Algonquin Nation guaranteed space in Indigenous centre as deal ends hunger strike

first_imgOTTAWA — The Algonquin Nation will be guaranteed a space in a major Indigenous centre in Ottawa after an agreement with the federal government ended a grand chief’s hunger strike.Verna Polson of the Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation Tribal Council had refused both food and water starting early Monday and extending into Tuesday evening.Polson was protesting the limited role the Algonquins were playing in the development of the Indigenous Peoples Space, a project that encompasses a prime area near Parliament Hill centred on the former U.S. Embassy.The project is run by three national Indigenous organizations. Polson said the Algonquin deserve equal standing because the building is on unceded traditional Algonquin land.Under the agreement struck Tuesday between the Algonquin Nation and Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, the Algonquin Nation will have a space in the Indigenous Peoples Space guaranteed for its use.The Algonquins will have control of space between the former embassy and a building on the next block occupied by a bank.Frankie Cote, a band councillor for an Algonquin community near Ottawa who participated in the meetings with the government, said the Algonquins would likely construct a building in the infill space.He said it’s important to the Algonquins that they have their own area in the project and he is glad the two parties came to an agreement as soon as they did.“We were working hard, 12 hours on Canada Day, because of the utmost concern for Grand Chief Polson’s health,” Cote said.“We were trying to come to a resolution that would get her out of the wigwam and drinking water.”Discussions with the government had been going for several weeks before Polson’s hunger strike increased pressure on the talks, he said.In an emailed statement, the office of Crown-Indigenous Relations MinisterCarolyn Bennett said they “fully support the participation of the Algonquin people.”The statement said it will be up to the Algonquin Nation to determine how to develop the space, and the federal government has committed to work with the Algonquins to “ensure it will fully reflect their vision.”The dedication of the space to the Algonquin Nation sets the stage for further discussions between the Algonquins and the current Indigenous partners leading the project: the Assembly of First Nations, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and Metis National Council.While the Algonquins secured a dedicated space, the agreement with the government did not guarantee the Algonquin Nation an equal seat at the table in the overall decision-making on the project — one of Polson’s stated goals in her hunger strike.The government’s position prior to Polson’s hunger strike was that the Indigenous groups responsible for the project should determine its governance structure themselves.But Cote said the government has reiterated a commitment not to open the space until the Algonquins’ concerns are dealt with.The Assembly of First Nations strongly supported Polson’s and Cote’s view, but the groups representing Inuit and Metis peoples had opposed the proposal to give equal standing to the Algonquin Nation.Cote said discussions between the Algonquins and the national groups will continue to determine what role the Algonquin Nation will play.The AFN’s national chief Perry Bellegarde said Tuesday a series of memorandums of understanding had been drafted with the help of Assembly of First Nations staff and might form the basis of an agreement between the Algonquin Nation and the national organizations.Christian Paas-Lang, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Redskins RG III Practices Could Play Sunday

Robert Griffin III, the Washington Redskins’ rookie quarterback who is authoring a special season, practiced Wednesday, three days after suffering a right knee injury on Sunday that the team feared would sideline him for the season.Turned out that the injury was a mild sprain. Still,  there were doubts that he would be healthy enough to play on Sunday.But there was Griffin at practice Wednesday, giving hope that he could start the  crucial game for Washington at Cleveland.He said, “Today, I feel really good,” according to The Washington Post.He was cautious in his appraisal of his healthy and the prospects of playing, however. He said he did not know if he would take the field, but the fact that he did workout with the first team was an indication of how much better he is feeling.For some reason, Griffin would not indicate how much the practice he went through; all but the last minutes of practice is closed to the media.“I did enough,” he said. He added that he will do more in practice on Thursday and Friday.Coach Mike Shanahan said Griffin’s work was limited, but that he was impressed by how the quarterback looked. Griffin wore a brace.Griffin suffered a mild sprain of the lateral collateral ligament in his right knee late in Sunday’s overtime win against the Baltimore Ravens at FedEx Field.Griffin will be evaluated on a daily basis and if he can go at full speed come the weekend, Shanahan said he will play.Considered in the decision of Griffin playing will be whether he would be putting his knee at risk of further injury. Also, it is almost assured his participation will not be confirmed until the last possible moment, to keep the Browns from knowing how to prepare during the week.Rookie backup Kirk Cousins, who took over Sunday and threw a touchdown pass and ran for a tying two-point conversion in the final minute of regulation, would make his first NFL start if Griffin could not go.“You have to go the distance when you start the game,” Cousins said. “That’s a lot of time to screw up, if you will, a lot of time to be exposed.”Cousins said he has been lauded with praise for his heroic effort off the bench in Sunday’s 31-28 victory. Cousins said he received about 140 text messages after the game but had time to return only a few of them.“You go two for two, everybody loves you,” Cousins said. “You go oh for two, everybody hates you.”Cousins said as a fourth-round draft pick playing behind Griffin might not afford him many opportunities. “If I’m good enough, I’ll be able to show people over time what I can do,” Cousins said. “If I’m not, I won’t.” read more

Turquoise Morning returns to local TV

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 24, 2016 – Turquoise Morning, our TV show resumes on Monday on both PTV8 and 4News and we are totally thrilled at what you will see of our Caribbean region.It’s fun, it’s funny, you will see things you have never seen before and possibly we can take you visually to where you have never been before… we are back on local TV with the show that celebrates the people, the places and the plans of the Caribbean..Watch it Mondays thru Fridays on 4News at 7am or PTV Mondays & Thursdays at 7am…we’re on Flow too, look for One Caribbean Television or online anytime when you subscribe to Magnetic Media TV our YouTube channel.  #turquoisemorningshow  #thecaribbean  #haitirelief  #bahamashurricanerelief   Turks and Caicos online video newscasts; watch now or later Editorial: Listen to your Mama Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#deandreahamilton, #funmorningshow, #turquoisemorning Recommended for you Don’t blame Magnetic Media, the public has a right to know – we are doing our joblast_img read more

Premier talks TCI future at Business Outlook

first_img Seven speakers featured at FortisTCI Business Outlook Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#FortisTCIBusinessOutlook, #magneticmedianews, #tcibusinessoutlookasuccess Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, May 1, 2017 – Providenciales – TCI BUSINESS OUTLOOK is looking good after its first edition yesterday.  A smashing success it seems as rave reviews continue to come for the TCI Business Outlook staged at the Shore Club Resort by FortisTCI and its sponsors.Seven timely topics covered by seven highly experienced, skilled and knowledgeable leaders in government, corporate, diplomatic, tourism and energy sectors.    A capacity crowd for the event, with varying sectors from around the country represented in the room.We heard from a millennial and an executive of one of the sponsors of the TCI Business Outlook, Darron Hillaire of FLOW.    “To extract or at least create more events as such for our community, because it allows us to be drawn into a pool of conversations that we need to be having as far as investment is concerned, as far as commerce is concerned, as far as business is concerned.    One of the speakers actually spoke to the changing frame of business, our millennials, and the needs and expectations and skills and just the personality that they’re bringing into business.”The full day Outlook was carried live on 4News, as Digicel was also a sponsor.#MagneticMediaNews#FortisTCIbusinessoutlook#tcibusinessoutlookasuccesslast_img read more