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First Nations researchers release open letter to Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett | Georgia Straight Vancouver's News & Entertainment Weekly

First Nations researchers release open letter to Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett | Georgia Straight Vancouver's News & Entertainment Weekly: (Indigenous claims researchers from different areas of Canada released this open letter today, which was sent to Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett.)

Dear Minister Bennett,

We are a long-standing national group of specific claims research directors working on behalf of Indigenous Nations and committed to the just, fair, and timely resolution of specific claims in Canada. Here we present a response to the November 2016 report by the Office of the Auditor General (OAG), First Nations Specific Claims—Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC). This response, called Taking Action, Building Trust, translates recommendations from the audit process into concrete, tangible actions that Canada can undertake within the next six months.

As you know, the audit found that, over the past eight years, changes to funding and negotiation practices at INAC resulted in significant barriers for Indigenous Nations seeking just resolution of specific claims. As well, the audit criticized INAC’s approach to public communication and reporting, noting that the Department misrepresented progress on claims resolution and failed to communicate even basic program changes to Indigenous Nations.


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Rising Kashmir: Indian troops target UN vehicle along LoC: Pak Army

Rising Kashmir: In a statement, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said the vehicle was carrying United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) officers Major Emmanual of the Philippines and Major Mirko of Croatia.
The two officers, who were "on a visit to the LoC (came under attack by the Indian troops)," a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.
According to the military’s media wing, their vehicle was flying a blue UNMOGIP flag in line with protocol.


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Thunder Bay police chief charged with breach of trust - Thunder Bay - CBC News

Thunder Bay police chief charged with breach of trust - Thunder Bay - CBC News: The investigation was referred to a qualified major case manager with the OPP criminal investigation branch, according to the news release.

Levesque, 53, is currently off on medical leave, according to the Thunder Bay Police Services Board.

"The public can be assured that the members of the Thunder Bay Police Service will continue to serve and protect our community," said a statement issued by the board on Tuesday afternoon just moments after the OPP issued its release.

"We have full confidence in Deputy Chief Hauth and our senior command staff to lead TBPS through this challenging time," the board's statement said.


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Mexican Tarahumara woman wins 50km race wearing sandals - BBC News

Mexican Tarahumara woman wins 50km race wearing sandals - BBC News: Mar�a Lorena Ram�rez defeated 500 other runners from 12 countries in the female category of the Ultra Trail Cerro Rojo in Puebla, in central Mexico.

She ran without any professional gear, and her pair of sandals was reportedly made from recycled tyre rubber.


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Popular Native American studies scholar declines deanship at Dartmouth amid concerns over his past support for Israel boycott

Popular Native American studies scholar declines deanship at Dartmouth amid concerns over his past support for Israel boycott: By Colleen Flaherty


- “As many of you know, the news of my appointment, at least in some circles, remains a source of concern and contention,” Duthu wrote in an email to colleagues Monday, telling them he’d also step down as the Frank J. Guarini Associate Dean of the Faculty for International Studies and Interdisciplinary Programs. He’ll remain on the faculty as the Samson Occom Professor of Native American Studies.

“Whether warranted or not, this matter has been and will likely continue to be a significant distraction for me professionally and a source of considerable pain and frustration for me personally,” Duthu wrote. “It also has the great potential to be damaging to the college in the long term, given the higher visibility and engagement with external audiences that come with the dean’s position.”


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