Residential Schools: Pope to visit Canada, meet with Indigenous leaders – CBC News

Pope Francis has agreed to visit Canada ‘in the context of the long-standing pastoral process of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples,’ the Vatican said on Wednesday.

Racism contributed to Indigenous woman’s death in Canada: Coroner

Joyce Echaquan’s death in Quebec hospital last year after staff hurled insults at her sparked nationwide outcry. Racism and prejudice contributed to the death of Joyce Echaquan, an Indigenous mother of seven who died at a hospital in the Canadian province of Quebec after filming staff hurling insults at her, a coroner’s report has found. TheContinue reading “Racism contributed to Indigenous woman’s death in Canada: Coroner”

‘About damn time’: First Nation gets clean water after 24-year wait

Residents of Shoal Lake 40 can drink from taps thanks to a new water treatment facility but dozens of communities lack access Residents of a First Nations community in Canada, who were deprived of clean drinking water for nearly a quarter of a century, can now drink from their taps after a water treatment facility becameContinue reading “‘About damn time’: First Nation gets clean water after 24-year wait”

Anti-logging protest becomes Canada’s biggest ever act of civil disobedience

At least 866 arrested since April, as police condemned for violence against protesters defending Vancouver Island’s ancient forests A string of protests against old-growth logging in western Canada have become the biggest act of civil disobedience in the country’s history, with the arrest of least 866 people since April. The bitter fight over the future of VancouverContinue reading “Anti-logging protest becomes Canada’s biggest ever act of civil disobedience”

Police deploy pepper spray, 2 injured, as tensions escalate at Fairy Creek blockade

Opponents of old-growth logging on Vancouver Island are alleging RCMP used excessive force amid rising tensions near the disputed Fairy Creek watershed. The RCMP says one protester and one police officer were injured on Saturday while arrests were being made on a road leading into the area. A total of 33 people were arrested on Saturday. “EarlyContinue reading “Police deploy pepper spray, 2 injured, as tensions escalate at Fairy Creek blockade”

Millions meant for residential school survivors spent on Catholic Church lawyers, administration: documents

Documents obtained by CBC News detail long list of alleged violations of survivor agreement by church The Roman Catholic Church spent millions of dollars that were supposed to go to residential school survivors on lawyers, administration, a private fundraising company and unapproved loans, according to documents obtained by CBC News. The documents include a hostContinue reading “Millions meant for residential school survivors spent on Catholic Church lawyers, administration: documents”

Western Canada declares fire emergency as evacuations climb

Canada’s western province of British Columbia declared a state of emergency Tuesday, with wildfires expected to grow even larger in the coming days due to high heat and winds. “We have reached a critical point,” said provincial public safety minister Mike Farnworth. “Based on the advice of emergency management and wildfire officials, and my briefingContinue reading “Western Canada declares fire emergency as evacuations climb”

B.C. First Nation says more than 160 unmarked graves found

Penelakut Tribe notifies neighbouring communities about discovery The Penelakut Tribe in B.C.’s Southern Gulf Islands says it has found more than 160 “undocumented and unmarked” graves in the area, which was also once home to the Kuper Island Residential School. The tribe informed neighbouring First Nations communities of the discovery in a newsletter posted online on Monday morning.Continue reading “B.C. First Nation says more than 160 unmarked graves found”

Former Catholic church in rural Sask. destroyed in fire

A former Polish Roman Catholic church in rural Saskatchewan was destroyed by fire Thursday. The church was located near Redberry Lake, which is about 80 kilometres northwest of Saskatoon. Lynn Swystun, who lives about a mile and a half west of the church, says she noticed smoke from her yard around 12:15 p.m. then drove toContinue reading “Former Catholic church in rural Sask. destroyed in fire”

Ottawa to close about 60 per cent of commercial salmon fisheries to conserve stocks

The federal government says it will close several commercial Pacific salmon fisheries in British Columbia and Yukon beginning this season to conserve fish stocks that are on the “verge of collapse.”  The Fisheries Department said in a news release Tuesday that 79 of 138 commercial and First Nations communal fisheries will be affected, which amountsContinue reading “Ottawa to close about 60 per cent of commercial salmon fisheries to conserve stocks”

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