WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) – An indigenous chief alleged on Saturday that Canadian police beat him in March after an incident involving an expired licence plate on his truck.Slideshow ( 2 images )
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), however, say officers used reasonable force after Chief Allan Adam of Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation resisted arrest, and laid criminal charges against him.
Adam made the allegations as protests spread around the world following the death in Minneapolis of a black man in police custody on May 25.
Indigenous people this week expressed outrage at two other incidents with Canadian police, including the shooting death of a young woman.
Adam, speaking in Fort McMurray, Alberta, said RCMP approached his parked truck on March 10 as he and his wife prepared to leave a casino in the city.
After police refused to answer why they had pulled up, the couple began to drive away, before an officer ordered them to stop and pulled Adam’s wife from the driver’s seat, Adam said.
He then intervened. An officer grabbed his arm while a second one knocked him down and punched him, Adam said.
“We are a minority and nobody speaks up for us,” Adam said.
Senior police reviewed in-car video and determined police actions were reasonable and an external investigation not justified, said RCMP Const. Patrick Lambert.
But Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said he was “deeply disturbed” by a photo of Adam’s swollen and bloodied face taken after the incident.
“While we cannot comment on a specific case before the courts, we will be following developments of these serious and troubling claims closely.”
Adam’s lawyer called for police to release their video and suspend one officer.
The chief is due in court on July 2, charged with resisting arrest and assaulting police.
Adam said he waited to publicize the incident because he was busy with pandemic precautions.
Reporting by Rod Nickel in Winnipeg, Manitoba; Editing by Chris Reese
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Native America; Human Trafficking in Native Communities
Since the Presidential Proclamation of 2010, we have annually observed January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking prevention Month. Despite all the media attention and many worthy organizations fighting this problem, there are still over 40 million slaves in the world today. Women and girls account for 71% of those victims.
Before the colonization of the U.S., Native Americans held women in high regards as life bearers and the future of their people. They were the political, spiritual and ceremonial leaders and violence against women was*is) forbidden
Cairn erected in 1975 marking the Battleford Industrial School cemetery
In 2011, reflecting on the TRC’s research, Justice Murray Sinclair told the Toronto Star: “Missing children—that is the big surprise for me … That such large numbers of children died at the schools. That the information of their deaths was not communicated back to their families.”
Missing children and unmarked graves[edit source]
The TRC concluded that it may be impossible to ever identify the number of deaths or missing children, in part because of the habit of burying students in unmarked graves.[
Mohawk Residential school deaths were common and have been linked to the persistence of poorly constructed and maintained facilities. The actual number of deaths remains unknown due to inconsistent reporting by school officials and the destruction of medical and administrative records in compliance with retention and disposition policies for government records. Research by the TRC revealed that at least 6,000 students had died, mostly from disease. Other estimates place the death toll at three times that number and some in the tens of thousands.
The 1906 Annual Report of the Department of Indian Affairs, submitted by chief medical officer Peter Bryce, highlighted that the “Indian population of Canada has a mortality rate of more than double that of the whole population, and in some provinces more than three times”. 97–98, 275 Among the list of causes he noted tuberculosis and the role residential schools played in spreading the disease by way of poor ventilation and medical screening
In 1909, Bryce reported that, between 1894 and 1908, mortality rates at some residential schools in western Canada ranged from 30% to 60% over five years (that is, five years after entry, 30% to 60% of students had died, or 6–12% per annum). These statistics did not become public until 1922, when Bryce, who was no longer working for the government, published The Story of a National Crime: Being a Record of the Health Conditions of the Indians of Canada from 1904 to 1921. In particular, he alleged that the high mortality rates could have been avoided if healthy children had not been exposed to children with tuberculosis. At the time, no antibiotic had been identified to treat the disease, and this exacerbated the impact of the illness. Streptomycin, the first effective treatment, was not introduced until 1943. 381
In 1920 and 1922, Regina physician F. A. Corbett was commissioned to visit the schools in the west of the country, and found similar results to those reported by Bryce. At the Ermineskin school in Hobbema, Alberta, he found 50% of the children had tuberculosis. 98 At Sarcee Boarding School near Calgary, he noted that all 33 students were “much below even a passable standard of health” and “but four were infected with tuberculosis”.In one classroom, he found 16 ill children, many near death, who were being made to sit through lessons.
The work is further complicated by a pattern of poor record keeping by school and government officials, who neglected to keep reliable numbers about the number of children who died or where they were buried. While most schools had cemeteries on site, their location and extent remain difficult to determine as cemeteries that were originally marked were found to have been later razed, intentionally hidden or built over. The fourth volume of the TRC’s final report, dedicated to missing children and unmarked burials, was developed after the original TRC members realized, in 2007, that the issue required its own working group. In 2009, the TRC requested $1.5 million in extra funding from the federal government to complete this work, but was denied. The researchers concluded, after searching land near schools using satellite imagery and maps, that, “for the most part, the cemeteries that the Commission documented are abandoned, disused, and vulnerable to accidental disturbance”.
Oglala Lakota leader Crazy Horse, born on this day in 1849, was a famous war leader who participated in the Battle of the Little Bighorn and several other important battles of the American Indian Wars. According to the National Park Service, he fought in defense of Oglala land, but eventually brokered a surrender with the white leaders of government troops. The exact details of Crazy Horse’s personal life are shrouded in mystery, but he’s still remembered as one of the most prominent Native American figures of his time. His memorial, like his legacy, is larger than life–that is, if it ever gets finished. Here are three things to know about the historic site:
This is an Elders Poem
The Elders say the American Indian women will lead healing among the tribes. We need to especially pray for our women, and ask the Creator to bless them And give them strength.
Inside them the power of love and strength given by the Moon and the Earth.
When everyone else gives up it is the women who sing the songs of strength.
She is the backbone of the people. So, to our women we say sing your songs of strength. Pray for your special powers; keep our people strong, be respectful, gentle and modest.
Oh, Great One, bless our women. Make us strong today.
In order to be effective truth must penetrate like an arrow – and it’s likely going to hurt.
Raindrops and Rainbow
When the sunlight strikes rainbows in the air, they act as a prism and forms a rainbows. The rainbow is a division of white light into many beautiful colors. These a takes shape of a long round arch, with its path high above and its two ends apparently beyond the horizon.
There are according to legend, of pit of gold at the end of the rainbow. People look but you will never finf it. When a person looks for something beyond their reach, our Friends may “say one is looking for a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. I remember as a kid I looked for that pot of gold.
Others have tried to explain the phenomenon physically. Aristotle thought that the rainbow was caused by a reflection of the sun’s rays by the rain. Since then physicists have found that it is not a reflection, while it is a refraction by the raindrops that causes the rainbow.
Throughout the centuries people have explained the rainbow in vicarious ways. As a miracle without physical explanation.
I say read the Bible, it is written Genesis 9:13-16
The Lord said, “I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me (as in God himself) and the earth. It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud; and I will remember my covenant which is between Me and you and every living creature of a flesh.; the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look on it to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on earth.”