Tag Archives: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

One-on-one with the leader of a special RCMP unit tasked with policing opposition to industrial projects in B.C.

By Matt Simmons, The Narwhal, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

“Beyond troubling” is how John Brewer, chief superintendent and gold commander of the RCMP’s controversial  Community-Industry Response Group (C-IRG), described the conduct of some  of his officers after reviewing audio recorded in the minutes following police arrests of land defenders and journalists in November. 

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RCMP were planning raids while in talks with Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs about meeting

By Matt Simmons, The Narwhal, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

The images are familiar now, iconic even: Heavily armed RCMP officers use an axe and a chainsaw to break down the  door of a tiny house. 

Indigenous land defenders, their faces  marked with red handprints to symbolize Missing and Murdered Indigenous  Women and Girls, stand inside with arms raised as police aim  high-calibre rifles at them. 

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Need some ‘fire in the belly’ for reconciliation? Chastity’s got your back.

qathet Living, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Tla’amin Nation’s Chastity Davis-Alphonse has been sharing Indigenous history and advocating for Indigenous women her whole life. 

Chastity has helped over 125 communities and corporations with strategic planning around reconciliation, and how to include Indigenous peoples, since launching Chastity Davis Consulting 10 years ago.

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Squamish Nation asserts need to lead reconciliation after Gassy Jack statue toppled

By Charlie Carey,  North Shore News, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

In response to the toppling of Gastown’s Gassy Jack statue Monday (Feb. 14), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) has asserted its need to lead the work involving its ancestors and colonization through “respect and collaboration.”

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New ‘Southern Wind Foundation’ launched to honour Billie Johnson and other MMIWG

By Chevi Rabbit, Alberta Native News, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

(ANNews) – Marless Johnson is a mother on a mission to get justice for her daughter, Billie Johnson. Trial dates are set for March 20, 2023, to April 2, 2023. Jury selection takes place this month.

Billie Johnson was living in Edmonton at the time of her death and in a relationship with Kenneth Courtorielle, 35, who has been charged with second-degree murder in Johnson’s death.

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