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Indigenous, Politics, Society

Violence escalates at the weekend in Nova Scotia lobster dispute

Indigenous group vs commercial fishers The ongoing dispute between Indigenous fishers and local commercial lobster fishers entered a new and violent chapter on the weekend. A lobster pound where Indigenous had stored their catch was burned in a suspicious fire, »

Indigenous, Politics, Society

Indigenous leaders condemn mob attacks against Mi’kmaw fishermen

Indigenous leaders in Canada and in Nova Scotia are condemning Tuesday’s disturbances targeting Mi’kmaw fishermen as racist hate crimes and calling for the federal government to intervene in the ongoing lobster fishery dispute between First Nations and commercial fishermen. Indigenous »

Arts & Entertainment, Indigenous

Urban Indigenous singer Anachnid extends her web across Canada’s soundscape

When the Montreal-based singer Anachnid picked up the Zoom-phone for our interview, she was still in shock after an emotional week that started with the death of Joyce Echaquan, an Indigenous Atikamekw woman in a Quebec hospital where she was »

Indigenous, Politics, Society

Quebec order of nurses denounces ‘racism’ against dying Indigenous woman

Two days after a dying Indigenous woman broadcast a Facebook Live video appearing to show her being insulted and sworn at by hospital staff in a Quebec regional hospital, the provincial order of nurses has come out with a statement »

Health, Indigenous, Society

Death of Indigenous woman in Quebec hospital being investigated

The circumstances of the death of Joyce Echaquan, a 37-year-old Atikamekw woman, at a hospital in Joliette, Qc., on Monday night will be investigated, according to an announcement from Quebec’s coroner’s office Tuesday.  Echaquan, a mother of seven, died shortly »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, Indigenous, International

Lobster dispute between Indigenous and commercial fishers boils over, again

Yelling, cursing, but no physical confrontation on or off the water Another contentious chapter in a very long dispute over Indigenous fishing rights and federal laws on conservation has begun. Thursday saw a handful of Indigenous lobster boats head out »

Arts & Entertainment, Indigenous

In Eastern Canada, Musique Nomade stands by Indigenous musicians

Since my first Safe&Sound column on throat singing, I meant to explore Canada’s Indigenous music scene. In Quebec, the most important stakeholder is undoubtedly Musique Nomade, a Montreal-based, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and producing up-and-coming Indigenous musicians.  Based on »

Health, Indigenous, Politics

Ottawa pledges $305M for Indigenous communities to tackle coronavirus crisis

The federal government has announced an additional $305 million to help Canada’s Indigenous Peoples battle the COVID-19 pandemic. Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller says the money can be used for a wide variety of measures such as supporting vulnerable community »

Economy, Indigenous, International, Politics

Canadian oil company stops operations in Peru after deadly Indigenous protests

Canadian oil company PetroTal says it has shut down work at its Bretana Oil Field in northeastern Peru following Sunday’s deadly clashes that took the lives of three Indigenous protesters and injured about a dozen people. In a communique released »

Society

Telefilm Canada commits to diverse and inclusive hiring practices

Telefilm Canada is committed to creating a more representative film community that is inclusive to Black, Indigenous, and people of colour creators, and filmmakers from underrepresented communities, according to a statement.  Telefilm Canada, which is a group of about 200 »