Trafficking our children | Indian Country Today | Content

Alone on the streets of Vancouver’s downtown Eastside, abruptly abandoned by her new “boyfriend,” she was accosted by an older man who said he’d bought her, and insisted she now belonged to him.

Shocked by how this could happen, she resisted, and tried to flee. But following a severe beating, she relented and went with the man, who took her to a seedy hotel where she was kept for weeks being indoctrinated into the lifestyle of a child prostitute.

Cherri was told she’d have to earn her keep, and soon became part of his “stable” of children forced into sexual slavery by a savvy racket of pimps and pedophiles who prey on vulnerable young girls with nowhere to go.

via Trafficking our children | Indian Country Today | Content.

Indianz.Com > News > Opinion: A new Native insurgency threatens Canada’s sovereignty

“Shawn Atleo, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, on recalling the 1990 national emergency at Oka, Que., carefully warned Canadians that “First Nations are ever-mindful of the potential that these events could be repeated.” It would be a grave mistake for Canadian leaders to dismiss his words as mere political rhetoric.

via Indianz.Com > News > Opinion: A new Native insurgency threatens Canada’s sovereignty.

A future for Prosperity mine and B.C.

The recent opinion column written by Marilyn Baptiste, chief of the Xeni Gwet’in First Nation, ( Squeezed out of mining review, July 19) does not reflect the facts.

First, there were no negotiations involving Taseko over how to conduct an environmental assessment of our Prosperity gold-copper project. Any negotiation that took place over process was a matter between the two governments and the local first nations.

via A future for Prosperity mine and B.C..

Tasha Kheiriddin: Forget the census. Let’s have some big ideas | Full Comment | National Post

Dear Prime Minister Stephen Harper:

Greetings from suburbia! I hope your summer vacation is going well. Not that you’ve had much of a holiday. First you take the heat on your government’s massive spending on the G20. Then protesters turn Toronto into a war zone. And now the nation is consumed with a debate over the most arcane of issues: the census.

So I thought I would help you out. Instead of shooting yourself in the foot over these distractions, why not go for the real red meat? Why not tackle some issues of consequence that deserve the kind of debate now being lavished on your war on Statistics Canada?

via Tasha Kheiriddin: Forget the census. Let’s have some big ideas | Full Comment | National Post.

Carrie Garrow on the Iroquois Nationals « Turtle Talk

Earlier this month, the Iroquois Nationals lacrosse team couldn’t participate in the World Lacrosse Championship because British authorities would not accept the team’s Haudenosaunee passports. In news stories and letters to the editor of The Post-Standard, many have focused on one question: Why do the Iroquois care which passport they use? Carrie Garrow, executive director of The Center for Indigenous Law, Governance & Citizenship, at Syracuse University’s College of Law, and a member of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, spoke with staff writer Hart Seely.

via Carrie Garrow on the Iroquois Nationals « Turtle Talk.

Long Plains hosts residential-school forum today – Winnipeg Free Press

Residential School survivors at Long Plains First Nation will share their stories with the community this week.

Today and tomorrow, the First Nation is hosting an event in partnership with the Truth & Reconciliation Commission. Residential School survivors, community youth and families will participate in statement taking, sharing circles and other ceremonies at two locations in the community.

via Long Plains hosts residential-school forum today – Winnipeg Free Press.

Pharmacist fulfills life-long dream

Yee, 32, has fulfilled his life-long dream of opening the first aboriginal-owned-and-operated pharmacy in the province and possibly the country — The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy at 2310 9th N.

Yee is a member of the Wood Mountain First Nation, in south-central Saskatchewan.

via Pharmacist fulfills life-long dream.

Tattered act reflects racism of the colonial era

Once again we hear the cry to get rid of the Indian Act. Shawn Atleo, the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, says the act must be repealed within two to five years.

He made the statement in his opening speech to the AFN’s annual assembly being held in Winnipeg.

I’ve heard this challenge being made since the 1960s, with Jean Chretien’s infamous white paper on Indian Policy dropped on us in 1969.

via Tattered act reflects racism of the colonial era.

Participation in sports and cultural activities among Aboriginal children and youth

Recent studies show that participating in extracurricular activities can have many benefits for children, including positive academic achievement,1 improved psychological functioning,2 and good peer relationships.3 Some research suggests that these activities have a positive effect because they provide children with opportunities to explore their identity, develop initiative, learn to control their emotions, and acquire social skills.4

via Participation in sports and cultural activities among Aboriginal children and youth.

Assembly of First Nations – Assembly of First Nations Sets Out Vision for First Nations Control of First Nations Education

Winnipeg (MB) – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo and First Nations Chiefs and delegates from across Canada confirmed a new comprehensive plan to directly address critical education needs facing First Nation communities.

“This is an important confirmation of the clear priority every First Nation leader places on education. We are all agreed on the way forward and the imperative of supporting all First Nations learners and improving education outcomes for our children,” National Chief Atleo stated. “Education has been used as a weapon against us in the past, as during the residential schools era, but it can now be a tool to unlock the full potential of First Nations people and communities. In the spirit of the Federal government’s Apology for residential schools, we call on Canada to work with us to give life to our right to education. The resolution achieved by the First Nation leadership across Canada sets the vision and the path forward for this desperately needed progress.”

via Assembly of First Nations – Assembly of First Nations Sets Out Vision for First Nations Control of First Nations Education.

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