OTTAWA, ON - Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde says the Feb. 22, 2018 verdict finding Raymond Cormier not guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Tina Fontaine was a shock and another profound disappointment for First Nations across the country, and a severe setback for justice and reconciliation in Canada. “With this verdict we see yet another young First Nations woman failed by the child welfare system, failed by the police, and now failed by the courts,” said AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde.
Micro-sized police services more apt to fail
Canada's First Nations Administered (FNA) police services have a unique history, a distinctive mandate and structure, and play a complex role in policing First Nation communities. Of special interest is the challenge faced by the FNA police services of providing 24/7 coverage and ensuring adequate response times to calls for service for remote and isolated First Nation communities which, on average, have approximately 3,000 residents that are usually policed by micro-sized police detachments of about nine officers. Research on police service lifecycles has shown that small police services, usually deploying fewer than ten officers, are more apt to fail READ IT HERE
Would you believe someone can throw a large metal object at an innocent bystander in the streets in Canada resulting in death and the "someone" would not be charged with murder? If you can't believe it then you aren't in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Barbara Kentner died Jul. 5, 2017, at the age of 34, in Thunder Bay, after she was struck by a trailer hitch in the abdomen while walking on the sidewalk last January. Brayden Bushby, 18, is alleged to have yelled, "Oh, I got one!" READ IT HERE
A new Statistics Canada report shows Thunder Bay has one-third of Canada's reported anti-Indigenous hate crimes, indicating justice gone missing in the lives of First Nations people in northwestern Ontario. The City of Thunder Bay is inundated with mysterious deaths and violent acts of racism, and hate crimes against Indigenous youth keep spilling into the news. Often these are bright kids coming out of remote communities to further their education. Future leaders are winding up dead.
The more popular social media and android communications becomes the more the world seems to shrink. Internet connections enable us to communicate with anyone online and form new friendships. In fact the internet has opened up an alternative reality where now it is perfectly okay to speak to strangers, furthermore, the fact is through social media we are able to share our entire lives with them. READ IT HERE
When Desire Munyaneza was sent to jail in October 2009, it was because he was found guilty of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity in connection with the 1994 Rwandan genocide. At one time, the question was aired: what prompted genocide to erupt in Rwanda in 1994? The question rose especially after the courts heard the testimony in trials about this genocide of recent history. The explanation was that some kind of political vacuum was left by departing colonial Belgians. But what explains the incessant radio broadcasts calling day and night for Hutus to take every corpuscle out of the Tutsis? “Kill Tutsi ‘cockroaches!’” the radio cried, endlessly, ceaselessly. This broadcasting dehumanization of Tutsis facillitated the inexplicable slaughter of nearly a million people in less than 80 days. READ IT HERE
Bus travel in Canada is a safer ride with less disturbance, and gone are the free-wheeling days of drunken riders and drug-crazed passengers harassing everybody between towns and bus depots for long, interminable periods in this vast country.
Despite the challenges posed by successive provincial and federal governments, our police services have survived as a result of strong leadership and the commitment of First Nation officers.
At present, forensics nursing is an emerging field in Canada, recognized by the Canadian Nurses Federation, and taught in a growing number of schools. Nurses in the day-to-day work in hospitals in Canada are involved in forensic nursing usually without having specialized training. Nurses in emergency rooms and trauma units are dealing with public health issues and interacting with criminal cases such as gunshot wounds or sexual assaults.
It's not only the criminals who need all the help in the world. There was veracity in the story about RCMP Officer Sandboe's Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, when it was used in the defense of his actions during the court hearings into why he laid such a beating, a video-taped and recorded drubbing, on Andrew Clyburn. READ IT HERE
It grew worrisome how much safety was lacking for women in Vancouver-area parks not so long ago, awareness of which was raised to new heights by the murder of 15-year-old Laura Szendrei in late September 2010, and now we know who did it. Wyatt DeBruin savaged the Grade 10 student in transit to Mackie Park, at 1:30 p.m. on Sep. 25, 2010, and she died in hospital early the next morning, Sep. 26, 2010, from a severe blow to the head. READ IT HERE
One Adam Croft of Ontario had been on the lam for a couple of years and suddenly became the poster boy for non-returnable warrants in Canada when he was arrested in Vancouver
As medical practitioners forensic nurses have wounds to tend, while at the same time their patients are demanding of a certain comfort during very difficult proceedings.
An important factor in understanding an Aboriginal community starts with respecting that, despite all attempts to eradicate their culture, they still maintain their culture their languages and their beliefs. Elders continue to hold a prominent position in Aboriginal life; they are the teachers and sometimes the medicine people (the healers). The Elder's role is in many ways to protect Aboriginal traditions, customs and values.
OTTAWA, ON - Mar. 7, 2018 – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde issued the following statement regarding today’s announcement by the Saskatchewan Crown Prosecutor that there will be no appeal of the verdict in the trial on the death of Colten Boushie, which comes only a day after the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission (CRCC) announced that it will review the RCMP’s handling of the Colten Boushie case.
OTTAWA, ON - Jan.10, 2018 – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde says today’s announcement on federal support for the First Nations Policing Program (FNPP) is necessary and critical to ensure safety and security for First Nations and First Nations police forces and police officers. READ IT HERE
Only a few years ago, one Judge J.F Palmer imposed a sentence of 42 months prison time on Mathieu Flynn. 24, of Vancouver. Flynn was no small time crook, he was a millionaire, some might call him an entrepreneur of sorts READ IT HERE
There are those who roam the roads looking for victims. The ruse might be a broken down car, or a person in need of directions. Simply, a hitchiker disappears. Small villages and towns dot the rugged landscape READ IT HERE
Has the War-on-Terror entered the streets of Western Nations in the manner of a Trojan horse? It certainly looked that way after one example on 22nd of May, 2013, when Lee Rigby was killed by two men, Michael Olumide Adebolajo and Michael Oluwatobi Adebowale, in a busy south London street. First he was run over by a car then he was hacked to death. Rigby was a member of the British Army's Royal Regiment of Fusilliers. READ IT HERE
The Downtown Eastside (DES) is a neighbourhood in Vancouver, B.C., with a reputation for containing the most poverty-stricken and crime-ridden set of streets in North America, and the DES comes by the reputation honestly. The police have a one-sentence description regarding DES inhabitants: If you're on the streets of the DES you are a 'one' or a 'two,' either buying drugs (a "2") or selling drugs (a "1"). The area is carefully policed and closely surveyed but it's strictly a matter of containment. READ IT HERE