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Montreal Simon: Chanie Wenjack, Gord Downie, and the Secret Path

I never heard the story of Chanie Wenjack, an Ojibway boy who lived in Northern Ontario, until today.

And although it made me feel terribly sad, I’m glad I did.

Because it couldn’t be a more Canadian story, or a more powerful story of resistance.

Even if it ended so tragically.

Read more » . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Chanie Wenjack, Gord Downie, and the Secret Path

Dead Wild Roses: Two headlines trending on my Facebook on the same day

This shit is all linked, it doesn’t happen in a vacuum. I have no words.

Highway of Tears email deletion referred to RCMP by B.C. privacy watchdog

Women, mainly Aboriginal, go missing, and government emails about it get not just deleted, but deliberately deleted from backups.

Eight Quebec police officers . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Two headlines trending on my Facebook on the same day

Dead Wild Roses: Two headlines trending on my Facebook on the same day

This shit is all linked, it doesn’t happen in a vacuum. I have no words.

Highway of Tears email deletion referred to RCMP by B.C. privacy watchdog

Women, mainly Aboriginal, go missing, and government emails about it get not just deleted, but deliberately deleted from backups.

Eight Quebec police officers . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Two headlines trending on my Facebook on the same day

Alberta Politics: Rachel Notley offers a dignified argument for healing and acknowledgement of past wrongs against First Nations citizens

PHOTOS: The damage done by residential schools is part of every Canadian’s legacy and the sooner we acknowledge that, the better off we all will be. Below: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, B.C. Premier Christy Cark, singer Raffi Cavoukian, Opposition Leader Brian Jean and Tory MLA Sandra Jansen. VICTORIA, B.C. From the vantage point of the . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Rachel Notley offers a dignified argument for healing and acknowledgement of past wrongs against First Nations citizens

The Canadian Progressive: Theland’s 134km walk for children of missing and murdered indigenous women

Theland Kicknosway, an 11 year old Pottawatami Cree boy, walked-and-ran 134 km from Ottawa to Kitigan Zibi, Quebec, to “bring attention to the children of missing and murdered Indigenous women.”

The post Theland’s 134km walk for children of missing and murdered indigenous women appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Montreal Simon: The NDP Forces a Debate on Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women

I couldn't have asked for a better sight to pick up my sagging spirits.In Stephen Harper's miserable Parliament, where democracy goes to die. Where there is all the time in the world to talk about war, but no time to talk about all those murdered and missing aboriginal women.And absolutely no time or money . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The NDP Forces a Debate on Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women

The Canadian Progressive: Public Inquiry: Harper, Police Chiefs Don’t Care About Aboriginal Women

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police stand in the way of a national public inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women.

The post Public Inquiry: Harper, Police Chiefs Don’t Care About Aboriginal Women appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Montreal Simon: The Day the Premiers Gave Stephen Harper a Slap in the Face

He thought he could disrespect all those dead and missing aboriginal women. He thought he could treat that holocaust as just random acts of violence.He thought he could use his callous position to appeal to his bigot base.He thought he could get away with it.But today Canada's Premiers gave him a stinging slap in . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Day the Premiers Gave Stephen Harper a Slap in the Face

Paul S. Graham: Aboriginal women are speaking up for missing and murdered Aboriginal men

Some of the people camping out in Memorial Park to call for a national inquiry into the deaths and disappearances of over 1200 Aboriginal women. Photo: Paul S. Graham

The hatred directed at aboriginal people in Canada is appalling, as is their poverty and exclusion from the opportunities that exist for non-indigenous Canadians. . . . → Read More: Paul S. Graham: Aboriginal women are speaking up for missing and murdered Aboriginal men

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Dismal and Dangerous Black and White World

I spent the weekend trying to forget, at least for a few hours, all the horrible things that are happening in this world. By biking along the waterfront, and shooting things like this bunch of wilting but still beautiful flowers…

But even they reminded me of all those missing and murdered aboriginal women…

. . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Dismal and Dangerous Black and White World

Montreal Simon: Tina Fontaine and the Utter Bestiality of Stephen Harper

They held a funeral service for Tina Fontaine yesterday and how sad it was was. "Our sweet girl is now reunited with her daddy and the angels," long-time family friend Sandra Longford said during the eulogy. Longford went on to sing Never Alone, the same song she sang at Tina's father's funeral just four . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Tina Fontaine and the Utter Bestiality of Stephen Harper

The Canadian Progressive: Tina Fontaine: Aboriginal Teen’s Death Reignites Calls For Inquiry

The death of teenage Tina Fontaine has re-ignited calls for national public inquiry into the case of nearly 1,200 missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada.

The post Tina Fontaine: Aboriginal Teen’s Death Reignites Calls For Inquiry appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: UN special rapporteur calls for inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada

A long-awaited United Nations report has confirmed that there is a crisis in Canada when it comes to how the Canadian government treats aboriginal peoples.

by: Obert Madondo | May 13, 2014

A new United Nations special rapporteur’s report on the situation of indigenous peoples in Canada is calling for a national inquiry into missing . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: UN special rapporteur calls for inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada

Paul S. Graham: Winnipeg Jingle Dance: “We deserve to live!”

Winnipeg, Oct. 12, 2013: Jingle dancers ready themselves to welcome the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Photo: Paul S. Graham

Winnipeg, Canada: Thousands gathered at the intersection of Portage and Main Street to welcome the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Professor James Anaya, with a . . . → Read More: Paul S. Graham: Winnipeg Jingle Dance: “We deserve to live!”

Paul S. Graham: Winnipeggers demand justice for missing and murdered aboriginal women

Oct. 4, 2013: Winnipeggers gathered at the Manitoba Legislature to remember the lives of 600 missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada, 75 of whom came from Manitoba. Photo: Paul S. Graham

Winnipeggers gathered at the Manitoba Legislature on Friday afternoon to demand an national inquiry into the causes for the disappearance or . . . → Read More: Paul S. Graham: Winnipeggers demand justice for missing and murdered aboriginal women

The Canadian Progressive: National inquiry for missing Aboriginal women needed immediately: NDP

By New Democrats (Press Release) | Feb. 14, 2013: The NDP is standing with aboriginal leaders, civil society, and Human Rights Watch to demand a national inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada. “A national, open inquiry is the only way to get justice for the women who have been murdered as well . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: National inquiry for missing Aboriginal women needed immediately: NDP

The Canadian Progressive: Obert Madondo’s Canada crime Bill C-10 hunger strike: Response from the Minister of Justice

On June 6, I ended my 85-day hunger strike against Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s New Jim Crow-style crime Bill C-10, the deceptively christened “Safe Streets and Communities Act”. Two of my demands: the immediate repeal the Safe Streets and Communities Act and a national inquiry for the 600+ missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls. . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Obert Madondo’s Canada crime Bill C-10 hunger strike: Response from the Minister of Justice

Paul S. Graham: Video: Niki Ashton – “Mr. Harper — if you’re not part of the solution, YOU are part of the problem.”

Churchill MP Niki Ashton gave an impassioned speech at the July 11th Winnipeg rally for a national inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women. In addition to posing the video, I’m providing a transcript because it neatly sums up this ongoing tragedy and the Harper government’s decisions that have served only to make matters . . . → Read More: Paul S. Graham: Video: Niki Ashton – “Mr. Harper — if you’re not part of the solution, YOU are part of the problem.”

Paul S. Graham: Video: Manitoba’s Grand Chiefs demand provincial, national & international inquiries into missing & murdered women

Winnipeg: July 11, 2012: Three of the several hundred demonstrators who marched through downtown Winnipeg demanding public inquiries into the the deaths and disappearances of 600 hundred indigenous women in Canada. Photo: Paul S. Graham

More than 600 indigenous women in Canada are believed to have gone missing or been murdered in recent . . . → Read More: Paul S. Graham: Video: Manitoba’s Grand Chiefs demand provincial, national & international inquiries into missing & murdered women

Paul S. Graham: Video Report: Aboriginal men march in Winnipeg for missing and murdered aboriginal women

Winnipeg, Feb. 14, 2012: Protesters pause outside the Department of Indian Affairs in Winnipeg to sing and dance during the Men's Gathering and Unity Walk for Missing and Murdered Women. Photo: Paul Graham

Winnipeg, February 14, 2012: A group of aboriginal men held a march to show solidarity with the families of missing . . . → Read More: Paul S. Graham: Video Report: Aboriginal men march in Winnipeg for missing and murdered aboriginal women