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Indigenous playwright wins top drama prize

Tara Beagan has won the $75,000 Siminovitch Prize which is the largest theatre award in Canada. The prize is given to a professional director, playwright or designer who is “an acknowledged leader in the theatre whose work is transformative and »

Environment & Animal Life, Indigenous, Politics, Society

Tension could rise again on Monday in lobster dispute on east coast

The ongoing dispute between Indigenous and non-native lobster fishers could get tense once again. Last weekend, and on Wednesday, agents from Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) seized hundreds of Indigenous lobster traps, ostensibly because the traps were set before the »

Indigenous, Society

Police, armed forces, industry send toys to children in remote communities

Christmas is coming and many families in remote northern communities in Canada cannot access toys or cannot afford to buy them for their children, but help is on the way. A joint effort by Canada’s national police called the RCMP, »

Indigenous, Society

Indigenous leader Max Gros-Louis dead at 89

Tributes have poured in after the death of former Grand Chief Max Gros-Louis, known as a champion of Indigenous rights. Gros-Louis led the Huron-Wendat First Nation in the province of Quebec for a total of 33 years. He died at »

Environment & Animal Life, Indigenous, Society

Charity races to raise enough money to buy biodiverse island

West Ballenas Island is an undeveloped 100-acre island, one of several in a stunningly beautiful archipelago off Canada’s Pacific coast. It is privately owned but the foundation which contributes to British Columbia’s provincial park system is racing to collect enough »

Indigenous, Politics

Watchdog cites RCMP errors during 2013 anti-fracking protests

A long-awaited report has some sharp words about the way the RCMP handled anti-fracking protests in the summer and fall of 2013 in New Brunswick. The protests–near the town of Rexton and the Elsipogtog First Nation reserve in Kent County, »

Indigenous

COVID- ‘A bridge too far’. Quebec students banned from New Brunswick

To protect its residents from outside COVID infections, New Brunswick had joined with other maritime provinces to create a so-called ‘bubble’ earlier this year. This involved not allowing anyone from outside the province, or the maritime bubble, to enter. That »

Environment & Animal Life, Indigenous

New Indigenous protected area created in the Canadian Arctic

The federal government is investing $1.43 million for the creation of a new Indigenous protected and conserved area in the Canadian Arctic in partnership with the Inuit community of Inukjuak in northern Quebec. The Arqvilliit Indigenous protected and conserved area »

Indigenous, Society

Montreal launches Indigenous reconciliation plan

The City of Montreal has announced a five-year plan to further reconciliation with Indigenous people. In 2018, the city appointed a commissioner for Indigenous relations whose mission was to develop training and awareness programs for city employees and to put »

Health, Indigenous

Virtual townhall to celebrate Canada’s Indigenous health care workers

An Indigenous non-profit organization is holding a virtual celebration on Wednesday to thank health care workers and managers and first responders across Canada for their work in keeping First Nations communities safe amid the global COVID-19 pandemic. The three-hour online »