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Canada must improve COVID-19 data collection for Indigenous communities, minister says

May 9, 2020 - 9:27pm
Marc Miller

Canada must improve its COVID-19 data collection efforts for First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities if it wants to better understand how the novel coronavirus is impacting Indigenous people across the country, Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller said Saturday.

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Police in Saskatoon arrest woman who escaped from Edmonton healing lodge in 2018

May 9, 2020 - 5:19pm
Saskatoon Police

Correctional Service of Canada says an inmate, who escaped from an Edmonton facility in 2018, was arrested by police in Saskatoon on Saturday morning.

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Newly-elected chief of the Selkirk First Nation aims to bring housing, jobs to citizens

May 9, 2020 - 11:00am
Darin Isaac

Darin Isaac was elected on Wednesday as the new chief of the Selkirk First Nation in Yukon. Isaac also held the position for two terms from 2005 to 2011. He has also served as a councillor for three terms.

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Yukon has a new Indigenous commercial pilot

May 9, 2020 - 9:00am
Shadunjen van Kampen

Shadunjen van Kampen, a 21-year-old member of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations in Yukon, recently completed her written exams and flight test. She plans to be a commercial bush pilot. 

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Ottawa teen's 7th annual run for missing and murdered Indigenous women goes virtual

May 9, 2020 - 4:00am
Theland Kicknosway

Teenager Theland Kicknosway's annual run for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls is being turned into a virtual event this year, and he's calling on people from across North America to join him.

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With the goal of better representation in media, this college is launching an Indigenous cinema program

May 9, 2020 - 4:00am

Kiuna College hopes to play an active role in the emergence of the next generation of Indigenous filmmakers and creators.

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First Nations COVID-19 cases undercounted, says AFN national chief

May 8, 2020 - 7:36pm
FedElxn First Nations 20190909

Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde says COVID-19 infection rates among First Nations people are undercounted as a result of failures in information sharing between federal, provincial and territorial governments.

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Wikwemikong Nursing Home declares outbreak

May 8, 2020 - 7:33pm
Duke Peltier

Provincial surveillance testing has returned a positive case of COVID-19 in a resident of Wikwemikong Nursing Home on Manitoulin Island. Ogimaa Duke Peltier says every staff member and resident underwent tests Tuesday and Wednesday of this week and the results are starting to come in.

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Cole Pauls wrote an action-packed comic to help preserve Indigenous language

May 8, 2020 - 4:38pm
Dakwakada Warriors by Cole Pauls

Two Earth Protectors are charged with saving the planet from evil pioneers and cyborg sasquatches in Dakwäkãda Warriors. The comic, which incorporates a blend of English and Southern Tutchone, serves as an allegory for colonialism.

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Federal COVID-19 Indigenous business relief still leaves 'critical gaps,' says financial organization

May 8, 2020 - 3:38pm
Chief Terry Paul

A First Nations financial organization in the Atlantic region is voicing concern over the exclusion of band-owned, non-taxable businesses in federal financial relief programs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Retail stores in Fort William First Nation reopen to general public

May 8, 2020 - 3:15pm
Peter Collins Fort William

Retail stores in Fort William First Nation (FWFN) reopened to the general public on May 5, but they are under new operating requirements, the band council announced Friday. However, the residential area of the First Nation remains accessible only to people who live in the community.

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Pukatawagan proposal to repurpose youth centre as field hospital passed over for temporary shelters

May 8, 2020 - 12:47pm
Dynamic Air Shelters

A northern Manitoba First Nation is wondering why the federal government ignored their community's proposal for an emergency COVID-19 response space in favour of a Calgary company's. 

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Zoey Roy first Indigenous author to participate in NAC's #CanadaPerforms

May 8, 2020 - 12:28pm
Zoey Roy in the St. Frances classroom

Last month, the National Arts Centre launched #CanadaPerforms, an initiative that pays musicians and writers to perform from their living rooms. Poet Zoey Roy gave an intimate performance from her living room in Kingston. 

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Healing through humour: Author Drew Hayden Taylor on why laughing matters

May 8, 2020 - 12:05pm
Drew Hayden Taylor with books

Author Drew Hayden Taylor was recently shortlisted for the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour, for his play "Cottagers and Indians," a first for a play.

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Fry Bread: Children's book explores the connection between cooking and colonization

May 8, 2020 - 11:23am
 A Native American Family Story

Award-winning children's book explores big questions about colonization and identity.

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At least 18 First Nations in northeastern Ontario close borders to keep outsiders and COVID-19 away

May 8, 2020 - 6:53am
Whitefish River First Nation checkpoint

More than a dozen First Nations in northeastern Ontario have closed their borders to outsiders during the pandemic. It's creating some friction, but in the long-run could help to better define what Indigenous self-government really means. 

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Lessons learned during H1N1 guide Ottawa's response to COVID-19 in First Nations

May 8, 2020 - 6:00am

The federal government is looking to hire paramedics who can fly up to remote First Nations in case there’s a surge of COVID-19 cases, and officials say it’s evidence of a different approach to Indigenous health care than during the H1N1 outbreak.

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Champion Manitoba jigger launches online competition to spread joy amid pandemic

May 8, 2020 - 6:00am
Ryan Richard

Acclaimed jigger Ryan Richard, from Sandy Bay First Nation, is calling all dancers to showcase their skills in an online jigging competition.

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Thought to be extinct, Beothuk DNA is still present in N.L. families, genetics researcher finds

May 8, 2020 - 4:27am
Demasduit painting by Henrietta Hamilton

A St. John’s genetics specialist has found DNA connections that link the long-vanished Beothuk people to contemporary people, almost two centuries after the last known Beothuk died. 

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Supporters propose changes to N.B. motor vehicle act to honour Brady Francis

May 8, 2020 - 4:00am
Brady Francis

Friends and family of Brady Francis, a 22-year-old man who died in 2018 after a hit-and-run collision, are proposing changes to make reporting vehicle collisions with wildlife mandatory in New Brunswick.

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