First Nations/Indigenous Media

2020 Nov 21 - 11:06pm
APTN News (Canada)
Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart says he’s preparing to table a motion that would see city council vote on the decriminalization of simple possession of illicit drugs. “Personal possession and use of drugs are not a criminal justice issue, it’s a health issue, and it’s time we fully embraced a health-focused approach to substance use. In fact, it’s long overdue,” said Stewart during a news conference on...
Tags: National News, B.C., British Columbia, Decriminalization, drug possession, Kennedy Stewart
2020 Nov 21 - 10:13pm
APTN News (Canada)
The first birth Indigenous doula Roberta Williams attended also happened to be the first child born in Kwagu’ł territory in over 30 years. Williams, 23, is one of 17 Indigenous doulas trained last year, in what is a new wave of traditional birth knowledge and reclamation. “To have a birth in your traditional territory was so surreal. The energy in that room felt like no other. My heart was so happy,” says Williams, reflecting on her first...
Tags: junktag (ignore), National News, B.C., British Columbia, doulas, traditional birth
2020 Nov 21 - 8:32am
APTN News (Canada)
A Saulteaux woman says she was wrongfully convicted for murder and is fighting for her freedom after spending more than 25 years in prison. Odelia Quewezance was convicted of second-degree murder in 1994 for her part in the killing of Kamsack, Sask. area farmer Anthony Joseph Dolff, 70. “I know he was still alive when we were in that living room,” she said. “I didn’t kill him.” Odelia Quewezance is now housed at a healing lodge in western...
Tags: Investigates, Anthony Joseph Dolff, Connie Oakes, Murder, junktag (ignore), Odelia Quewezance
2020 Nov 21 - 6:58am
APTN News (Canada)
A reporter asks Nunavut’s chief public health officer Dr. Michael Patterson a question in English. Patterson starts to respond in English. Loudly, the Inuk woman next to him shouts out, “Wait!” That woman is Ooleepika Ikkidluak, and Patterson forgot to wait for Inuktitut interpretation. Patterson smiles to himself, his face says it all: I did it again and she got me. Ikkidluak has been an Inuktitut interpreter for 30 years. When the COVID-19...
Tags: junktag (ignore), National News, coronavirus, covid-19, Nunavut, pandemic
2020 Nov 21 - 6:43am
APTN News (Canada)
The prime minister warns that COVID-19 cases are “spiking out of control” and – unlike the first wave – they’re hitting some First Nations extra hard. The number of active COVID-19 cases on First Nations reserves has increased tenfold in the last two months, primarily in western provinces, which has health officials warning of continued surges if people don’t take stricter measures to curb to the spread. “The predictions are that we will have...
Tags: junktag (ignore), National News, coronavirus, covid-19, First Nations, junktag (ignore)
2020 Nov 21 - 3:23am
APTN News (Canada)
Frantic families spoke out Friday about two missing women last seen in Manitoba. The cases aren’t connected although there are similarities. The women are both from a First Nation and close in age. And two different police agencies investigating their disappearances released information publicly on the same day. “These last eight months have been a nightmare for our family,” said Betty Lynxleg, aunt of Melinda Lynxleg. “Melinda’s six children...
Tags: junktag (ignore), National News, Cynthia Parisian, Manitoba, Melinda Lynxleg, missing and murdered indigenous women and girls
2020 Nov 20 - 11:13pm
APTN News (Canada)
A high-risk First Nations youth was abruptly removed from a “stable” foster home a day after the foster mother appeared in an APTN News story highlighting concerns within Weechi-it-te-win Family Services, a First Nation child welfare agency in Fort Frances, Ont. And the removal happened after the 15-year-old’s mental health consultant advised against any move saying the youth should be kept in the foster mom’s home, which she had been in since...
Tags: junktag (ignore), National News, Child Welfare, Fort Frances, laurie rose, junktag (ignore)
2020 Nov 20 - 10:53pm
APTN News (Canada)
A First Nation that sits on the border between northwestern Ontario and Manitoba will impose a lockdown starting Friday as COVID-19 cases climb in the region. Iskatewizaagegan 39 – also known as Shoal Lake 39 – announced the coming measures late Wednesday, advising people to stock up on prescriptions and groceries ahead of the lockdown that will see offices and the local school closed. The measure from the chief and council comes...
Tags: National News, coronavirus, covid-19, Manitoba, Ontario, pandemic
2020 Nov 20 - 8:38am
APTN News (Canada)
Calgary’s Bear Clan Patrol has only been around for about a year – but Gitz Derange says they’ve already grown a strong relationship with the community – and police. “They know who we are and what we do and they’re really supportive of us,” said Derange who heads up the Calgary Bear Clan Patrol. “When they had that drug bust the other week, we were the first people they called up for us to do more patrols.” On Nov. 4, Calgary city council...
Tags: junktag (ignore), National News, Alberta, Calgary, Calgary Bear Clan Patrol, Defund Police
2020 Nov 20 - 8:25am
APTN News (Canada)
Algonquin and Black rights activists in Ottawa took to the streets Thursday and blocked off one of the busiest intersections in the downtown core. The demonstration began at Ottawa city hall with a land acknowledgment and opening prayer. Then a crow of approximately 70 people marched down the street and blocked off the intersection of Laurier Ave. and Nicholas St. Jace House is from Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg north of Ottawa. He says people...
Tags: National News, Black Lives Matter, Indigenous Lives Matter, Ontario, Ottawa, rally
2020 Nov 18 - 7:50am
APTN News (Canada)
He has mixed songs for Drake, Method Man, Redman and many more but David Strickland says he just assumes nobody knows who he is. For more than a generation, Strickland has been helping hone the Toronto sound, even before it became the OVO Sound under Drake’s reign. Over the years, Strickland has worked with many of the biggest names in the Toronto hip hop scene – artists like Maestro, Choclair and Kardinal Offishall. Strickland’s...
Tags: Face to Face, David Strickland, Drake, Face to Face, Hip Hop, junktag (ignore)
2020 Nov 18 - 7:02am
APTN News (Canada)
Sen. Murray Sinclair has teamed up with primatologist Jane Goodall to propose a law to protect captive animals and ban imports of elephant ivory and hunting trophies into Canada. “I’m introducing a bill in the Senate of Canada that will establish some of the strongest animal-protection laws in the world,” Sinclair told a news conference Tuesday. “Certainly, the strongest animal-protection laws in Canada.” Sinclair...
Tags: National News, captive animals, elephants, imported ivory, Jane Goodall, Senate of Canada
2020 Nov 18 - 6:59am
APTN News (Canada)
A small northern community in Saskatchewan that escaped the first wave of COVID-19 is now in a fight to contain the deadly virus. Fond du Lac, a fly in community located 800 km north of Saskatoon, didn’t see any cases of COVID-19 until last week – now dozens of people have tested positive. “Today we are at 39 cases and the direct contact with positive cases were over 219 as of this morning,” says Diane McDonald, COVID-19 coordinator for Fond...
Tags: National News, covid-19, Fond du Lac, outbreak, Saskatchewan
2020 Nov 18 - 6:57am
APTN News (Canada)
Mi’kmaw chiefs appearing before a Parliamentary committee looking into fishing rights say the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) is not upholding its treaty obligations and is only looking to appease non-Indigenous fishers rather than implementing Mi’kmaw rights. George Ginnish, chief of Eel Ground First Nation in New Brunswick said the Mi’kmaw were recently offered rights reconciliation agreements which would mean as part of the...
Tags: National News, DFO, fisheries, livelihood, Mi’kmaw, moderate
2020 Nov 18 - 6:51am
APTN News (Canada)
Quebec’s Indigenous Affairs Minister says he’s committed to making one announcement a week until Christmas to concretely address the findings of the Viens Commission Inquiry – something his predecessor was criticized for lagging on. Sylvie D’Amours was replaced as Indigenous Affairs minister by Lafreniere in mid-October after an outcry from chiefs in Quebec over the lack of progress throughout her two-year mandate. “We had almost like a...
Tags: junktag (ignore), National News, Assembly of First Nations Quebec and Labrador, Chiefs, Ghislain Picard, meeting