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France will not join boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics: Minister

France will not join a diplomatic boycott by other Western countries of the upcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing, Education and Sports Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer said on Thursday (Dec 9). Asked about a boycott announced by the United States, Australia, Britain and Canada, Blanquer told RMC radio and BFM television that France “won’t do it”. “WeContinue reading “France will not join boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics: Minister”

Xinjiang footage sheds new light on Uyghur detention camps

A YouTube video of Xinjiang detention facilities has rekindled concern over China’s crackdown on ethnic minorities. Researchers say the videos offer new evidence, but many fear for the vlogger’s safety. A 20-minute video featuring more than a dozen detention facilities in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region has offered fresh evidence and renewed the discussion around China’s large-scaleContinue reading “Xinjiang footage sheds new light on Uyghur detention camps”

Trudeau files last-ditch appeal against billions for Indigenous children

Tribunal ordered Canadian government to pay compensation to children who suffered discrimination in welfare system Justin Trudeau’s government has launched a last-minute court appeal against a ruling that would require it pay billions of dollars to First Nations children who suffered discrimination in the welfare system. Minutes before a court deadline on Friday afternoon, the government filedContinue reading “Trudeau files last-ditch appeal against billions for Indigenous children”

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.

Westward Expansion: Crash Course US History #24

In which John Green teaches you about the Wild, Wild, West, which as it turns out, wasn’t as wild as it seemed in the movies. When we think of the western expansion of the United States in the 19th century, we’re conditioned to imagine the loner. The self-reliant, unattached cowpoke roaming the prairie in searchContinue reading “Westward Expansion: Crash Course US History #24”

Detainee says China has secret jail in Dubai, holds Uyghurs

A young Chinese woman says she was held for eight days at a Chinese-run secret detention facility in Dubai along with at least two Uyghurs, in what may be the first evidence that China is operating a so-called “black site” beyond its borders. The woman, 26-year-old Wu Huan, was on the run to avoid extraditionContinue reading “Detainee says China has secret jail in Dubai, holds Uyghurs”

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”

KUPER ISLAND ~ Residential School Survivors Documentary

Residential schools, reconciliation added to curriculum for B.C. Up until now B.C. students didn’t typically learn about residential schools until Grade 11 social studies. But this fall, new curriculum material will be available for Grades 5, 10, 11 and 12. KUPER ISLAND: Return to the Healing Circle. Residential School Survivors. It was the Kuper IslandContinue reading “KUPER ISLAND ~ Residential School Survivors Documentary”

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”