Human Rights Watch wants special unit to look at alleged Sask. police violence against Indigenous women

Organization says it’s documented dozens of claims of police misconduct based on 64 interviews

read more: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/human-rights-watch-saskatchewan-police-1.4165196.

Farida Deif, Canada director at Human Rights Watch, speaks at a news conference Monday.

Farida Deif, Canada director at Human Rights Watch, speaks at a news conference Monday. (Trevor Bothorel/CBC)

 

 

In a ceremony honouring leaders on Indigenous issues at Rideau Hall, Gov. Gen. David Johnston apologized for calling Indigenous people immigrants to Canada.

Gov. Gen. David Johnston presents Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, from Iqaluit, Nunavut with the Meritorious Service Cross during a ceremony at Rideau Hall.  At the same ceremony on Monday, Johnston apologized for saying on the weekend that Indigenous people were immigrants.

Read more at: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/governor-general-apologizes-indigenous-immigrants-1.4167348

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If you or someone you know needs support or is considering suicide, there is help.

Kamatsiaqtut Help Line
(Inuktitut services available)
First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line
Kids Help Phone

Andy

Andy Evaloakjuk carries an astonishing amount of heartache for a man so young.

For much of his life, the 21-year-old resident of Arviat, Nunavut, has had to confront the reality of suicide.

Close family members have taken their lives. He also had to bury his best friend, Johnny.

“During his funeral at the church, I didn’t cry,” Andy said. It wasn’t until he watched Johnny’s coffin being lowered into the ground that he felt the full force of his loss.

“It broke my heart into a million pieces,” Andy said. “Once I started crying, I couldn’t stop.”

Andy himself has thought seriously about taking his life.

Last summer, his ex-girlfriend Elsie Gibbons killed herself.

“I wish … I could turn back time and save her life,” Andy said, “the way she saved mine.”

ᐋᓐᑎ ᐃᕙᓗᐊᕐᔪᒃ ᐆᒻᒪᑎᒥᒍᑦ ᐊᓐᓂᐊᕈᑎᖃᖅᐳᖅ ᒪᒃᑯᓪᓚᕐᒥ.

ᐃᓅᓯᓗᒃᑖᖅᑲᔭᓂ, 21ᓂᒃ ᐅᑭᐅᓕᒃ ᐊᕐᕕᐊᕐᒥᐅᑕ, ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ, ᖃᐅᔨᑦᑕᖅᓯᒪᕗᖅ ᐃᓄᖕᓂᒃ ᐃᓅᓯᕐᒥᒃᓂᒃ ᑭᐱᓯᑦᑕᖅᓯᒪᔪᓂᒃ.

ᖃᓂᒋᔭᖏ ᑕᐃᒪᐅᔪᖕᓇᐃᖅᓯᒪᕗᑦ. ᐃᓗᕕᖅᓯᖃᑕᐅᔭᕆᐊᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐃᓚᓐᓈᖓᓂᒃ, ᔮᓂ ᑭᓐᓇᖅ 2015-ᖑᑎᓪᓗᒍ.

ᑐᒃᓯᐅᑎᔭᐅᒃᒪᑦ ᑐᒃᓯᐊᕐᕕᖕᒥ, ᕿᐊᓚᐅᖏᑦᑐᖓ, ᐋᓐᑎ ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ. ᐃᓗᕕᒐᐅᓕᖅᒪᑦ ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᐃᒃᐱᒋᓕᓚᐅᖅᐳᖓ.

“ᐆᒻᒪᑎᒐ ᓲᕐᓗ ᐊᒥᓱᓄᑦ ᓯᖃᓕᔪᖅ” ᐋᓐᑎ ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ. “ᕿᐊᓕᕋᒪ, ᓄᖅᑲᕐᓂ ᐊᔪᓕᓚᐅᖅᑐᖓ.”

ᖁᒃᓴᓪᓚᖕᓇᖏᑦᑐᖅ ᐋᓐᑎ ᐃᓄᓯᒥᓂᒃᑕᐅᖅ ᑭᐱᓯᓱᐊᓚᐅᖅᒪᑦ.

ᐊᓪᕌᓂ, ᓄᓕᐊᓱᕕᓂᐊ ᑕᐃᒪᐅᔪᖕᓇᐃᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ ᐃᐅᓯᓪ ᒋᕙᓐ.

 

“ᐱᓱᐊᖅᐳᖓ…ᑕᐃᑉᓱᒪᓂᒧᑦ ᐅᑎᕐᓗᖓ ᐃᓅᓯᐊ ᓴᐳᒻᒥᓗᒍ” ᐋᓐᑎ ᐅᖃᖅᐳᖅ “ᐃᓅᓯᕋ ᓴᐳᒻᒥᓚᐅᖅᒪᒍᑐᑦ.”

Coping with loss: Andy at home.

Coping with loss

Andy at home.

ᐊᓐᑎ ᐊᐃᓯᒪᔪᖅ.

Coping with loss: Andy visiting the grave of his ex-girlfriend, Elsie.

Coping with loss

Andy visiting the grave of his ex-girlfriend, Elsie.

ᐊᓐᑎ ᑕᑯᓴᐃᔪᖅ ᐃᓗᕕᐊᓂ ᐱᖃᓐᓇᕕᓂᐊᑕ, ᐃᐅᓯᓪ.

Coping with loss: Andy also recently had to bury his best friend.

Coping with loss

Andy also recently had to bury his best friend.

ᐊᓐᑎ ᐃᓗᕕᖅᓯᖃᑕᐅᔭᕆᐊᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐃᓚᓐᓈᕆᓚᐅᒐᓂ.

Coping with loss: Andy with his youngest sister, Louisa.
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