Canada Melissa Mbarki: Trudeau's virtue signalling to First Nations is meaningless
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Canada has held back from sanctioning, or heavily criticizing, the Ethiopian government of Abiy Ahmed, condemned by the UN, United States and European Union for war crimes and atrocities in the Tigray region.The words used to describe one of Napoleon's excesses could well have been uttered by an Ethiopian general in Addis Ababa as the forces sent into the Tigray region by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed were compelled to abandon their posts and retreat.
A historic moment happened earlier this month, when the Cowessess First Nation in Saskatchewan announced it had reached an agreement with the federal and provincial governments to take control of its child welfare system and receive support and funding from both levels of government over the next two years.
“Today is an example of how reconciliation is possible in Canada. For over a year, over many long hours, Cowessess First Nation was empowered to exercise our full jurisdiction over our nation’s children, youth and families, to lead in creating the vision and design of a child welfare system that reflects our culture, values and priorities, and to lead all discussions on the transition plan outlined in our co-ordination agreement,” said Cowessess First Nation Chief Cadmus Delorme in.
Tom Mulcair: Will anyone in Ottawa stand up to Legault?
In the run-up to the election, the federal political parties have been falling over each other trying to be the first in line to kiss François Legault’s ring. That gives the province and its premier an importance they haven’t had in a long time. Justin Trudeau’s Liberals still rule the roost in Greater Montreal, but the Bloc Québécois continues to nip at their heels. Bloc Leader Yves-François Blanchet has to play his own cards wisely because Legault is of two minds about seeing more separatists elected federally. Legault is very much aware that a resurgent Bloc would be able to provide support and resources to rival Parti Québécois in the next provincial election.
“Our discussions weren’t always easy; turning the page on past injustices that we all inherited never is. But with Cowessess First Nation in the driver’s seat, supported by our federal and provincial partners who worked hard to enable our vision, today we stand ready to enter a new chapter of our history that will bring new support, hope and opportunity to Cowessess First Nation children and youth. Our agreement commits each government to their role in our healing journey and this new chapter, as one braid of sweetgrass.”
The Cowesses First Nation is heading in the right direction by bringing its children home to the reserve, instead of having them placed in care in other communities. This will allow the children to immerse themselves in their culture and establish relationships with their families. Growing up with my grandparents, aunts, uncles and numerous cousins was an integral part of my childhood. The phrase, “It takes a village to raise a child,” could not be truer in a First Nations community.
Melissa McCarthy Hits The Streets Of L.A.With Sign For Pal Mariska Hargitay After Ankle Injury: ‘Honk If You’re Praying’
Melissa McCarthy is showing her support for pal Mariska Hargitay. After the “Law & Order: SVU” actress, 57, revealed she broke her ankle, McCarthy, 50, hit the streets of Los Angeles with a homemade sign reading, “Honk if you’re PRAYING for Mariska Hargitay’s recovery.” Sharing a video of herself holding the sign, McCarthy wrote, “IfAfter the "Law & Order: SVU" actress, 57, revealed she broke her ankle, McCarthy, 50, hit the streets of Los Angeles with a homemade sign reading, "Honk if you're PRAYING for Mariska Hargitay's recovery.
The recent findings of 751 unmarked graves has shown us that mental health, social and healing programs are necessary in many First Nations communities. Yet our communities are often hindered by red tape, meaning that it can take years, if not decades, for many of these programs to get up and running.
We see this in every area, from land claims, to Indian Act amendments, water, education and mental health and social services. It took the Liberal government six years to implement eight of the 94 Truth and Reconciliation Commission calls to action. Averaging one item per year, it will take 94 years before we see any kind of meaningful change in First Nations communities.
Seeing the prime minister kneeling at these gravesites was disrespectful in so many ways. I come from a strict traditional upbringing and we are not allowed to take pictures at our loved ones’ gravesites. Seeing these pictures circulated online and used for political purposes or sold as memorabilia made me furious.
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We do not know how these children died, if they experienced horrific abuse or sickness, or if they died alone. When we pay our respects to those who have passed, we lay down some tobacco and say prayers for them. Laying a teddy bear and kneeling beside a deceased child while continuing to fight Indigenous children in court, as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government is doing, is infuriating.
If our prime minister believed in reconciliation, we would have made more progress on Indigenous issues over the last six years. What we are now seeing are growing tensions and acts of violence that are benefiting no one in this country.
We need more than empty gestures and promises. We need to start addressing the calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the calls for justice from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. We also need to address the fact that there are still 51 long-term drinking water advisories in First Nations communities, despite Trudeau’s pledge to end them in his first five years in office.
Historic month for Indigenous women in Canada
CANADA – Powerful Indigenous women made history in Canada this month, with the first ever Indigenous Governor General being appointed and the first woman being voted in as the Assembly of First Nations National Chief. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Mary Simon is Canada’s new Governor General, and that the Queen had approved the appointment. “Today, after 154 years, our country takes a historic step,” Trudeau said during the announcement. “I cannot think of a better person to meet the moment.
Instead of kneeling, Trudeau could have upheld his promises and addressed the calls to action that have already been proposed, or the water advisories in First Nations communities. We have a lot of work to do and we are dealing with unnecessary delays for every program administered by Indigenous Services Canada. We have two options: we (Canadians) can be stewards of change; or we can continue to see tensions and anger boil over in this country.
Political leaders need to stop virtue signalling and start bringing meaningful change to our country and to Indigenous people. Kneeling for us means nothing when many communities do not have basic services like water, housing or reliable internet.
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An Olympic-sized silver lining: Jen Abel and Melissa Citrini-Beaulieu finish second in 3m synchro diving .
TOKYO — Their specialty being synchronization, perhaps this shouldn’t come as a surprise. Canada’s duo of Jennifer Abel and Melissa Citrini-Beaulieu, having just come up clutch with a dive that would seal a silver medal, climbed out of the pool at Tokyo Aquatic Centre, wrapped their arms around each other for a hug and seemed to burst into tears at the exact same time. Fitting. Back home in Canada, anybody awake in the wee hours to watch this three-metre synchro springboard showdown may have needed a tissue too. “It was a moment of, ‘We got it. We made it,’ ” said Abel, a four-time Olympian who also has a bronze keepsake from London 2012. “It was a proud moment.