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Event offers opportunity for first steps on path of Indigenous reconciliation

This upcoming Sunday morning, September 26, 2021, Kingston and surrounding area residents will have an opportunity to learn more about core aspects of Indigenous roles in Canadian history, and the sobering impacts that colonial injustices continue to have on Indigenous lives today. Katie Koopman, founder of GAP (Good Ally Project),

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Algonquin Negotiation Representative election process begins

Ballots are being mailed out today for the election of Algonquin Negotiation Representative (ANR) in three communities in Ontario. The ANRs include the Chief and Council of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation and one representative from each of the nine other Algonquin communities. Six candidates have been acclaimed by

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Statue of Sir John A. Macdonald taken down from City Park, moved to Cataraqui Cemetery

Workers from the City of Kingston removed the statue of Sir John A. Macdonald from its place at City Park at 6 a.m. today to begin its relocation to Cataraqui Cemetery. The removal follows a decision made during a Special Meeting of Kingston City Council on Wednesday, Jun. 16, 2021,

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Update: Indigenous leaders at University respond after Indigenous scholars call on Queen’s to ‘retract’ statement supporting staff

UPDATE (Thursday, Jun. 17, 2021): Following the series of events outlined below, which began with an anonymous document alleging that six faculty at Queen’s University have wrongly been identified as Indigenous, Queen’s University has released a joint statement from its Provost and its Associate Vice-Principal (Indigenous Initiatives and Reconciliation). The

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Opinion: Tell the whole story about Sir John

The following is a submitted Op-Ed article. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. What to do with Sir John A’s towering presence in City Park? Is it right to look up to him? That’s the question Kingston City Council will tackle head on

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Truth and reconciliation attempt by Sharbot Lake women nearly spoiled by misleading posts

A Facebook post can take on a life of its own, and sometimes that can be counter productive to what was intended. This was one of the lessons learned in Sharbot Lake this past week by community members who just wanted to make a positive gesture. Pamela Giroux says that

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Sir John A. remembered despite having failed Indigenous Canadians

The traditional yearly commemoration of the death of Sir John A Macdonald by the Kingston Historical Society (KHS) went forward Sunday, Jun 6, 2021 with obvious caveats. The event occurred in a pre-recorded Zoom presentation with the public, the first of its kind since the ceremony was cancelled last year

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Kingston residents march in solidarity with Mi’kmaq fishers

A march in solidarity with fishers of the Mi’kmaw nation in Nova Scotia took place on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, starting at McBurney Park at 11:30 a.m. Approximately a dozen people came out in the wind and rain to sing, drum and to walk from the park, down Princess Street

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Tyendinaga demonstrators facing mischief, obstructing police charges

Ten individuals are facing charges as a result of the arrests made on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020 at the Wyman Road railway crossing near Tyendinaga. A group of demonstrators has remained at the site since Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, the same day the RCMP moved in on the anti-pipeline camp

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Wet’suwet’en solidarity demonstrations take place in Kingston

Demonstrators set up a blockade at the CN overpass at Gardiners Road on the morning of Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. The blockade was one of several demonstrations organized to take place throughout Kingston in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en and the Tyendinaga Mohawks, however, all other activities were cancelled later in the

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Via Rail halts trains due to Wet’suwet’en demonstration near Shannonville

As demonstrations in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en territory continue for a second day near Shannonville, Via Rail has announced the stoppage of trains along both the Montreal-Toronto and Ottawa-Toronto corridor. “Due to the protesters currently blocking tracks near Belleville, Ontario, train service between Montreal and Toronto and between Ottawa and

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Loughborough Public gets Indigenous-inspired outdoor teaching space

  Loughborough Public School unveiled their new Indigenous-inspired outdoor teaching space on Wednesday, Jun. 19, 2019. The opening ceremony was hosted by Elder Georgina Riel, a member of the Batchewana First Nation of the Ojibway. The event opened with parent Janza Giangrosso providing small gifts and thanks to both Riel

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