By Staff The Canadian Press Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he understands why many indigenous people in Canada won’t be celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday, and he wants them treated with respect and understanding.
Athletes from around the world began arriving this week for the World Indigenous Games, which begin Sunday across Treaty 6 territory. Confederacy of Treaty 6 First Nations Grand Chief Wilton Littlechild was at Edmonton International Airport to meet arriving athletes Thursday.
“The message of the Games is to choose life” and to be proud of the richness of indigenous culture, said Littlechild. He said everyone is invited to the Games and thanked the host nations for all the work involved in organizing the event.
The Bawaating Water Protectors from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., had arrived Wednesday night to erect the teepee and engage in what they are calling a “reoccupation” to draw attention to the history of indigenous people in Canada during 150th birthday celebrations.
WE ARE COAST PROTECTORS
“Now is the time to stand beside Indigenous people in support of our timeless struggle to defend Mother Earth.
There is a battle being waged across the globe by Indigenous Peoples and their allies demanding a safe, healthy world for future generations. This is about water versus oil and life versus death, and ultimately, survival versus extinction.”
— Grand Chief Stewart Phillip
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Canadian judges are obliged to consider an aboriginal’s status before sentencing, but Bennett’s lawyer hadn’t sought the usual report on the issue — known as a Gladue report — that lays out an aboriginal offender’s personal circumstances.
Bennett, who is in his late 20s, only briefly mentioned that he was Mi’kmaq and a member of the newly recognized Qalipu First Nation during a statement to the court.
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