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MMIW Symposium Held In Regina PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joel Willick   
Friday, 27 March 2015 13:19

Organizers of a missing and murdered Aboriginal women symposium in Regina hope to continue the discussion on the issue.

The symposium has been running this week at the University of Regina and has featured several panels from experts and students.

Dr. Shauneen Pete, the Executive Lead of Indigenization for the university, says there is a lot of attention on the issue even though the federal government continues to refuse to hold a national inquiry.

"What we see is community activists and others stepping up, holding a variety of teach-ins and lectures and conferences and things like that just to keep the attention on the topics."

Pete says the symposium is aiming to discover the "sociological" issues around missing and murdered Aboriginal women.

Last year, the Prime Minister remarked that the issue wasn't a "sociological phenomenon".

 
Saskatchewan Coalition Against Racism 'Sickened' by Decisions in Peekeekoot Case PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joel Willick   
Thursday, 26 March 2015 15:04

The Saskatchewan Coalition Against Racism is speaking out against a recent Supreme Court decision to deny an Aboriginal man leave to appeal his dangerous offender designation.

Andy Peekeekoot was declared a dangerous offender in 2010 after he pulled a knife during a bar fight.

SCAR spokesperson, Bob Hughes, says he is ‘sickened’ by what has been allowed to pass for justice in this case.

“We have been working on this case for a long time and it has always been obvious to us that in any normal system it would have been overturned,” said Hughes.

Hughes says this Peekeekoot ruling needs to be overturned.

“His case is something that doesn’t have any relation to justice at all,” said Hughes.  “If I was in Andy’s place right now I would find it frightening.”

Hughes says they are now working on an article detailing the circumstances around the story.

“As people see the truth about this case there will be more widespread outrage and it will give people cause to question what justice in this province is.”

The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal ruled there were no significant errors in how the sentencing judge came to his decision in the case and unanimously upheld the ruling.

Peekeekoot is currently serving his sentence at a medium security jail in Grand Cache, Alberta.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 March 2015 09:37
 
Body Of Missing Man Found At Mosquito FN PDF Print E-mail
Written by David Smith   
Thursday, 26 March 2015 14:25

RCMP say the body of a man reported missing this week from Mosquito First Nation has been found.

Monday evening police received reports that a 47-year-old man was missing from his home, and it was believed he may have wandered away.

A search was conducted involving RCMP members from various units and community members.

Investigators say the man's body was located Tuesday afternoon in a wooded area of the community.

Foul play is not suspected but an autopsy will be done.

The man's name has not been released.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 March 2015 14:27
 
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