Jukasa News Update – Friday, December 14, 2018
An Alberta First Nation is suing the province over development approvals that the band says threaten sacred land the government has promised to protect.
The Fort McKay First Nation filed the lawsuit in an Edmonton court late last week.
It says Alberta has approved or is about to approve developments that encroach on Moose Lake.
The First Nation says that area is one of the last remaining in its traditional territory where it can pursue traditional practices.
The sister of a missing Blackfeet woman in Montana told U.S. senators Wednesday that dysfunctional investigations into missing persons cases have troubled numerous Native American families.
The testimony from Kimberly Loring is part of a U.S. Senate committee hearing held in Washington, D.C., to examine concerns about investigations into the deaths and disappearance of Native American women. Her sister Ashley HeavyRunner Loring vanished in June 20Z17 at age 20.
Halifax’s former poet laureate is getting backlash for asking a drugstore chain to remove NHL merchandise that appropriates West Coast Indigenous culture.
Rebecca Thomas, who is Mi’kmaw, tweeted a photo of two garden statues designed in the style of totem poles with NHL logos, asking Lawton’s Drugs why the culturally insensitive items were being sold.
Lawton’s responded to say the products would be pulled from stores, but days later Thomas said she is still receiving a stream of negative and racist messages, some saying she is mentally ill and that Indigenous people are too sensitive.
Thomas said the deluge of comments speaks to the knee-jerk reaction often seen when the country’s history of colonialism is pointed out.
Indigenous-themed mascots, names, imagery and symbols used by non-aboriginal sports teams will be removed from arenas and other facilities in Mississauga, Ont., under a mediated settlement before the province’s human rights tribunal.
In addition to removing the offending materials, the city also agreed to enhance its diversity and inclusion training and to develop a policy related to the use of Indigenous themes and images at its facilities in consultation with various First Nations groups.
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