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VIOLENCE AND ABORIGINAL WOMEN - Time For Change. Joshua Houle received a sentence of eight years for the stabbing and dismembering of Misty Ward over a year ago. The crime was a horrible act of violence in which Crown Prosecutor Robert Beck pointed out Houle warned Misty Ward "he had a history of waking up violently if he was startled awake." ...https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/darcie-cameron/misty-ward-joshua-houle-violence-women_b_2626106.html?utm_hp_ref=ca-aboriginal-news
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HEREDITARY CHIEFS AND ELECTED COUNCILS - The recent internal struggles between the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs and elected council has many wondering: what powers rest with whom? The Wet'suwet'en nation is made up of five clans, and within those, 13 houses. The five hereditary chiefs representing the clans are all opposed to the Coastal GasLink pipeline running through their territory, while the elected council gave their go-ahead.http://www.firstnationsdrum.com/author/emily-mccarty/

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INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES ... The Assembly of First Nations of Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL) welcomes Bill C-91 with optimism while emphasizing the importance of its joint implementation with First Nations authorities. "Indigenous languages are fundamental to our self-determination, our culture, our identity and our definition of the world. However, the process to reclaim and revitalize our languages will not be possible without stable, sustainable and predictable funding....http://www.firstnationsdrum.com/2019/02/the-afnql-welcomes-bill-c-91-on-indigenous-languages/

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NATIVES "TAUGHT" TO FEEL INFERIOR ... Aboriginal people were and are being demeaned in schools and their culture and language taken away from them and they were and are being told that they are inferior, they are pagans, heathens and savages, unworthy of being respected — that very same message was and sometimes is being given to the non-aboriginal children in the public schools as well.”...https://ottawacitizen.com/news/politics/teachings-about-aboriginals-simply-wrong-says-murray-sinclair

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ABORIGINAL KIDS AT GREATER RISK OF INJURY AND DEATH ... "Indigenous children are dying at a disproportionate rate … and a lot of these injuries are preventable," University of Toronto researcher Anna Banerji said.Banerji's work shows that while accident rates are falling for all Canadian children, aboriginal youth are still three or four times more likely to be killed by unintentional injuries than the national average...https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/09/07/study-says-aboriginal-kid_n_1863745.html?utm_hp_ref=ca-aboriginal-news
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"WE ARE NOT IMMIGRANTS TO OUR TERRITORY!" ... A First Nations woman working to revive a threatened language in her traditional territory of northern British Columbia says she's being forced to leave the country on Canada Day. Mique'l Dangeli belongs to the Tsimshian First Nation, whose territory straddles the border between Alaska and British Columbia. She says Canada won't recognize her right to live and work in Canada. ...https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/indigenous-woman-fights-to-stay-in-canada-saying-traditional-territory-is-b-c-1.4729876?fbclid=IwAR1M3SoG3VUthi0pn76IhVXJ386MWrVgh3GAW8TV1vkuH2Mi3e1EblOWljI
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LAWMAKERS DO NOT HAVE TO CONSULT FIRST NATIONS ... Canada's lawmakers do not have a duty to consult with Indigenous people before introducing legislation that may affect Aboriginal and treaty rights, the Supreme Court says in a decision that will be welcomed by the federal government, which argues such an obligation would be far too onerous. https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/tasker-indigenous-rights-cons#ultation-parliament-1.4858321
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TRUDEAU IGNORES FIRST NATIONS CONCERNS ... Justin Trudeau has said Canada's government is prepared to use taxpayer dollars to push forward plans for a controversial pipeline expansion, despite protests and efforts by a provincial government to halt the project on environmental grounds..https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/16/canada-trudeau-transcanada-pipeline
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PIPELINE WILL NOT BE ALLOWED THROUGH TERRITORIES ... Indigenous leaders are promising to continue the fight against Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion despite the prime minister's insistence that it will be built. ...https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2018/04/15/kinder-morgan-pipeline-first-nations-block-trans-mountain-indigenous_a_23411828/
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FORGOTTEN HIS PROMISES TO FIRST NATIONS ... During the 2015 election campaign, Justin Trudeau told First Nations that if we elected him, he would absolutely respect our legal right to veto any development on our territories. And yet his government has approved two major pipelines. We have no choice but to challenge the Canadian government over its pipeline plans, and continue to fight. For more, check out the video below....https://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/promise-to-indigenous-1.3972965
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CLEAN WATER FOR FIRST NATIONS ... Troubled waters in First Nations communities. The northern Ontario community of Kashechewan made headlines all over Canada in 2005, when its poor water quality and unsanitary conditions forced the evacuation of 1,000 of its residents. The evacuation order raised awareness about a much larger problem: more than 80 First Nations communities are currently under "boiled water advisories" . ...https://canadians.org/fn-water
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SUICIDE AND SELF HARM - MUST STOP! ... Suicide and self-harm is the leading cause of death for indigenous Canadians up to the age of 44. Selena Randhawa talks to young First Nations people about the shocking deprivation and deep despair that lie behind this epidemic. "... And I hope that we will not have to bury one more innocent child – the future of our communities and the future of our nation." ...https://www.theguardian.com/inequality/2017/aug/30/our-society-is-broken-what-can-stop-canadas-first-nations-suicide-epidemic
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METIS PEOPLE ... In the 2015 federal election campaign, the Liberal Party promised to engage in "nation to nation" negotiations with the "Métis Nation" to establish Métis self-government and to settle unresolved land claims. Discussions are now under way with the provincial affiliates of the Métis National Council in Alberta, Manitoba, and Ontario. Success, however, will be difficult to attain for reasons of demography, geography, and history.. https://www.fraserinstitute.org/tags/aboriginal-issues
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NATIVE FAMILIES TOGETHER ... Vulnerable indigenous families worried about losing their children will now have a stronger voice in court through the Aboriginal Family Healing Court Conference pilot program that includes band Elders in proceedings as a source of support and guidance. "Today's announcement marks an important step toward our goal to improve outcomes for Aboriginal children and families," said Suzanne Anton, Attorney General and Minister ... https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017CFD0001-000131
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DRINKING WATER CRISIS ... New government data shows there are approximately 150 drinking water advisories in First Nations communities in Canada. Seventy one of these are long-term. It's difficult to imagine a human right more basic than access to air and water that is safe to breathe and drink. Our very lives and well-being depend on these fundamental rights.  (more) https://www.ecojustice.ca/drinking-water-crisis-first-nations-communities-violates-human-rights/
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EDUCATION SYSTEM FAILING NATIVES? ... Only 51 percent of Natives in the class of 2010 graduated high school. Native Hawaiians fare better, but still underperform compared to their peers -- as best we can tell from the limited data, anyway. These disparities are in large part the result of inadequate federal funding. (more) https://www.usnews.com/education/high-schools/articles/2013/06/06/graduation-rates-dropping-among-native-american-students
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UNRESERVED ... Unreserved is the radio space for Indigenous community, culture, and conversation. Host Rosanna Deerchild takes you straight into Indigenous Canada, from Halifax to Haida Gwaii, from Shamattawa to Ottawa, introducing listeners to the storytellers, culture makers and community shakers from across the country. The Unreserved team offers real talk from the people behind the headlines, with a soundtrack from the best in Indigenous music. (more) http://www.cbc.ca/radio/unreserved/about
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OF SLOTS AND DEATH ... ON A rainy weekday afternoon, Mike Justice pushes his two-year-old son in a pram up a hill on the Siletz Reservation, a desolate, wooded area along the coast of Oregon. Although there are jobs at the nearby casino, Mr Justice, a member of the nearly 5,000-strong Siletz tribe, is unemployed. (more) https://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21639547-how-cash-casinos-makes-native-americans-poorer-slots-and-sloth?zid=311&ah=308cac674cccf554ce65cf926868bbc2
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INJUSTICE RECORDED AGAIN ... The Dakota Pipeline battle is over and the smoke has cleared at Standing Rock, and once again history records another injustice, one more in a long train of abuses perpetrated upon First Nations people by a North American government. Since First Nations Drum last report on Standing Rock was published late November of last year, winter arrived and camp population dwindled to a few ... (more) http://www.firstnationsdrum.com/2017/04/the-legacy-of-standing-rock/
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HOUSING PROBLEMS... The social conditions of Indigenous peoples in Canada vary greatly according to place of residence, income level, family and cultural factors and classification (i.e., First Nations, Métis and Inuit). Areas of particular social concern include housing, employment, education, health, justice, and family and cultural growth ... (more) http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/native-people-social-conditions/
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