Washington, Aug 14 (Canadian-Media): There have been recent discussion between librarians and staff regarding mapping of indigenous maps using film, images, and sound recordings, all centered on a custom designed map in the Library of Congress (LoC), LoC reports said.
Poet Laureate, Joy Harjo's research about the mapping of indigenous cultures in the Geography and Map Division in the of the Library of Congress (LoC), led him to the Story Map Project (SMP) which provides the software and a platform to enables curators, librarians and staff to make online interactive applications that highlight LoC collections.
Both for linguists and for poets, language has a strong connection to place, and the indigenous maps found in the Geography and Map Division are complex visual reflections of this concept.
The Division holds several extremely rare maps written in Nahuatl, a language from the Uto-Aztecan family which was spoken by the ancient Aztecs and currently by about one million people in Mexico and Central America.
Joy, who was keen to research how language and our collections of indigenous mapping connect cultures and people to place, was encouraged to create one of these applications to making a map reflecting the languages and places inhabited by the indigenous poets of the Americas.
Joy Harjo and curator John Hessler looking at the Nahua Mapa Quetzalecatzin, an indigenous map created in Mexico around 1590. Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress. Photo by Shawn Miller.
During their exploration, Joy Harjo and curator John Hessler came across Mapa Quetzalecatzin, one of the world’s great masterpieces of indigenous cartography that was recently acquired by the Library of Congress.
The map was made by Aztec scribes in 1593, and is a rare survival of an early indigenous manuscript from the Americas.
Written with Nahuatl hieroglyphs and logograms, it graphically tells the story of a noble family, starting in the 1400s and extending more than a century into the 1590s.
With a striking palette of reds and bluish greens it relates the genealogy of a man named Lord-11 Quetzalecatzin, and connects his descendants to the lands on which they were born and had lived and farmed. The internal logic of the map shows a family’s history on one side, with their lands on the other, and reinforces visually that space and time are seen in Nahuatl thought as deeply united and a single concept. In maps like this a kind of geopoetics comes into being, as space and language evolve into philosophy and metaphysics.
Detail of Nahua Hieroglyphic Writing on the Mapa Quetzalecatzin. Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress.
Other examples of indigenous mapping shown during Joy’s visit included a very rare Comanche pictographic map drawn in 1787 to show the Battle of Sierra Blanca. The map, which was composed using pictographs, narrates a battle that took place between two Plains Indian tribes, the Comanche and the Apache. The pictographic form, while understandable to its indigenous authors, was later annotated with a key written in Spanish which narrated for a European audience the dynamics of the battle as if it were unfolding before them.
Comanche and Apache Battle Map from 1787 composed with pictographs. Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress.
As our tour progressed and we looked at more modern materials showing tribal lands, Joy often reflected on her love for cartography and on the fact that she included a map in her last book. Joy has also found a place for maps in the language of her poetry—in, for example, her poem “A Map to the Next World.”
In the last line of that poem Joy writes, “You must make your own map,” and so the rest of her visit centered on her desire to actually make a map of the locations and the “places of emergence” of indigenous poets of the past and present. Once I heard this I could not help but introduce her to the Story Map Project, which started a few years ago at the Library. This project provides the software and a platform that allows curators, librarians and staff to make online interactive applications that highlight our collections using film, images, and sound recordings, all centered on a custom designed map.
Statement by Minister Bennett, Minister O’Regan and Minister Rodriguez on International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples
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Ottawa, Aug 9 (Canadian-Media): The following statement was issued by Carolyn Bennett, the Minister of Indigenous Services, Seamus O’Regan, the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, and Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, today to mark the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, media reports said.
Top: Pablo Rodriguez, Bottom: Seamus O’Regan (left) Carolyn Bennett (right)/Facebook
“Today marks the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. We know that one day alone cannot express the innumerable contributions of Indigenous Peoples and communities around the world, but we hope that all Canadians take this opportunity to reflect and celebrate these achievements.
2019 marks the International Year of Indigenous Languages. It is also the theme of this year’s International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. According to UNESCO, three-quarters of the 90 Indigenous languages in Canada are considered endangered.
As language is essential to Indigenous Peoples’ identity and culture, the Government of Canada recognizes it must act with urgency, along with Indigenous Peoples, to reverse that trend.
We reached a major milestone this year towards reclaiming, revitalizing, maintaining and strengthening Indigenous languages as the Indigenous Languages Act was granted Royal Assent. This represents an important step on the path to reconciliation. Together with Indigenous Peoples, we are working hard to ensure that Indigenous languages can flourish across the country.
Unfortunately, too many Canadians still do not know the histories and contributions of Indigenous peoples. There is much to learn, and today provides a real opportunity for all to listen and understand how Indigenous Peoples have helped shape our world. Now, as we embark on a new path, we are acknowledging the wrongs of the past and looking towards Indigenous Peoples and communities to help shape the world of tomorrow.
In Canada, we are seeing the profound impact that strong and productive collaboration with Indigenous Peoples – based on the recognition of rights, respect and partnership – can have. Every day, the Government of Canada continues to collaborate with First Nations, Inuit and Métis partners across the country through negotiation and dialogue to co-develop agreements that advance reconciliation and address community priorities, including governance, education, language, closing socio-economic gaps, and addressing historical wrongs.
Today marks an opportunity for us all to commit to reconciliation, regardless of our background and to be guided by the standards set out in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Together, we can truly make reconciliation an action, and not just a concept. We wish all of you a memorable International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.”
Kenora (ON), Aug 6 (Canadian-Media): It was announced today by Todd Smith, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services, that Ontario is investing up to $5 million in funding for new and expanded Indigenous mental health and addictions services, including support for continued community-led responses to social crisis, media reports said.
Ontario is also planning to invest $3.8 billion over 10 years to develop and implement a comprehensive and connected mental health and addictions strategy.
This new funding will enable Indigenous communities around the province get needed care and services closer to home and support mental health training, development and support for frontline workers, including youth-focused outreach workers who provide culturally appropriate support.
“It’s important to be responsive to the diverse needs of Indigenous communities through programs and services that are designed by Indigenous peoples and delivered in a culturally appropriate way,” said Minister Smith. “I’m proud to be working with Indigenous partners to put these new supports in place to make sure help is there when people need it.”
This funding is part of the additional $174 million the government is providing this year to address critical gaps in services across Ontario and
Ontario will be making this additional funding available every year.
“Our government is making mental health and addictions services a priority and taking a cross-government approach to solving community mental health and addictions challenges,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “This additional funding for Indigenous communities will help support more culturally appropriate frontline services and address some of the critical gaps in the system. Investments like these are part of our long-term plan to build a modern and integrated public health care system that is focused on local needs, the patient experience and better-connected care.”
“These investments are part of our commitment to develop and implement a comprehensive and connected mental health and addictions strategy,” said Michael Tibollo, Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
Fredericton, New Brunswick (Canada) July 24 (Canadian-Media): An announcement was made today by Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Indigenous Services on behalf of Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, informing that Canada is investing more than $4.1 million over two years to preserve, promote and revitalize Indigenous languages in Atlantic Canada.
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Budget 2019 includes an investment of $333.7 million over five years, followed by $115.7 million per year thereafter, to support the implementation of the act. This funding, which is provided through the Aboriginal Languages Initiative, will support 36 community-based projects, in Indigenous communities in the Atlantic provinces, including language camps, classes, immersion programs and mentor-apprentice programs, distribution of language resources, including translator tools, educational materials and children’s books and preservation, revitalization and promotion of the Maliseet, Mi’kmaq, Passamaquoddy, Wolastoqey and Innu-Aimun languages.
“Together with Indigenous partners, we are ensuring that Indigenous languages can flourish across the country,” said Rodríguez.
“We understand the importance of these projects, as they make a genuine difference and have a major impact in the revitalization of Indigenous languages," said Seamus O’Regan
UNESCO declared 2019 the International Year of Indigenous Languages. According to UNESCO, three-quarters of the 90 Indigenous languages in Canada are considered endangered. On June 21, the Governor General of Canada granted Royal Assent to the Indigenous Languages Act.
Fredericton (New Brunswick), July 23 (Canadian-Media): Perry Bellegarde, the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is lobbying to influence political platforms ahead of the federal election in October, media reports said.
"With the federal election coming, I want to say now the importance of voting and the importance of influencing all party platforms,” Perry Bellegarde said Tuesday as he addressed the AFN’s annual general assembly in Fredericton.
He said 61.5 percent of eligible First Nations voters cast their ballots in 2015, and he wants that number to increase during the upcoming election.
“If you want to become prime minister or member of Parliament, you better listen to our people and our concerns, because we vote now and have impact,” he said. “That’s what’s going to happen in October. We’re not going to be pushed to the side anymore.”
The group’s top priority is climate change, said Bellegarde. The second priority is restorative justice.
“Why are there so many First Nations people in jail?” he asked. “There’s not only common law and civil law recognized in Canada. There’s got to be room for First Nation’s law and natural law — Creator’s law,” he said.
He called on First Nations people to make an informed choice after looking at the parties’ priorities.
Obashkaandagaang First Nations partners with Canada to bring clean and safe drinking water to community residents
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Ottawa, July 12 (Canadian): Canada is partnering with First Nations to improve water infrastructure and support access to safe, clean and reliable drinking water in First Nations communities, media reports said.
"Water is sacred to our people...every living part of creation...that we are building a new water treatment plant...development of our community and addressing our priorities as a Nation," said Marilyn Sinclair, chief of Obashkaandagaang -- located 15 kilometres southwest of Kenora, Ontario.
An announcement was made yesterday regarding upcoming design phase for a new water treatment system in the community by Bob Nault, Member of Parliament for Kenora along with Sinclair, on behalf of Seamus O'Regan, Minister of Indigenous Services.
Over $8 million for the design and construction of the project would be provided by the Indigenous Services Canada (ISC). After the completion of the project, two long-term drinking water advisories would be eliminated by the new water treatment system to restore clean and safe drinking water to current and future residents in the community.
Besides a new water treatment plant, a new water main distribution system, and 11 decentralized systems and a plan to hire a consultant for the design phase of the project.
"The Government of Canada...look forward to partnering with Obashkaandagaang...will also bring us one step closer to eliminating all long-term drinking water advisories in First Nations communities," said O'Regan.
"Clean and safe drinking water is vital to quality of life, especially for residents of First Nations communities in northern Ontario," said Bob Nault.
Ottawa, Jul 7 (Canadian-Media): Ontario's Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines and Indigenous Affairs Greg Rickford issued this statement today about the Ontario government's response to the wildfire in Northwestern Ontario:
"Emergency response personnel are working closely with the Ontario Provincial Police, community leaders, and other agencies to fight the fires in Northwestern Ontario and ensure people can evacuate safely. Multiple First Nation communities across the region are threatened with risks to public health and wellness.
On behalf of the Province, I want to thank neighbouring communities who have volunteered to support those affected. While local authorities will lead and coordinate evacuations of people, we are on the front-line fighting the fire.
I appreciate the tireless efforts of first responders and leadership in the affected Indigenous communities, and want to thank them for working to protect these communities.
We will continue to monitor the situation, engage our municipal partners and provide updates as they become available. We will do everything we can to protect residents, visitors and property. The safety and well-being of those in the affected areas is the priority as we respond to this emergency."
#IndigenousAffairs; #FirstNation; #relocationofKashechewanFirstNation
Toronto, May 9 (Canadian-Media): Greg Rickford, Minister of Indigenous Affairs issued the following statement today, according to media reports.
"The Ontario Government is committed to do everything in its authority to support the relocation of Kashechewan First Nation.
Today, Kashechewan, Ontario and the federal government signed an agreement that commits the parties to work together to develop a community planning and development process that includes necessary steps to relocate the community.
Kashechewan faces a number of challenges that affect the well-being and safety of community members, including repeated, costly, evacuations in response to annual flooding and infrastructure issues. Ontario supports the efforts of the community and the federal government to secure a new location for the community where families can build their futures together and practice their traditions.
While the federal government has ultimate responsibility for the relocation, we are proud to play an important role and I was pleased to tell Chief Friday and the federal government that we are committed to fast tracking the provincial actions necessary to support relocation. I have had incredible opportunities to work in and with First Nation communities, as a nurse, lawyer and former federal cabinet Minister, and I am pleased that we have now taken this important step forward to improve the long-term health and sustainability of the community.
Ontario will continue to ensure the safety of community members by working with community leaders and host communities to safely evacuate the people of Kashechewan during flood season."
UN rights experts call on Philippines Government to halt ‘unacceptable attacks’ on Victoria Tauli-Corpuz
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United Nations, May 1 (Canadian-Media/UN): False claims levelled at the UN expert on the rights of indigenous peoples by her own Government in the Philippines, “are without grounding in fact or law” and must cease immediately, said a statement issued by a group of her fellow experts today, United Nations (UN) reports said.
Image Credit: UN Photo/Manuel Elias: Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, at a press briefing on indigenous peoples' collective rights to lands, territories and natural resources on 16 April 2018, at UN Headquarters in New York.
In a joint statement, three UN Special Rapporteurs, or independent rights experts, said that “new accusations” against fellow rapporteur, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, had been made by officials in the Government of President Rodrigo Duterte, “clearly in retaliation for her invaluable work defending the human rights of indigenous people worldwide”.
Government officials have accused Ms. Corpuz of being an affiliate of the Communist Party in the southeast Asian island archipelago, and it’s alleged “terrorist activities” there. On 13 March, the Deputy Chief of Staff for Civil-Military Operations, Brigadier General Antonio Parlade, alleged at a news conference in the capital Manila, that the UN itself had been “infiltrated by the Communist Party of the Philippines through Ms. Tauli-Corpuz", said the experts’ statement.
This was despite the decision of a court in Manila, dated 27 July last year, which in effect ordered the indigenous rights expert’s name be removed from a petition filed by the Department of Justice, which was then seeking to declare the Communist Party a terrorist organization.
Tauli-Corpuz, has been repeatedly targeted by the authorities, and accused of terrorism and alleged membership of the so-called New People’s Army. Last year, President Duterte’s spokesperson publicly accused the Rapporteur of seeking to embarrass the administration, according to the statement.
“The criminalising discourse used by Philippine public officials undermines the value of the vital work of human rights defenders, denigrates them in the eyes of the public and may put them at risk of threats, violence or other forms of harassment,” said the experts.
“We call on the Philippine Government to immediately stop these unacceptable attacks on the human rights work of Ms. Tauli-Corpuz, and to ensure her physical safety.”
The three experts speaking out on her behalf are Michel Forst, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders; David Kaye, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection the right to freedom of opinion and expression, and Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism.
In the fulfilment of her mandate, Ms. Tauli-Corpuz conducts fact-finding missions and reports on the human rights situation in specific countries, addresses cases of alleged violations of the rights of indigenous peoples through communications with Governments and others, promotes good practices and conducts thematic studies on topics of special importance to the promotion and protection of the rights of indigenous peoples.
She is an indigenous leader from the Kankana-ey Igorot people of the Cordillera Region in the Philippines. As an indigenous activist, she has worked for over three decades on building movements among indigenous peoples and as an advocate for women's rights, and is a former Chair of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
Last year, UN News spoke to her about her life and work, for our podcast series, UN Gender Focus:
The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, PC, MP Minister of Science and Sport
On the occasion of Indigenous Sport Initiative
Toronto, Ontario May 31, 2019
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Hello and welcome.
Thank you, Pat Green, for your warm welcome and blessing.
It’s a pleasure to be here today as we gather on the traditional territory of several Indigenous Nations, and pay special recognition to the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.
And thank you for being with us to celebrate this important announcement.
As a former athlete, coach and official, I know firsthand the transformative power of sport.
I love sport. I live for sport.
Sport builds self-esteem and leadership skills. It allows our children and youth to grow and thrive—physically, emotionally and socially.
Everyone deserves the opportunity to benefit from sport.
Sadly, many barriers remain to ensuring that everyone has access to sport—including culturally relevant sport, as in the case of Indigenous children and youth.
We know there is a significant gap between the socio-economic well-being of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples and communities.
That’s why our government has been working to renew the relationship with Indigenous Peoples — to one based on recognition of rights, respect, co-operation and partnership.
And, as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission stated, sport and physical activity are an essential part of Indigenous identity.
In Budget 2018, our government announced investments of $9.5 million per year ongoing to expand the use of sport for social development in more than 300 Indigenous communities.
Today, I’m pleased to announce a new program to help improve the daily lives of Indigenous Peoples and build stronger, healthier communities for all.
We listened carefully to Indigenous leaders and stakeholders, including the Aboriginal Sport Circle.
This program uses sport as a tool to achieve positive social outcomes for Indigenous children and youth.
Active participation in sport can help:
Annual funding will be provided through two streams.
Under Stream One, sixty percent of the funds—or $5.3 million—will be available to the 13 Provincial/Territorial Aboriginal Sport Bodies. This will support the delivery of community sport and physical activity projects.
Stream Two will see the remainder of the funds—or $3.6 million—directed to Indigenous governments and communities, and other organizations that are submitting project proposals in collaboration with Indigenous communities.
Today, we launch the call for proposals and invite Indigenous groups and sport delivery organizations to submit their ideas for projects under these two streams.
I’d also like to thank my dear friend and colleague, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, for her hard work and dedication to Indigenous communities across Canada and for promoting sport for social and personal development.
This is a tremendous opportunity to make a significant difference for Indigenous Peoples, especially children and youth.
I will be following this initiative with great interest, and look forward to receiving your proposals.