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Wet’suwet’en Pipeline Conflict – Consent? Rule of Law?

In All Posts, Indigenous, Politics by Emelia FournierLeave a Comment

On January 7, the RCMP arrested 14 people at the Gidimt’en camp in Northern BC. The RCMP was acting on a court injunction granting Coastal GasLink workers access to a road and bridge to continue the construction of a pipeline central to the $40-billion LNG project run by TransCanada Corp (now known as TC Energy). The recent Wet’suwet’en pipeline conflict emerged as members of the Wet’suwet’en community prevented Coastal GasLink workers from passing through this area, citing the lack of …

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At Odds: Justice for Indigenous Peoples and the Canadian System

In All Posts, Indigenous by Reid Kotschorek

At Odds: Justice for Indigenous Peoples and the Canadian System Recently, the experiences of Indigenous peoples in the justice system has been especially disheartening. Controversial back-to-back acquittals in the Cormier and Stanley cases have demonstrated serious flaws with how our justice system works (or perhaps more accurately, doesn’t work) when the victims are Indigenous. While widespread criticism and the eruption of public demonstrations in response to these verdicts have given these issues more of the attention they deserve, this sort …

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Continuing the Dialogue on Reconciliation

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Thank You Winnipeg On April 27th, we welcomed 345 folks to Local to Global 2016 with Ellen Gabriel. Ellen Gabriel spoke passionately about how important it is for women to be part of the decision making, at the community and national level. The effects that continue to this day of the Residential Schools. And especially how colonialism and attitude have affected First Nations and that this is no longer acceptable. The early history of what women have contributed was acknowledged. It …

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Call for Abstracts: A Conference of Indigenous Knowledge and Action

In All Posts, Indigenous by Christie McLeodLeave a Comment

Oct. 23rd-25th: Social Work Activism, Advocacy, & Agency: A Conference of Indigenous Knowledge and Action Across the nation, inquiries and reports regarding the systematic inequities of Indigenous peoples continue to pile up. In spite of the alarming findings across multiple fields – health, justice, child welfare, education, and policing – many Canadians remain complacent, largely leaving Indigenous peoples to contend with these issues. This conference provides a forum for Indigenous voices to highlight and share the resistance and resurgence efforts we are engaging in on a daily basis, …

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Momentum building for Shoal Lake 40’s Freedom Road

In All Posts, Indigenous by Christie McLeodLeave a Comment

By: Chuck Wright & Christie McLeod Friends of Shoal Lake 40 Recent announcements from the Mayor’s office and a journey with City Councillors and supporters to Shoal Lake 40 confirm that with demonstrable public support, the construction of an all-weather access road dubbed “Freedom Road” may happen as soon as this winter – which in Chief Erwin Redsky’s words is “a matter of survival… [and] a matter of our most basic human rights.” At a Shoal Lake 40 panel held this past month at the …