“We have to fix the workplace in our healthcare system right now, it’s an urgent issue,”
– Linda Silas, president of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Union (CFNU)
The lawsuit is against the Anglo-Australian mining company BHP – one of the biggest companies in the world – for their involvement in the collapse of the Mariana dam in 2015, which released toxic mining waste down 400 miles (640km) of waterways along the Doce River. Claimants are seeking at least £5bn ($6bn) in compensation.
“Inuit expect to see and hear Inuktut in all aspects of our lives. Recognizing Inuktitut as an official language on Facebook, equal to English and French, reinforces the legitimacy of our language,”
-Aluki Kotierk, president of Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI)
“No language will survive unless there are schools in the language,
And I’m not talking about teaching the language. I’m talking about learning in the language.”
– Andrea Bear Nichols
The seven recommendations in the report include the development of a department of Indigenous studies. They also call on the university to establish a validation policy for Indigenous faculty that — at minimum — should include citizenship or membership cards, plus a professional reference and references from a family member and an elected First Nation, Inuit or Métis leader. The report’s authors said the university needs to address staff who don’t meet the new requirements, from finding them alternate assignments to firing them.