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Indigenous, Society

Commissioner says RCMP must do more to confront ‘unconscious bias’

As the RCMP continues to come under increased scrutiny–and criticism–Commissioner Brenda Lucki says the force needs to do more to confront “unconscious bias,”  as well as members who “don’t act in accordance with our core values, which includes racism, and »

Indigenous, Politics, Society

Some RCMP officers will begin wearing body cameras

The head of the RCMP says some members of the force will begin wearing body cameras. A spokesperson for Commissioner Brenda Lucki made the announcement in a statement Monday evening–just hours after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters at his »

Indigenous, International, Society

N.W.T. First Nation shares prestigious UN prize for environmental work

A remote First Nations Community is sharing a prestigious United Nations prize for its 50-year-fight to save a giant swath of land that features boreal forest, tundra threaded with lakes, rivers and waterfalls and wildlife in Canada’s Northwest Territories. The »

Indigenous, Politics, Society

Video of violent arrest in Nunavut sparks debate about policing in Canada

The violent arrest of an Inuk man in Nunavut, captured on video, has once again raised questions about policing in Canada’s north and relations between the country’s Indigenous communities, racial minorities and the national police force. The video of the »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, Indigenous, Politics, Society

Environmentalists, First Nations say it’s time to restore oilpatch monitoring

Seven environmental and Indigenous groups are asking the Alberta government to restart oilpatch monitoring. The request was made in a letter that urged the government to make public its decision-making criteria for when monitoring will begin again. In a decision »

Health, Indigenous, Politics, Society

Indigenous leader gives Ottawa failing grades in wake of inquiry

The Native Women’s Association of Canada has issued a failing report card to Ottawa to mark the one year anniversary of the release of National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, published on June 3 of last »

Arts & Entertainment, Indigenous

Inuit tale wins at Canadian Screen Awards

Canada’ major film awards event, the Canadian Screen Awards, handed out its ‘Genie” awards for the best in cinema, television and digital media last week. A merger of the previous Gemini and Genie awards for TV and film respectively, this »

Health, Indigenous, Society

Canada announces $650M in new COVID-19 funding for Indigenous communities

The federal government is investing an additional $650 million to support Canada’s Indigenous communities on healthcare, income support, and new shelters for women, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday. The new money is aimed at preparing these communities for a »

Health, Indigenous, International, Society

Ottawa delays action plan to help Indigenous women and girls

The federal government is postponing the release of an action plan on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. The plan was due to be made public on June 3, the one-year anniversary of the National Inquiry into Missing and »

Indigenous, Politics, Society

Ottawa pledges additional COVID-19 funding for off-reserve Indigenous people

The federal government will provide $75 million in new funding for Indigenous organizations providing “critical” services to Indigenous peoples living in cities and off reserve during the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Thursday. Speaking at his regular news »