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Eskasoni woman's message to body-shaming bullies goes viral

Peggy MacDonald, CBC News

A 19-year-old Mi'kmaq woman has shaken off the anguish of bullying to encourage people to love themselves, no matter what others say. And her message is being shared by thousands around the world.  

Hannah Battiste of Eskasoni, N.S., was just a child when she lost her dad, and her brother committed suicide not long after. She struggled with confidence and self-esteem, and she was bullied at school about her weight.

First Nations student safety in Thunder Bay: 9 things inquest lawyers agree on

Jody Porter, CBC News

Jurors at the inquest into the deaths of seven First Nations students in Thunder Bay were presented this week with hundreds of proposed recommendations to consider.

The inquest is examining the deaths of Jethro Anderson, Paul Panacheese, Curran Strang, Robyn Harper, Reggie Bushie, Kyle Morriseau and Jordan Wabasse. All of them had travelled from remote communities to Thunder Bay to attend high school and died between 2000 and 2011.

Justin Trudeau pleased with G7 progress on fostering economic growth

Canadian Press

Justin Trudeau says he's encouraged by the pledges made Friday by his fellow Group of Seven leaders in Japan, on both their renewed vow to stop paying ransoms for hostages and their approach to boosting the global economy.

But the prime minister's push to encourage leaders of all the G7 advanced economies to commit to boosting government investment as a way to help the stagnant global economy did not yield across-the-board support.

‘Unique zombie’ mansion sold on Clinton Street

- Watertown Daily Times

WATERTOWN — One of those so-called “zombie properties,” a 5,100-square-foot mansion with eight bedrooms on Clinton Street, has been sold.

A local woman with four foster children purchased the vacant mansion at 244 Clinton St. for $215,000.

Allison I. Carlos, 24, always noticed how beautiful the eight-bedroom mansion was while she was growing up and immediately became interested in inquiring about it when she heard it went on the market last winter.

Cornwall Islands protest shacks burned

Greg Peerenboom, Cornwall Standard-Freeholder

A new protest tent has been erected after the former Mohawks' protest shacks were burned down Tuesday night at the Four Corners of Cornwall Island. No information was available on the cause of the fire.


Cornwall Community Police Services

The following tips are to help reduce your chances of becoming a victim of a break-in. Break-ins are a crime of opportunity and usually motivated by drugs.

  • Concentrate on doors and windows to help make your home less vulnerable.  All windows and doors should be properly secured.
  • Maintain normal lighting when not at home and use a timer to switch various household lights on and off.

Great Lakes Coast Guard recommends free vessel safety checks for boaters

U.S. Coast Guard Great Lakes

CLEVELAND — As National Safe Boating Week continues, the Coast Guard 9th District is reminding boaters to get a free vessel safety check from the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary before going out onto the Great Lakes this Memorial Day weekend.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary is an all-volunteer force that augments the U.S. Coast Guard by promoting recreational boating safety through vessel safety checks and boating education courses.

On the Shameful and Skewed ‘Redskins’ Poll

Jacqueline Keeler - The Nation

Last Thursday, The Washington Post published a poll on its front page that found that 90 percent of “Native Americans” were “not bothered” by the dictionary-defined ethnic slur “Redskins,” sending shock waves through the sports world and Indian Country. That slur, of course, is also the name of the local NFL franchise that the Post covers.

One-on-One with Idle No More co-founder Sylvia McAdam

Micheal Rios, Tulalip News

Sylvia McAdam (Saysewahum), a cofounder of the international movement Idle No More, recently spoke at the Spring World Issues Forum held at Western Washington University. Prior to her lecture, Sylvia held a special presentation at Northwest Indian College (NWIC) in Lummi to discuss her work to date and to share her mission of promoting Indigenous self-determination and knowledge.

Sylvia is a citizen of the Cree Nation who holds a Juris Doctorate (LL.B) from the University of Saskatchewan and a Bachelor’s of Human Justice (B.H.J) from the University of Regina. She is a recipient of the Carol Geller Human Rights Award, Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers Award, Social Justice Award, 2014 Global Citizen Award, and has received several eagle feathers from Indigenous communities. She remains active in the global grassroots Indigenous led resistance called “Idle No More”.*

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