A magnificent Innu-Naskapi hunter tunic is revealed at the Palais Montcalm

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The beautiful InnuNaskapi hunter tunic which will be presented on stage. Photo: Museum of Civilization (CNW Group / National Capital Commission of Quebec (CCNQ))

The beautiful InnuNaskapi
hunter tunic which will be presented on stage. Photo: Museum of Civilization (CNW Group / National Capital
Commission of Quebec (CCNQ))

 

With the participation of Florent Vollant, singersongwriter

QUEBEC, Feb. 17. 2016 / CNW Telbec / Aboriginal culture will be honored in February as part of the capital Treasures, this series of historical performances, theatrical and musical presented by the Commission of the national capital of Quebec and Museum of Civilization.

On Monday 22 February at 19 h 30 at the RaoulJobin Hall of Palais Montcalm, spectators will have the opportunity to admire a beautiful InnuNaskapi hunter tunic reported in England by a soldier who participated in the Seven Years War ( 17561763). Made of caribou skin coat that was returned to the Archives of the province of Quebec in 1926.

Each year, Innu and Naskapi hunters were of new coats before taking their caribou hunting. This garment served as backdrop to represent the patterns that were sent to them through the dream. These representations were part of a symbolic system of exchange between hunters and the master of the caribou, whose power could free the animal so that it gives the Innu and Naskapi.

This Feb. 22 at the Palais Montcalm, the charge of research Museum of Civilization, Jean Tanguay, will report on recent discoveries to better understand this unique garment. It will be supported by the historian Denys Delage , a specialist in historical relationships between First Nations and Europeans.

For the occasion, the audience will also have the pleasure of hearing the music of Florent Vollant , renowned singersongwriter, accompanied by guitarist André Lachance. Actors Martin Perreault, JeanMichel Déry, Alexandrine Warren and Jonathan Gagnon complete distribution and immerse the audience in the context of the years following the end of the Seven Years War.

Recall that the public is invited to go on stage at the end of each show in the series to admire the featured item of the evening and to exchange with historians, curators, musicians and comedians.

Those interested can get a minisubscription season for the last three shows of the season at a cost of $ 42 or purchase a ticket for $ 16. Taxes and service network Billetech fees not included. Tickets on sale at the ticket office of the Palais Montcalm, 418 6416040.

The programming of the series is available online at www.capitale.gouv.qc.ca (http://www.capitale.gouv.qc.ca/).

 

SOURCE National Capital Commission of Quebec (CCNQ)

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For further information: AnneMarie Gauthier, Communications Coordinator, National Capital Commission of Québec, 418 6440826, annemarie.gauthier@capitale.gouv.qc.ca; Information: Frederick Smith, historian and project manager, National Capital Commission of Québec, 418 5288531, frederic.smith@capitale.gouv.qc.ca

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Inuit, Indigenous women face Third World conditions in Quebec jails

Source: http://www.peoplesworld.org/inuitindigenouswomenfacethirdworldconditionsinquebecjails/

Photo: Genderadvocacy.org

Photo: Genderadvocacy.org

 

by: JOHAN BOYDEN
march 10 2016

In April 2015, Quebec’s Protecteur du Citoyen, or Ombudsperson, took a tour of detention cells in northern Quebec. Among other things, what Raymonde Saint-Germain found was seven Inuit women locked up in a tiny cell originally intended for one or two people. None of the women had slept all night; there was not enough room for them to lie on the floor even if they had wanted to. In some detention centers, she found suicidal detainees held right alongside those who were booked for intoxication.

Saint-Germain’s special report , released in February this year, has put the media spotlight on a bitter social contradiction in Canadian society. Billions of dollars flow out of Quebec’s north through natural resource exports like mining. A massive scheme for further exploitation of the region involving new railways, ports, and energy lines is just starting, called Plan Nord (Plan North). And yet social conditions faced by Indigenous communities are comparable to the Third World.

As Indigenous activists and allies across the country celebrate the promised federal inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls by the newly-elected Liberal government of Justin Trudeau, this reality will likely continue to come forward, weaving together more threads in the story of genocide already exposed by the recent Truth and Reconciliation Commission into Residential Schools.

Nunavik is the homeland of the Inuit peoples who live in what is now Quebec and, like vast regions of Canada, has never been covered by any Treaty. The Inuit (who have long rejected the label “Eskimo”) are recognized in Canada’s Constitution as an Indigenous people distinct from the First Nations and Metis. Located north of the 55th parallel, and bordered by Labrador in the east and Hudson’s Bay to the west, their homeland is larger than the state of California.

Nunavik also includes several villages and hamlets which were subject to the forced High Arctic Relocation during the 1950s, when the Canadian government asserted sovereignty over the Arctic during the Cold War by moving entire Inuit families to artificially create the most northernmost communities in Canada – Resolute and Grise Fiord.

Saint-Germain’s report on Nunavik describes a judicial system which shows no respect for the fundamental rights of the accused particularly their right to dignity. Cells are dirty and overcrowded with limited access to water, clean laundry, janitorial services, or even fresh air. Seven to twenty-five detainees are often packed into cells intended for two. In Puvirnituq police station, the stench can apparently be smelled when you walk in, with traces of blood and excrement staining the walls.

Saint-Germain said it reminded her of the worst jails she had visited in Africa. The Quebec government has known about this probably for at least ten years, according to the report, yet appears to have refused any action. (Two years ago, a similar report on Nunavut detention centers on Baffin Island suggested they were also likely non-compliant with the Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms.)

The justice system currently shuttles Inuit from Nunavik detention centers down to Montreal for court a distance greater than that between New York and Miami. It then ships them back to the community, or to jail. As no roads enter the region, travel is by plane via Iqaluit on Baffin Island, which is actually even further north.

According to the newspaper Le Devoir, Inuit represent 7.6 per cent of the First Nation population in Quebec, but 43 per cent of incarcerated Indigenous people. And that number is rising. Total Inuit in Quebec jails increased by 64 percent in the last five years.

Quebec is not alone, however. Canada’s violent crime rates are falling, yet prison populations are at an all-time high as jails become what some call “the new residential schools.” In the Prairies, the overwhelming majority of people in the criminal justice system are First Nations. And to top it off, Indigenous people in jail spend more time in segregation and isolation than prisoners of other backgrounds.

An extension of this prison crisis is the incarceration rate of Indigenous women, in particular. Overall, while Indigenous people represent less than 4 per cent of the Canadian population, 36 per cent of female inmates are Indigenous up 109 per cent in recent years.

These numbers are just part of the context of the gendered colonial legacy of oppression against Indigenous peoples which recent events in the Quebec city of Val-d’Or have again exposed. Last fall, a group of Indigenous women told Radio-Canada’s investigative program, Enquête [also available in English from CBC], that provincial police officers in Val-d’Or routinely picked up women who appeared to be intoxicated, drove them out of town, and left them to walk home in the cold. Some allege they were physically and sexually assaulted.

Quebec First Nations leaders have rallied behind the women who have come forward, and support demonstrations were held in Val-d’Or as well as Montreal. Indigenous activists have condemned the lack of support received by Indigenous people in the region, which is in the northeast of Quebec (and many kilometers to the south of Nunavik).

An open letter to the Premier signed by the Quebec Native Women’s Federation, as well as twelve other groups including the main Quebec labor union federation, CSN, called the investigation now taking place into the allegations at Val-d’Or by the Montreal Police “fundamentally flawed”. Citing strong skepticism towards “police investigating police” inquires, the group is calling for an independent investigation.

The Quebec Federation of Women (FFQ) has also expressed support for the women’s demands, calling them “whistleblowers” for a more systemic problem. Their statement echoed the message at the annual march for Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women in Montreal last month.

As the federal inquiry comes into shape, it will no doubt be an immensely painful yet important development, worthy of close attention by all democratic-minded people both inside and outside Canada, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, women and men alike.

A shorter version of this article appeared in the March edition of People’s Voice newspaper. It is reprinted here with permission of the author.

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ALLERGIC REACTIONS TO SEPT-ILES: NO NEED TO FEAR WITH BANANAS

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February 23, 2016

(Sept-Iles) “Currently, there is no fear to do with bananas’ sold in Sept-Iles, says the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPAQ), which continues its analysis to determine if the fruit is the cause of an allergic reaction “significant” leading to the hospitalization of two Septiliens Friday.

“We are in close contact with Public Health to collect information and to evolve our investigation,” said the spokesman MAPAQ, Yohan Dallaire Boily. On Monday, the bananas were still on supermarket shelves of Sept-Îles. “There is no retired banana, it’s not necessary.”

Only common link

On February 19, two, unrelated, were presented to the urgency of the Sept-Îles hospital in anaphylactic shock. “The only common link is that they ate bananas before,” said the communications adviser Integrated Centre for Health and Social Services of the North Shore, Pascal Paradis.

Public Health has sent samples of the bananas ingested for consideration MAPAQ. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency was also advised to check whether similar cases have been reported in the country. According to MAPAQ, it is also the agency that will decide on the withdrawal of fruit as it is an imported product.

The North Shore Public Health confirms that no reporting of allergies related to banana consumption has been received since Friday. The MAPAQ assay results are expected in the coming weeks.

Naskapi Tipaachimusinaaikin March 2016

Naskapi Tipaachimusinaaikin Editor—Isaac Einish

Status Of Women Update

1The Status Women of Canada Pilot Project on Empowering Women of Kawawachikamach is coming to its end as of March 31st, 2016.
The Women Empowerment Pilot Project ran for 8 months with different organized activities that targeted the wellness of the whole being using the medicine wheel model; spiritual, emotional, physical and mental. Some activities were physical fitness class with Stephane Pepin, nutrition and healthy eating with Stephanie Lévesque’s. Sharing circles and self esteem workshops and other workshop delivered by Invited guests to help empower our women were Dolly Demitro, Konwatsitsawi Meloche and Melanie Dean. Other fun activities were spa day and sleepover at the NCC.

As a Project Coordinator, it has been a very rewarding and yet very challenging experience. I had the opportunity to work with very beautiful and awesome
women. It was a privilege to have been able to grow, learn, support, empowered and most importantly to be part of a strong group of women. Everyone of us had something to share, bring and teach to each other. Everyone of us had our strengths and weaknesses. That is what makes us unique and fabulous women of Kawawachikamach.
I am very pleased that more and more women are coming out of their shells and making their lives better through coming out and participating in different events. I want to extend my con-gratulations to those women the push them-selves to want a better and brighter future for themselves and their families.

On a final note, I would like to share that we women of Kawawachikamach are all capable, strong, smart, beautiful, resilient, amazing, creative, gifted and caring. We can be all that we dream of and so much more. We need to see ourselves as positive role models for our daughters, granddaughter and nieces. We need to see the inner and outer beauty we all have.

—Cheyenne Vachon

 

Notes From Court

In February, the Justice Committee had its meeting with Judge Côté, one of the presiding judges over the itinerant court, and Chief and Council. The meeting was about how to improve the court and justice services in Kawawachikamach with the help of the stakeholders, Nation employees, and community members.

Also, during the February court session in Kawawachikamach there were no offenders given community hours, so for now there is no community hours being performed until May, 2016.

There will be an information session regarding the different justice services available to Naskapis in the near future. Announcements will be made to the community with the details.

—Charlotte Pien

 

Elder’s Corner

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Told by Joseph Guanish, Kawawachikamach

Translated and transcribed by Brian Webb

When you were young, who told you the stories and legends?

Our grandmother, of course, the one who raised me. She was the one who brought me up. My parents did not raise me. My grandmother and grandfather took me in and brought me up. They raised me so that I would learn the ways of life from the bush.

One time, grandmother and I had a hard time while we were way out in the bush. There is a river called Mushuau Sibi. She went hunting for caribou to get hides for making moccasins and snowshoe lacing. Children’s coats were made from caribou hides – these were winter coats. Grandmother got sick. She almost died because she was so cold. She was working on meat and would run out every now and then. She suddenly became sick and had spasms. She had those spasms for the entire night. I already knew well how to hunt and how to lay traps. I was also taught how to set the wooden traps and otter traps.

The deadfall ones?

Yes. This is what my grandfather taught me. He taught me everything. At first, I would just tag along with him and observe. And when I got bigger, I started doing the things myself and he would just give me advice. That was a very difficult time for my grandparents to raise me.

One time, my grandfather killed 61 caribou. We placed the caribou in a shelter made from young trees. He was remembering people who would be coming through as they moved camp – he would give them the caribou. If there weren’t that many people, he’d give a family 10 caribou.

My grandmother was a great hunter. She didn’t have any children of her own. She was my mother’s aunt. She was married twice. This is what I remember from her. I sensed that grandmother really loved me. She’d leave to go hunting at night. I didn’t know what time it was during the night. I had already gone to bed. She hadn’t brought any food the night before. Still no trace of dawn and she was already leaving. I sensed that she really loved me. I said to her, “It seems that you’re not cooking.” They were taking care other children as well. “Are you not cooking for us to eat?”

“Your grandfather didn’t bring anything home to eat.” She was getting ready to go hunting. This was how determined she was to raise the children. The other children were her sibling’s children. She was given children to look after because she was such a great hunter. She was truly compassionate. My mother’s aunt raised 14 of us children.

 

News from JCMLC

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Another Essential Skills course started at the James Chescappio Memorial Learning Centre January 25th. This course is designed for students that do not have their Secondary III. The topics that are covered are numeracy, reading text, document use and mathematics. Once completed, students are encouraged to move on to completing their high school diploma or get the minimum requirements to get into the vocational programs that are offered in English throughout the province. High School upgrading is ongoing at the centre through distance education. Instead of having a teacher in the classroom, the teacher is at the other end of the phone and in some cases, at the other end of chat on social media. The next ES course starts April 11, 2016. For more information on the Centre, please contact Mike Gagnon at 2621 or like our page on Face Book.

 

Student Stories From the South

4I am taking the Plumbing Mechanical Technics and my lovely girlfriend is taking the Indigenous Wellness Addiction Prevention Pro-gram at Canadore College. We love our programs and the city of North Bay.
North Bay is a beautiful city, nothing like the cities such as Montreal or Toronto.
We’re close to a couple of native communities and walking distance from the Native Friendship Centre. North Bay hasn’t made us feel out of place because we get to see other natives almost everyday.
Our son, George-John is in grade 3 and our daughter, Sophia-Rose started her first year of school. The children love it here; they love the fact that there are programs for both of them. My son takes karate lessons as well as jiu jitsu. We get to go to the movies when new animated movies come out at the theatres.

 

Wachiya from TATA

5On behalf of Tata Steel Minerals Canada, we wish to express our warm regards on the eve of a new season.

We would like to inform you of the latest developments regarding Tata’s DSO Project at Timmins. We are happy with our accomplishments in 2015, particularly with the end of construction of the process plant under the dome while reaching close to 400 work days without lost time injuries, as well as reaching our production objectives. During this period, we also completed the bypass road around the TSMC site in order to provide safe access to hunting and fishing grounds to the north.

Despite the current economic situation in the mining sector, we are convinced that with the collaboration of our partner communities, we will surmount the obstacles before us, while ensuring that Tata is more productive and competitive.

We are happy to announce the conclusion of an Agreement-in-Principle between Tata Steel and the Government of Quebec, which should enable us to pursue the DSO Project in the Schefferville region, thus ensuring the continuation of economic development of local Aboriginal communities.

The Environmental Impact Study for the Howse Project was submitted to the provincial and federal government. While we maintain a dialogue with the Councils, we invite community members to comment on the study during the upcoming consultation period.
Finally, we remain proud to be a major contributor to the « Caribou Ungava » research program, and Naskapi training and economic development initiatives including the Iron Ore Processing and Safe Work Practices, Essential Skills, Truck Driver Training, Mechanics Training, and the acquisition of houses in Schefferville to house personnel for the Naskapi arena works and the new CLSC.

We wish you a peaceful and pleasant rest of the winter.
Coco Calderhead, Community Affairs

 

 

Housing Allocation

6Following a referendum held in December, 2014, the Housing Allocation Policy was revised from a “first-come, first-served” basis to a “needs-based” basis, which will take into consideration issues such as family size, overcrowding, level of rent arrears, etc. New houses, and any other houses which may become available, will be allocated through the “Applications for Housing” received during the Housing Application Period, usually held in Fall for the coming year. Applications must be re-submitted each year.

 

 

Did You Know?

7Subpoena – is a court-issued command for an individual or corporate repre-sentative to appear before the court or to provide specific evidence. Failure to comply with a subpoena without good reason can result in a warrant to cause that person to be arrested and to be brought to give evidence (Sec. 698(2)a)b) Canadian Criminal Code).

In the province of Quebec: Installing a Lift – the vehicle must not be raised more than 2.5” or 6.4 cm. Installing a bigger set of tires and rims – the tire lift must be no greater than 1.5” or 3.8 cm; in other words, the outside tire diameter must not be increased by more than 3” or 7.6 cm; and the maximum tire diameter allowed is 35” or 89 cm

Installing tire and rims such that they protrude from the body – the tires thread must be covered by fenders or mudguards; and mudguards must not be more than 13.5” or 35 cm of the ground.

Essential Skills to start at the JCMLC starting April 11, 2016. This eight week course covers numeracy, reading text and document use. This course is a must if you are re entering the Adult Education stream. Call 2621

How much extra can you make on social assistance?

8SAP – A recipient of social assistance is permitted to make up to 200.00 per month before any amount is deducted from the monthly payment. If a recipient makes more than 200.00 in any given month, that amount would be deducted. An-other words, you are free up to the first 200.00 and if you were to make 350.00 that month, 150.00 would be deducted from your monthly allowance.

 

Police Beat

Its great pleasure that the Naskapi Police Force participates in the community newsletter. And provides input and up-dates on community safety. Community safety is an essential component of my vision of the Naskapi Police Force. We know that through engagement, the community is given a significant voice in how we police. It is my goal to enhance the community’s voice, create partnership, and build trust within the community. I believe that by engaging in our community, we can significantly improve the way we deliver policing, as well as reduce crime activity and establishing trusting relationships within the community. The relationships we build, will also help us solve crime. I am appreciative that our key stakeholders are part of the solution in our community. And they provide information and listen to the concerns of the community.

In Peace & In Friendship,
William Moffat
Director of Public Security

 

Manikin Makeover

On June 8, 2015, The Naskapi Development Corporation signed a contract with Loblaw’s Grocery store, on behalf of Manikin Centre for partnership. The project will be in 3 phases and works are expected to start on April 2, 2016 to the middle of May if all goes well as planned. The first phase will consist of changing and painting the flooring, painting of the ceiling and relining the new shelving. During this period the store will be closed for five (5) consecutive days, April 2, the store will be opened from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon and closed in the afternoon, for the works to commence and will re-open on April 8, 2016 at normal hours, 9:30 am to 6 pm.
A new software system is a point of sale system to help control the price management and inventory and will be installed all through the store. There will be new shelving with over racking, new refrigeration and freezers, new walk-in freezer in the back of the store and a new facelift on the front of the store with a concrete side walk of 60 ft in length x 8 ft width and an expanded roof.
Manikin Centre will have expanded produce, more variety of products such as, meats, deli, produce and grocery and expanded retail aisles that will include an expanded con-cession area. The Post Office will also be renovat-

 

Naskapi Junior Firefighters Camp and Challenge 2016

Naskapi Fire Department organized a Junior Firefighters Camp and Challenge during the March Break. It was never planned by the department to have a camp and challenge; for some reason the department realized there was nothing happening for the youth during the break. The whole objective from the firefighter’s camp and challenge was to have the youth busy during the March break.
In doing so, we realized our objective could lead to an annual event during the March break and possibly, a summer camp objective. That would deal with; military aspect, fitness, policing, and firefighting.
From March 2 and 3, the Junior Firefighters had a 2 day camp that dealt with fitness (CrossFit), military discipline (attention – stand at ease) and firefighting skills (hose rolling and connecting; obstacles and wearing fire equipment).
On March 4, the Junior Firefighters had a Challenge and showcased their knowledge in fitness and firefighting skills. The Challenge was broken down in 2 categories: Top Firefighter and Fittest Firefighter.

Results from March 4, 2016:

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Top Firefighter
Deleah Vachon
Tasmin Vachon
Ryden Nabinacaboo

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Fittest Firefighter
Owen Shecanapish
Gavin Einish
Sarah Ann Pien

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Naskapi Fire Department would like to congratulate the top finishers and most importantly, our young participants!

 

Due to technological and time restraints, we were unable to make a bilingual publication and apologize for that. We hope to be able to publish in both Naskapi Syllabics and English for the May edition.

City inspectors verifying balconies near deadly collapse

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City inspectors spent Monday morning at the scene of a fatal railing collapse on a balcony in Lachine.

Two men died, but 24-year-old Allan Nabinacaboo is still alive but critically injured following the accident.

Nabinacaboo is badly hurt with a broken pelvis, fractured neck, and a perforated liver.

He, along with 23-year-old Job Nelson Guanish and a 32-year-old man were on the balcony smoking late Saturday night when the railing collapsed and they plunged 15 metres to the ground below.

The three men are all apparently from Kawawachikamach, north of Sept-Iles.

Nabinacaboo’s sister lived in a neighbouring apartment and called their parents at 2 a.m. to tell them of the crash.

Gilles Corbeil and Christina Nabinacaboo rushed to Montreal to be at their son’s side.

“He has massive injuries. All his family is coming down from everywhere to be with him. That’s why we came from Kawawachikamach last night,” he said.

Corbeil said he has been to the apartment before, and warned his son not to trust the balcony.

“I’ve mentioned it so many times not to go out and play around out there because to me it wasn’t safe,” said Corbeil. “The railings are loose; the floor if you go out there yourself you jump like that and everything shakes.”

On Sunday inspectors began checking the other balconies on the building, which was constructed in the 1960s. Some doors to the balconies with wooden beams were barred to prevent people from going outside. They have also put up notices warning residents that the balconies are unsafe.

City inspectors are also checking other buildings in the area to see if those balconies are structurally sound.

The owner of the building, well-known boxer Lucian Buté, is expected to bring in private inspectors to check the building, and they will compare notes with the city’s workforce.

“We’re going to be sure that if something’s different from our own inspection, (we’ll tell him) what he should do to be sure that everything should be alright for the security of the people who live in that building,” said urban planning director Michel Seguin.

Meanwhile, a community is left grieving.

“I feel sorry for the two boys from our community,” said Corbeil. “Right now my prayers are with them and my heart is with my son trying to survive in the hospital.”

 

Two dead in a building belonging to Lucian Bute

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Jimmy Diamond Shecanapish and Job Nelson Guanish

Jimmy Diamond Shecanapish and Job Nelson Guanish

The incident occurred around 2 am in an apartment building on Victoria Street, near the corner of 33rd Avenue, across from Ivan Franko Park.

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The men finished their fall on the pavement in front of the building. Respondents Urgences-santé tried to resuscitate a man about 40 years, but without success. The other two men in their twenties, were taken to the hospital, where the death of one of them was found.

Jimmy Diamond Shecanapish (son of Susan Shecanapish, who is daughter of John and Susan Shecanapish), Job Nelson Guanish (son of Annie Guanish, who is daughter of Luke and Charlotte Guanish), and Alan Nabinicaboo (son of Gilles and Christina Nabinicaboo) were on a balcony of Alan’s apartment and the railing collapsed and they fell to the driveway about 40 feet below.

The other man, aged 26, remained in critical condition at the hospital in late morning. Police were dispatched to the hospital to monitor his health.

“We know that the railing gave way, said André Leclerc, spokesman for the police department of the City of Montreal (SPVM), but it is unclear the circumstances in which it happened.”

Investigators from the Montreal police were dispatched on site to interview witnesses. The investigation will determine whether an altercation took place before the fall, but the current assumption is that the ramp simply buckled under the weight of people.

According to information obtained from neighbors, a party was held in the apartment.

“Around 2 am, I heard three loud noises, like something that fell,” recounted a woman who lives on the floor above.

Similar balconies in the neighborhood

Earlier today, a perimeter was established around the scene. The metal ramp, several meters long, hanging along the building was withdrawn.

“It denotes all guardrails lot of rust, explained an employee of the borough of Lachine. They seem to have the experience of the 1960s is really going to make sure everything is in place is solid and holds out. Otherwise, we will request the necessary repairs. ”

The Borough Mayor Claude Dauphin moved to the scene of Sunday morning drama.

“With our director of planning with our police and firefighters, we will ensure secure the area because all the blocks here, it was built in the same years, he said . From tomorrow, a general inspection we going to not only things like this happening again. Balconies like that, he’s everywhere around. ”

Jimmy and Job died of their injuries and Alan is in critical condition. Several family members have already left on yesterday’s plane to be there in Montreal (Lachine, Quebec).

Quebec Court of Appeal refuses to dismiss Innu communities’ class-action | CTV News

Protest in front of Rio Tinto building in Montreal

Chief Real McKenzie, left, and Chief Mike McKenzie, right of the Innu Matimekush-Lac John band protest in front of the Rio Tinto building in Montreal, on Oct. 1, 2014. (THE CANADIAN PRESS / Ryan Remiorz)

MONTREAL — The Quebec Court of Appeal has refused to hear a motion by the Iron Ore Co. of Canada and the Quebec North Shore and Labrador Railway Co. seeking to dismiss a class action lawsuit filed by two Innu communities.

The Innu First Nations of Uashat Mak Mani-Utenam (Uashaunnuat) and Matimekush-Lac John claim the IOC, which is majority owned by Rio Tinto (NYSE:RIO), has violated their rights for nearly 60 years and are seeking $900 million in compensation.

They allege the companies have been running a large mining complex and railway on traditional territory in northeastern Quebec and Labrador since the 1950s without prior consent.

The operations are located in the communities of Schefferville, Labrador City and Sept-Iles.

Quebec Superior Court Justice Marc-Andre Blanchard rejected IOC’s claim that the Innu had to sue the government instead of the company in a ruling in September.

The Innu claim the mines and other facilities have ruined the environment, displaced members from their territory and prevented them from practising their traditional way of life. They also said the 578-kilometre railway between Schefferville and Sept-Iles has opened up their territory to “numerous other destructive development projects.”

The allegations have not been proven in court.

Rio Tinto owns a 58.7 per cent sake in IOC, followed by Mitsubishi with 26.2 per cent and Labrador Iron Ore Royalty Corp. (TSX:LIF) at 15.1 per cent, which also receives a royalty on all IOC iron ore sales.

The Innu communities have reached agreements with miners ArcelorMittal, Cliffs Natural Resources, Tata Steel, New Millennium Iron and Labrador Iron Mines (TSX:LIM) that provide financial compensation for the mining activities.

Schefferville, Que., says it’s not ready for a mining boom – Montreal – CBC News

The town of Schefferville, Que., said the mining boom is straining the remote northern community’s infrastructure, and it needs help from the provincial government to support the sudden influx of temporary workers.

Schefferville is in northeastern Quebec — a community due north of Sept-Îles that has no road access, just a few kilometres from the Labrador border.

It was built near rich iron deposits along what’s known as the Labrador Trough.

The mine pits were abandoned about 30 years ago, but a spike in iron prices in 2011 sparked interest in the old sites, and mining companies have returned to the region.

The town population has doubled with “fly-in/fly-out” workers — mining employees who don’t live in town, but fly in for several days, then return home when they get time off.

Province should pay for new infrastructure, said town

Schefferville administrator Paul Joncas wants provincial money to pay for major infrastructure investment.

Schefferville

The administration of Schefferville is warning the town can’t afford $25M in infrastructure investments it needs to support a mining boom. (Marika Wheeler/CBC)

“We have work to do on the drinking water system, the sewage system, the infrastructure,” he said.

“When the price [of ore] goes up, the mining companies are coming back and they want to go fast.”

Joncas estimates it would cost about $25 million to fix the roads, drinking water and sewage systems. That’s too large a burden for the local taxpayers, he said.

The town of 230 has an annual budget of $1.8 million.

Joncas said the companies that use Schefferville’s services don’t pay industrial taxes because all their mining activities are in Labrador, but he said it’s just a matter of time before the companies start digging in Quebec.

Joncas said the town is so ill-prepared for a local boom now, it would be “madness” if there was one.

Proposed Plan Nord leaves Schefferville out

Gilles Porlier is a longtime resident of Schefferville who owns many businesses in town. He is frustrated with the so-called Plan Nord, the province’s plan to develop natural resources in northern Quebec.

Gilles Porlier

Local businessman Gilles Porlier says he doesn’t believe Plan Nord is good for Schefferville.

“There is no PlanNord in Schefferville,”Porlier said.

However, Joncas said he’s hopeful as the Plan Nord moves forward, the province will come up with solutions to help towns like his, because the current system isn’t nimble enough to react quickly, to get the most out of mining’s boom cycles.

“I think they don’t adapt all the regulations to the mining boom,” he said of the government. “And with the Société du Plan Nord, I think they will do exactly that.”

The province has set up a Plan Nord Society to determine how best to develop Quebec’s north in conjunction with communities that are already there.

Iron Ore Company of Canada lays off 150 miners in Labrador City | CTV News

Wabush mine

The Wabush mine is shown in a Sept.6, 2012 file photo from the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Natural Resources. An administrative assistant and a safety officer were both let go along with about 500 other workers who lost their jobs when the Wabush iron ore mine closed. (Supplied Photo / The Canadian Press)

LABRADOR CITY, N.L. — News that the Iron Ore Company of Canada is laying off 150 workers from its mine in Labrador City is the latest blow for a hard-hit region, says Mayor Karen Oldford.

“It’s very difficult times already with the closure of Wabush Mines and Bloom Lake, and the trickle-down effect in our industry,” she said Thursday in an interview.

The company says the layoffs are indefinite and take effect June 14.

“It’s going to mean more difficult times ahead for the families and those that are impacted, which will be the whole community,” Oldford said.

Housing prices have dropped and food bank use is up in Labrador West. Well paid jobs have evaporated since Cleveland-based Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. blamed high costs and nose-diving commodity values for shutdowns at Wabush Mines and its nearby Bloom Lake mine in Quebec.

About 2,000 people work at the IOC site in Labrador City.

The company in a statement Thursday cited the fall this week of iron ore prices to a low of $47.50 per tonne. It said that trend is expected to continue.

“Our operating costs need to go down even more to make us viable and IOC has taken steps to implement a number of changes as we strive to save as many jobs as possible.”

About 1,200 members of the local United Steelworkers union in February voted overwhelmingly against IOC’s request that they give up a four-per-cent wage increase.

The union said the company is making big profits despite slumping prices and could save cash by cutting contract workers.

Global mining giant Rio Tinto is IOC’s majority shareholder. Rio Tinto is among the biggest multinational players stepping up iron ore output, particularly from its Australian mines, increasing exports last year as supply gluts drove down prices and squeezed higher-cost producers.

Critics have called it a concerted effort by major producers to boost market share as iron ore prices fell by about 60 per cent over the last year. Slower growth in China and less demand for steel has added to the oversupply.

Illegal caribou hunt under investigation; Quebec Innu take responsibility – Newfoundland & Labrador – CBC News

Wildlife officers had travelled to the area and determined a number of caribou had been killed and are investigating the illegal hunt.

Dwindling caribou numbers in the Labrador region have been a concern for years, prompting government to impose some bans on hunting herds of caribou.

However, Levesque said the Pakua Shipi Innu have hunted caribou in the region for centuries, adding it’s their way of life and a significant part of their culture.

“That’s what they did all their lives. Their father, their grandfather, for centuries they’ve been hunting caribou,” he said. “Telling the Pakua Shipi Innu not to hunt is like telling them not to breathe.”

Wildlife officials are investigating the illegal hunting and killing of a number of caribou in the Birch Lake region in southern Labrador.

Wildlife officials are investigating the illegal hunting and killing of a number of caribou in the Birch Lake region in southern Labrador. (Submitted by Sherry Jesso)

Wildlife officers are investigating the illegal slaughter of caribou in the Birch Lake region in southern Labrador earlier this week, with a representative of a Quebec Innu group stepping forward to claim responsibility for the hunt.

Newfoundland and Labrador fish and wildlife officers received a complaint from the public Monday, alleging caribou were being hunted illegally.

On Friday, Francois Levesque, the lawyer for the Pakua Shipi Innu from Quebec’s Lower North Shore, said about 20 hunters were responsible for the hunt, but added that the action will not harm the herd.

Levesque added the hunters bring the meat back to their community and share it as it’s needed with other members.

While he said the Innu are “of course” worried about the declining caribou herds, the Innu hunt is not the cause.

“The decline has reasons and these reason is probably years and years of projects, of mining, of cutting trees, of commercial hunting,” said Levesque.

“They kill thousands of caribou, the American tourists. Why don’t you worry about that?”

Levesque added there aren’t other options available to the community when it comes to getting fresh meat, because there’s no access to a grocery story.

A ferry will bring in frozen meat occasionally, he said, but the cost to purchase isn’t something residents can afford.

The justice department declined to comment on the ongoing investigation.