Canada’s MMIW Report: State ‘Committed and Condoned’ Genocide of Indigenous Women and Girls

The Canadian government issued its final report on missing and murdered indigenous women (MMIW) on Monday and the executive summary concludes that:

As the evidence demonstrates, human rights and indigenous rights abuses and violations committed and condoned by the Canadian state represent genocide against Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA (Two Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual) people. These abuses and violations have resulted in the denial of safety, security, and human dignity.

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Spotlight on Indigenous Art and Artists: News and Upcoming Events

In this post, we highlight news and events around Indigenous art, artists and storytellers. Included are:

  • June 2 – August 18: “Hearts of Our People,” the Minneapolis Institute of Arts new exhibit of Native women artists
  • Saturday, June 8: Celebratee new public art and gathering space on Bde Maka Ska’s southeast shore
  • Tuesday, June 11: Čhaŋyáta uŋyákuŋpi – We exist in the woods, an event at Roberts Bird Sanctuary
  • Thursday, June 13: “ART IS…Creative Native Resilience”
  • Angela Two Stars appointed new director of All My Relations Gallery

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MN Court of Appeals Gives Enbridge Line 3 Opponents Partial Win

The Minnesota Court of Appeals has ruled that the state’s environmental impact statement for the Enbridge Line 3 crude oil pipeline is inadequate “because it does not address the potential impact of an oil spill into the Lake Superior watershed.” It ordered the issue back before the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) for further evaluation.

It’s only a partial win.

The Court of Appeals rejected other key arguments made by Line 3 opponents. Opponents argued the environmental impact statement had failed to adequately analyze route alternatives to Enbridge’s preferred route. They also argued the PUC shouldn’t have approved Line 3’s environmental impact statement before the “traditional cultural properties survey” was complete. (Such a survey makes sure projects such as Line 3 take into account potential damage to places of historic and cultural significance.) The court rejected both arguments.

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Mark Charles Announces Presidential Run; Pope Backs Indigenous Land Rights, and More

In this blog:

  • HMS friend Mark Charles (Dutch/Navajo) announces presidential run.
  • Pope Sides with Indigenous Rights
  • Rosebud Sioux Tribe to hold Keystone XL hearings
  • School changes dress code, allowing Native student to wear eagle feathers at graduation

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A Vicious Cycle: Crude Oil Pipelines Increase Climate Change, Increase Pipeline Spills

Federal regulators have issued a warning to pipeline operators on the danger severe weather events such as increased heavy rains and flooding pose to pipelines.

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, or PHMSA, “sent a warning to natural gas and hazardous liquids pipeline operators earlier this month,” according to a May 21 State Impact: Pennsylvania story.

PHMSA lists seven incidents that have occurred in the past several years, including the release of more than 1,238 barrels of gasoline into the Loyalsock Creek from a Sunoco/Energy Transfer pipeline in Lycoming County in October, 2016.

Flash floods and landslides led to the rupture of the line, which was built in 1937.

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News and Events: MMIW Bill Expected to Pass; Four Sacred Directions Water Walk; New Native Theater Jam Sessions and More

Events in this blog:

  • MMIW Bill Expected to Become Law
  • Four Sacred Directions Water Walk Friday, May 24
  • New Native Theatre Jam Sessions, Workshops, Centered on the Native Rights Movement

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