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  • May 2, 2016
  • Compiled by Shari Narine

Firefighter charged in trestle bridge fire

May 2, 2016. A Mayerthorpe firefighter will appear in Stony Plain Provincial Court on Wednesday facing 18 counts of arson, including setting fire to the CN trestle bridge in Mayerthorpe. Lawson Michael Schalm was arrested and charged by the Mayerthorpe RCMP on Saturday. Schalm helped fight the trestle fire,…

  • May 2, 2016
  • Compiled by Shari Narine

 

May 2, 2016. The impact of WrapED will be the topic of discussion Tuesday as collaborators report back to the community half way through the program’s five-year mandate. WrapED (Wraparound Edmonton) is aimed at keeping high risk youth away from gangs. It is a collaboration between Native Counselling Services of Alberta. Africa Centre, Edmonton John…

  • April 28, 2016
  • Shari Narine Sweetgrass Contributing Editor ATHABASCA CHIPEWYAN FIRST NATION

April 28, 2016.

Two days after Treaty 8 signed a protocol agreement with the province and Treaty 8 Deputy Grand Chief Isaac Laboucan-Avirom said, “Actions will speak louder than words,” the government has announced it will be withdrawing Bill 22.

Indigenous Relations Minister Richard Feehan said Wednesday the government would withdraw the bill, which created a levy to fund, in…

  • April 28, 2016
  • Compiled by Shari Narine

 

April 28, 2016. A nine-year-old girl missing overnight on Frog Lake First Nation was found safe Thursday morning. Elk Point RCMP said the girl was taken to hospital as a precaution but was determined not to have any injuries, frostbite or hypothermia. She said the three dogs that went missing with her the night before had laid beside her throughout…

  • April 28, 2016
  • Compiled by Shari Narine

April 27, 2016. Sandra Laronde, director of Indigenous Arts at The Banff Centre, will be curating a Sesquicentennial Signature Music Initiative for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra's for Canada's 150th celebration in 2017. Currently, she also serves on the Sesquicentennial Advisory for the TSO. Programming for the project will explore current and past Canadian composers, Canada'…

  • April 28, 2016
  • Compiled by Shari Narine

Indigenous artists headline new exhibit at AGA

April 28, 2016. An exhibition of new works by two internationally known Indigenous artists opens in the Art Gallery of Alberta, in Edmonton, on Saturday. A Parallel Excavation: Duane Linklater & Tanya Lukin Linklater is curated by Ociciwan Contemporary Art Collective. The exhibition features…

  • April 27, 2016
  • Compiled by Shari Narine

Health disparities topic of weekend forum

April 27, 2016. The School of Public Health at the University of Alberta will be hosting an international conference entitled Transforming Health Care in Remote Communities, on Friday and Saturday, in Edmonton. Among the topics to be discussed is the health disparities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous…

  • April 27, 2016
  • Compiled by Shari Narine

Minister of Employment, Workforce and Labour MaryAnn Mihychuk (second from left) meets with (from left) McMurray Métis board member Harvey Sykes, Fort Chipewyan Métis President Fred “Jumbo” Fraser, McMurray Métis President Gail Gallup,  McMurray Métis Vice President Bill Loutitt, and Conklin Métis board member Val Quintal.
(Photo supplied by: McMurray Métis Local…

  • April 26, 2016
  • Shari Narine Sweetgrass Contributing Editor EDMONTON

April 26, 2016.

A protocol agreement establishing how Treaty 8 and the province will work together on an ongoing basis was signed Tuesday.

“Actions will speak louder than words,” said Treaty 8 Deputy Grand Chief Isaac Laboucan-Avirom.I’m looking forward to the challenges. There are many challenges in front of us from the environment to economy to education, so…

  • April 26, 2016
  • Compiled by Shari Narine

Dene Tha First Nation looks to join Dene Nation

April 26, 2016. Dene Tha First Nation wants to become the second Alberta First Nation to join the Northwest Territories-centred Dene Nation, claiming the in-Canada borders are artificial. "We do have traditional boundaries that overlap into Northwest Territories," said Chief Joe Pastion, "and our Elders,…

  • April 26, 2016
  • Compiled by Shari Narine

Métis Nation of Alberta President Audrey Poitras (front row far right) celebrates the Daniels’ decision.

(Photo: Metis Nation of Alberta)

 

April 26, 2016. The Métis Nation of Alberta will host a gathering April 30 to celebrate the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in the Daniels case. On April 14, SCC ruled that Métis…

  • April 25, 2016
  • Shari Narine Sweetgrass Contributing Editor EDMONTON

April 25, 2016.

“It is impossible to come out of the system okay.”

Those were the words relayed by Child and Youth Advocate Del Graff, on behalf of a mother, who lost her two boys to suicide.

On Monday, Graff released a report that recounted the deaths of the two brothers, ages 15 and 18, and five other Indigenous youth in a period of 18-months. All seven children, ranging…

  • April 25, 2016
  • Compiled by Shari Narine

April 22, 2016. Firearms and drugs seized from a residence in Fort Macleod have led to charges being laid against five people. Seized were powder cocaine, crack cocaine and marihuana, worth $15,000 on the street, as well as two rifles and one prohibited firearm, a machete and knife, and approximately $1,000 in cash. Facing numerous charges under the Controlled Drug and…

  • April 25, 2016
  • Compiled by Shari Narine

April 25, 2016. A group of First Nations youth from Siksika and Calgary are in Cuba for a month long tour. Wandering Spirit Native Awareness features dancers ranging in age from 12 to 20 years. Over the past three months they have been crafting their dance regalia and perfecting their choreography, including learning new techniques like the Metis jig. Many of the young dancers…

  • April 22, 2016
  • Shari Narine Sweetgrass Contributing Editor EDMONTON

April 22, 2016.

For years, Brittney Bear Hat and her older sister Richelle Bear Hat have been exploring their identity in individual projects. But now they have come together for that exploration and the result is a show at the Art Gallery of Alberta. Right next door to the main feature 7: Professional Native Indian Artists Inc. 


Photo: Sisters Richelle and…