I was very fortunate to participate in the Keepers of the Water conference in Wollaston Lake, northern Saskatchewan, in mid-August. It was my first time to this remote community, which can only be reached by barge/boat or airplane as there are no roads that go directly there. People say the water there is clean enough to drink right out of the lake, which I saw someone doing. The lake, one of Saskatchewan's largest, certainly looked beautiful, though I hesitated to drink from it like the locals.
Closing arguments on the most important Indigenous children's rights case will be heard from October 20-24, 2014 at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal in Ottawa, Ontario.
FOLLOW: Jocelyn Formsma is live-tweeting the proceedings @JossOssim
These closing arguments will be the end of a near eight-year battle for the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society (FNCFCS) and the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) against what is now known as Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (formerly Indian and Northern Affairs Canada) regarding equitable funding levels of child welfare services on reserve.
Viola Thomas (Anemki Wedom) spoke on reconciliation at the Peoples Social Forum in August.
Viola Thomas is a residential school survivor and sat on the national Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
This is the rebroadcast of that live event.