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They were neighbors, friends and family, mothers, aunts and uncles, as old as 78 and as young as 23. Elders who had so much to share and young people just beginning their life's journey.

All but one are from the James Smith Cree Nation in Saskatchewan, Canada, victims of one of the largest mass killings in the country’s history.

The release of the names Wednesday of the 10 people killed in the "horrific" stabbing spree Sunday confirmed what social media had already told the world – that virtually everyone in the small First Nations community in central Canada had been touched by the violence.

The Saskatchewan Coroner's Service and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police released the names of those killed in conjunction with their families, many of whom gathered at a press conference for the public release.

This combination of photos provided by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police shows stabbing victims, from top left, Bonnie Burns, Carol Burns, Christian Head, Lydia Gloria Burns, and Lana Head. From bottom left, Wesley Petterson, Thomas Burns, Gregory Burns, and Robert Sanderson. Myles Sanderson, 32, and his brother Damien, 30, are suspected of killing 10 people and wounding 18 others in attacks that spread across the rural reserve and into the nearby town of Weldon, Saskatchewan, on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2022. All except Petterson were citizens of the James Smith Cree Nation.  (Royal Canadian Mounted Police via AP)

The police offered their condolences once again.

“Our hearts continue to go out to all the families and loved ones impacted by this immense tragedy,” officials said. READ MORE Miles Morrisseau, ICT


This week’s Global Indigenous column brings news of election woes in Chile, deforestation in Brazil and a new art exhibit in New Zealand. READ MORE ICT Staff

Native Vote 22 starts on tribal land.

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Tribes across the country have been holding elections in 2022 in a highly competitive national midterm year.

One of the more recent tribal elections was for future leadership on the Navajo Nation. Its primary election was on Aug. 2. Results windled down the presidential nominees to Jonathan Nez, the current president, and ex Navajo Vice President Buu Nygren. Both recently announced their running mates.

They will be facing off on Nov. 8.

Here are some tribal council elections that have taken place this year, that have elected new or re-elected tribal leadership, and some key election dates in the coming months. If we missed any, email READ MORE Kalle Benallie, ICT

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Trina Sherwood gazes out at the Hanford nuclear site as she speeds across the Columbia river in a small motorboat. More than 500 sq miles large and ringed by rocky mountains, the decommissioned nuclear production site is considered one of the most contaminated places in North America.

It also sits on the ancestral lands of the Yakama Nation and other Indigenous peoples in Washington state. Here, precious wildlife, vision quest sites and burial grounds lie side-by-side with signs reading “warning hazardous area” and towering nuclear reactors, some of which date back to the second world war.

There’s Gable Mountain, where young men would fast and pray, explained Sherwood, a cultural specialist for the Yakama Nation’s Environmental Restoration/Waste Management (ER/WM) program. There’s Locke Island, where an Indigenous village once stood, and the towering White Bluffs, where Native people collected white paint for ceremonies. There are also outcroppings of tules, which were used to make mats for ceremonies and tipis, as well as yarrow root, which was known to treat burns.

The Hanford nuclear site was established in 1943 as part of the Manhattan Project, and over the next four decades produced nearly two-thirds of the plutonium for the US’s nuclear weapons supply, including the bomb dropped on Nagasaki. READ MORE The Guardian


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