Mohawk; #FirstNations; #EmergencyFoodService; #COVID19Pandemic
Mohawk, Mar 28 (Canadian-Media): Amid self-isolation directives and closures of all non-essential businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, an emergency food service was launched by Staff at Kahnawake's health and social services department to enable delivery of hot meals twice a day for elders and those with limited mobility or dietary restrictions, media reports said.
Emergency Food Service. Image credit: Twitter
Besides this, an existing food bank service, called the Kateri Food Basket, also started delivering a food box to those struggling financially but who are able to cook for themselves.
Ashlan Phillips, the emergency food service co-ordinator at Kahnawake Shakotiia'takehnhas Community Services said more than 80 elders and families signed up for the service as of Friday with this number expected to grow.
Closure of all non-essential businesses was ordered this week by Kahnawake to curb the spread of COVID-19. People over the age of 70 were also directed to to stay home.
One of the local schools has turned into a distribution centre for the food bank.
Donations were being accepted of non-perishable foods, snacks for children, baby food, formula, pet food, as well as fresh fruits and vegetables that can be stored, like bags of apples, oranges, potatoes, onions and carrots.
"It's really good to see the community coming together at a time like this," said Phillips.
"That's how we work. People can butt heads as much as they want, but when our community is in crisis, we always come together."
#Canada; #IndigenousServices; #IndigenousCommunitySupportFund; #COVID19Pandemic
Ottawa, Mar 26 (Canadian-Media): An announcement was made Mar 26 by Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services outlining the the details of the $305 million for the new distinctions-based Indigenous Community Support Fund (ICSF) to address immediate needs in First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Nation communities related to COVID-19, media reports said.
Marc Miller. Image credit: Twitter
Miller said that this new ICSF is the result of vital discussions with Indigenous leadership and communities across Canada and will further support not only the evolving needs of their population but also in making their own decisions where this fund is most required.
The Government of Canada recognizes the top priority of the health, safety and well-being of all people in Canada, including First Nations, Inuit and Métis, who are more vulnerable during the present crisis of COVID19 pandemic outbreak.
"We are working to ensure communities have access to needs based resources, open communications, personal protective equipment and other medical supplies to strengthen communities' resilience to this virus," said Dr. Tom Wong, Chief Medical Officer of Public Health for Indigenous Services Canada.
The Indigenous Community Support Fund will be distributed as follows:
$215 million for First Nations: allocated to each First Nation based on population, remoteness and community well-being; $45 million for Inuit, which will flow to each of the four land claims organizations through an allocation determined by the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and regional Inuit land claims organizations; $30 million for Métis Nation communities, which will flow through each of the Governing Members; $15 million for regional and urban Indigenous organizations supporting their members living away from their communities, and to regional organizations such as Friendship Centres and the Métis Settlements General Council of Alberta.
These new funds will flow directly to Indigenous communities and could be used for measures including, but not limited to: support for Elders and vulnerable; address food insecurity; educational and other support for children; mental health assistance and emergency response services; preparedness measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The Fund is in addition to the COVID-19 Response Fund designated for First Nations, Inuit and Metis announced on March 11, 2020 and to the initial $50 million provided to support the immediate public health response.
A $10 million fund for emergency family violence prevention shelters on reserve and in Yukon had been created by Canada to support women and children fleeing violence, as announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on March 18, 2020.
The Indigenous Community Support Fund is also in addition to the support of public health issues, including the provision of personal protective equipment, testing and health care personnel.
It is also in addition to funding to address the growth in demand for income assistance and for emergency planning programming.
First Nations, Inuit and Métis will also benefit from all of the government's efforts to support and improve the health response to COVID-19, and to reduce the impact of the situation on workers and businesses. The Government of Canada recognizes more support may be needed and will continue to offer financial support for Indigenous communities to meet their evolving needs.
More information on how the ICSF will be distributed is available at canada.ca/coronavirus-info-indigenous.
Indigenous Services Canada is working fast in processing personal protective equipment requests to ensure First Nation communities are ready to respond to COVID-19 as effectively as possible and as of March 25, 2020, has shipped or delivered 170 personal protective equipment requests with 32 in progress.
#Ottawa; #MohawksOfTyendinaga; #RCMP; #CNRailOperationHalt; #SilverCovenantChain
Ottawa, Feb 17 (Canadian-Media): Saturday's request by Canada's Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller to the Mohawks of Tyendinaga to temporarily halt a demonstration and allow trains to pass through the rail corridors was turned down by the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chief, Chief Woos, also known by the name of Frank Alec, media reports said.
Marc Miller. Image credit: Twitter
Millers meeting On Saturday with Mohawks was a ceremonial encounter on the CN train tracks to renew a 17th Century treaty between the Iroqouis and the British Crown known as the Silver Covenant Chain.
The Mohawks were determined to keep the railways shut until the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) leaves Wet'suwet'en territory, which had been raided for many days by the Mounties earlier this month.
RCMP is the federal and national police service of Canada and provides law enforcement at the federal level.
"I would suggest to you loud and clear that we want the RCMP out of Gidimt'en territory... in our eyes, it's our territory...They are out there with guns, threatening us" said Wet'suwet'en hereditary Chief Woos, also goes by the name of Frank Alec in the midst of Saturday meeting where he was patched through on a speaker phone.
Miller said he would be taking these issues to Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the federal cabinet and added,
"There is a lot of information that is getting either distorted or not clear…. I will go back to cabinet. I will go back to the prime minister. My understanding is that the Wet'suwe'ten leadership is properly engaged, that they traced a path forward."
#Indigenous; #MohawksDemonstration; #B.C.; #MarcMiller; #ShutDownCNRailTrack
British Columbia, Feb 13 (Canadian-Media): In an email sent by Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller after midnight Thursday, it was stated that Miller would meet with the Mohawks of Tyendinaga on Saturday if they agree to end an eight-day demonstration that had caused shut down of passenger and freight rail traffic through southern Ontario, media reports said.
Marc Miller. Image credit: Twitter
The email by Miller was sent to three individuals, including Kanenhariyo, whose English name is Seth LeFort; Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte Chief Donald Maracle; and Assembly of First Nations Ontario regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald.
"I hope you will agree to this request and that we can meet in a spirit of peace and co-operation that should guide our relationship," Miller wrote in the email.
In this morning's meeting, Mohawk demonstrators plan to discuss how to respond to this offer.
An injunction had been issued by the Ontario Superior Court last Friday prohibiting continued interference with CN Rail's operations and the demonstrators had been warned by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) an enforcment of the injunction with increased presence of OPP on Thursday morning.
Miller had also expressed his desire in the email to renew a 17th century treaty between the Iroqouis and European settlers.
"I am writing to confirm what I agreed orally a short while ago: that pursuant to the principles of the Silver Chain Covenant, I hereby agree to polish the Chain with you and the Kanien'kehá:ka of Tyendinaga at a location of your choosing this coming Saturday," wrote Miller.
PP; #Demonstration; #ShutDownCNRailTrack; #Warning; #Wet'suwet'en; #FirstNations
Belleville (Ontario), Feb 12 (Canadian-Media): A warning was issued Tuesday by Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers who met members of the Mohawks of Tyendinaga, who had shut down traffic through Canadian National (CN) Rail tracks near Belleville, Ont., to clear the area or face a raid and arrests, media reports said.
OPP make an effort to end Mohawks demonstration. Image credit: Twitter
After the meeting, a court order prohibiting continued interference with railway operations was read out by an Ontario Superior Court enforcement officer who was escorted by the OPP.
Mohawks of Tyendinaga had begun the demonstration Thursday to support Wet'suwet'en to block construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline.
The demonstrators who met the officers said they would relay the message to the others.
157 trips cancellation by CN railways on the Toronto-to-Montreal corridor by 8 a.m. Tuesday, had forced at least 24,500 passengers to change their travel plans had affected shipments ranging from propane to feedstock.
Over the past two days, many community members stopped to express support or drop off supplies at the two new canvas tents pitched Monday evening.
With efforts to come to an agreement, the OPP team had also brought a gift of maple syrup.
"I don't know that we are in a place to have gifts at the moment," said Kanenhariyo, a member of the Mohawk community.
"You did kind of come here to threaten us."
"You can't come here on our land and evict us off our land. You don't have the authority to do that," Kanenhariyo.
OPP Sgt. Diana Hampson, the lead liaison officer, said the Mohawks had made their point and that they were heard.
#MohawkMembers; #Wet'suwet'enPipeline; #92ViaTrainsCancelled; #Demonstration
British Columbia, Feb 11 (Canadian-Media): It was stated by Tyendinaga Mohawk members that a five-day shutdown of passenger and freight rail traffic through eastern Ontario in support of Wet'suwet'en pipeline opponents won't end until the RCMP leaves the territory of the Wet'suwet'en, media reports said.
Mohawk Demonstration. Image credit: Twitter
A court order was enforced, by RCMP last Thursday, against those blocking construction on the Coastal GasLink pipeline in Northern B.C. but the demonstrators were undeterred and said that their goal would not change.
"It's a piece of paper in our eyes, another tree cut down so you can hand it to us," said Tyendinaga Mohawk member Jacob Morris.
"I'm not worried one bit."
The demonstration has caused the cancellation of 92 Via Rail trains affecting over 16.000 passengers on one of Canada's busiest rail corridors connecting Toronto to Montreal.
Belleville (Ontario), Feb 6 (Canadian-Media): Delaying of passenger trains on Thursday in southern Ontario was caused by blocking rail lines by a small group from the Tyendinaga Mohawk territory to support Wet'suwet'en camps set up to stop a natural gas pipeline in B.C., media reports said.
Trains halted in Southern Ontario. Image credit: Twitter
Ontario provincial liaison team was meeting with the group from Tyendinaga, said
The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).
The protest group gathered around the tracks in support of the Wet'suwet'en anti-pipeline camps, said OPP Sgt. Carolle Dionne.
A court injunction against people blocking the Coastal Gaslink project was enforced on them by RCMP on Thursday and several arrests were made.
"Our members from the provincial liaison team are working with them to provide some alternative plans if they want to get their message across in support of the Wet'suwet'en issue that is lawful and peaceful," said Dionne.
#ArcticWinterGames; #Whitehorse; Ukon,#Canada; #APrideHouse; #LGBTQI2S+
Whitehouse (Yukon), Jan 25 (Canadian-Media): Organisation of Pride House, in a semi-private space at Yukon College from March 16 to 20 for young people, would be the new feature in this year's Arctic Winter Games (AWG) to be held from from March 15-21 in Whitehorse, the capital of northwest Canada’s Yukon territory, media reports said.
Pride House. Image credit: Twitter
"It's kind of aiming to be a safe space for LGBTQI2S+-identified athletes, and especially for these Arctic Winter Games we want to focus on making sure that that space really is safe," said Mia Val, who works for the AWG host society and sits on its inclusion committee.
The first Pride House was at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, Val said and they have become common now at major sporting events.
"The main idea is that it's just a safe place for youth to come hang out in their off-time during the games," Sofia Fortin, volunteer coordinator for Pride House said.
"They know it's a place where they're not going to face discrimination, they're not going to face any bullying, they're just going to get lots of support and love for who they are."
Fortin says it could serve as a meeting place for young people come from small communities get to meet others like them not just for youth who identify as LGBTQI2S+.
"Certainly, allies would be welcome but basically anything that's unfriendly or hostile is not welcome," Fortin said.
#UBC; #FNHA; #collaboration; #improveCancerOutcomes; #FirstNations; #Cancer
British Columbia, Jan 8 (Canadian-Media): The University of British Columbia (UBC) and the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) are collaborating to try and improve the outcome among indigenous cancer victims, media reports said.
According to a report by the FNHA, First Nation, Métis and Inuit are less likely to survive a cancer diagnosis than non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.
The study showed that cancers such as colorectal and cervical are significantly higher among First Nations in B.C.
The UBC and FNHA will spend $3-million over the next five years will examine experiences and outcomes of Indigenous cancer patients to see how the health system is responding to their needs.
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#AFN; #IndigenousLanguages; #FederalGovernment; #vitalConnectionToTheirAncestors; #InternationalYearOfIndigenousLanguages; #UNDelegation
Ottawa, Dec 17 (Canadian-Media): Speaking today at UN Headquarters in New York City, Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde said many action needed to be taken from the federal government and the wider international community to prevent Indigenous languages facing extinction, media reports said.
Our languages connect us all to our ceremonies, to our lands, to our waters and to our right to self-determination as Indigenous peoples...For our languages to survive they must be taught ... Work with us to help bring Indigenous languages back from the brink of destruction." he told UN delegates gathered for a day marking the end of the International Year of Indigenous Languages.
In the last few years there had been some progress, said Bellegarde, as elders were eager to reclaim part of their identity and started teaching their languages to young people.
More action is needed, added Bellegarde, to repair the damage done by residential schools, where English and French were forced on Indigenous students.
While addressing the UN on Tuesday, Indigenous Service Minister Marc Miller pointed to Bill C-91 as a way forward in allowing for the translation of federal documents into Indigenous languages and interpretation services.
Three out of four of the 90 different living Indigenous languages in Canada are said to be endangered.
"If we do not act now to protect these beautiful languages, many of us will not hear it for ourselves in the years to come..I look forward to seeing the work continue with all Indigenous partners in Canada for the co-implementation of the [languages] act in a spirit of mutual trust and respect," Miller said.