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Government Receives Requests to Ban Indigenous Logos in Schools

May 22, 2017

An Ottawa couple has requested that the federal government require schools to change any Indigenous logos or mascots.

Canadian Actor Adam Beach Serves as Ambassador for Canada 150

May 22, 2017

Canadian actor Adam Beach hopes his role as ambassador for the Canada 150 festivities will shed light on the lives of the Indigenous people in Canada.

MMIWG Inquiry to Proceed as Planned in Whitehorse

May 19, 2017

Chief commissioner of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls inquiry, Marion Buller, assured families and survivors that the hearing in Whitehorse will proceed as planned.

Tourism Provides Education about Indigenous People

May 19, 2017

In recent years, tourists have shown increased interest in learning about Indigenous people and their cultures and traditions. The tourism business provides opportunities for Indigenous people to make a living as well as educate others. 

Trudeau to Request Apology for Role of Catholic Church in Residential Schools from Pope

May 19, 2017

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will meet with Pope Francis on May 29 in Vatican City, and he plans to ask the Pope to issue a formal apology for the Catholic Church's role in residential schools.

Residential Schools on Display in Musical Production

May 17, 2017

The musical, Children of God, was written and directed by Corey Payette to bring attention to the stories of Indigenous children who were seized and taken to residential schools against their will.

Peters First Nation Investigated for Questionable Payments

May 16, 2017

The finances of Peters First Nation are being investigated by the RCMP after members filed complaints against the band council.

Indigenous Leaders from Across North America Oppose Keystone XL Pipeline

May 16, 2017

Indigenous leaders from both Canada and the U.S. are meeting to sign a 16-page declaration that highlights the tribes' opposition to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. It is expected that demonstrations to oppose this project will be held when locations are determined.

Oil Tanker Moratorium Act Introduced to Improve Marine Safety

May 15, 2017

The Heiltsuk Nation has worked for a tanker ban for many years. Now, legistlation has been introduced that would formalize an oil tanker moratorium along the north coast. This law will help protect the lands and waters of the Heiltsuk Nation.

British Columbia's Overdose Crisis Claims Beloved Homeless Woman

May 15, 2017

Marnie, a homeless woman who was loved by the executive director and staff at the Atira Women's Resource Society, overdosed and died in 2016.

MMIWG Commission Postpones Hearings Despite Families' Protests

May 15, 2017

Officials from the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls inquiry commission say they were advised that the summer months would be a bad time to conduct hearings with family members. However, family members disagree with this decision.

Indigenous Nurses Needed to Bridge Gaps in Health Care System

May 11, 2017

Tania Dick, a nurse who will soon become the first Indigenous president of a British Columbia nursing association, followed in the footsteps of her mother, who was an activist and nurse.

Children in Government Care Need Additional Representation on Child Intervention Panel

May 11, 2017

Spokesperson for Protecting Canadian Children, Velvet Martin, believes that recent additions to the all-party panel on child intervention are not sufficient to deal with the issue.

Families Frustrated with Lack of Communication about MMIW Inquiry

May 10, 2017

After the hearing set for May 29, the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls will not hear from families and loved ones until the fall.

Newly Elected British Columbia Officials Include Four Indigenous Candidates

May 10, 2017

The recent election in British Columbia resulted in the election of four Indigenous candidates.

Danette Burden Finds Fulfillment as a Carpentry Instructor for SIIT

May 10, 2017

Danette Burden pursued a career as a carpenter before becoming an carpentry instructor for the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT). Through her postition as an apprenticeship instructor, she is able to help other Indigenous women find careers as carpenters.

Fourth Indigenous Child in Group Home Dies

May 9, 2017

A fourth teenage girl who was living in a group home around 500 miles from her home died on May 4. Chiefs in Ontario have passed a resolution demanding an inquest into the disparity between the care provided for kids who live on-reserve versus those from non-First Nations communities.

Additional Hearings by the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Commission Not Yet Set

May 8, 2017

With formal hearings set to begin on May 29, the National Inquiry for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is providing few details about the process moving forward, leaving First Nations families and loved ones concerned.

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