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National Indigenous Peoples Day in Yellowknife

Friday marks National Indigenous Peoples Day, which has been a statutory holiday in the Northwest Territories since 2001. The NWT was the first jurisdiction to make the day a statutory holiday, followed by Yukon...

EDITORIAL: Good cops, bad system

It is an unofficial truth that deep-seated shortcomings in our criminal justice system are much to blame for the disproportionate number of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada compared with their non-Indigenous counterparts. Thanks...

EDITORIAL: Strong words from inquiry

Another major and devastating report was brought to national attention last week following the nearly three-year, cross-country inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls. The report’s 231 recommendations are based on feedback from...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Report fails Indigenous youth

Dear editor: The MMIWG Report utterly fails to address its mandate to make recommendations for “concrete and effective action that can be taken to remove systemic causes of violence and to increase the safety of...

‘Enough talk, let’s see some action’: Dene National chief responds to MMIWG inquiry report

Dene National Chief Norman Yakeleya urged an end to talk, and called for action Friday at a press conference addressing the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls' (MMIWG). Following the 231...

RCMP to use drones in 2010 cold case

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) announced that they will be conducting UAV flights this Friday to assist in a disappearance case from 2010. In a news release issued Thursday, the RCMP stated the  UAV...

Inuvik honors MMIWG at second annual Sisters in Spirit Vigil

Inuvik honored and remembered missing and murdered indigenous women and girls (MMIWG) at its second annual Sisters in Spirit Vigil October 4 at the Family Information Liaison Unit (FILU). The vigil was started by the...

Iqaluit MMIWG hearings highlight past and present impacts of industry, colonization

In a powerful testimony at the MMIWG hearings in Iqaluit, panelists spoke about the impacts of colonization — dog killings, food insecurity, industry and deficient health care — on Inuit life, health and culture. Inukshuk...

Cultural programming supports healing, panelist tells MMIWG hearing

Leaning on culture and openly talking about the past will heal communities afflicted by the ongoing impacts of colonialism, testified an expert at Monday’s MMIWG hearing in Iqaluit. “(Inuit) have seen a lot of changes...

LGBTQ2S issues focal point in day three of Iqaluit MMIWG hearings

LGBTQ2S Indigenous peoples are burdened with educating the institutions that serve them, discouraging them from getting the help they need, said panelists at the Sept. 12 MMIWG hearing in Iqaluit. Indigenous women are already "existing...

After MMIWG inquiry, women heal together

Inside the circle, women shared stories of abuse, loved ones lost, and mistreatment by officials who were supposed to protect them. The women held each others' hands and passed one another tissues. They also laughed. “We're...

NWT on ‘right path’ to reduce Indigenous children in care, says minister

Though the percentage of Indigenous children involved with the Northwest Territories' child welfare system continues to grow, the Health and Social Services minister believes the government is making progress toward reducing the number of...

Inuvik woman emphasizes healing after inquiry hearing

After Lesa Semmler and her family finished giving their testimony at the national inquiry hearings into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, another family approached her and said after they heard her speak,...

Families speak about lack of resources at MMIWG inquiry

Kathy Meyer counts the years in Christmases. Eight have passed since her daughter Angela went missing. Angela was 22 years old. “She was a very loving girl,” her mother, Kathy said Tuesday, then quickly corrected herself....

Governments can act on recommendations now: Commissioner

Hearings for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Yellowknife continued Tuesday with more tearful testimony from loved ones of lost women and girls, and survivors of violence. The day...

Chief commissioner will not attend Yellowknife MMIWG hearings

The chief commissioner of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls will not be present at hearings in Yellowknife next week. The inquiry announced this week commissioners Qajaq Robinson, Michele Audette...