2016
— Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day along with First Nation leaders from across the province acknowledge International Women’s Day today and extend their deepest respect and appreciation to Grandmothers, Mothers, Daughters, Wives, Aunties, Sisters, Nieces and the women activists that work tirelessly to ensure recognition of gender equity and justice in society. “While celebrating the success and contributions of women on International Women’s Day, we are sharply reminded of the pain and suffering of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in our communities,” said Ontario Regional Chief Day. “We extend our prayers and bestow our deepest hopes in the search for Delaine Copenance, a young Anishinabe women from Treaty 3 who went missing last week and Brittany Kira Bomberry from Six Nations a young lady who went missing this week. This needs to stop and our women need to be protected.”