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February 14, 2024


Survivors of provincially run schools in Quebec share their stories of abuse

Class action against Quebec institutions approved in December. APTN News: Adrienne Jérôme, a former chief from the Anishnabe Nation of Lac Simon, was a little girl when she attended a day school on the reserve. The school, which still stands today, serves as a constant reminder of the abuse she and many other children in...

February 1, 2024


Frank Gruben: Family, friends, N.W.T. premier call for more information

It’s been more than eight months since Frank Gruben went missing – but the investigation is still active, and hope remains.  Frank Gruben’s mother Laura Kalinek (left) and siblings Kimberlyn and Steven Gruben (right) in Aklavik in June, 2023. Photo: Karli Zschogner/APTN.  This is part 4 of our series about the disappearance of Frank Gruben....

January 9, 2024


N.S. human trafficking numbers drop, but problem isn’t going away, say experts

Actual trafficking cases likely higher, says RCMP investigator NationTalk: CBC News: Recent figures from Statistics Canada say incidents of human trafficking in Nova Scotia have declined in the past year, but people in the province dealing with the issue say the figures do not tell the whole story. A Statistics Canada report released in December says Nova Scotia...

January 9, 2024


ONWA Calls for Action to Address Violence Against Indigenous Women

ONWA Calls for Action to Address Violence Against Indigenous Women NationTalk: Thunder Bay, ON – The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) is saddened by the death of Jenna Ostberg, a young woman whose life was just beginning as she embraced her artistic skills and was “looked up to” for her style. ONWA will be following the...

December 8, 2023


Violence against Indigenous women in Montreal ‘staggering’ due to shelter, housing shortages says organization

APTN News: An organization in Montreal that helps Indigenous women says the rates of violence because of a shortage of shelter space and affordable housing is on the rise. “As someone who has been a long time anti-violence frontline worker, the levels of violence I’m seeing are just quite staggering,” said Laura Aguiar, project coordinator for...

December 1, 2023


AMC Council of Elders Emphasizes the Sacredness of Life Amidst Alarming Rise in Homicide Rates

NationTalk: Treaty One Territory – The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) expresses deep concern about the drastic increase in homicide rates in Manitoba. In times of crisis, our cultural ceremonies, teachings, and the guidance of our Knowledge Keepers and Elders become crucial resources. Through these cultural ceremonies and the wisdom imparted by our Elders, representing...

November 29, 2023


Sacred fire lit for mothers killed in Sunday’s shooting in Winnipeg

A sacred fire was lit and tobacco was offered for two mothers killed in a Winnipeg shooting on Nov. 26 that left two others dead. APTN News: Crystal, 34, and Stephanie Beardy, 33, died along with Melelek Lesikel, 29, and Dylan Lavallee, 41. The sisters are from Lake St. Martin First Nation, 270 km north...

November 28, 2023


Family of sisters killed in Langside Street shooting has seen ‘a lot of death,’ chief says

Beardy family forced to leave their Lake St. Martin home during 2011 flood CBC Indigenous: The mother of the two sisters killed in a mass shooting in Winnipeg has now lost four daughters, and the family has also struggled after they were displaced by flooding, the chief of their home First Nation says. Stephanie and...

November 8, 2023


Tragedy, and a Search for Answers on Sai’kuz First Nation

What happened to Chelsey Heron Quaw and Jay Raphael, who left their homes and never returned? The Tyee: Last week, as Pam Heron gave a tearful plea for information about her missing daughter, Chelsey, she already knew something was terribly wrong.  “She would have contacted me by now if she could. This is not like...

November 7, 2023


Woman from First Nation in B.C. along Highway of Tears found dead

Chelsey Quaw, who was reported missing on Oct. 11, have been found in a wooded area. APTN News: A woman who disappeared from a First Nations community in central British Columbia last month has been found dead. Vanderhoof RCMP and the Saik’uz First Nation say the remains of Chelsey Quaw, who was first reported missing...

October 27, 2023


Working 118th: The legacy of Edmonton’s ‘killing fields’

The Hope for Wellness Helpline is available 24/7 at 1-855-242-3310. NationTalk: A gust of wind drifts through the prairie grass and into the city of Edmonton. A peaceful setting until you learn the history of the area. The rural city limits have long been an informal resting ground in Alberta’s capital city, where dozens of...

October 12, 2023


Ottawa woman, 97, charged with historical sexual assaults at residential, day schools

Someone went to police late last year about alleged crimes in 1960s and 70s WARNING: This story contains distressing details. CBC Indigenous: Ontario Provincial Police have laid three gross indecency charges against a 97-year-old Ottawa woman, alleging she was involved in sexual assaults in the 1960s and 1970s in northern Ontario residential and day schools....

August 31, 2023


Allegations of sex crimes leads to eviction of employees, termination of water treatment plant construction contract

Community member says Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) unit of Manitoba RCMP asked to assist. One of the worker housing buildings in Sandy Bay First Nation. Photo: submitted  APTN News: Sandy Bay Ojibway Nation in Manitoba says it is terminating its relationship with the company building its new water treatment plant amid allegations construction workers sexually...

August 29, 2023


First Nations police investigating allegations young girl was sexually exploited

The band council ordered treatment plant workers out of the community about 180 km northwest of Winnipeg last week. Logo of the Manitoba First Nations Police Service. Photo: APTN  The Manitoba First Nations Police Service confirms it is investigating allegations that some workers on a water treatment plant construction project in Sandy Bay Ojibway Nation were sexually exploiting an...

August 14, 2023


Métis senator calls for coerced sterilization to be a Criminal Code offence

The Globe and Mail: Senator Yvonne Boyer is on a mission to change the Criminal Code to establish an offence for forced and coerced sterilization procedures – an issue her office has received numerous calls and messages about and one that keeps her up at night. The Métis lawyer, who has also worked as a...

August 10, 2023


Memorial held on anniversary of Tina Fontaine murder in Winnipeg

Veteran MMIWG2S Activist encouraged by work of younger generation. APTN News: Nine years after his sister Tina Fontaine was murdered, Elroy Fontaine planned a gathering at Oodena Circle in Winnipeg Thursday night to draw attention to the ongoing crisis, and to keep his sister’s memory alive.“I remember CFS bringing me down to their office and them sitting...

July 31, 2023


End the Sexual Exploitation of Indigenous Women and Girls

NationTalk: July 30, 2023,Thunder Bay, ON – In support of the United Nations World Day Against Trafficking in Persons (July 30), the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) is calling on all levels of government as well as law enforcement and service agencies to increase their efforts to strengthen prevention and support Indigenous survivors of human trafficking/sexual exploitation. ONWA knows that...

July 19, 2023


Camp Marcedes set up at Winnipeg’s human rights museum to honour victims of accused serial killer

Protestors set up Camp Marcades outside of the Canadian Human Rights Museum APTN News: Protesters demanding a search for their loved ones’ remains at a Winnipeg area landfill have found a welcoming new home at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights where the new location has been named “Camp Marcedes”. “We wanted to set up...

July 18, 2023


Brady landfill blockade dismantled in Winnipeg

Organizers say a new camp is to be set up at the Canadian Museum For Human Rights By Tamara Pimentel APTN News: Elder Geraldine Shingoose smudges a red dress mural painted on the road to the Brady landfill in Winnipeg where a blockade stood moments before. “It breaks my heart today. They just come in and...

July 17, 2023


Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grateful for Support from Leadership at the Assembly of First Nations and CUPE Local 500

NationTalk: Treaty One Territory, Manitoba: July 16 – The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) strongly denounces the jurisdictional debates amongst all levels of government to refuse the search for the remains of murdered First Nations women in the Prairie Green landfill in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The AMC is grateful for the support of the Assembly of...

July 14, 2023


NWAC demands immediate resumption of search for women’s remains

NWAC Provincial Co-Chair: “If they are not willing to commit returning our relatives home, we will.” NationTalk: The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) demands that the federal, provincial, and municipal governments take the steps required to begin an immediate search of landfills near Winnipeg for the remains of Indigenous women who are the victims...

July 13, 2023


Stefanson fires back at federal minister, calls his comments on landfill search inflammatory

Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Marc Miller called decision not to search landfill ‘heartless’ CBC News: Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson says a federal minister was reckless and inflammatory when he criticized the province Wednesday over its decision not to search a landfill for the remains of two First Nations women. Premier Heather Stefanson said last week Manitoba won’t support a search of the Prairie Green landfill...

July 12, 2023


First Nations Chiefs Demand Accountability and Support in Search for MMIWG2S Victims at Meeting with Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Marc Miller

NationTalk: Treaty One Territory, Manitoba – Today, Grand Chief Cathy Merrick and members of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) met with Minister of Crown–Indigenous Relations Marc Miller to discuss crucial matters affecting First Nations in Manitoba. During the meeting, Chief Kyra Wilson, Long Plain First Nation, sought clarification from Minister Miller regarding the Government...

July 12, 2023


Manitoba’s decision not to search landfill ‘heartless’: Crown-Indigenous relations minister

Provincial government’s move makes landfill search ‘logistically impossible’ this summer, says Marc Miller CBC News: Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Marc Miller criticized Manitoba Wednesday over what he called the provincial government’s “heartless” decision not to search a landfill north of Winnipeg for the remains of two First Nations women believed to be the victims of a serial killer. Premier Heather Stefanson said...

July 10, 2023


Supporters hold their ground at Winnipeg landfill blockade as noon deadline to leave passes

City of Winnipeg may apply for injunction if talks with demonstrators don’t yield resolution, CAO says CBC News: Dozens of people outside Winnipeg’s Brady Road landfill have built barricades and are signalling their unwillingness to leave, despite a noon deadline from the city to vacate the area and the possibility of legal action. Cambria Harris,...

June 19, 2023


Feasibility study says short timeline important for landfill search

The study says one of the most important factors is the time between when a victim’s remains end up in a landfill and when a search begins. A photo of a truck at work at the Prairie Green Landfill near Winnipeg. Photo: Jesse Andrushko/APTN News  APTN News: Searching a landfill in Manitoba for 30 days...

June 19, 2023


Is A Genocide Taking Place in Canada? Short Answer: Yes.

NationTalk: (OTTAWA, ON) – A genocide is being perpetuated against Indigenous peoples in Canada. That was the unambiguous declaration of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. But, despite a death toll that climbs year after year, many Canadians have difficulty understanding how the Inquiry reached its finding, or accepting that...

June 19, 2023


’15 years too long’

Bernice and Wilfred Catcheway’s daughter Jennifer disappeared in 2008. They say the MMIWG inquiry’s calls for justice need to be taken seriously WARNING: This story contains distressing details. CBC News: Bernice Catcheway walks up to a glass armoire in her living room and pulls out a tiny pair of white and pink baby shoes. The...

June 12, 2023


‘Get at the truth’: Judge to study handling of sex allegations against Nunavut priest

A retired Quebec judge is to lead a review into how the Oblates handled past allegations that a former priest sexually abused Inuit children in Nunavut. The Oblates of Mary Immaculate, OMI Lacombe Canada and the Oblates of the Province of France said Monday they have appointed former Superior Court justice Andre Denis to lead the...

June 10, 2023


‘We’re just brushed away’

The family of a missing Indigenous woman says when police left them in the dark, community stepped in to search WARNING: This story contains distressing details. CBC News: It started with a photo posted to Facebook in early March of this year about a missing 37-year old mother who had last been seen in downtown...

June 8, 2023


Manitoba Premier remains mum on funding to search landfill for remains of two women

The Globe and Mail: The decision to search a Winnipeg-area landfill for the remains of two First Nations women and who will fund it remains up in the air a month after a feasibility study was completed. The study, conducted by an Indigenous-led committee, estimated it could take up to three years and cost $184...

June 8, 2023


‘Make a list’, NWAC CEO tells Miller as fed’s get failing grade on progress made on MMIWG plan

Windspeaker: Words spoken earlier this week by Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Marc Miller have the CEO of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) riled. Miller delivered a statement June 5 marking the fourth anniversary since the National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) delivered its final report. “He says it’s not...

June 7, 2023


Brother relieved sister missing from Winnipeg found alive

A happy ending is not the usual way missing persons stories end. Red dresses have come to symbolize missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada. Photo: Jesse Andrushko/APTN News  APTN News: When Harley Dawes’ sister went missing in Winnipeg last September he was worried. The 22-year-old woman from a First Nation in northern Manitoba was...

June 7, 2023


Every Canadian has a role in ending the MMIWG crisis, advocate says

Empathy ‘must stay in Canadians’ hearts past the evening’s news broadcast’: Hilda Anderson-Pyrz This column is an opinion written by Hilda Anderson-Pyrz, chair of the National Family and Survivors Circle, as part of CBC’s “Mother. Sister. Daughter,” a project that tracked progress on the 231 calls to justice from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered...

June 6, 2023


Advocates decry ‘unacceptable’ inaction on MMIWG inquiry’s calls for justice following 4-year anniversary

CBC’s ‘Mother. Sister. Daughter.’ project found more than half of 231 calls not started — and only 2 are done CBC News: Advocates say they’re disappointed to see so little progress has been made four years after the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls released its 231 calls for justice. For Heidi...

June 5, 2023


Search for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls hampered by police apathy: Researchers

‘The problem of Indigenous women being overpoliced and underprotected is all across Canada’ Participants walk in the Women’s Memorial March in Vancouver to remember missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (photo by Liang Sen/Xinhua via Getty Images) Content warning: the following contains disturbing subject matter. NationTalk: University of Toronto – In Canada, research shows...

May 30, 2023


Priest on Little Grand Rapids arrested in sexual assault of 8-year-old girl, RCMP say

Arul Savari was alone with the girl in church when he allegedly touched her inappropriately, Mounties say WARNING: This article contains details of allegations of abuse. CBC News: A Roman Catholic priest on Little Grand Rapids First Nation in Manitoba has been arrested in connection with the sexual assault of an eight-year-old girl in the...

May 25, 2023


Sexual assault organizations struggling to help victims post-pandemic: study

APTN News: The preliminary findings of a new national survey is highlighting how frontline sexual assault organizations are struggling to provide timely services to victims and survivors post-pandemic. The report, which was conducted by national organization Ending Violence Association of Canada, surveyed more than 100 sexual violence organizations (SVOs) across Canada on how the pandemic impacted...

May 19, 2023


Winnipeg is the epicentre for missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada

By Brittany GuyotMay 19, 2023  Indigenous women account for 65% of homicides in Winnipeg between 2018-22. A gentle breeze pushes through the prairie landscape. Red ribbons can be seen strewn across a chain-link fence at a local landfill. A red dress is also tightly attached. The symbols for missing and murdered Indigenous women and Two-Spirit people...

May 16, 2023


There’s been a lack of implementation on MMIWG calls for justice says FSIN vice chief

APTN News: As the fourth anniversary of the release of the final report from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls approaches, Aly Bear believes the crisis has only deepened. Bear, who is 3rd vice chief of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations in Saskatchewan (FSIN), recently had the opportunity to...

May 12, 2023


Chiefs, families push for search for remains at Winnipeg landfill that could take years, cost up to $184M

Police believe remains of 2 First Nations women are in Prairie Green landfill Landfill search for remains of First Nations women could cost $183M: study WARNING: This story contains distressing details. To view the video, click on the following link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/landfill-feasibility-study-results-manitoba-1.6840411?cmp=newsletter_Evening%20Headlines%20from%20CBC%20News_1617_1050297 CBC News: A search for the remains of two First Nations women at a...

May 6, 2023


Groups to create interactive map of cases of missing and murdered Indigenous victims in Quebec

‘I want to give back to the families, I want them to reclaim their stories,’ says project organizer CBC News: A moment of silence was held as 10 red dresses hung from trees and chairs around Cabot Square in downtown Montreal on Friday, including one dress small enough to fit a child. There were several people standing...

May 2, 2023


MPs call for national emergency declaration on violence against Indigenous women, girls, two-spirit people

Motion was presented by NDP MP Leah Gazan of Winnipeg Centre CBC News: The House of Commons adopted a motion on unanimous consent Tuesday calling on the federal government to declare ongoing violence against Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit people a national emergency. The motion was presented by Winnipeg Centre NDP MP Leah Gazan. It also...

April 13, 2023


Missing, murdered Indigenous men and boys need to be part of the discussion

An Indigenous man is four times more likely to be a victim of homicide when compared to Indigenous women and seven times more likely than non-Indigenous males, reads a resolution at last week’s Assembly of First Nations special chiefs assembly. Windspeaker.com: Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Marc Miller says he is “absolutely willing” to discuss with chiefs...

April 7, 2023


Hundreds chant ‘we are not trash,’ close Portage and Main in honour of woman found dead in Winnipeg landfill

Supporters come together to call for change after death of Linda Beardy, 33, of Lake St. Martin First Nation WARNING: This story contains distressing details. CBC News: Hundreds formed a ring around drummers and singers in the middle of Portage Avenue and Main Street in Winnipeg Friday evening to honour Linda Beardy after the mother...

April 6, 2023


Woman whose body was found in Winnipeg landfill climbed into bin before it was taken to dump: police

Family expresses disappointment after police say foul play not suspected in death of Linda Mary Beardy CBC News: A 33-year-old woman whose body was found in a Winnipeg landfill on Monday was seen climbing into a commercial garbage bin that same day, and was not seen getting out before the bin was emptied by a...

April 4, 2023


Body of Lake St. Martin First Nation mother, 33, found at Winnipeg landfill

Workers discovered body of Linda Mary Beardy hours after police believe remains were left at Brady landfill WARNING: This story contains distressing details. CBC News: The body of a 33-year-old mother from a First Nation in Manitoba has been found in a Winnipeg landfill, and police say they consider the circumstances surrounding her death suspicious. Staff at...

March 8, 2023


Assembly of First Nations national chief highlights MMIWG at UN on International Women’s Day

Winnipeg case ‘speaks volumes’ of views on Indigenous women, says RoseAnne Archibald CBC News: On International Women’s Day on Wednesday at the United Nations in New York, the Assembly of First Nations national chief said her number one focus is missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, as well as gender-diverse people. RoseAnne Archibald spoke specifically about the case of...

March 7, 2023


RCMP told Ottawa it could offer advice to Winnipeg police on landfill search, document shows

The Globe and Mail: A newly released document shows the head of the RCMP told Ottawa the national police force could offer guidance to the Winnipeg police on searching a landfill for the remains of two First Nations women. As anger grew over the initial refusal by the Winnipeg police to search the site, RCMP...

February 23, 2023


How missing Indigenous women could be saved with ‘Red Dress Alert’

Nation Talk: CTV News – One Winnipeg MP is calling for a system, similar to the existing Amber Alerts, to be established to notify the public about missing Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit people. “We currently have crisis of violence against Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit people in this country. Something that our current prime...

February 9, 2023


For 50 days she stood vigil at a Winnipeg landfill. The alleged serial killer charged in her mother’s death goes to court today

Daughter of one of four slain Indigenous women, alleged victims of Jeremy Skibicki, wants to ensure “the landfill isn’t their final resting place.” Toronto Star: WINNIPEG—The red dress trembles in the wind as it clings to a chain-link fence. The symbols of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls are draped all along the perimeter...

December 26, 2022


Almost a fifth of Winnipeg’s homicides this year involved Indigenous women. These are their stories

‘Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit people are absolutely targeted.… It’s devastating,’ says advocate CBC News: Almost a fifth of the people who died by homicide in Winnipeg this year were Indigenous women, a CBC analysis has found. Of the total of 51 homicides recorded in the city as of Dec. 24, at least 10 involved women who were...

December 13, 2022


Indigenous groups call for federal government to fund searches of Winnipeg-area landfills for remains

Letter signatories say inaction from police, police board have left them to advocate for search alone CBC News: Manitoba First Nations leaders and Indigenous groups have sent a letter calling on the federal government to fund their search of two Winnipeg-area landfills for the remains of homicide victims and call in the United Nations for support....

December 12, 2022


A lifetime of agony: families of missing, murdered Inuit women call for answers

APTN National News: Canadian Press – Every day on his way to work in 2016, Veldon Coburn drove past Bordeleau Park, by the edge of the Rideau River near downtown Ottawa. On a September day that year, while he drove past the park, Coburn heard on the radio that a body had been found in...

December 8, 2022


AFN Stands With Family Of Morgan Beatrice Harris And All Mmiwg2s+ Demanding Dignity And Justice

Assembly of First Nations: (Ottawa, ON) – The Assembly of First Nations stands with the families of Morgan Beatrice Harris and Marcedes Myran, who were honoured with a blanketing ceremony by AFN Women’s Council Vice Chair Doris Anderson and Knowledge Keeper Dr. Gwen Point in a ceremony during the AFN Special Chiefs Assembly. Before the...

December 6, 2022


Daughters of murdered Winnipeg woman call on police to recover remains from landfill

The Globe and Mail: Daughters of a Winnipeg woman believed to be the victim of an alleged serial killer are calling on police to recover her remains from a local landfill that officials say is not feasible to search. Morgan Harris, 39, was named by Winnipeg police last week as one of four Indigenous women...

November 28, 2022


‘Stonewalled’: Trans Mountain hides dealings with private security and spy firms

Federally-owned pipeline company refuses to release contracts or reports  First Peoples Law Report: CBC News – A federally owned pipeline company is withholding records that would expose its dealings with private security and intelligence firms by citing blanket exemptions under access-to-information law. Calgary-based Trans Mountain responded to a request to see its contracts with these agencies,...

October 23, 2022


Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Raises Concerns Over the Early Morning Eviction of Every Child Matters Encampment

NationTalk: Treaty One Territory, Manitoba – The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) is concerned over the unnecessary use of force to remove Elders and supporters from the Sacred Fire – Bring the Children Home encampment housed on the grounds of the Manitoba Legislative Building. Demonstrators established the east-side encampment in support of healing after the...

September 30, 2022


‘Why aren’t we talking about it?’ The forgotten cause of missing Indigenous men and boys

Indigenous men are much more likely to be victims of homicide than Indigenous women, but families say they don’t get the same kind of attention. Toronto Star: ENOCH CREE NATION, Alta.—There is no word for goodbye in Cree. Instead people say êkosi mâka, or “That’s it for now.”  The belief is that loved ones will always...

May 24, 2021


Restricted Access Zone

Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C. – May 21, 2021: The BC Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) has written to the provincial government and RCMP Commissioner condemning the arbitrary and unlawful RCMP Exclusion Zone in unceded Ditidaht territory. The RCMP have established two checkpoints and roadblocks along the McClure Main and Caycuse Main roads...

May 11, 2021


Restricted Access Zone

Vancouver Island News – Mounties have established a restricted-access zone as they begin enforcing an injunction against protesters who are blockading logging activity in the Fairy Creek watershed on southwest Vancouver Island. The B.C. Supreme Court granted the injunction to forestry company Teal-Jones on April 1. Protesters have been blocking logging roads in the watershed...

January 6, 2021


Federal Prisoners

The Tyee – Erin O’Toole, leader of the Conservative Party, disagrees with Canada’s vaccination effort that includes a plan to immunize high-risk prisoners in federal prisons — people who are old or sick. The initial wave of vaccinations will reach 600 inmates, about four per cent of the prison population. His comment: “Not one criminal...

September 27, 2020


Indigenous Police Forces

Toronto Star – Indigenous Police Forces only police force in Canada not classified as an essential service. The federal government has promised four times “to speed up the development of a legal framework to recognize First Nations policing as an essential service”: after the 2019 election, after the Coastal GasLInk protests in BC in the...

September 9, 2020


Indigenous Journalists

Toronto Star – Increasing arrests of Indigenous journalists including: Karl Dockstader at 1492 Land Back Lane Haudenosaunee occupation regarding a housing development near Caledonia Courtney Skye, Yellowhead Institute researcher and Ryerson Fellow arrested as well Award-winning journalist Justin Brake was arrested and charged with criminal and civil contempt and criminal mischief while covering a protest...

April 20, 2020


Indigenous prisoners in federal prisons

BC First Nations Justice Council – First Nations leadership across BC is united in calling for immediate action to protect incarcerated peoples amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 outbreak at the Mission Institution is now the third largest outbreak in the Province of BC, with the first inmate tragically passing away on April 15, 2020....

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