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Cranbrook, B.C./Canadian-Media: 182 shallow, about a metre deep unmarked gravesites have been discovered by a First Nation in B.C.'s South Interior using ground-penetrating radar technology near the location of a former residential school St. Eugene's Mission School, the Lower Kootenay Band announced Wednesday.
Unmarked graves. Image credit: Wikimedia commons
"It is believed that the remains of these 182 souls are from the member Bands of the Ktunaxa Nation, neighboring First Nations communities and the community of ʔaq'am," read a media release from the band.
Up to 100 of its members were forced to attend the school, the Lower Kootenay Band says.
This discovery adds to the unmarked burial sites discovered near residential schools across Canada in the past month, including 215 in Kamloops and 751 in Saskatchewan.
Operated by the Catholic Church from 1912 until the early 1970s, St. Eugene's Mission School building has since been converted into a resort and casino, with an adjacent golf course.
The band says it is in the early stages of learning about the report's findings and will provide more updates.
#FirstNations; #Saskatchewan; #DiscoveryOfUnmarkedGraves; #IndianResidentialSchool
Saskatchewan/Canadian-Media: Horrific and shocking Discovery of hundreds of unmarked graves at the site of a former Marieval Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan, a news release from First Nation in Saskatchewan, Cowessess and the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous First Nations (FSIN) said Wednesday.
Indian Residential school in Saskatchewan. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons
The Marieval Indian Residential School operated from 1899 to 1997 in Cowessess, about 140 kilometers east of Regina.
The 1970s school's cemetery from the Catholic Church was taken over by the First Nation.
Ground-penetrating radar had been started to be used by Cowessess earlier this month to locate unmarked graves.
According to the predictions of Indigenous leaders and archeologists, there will be more such discoveries with the support of the federal and provincial governments along with private corporations for First Nations to deploy ground-penetrating radar technology to search for gravesites.
The First Nation has been working with experts, knowledge keepers, and survivors who attended the school to identify unmarked graves at the site of the institution’s cemetery.
Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett’s office declined to issue a statement until the community has had a chance to address the public.
Canadian Association of Journalists and Journalists for Human Rights launch Indigenous Reporters Network
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Ottawa/Canadian-Media: Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) partners with Journalists For Human Rights (JHR) to launch the Indigenous Reporters Network (IRN), to bring together both emerging and established Indigenous journalists, to build online and offline communities within the CAJ, and to train them at every career stage with opportunities in the development of their skills, participation in CAJ events and professional development, and building new connections with their peers across the country.
Image: CAJ. Image credit: Twitter handle
JHR is Canada’s leading media development organization to foster a more equitable, and representative, Canadian news ecosystem.
Besides creating opportunities for emerging journalists to launch their careers and enabling established Indigenous journalists to hone their skills, this initiative also would compensate for a shortage of Indigenous journalists in the industry, said Karyn Pugliese, past president of the CAJ.
JHR not only trains journalists to report on human rights and governance issues in their communities but also spotlights human rights enabling people to start discussing these issues and demanding change.
The multi-award-winning Indigenous Reporters Program, (IRP) operated by JHR since 2013 to increase the quality and quantity of Indigenous stories and voices in Canadian media has provided training to 2500 people, including Indigenous journalists, non-Indigenous journalists learning best practices of covering Indigenous stories, Indigenous community members and Indigenous youth interested in journalism.
“Events of the past two weeks have demonstrated the urgent need for more Indigenous journalists and voices in Canadian media,” said Rachel Pulfer, executive director of Journalists for Human Rights, CAJ reported.
“In 2015, Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) laid bare the critical role media has to play in advancing our country’s long-term goals of reconciliation,” said CAJ president Brent Jolly and added
“The creation of the Indigenous Reporters Network gets us one step closer to achieving those goals because it will help increase access to jobs, professional development opportunities, and leadership positions for Indigenous journalists,” CAJ reported.
As part of the program, the CAJ and JHR will be holding a joint networking and professional development event in the coming months.
JHR and CAJ are grateful for the support of the RBC Foundation’s Future Launch program, which is making this initiative possible.
As a professional organization with over 900 members across Canada, the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ)'s primary roles are public-interest advocacy work and professional development for its members.
#TokyoOlympics; #Weightlifter, #Transgender
Tokyo/Canadian-Media: Weightlifters Laurel Hubbard, among five weightlifters confirmed Monday for New Zealand's team for the 2021 Tokyo Games, will be the first transgender athlete to compete at the Olympics.
Tokyo Olympics. Image credit. Unsplash
Hubbard, 43, will also be the oldest weightlifter at the Games and will be ranked fourth in the women's heavyweight division.
After winning a silver medal at the 2017 World Championships and gold in the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa, Hubbard sustained a serious injury that set back her career, while competing at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Competing as Gavin Hubbard, her birth name, Hubbard had set national records in junior competition with a total of 300 kilograms.
Eight years ago at the age of 35, Hubbard transitioned to transgender and has since met all of the requirements of the International Olympic Committee's regulations for transgender athletes and fair competition.
The competition in the women's 87-kilogram-plus category will be held on Aug. 2.
#FirstNationsCommunities, #Kamloops; #BritishColumbis; #UnmarkedGraves
Ottawa/Canadian-Media: New free online resources have been created by a group of archaeologists and academics to help Indigenous communities with the complex and emotional process of searching for unmarked graves former residential school sites.
Image: Kamloops Indian residential school. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons
Amidst persisting concerns among the indigenous communities that companies offering to survey land without the proper expertise or technology may take advantage of them, these resources empower communities to make decisions based on information they can trust.
A video and FAQ site have also been posted on the Canadian Archaeological Association's site on June 12 to answer questions they've been getting from Indigenous groups since the discovery of human remains at the site of a former residential school.
Emotional and crisis referral services are being provided by a national Indian Residential School Crisis Line to support former students and those affected.