Archive for August 7th, 2011

Jeremy Meawasige sits with his mother Maurina Beadle at home in Pictou Landing First Nation in Nova Scotia. Meawasige, who has autism, cerebral palsy and hydrocephalus, is unable to care for himself and authorities want to send him to an institution out of province. (Andrew Vaughan/Canadian Press)

First Nations children still taken from parents
A CBC News story reported some disturbing news out of Canada last week: There are more First Nations children in care right now than at the height of the residential school system.

The report, put together by a First Nations leader, suggests more than 30,000 First Nations children could be in care in places other than their home.

One, 16-year-old Jeremy Meawasige (Mi’kmaq) has cerebral palsy, hydrocephalus and autism. His mother suffered a double stroke and is now fighting to remain his main caregiver.

    “They did an assessment on us, and say Jeremy is at the level where he should be institutionalized. I told them, over my dead body,” said mother Maurina Beadle.

Spiritual Run for Sobriety slows traffic
A four day run through Minnesota is giving runners from the Red Lake Reservation a chance to stand up for sobriety.

As ICTMN reports, the Spiritual Run in Celebration of Sobriety is helping celebrate sobriety and awareness by weaving through Minnesota from Bemidji to the Fond du Lac Reservation.

    More than a dozen runners, including several youth, began their run down Highway 89, on a warm August day with the temperature approaching the low 80s. The runners were accompanied by a near equal number of support staff, who would use five or six vans and cars to shuttle the runners and provide water and any other service the runners might need.

LGBTQ Native American youth: It Gets Better
A new PSA sending a message of strength and hope to Native lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth is speading the message: You aren’t alone.

“Our tradition is acceptance,” says one women during the moving 7-minute video posted on Care

The National Native American AIDS Prevention Center and the Trevor Project sponsored the video.

    This is for all the LGBTQ Native youth throughout the country. From the villages in Alaska, to the Islands in Hawaii, to every corner of Indian Reservations across America… It Gets Better…we are living proof!! If you or someone you know is feeling alone… call the Trevor Project… they can help! 1-866-4U-TREVOR.

Jenna Cederberg

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