#InternationalYearofIndigenousLanguages; #UnitedNations; #PabloRodriguez; #CarolynBennett; #TheIndianAct; #SixtiesScoop
Ottawa, Jan 29 (Canadian-Media): The International Year of Indigenous Languages (IYIL) is a United Nations (UN) observance in 2019 with an aim to raise awareness of the consequences of the endangerment of Indigenous languages across the world, media reports said.
Official Global Launch Event of the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages
IYIL2019 also aims to establish a link between language, development, peace, and reconciliation.
Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, and Carolyn Bennett, Liberal Member of Parliament for Toronto-St. Paul's; Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, stated on UNESCO's IYIL2019 observance that most indigenous languages spoken in Canada were endangered as a result of past government laws, policies and actions including The Indian Act, residential schools and the Sixties Scoop.
The Indian Act, was reportedly enacted in 1876 and has since been amended and allows the government to control most aspects of aboriginal life: Indian status, land, resources, wills, education, band administration and so on.
The 'Sixties Scoop' reportedly refers to the large-scale removal of Indigenous children from their homes, communities and families of birth through the 1960s, and their subsequent adoption into predominantly non-Indigenous, middle-class families across the United States and Canada.
Pablo Rodriguez Carolyn Bennett
They said that language being the cornerstone of our identity defining who we are and gives us our voice and added urgent action was required to preserve and revitalize them.
Every Indigenous child, the ministers said, should grow up with a strong connection to their language for their better health, education and economic outcomes.
Government of Canada had already invested $90 million, both the ministers in their statements said, for Indigenous languages initiatives, including funding for Indigenous literacy programs and language revitalization projects
They were grateful, they said, to be working in partnership with Indigenous People and to the many inspiring Indigenous leaders who with their hard work, have contributed to the global recognition of the importance of Indigenous languages.
We have to make every effort, they added, to preserve Indigenous languages for Indigenous Peoples' strong futures for generations to come.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#FirstNations; #SarahPash, #CreeCulture, #CreeMuseumofFootprintsexhibition, #Walkingoutceremony, #Quebec, #Canada; #HistoryAward
Ottawa, Jan 26 (IBNS): A multimedia exhibition, 'Footprints: A Walk Through Generations', developed by the newest Cree community -- Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute (ACCI) in Oujé-Bougoumou of Quebec, Canada -- won a 2018 Governor General of Canada's History Award for Excellence in Museums, media reports said.
This Award for Excellence would be handed out on January 28, during a ceremony at Rideau Hall, Ottawa, the official residence of the Governor General of Canada, the national representative of the Canadian Monarch.
The ancestors of the current Cree population considered themselves as a nation of hunters following the seasons and animal migrations after occupying the James Bay of Northern Quebec land for nearly 5,000 years.
According to the Cree tradition, children’s feet should not touch the ground outside of a tent until s able to stand or walk on their own.
During the ritual of 'Walking out ceremony' children, dressed in traditional clothing, are officially welcomed into the community.
"Walking out" ceremony of cree culture/twitter
The exhibition presents artifacts from a walking out ceremony marking a young Cree child's first encounter with nature, the whole of it included with archival photographs, audio and video elements.
Unveiled in 2017, the exhibition contains about 150 artifacts linked to the many facets of walking in Cree culture, and.has since travelled to each Cree community.
These History Awards, established in 1996, said a release by the Governor General's office, recognize teaching methodology of history including museums, community programming, scholarly research and media.
In total, 18 were given out for the 2018 History Awards.
Winning this award displayed Centre's priorities, said, Sarah Pash, chief executive officer of ACCI, such as indigenous quality research, language and culture preservation, and helped promote Cree culture beyond Canada.
ACCI is a non-profit organization, added Pash, and dependent upon government funding and private donors.
In May of 2019, the exhibition is expected to begin a cross-Canada tour with a 10 month visit to the Canadian Museum of History, in Gatineau, Quebec.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#Canada, #IndigenousPeople, #TransMountainPipeline
Toronto, Jan 17 (IBNS): A group of Indigenous people plan to buy Trans Mountain pipeline and its controversial expansion plan from the federal government of Canada, media reports said.
Trans Mountain Pipeline
It is reportedly believed that this could boost the economy of the Indigenous people.
But considering that federal government last summer spent reportedly $4.5 billion to buy the existing pipeline and related infrastructure, price tag for the Indigenous people is high.
On top of that it is reportedly expected that more than $7 billion would be spent on constructing the expansion pipeline.
The approval of the National Energy Board (NEB) which studies the potential impact of the existing pipeline on the the marine environment is also required.
Indigenous communities need equity ownership in pipelines and other projects in order to proceed, suggested energy industry and that companies need to work directly with them, Questerre Energy Corp. president and CEO Michael Binnion said.
“I believe that in order to create real economies on reserves, real progress must be made on real indicators,” said Marlene Poitras, the influential Alberta regional chief for the Assembly of First Nations adding that projects needed to boost wages for Aboriginal people, educational opportunities and ownership opportunities.
But Ken Coates, a University of Saskatchewan professor and the Macdonald-Laurier Institute's senior fellow in Aboriginal and Northern Canadian issues favored Indigenous People's proposal of owning the pipeline.
When questioned by CBC News about the significance of the First Nations's proposal of owning the project and its impact on the landscape for Indigenous groups, Coates had replied that the First Nations were determined and confident that once they own the project, their economic independence would be boosted.
It would also improve Canada's much-promised new relationship with Aboriginal people, continued Coates, and that Canada should go out of its way to create openings for Indigenous folks.
But, Coates added, that a lot of this possibility would depend on what price the government of Canada would charge for the pipeline and what the financial arrangements could be.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#Winnipeg, #Manitoba, #Canada; #Indigenous
Winnipeg/Toronto, Jan 16 (Canadian-Media): Removal of an infant, soon after her birth, from her indigenous mother from Winnipeg (Manitoba) had aroused an international attention, media reports said.
Image: New born child which was apprehended/National Post
No compassion was shown during apprehension either to Winnipeg mother and her family, which left them in traumatic situation.
Viewing of the Facebook Video of the infant’s removal more than 300,000 times
had created a spotlight on the issue of newborn apprehensions.
Immediately after her birth, the infant was placed for five days in an emergency placement with either a foster family or in a Winnipeg infant shelter.
A written statement to the media was provided by the First Nations Family Advocate in Manitoba, prior to infant's birth early last week, that the Winnipeg mother -- whose name cannot be revealed under Manitoba law -- had arranged for her aunt to take guardianship of the baby.
“Like all mothers, I love my baby very much and want the best for her, which includes having a close bond with me," said the mother, "I had no idea that babies were being apprehended every day from their mothers. I am sad this occurs so frequently.”
She hoped to learn sometimes today if her new born daughter would be united with her family.
But the mother is thankful that this incident has shed light on this issue in Manitoba
According to a report, 87 percent of a total of 354 infants removed from their Manitoba families in 2017 were from First Nations.
259 of these infants remained in care and 12 months later were transferred to permanent wardship.
Manitoba’s Ministry of Families had referred to the allegations surrounding removal of the infant, immediately after her birth, to Manitoba’s General Child and Family Services.
But a reply from the authority is still awaited.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#FirstNations; #Ontario; #specialadvisoronIndigenousAffairs; #CliffordBull; #GregRickford;
Ottawa, Dec 29 (Canadian-Media): Clifford Bull, the former Chief of Lac Seul First Nation, had been appointed by the Ontario's Government for the People as a special advisor on Indigenous Affairs, media reports said.
During his tenure as Chief of Lac Seul First Nation from 2006 to 2018, Bull was successful in building the community into a regional economic leader.
Bull would reportedly advise Minister of Indigenous Affairs Greg Rickford on economic and social and jurisdictional issues affecting Indigenous communities as well as serve as a liaison on behalf of Premier Doug Ford and Minister Rickford with Indigenous communities,
"Clifford Bull has a long history of leadership within his community, working with other First Nation leaders...industry and municipalities," said Rickford and added, "He has a proven track record...to achieve common goals...will help create meaningful opportunities to strengthen the relationship between Indigenous communities and Ontario."
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#IndigenousMusicAwards2018, #JarrettMartineau; #bestfolkalbum, #bestinstrumenta album, #bestpopalbum, #bestnewartist; #LifetimeAchievementAward
Ottawa, May 19 (Canadian-Media): Indigenous Music Awards winners for 2018 were announced on May 18 at a star-studded ceremony in Winnipeg hosted by Beatrice Deer and CBC Reclaimed host Jarrett Martineau, media reports said.
Indigenous Music Awards 2018/Facebook
The awards for best folk album, best instrumental album, best pop album, best new artist and more in the complete list below. Winners are bolded in each list of nominees.
Best blues album:
Billy Joe Green, Born to Lose
Malcolm Campbell, Interstate Blues
Winner: Robert "Freightrain" Parker, Freightrain Live
The Trade-Offs, Qaumariaq
Tracy Lee Nelson, Blues Loving Man
Best country album
Carolina East, Carolina East
Winner: Desiree Dorion, Tough Street
Kelly Derrickson, I Am
Richard Farrow, God Willing
Tom Dutiaume, Out of the Shadows
Best electronic music album
Dakhká Khwáan Dancers and DJ Dash, Deconstruct/Reconstruct
hp shivcraft, No Love, Just Death
Winner: Once a Tree, Phoenix
ONCE A TREE - FINE (OFFICIAL VIDEO)
Best folk album
Ansley Simpson, Breakwall
Winner: Buffy Sainte-Marie, Medicine Songs
Keith Secola, Circle
Troy Kokol, Lonely Ghost
Twin Flames, Signal Fire
Best gospel album
Winner: Callie Bennett, Awake Arise Shine
Carl Crane, God Can
Elvis Ballantyne, Victory Road
Best hand drum album
Cree Agent, Another Summer
Darryl Buck, Hope
Randy Wood, Family
Winner: Young Spirit, Mewasinsational: Cree Round Dance Songs
Best Inuit, Indigenous language or francophone album
Dena Zagi, Gucho Hin
Innutin, Tanite mak au
Northern Haze, Sinnaktuq
Sakay Ottawa, Ni wi witen
Winner: Shauit, Apu peikussiaku
Best instrumental album
Chamakese & Gladue, The Flute Player & the Singer
Winner: Jan Michael Looking Wolf, Flute Medicine
Melody McKiver, Reckoning
Red Sky Performance, Miigis
Steven Rushingwind, Rushingwind
Best pop album
Celeigh Cardinal, Everything and Nothing at All
Fara Palmer, SongBird
Winner: Indian City, Here & Now
Kelly Fraser, Sedna
Quantum Tangle, Shelter as we Go
Indian City - One Day
Best powwow contemporary album
Winner: Black Bear Singers, Notcimik
Blackstone, Dance for our Ancestors
Young Spirit, Sâkītohk, 'Love Each Other': Powwow Songs Recorded Live at Apache Gold
Best powwow traditional album
Little Creek Singers, For our Future Generations
Moosetown Singers, Pe Pasiko/When we Sing, Live
Winner: Northern Cree, Mîyo kekisepa, Make a Stand
Sweetgrass Singers, Indian Summer
Wildhorse Singers, Saddle-up Hup Hup Hup!
Best rap/hip-hop album
Chase Manhattan, On Top of the Totem
Lil Mike & FunnyBone, Beat of the Drum
Snotty Nose Rez Kids, The Average Savage
Stenjoddi, The 7th Generation Prophecy
Winner: Supaman, Illuminatives
Best rock album
Broken Walls, The Path
Jay Gilday, Faster Than Light
Kristi Lane Sinclair, The Ability to Judge Distance
Winner: Relic Kings, Armoury
Lifetime Achievement Award
Winner: Pat Vegas
Best new artist
Winner: Ansley Simpson, Breakwall
Liv Wade, Resilience
Raye Zaragoza, Fight for You
SouFy, The Ogitchidaa Project
Yellowsky, Mixed Medecine
Best radio single
Winner: Carsen Gray feat. DJ Shub, "Wanna See You"
Midnight Shine, "In the Midst"
Mob Bounce, "Vision Quest"
Carsen Gray feat. DJ Shub - Wanna See You
Best music video
Winner: Buffy Sainte-Marie, "The War Racket"
Cody Coyote feat. Vision Quest, "Northern Lights"
Indian City, "Through the Flood"
Jeremy Dutcher, "Honor Song"
Supaman, "Gdly Warriors"
Kristin Delorenzi: Broken Walls, The Path
Vince Fontaine: Indian City, Through the Flood
Keith Secola: Keith Secola, Circle
Jace Martin: Leah Belle, Country Air
Winner: Supaman: Supaman, Illuminatives
Best internatinal Indigenous release
Djuena Tikuna, Tchautchiüãne
Gean Ramos, Inversões
Membda, Hin to'o ngu nuga
Mission Songs Project, The Songs Back Home
Winner: The Imbayakunas, New Ground
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#FortYorkNationalHistoric, #AboriginalPeoplesTelevisionNetwork, #indigenouspeople, #APTN, #JohnTory, #IndigenousDayLivecelebrations, #IndigenousArtsFestival, #NaMe-esToronto’sAnnualTraditionalPowWow
Toronto, Apr 9 (Canadian-Media): City of Toronto Media Relations said on April 5 that City of Toronto's Fort York National Historic In partnership with Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN), will host Indigenous Day Live celebrations on Saturday, June 23 as part of the four-day Indigenous Arts Festival running from Thursday, June 21 to Sunday, June 24.
The Indigenous Arts Festival is produced by the City of Toronto in partnership with the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. The event is presented by TD with financial support from the Government of Canada and Tim Hortons.
Indigenous Day Live would be Canada's largest national celebration of Indigenous peoples, and will feature daytime celebrations and free evening concerts in Toronto, Winnipeg and Ottawa, as well as a live broadcast on APTN.
"National Indigenous Peoples Day and the Indigenous Arts Festival recognize the unique culture, history and significant contributions made by First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples to our city and to Canadian society," said Toronto Mayor John Tory. "I encourage all residents to join in the celebrations this June and for those who cannot attend, to tune in to the Indigenous Day Live broadcast on APTN."
“Indigenous Day Live brings Canadians together to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ accomplishments, through cultural activities and live music, while contributing to the nationwide movement of reconciliation,” says Jean La Rose, APTN’s Chief Executive Officer. “We are honoured to be collaborating with the Toronto Indigenous Arts Festival, who have been providing annual Indigenous Peoples Day activities for many years.”
"These events, which comprise Toronto's largest National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations, are a result of active collaboration between the City and the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation alongside Indigenous artists from across the country," said Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the City's Economic Development and Culture Committee. “The celebration reflects Toronto’s commitment to celebrating diversity and reinforces Fort York’s growing legacy as an inclusive reflection of our history.”
The four-day Indigenous Arts Festival at Fort York, along with Indigenous Day Live, will feature the sounds of some of the most recognized Canadian entertainers in Indigenous music, visual arts, dance, theatre and film.
The festival of National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21 would also includes Na-Me-Res Toronto’s Annual Traditional Pow Wow on Saturday, June 23.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#IndianResidentialSchoolSurvivorsLegacy; Toronto; #JohnTory#NathanPhillipsSquare; #indigenous; #IRSSLegacyCelebration; ;#TorontoCouncilFireNativeCulturalCentre; TruthandReconciliationCommissionofCanada;
Toronto, Sept 27 (Canadian-Media): The Indian Residential School Survivors (IRSS) Legacy would be celebrated from Oct 9 through Oct 11 for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in the honour of residential school survivors and their families, media reports said.
The IRSS Legacy Celebration, the first of its kind in Canada, produced by the Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre -- an autonomous, vibrant cultural agency serving Indigenous community and a member of the Toronto Aboriginal Support Services Council and the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres -- in collaboration with the City of Toronto, would feature Indigenous songs, stories, language, food, performances, installations and demonstrations for all ages.
The IRSS Legacy Celebration/Twitter
"We are pleased and proud to be able to host and help produce this important event at Nathan Phillips Square," said John Tory, Mayor of Toronto. "It is essential that reconciliation moves from discussion into action and this celebration provides a forum for that evolution to occur."
Nathan Phillips Square/Facebook
"This gathering is significant as it is scheduled around the new lunar moon cycle, which represents a positive energy force in addition to our harvest cycle, a time to acknowledge and give thanks for all that we are provided and a part of," said Andrea Chrisjohn, Board Designate (ohkwali clan, On^yota’a:ka), Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre. "And, to celebrate the resiliency, change and growth of our people."
IRSS Legacy Celebration Program will include: Two evening performances (Oct. 9 and 11) by Juno Award-winning Mohawk Six Nation singer-songwriter/piano player Murray Porter and his song "Is Sorry Enough?"; healing songs by Indigenous women (Oct 9 evening) by using hand drums to honour survivors and inter-generational members through a reaffirmation of identity ceremony; Screening of the award-winning film "Indian Horse," on Oct 10 evening which would shed light on the dark history of Canada’s residential schools; drop-in workshops, information sharing and interactive experiences by more than 20 large painted teepees across the Square; traditional performances and cultural teachings; Indigenous food, arts and crafts in the Indigenous Marketplace for sale.
This public space initiative will consist of a six-foot-tall (two metres) turtle sculpture called the “Restoration of Identity sculpture” and a “Teaching, Learning and Sharing and Healing space” to be permanently featured on Nathan Phillips Square, is anticipated to be completed in 2020.
Restoration of Identity sculpture/Facebook
Unveiling of turtle sculpture replica and project plans will be on October 9 during the IRSS Legacy Celebration.
The IRSS Legacy sculpture was developed in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Call to Action 82 to commission and install a publicly accessible, highly visible, residential schools monument in each capital city to honour residential school survivors and their families.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#IndigenousCentreforInnovationandEntrepreneurship; #Toronto, #Ontario; #johnTory; #R.StaceyLaforme; #MississaugasofTheNewCreditFirstNation; #LeadershipAdvisoryCouncil; ThePontiacGroup; #KristynWong-Tam; #SelinaYoung;
Toronto, Sep 5 (Canadian-Media): The first in a series of consultations to educate and guide the creation of an Indigenous Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ICIE) began today in the City of Toronto, media reports said.
"These consultations are essential for creating a sustainable and successful centre," said Toronto Mayor John Tory. "I'm proud to support this ongoing partnership between the Indigenous community and the City of Toronto."
"To be effective and as meaningful as possible this must be a broad engagement process. I look forward to hearing the voices of the young Indigenous entrepreneurs," said Chief R. Stacey Laforme of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation.
These consultations would include the creation of a Leadership Advisory Council of Indigenous community and business leaders to provide vision and business model for ICIE; one-on-one engagement with leaders in the Indigenous community, including Indigenous entrepreneurs; collaborative effort with key Indigenous community stakeholders and professional organizations to produce a survey to gather input on the proposed centre; Indigenous entrepreneurs to be focused on identifying their needs and interests, and an online survey to share across the city and the country, their insights and ideas on how the ICIE can support Indigenous entrepreneurs.
The purpose of the ICIE is to provide a space and support for Indigenous entrepreneurs to build businesses, social enterprises, not-for-profits, collectives or co-operatives by providing by providing advisory support and workspace and giving access to resources.
To develop a relevant vision and business plan for the ICIE and its services, the City of Toronto has retained an Indigenous-led consulting firm -- The Pontiac Group -- to undertake consultations with the Indigenous community in the greater Toronto area.
"The ICIE will become a foundation and cornerstone for future Indigenous entrepreneurship in Toronto," said Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Ward 27 Toronto Centre-Rosedale). "I am pleased to champion this innovative initiative."
"The City's collaborative approach to creating this innovation and business centre is an important part of the City's ongoing efforts to form enduring relationships with Indigenous communities and businesses," said Selina Young, Manager of the City's Indigenous Affairs Office.
The centre will be located at a City-owned commercial space at 200 Dundas St. E. in a building that is currently under construction and at the end of 2019, the City will take possession of the space.
Occurrence of the the consultations will proceed throughout the coming fall and winter and the Toronto City Council would be presented next spring with its findings and recommendations .
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#IndigenousPeoplesAtlasofCanada; #RoyalCanadianGeographicalSociety; #FirstNations
Ottawa, Sept 2 (Canadian-Media) Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada (IPAC), produced by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS), does not have any provinces, territories or capital cities on the map, media reports said.
Indigenous peoples atlas of Canada/Couresy of indigenouspeoplesatlasofcanada.ca
Instead, the Unique four-volume IPAC without any political boundaries, provides information about land claim agreements, treaty areas, traditional lands, Indigenous languages and forced population movements of Canada's Indigenous peoples.
Also present is a giant floor map, approximately the size of a gymnasium with more than a hundred pages guide and 17 lesson plans.
According to official reports, IAPC which excludes its modern boundaries, would soon be accessible to students and families across Canada.
Organizations like Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the Assembly of First Nations, the Métis National Council, the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, and Indspire partnered together to produce IPAC.
Although the project has contributions by more than 100 Indigenous storytellers, knowledge keepers and writers, all decisions for the atlas were made by Indigenous peoples.
Pre-ordering of IPAC has already begun as it would not be available in stores until Sept. 20.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)