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From survivors to 'thrivers': Former residential school students connect with culture and each other

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - September 30, 2019 - 4:00am
Christina Kitchekesik

For one group of former residential school students in Winnipeg, returning to their culture and teachings has them identifying themselves in a new way.

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How Orange Shirt Day is sparking healing in this Mohawk community

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - September 30, 2019 - 4:00am
Fran Montour

For the majority of her adult life, Tonia Williams didn’t have a relationship with her father Wendell. But Orange Shirt Day helped change that.

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Indigenous leaders issue challenge to Quebec with today's release of Viens report: Act on it

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - September 30, 2019 - 4:00am
Johnny Anautak

After more than nine months of harrowing testimony from Indigenous people in Quebec about the abuse, mistreatment and neglect they have endured, the much-anticipated final report of the Viens inquiry is to be made public this morning.

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University students folding 1,000 origami ravens as part of 'wish' for reconciliation

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - September 29, 2019 - 9:00pm
Beverly Best, UNBC

In the Japanese tradition of folding 1,000 origami cranes to get their greatest wish, staff and students at the University of Northern B.C. in Prince George are folding 1,000 origami ravens to support their wish for reconciliation.

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MMFA asking for public's help in finding missing totem pole hand

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - September 29, 2019 - 1:04pm
Totem pole

On the evening between Sept. 19 and 20, the left hand on the artwork was stolen from its home on Sherbrooke Street, the museum says.

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Future of Labrador seniors' van program at risk, Friendship Centre says

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - September 29, 2019 - 12:37pm
Rain car window

The Labrador Friendship Centre says it has usually heard by now whether funding is approved for a valuable transportation service it offers.

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High school dropout to PhD: Gwichyà Gwich'in woman graduates with doctorate

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - September 29, 2019 - 6:00am
Crystal Fraser

Crystal Fraser of Inuvik, N.W.T., can now put the title 'doctor' in front of her name, after successfully defending her PhD thesis recently.

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Next federal government needs to amend Cannabis Act, say First Nation chiefs

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - September 29, 2019 - 4:00am
Tyendinaga pot

The next federal government needs to amend the Cannabis Act so First Nations can have jurisdiction over the industry on their territories, to seize its economic potential and avoid potential conflicts, according to some Indigenous leaders.

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Indigenous communities need authority over child welfare says legal advocacy group

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - September 28, 2019 - 4:00pm
child-social worker-CFS-foster

A new report from Westcoast LEAF identifies what B.C. First Nations need to better support Indigenous families and keep children out of ministry care.

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Canadian Indigenous water activist Autumn Peltier addresses UN on clean water

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - September 28, 2019 - 2:21pm
Global Landscapes Forum

Canadian Indigenous water activist Autumn Peltier addressed hundreds of international guests at UN headquarters in Manhattan on Saturday. The 15-year-old activist from Wiikwemkoong First Nation on Manitoulin Island in northern Ontario urged the global community to respect the sacredness and importance of clean water.

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Students, staff celebrate 10 years at K'àlemì Dene School in Ndilo

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - September 28, 2019 - 10:00am
Ndilo School Basketball Court

Students, teachers and community members in Ndilo, N.W.T., are celebrating the K’àlemì Dene School as it marks its 10th anniversary.

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Ailing elder enjoys his own celebration of life party in Fort Smith

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - September 28, 2019 - 8:00am
Lawrence Cheezie 2

Often, celebrations of life are held after a loved one dies, but the family and friends of Lawrence Cheezie chose a different path this past weekend, and held a community celebration so that the respected elder could attend and enjoy it. 

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Oneida hoop dancer honoured with Rising Star award

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - September 28, 2019 - 6:00am
River Christie-White

London's Atlohsa Family Healing Services is honouring River Christie-White of Oneida Nation of the Thames with one of eight annual peace awards.

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Chronic illness, addiction, mental health all focus in medical outreach initiative

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - September 27, 2019 - 9:40pm
Wellenss wheel

An organization that works with Indigenous communities and groups around Saskatchewan is looking to introduce a new care model. 

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Supreme Court visits with Indigenous groups 'a step towards reconciliation': grand chief

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - September 27, 2019 - 7:58pm
Chief Justice Richard Wagner and Grand Chief Arlen Dumas

Indigenous and French-language leaders say the Supreme Court of Canada’s historic visit to Winnipeg is a step forward for reconciliation and respect for minority rights.

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Winnipeg's North End a backdrop for renowned artist Kent Monkman to explore colonialism, resilience

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - September 27, 2019 - 5:36pm
Kent Monkman

Kent Monkman's latest exhibition, which etches Indigenous expressions into a picture of Winnipeg's contemporary streets, had its Winnipeg opening on Friday at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

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Nunatsiavut president waiting for sit-down with premier on ferry concerns

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - September 27, 2019 - 3:46pm
Johannes Lampe

The president of the Nunatsiavut government says he's disappointed Premier Dwight Ball had time to deal with comments made by an MHA earlier this month but hasn't made time to discuss their concerns about the north coast ferry.

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Proposed Kenora Justice Centre moves forward

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - September 27, 2019 - 3:07pm
Kenora court house

A proposed new justice centre in Kenora has taken a step forward, with the Ontario government announcing the creation of an advisory council that will guide the facility's development.

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Coroner's inquest into death of Cynthia Blackjack set for January

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - September 27, 2019 - 2:15pm
Cynthia Blackjack

Cynthia Blackjack's family and First Nation have argued that 'systemic racism' may have been a factor in the Yukon woman's 2013 death. A coroner's inquest has been scheduled for January.

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Off-reserve Mi'kmaq sue N.S. over treaty hunting, fishing rights

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - September 27, 2019 - 1:03pm
Mik'maq flag

The Nova Scotia government is facing a class-action lawsuit in a dispute over Mi'kmaw treaty hunting and fishing rights, after the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi'kmaw Chiefs and the province agreed on a new system for recognizing rights holders.

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