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Educators Rising Alaska Leadership Conference February 28th – March 1st

Educators Rising Alaska (EdRisingAK) is hosting its annual conference (virtually) February 28th – March 1st. EdRisingAK will host a number of notable speakers, featuring keynote speaker Nick Iligutchiak “Eskimo Ninja” Hanson, DEED Commissioner of Education Michael Johnson, UA Interim President Pat Pitney, UAF Dean of CNSM Kinchel Doerner, 2020 Teacher of the Year Amy Gallaway, and Dean of College of Education, Dr. Steve Atwater along with David Song, UAS Student Recruiter. Haliehana Alaĝum Ayagaa Stepetin will speak and offer a virtual dance performance, as well as Fairbanks’ Pavva, Iñupiaq dancers (led by UAF’s Professor Sean Topkok). The theme for this year’s conference is “Rising Above Adversity”.

“Our offices have been delivering materials and events virtually for years, and it’s exciting to embrace our current situation and offer an entirely remote conference. This is a unique opportunity, where we can reach more students who might not normally attend a live conference,” said Glenda Findlay, Director of K-12 Outreach, which houses EdRisingAK.

The EdRisingAK Leadership Conference will follow several days of student competitions, in various categories, including Public Speaking, Lesson Planning, and Children’s Literature. ALEKS testing will be available, as well as leadership activities including a workforce workshop and Indigenous student support. Breakout activities will include a Photo Booth and a scavenger hunt.

“EdRisingAK is excited to offer leadership skills to students from all over Alaska,” says Barbara Wadlinger, EdRisingAK Program Manager. “We hope this event can help to inspire more Alaskan students to become teachers in their communities or other Alaska locations.”

The 2021 Student Officers have been integral in helping with this years’ conference. They worked together to design a conference logo, cover social media, and help to boost student interest and involvement with the program. Past Student Officers and National Student Officers will offer panel discussions as well.

Educators Rising Alaska hopes to foster excellence within the state of Alaska by supporting middle school through collegiate level students on their path to become Alaskan educators. Our purpose is to inspire students from across the state, creating a scaffold on which rural and urban students can be encouraged, nurturing their enthusiasm to become future educators, administrators, councilors, aides, and supporting staff.

For the safety of our students, we ask that the interested public register prior to the conference.

For more information about this event or EdRisingAK, please contact

Putt Clark, K-12 Outreach Communications Specialist — Educators Rising Alaska website  (907)450-8408


CJF-CBC Indigenous Journalism Fellowships


Toronto – Jan. 25, 2021 – To amplify Indigenous voices and issues in the media, The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF), together with CBC News, is now accepting applications to its CJF-CBC Indigenous Journalism Fellowships program, made possible with support of new fellowship sponsor Sobeys Inc.

The annual fellowships provide a unique opportunity for two early-career Indigenous journalists, with one-to-10 years’ experience, to explore Indigenous issues while being hosted for one month at the CBC’s Indigenous Unit in Winnipeg. This year, the fellowships may be conducted remotely. The application deadline is February 19.

“Our storytellers, our journalists, need space and opportunity to learn, grow and thrive,” says fellowship jury member Tanya Talaga, an award-winning author, journalist and president and CEO of Indigenous production company Makwa Creative. “The CJF-CBC Indigenous Journalism Fellowship program opens doors for the next generation and, in doing so, our storytellers spread their knowledge to newsrooms across Canada. Both are needed steps as we work toward a more equitable Canada.”

Fellows receive a $4,000 stipend, while the CJF covers all associated travel and accommodation costs, a per diem for meals and other reasonable expenses.

“Sobeys is thrilled to support the CJF-CBC Indigenous Journalism Fellowships and CJF awards,” says Jacquelin Weatherbee, vice-president of communications and corporate affairs for Empire, corporate parent of Sobeys. “We are committed to creating meaningful inclusion opportunities within the communities we serve. It is our hope that the support of this program will amplify the important voices of Indigenous communities in a meaningful way.”

Past recipients and topics include: Charnel Anderson, now a staff writer with TVO based in northwestern Ontario, on how Georgina Island First Nation took back control of its lands and resources; Logan Perley, a reporter with CBC New Brunswick, on the challenges of revitalizing the Wolastoqey language; and Ntawnis Piapot, a reporter with CBC Saskatchewan on universities’ commitment to Indigenization.

This year’s recipients will be recognized at the virtual CJF Awards virtual ceremony on June 9.

Encouraging Indigenous voices and issues in the media

The CJF-CBC Indigenous Journalism Fellowships are offered to two Indigenous journalists with one to ten years of experience to explore an issue of interest, while being hosted for one month at the CBC News Indigenous Unit in Winnipeg. The award aims to foster better comprehension of Indigenous issues in Canada’s major media and community outlets. 

Successful applicants will:

• Spend one month (June, September or October, 2021) with the CBC News Indigenous Unit in Winnipeg . This may be offered as a remote experience. (

• Have a training stipend of $4,000, all associated travel and accommodation, a per diem for meals and other reasonable expenses, provided by The Canadian Journalism Foundation.

• Write or produce an article/piece or series upon completion of their fellowship opportunity, which will be considered for publication or broadcast by CBC News.

The recipient will be selected by a jury. All arrangements for the award assignment will be made in consultation with award winners.

Judging Methodology
The judging panel is comprised of four to eight jurors who review all submitted entries through an online portal, rank the entries and then attend a meeting with their rankings to agree upon the recipients of the award. The recipients are announced in April or May, and are recognized at the annual CJF Awards virtual ceremony on June 9.


For information, contact:
Natalie TurveyPresident and Executive DirectorThe Canadian Journalism

February 2021 Online Greenlandic Inuit Art Auction Bidding starts February 4th, 2021 at 8:00 am Bidding starts closing February 11th, 2020 at 8:00 pm This is an online-only auction

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Call for Indigenous Music Creators

Red Sky Performance is bringing our award-winning production Mistatim to the screen for an engaging digital experience. Working with the Toronto Symphony OrchestraMistatim will be reimagined to include newly created music by four Indigenous music creators and eight TSO musicians, who will explore and learn together. The collaboration will include four mentorship sessions with leading Indigenous and TSO musicians, creators, and composers.


  • Indigenous music creators from across Canada and the United States with a strong interest in music collaboration.
  • The composition, collaboratively created, will be 15 minutes.
  • It is not necessary to read or write music.

PROJECT TIMELINE: March 15 – May 20, 2021

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  February 12, 2021


  1. Music composition and collaboration (online/Zoom) (March 15-April 30)
  2. Music mentorship sessions (online/Zoom) (March 15-May 7, 2021)
  3. Music video/audio capture (May 7-20, 2021) in Toronto.

(1) Statement: A brief video or written statement outlining why you want to be part of this collaboration, what you hope to gain, and what you plan to contribute as a music creator — 250 words or 2 minutes maximum.

(2) Resume: A brief resume including musical instruments, experience, touring, collaborations, training, and accomplishments — one-page maximum.

(3) Music Sample: A sample of your work in digital audio and/or video file (i.e., mp3) or web link (i.e., YouTube, Vimeo) — 5-15 minutes in length.

(4) Music Score: A sample music score IF you have experience creating a score. This is not mandatory but will be reviewed as part of the adjudication process if you have it. The score may be for music composition, film, music video, or theatre work.

Apply to: Email your application to Kathy Morrison, General Manager, at no later than February 12, 2021 at midnight.

If you have any questions, please contact

Applicants will be shortlisted based on their submitted material and then invited to participate in a brief interview (on Zoom) with adjudicators after which final decisions will be made.

Applicants will be notified by February 19 and selected music creators will begin March 15, 2021.

An artist fee will be paid to selected Indigenous music creators. The fee will be commensurate with experience.

Red Sky Performance and Toronto Symphony Orchestra will adhere to provincial COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. Due to current health guidelines and travel restrictions, this project will take place online (primarily via Zoom).

An unforgettable story of reconciliation, Mistatim is about the taming of a wild horse and the truest of friendships. Under a prairie sky, a simple wooden fence is all that separates Calvin on his ranch and Speck on her reservation. In many ways they are worlds apart, that is until a wild horse named Mistatim turns their worlds upside down. Red Sky’s award-winning production for young audiences, Mistatim will be transformed into an exciting, multi-faceted digital film experience.

Red Sky Performance is a leading company of contemporary Indigenous performance in Canada and worldwide. Now in our 20th year of performance (dance, theatre, music, and media), Red Sky’s work highlights the originality and power of contemporary performance, enabling new creations to expand the breadth and scope of Indigenous-made work in Canada.

One of Canada’s most respected arts organizations, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra plays a vital role in the city’s dynamic cultural life. Committed to serving local and national communities through vibrant performances and expansive educational activities, the TSO is a unique musical ambassador for Canada around the world.

Adjudicators will comprise of representatives from Red Sky Performance and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Government of Canada Partnering with Indigenous Coastal Communities to Enhance Marine Safety in British Columbia

Through the Oceans Protection Plan, the Government of Canada is working in partnership with Indigenous coastal communities to improve marine safety and responsible shipping to protect Canada’s marine environment.

As part of this $1.5 billion plan, in 2017 the Canadian Coast Guard launched the Indigenous Community Boat Volunteer Pilot Program. Under this program, communities are provided with funding to purchase boats and equipment to enhance their marine safety capacity as members of the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Today, under year three of the program, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, announced $312,815 for Nisga’a Nation and $214,156 for Ahousaht Nation to each purchase a search and rescue boat and related equipment for the communities.

Through new equipment and training, Auxiliary members are better equipped and prepared to respond to marine emergencies, helping to enhance the safety of their communities and the surrounding waters and coasts. 

The Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary is a national non-profit organization of 4,000 volunteer members with access to 1,100 vessels that boost the Government of Canada’s maritime search and rescue response capacity. The Canadian Coast Guard funds the Auxiliary through a contribution program totaling $7.7 million each year. The Auxiliary responds to approximately 25 per cent of maritime calls for assistance each year, providing an often life saving service.

The $1.5 billion Oceans Protection Plan is the largest investment ever made to protect Canada’s coasts and waterways. This national plan is creating a stronger marine safety system that provides economic opportunities for Canadians today, while protecting our coastlines and clean water for generations to come. This work is being done in close collaboration with Indigenous peoples, local stakeholders and coastal communities.

November 7, 2020, marks the fourth anniversary of the launch of the Oceans Protection Plan. Despite the new challenges that have emerged with COVID-19, the Oceans Protection Plan continues to:

  • Foster partnerships with Indigenous and coastal communities;
  • Improve marine incident response;
  • Prevent marine accidents and pollution;
  • Protect Canada’s endangered whale populations; and
  • Preserve and restore Canada’s marine ecosystems.


“Investment through the Indigenous Community Boat Volunteer Pilot Program recognizes the critical role of Indigenous communities as members of the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary in protecting mariners, and their residents. Indigenous coastal communities have been stewards of the environment including oceans and shores for generations, and are unquestionably vital to Canada’s marine safety system today. The program provides necessary funding and equipment to support their efforts.”

The Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

Our Government is committed to working with Indigenous coastal communities in order to protect some of Canada’s greatest resources: oceans and waterways. Thanks to initiatives under the Oceans Protection Plan, marine shipping and coastal environments are safer now than ever before. Indigenous communities in their region have a significant role in implementing the Oceans Protection Plan. This additional funding will expand search and rescue capabilities for the residents of British Columbia and play a meaningful role in emergency response and waterway management.”

The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport

“The Nisga’a Nation as represented by Nisga’a Lisims Government is committed to ensuring its programs, services and day to day operations reflect our vision, Sayt-K’il’im-Goot: One Heart, One Path, One nation. Using this vision, we are very excited to join the Coastal Nations Coast Guard Auxiliary. The financial supports provided through the Indigenous Community Boat Volunteer Pilot Program has allowed us to purchase a Multi-use Vessel with many capabilities to render response services in the northern waters of B.C. We have also acquired search and rescue equipment to provide our responders with proper PPE to keep them safe. Lastly this program has provided funding to develop a training plan to lay the foundation and strive sustainable prosperity and self reliance for the long term with a purpose to protect both mariners and citizens traveling throughout the northwest coast of B.C.”

Anthony Moore, Emergency Response Services Manager, Nisga’a Lisims Government

Quick Facts

·        As part of the Oceans Protection Plan, the Government of Canada is partnering with Indigenous and coastal communities to develop a world-leading marine safety system that meets the unique needs of people on all coasts.


·        The Indigenous Community Boat Volunteer Pilot Program is a four-year pilot program, which began in 2017. Coast Guard continues conversations with coastal Indigenous communities to identify those that are interested in participating in the future.


·        The search and rescue capable boats and other equipment bought under this program meet the standards of the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary and Transport Canada.

·        Since the Oceans Protection Plan started in November 2016, over 50 initiatives have been announced in the areas of marine safety, research and ecosystem protection that span coast-to-coast-to-coast.

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Wendake, September 29, 2020 The Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL) today  unveiled its Action Plan on Racism and Discrimination, which proposes actions that can be  adopted immediately by Quebec citizens and civil society organizations.  

“The AFNQL has decided to be proactive and produce its own Plan to fight racism and  discrimination. The Plan includes dozens of concrete actions that can easily be adopted today.  There are for municipalities, educational institutions, businesses, the media, and all civil society  organizations, as well as for individuals. Everyone can do their part. We all have a role to play in  the fight against racism and discrimination,” said AFNQL Chief Ghislain Picard. 

The unveiling of the Plan follows the disclosure, on August 12, of the results of a survey conducted  among more than 1,000 participants that aimed to assess Quebecers’ knowledge and perceptions  of First Nations in Quebec. It appears that almost all non-Indigenous Quebecers (92%) recognize  that First Nations are subject to racism or discrimination in Quebec.  

“Racism and discrimination towards First Nations are very much present in Quebec and the passing of an Atikamekw woman yesterday at the Joliette hospital illustrates this sad reality that a large  majority of Quebecers recognize. I am well aware that most of the time, the racism we experience  is unintentional and is often the result of unconscious biases. It is also very often the result of  government policies that lead to systemic discrimination,” added Chief Picard. 

The results of this survey also showed that progress has been made in recent years in terms of  Quebecers’ opinion of First Nations. Generally speaking, a majority of Quebecers are open to First  Nations and support their demands. 

To build its Action Plan, the AFNQL has drawn on the numerous recommendations of the most  recent reports of commissions of inquiry held in Quebec and Canada. These reports were done  with rigour and their elaboration required on several occasions the often very painful participation  of people who suffer from discriminatory and/or racist situations. Rather than letting these precious  testimonies and recommendations lie dormant, the AFNQL has undertaken to make them its own  and to see in all respect how each and everyone can contribute.

The Action Plan on Racism and Discrimination and the calls for action to the Quebec population  are not intended to relieve the Quebec government of its responsibilities. On the contrary, the  AFNQL also calls upon the government to adopt the proposed actions that fall under the  responsibility of the State.  

About the AFNQL 

The Assembly of First Nations Québec-Labrador is the political organization regrouping 43 Chiefs  of the First Nations in Québec and Labrador. Follow us on Tweeter@APNQL.

RUTH – ANN THORN PRESENTS THE FINE ARTISTS OF INDIAN MARKET 2020 SANTA FE Art of the City TV named Sponsor of Indian Market 2020 Art as storytelling and Art as responsibility.

Ruth-Ann Thorn believes these on-location Santa Fe episodes as well as the extraordinary live streaming interviews during the month of August 2020 are the most important episodes she’s ever produced and hosted: and are truly the intersection of Fine Art, Native American Heritage, and celebration in a Virtual Experience.

Click here to watch Art in The City Santa Fe Episodes: 

Santa Fe: New Mexico:  (August 1st,   2020)  Art of the City TV is a documentary entertainment series where gallerist, philanthropist, and celebrity host Ruth-Ann Thorn travels around the country spotlighting artists who create the fabric and lifeblood of the city’s cultural community.  Host Ruth Ann Thorn moves out of her role as uber-successful gallerist and brings to audiences’ layers upon layers of hip, unfiltered aesthetic, and creative elements indigenous to the featured city.   

This year is unique….   Santa Fe Indian Market….Virtual….Engaging…and Art of the City TV brings an Unparalleled Artistic and Cultural Component to a year when the online presence for the month-long event will be engaging, and presents the opportunity to expose the celebration to a global audience.

George Rivera

Roxanne Swentzell

Nocona Burgess

Raymond Nordwall

Ms. Thorn,  San Diegan and of the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians brings to the series her native American experience; Her mother was an artist and was involved in the women’s rights movement, while her father, part of the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians, was one of the first Native Americans to occupy Alcatraz in an effort to gain equal rights for the Native Americans living on reservations, who at the time weren’t allowed to vote.  In 2018, Thorn was elected as the chairwoman of the Rincon Economic Development Corporation of her tribe and has been on the board for 5 years. She oversees businesses that are owned by the tribe and is an active member of California chapter of the Native American Chamber of Commerce.

Ruth-Ann has captured the flavor of Santa Fe artistic relevance and presents to the world the timely story of the cultural capital of Indian Market and the great city of Santa Fe,…an event that has always been on the right side of history and on the right side of Artistic Accomplishment;  illustrating Native American Art as seen through the lens of her knowledge and being.  We believe these four episodes, two of which are Artists exhibiting this year, Raymond Nordwall and Nacona Burgess,  are the perfect digital content.

Celebrity Host Ruth-Ann Thorn traveled to Santa Fe, New Mexico because of the indigenous artists that reside there. Santa Fe is a mecca for Native American collectors. She chose four of the most important Native American artists living and working in Santa Fe: Nocona Burgess, Roxanne Swentzell, Georgia Rivera, and Raymond Nordwall…..take a look.

Santa Fe is the epicenter for Native American art. I was fortunate to be able to interview and document  four of the most important Native American Artists living today.

Getting the backstory from each of these creative individuals will help the world understand not only what they are creating but why they are creating it.

These are interviews that are history in the making”.  Ruth-Ann Thorn

This series of episodes reveal the flavor of Santa Fe and its vibrant artistic culture via a never-before captured lens: allowing Ms. Thorn and the Artists to experience the essence of so much of the Santa Fe.. As an historian captures history, and a travel guide landmarks, and the chef local culinary flavors: the Host of Art of the City marries them all…and through the Artists’ works.

“I’m revolutionizing the way people are exposed to art…. yes….it’s about the Art….but it’s not merely an art show, it’s a people show.” Thorn has just completed four episodes on location featuring Native American Artists , all of whom Thorn describes as an ‘encyclopedia of life’.   “This….is what I came for” remarks Thorn.


August 1                                 Nocona Burgess                            

August 3                                 Raymond Nordwall                      

August 5                                 Jeremy Salazar                                

August 7                                George Rivera                               

August 10                              Cody Sanderson                           

August 12                              Lois Ellen Frank culinary chef       

August 14                              Roxanne Swentzell                         

August 17                              Robby Romero                                         

August 19 TBA

August 21                              Tribute to Nakotah La Rance    Mayor Alan Weber of Santa Fe, Chris Eyres & Celebrity Guests TBA

BREAKING (Video): Indigenous Nations react to Supreme Court decision on TMX

Squamish, Tsleil Waututh and Coldwater First Nations have worked for eight long years to assert their rights to be consulted on the Trans Mountain pipeline and tankers expansion project. On July 2nd, 2020, The Squamish Nation, Tsleil-Waututh Nation and Coldwater Indian Band were denied leave to appeal by the Supreme Court of Canada. These three First Nations have fought and challenged the Trans Mountain Expansion (TMX) Project twice at the Federal Court of Appeal.

It is incredibly disappointing that Canada’s top court has denied them an opportunity to be heard on a recent Court of Appeal decision upholding Trans Mountain’s approval – a decision that has potentially disastrous consequences specifically for these Nations. The Federal Court of Appeal’s decision to let the federal government be the judge and jury of its own consultation efforts was flawed in so many ways and the Supreme Court of Canada failed to recognize that. This denial also sets an adverse precedent in terms of rights to consultation for all First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada. 

This is one of the most important cases of the decade. The recent oil spill along the Trans Mountain pipeline route at the Sumas pump stations signals the environmental risks posed by transporting tar sands bitumen over land and water. But the risk to human rights by failing to meet the reconciliation agenda is graver still.  

Since committing to honour the Free, Prior and Informed Consent of Indigenous Nations, the Canadian government has done little to nothing to meaningfully recognize the rights of First Nations. This latest Supreme Court denial underscores the discrepancy between talk and action when it comes to what the BC government once claimed was its most important relationship. 

“We are extremely disappointed by today’s decision by the Supreme Court of Canada,” said Chief Leah George-Wilson. “This case is about more than a risky pipeline and tanker project; it is a major setback for reconciliation. It reduces consultation to a purely procedural requirement that will be a serious barrier to reconciliation.”

Watch the video of Indigenous leaders’ reaction to the news:

Although today’s decision marks the end of the road for this legal challenge, First Nations have vowed to explore all legal options to protect their rights, land, water and climate.

“Although Tsleil-Waututh Nation is very disappointed, we are not surprised. This case is about more than a risky pipeline and tanker project. It is a setback for reconciliation. In our view, consultation on TMX fell well short of the mark, and our concerns – that were backed up by world leading science – were not addressed. The FCA relied on the federal cabinet’s determination that their consultation was adequate.

As owners of the project, they are unable to objectively assess the adequacy of their own consultations. Tsleil-Waututh Nation has significant concerns…We live in a highly impacted area the City of Vancouver, Burrard Inlet. We haven’t harvested clams from our inlet for 40 years. Another part of our Section 35 constitutionally protected rights that have been degraded. We will always be here, and we will always uphold our sacred trust, to protect our land. In this era of reconciliation, as we strive as a country to uphold the UN Declaration of Rights of Indigenous People, the government’s actions mark a stark departure from where we want to be as a nation. 

This project remains risky for everyone. Our decision to reject this project will not be influenced by a decision by the Canadian courts. The whales are coming back. The herring is coming back. These things mean we will continue to do our important work to uphold our obligations as Tsleil-Waututh Nation people – we will uphold our law. We are not deterred. And we are exploring all legal options available. All I can say is that this is NOT the end of our story.”

— Chief Leah George Wilson of Tsleil Waututh Nation.

The Tsleil-Waututh Nation and Squamish Nation first began legal action in 2014 against the Trans Mountain pipeline and tanker project. Since the Nations’ 2018 win at the Federal Court of Appeal, they have continued to work to protect their lands and waters. Today’s decision does not change that mandate. Together we have raised over a million dollars for these cases. That momentum, and commitment to stand with Indigenous communities leading these cases, does not stop today. We are with you, and we will keep pulling together.

We will never give up on our struggle to defend rights and protect the Earth. We cannot wait to be alongside you as we continue to protect the lands, air, and waters from tar sands pipeline and tanker expansion. Join us for the “Folk That Pipeline” online festival to find out what the next steps are to battle TMX. 

Get updates here about the campaign and the next steps for Indigenous Nations in the fight against TMX:

Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief ‘appalled’ by recent police-involved fatalities

ANISHINABEK NATION HEAD OFFICE (June 16, 2020) – First Nation Leaders across Turtle Island are appalled following the news of a second fatal police-involved shooting. Rodney Levi of Metepenagiag First Nation was fatally shot by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) on June 12; less than two weeks after the death of Chantal Moore by Edmundston Police Department.

“When does this end? How can Indigenous Leaders state loudly enough that law enforcement killing our people muststop?” asks Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Glen Hare. “Systemic Racism is rampant in all of our
institutions and these senseless killings are a reminder of that. It is unthinkable that amidst a pandemic of a disease that does not discriminate against any race and has claimed millions of lives, that not only do we have to protect our families from a deadly disease, we also have to protect them from those that took an oath to serve and protect us!”

Outcries and calls for the inquiry to examine systemic racism against Indigenous people across all provinces have continuously fallen onto deaf ears; however, Grand Council Chief Glen Hare is unceasingly demanding that Prime Minister Trudeau and Premiers in every Province act decisively to restructure police services. “We have seen far too many incidents in the recent weeks, not just here, but globally, and throughout the years
as a result of the shortcomings and ineffectiveness of current police tactics, and unchecked deep-rooted racism whereby officers act with unnecessary and excessive force. Something more needs to be done to reform police
services and it needs to happen now.”

As these injustices come to light, and as the 25th anniversary of the shooting death of unarmed protestor Anthony “Dudley” George by an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) sniper at Ipperwash Beach fast approaches, it is important to emphasize the recommendation from the Report of the Ipperwash Inquiry #53. It states, “The provincial government, First Nations organizations, the OPP, and other police services in Ontario should develop
networks promoting communication, understanding, trust, and collaboration during [Indigenous] occupations and protests.”

“While that recommendation speaks to occupations and protestors, it will always be relevant to develop networks and collaborate where our own people— organizations, services, experts, law enforcement— are
involved to have the best possible outcome in order to prevent irreversible consequenceslike these. Our people know how to best help and support our vulnerable people,” says Grand Council Chief Hare.

“Building a foundation based on trust and understanding is necessary and relevant in all aspects of policing – our people need to trust in those that enforce laws and trust that they believe that our lives matter—First Nations lives matter.”

The Anishinabek Nation is a political advocate for 39 member First Nations across Ontario, representing approximately 65,000 citizens. The Anishinabek Nation is the oldest political organization in Ontario and
can trace its roots back to the Confederacy of Three Fires, which existed long before European contact.