Kiwi Stars Want To Get Free With Greenpeace

first_imgA star-studded array of New Zealanders has joined forces to criticise the government in a new campaign to be launched this (Wednesday) evening.Hollywood actors Sam Neill and Lucy Lawless, award-winning musicians the Topp Twins, Tiki Taane and Warren Maxwell have teamed up with acclaimed writer Albert Wendt, academic Dr Ranginui Walker, leading businessman Phillip Mills, entrepreneur Nick Gerritsen, former Acting Judge of the Supreme Court Sir Ted Thomas and many others to condemn the government’s plans for deep sea oil drilling and attempts to crack down on peaceful protests.

Uniting under the slogan Get Free, they have created a new three-minute ‘call to action’ addressed to the nation, which can be seen at In it, they call for New Zealanders to stand together in defence of the country’s oceans, the New Zealand way of life, the right to protest and against the government’s plans to drill for deep sea oil.

Backing clean energy instead would, say the group, be a boost for New Zealand’s environment and economy. Almost 30,000 jobs could be created in areas such as the geothermal and bioenergy industries, revealed a report, released earlier this year and based on scientific modelling carried out by experts in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The analysis shows that the geothermal industry alone could be worth over NZ$4billion to the economy every year.And a growing bioenergy sector could see New Zealand becoming increasingly less reliant on foreign oil imports, saving the country over NZ$7billion each year by 2035.

The call comes in the wake of the National-led government’s controversial crackdown on protest at sea and as New Zealand’s reputation for being clean and green faces increasing international scrutiny. In recent days, Texan oil company Anadarko has announced plans to drill in New Zealand waters in the coming months.

Bunny McDiarmid, head of Greenpeace, who co-ordinated Get Free, said: “The Get Free message is loud and clear that if we don’t stand up now, we stand to lose things of great value to us – our democratic rights and our unpolluted waters.”

Sir Ted Thomas said: “The new law making it illegal to protest at sea is shameful. We have a long history of defending our land and sea and fighting for our freedoms. In many ways protest has provided the strong foundations on which we have built New Zealand. If there ever was a time to protect our country, now is that time.”

Leading New Zealand businessman and founder of the Pure Advantage group Phillip Mills said: “From a business perspective, failure to deal with climate change will undo all of our hard work. Conversely, the greatest future opportunities lie in dealing with this problem. The intelligent path for New Zealand is clean energy innovation, not the blind pursuit of more oil.”

Entrepreneur Nick Gerritsen said: “The evolution of the green economy is a natural fit for NZ. It’s what we do. It’s what the world thinks and expects of us. It’s common sense because it’s where our competitive advantage rests.”

Others participating in Get Free include Lady Blake and Peter Williams QC, oncologist Dr George Laking, Te Whanau ā Apanui kaumātua Rikirangi Gage and lawyer Dayle Takitimu, surfing stars Mischa Davis and Daniel Kereopa, actors Robyn Malcolm and Lucy Lawless and Maria Tyrrell, the daughter of RNZN Commander Alan Tyrrell who was the Commanding Officer of the HMNZS Otago at the Moruroa Protests.

The government’s new law banning aspects of peaceful protesting at sea was heavily criticised by lawyers and politicians when it was introduced. Over 45,000 people signed a statement against the new measures.last_img read more

Holby City Star Helps Open Kings Variety Childrens Unit

first_imgOn 14th October, Hugh Quarshie, star of the BBC One medical drama Holby City, met with patients, doctors and nurses at King’s College Hospital, to officially open the new Paediatric Short Stay Unit (PSSU).Holby City Star Opens King’s Variety Children’s UnitThe new six-bedded unit is part of the Variety Children’s Hospital, based at King’s College Hospital, which cares for 50,000 children every year.The unit cares for young patients who need up to 48 hours of care, treating those from our local community who are admitted via the Emergency Department. Whilst these patients need to be in hospital, they often do not need be on a specialist ward, so the new unit can offer general paediatric care for the children with conditions.Hugh Quarshie, a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and known for his roles in the films Highlander and Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, has starred as Dr Ric Griffin in Holby City since 2001. He has supported Variety for the last year across a number of their events and initiatives, with the opening of the unit being a fitting new venture for the star to champion.“I’m delighted to be here at the opening of this special unit and to see the great work of the real medics at King’s,” said Hugh. “I’m also very honoured and humbled to be a celebrity ambassador for Variety, the Children’s Charity.”Dr Mo Akindolie, one of the Paediatric Consultants on the new unit, added: “I know PSSU will make a huge difference and help us to make the care we provide to all our patients even better. It was great that Hugh took the opportunity to step out of character and join us to officially open our unit – hopefully he picked up a few tips from our team to take back to Holby!”Trevor Green, Chief Barker of Variety – The Children’s Charity, added: “We are extremely honoured to be able to unveil this new unit as part of the Variety Children’s Hospital at King’s. The Charity and its fundraisers are absolutely dedicated in continuing to ensure that places such as King’s can make life a more positive experience by providing emotional and practical support to sick children and their families.”last_img read more

Gavin DeGraw Headlines 10 Year Reunion Bash for Augies Quest

first_imgAugie’s Quest today announced its 10 Year Reunion Bash, set to take place on Friday, March 13, 2015, at the JW Marriott, located at 900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015.The event is held in conjunction with the 34th Annual IHRSA Tradeshow and Convention.Proceeds will go towards the ALS Therapy Development Institute, the world’s first and largest non-profit biotech focused 100 percent on ALS research, with the goal of finding effective treatments and a cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).The event will feature entertainment from Grammy-nominated recording artist, Gavin DeGraw, with a special performance from John Ondrasik of Five For Fighting. The Bash will be hosted by Natalie Morales of NBC’s The Today Show.The 10 Year Reunion Bash for Augie’s Quest will provide guests with a fun, high school-reunion theme and will highlight the past 10 years of successful fundraising put on by the organization, in hopes of bringing donations to an all-time high to ultimately end the affects of ALS. The event features a silent and live auction with one-of-a-kind packages. The BASH for Augie’s Quest is presented by IHRSA, with sponsors including Technogym, The Atlantic Club, The Bay Club Company, Zumba, Newtown Athletic Club, and 24 Hour Fitness.The purpose of Augie’s Quest has always been to fund research and drug development aimed at ending ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease. Since 2007, Augie’s Quest has raised more than $44 million in support of finding effective ALS treatments- making it the largest individual fundraising program for ALS. All funds raised by Augie’s Quest benefit the ALS Therapy Development Institute, the world’s first and largest nonprofit biotech focused 100 percent on ALS research. Support comes from a huge network of national events and promotions, including the BASH for Augie’s Quest, Tradition of Hope Gala and widely successful campaigns within the very generous fitness industry, such as the Clubs for the Quest, as well as a hugely innovative joint-fundraising initiative called the ClubCorp Charity Classic which benefits Augie’s Quest and other local charities chosen by that networks members directly. For more information, click here.For tickets and information about the Bash, click here.last_img read more

Georgia Tech Awards Ivan Allen Jr Prize For Social Courage To Jimmy

first_imgGeorgia Institute of Technology President G.P. “Bud” Peterson awarded the 2017 Ivan Allen Jr. Prize for Social Courage to Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter February 17 in Atlanta.The Georgia Institute of Technology awarded the Ivan Allen Jr. Prize for Social Courage to former President and First Lady Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter“It is appropriate that this, our first Ivan Allen Jr. Prize for Social Courage to be presented to a couple, will be awarded to Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter,” Peterson said. “Together, they exemplify the far-reaching global changes that are possible through a lifetime partnership in social courage.”The former president and first lady were jointly recognized for their partnership in a courageous collaboration to improve human rights and alleviate suffering around the world. Over the span of more than four decades their work has focused on improving health, preventing and resolving conflicts and enhancing freedom and democracy.They are the first couple to receive the award, which recognizes those who demonstrate leadership to improve the human condition despite personal risks and challenges.After the ceremony, the Carters participated in a town hall discussion with Georgia Tech students.“It’s a pleasure always to be associated with the Ivan Allen family in any way. We’ve been close to the family for a long time,” said Jimmy Carter, who attended Georgia Tech and received an honorary degree from the Institute in 1979. “In every respect my heart is with Georgia Tech and completely faithful to Ivan Allen himself and his family, and this award has special meaning for me.”“This is a great honor for me, especially to receive an award in the name of Mayor Ivan Allen Jr. for whom I had such great admiration,” Rosalynn Carter said. “Mayor Allen was a beacon of light for Jimmy and for me and so many others actually in our whole country, standing up for what was good and what was right.”The Carters, who have been married for more than 70 years, have accomplished much together, whether it be their time in the White House, his receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 or her groundbreaking work in mental health advocacy.The Ivan Allen Jr. Prize in Social Courage honors the people behind the efforts to improve the human condition. The award is named for former Atlanta Mayor Ivan Allen Jr. Funded in perpetuity by a grant from the Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Family Foundation, the Allen Prize includes a $100,000 stipend.last_img read more

Lily Tomlin Performs At Wait WaitDont Kill Me Comedy Benefit For Voice

first_imgEmmy and Tony-winning, Academy Award-nominated actress and animal advocate Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie) joined actress June Diane Raphael (Grace and Frankie), Craig Ferguson (The Craig Ferguson Show) and Casey Wilson (Happy Endings) to bring the laughs to “Wait Wait…Don’t Kill Me!,” a night of unforgettable comedy and entertainment benefiting Voice For The Animals Foundation (VFTA) on Saturday, May 6 at 8:00 p.m. at the famed Royce Hall on the UCLA Campus.Lily Tomlin at Wait Wait…Don’t Kill Me! Comedy BenefitCredit/Copyright: Matthew ImagingPresented by Honeysweet Creative, this ninth annual fundraiser was hosted by actor Paul Scheer (The League). All proceeds go to support VFTA as they continue their fight for creating respect and empathy for animals through education, rescue, legislation and advocacy, including their work to free Billy the Elephant from the L.A. Zoo (#FreeBillyNow).The evening began with a star-studded VIP (Vegan Important People) Reception and red carpet followed by the “Wait Wait…Don’t Kill Me” comedy program. Councilmember Paul Koretz introduced the program with Melya Kaplan, Executive Director,Voice For The Animals. Cher, honorary Co-Chair, sent a touching video message from Las Vegas seeking support to help Billy the elephant find placement in an elephant sanctuary. Artist Matt Shapira created a painting of Billy the Elephant that was auctioned off during the program. The West Los Angeles Animal Shelter spotlighted six precious dogs that were available for adoption. The event was produced and directed by Erick Weiss, Honeysweet Creative.last_img read more

David Schwimmer And Sigal Avin Launch ThatsHarassment Campaign

first_imgThe Ad Council has joined with actor and producer David Schwimmer, writer and director Sigal Avin, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) and the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) to launch ‘#ThatsHarassment,’ a national campaign to empower victims and bystanders to speak out and provide tools for employers to create a safe work environment.Video: SHR TheBoss 30 Eng HDBeginning Friday, January 26, the full-length short films and PSAs will be supported digitally and on television by major media companies including Amazon Prime Video, CBS, The CW, Fox Networks Group, Freedom, Hulu, SHOWTIME and STARZ.The PSAs, executive produced by Schwimmer, Avin and Mazdack Rassi of MILK Studios, are shortened versions of the films that first launched in April 2017. The Ad Council will nationally distribute 30-second cutdowns of three of the six originally launched films to media outlets nationwide this week, with 10 and 20-second cutdowns available on Extreme Reach and PSA Central. The films, written and directed by Avin, depict various cases of sexual harassment in the workplace, all based on real events. Schwimmer, Avin and Rassi created this project to highlight behaviors that are unacceptable and to end institutional silence and complicity. Additionally, 30-second versions will air across New York City on Taxi TV and NYC Media.“My mother, my sister, countless female colleagues and friends have all experienced some form of sexual harassment in their lifetime,” says Schwimmer. “Now I’m a father of a young daughter and I’m angry and concerned about the rise in, and our culture’s acceptance of, totally unacceptable behavior by men towards women. Men who demean, deride, discredit, harass and assault women – no matter what their position of power – need to be held accountable.”The films, which take place in various professional settings in which sexual harassment can occur, depict different scenarios where men in positions of power cross the line. They include: “The Boss” starring Zazie Beetz and David Schwimmer, “The Coworker” starring Grace Gummer and Joseph Sikora, “The Politician” starring Harry Lennix and Emmy Rossum, “The Actor” starring Noah Emmerich and Cristela Alonzo, “The Doctor” starring Cynthia Nixon and Michael Kelly and “The Photographer” starring Bobby Cannavale and Anna Van Patten.“The current conversation around sexual harassment is giving us an opportunity to inform, educate and ultimately end harassment and assault. We are proud to join forces with Sigal, David, RAINN, National Women’s Law Center and the media to help all of us—men and women—speak out, stop it and most importantly, prevent it,” said Lisa Sherman, President and CEO of the Ad Council.“Knowledge is key for change. For me, the biggest achievement of ‘#ThatsHarassment’ is giving harassment a face. Taking what some consider “a grey area” and making it clear, “that’s harassment.” The fact that there’s a visual aid to clarify and demonstrate what sexual harassment is, will minimize the phenomenon,” Avin added.The following media companies are providing support for the campaign: • Amazon Prime Video • CBS • The CW • Fox Networks Group • Freeform • Hulu • SHOWTIME • STARZAdditionally, for the duration of 2018, the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment will air #ThatsHarassment PSAs on Taxi TV, bringing the campaign to video screens in 13,000 NYC taxicabs and generating well over 100,000 impressions per day. The PSAs will also run on NYC Media, the City’s official broadcast network with a reach of over 18 million households.“#ThatsHarassment is an incredible opportunity to further the conversation around sexual harassment and gender inequality in our society, and we are proud to expand the audience of this vital public awareness campaign in such a unique way on Taxi TV,” said Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment Commissioner Julie Menin.The campaign also encourages employers to use the films for training to proactively address and prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. Separately, in partnership with National Women’s Law Center, Schwimmer and Avin have created a digital toolkit for employers and are inviting them (including C-suite executives, HR directors, supervisors and managers) to use these films to educate, inform and ensure they are creating safe work environments and conditions for their employees. The Digital Toolkit can be downloaded at and includes “10 Ways Your Company Can Help Prevent Harassment in the Workplace” as well as a Discussion Guide for employers to accompany the full-length films.Every day, hundreds of Americans are affected by sexual violence and abuse; in fact, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) estimates that one in four women face harassment in the workplace, and many are hesitant to report it. Sexual harassment is pervasive across industries, but especially in low-wage service jobs. For example, more than 25 percent of sexual harassment charges filed with the EEOC in the last decade came from industries with service-sector workers.The PSAs drive viewers to RAINN, which is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, and encourage viewers to call 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) or visit RAINN operates the 24-hour National Sexual Assault Hotline, along with a live chat option.To learn more about the campaign, visit, like the page on Facebook and follow @ThatsHarassment on Twitter and the hashtag #ThatsHarassment. To get immediate, free support 24/7, call 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).last_img read more

Country Stars Hold Dance Party To End Alz To Benefit the Alzheimers

first_imgThe second annual Dance Party to End Alz was held on Sunday, June 3 at Nashville’s Wildhorse Saloon.Hosted by Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Blair Garner, the sold-out event raised more than $340,000 for Alzheimer’s Association care, support and research programs.Country stars performed their favorite hits from the ‘80s while dressed in colorful and classic fashion from that decade. Performances included Brad Paisley’s spin on ‘80s classics “Boys of Summer” and “Hot for Teacher”; Chris Young’s funky “You Dropped a Bomb on Me”; surprise guest Darius Rucker was joined by Brad Paisley on “Purple Rain”; Charles Esten’s rocking “With or Without You,”; Chase Bryant’s “Superstition” and “Dirty Diana,”; Ashley Campbell’s fun take on “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”; Jamie O’Neal’s big voiced version of “Flashdance”; Lindsay Ell channeling her inner rocker on “Another One Bites the Dust,”; Emily West’s take on favorite “I Wanna Dance with Somebody”; High Valley’s Wang Chung ’80’s anthem, “Everybody Have Fun Tonight”; and the ’80s country hit, “Mountain Music”; performed by Radio Romance.Country newcomer Jay Allen shared his very personal story about his mother’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis before performing “Blank Stares,” a song inspired by her.Accompanied throughout the evening by the Matte Gray Band, all artists took the stage for the group finale, a rousing take on “Thriller.”During the program, host Kimberly Williams-Paisley was joined on stage by her friend, Academy Award-winning actress Marcia Gay Harden. Both women have chronicled the stories of their mothers’ lives after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in best-selling books and they shared touching thoughts with the audience about the urgent need to support the Alzheimer’s Association to change the course of this disease for the millions affected.“I’m here tonight because of my mom who had Alzheimer’s and my entire family who went through the experience with her. We lost my mom in 2016 and since then I’ve connected with so many people affected by this disease,” Kimberly Williams-Paisley shared. “Unfortunately, people with Alzheimer’s and those around them feel the stigma associated with this disease, and that keeps people from having important conversations and sharing their story to bring Alzheimer’s and other dementias out of the shadows. Together, all of us here in this room – each and every one of us – we are changing the world by imagining a world without Alzheimer’s disease and by supporting the Alzheimer’s Association.”The evening also included a silent auction of exclusive experience packages including tickets and passes to a taping of “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” an LA Dodgers experience with batting practice passes, tickets and signed items from Clayton Kershaw, a VIP “Star Trek” movie screening with a William Shatner meet and greet, Brad Paisley tickets and meet and greet passes and tickets to an Eagles concert along with a guitar signed by all members of the group.The event was led by a volunteer committee of Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Blair and Eric Garner, and John Shomby, and supported by generous sponsors Tracie & Scott Hamilton, Mikey & Jay Hoag, Brad Paisley & Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Dr. Stephaine J. Buffaloe, Lou & Darcy Holland, Jr., Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc., Chris & Karen Segal, Sleep Number, Country Music Association, Crown Media Family Networks, Fender Play, The Fitzgerald Hartley Co., CBRE, Sony Music and The Wallash Family. All proceeds raised through the Nashville Dance Party to End Alz support Alzheimer’s Association research programs.last_img read more

MARY KILLS PEOPLE Scoop Shining The Spotlight On Greg Bryk

first_imgAdvertisement Greg Bryk is like watching a living, breathing poem come to life on screen.  He draws you in and invokes such a complex array of emotions in response to his performance. Whether a white-hat hero or a darkly, tormented villain, Greg makes you feel a real response to his work. It is a form of visual addiction that will surprise you with its cravings.  His role as Grady in MARY KILLS PEOPLE is no less compelling and addictive. Every moment he is on screen you will be riveted.  In an exclusive interview, Greg talks about what attracted him to the the show and the joy with which he embraces his art.What initially appealed to you about the role of Grady and working on the MARY KILLS PEOPLE?  GREG:  I had been a fan of Tassie and Amy Cameron for awhile and I knew MARY KILLS PEOPLE was their new show. Their involvement, along with Holly Dale’s, really interested me. BITTEN was over, and I was between seasons of FRONTIER when they began casting, so the timing could also work. When I first read Grady’s Kairos and Chronos speech I knew he was my next adventure. After the Cameron’s, Holly, Tara Armstrong and EOne watched my audition, they agreed.How would you describe who Grady is?  GREG:  Grady is lost and searching, following his footprints into a blizzard of his own making. He’s exceptionally bright and dangerous and playful. He is always seeking the heightened moment, the “awwww.” He tries to make his heaven in the infinity of now, through drugs or love or violence. Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more

TV Pilot Season 2018 By the Numbers

first_imgHere’s the big-picture snapshot:Grand total: 74 (74 in 2017)Dramas: 45 (41 in 2017)Comedies: 29 (33 in 2017)Single-cam: 13 (23 in 2017)Multicam: 16 (7 in 2017)Here’s a closer look at Pilot Season 2018 by the numbers, including how all the studios fared. But first, here’s a look at how overall volume compares with the past few years:Network     2018     2017      2016    2015    2014    2013    2012ABC            22           24         24        25        27        24        24CBS            18           17         17        18        19        23        16Fox             11           13         19        15        16        16        16The CW       9             6           6          4          6          8          8NBC           14           14          22        23        27        27        23Totals         74           74         88       85        95         98        87ABC 22 (24 in 2017)With a comedy lineup that includes what could be the final seasons of Modern Family and The Goldbergs, ABC’s total volume was off only slightly from last season. Dramas remained even year-over-year as the network will have a TGIT hole to fill without Scandal and any new Shonda Rhimes-created dramas. (And that’s on top of saying farewell to Once Upon a Time.) The network may also have some Fox fare to select from if the proposed $52 billion merger brings studio 20th Century Fox TV and other assets into the Disney-ABC family. This season, ABC Entertainment Group president Channing Dungey is again looking for lighter dramas and its tried and true female-skewing fare.Big swing(s): The network has two straight-to-series orders: the Castle-like The Rookie, starring Nathan Fillion, and Take Two. (ABC’s untitled Kenya Barris family comedy has reverted to a pilot after Alec Baldwin balked at starring in the multicam.) Overall orders are even as the Big Four broadcast networks continue to buy largely from their vertically aligned studio counterparts (yes, even Fox).For the second pilot season in a row, a lack of outright cancellations has kept overall volume on par with 2017.Collectively, ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and The CW ordered 74 new dramas and comedies — including a handful of straight-to-series pickups — as they look to reboots, light-hearted procedurals and multicamera comedies to cut through the clutter. In the months to come, the broadcasters will compete with cable and streaming outlets for top stars as they hope to find the next This Is Us or The Good Doctor for the 2018-19 season. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more


first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Created by Robert C. Cooper (Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, Stargate SG-1, Stargate: Atlantis) and based on first-person experience and non-fiction books, Bad Blood by Vic Parsons and The Gift of Death by Andre Picard, UNSPEAKABLE chronicles the emergence of HIV and Hepatitis C in Canada in the early 1980s and the tragedy that resulted after thousands of people were infected by tainted blood. One of the largest medical disasters in Canadian history, the blood scandal triggered a federal inquiry and precedent-setting lawsuit resulting in billions of dollars in compensation to victims.A CBC and SundanceTV original series, UNSPEAKABLE is produced by Mezo Entertainment, with Cooper and Meridian Artists’ Glenn Cockburn serving as executive producers. The series is a passion project for Cooper, who himself was a victim, having contracted Hepatitis C from tainted blood. The series is written by Cooper, Carl Binder, Adriana Capozzi and Lynn Coady, with Cooper and Callies set to direct episodes.AMC Studios will manage worldwide distribution outside of Canada.CAST BIOGRAPHIES:Sarah Wayne Callies has made an indelible impression on audiences worldwide by bringing complex and unique female characters to life on screen. She was recently seen in National Geographic’s miniseries The Long Road Home, opposite Michael Kelly, Kate Bosworth, Jason Ritter, and Noel Fisher. She also currently stars on USA’s drama series Colony, opposite Josh Holloway.  In addition to her projects with NatGeo and USA, Callies recently starred in the season five reboot of FOX’s critically acclaimed series Prison Break. Another notable role held from 2010-13 was starring as Lori Grimes, on the internationally renowned, record breaking series The Walking Dead. On the film front, Callies most recently starred in This Is Your Death, alongside Josh Duhamel and Giancarlo Esposito, which premiered at the SXSW film festival in March 2017. She also recently appeared in Warner Brothers’ action-packed Into the Storm, directed by Steven Quale. Other feature credits include: The Other Side of the Door, Pay the Ghost, Black November, Whisper and  Benoit Phillipon’s Lullaby for Pi; where she composed and performed an original song in addition to acting opposite Rupert Friend.Shawn Doyle can currently be seen on WGN America starring opposite Anna Paquin in CBC’s Bellevue. He recently wrapped filming a role starring opposite Keon Alexander and Genevieve Kang in UCP’s Impulse for YouTube Red as well as season three of the SyFy series The Expanse, starring opposite Thomas Jane and Steven Strait. He can also be seen on TV starring opposite Jason Momoa in Netflix’s Frontier. He was last seen in theaters starring opposite Joanne Kelley and Jason Priestley in the independent film Away From Here, directed by Justin Simms. Shawn also starred in season three of the Emmy® nominated Netflix seriesHouse of Cards, as well as season one of Fargo and USA’s Covert Affairs. Shawn starred opposite Tatiana Maslany in the Sundance hit Grown Up Movie Star, and played “Joey” (Bill Paxton’s unlucky brother) in the critically acclaimed HBO show Big Love.Michael Shanks, after a decade-long stint as fan-favourite Dr. Daniel Jackson in sci-fi series Stargate SG-1, has gone on to star on several other hit series, TV movies, and films, including, most recently, the drama series Saving Hope which earned him a Leo Award for Best Lead Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series in 2013. Shanks has also directed three episodes of the series, after making his directing debut in 2001, directing Stargate SG-1. Shanks appeared in a three-episode arc on the Emmy Award®-winning drama 24, and recurred on the hit series Smallville, as Carter Hall (a.k.a. Hawkman). Shanks played opposite Anne Archer in the made-for-TV movie Judicial Indiscretion, and portrayed the hockey legend Gordie Howe in Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story, a role which earned him a 2014 Leo Award for Best Lead Performance by a Male in a Television Movie, as well as a Canadian Screen Award nomination. His other television credits include a recurring role on Burn Notice and guest-starring roles on CSI: Miami, Stargate: Atlantis, Mr. Young, Endgame, Supernatural and more. He also co-starred in the Emmy Award®-winning William H. Macy telefilm Door to Door and the film adaptation of Jack London’s Call of the Wild.Camille Sullivan is an award-winning Canadian actress. Most recently, she was nominated for a 2018 Canadian Screen Award for her work on the miniseries The Disappearance. Sullivan has twice been nominated for Gemini Awards: once for her portrayal in the series lead role of Amy Lynch on Shattered, and then again for her portrayal of Francine Reardon in Chris Haddock’sIntelligence for CBC. She played a lead role in the drama pilot Mistresses, and other recent television credits include recurring roles on Man in the High Castle, Rookie Blue, Red Widow and Hellcats. She has guest starred on shows including Proof, Motive, Falling Skies, Combat Hospital, Alcatraz, Flashpoint and The Killing. Past film projects include the much lauded Ally Was Screaming for which she won the UBCP/ACTRA Best Actress Award for her stunning performance. Sullivan was also luminous opposite Gabrielle Rose in the heartbreaking film Birdwatcher for which she garnered another UBCP/ACTRA Best Actress Award. Another lead credit includes Carl Bessai’s multiple award-winning dramatic feature film, Normal. Her performance in Normalwon her a Leo Award for Best Actress in a Feature Length Film. Other starring roles include Mount Pleasant, written and directed by Ross Weber, Mothers and Daughters, an improvised film directed by Carl Bessai for which she earned another LEO nomination. Sullivan also appeared in Bessai’s Fathers and Sons and now completes the set with Sisters and Brothers..About CBC/Radio-CanadaCBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world.About SundanceTVSince its launch in 1996, SundanceTV has remained true to founder Robert Redford’s mission to celebrate creativity and distinctive storytelling through unique voices and narratives found in the best independent films. From delivering critically acclaimed Emmy®, Golden Globe® and Peabody Award-winning television featuring some of the world’s most talented creators and performers, to showcasing some of the most compelling and iconic films across genres and generations, SundanceTV is a smart and thought-provoking entertainment destination.  SundanceTV is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc.; its sister networks include AMC, IFC, BBC America and WE tv. SundanceTV is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile. Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement CBC and SundanceTV today announced casting for the dramatic eight-part miniseries UNSPEAKABLE, which chronicles the tainted blood scandal beginning in the 1980’s. Acclaimed actors Sarah Wayne Callies (Colony, The Walking Dead), Shawn Doyle (Bellevue, Big Love), Michael Shanks (Stargate SG-1, Saving Hope) and Camille Sullivan (The Disappearance, The Man in the High Castle) will lead the series.Production on UNSPEAKABLE begins spring 2018 in Vancouver, BC, for broadcast on CBC in Canada and SundanceTV in the U.S.“First and foremost, the series is about the emotional impact this terrible tragedy had. I couldn’t be more thrilled to have such incredibly talented people committed to bringing our lead characters to life.” said Robert C. Cooper, creator and executive producer.last_img read more

Soldout Festival – 2018 ComediHa FestQuebecs revamped experience

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Advertisement The first partnership with Facebook led to the Bang Bang Rodéo show, streamed live on ComediHa!’s Facebook page. The show, hosted by comedic duo Sèxe Illégal and 100% uncensored, was enjoyed by a live and online audience.Old standbys always popularThe traditional ComediHa! Galas presented by TELUS were back at Palais Montcalm, an exceptional intimate venue. Expectations were met—even surpassed—thanks to the big-name hosts and their guests who gave the audience some magical moments. ComediHa! Galas presented by TELUS will be broadcast on ICI Radio-Canada Télé starting in September.The ComediHa! Club Best of shows were also recorded for television and won over comedy fans by featuring up-and-coming comics. The shows will be broadcast under the program name Trait d’humour on the Unis TV channel as of October.Worldwide appealComediHa! Fest-Quebec has cemented its reputation as a global comedy showcase by attracting international artists and industry professionals from all over the world. An impressive number of tourists were in town to appreciate the likes of French comedians Kev Adams and Jarry, who won over the local and non-local audience. There were also members of the International Emmy Awards jury attending the festival, who were there to watch and evaluate Latin American television productions.Towards the 20th anniversaryThe ComediHa! Fest-Quebec team is already working on the 20th annual festival with the aim of enhancing the experience for festivalgoers while continuing to develop the concept of playground villages. As announced in July, ComediHa! Fest will be expanding into six Quebec regions next summer to reach a wider audience and provide a top quality professional festival experience.Thanks to our partnersComediHa! Fest-Quebec greatly appreciates the invaluable support of its collaborating partners, TELUS and Loto-Québec, as well as Discount, Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, Couche-Tard, Les Rôtisseries St-Hubert, Montellier, Énergir, National Bank, Government of Canada, Government of Quebec, City of Quebec, Quebec City Tourism, Commission de la capitale nationale du Québec, Radio-Canada, Canal D, Unis TV, Canada Media Fund, Le Journal de Québec, Rouge, Énergie, Réseau de transport de la Capitale, Marrakech du Rire, Liège’s Voo Rire, Switzerland’s Morges-Sous-Rire, Cannes’ Performance d’acteur, ComediHa! Agency, Palais Montcalm, Impérial Bell, Cinemania Film Festival, Quebec City Film Festival and Taverne Grande Allée.ABOUT COMEDIHA!  Voir la vie en drôleComediHa! is a major creator of comedy content distributed through multiple broadcast platforms, including live and televised. ComediHa! is one of the world’s most influential leaders in the various laughter communities, among both performers and the mass audience. The passion shown by our 60 full-time permanent employees and 1,400 full-time temporary staff helps “making people laugh worldwide.” ComediHa! comprises over 20 management artists, three offices (Quebec City, Montreal and Los Angeles), over $25 million in sales, over 1 million followers on our social media and related networks, over 50 million television viewers in Canada and 100 million viewers around the world, over 3,000 shows, more than 500 television shows and products broadcast in over 100 countries, a major festival in Quebec City in August, and five associated festivals around the world. QUEBEC CITY, Aug, 20, 2018 – After 12 days of fun and laughter in Quebec City, the 19th annual ComediHa! Fest-Quebec, in collaboration with TELUS and Loto-Québec, once again delighted thousands of festivalgoers who came to “See the funny side of life.” The festival was quite the global comedy central, where 450 artists and performers took part this year in more than 300 shows and activities. With a budget of over $11 million, ComediHa! Fest-Quebec revamped its format by providing a new and unique comedic experience.New features at 19th annual festivalComediHa! Fest-Quebec featured an experiential component with two playground villages and various unusual venues that were quite popular with festivalgoers and artists alike. The Ha!ngar, a room built entirely of containers, drew in big crowds, especially for the highly anticipated Piment Fort shows, which sold out very night. The Show Mystère, L’heure de pointe, 60 minutes de stand-up and Comédie dans le noir shows were also big sell-outs throughout the festival.For the first time, free activities and shows were available to the public. They included a zip line, the St-Hubert climbing wall, the Défi-Évasion escape room, the live juke box, the enchanted forest and ComediHa! Dell’Arte, drawing in young and old crowds alike. High-wire walker Laurence Tremblay-Vu’s show was presented every evening at 6 p.m., where he amazed spectators with his incredible feats. Festivalgoers were also able to enjoy the MiHa!M Quebec food space, as well as nearby rest areas. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more

Conservatives vague on Sisters in Spirit promise

first_img(Photo: Justice Minister Rob Nicholson (centre) during a press conference Tuesday. APTN photo)APTN National NewsOTTAWA-Justice Minister Rob Nicholson remained vague Tuesday on his government’s plans to deliver on a promise to create a $10 million strategy to deal with the “disturbing number” of murdered and missing First Nations, Metis and Inuit women across the country.Nicholson said the Conservative government had set aside the money, but was still in involved in discussions with the provinces and police forces at the federal and provincial level.“We want to get it right. We are looking at a number of different options,” said Nicholson, talking to reporters in Ottawa. “I know there are discussions between federal and provincial law enforcement agencies across the country on this issue…we will be making an announcement in due course.”Nicholson, however, would not venture to hint on what those discussions entailed, what options were being considered or whether the government was getting tangled in inter-jurisdictional issues.“We are in consultation as a federal government with other levels of government to try to coordinate our activities to ensure information is shared on this issue,” said Nicholson. “Everybody has a stake in this issue.”In the Speech from the Throne, delivered this past March, the government promised to “take additional action to address the disturbing number of unsolved cases of murdered and missing Aboriginal women. The Sisters in Spirit initiative has drawn particular attention to this pressing criminal justice priority.”The government then set aside $10 million in the federal budget.The Sisters In Spirit initiative researches and raises awareness on the high rates of violence against Aboriginal women and girls in Canada.Eight months later, it remains unclear what “additional action” the government plans to take. First Nations women’s groups have voiced their growing frustration at the silence emanating from Ottawa on the issue. Groups are also concerned they are not being consulted on the government’s plans.Thousands gathered in vigils across the country Monday to keep the memories of hundreds of murdered and missing First Nations, Metis and Inuit women alive.last_img read more

Aboriginal Affairs Minister launches probe into Blackstock spying affair

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–The deputy minister of Aboriginal Affairs is investigating whether department officials broke privacy rules in their surveillance of First Nations child advocate Cindy Blackstock.Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan said Thursday during question period that he asked his department’s deputy minister Michael Wernick to investigate the Blackstock “spying” affair.“I have my deputy minister to report whether privacy rules were respected in this case,” said Duncan, responding to a question from NDP Aboriginal affairs critic Linda Duncan.Duncan wanted to know why department officials had dug into Blackstock’s Indian status file and other information.“Why is this government spying on Cindy Blackstock?” said Duncan.As first reported on APTN National News, the department has amassed a large file on Blackstock, who heads the First Nations Child and Family Caring society, according to documents obtained through the Access to Information Act.The file contains emails and notes about Blackstock’s personal information, critical briefings on her activities and evidence that department officials looked into her Indian status records.Blackstock said they looked at her Indian status records twice. The records also contain information on her family, her mother, brothers and sisters.“They have found it necessary to not only put one employee onto tailing, but if you look at the records there are numerous employees on the government payroll who are being asked to comment on what I am doing or to violate my privacy by going on my personal Facebook pages,” said Blackstock, in a recent interview with APTN National News.Blackstock has for years been pushing for equity for First Nations children caught up in the welfare system.In 2007, her organization filed a human rights complaint against the federal government claiming discrimination against First Nation children.She says the lawsuit changed her relationship with the department. She said she was barred from a departmental meeting she had attended with Ontario chiefs.“They barred me from the room,” said Blackstock. “And had a security guard guard me during the time I was there.”The incident led Blackstock to file an Access to Information request about herself, to see what information the department had on her.It took a year and a half for her to receive the file and, to her surprise, they watched her every move.“Not only had they been on my personal Facebook page, but they had a government employee go to their home at night and log in as an individual, not as the government of Canada…and go onto my Facebook page and take a snapshot of it and then have that in a government of Canada log,” she said.Aboriginal Affairs staffers also monitored Blackstock as she made presentations about the state of First Nations child welfare across the country.The file contains briefing notes with critical details of the topic and her speeches.last_img read more

RCMP investigating deadly Saskatchewan First Nation fire

first_imgAPTN National NewsA house fire earlier this week claimed the lives of two young men and sent a four year-old girl to hospital.The incident happened on the Ahtahkakoop First Nation, which sits about 170 kilometres north of Saskatoon.As APTN National News reporter Delaney Windigo found out, the RCMP are now calling the fire “suspicious.”last_img

2 men found dead in Hollow Water were cousins

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Hollow Water First Nation is in shock after two men were found dead on Sunday morning.The violent incident is just one of many on-reserve deaths that have occurred in the province over the last few months.As APTN’s Jaydon Flett reports, almost all the victims have been men.last_img

Today is a good day Officials announce First Nation to get its

first_img(The ferry like the one above will become a thing of the past for Shoal Lake 40 after several levels of government announced funding Thursday for an all-weather road.)APTN National NewsWINNIPEG – Tears are flowing at the Manitoba legislature as an isolated reserve under one of the country’s longest boil-water advisories receives a lifeline to the outside world.Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett says Ottawa is joining other levels of government to build an all-weather road connecting the Shoal Lake 40 First Nation to the mainland.“(It’s) both long overdue and the right thing to do,” said Bennett in a statement. “When completed, Freedom Road will provide the First Nation’s residents with increased mobility and help unlock economic opportunities for the community.”The reserve on the Manitoba-Ontario boundary was cut off a century ago during construction of an aqueduct that carries fresh water to Winnipeg.The community has been under a boil-water advisory for 18 years.Chief Erwin Redsky says the $30-million road means his people will be able to get home safely and will make a water treatment plant affordable.“We welcome the Government of Canada to our partnership with the Province of Manitoba and the City of Winnipeg to finally secure the access we have lacked for so long. Our situation is unique and requires creative problem-solving,” said Redsky in a statement. “We thank the governments of Canada, Manitoba and the City of Winnipeg for their commitments and their willingness to collaborate with our community.” APTN is covering the announcement and will have more on tonight’s newscast. – With files from the Canadian Presslast_img read more

Experimental Eskimos hope change of government leads to recognition and compensation for

first_imgAccording to Ittinuar, ITK President Natan Obed mentioned their case to Trudeau during their Iqaluit meeting.APTN asked the ITK what was said, but Obed did not make himself available for an interview. But a spokesperson for the organization said, “we support them.”Trudeau has promised to implement all 94 calls to action listed in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 2014 report.The one of particular interest to Ittinuar, Nungak, and Tagoona is Number 26.“We call upon the federal, provincial and territorial government to review and amend their respective statue of limitations to ensure that they conform to the principle that government and other entities cannot rely on limitation defences to defend legal actions of historical abuse brought by Aboriginal people.”The government is leaning on the statute of limitations because it took Ittinar, Nungak and Tagoona 11 years to file their lawsuit after they learned of the experiment.Nungak said they were all cautious.“I said, ‘Peter, I suppose now, in pursuit of compensation, we’ll have to expose the unsavoury dysfunctions we have all experienced post-experiment. Broken family ties, inability to maintain healthy relationships, and, in my case, struggles with severe alcoholism,’” said Nungak.“It took us years to sort of self-assess – what has it cost me? What has this cost me in my own individual personal life? I have never been close to my family ever again – although I have four brothers and two sisters, all still living.”Both have talked publicly about their past personal issues now.They said that is behind them.The government did get what the experiment sought out to do – all three men became leaders, and instrumental in the development of Nunavut and Nunavik for the Inuit.In the early 1970s, Nungak helped negotiate the James Bay Agreement that would create Inuit rights for the first time in Québec. Those negotiations also created the Makovik Corporation that represents the 15 communities of Nunavik, politically.Ittinuar and Tagoona worked on the political front with the Inuit Tapirisat of Canada, later the ITK.In 1979, Ittinuar became the first Inuk Member of Parliament representing Nunatsiaq, later Nunavut for the NDP. Later he would cross the floor to join Pierre Trudeau’s Liberals.In the 1980s, all three were deeply involved with constitutional talks with the Canadian government including language used in the repatriation of the Constitution.Nungak currently lives in Kangirsuk, Nunavik.Ittinuar lives in Brantford, Ont.Tagoona lives in Baker Lake, NU.This lawsuit is only part of “Experimental Eskimo” project.Later, four more children would be plucked from their homes in Nunavut and sent south to sink or swim.Sarah Silou from Baker Lake, NU was sent to Edmonton, Alta.Leesee Komoartok, Roasie Joamie and Jeanne Mike from Pangnirtung, NU were sent to Petite Riviere, Nova Scotiia.Their claim is almost identical to the one Ittinuar, Nungak and Tagoona filed. Now everyone is waiting.“I try not to be angry, and bitter and whining and complaining and just being a miserable fellow for having gone through all this,” said Nungak. “My only complaint now is that the government should recognize that they ran an experiment – they ran a human experiment without informed consent of our parents and they owe us for work we did in that experiment. But I try not to express it in terms of bitterness and hatred.“All we want is let’s get paid for what we did and we’ll sign a release and we’ll call it a day,” said Ittinuar. “We’ll go away, you can go away and that will be the end of that – we don’t want an apology. Zebedee Nungak as an “Eskimo” <>1234 Ittinuar, left, with former prime minister Pierre Trudeau and his family in 1983. To the right of Ittinuar is Justin. <>12345 Mark Blackburn APTN National NewsZebedee Nungak was 12 years old in 1963 and doing well in school in his home community of Puvirnituq in Northern Quebec. When not studying, Nungak was out on the land with his friends, a .22 rifle in hand and dreams of being a great Inuit hunter.But the federal government had a different plan for him.They wanted to try an experiment.By August of that year, Nungak would be on a plane bound for Ottawa.“The government called it a social experiment or an experiment to see or determine if Inuit children could withstand being ‘educated’ in among white children in suburbia,” said Nungak.In the early 1960s, three men were part of a program the Canadian government called the “Eskimo Experiment.” It was run by the department of Northern Affairs and National Resources (now Indigenous and Northern Affairs) to determine if Inuit children were smart enough to be educated in the south, and eventually become future leaders.Peter Ittinuar from Chesterfield Inlet, Nunavut, Eric Tagoona from Baker Lake, Nunavut, (then Northwest Territories) and Nungak from Puvirnituq, on the eastern shores of Hudson Bay, were taken from their homes for more than six years – and had little or no contact with their friends and families in the North.Now, nearly 60 years later, they want recognition and a negotiated settlement from Canada because they said the experiments forever changed their lives.“The experiment was two-fold,” said Ittinuar, 67, who is a negotiator in the Negotiations and Reconciliation Division in the ministry of Relations and Reconciliation for the province of Ontario. “One was to see how well these kids do in the classroom and obtaining grade certification and all that, and secondly how well would they do socially and how well would they adapt culturally.“And that experiment was to help them determine new policies up north, whether to bring kids down south and determine whether we were little savages or as good as well as white kids.”Nungak, from left, Tagoona, and Ittinuar in Ottawa in 1964.To start the experiment, Ottawa needed to find test subjects – students who excelled in existing Arctic schools. The department sent a team across the North to administer Intelligence Quotient (IQ) tests to find the brightest Inuit students. And it seemed the department wasn’t concerned about what that would do to Inuit culture in the future.“It can be argued that such a directed educational program will disrupt northern native family ties, and will rapidly destroy native culture,” said a departmental report. “We must follow through with the natural consequences of that program.”Peter Ittinuar was a 12-year-old growing up as a typical ‘Eskimo child,’ learning to fish and hunt in his small community that sits on the northwestern shores of Hudson Bay.“In 1960 there were still many, many people still living pretty nomadic lives and living out on the land at that time,” he said. “They were then starting to be herded into communities and you know small one room schools were being built. The question for the government was how are we going to educate all the Inuit up north en-masse? You know they’re isolated, they’re way up there do we bring them down south? Do we build schools up there?”The program was administered by Gordon Devitt, the district superintendent of schools in the North.Among their peers, Ittinuar and Tagoona stood out.In late August 1962, the two 12-year-olds left from the airport in Rankin Inlet for their journey to join the Qallunaat (white people) in Ottawa.“There was always a crowd at the airport when a DC-3 came in or the Northern Norseman single engine plane,” Ittinuar said. “I think my dad was actually working in the mine when I left, and I think it was my aunt took me to the airport … it was a day that changed my life.”In Ottawa, the place of straight lines and paved roads, Tagoona and Ittinuar had access to everything.They stayed with the same family and attended the J.H. Putman public school in the city’s west end. There, they excelled in their studies.Their “Dick and Jane” English, as they described it, quickly improved and both immersed themselves in extra-curricular activities including judo, swimming, music and community sports including hockey and softball.“In fact, one of the few things that encouraged me …,” remembered Nungak, 65 who is now a radio commentator and author. “Previous to this I thought the white people were some sort of superior race. That they never went hungry. All their women were beautiful and even their garbage was good. That was my stereotype impression of white people.“But during one of my classes at Parkway public school in which I spent my first year in Grade 6, one of my fellow students, we were doing a reading exercise and he was struggling with a word, he was reading some text and he said ‘and he had to deter … he had to deter- mine’ and I was amazed. If he can, a Qallunaat boy can have trouble with words in his own language that I knew – he was trying to say determine … what am I doing feeling any sense of inferiority? And I never looked back.”Eric Tagoona in Ottawa in 1964.According to a letter penned in 1964 by R.L. Kennedy, the department’s superintendent of the Arctic, the boys were achieving “above class average,” and said, “they are capable of competing with children in southern Canada.”“We recognized it started us on a road pretty much ahead of our peers towards an education that helped shape our lives,” said Ittinuar.August 14, 1963 is when Zebedee Nungak set off on his own journey from northern Québec to Ottawa.“I was a walk-in,” said Nungak. “I didn’t go through any IQ testing I just walked in. The late Ralph Ritcey who was one of the senior bureaucrats who was responsible for our care and supervision described it as such, as a “walk-in.”Nungak said he remembered being excited the day he left Puvirnituq for Ottawa.“I was a 12-year-old boy, very anxious to get on being in a strange environment among the Qallunaat,” he said. “I didn’t have any morbid fear of getting into this mysterious experience. And my parents were entirely supportive – they were not kicking and screaming.”While Nungak’s parents were not “kicking and screaming” about their son’s departure, they didn’t know the government was conducting an experiment.In fact, the government didn’t get the informed consent for any of the three boys to travel.They just told them they were going.Except for Peter Ittinuar’s parents.“My mother was away at a (tuberculosis) sanatorium,” said Ittinuar. “My dad found out from a priest who had found out from a teacher who had found out from a government official and there were no consent forms signed … it was planned ahead but there was no consent. They did what they wanted to do.”While Tagoona keeps in touch with both Nungak, and Ittinuar, he rarely has contact with the world outside Baker Lake, NU.Both Nungak and Ittinuar agree there was a disconnect in the experience.While they were receiving a good education, and living in a middle-class home, they had no one to turn to during hard times – but say they were not physically abused.They received a far better education than that of their peers in the Arctic – and they would fulfill the government’s plan and become leaders of their people.But as they grew older, the three recognized that this higher learning came at a cost.They were not Inuit in the eyes of their family and friends in the North, and in the south, would never be accepted as Qallunaat.“Whatever I gained from the experience chipped away at my core identity of being an Eskimo man,” said Nungak. “The one thing that I did learn was to speak and write and express myself in English well – well enough for natural English speakers to understand what I’m trying to get across.“But that knowledge is absolutely useless when I’m at the floe edge hunting seals or walrus and I’ve caught one and now I have to butcher it – my knowledge of English is absolutely useless then – when I’m in my Eskimo element.”“It was also an extreme struggle to regain our language and culture,” said Ittinuar. “And all the things that were truncated like hunting skills. Quite frankly there was also extreme reverse racism by our own people – and that one really, really, really hurt and I didn’t understand it for a long time.”None of the three men learned of the government’s experiment until 1997.That’s when a researcher from Trent University in Ontario discovered a series of papers on the “Eskimo Experiment” in the archives.It changed how they felt about their experience – and now they want to be compensated. “In essence, our clients were being treated like cattle,” said Steve Cooper, the lawyer retained by the three men. “They were used for government purposes. There was no proper consultation, there was no proper consultation of the families.”In 2008, Cooper filed a statement of claim against the government for failing to live up to its fiduciary duty to protect the culture of the three men.They’re seeking $350,000 each in damages.“This is not a big dollar item. These are not huge claims,” said Cooper. “This is not a $50 million dollar claim that was used to resolve Labrador. It involves a very small group of people who were treated in a way that was contrary to the fiduciary duties of her Majesty at the time.”The lawsuit has been on hold for years. That’s because, under prime minister Stephen Harper, government lawyers would often threaten to have the case dismissed on the technicality that it was past the statute of limitations.Not entirely sure how the courts would rule the statute argument, Cooper and his Experimental Eskimos decided to lay low until there was a change of government, and possibly, a change of heart.That happened in October 2015 when the Liberals formed the government and the message of a new “Nation to Nation relationship” was heard time and time again from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.“It has come alive again from its dormant state frankly because of the change of government and the consequent change of policy and particularly the statements in the TRC report,” said Cooper, who also represented residential school survivors in Newfoundland and Labrador – a case that went from battling in the courts under Harper, to a negotiated a $50 million settlement under the new Liberal regime.Cooper said he recently sent a letter to the Department of Justice to find out if there was any interest in going to court and having a judge look at the merits of the case for the Experimental Eskimos – or whether Canada will continue to lean on the statute of limitations.“We’re reminding them again about the Truth and Reconciliation commission (TRC) recommendations that the prime minister has pledged to follow in every instance, saying that litigation should be replaced by discussion,” said Cooper.In 2016, Ittinuar sent an email to Jody Wilson Raybould, Canada’s attorney general, and a former regional chief for the Assembly of First Nation in British Columbia.“This request is out of the blue but Zebedee Nungak and I thought there is no harm in asking for a brief meeting with you,” wrote Ittinuar in the email Sept. 30, 2016. “Many years ago both Zebedee and I worked alongside your father during the “constitutional wars” of the ‘80s.“This request for a briefing meeting concerns three of us from the early to mid-1960s. A rather unusual and unique case officially called ‘The Eskimo Experiment’. We wondered if we might be able to meet with you sometime in the near future, at your convenience, for 15 to 30 minutes. We know your time is valuable, but we do want to apprise you of our case.”Ittinuar never heard back.“I don’t know if she even got it. I don’t know how things work at that level; whether an underling gets it and says look some crackpot,” said Ittinuar. “We’re hoping we can at least talk it out and see what we can do.”Now the men have enlisted the help of NDP MP Romeo Saganash.In 2015, the MP for Abitibi, Baie, James, Nunavik, Eeyou in northern Québec, and Nungak’s representative in Ottawa, rose in the House of Commons and read a statement.“As with the residential school system, the impacts and consequences the policy would have on the children were never considered. This past week, the parties involved in the class-action suit for residential schools in Newfoundland and Labrador have finally reached an agreement and settlement, which, as a survivor myself, I applaud,” said Saganash.“It is in the same spirit of reconciliation that the Government of Canada needs to do the same in favour of the Experimental Eskimos. The survivors of this other dark chapter of our history are calling on us to help them, so they too can turn a page on injustice, with dignity and honour.”Saganash said he’s been working the file since 2011.He applauded the signing of the Inuit Nunangat Declaration between Canada and the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) in February. The document is supposed to guide Canada towards reconciliation with Inuit around relocation programs of the 1950s, and treatment during the tuberculosis epidemic.He said it’s time Canada came through for Ittinuar, Nungak and Tagoona.“I’m hoping the feds are honest with this process that they’ve established. That it’s not going to be all talk and no action,” said Saganash. “This is one beautiful example where they can show leadership and action.”last_img read more

Mikmaq Grand Chiefs life celebrated as he is laid to rest

first_imgJustin Brake APTN NewsFamily, friends, and leaders descended upon We’koqma’q First Nation in Cape Breton from all over Mi’kma’ki and beyond Saturday for the funeral of late Sante’ Mawi’omi Grand Chief Ben Sylliboy.Sylliboy passed away Nov. 30 at the age of 76.His family, members of his community and Mi’kmaq leaders described the chief as both an ordinary and extraordinary man.“He was the face of who we are, and now with him being gone I think it leaves a tremendous void,” We’koqma’q First Nation Chief Rod Googoo told APTN News outside Sylliboy’s wake ahead of a procession to the St. Kateri Parish where a funeral mass was held. “And also he was a wonderful human being too, eh: a good father, good husband, good grandfather, good uncle.”Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde travelled from Ottawa to attend the funeral.He remembered Sylliboy as being “all about unity” and “working together.”“He was all about rights, treaty rights. He was focusing on nationhood, sovereignty, jurisdiction,” Bellegarde said, describing Sylliboy’s death as a “big loss.”He left behind a legacy of “creating a better life for Mi’kmaw people, and for all First Nations people.”Sylliboy was born in We’koqm’a in 1941. He attended the Indian Residential School in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia from ages six to 10.After returning home he battled tuberculosis for 18 months.In 1968 he was chosen to represent his community as a Keptin on the Mi’kmaq Grand Council. Two years later, in 1970, he was elected to the We’koqma’q band council, where he served nine terms.In 1991 Sylliboy was appointed grand chief of the Sante’ Mawi’omi after former grand chief Donald Marshall Sr. passed away.He served as the Mi’kmaq Nation’s head of state for 25 years until his death. The hereditary position is bestowed only to individuals who embody Mi’kmaq values and demonstrate great honour in their daily lives.Outside the funeral mass Saturday, his great nephew Christian Phillips described Sylliboy as a “good family man.”“I didn’t see him as a Chief, I always seen him as Uncle Ben,” Phillips told APTN. “He was always nice — a nice guy. Loved his Church, loved his community, loved his people.”Christina “Duce” Sylliboy, one of the late Chief’s two daughters, describer her father as being “all about love.”A vice-principal at the We’koqma’q Mi’kmaq School, Duce said when she was teaching Grade 6 back in 2007 she asked her father for advice on what to teach her students.“Regain the language, make relationships, and learn the traditional knowledge,” she recalled him saying.“He worked so hard in our community,” she said, describing his legacy. “And to see the honour that’s given to him — I said he’s looking down upon us. And to see all these people — it’s really emotional to see.”As Sylliboy was laid to rest in the Parish cemetery family, friends and colleagues laid tobacco on top of the chief’s casket.“In our culture every person is important, every person has a role, and Grand Chief made sure that everybody is heard — and that’s the Mi’kmaq way,” Sante’ Mawi’omi Grand Keptin Andrew Denny said. “And no one is above anyone else. And that’s why when I gave thanks I gave thanks to the fact that his family loaned us him for a number of years for this position.”After the burial the community attended a Salite at the school — a custom in Mi’kmaq culture where people share food and celebrate the life of a loved one lost. The event also included an auction, where community members and chiefs bid on donated artwork and other items to help the family pay for the funeral costs.At the event, Sylliboy’s sister Margaret Poulette said she recalled writing her brother a letter as he ran for the local band council the first time.“I told him not to forget who he was, or where he came from.”Poulette said Sylliboy never faltered in his devotion to his family, his faith, and to the Mi’kmaq people.last_img read more