UN Rebukes Canada for the 3rd Time Over Indigenous Policing

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The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) has rebuked Canada for the third time over police intimidations against the Secwepemc and Wet’suwet’en peoples.  In a letter dated April 29, CERD accused the government of Canada and …

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Minority Rights Group International Investigates Alleged DRC Park Ranger Atrocities

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Minority Rights Group International accused park rangers funded by Germany and the United States of murder and rape of indigenous community members residing in the DRC national park. According to a new investigation by Minority Rights Group International (MRG), internationally …

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Pope Francis Apologizes for Catholic Church’s Role in Canadian Residential School System

Pope Francis apologized on Friday for the Roman Catholic Church’s involvement in a system of Canadian boarding schools that abused Indigenous children for 100 years. “I feel shame… sorrow and shame— for the role” that Catholics played in the abuses …

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South African Court Halts Construction of Amazon HQ on Sacred Land

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A South African court has halted construction of Amazon’s new Africa headquarters after some descendants of the country’s earliest inhabitants said the land it would be built on was sacred. In a ruling issued on Friday, Judge Patricia Goliath said …

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South African Indigenous ‘King’ Arrested for Growing Cannabis Plants at President’s Office

South African police on Jan. 12 arrested the leader of the indigenous Khoisan community, as well as three others, for growing cannabis plants near President Cyril Ramaphosa’s office in Pretoria. Police dragged a man who calls himself King Khoisan across …

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Canada Reaches Landmark C$40 Billion Deal to Reform Child Welfare for First Nations

Canada announced on Jan. 4 that it reached a landmark C$40 billion (US$31 billion) agreement-in-principle to reform the child welfare system for First Nations people and compensate those affected by it. The deal is the largest financial settlement of its …

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Indigenous Mayan K’iche Groups Block Roads for Second Day after Massacre

Indigenous Mayan K’iche protesters have blocked the Interamericana highway for the second day in a row with the caskets of massacre victims who were killed over the weekend. The protesters reportedly blocked the Interamaericana with the caskets of their dead, …

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