Forensic nursing an expanding profession

Micro-sized police services more apt to fail

Lisa Marie Young became a missing person on Jun. 30, 2002, the memory of whom won’t disappear. RCMP in Nanaimo, B.C., made a memorable appeal on February 25, 2011 . . .  READ IT HERE

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. They are the guardians of Aboriginal cultural tradition and through them and the help they provide individually and collectively . . . ​READ IT HERE

Tsilhqot’in Nation Outraged by Apparent Killing of Wild Horses

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.            READ IT HERE

PTSD is a sad fact of life

TORONTO - Nov. 6, 2017 - First Nation policing in Ontario has a long storied history with some of the oldest and most experienced First Nations police services across Turtle Island.  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.
      With the introduction of the Safer Ontario Act at Queen’s Park, we have taken another step forward in securing greater community safety within First Nation communities. Numerous inquests and inquiries regarding First Nations policing have been conducted over the years. All of which, including the landmark Ipperwash Inquiry, point to the glaring lack of, but much needed, legislative basis for First Nation policing.  The Safer Ontario Act finally responds to this significant omission by enshrining in legislation a secure legal foundation for stronger safer First Nation policing and communities. 

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

Gravity of Crimes Continues to Haunt

Williams Lake, BC (December 9, 2016): The Tsilhqot’in National Government (TNG) learned 5 wild horses were found dead in late November 2016, 25 km south of the Tsilhqot’in community of Yunesit’in. As the horses were found within a small area it appears someone intentionally killed them. Intentionally harming or killing a horse is illegal under section 444 of the Criminal Code and carries a maximum penalty of up to five years in jail. The local RCMP detachment has been asked to conduct a thorough investigation to identify anyone responsible and hold them accountable.                   READ IT HERE

Investment in First Nations Policing Welcome

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" throwing the object 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 hitting her in the abdomen while walking along the sidewalk beside a street last January. Brayden Bushby, 18, was purported to have yelled, "Oh, I got one!"                         READ IT HERE

Counterfeiting dubbed "World's 2nd Oldest Profession"

Delaine Copenace found dead

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                            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. Indigenous leadership in the region has declared a complete loss of faith in Thunder Bay Police and the OPP. Here's a partial list of Indigenous people who had their lives cut short in Thunder Bay:                           READ IT HERE

The Spiralling Racial Violence and Hate of Northwest Ontario

At present, forensic 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.      READ IT HERE

Public Safety, Security and Police in Canada and The World

Greyhound Permanently Altered to Higher Security

Broken Systems Failed Tina Fontaine

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

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.  “We stand with Tina Fontaine’s family and friends as they seek justice and healing. First Nations demand immediate changes to a system that allows our young people to die without justice.    READ IT HERE

The dangers of meeting people online

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. The happy alteration in travel conditions came as the result of a terribly tragic event in 2008.          READ IT HERE

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.

Regional Chief Day Welcomes Recommendations of Independent Police Oversight Review

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

Lifecycle of First Nation Administered Police Services in Canada

The Brief Painful Life of Anthony Joseph Raine

However, Systemic Racism will only end through the implementation of cultural competency training for all police officers

A Primer on Modern Day Genocide:  The Rwandan Genocide

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

First Nations Policing Reaches Critical Juncture

Laura Szendrei's Murderer Named And It's Wyatt DeBruin

Get Outta Town Before Sundown

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 investigation:          

                                                  READ IT HERE  

“Canada’s Justice System Continues to Fail First Nations”

The Brief Painful Life of Anthony Joseph Raine

Murder Trial Verdict Another Severe Setback for Justice and Reconciliation

Barbara Kentner Laid to Rest 

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

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

Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day Statement on Introduction of Safer Ontario Act 

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.. . . .

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

TORONTO, ON - Apr. 7, 2017 - “First Nation citizens in Ontario – indeed across the country – are victimized on a daily basis by police forces who either have some members that are overtly racist or, for the most part, have not been educated on the colonial legacy that continues to negatively impact far too many of our Peoples,” said Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day.  “We welcome the findings and recommendation of Justice Tulloch in his report. Transparency and accountability in the police service are vital to ensuring trust and feeling safe in our communities. Key to building that trust with the First Nation community is investing in developing greater social and cultural competency, as recommended in the report,” said Regional Chief Day. “Cultural competency is not a one-time training session, it's community driven with local partners and constantly evolving. We hope Minister Naqvi will give serious consideration to the report’s findings and act diligently to implement the recommendations, with meaningful participation of Ontario’s First Nations.”

                                                                                           READ IT HERE  

BACKGROUND - Delaine Copenace, such a beautiful and unusual name that is so sad to hear because of the shortness of her life, and the story behind it.  The body of Delaine Copenace was discovered in Lake of the Woods at the end of Water Street in the City of Kenora by city employees on the morning of Mar.22, 2016, at 8 a.m.. An investigation that began Feb. 27, 2016, with a missing report about an Aboriginal woman, will be ongoing, in particular with the examination of forensic evidence and a court ordered autopsy.                         READ IT HERE

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

The Baffling Disappearance of Indigenous Woman Lisa Marie Young

Forensic Nurse Examiner an Expanding Profession

Finally, after the Chiefs in Assembly have passed 43 resolutions concerning First Nations policing and have worked tirelessly through decades of lobbying, First Nation police and communities will finally be provided with the same consideration and equitable treatment as the rest of the population across the province. No longer will officers have to operate in buildings without heat, be forced to attend service calls individually, but be able to count on a partner and feel secure in knowing they have the resources to operate properly and safely, and are compensated fairly.
      We are proud to have partnered with Ministers Naqvi and Lalonde in reaching this critical juncture, and look forward to continuing the good work that the regionally representative Political Technical Table tirelessly dedicated themselves to. We commend the Ministers for demonstrating strong leadership on this file and for developing a strong partnership with First Nations police services and communities.

                                                                                        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

Has Terrorism Become a Trojan Horse?

DES Vancouver neighbourhood where crime pays in slow relentless death

AFN BC Regional Chief  Terry Teegee

First Nations Justice Both Ancient and Contemporary