December 11, 2014 – The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) announced the new National Chief Perry Bellegarde this afternoon at the AFN Special Chiefs Assembly held in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Chief Bellegarde leaves his positions as Chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) and the AFN Saskatchewan Regional Chief and makes the big move to Ottawa, ON to begin his role as National Chief. Congratulations to Chief Bellegarde and candidates AFN Quebec Regional Chief Ghislain Picard and Leon Jordain.
November 15, 2014 – Today marks a very special occasion in North America known as Rock Your Mocs Day. November is Native American history month and this is one many events that celebrates this time of the year. Indigenous people strut your best moccasins through the streets of the urban jungle in every major city centre to all band offices across Turtle Island and everywhere in between. Rock Your Mocs will also featured on all social media sites including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. (Photo provided by M. Strangling Wolf)
October 22, 2014 – Congratulations to Brian Bowman, the first Indigenous Mayor of Winnipeg, Manitoba in the city’s 140 year history. Bowman will lead one of Canada’s major urban centres with the highest Indigenous population in the country. A Metis lawyer, Bowman was one of two Indigenous candidates running in this years election, Robert-Falcon Ouellette, a university administrator from Red Pheasant First Nation was the other popular candidate in the running. Bowmen will be officially sworn in November 4, 2014. Winnipeg’s Indigenous population makes up 12% of the city’s total population. (Photo credit: T. Catcheway)
October 23, 2014 – Ted Nolan, coach for the Buffalo Sabres will square off against his son Jordan Nolan, a forward for the Los Angeles Kings who are also the defending Stanley Cup champions in tonights game at the Staples Centre. A first for both however I imagine its business as usual so with that said Go KINGS Go (sorry Ted). Who are you cheering for?
October 21, 2014 -The final round of hearings will be held from October 21 to 24th, 2014 in Ottawa, Ontario at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. Cindy Blackstock, the Executive Director of the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada (FNCFCS) and the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) filed a joint human rights complaint against the Federal government in 2007, alleging that Canada failed to provide equitable child welfare services to First Nations children living on-reserve on the basis of race. Tribunal resumes tomorrow at 8:30 which are open to the public and is available online on a live webcast. For more information check out the FNCFCS website. The I am a witness campaign invites organizations and people of all ages to follow the case. It includes a comprehensive timeline with the legal submissions by all parties involved in the case along with supporting documents.
October 17. 2014 – We send our deepest condolences to the family of Actress Misty Upham who will be brought home and laid to rest October 25, 2014 on the Muckleshoot Reservation surrounded by loved ones. Her movie credits include Quentin Tarantino’s film Django, August: Osage County and Jimmy P starring Benicio del Toro and Michelle Thrush who expressed her condolences via Facebook; “Shocked and saddened that you left.. RIP Misty.. You fought a good fight sister. May you finally be at peace. You gave so bravely.. Until our next walk together we will all miss your smile my friend..”
The wake is scheduled for Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and a Memorial service on Saturday, October 25, at 2:00 pm at the The Pentecostal Church at Muckleshoot in Auburn, Washington.
October 2, 2014 – The 10th annual Sisters In Spirit march and Vigil in Calgary, AB took place October 2, 2014, a national awareness campaign honouring Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in Canada. The Rally began at 1:00 pm outside the front steps of City Hall, which made its way with drums, banners, and flags to Eau Claire Market) for the Vigil. Hosted by the Awo Taan Healing Lodge Society which included numerous speakers including Executive Director Josie Nepinak and Mayor Nenshi.
Fact sheets were shared with the public of recently release statistics of the Missing and Murdered Aboriginal women in Canada; for example more than 1,200 Indigenous women have been murdered or are missing between 1980 and 2012.