The Hunger Project announces the global launch of a new one-of-a-kind single performed by five-time Grammy award winner, Dionne Warwick together with X-Factor winning pop icon, Joe McElderry in time for World Hunger Day 2013 on May 28th.Joe and DionneMusic Royalty doesn’t get much greater than the legend that is Dionne Warwick, the third most charted female artist of all time (equal with Madonna). Dionne, together with the stunningly successful young British artist Joe McElderry, is stepping up for the sustainable end of Hunger this May 2013 with the launch of a new first-of-a-kind duet, entitled ‘One World One Song’.This spectacular anthem is launched on 27th of May as a global digital release with pre-orders available from 17th of May. In addition to the Single itself, an instrumental/karaoke ‘You Sing’ version is being launched in tandem (with sheet music) – for aspirational singers, bands, choirs, youth and faith groups as well as arts’ societies to perform and share the world over.‘One World One Song’ was written from the campaigning heart of Chronic Persistent Hunger, co-created by The Hunger Project UK’s Country Director, Tim Holder in partnership with legendary songwriter, Tony Hatch (‘Neighbours’, Petula Clark’s ‘Downtown’ and ‘Crossroads’). The Single’s production team includes award-winning producer Toby Alington (Adèle and Emeli Sandé) and Orchestral Conductor for The 2012 Olympics’ Closing Ceremony, Steve Sidwell.Also performing on this epic production are the voices of London Community Gospel Choir, the full orchestra of Southbank Sinfonia and the 60-strong World Hunger Day Youth Choir.According to Dionne Warwick: “’One World One Song’ is a wonderful and uplifting anthem, written especially for The Hunger Project, much like ‘We Are The World’ and ’That’s What Friends Are For’. Music has a very powerful ability to engage people and we hope you will enjoy listening to this song, but also hope that it will inspire you to join us in the fight to end hunger and poverty.“The ‘One World One Song’ Single is being launched on 27th May, one day before World Hunger Day 2013 when a series of Unplugged Concerts are being hosted in London. I am urging people around the world to think about the song’s lyrics and act upon the emotions they stir. My mantra is ’if you can think it, you can do it.”According to Joe McElderry: “I loved this song the moment I heard it. It has a simple message but is very strong and moving to listen to and perform. ‘One World One Song’ is very special to all of us and we really hope it will encourage many more people to take action and support The Hunger Project.”The date for the Nation to unite for the ending of Chronic Persistent Hunger is World Hunger Day 2013 (28.05.13) when Joe McElderry will be singing his own version of ‘One World One Song’ live, at the iconic PizzaExpress Jazz Club in London, which has played host to great artists including Ella Fitzgerald and Amy Winehouse.The ‘One World One Song’ single will be available to buy as a pre-launch sale from 17th May 2013, for global digital release on 27th May 2013. All proceeds will be donated to The Hunger Project UK.In addition to the launch of ‘One World One Song’ all artists have kindly volunteered their time and beautiful voices to the Single itself and also a series of World Hunger Day Unplugged Concerts, hosted by PizzaExpress Jazz Club in London.For more information about ‘One World One Song’, World Hunger Day Unplugged and the launch of this formidable charity single, click here.Source:PRWeb.com
Yum! Brands announced yesterday the launch of its annual World Hunger Relief effort featuring multi-Grammy Award winner and international superstar Christina Aguilera in a new public service announcement (PSA).Christina Aguilera and Jonathan Blum, Chief Public Affairs Officer of Yum! Brands, serve food to children in Ecuador through the United Nations World Food Programme’s school feeding programAccording to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), there are 795 million people around the world who suffer from chronic hunger. Yum! Brands’ World Hunger Relief effort is the world’s largest private sector hunger relief initiative spanning more than 125 countries, over 41,000 KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell restaurants and 1.5 million associates. The initiative began in 2007 in an effort to raise awareness, volunteerism and funds for the WFP and other hunger relief agencies.The new PSA includes footage from Aguilera’s recent WFP humanitarian trip to Ecuador where she witnessed the effects of hunger first hand and helped beneficiaries of WFP’s nutrition programs. Aguilera met with local refugee families and served food to hungry children who often times receive just one meal a day through WFP’s school feeding program. The PSA will air online later this fall.In addition to the new PSA, Aguilera raises awareness for the global hunger issue through World Hunger Relief posters at KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell restaurants, plus online efforts including the campaign’s website, HungertoHope.com. She has served as a volunteer spokesperson for World Hunger Relief since 2009 where her participation has helped raise millions for WFP and other hunger relief agencies. She also serves as an “Ambassador Against Hunger” for WFP where she has traveled on several relief trips with them.“I’ve visited WFP relief sites in Ecuador, Rwanda, Haiti, and Guatemala and they are life changing experiences,” said Aguilera. “While I’ve witnessed tremendous need, I’ve also seen the joy from mothers and their children as they’re served a meal through WFP. My goal with Yum! Brands World Hunger Relief is to inspire as many people as possible to donate to the cause and become part of the solution. Just $1 will provide a school meal for four children in developing countries.”“We’re on a mission to Feed the World by making a difference in global hunger,” said Greg Creed, Chief Executive Officer, Yum! Brands. “We’re thankful to WFP for their life-saving efforts in developing countries and to Christina Aguilera for using her voice to raise awareness about this critical issue. I’m also proud of the hard work and passion of our associates and franchisees around the globe who raise funds, food donations and volunteer in their local communities for hunger relief.”“We are grateful for Yum! Brands’ partnership and the enthusiasm they share with millions of their customers who join our movement every year to end global hunger,” said Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of WFP. “With their support, WFP is able to continue providing life-changing food assistance to those in need and make progress toward the global goal of zero hunger by 2030.”Since 2007, Yum! Brands’ World Hunger Relief effort has raised more than $600 million for WFP and other hunger relief organizations and provided 2.4 billion nutritious meals for those in need. Every U.S. dollar raised goes directly toward WFP’s operations to fight hunger worldwide, mostly to disaster relief and school meals programs. Just one U.S. dollar provides meals to four hungry children at school. Consumers can visit HungertoHope.com, donate in KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell restaurants worldwide or text “WHR” to 90999 in the U.S. to make a donation.Yum! also addresses hunger in the U.S. through its Harvest program. Since 1992, the Company’s brands have contributed more than 176 million pounds of food to over 3,000 nonprofit organizations for those at risk of hunger in the U.S. Since its launch over two decades ago, Yum! Harvest has become the largest prepared-food donation program in the world. The Company continues to expand the program globally.
Team captains Sir Steve Redgrave and Freddie Flintoff have revealed the first members of their teams for Sport Relief: Clash of the Titans.The two teams will include;Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo Comedian and actor Hugh Dennis Ex England Cricketer and radio presenter Darren Gough EastEnders favourite Maddy Hill Popstar Harry Judd Comedian Russell Kane Comedian and TV Presenter Paddy McGuinness Newsreader Sophie Raworth TV historian Dan Snow Singer and actor Will Young TV and radio host Mark WrightMore names will be announced soon.Sir Steve Redgrave and Freddie Flintoff’s two teams will go head to head at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in five different Olympic sporting events; Track Cycling, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Synchronised Swimming, Wrestling and a Team Triathlon race across the Olympic Park.To attend the event and be part of the 8000 strong crowd, tickets are now on sale here.Highlights will include Take Me Out host Paddy McGuinness grappling with McFly’s Harry Judd in the Wrestling event in front of 6,000 cheering fans in the Velodrome at Lee Valley VeloPark.In a battle of the broadcasters, The One O’ Clock News’ Sophie Raworth will go head to head against Radio 1’s Clara Amfo in the cycling leg of the team triathlon.Nose pegs at the ready as Will Young and Russell Kane take on Synchronised Swimming in what are certain to be two memorable routines. Whilst Maddy Hill, Darren Gough and team Captain Freddie Flintoff will take to the gymnastics mat in the Rhythmic Gymnastics Event.The night will kick off with the explosive Men’s Elimination race on the Velodrome track featuring Dan Snow, Hugh Dennis, Harry Judd, Mark Wright, and team captains Sir Steve Redgrave and Freddie Flintoff.To buy tickets for Clash of the Titans go to SeeTickets.com. Tickets are £16 plus booking fees, £2.50 from the sale of each ticket will go directly to Sport Relief. The BBC will not profit from the sale of these tickets.The Sport Relief Weekend takes place from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March and sees the return of the Sport Relief Games. This year, the public can walk, run, swim or cycle their way to raising life- changing cash.Money raised this Sport Relief will make a massive difference to people living incredibly tough lives, here at home in the UK and across the world’s poorest communities.
Petmate, the worldwide provider of fun, trusted, quality products to enhance the lives of pets and their families, and country music superstar Miranda Lambert are teaming up to launch the new MuttNation Fueled by Miranda Lambert brand at Global Pet Expo March 16-18, 2016 in Orlando, Florida.Miranda Lambert with Bellamy Every purchase will help fund rescue and adoption programs of MuttNation Foundation, the organization established by Miranda and her mother Beverly Lambert in 2009.Miranda’s love for animals has always been a big part of her life. Growing up in a home with an open door policy for people and animals alike, she has adopted that mindset for her own life. Volunteering at the Humane Society of East Texas in her teens has led her to adopting Delilah and ultimately started “Cause for the Paws,” a yearly fundraiser now in its 8th year.“The creation of MuttNation is a dream come true. It’s an extension of me and my mom’s love for all dogs and our goal of helping every dog find a happy, loving home,” says Miranda. “We are beyond thrilled to have Petmate as a committed and trustworthy partner that shares that same vision. There are millions of beautiful dogs looking for homes and it is our hope that in addition to raising money, we will raise awareness to the joy of adopting a shelter pet.”The comprehensive collection of bedding, collars, leashes, toys, apparel, feeding and watering products reflect Miranda’s lifestyle. The product unites a country chic feel with a rock & roll flair. The vintage prints and antique hardware are inspirations of Miranda Lambert’s signature look.One of the highlights is the Rescue Mutts collection of six plush puppies – each toy puppy was created from a real-life rescue dog with its own story. Each tale is a touching depiction of the dog’s adoption and their new family. This particular toy is very close to Miranda’s heart as her own dog Delilah was her very first rescue and is featured in the Rescue Mutt collection.Petmate has always supported rescue and adoption efforts. “This partnership represents a major commitment to help put a stop to the epidemic of homeless pets sweeping our nation,” says Chris Wilson, the company’s executive vice president for product development. “We are so excited to create a collection that provides ongoing support for MuttNation Foundation. The MuttNation product line truly reflects Miranda’s lifestyle and her passion for pets.”Toys In addition to the Rescue Mutts, the toy collection features hand-crafted, mixed material toys with a Boho style designed for truly engaging fetch, tug and chew play. Miranda fans will love the suede feel plush tambourines for chew play, guitars and animal favorites including a unicorn, flamingo, rooster and armadillo for tugging. Perfect for fetch, toss and tug, chewing and teething, the molded rubber guitar can hold small treats stashed inside for hours of entertainment.Bedding The bedding collection has a down-home feel providing a relaxed yet stylish look for the home. The superstar of the line is a tooled leather styled lounger with Petmate’s signature Dig & Burrow feature that taps into dogs’ love for nesting. The line rounds out with loungers, pillow beds, and irresistibly soft cuddlers in pink plaids, brown cow prints, denim, and a custom bandana print.Collars and Leashes The collars and leashes collection features a blend of “Country” and “Rock & Roll.” Collars are custom fit, with mixed material feels like denim and leather, tassels and bows with antique brass and nickel hardware. The standout Bandana Neckerchief collars embrace the Americana spirit of country life.Watering and Feeding This collection features vintage-inspired finishes including mats with tooled leather, red bandana, rustic burlap and chalkboard photo-real prints. The square melamine bowls bring a nostalgic tone to the line while the rustic crock bowls tap into country chic.
The Women’s Media Center is proud to announce that the 2016 Women’s Media Awards will this year be hosted for the first time by Jane Fonda, the two-time Academy Award-winning star of Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie.”Gayle King, co-anchor of “CBS This Morning” and three-time Emmy winner, will give the opening remarks at the event.The announcement was made by Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan, and Gloria Steinem, co-founders of the Women’s Media Center. The celebration will be held on September 29, 2016, at Capitale in New York City.The Women’s Media Awards recognize and honor game-changers for women in media. By deciding who gets to talk, what creates the debate, who writes, and what is important enough to be visible, the media shapes our understanding of who we are and what we can be. The Women’s Media Awards shine a light on this important issue.“I am so delighted that Jane Fonda, my friend and sister co-founder of the Women’s Media Center, is hosting our gala,” says WMC Co-Founder Robin Morgan. “Jane is a brilliant artist who continues to illumine new, challenging roles with her deep understanding of humanity. She’s also a longtime activist, contributing to and speaking out for progressive causes, especially women’s rights and empowerment. Gloria and I truly could not have founded the Women’s Media Center without her energy, vision, support, humor, star power, and plain hard work.”“I am very honored to host this year’s Women’s Media Awards,” says Women’s Media Center Co-Founder Jane Fonda. “I am so proud of how, in the eleven years since the Women’s Media Center was founded, this organization has served as a powerful advocate for gender equality in the media. When only a tiny percentage of the top-level positions in media are held by women, it is crucial that we draw attention to the amazing work being done by women in all areas of media, that we provide a home base for training women to take the next big step, and that we highlight the huge need for further progress.”“It is my great pleasure that this year the mighty Gayle King will be providing the opening remarks for our Women’s Media Awards,” says Women’s Media Center Co-Founder Gloria Steinem. “In her rich journalistic career and while anchoring one of America’s key national news shows, Gayle has been a leader and an exponent of the best in integrity, intelligence, and empathy. A past co-chair of the Women’s Media Awards, she is one of our greatest examples of a woman shining bright at the height of the media world.”The Women’s Media Center, co-founded by Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan, and Gloria Steinem, works to make women visible and powerful in media. The Women’s Media Center trains women leaders to be in the media; promotes women experts to the media through WMC SheSource; conducts groundbreaking research and reporting on media inclusion and accuracy; features women’s voices and stories on their radio broadcast and podcast, “Women’s Media Center Live with Robin Morgan” and through WMC Features, WMC Fbomb, WMC Speech Project and WMC Women Under Siege.“The Women’s Media Awards were created to honor champions for women who use their media platforms to tell the stories, facts, and solutions crucial to all viewers, and to advance opportunities for women in media,” says Julie Burton, president of the Women’s Media Center. “Because media tells our stories and influences the role of women in every part of society, we are proud to honor these amazing women who set the standard for what media should look like when it gives voice to the female half of the country.”To buy tickets or for more information about the 2016 Women’s Media Awards and the ongoing work of the Women’s Media Center, go to: www.womensmediacenter.com.
BALANCE Edutainment, a leading Extended Reality EdTech firm, has launched Pacha’s Pajamas, the first-of-its-kind augmented reality (AR) children’s book that gets kids to fall in love reading again.Children learn about living in harmony with nature through an engaging and interactive experience. The book introduces a new category of augmented reality edutainment, the Zbook, where every illustration in the book becomes animated through the included free “Pacha Alive” app. An Indiegogo campaign which is being managed by LaunchPad Agency, has launched with a $20,000 USD funding goal and features limited Early Bird specials of $25 USD for a 2-book and music package (50% off retail) and several other rewards for early backers.Pacha’s Pajamas features a diverse array of characters and an environmentally conscious storyline that inspires children to see the world in new ways. With the augmented reality technology, reading the book just got way more fun. This unique innovation in multimedia storytelling not only encourages children to pick up physical books, but also positively impacts reading comprehension and literacy skills.The book opens where children meet Pacha, the main character and a budding Youth Leader. They join her and the animals and plants on her pajamas on a magical dream adventure. Through the dream, Pacha remembers that she is part of nature and discovers how to use her unique gifts and innate compassion to save the planet. With the augmented reality Pacha Alive! app available for free on iOS and Google Play, children connect with Pacha on a personal level and they can see the story come to life before their eyes.The Pacha’s Pajamas book has the lyrics of 10 award-winning songs in a 2-CD set that gets kids singing, dancing and learning about connecting with nature and the community around them. The CDs feature over 70 artists including celebrities Cheech Marin, Mos Def and Talib Kweli, as well as 30 youth artists.Additionally, Pacha loves to dance and the “Connected Dance Challenge” invites young people to submit their dance clip for a chance to win prizes and be in a video with children from all over the world. Using the “Play with Pacha” feature in the Pacha Alive app or the Connected Dance Challenge ARKit app (Apple’s recently debuted software development toolset for AR), children can bring Pacha and friends into the room, take their picture with Pacha “sitting” right beside them, as well as make videos dancing with Pacha and her friends.“Today, most children’s entertainment is like junk food, it may satisfy cravings, but ultimately, it’s unhealthy for the child,” said Dave Room, CEO and co-founder of BALANCE. “With Pacha’s Pajamas, we’re catalyzing the emergence of a new genre of healthy children’s entertainment with compelling social learning that encourages kids to discover their unique gifts and bring them to the world.”
The 5th Annual Light Up The Blues Concert will return in April.Neil Young, Stephen Stills, Burt Bacharach, Judy Collins, Sheryl Crow, Chris Stills, Oliver Stills, Benmont Tench, Mike Campbell, Steve Ferrone, and emcee Jack Black, plus many special guests, will return to Los Angeles on Saturday, April 21 at the Dolby Theatre for the 5th Annual Light Up The Blues Concert—An Evening of Music to Benefit Autism Speaks.The event will also feature performances by three artists with autism.The April 21 event spotlights Light It Up Blue, Autism Speaks’ annual global campaign for understanding and acceptance, which begins on April 2, World Autism Awareness Day, and continues throughout April, World Autism Month. Light Up The Blues will celebrate the many gifts of individuals with autism, while supporting Autism Speaks in its mission to promote solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for children, adults and families affected by autism spectrum disorder.Proceeds from the Light Up The Blues Concert will go toward Autism Speaks’ efforts to advance research, increase early childhood screening and interventions, and improve the transition to adulthood.Tickets go on sale Friday, January 19 at 10:00 A.M. through Ticketmaster.com or the Dolby Theatre Box Office.
Humanity & Inclusion has launched an awareness campaign promoting access to school for children with disabilities, with the participation of its global ambassador, international soccer sensation, Neymar Jr.Neymar Jr. teams up with Humanity & InclusionThe goal of HI’s Teacher Kids campaign, supported by Neymar Jr., is to shed light on the talents of every child with disabilities and what they can teach their peers.Teacher Kids is the first virtual school where the teachers are children with physical, sensorial or intellectual disabilities. As an ambassador of the international NGO Humanity & Inclusion, Neymar Jr. wanted to support this cause by becoming its very first student. The soccer star, who has 103 million followers on Instagram, learned origami, sign language, dance steps and relaxation techniques from children with disabilities.Thirty-two million children with disabilities around the world do not have access to school. Inappropriate teaching methods, the absence of support systems, or a staircase that puts a physical obstacle between the child and the school are among the many causes of inaccessibility.HI has been campaigning for all children, whatever their disability, to access education since 2004. By implementing innovative initiatives, such as mobile teachers and inclusive classes in mainstream schools, the NGO enables 150,000 children to be enrolled in school every year in countries like Togo, Burkina Faso, and Nepal.However, the organization wants to go a step further. These children, because of the specific sensitivities they develop, and the work-around mechanisms they acquire, have so much to teach their peers. The NGO is now inviting every child with a disability to contribute to the Teacher Kids teaching community. Using short videos, everyone can pass on their knowledge, an idea, or a great tip to broadcast and share on the platform.Find out more here.
Until the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Pearl Harbor stood as the deadliest single attack ever on American soil.Based on the book A Matter of Honor by Pulitzer-nominated authors Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan, this new documentary argues that Washington officials knew a Japanese attack was imminent and that vital information was held back from Kimmel. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Seventy-five years after the attack on Pearl Harbor, a Canadian-made documentary aims to exonerate the American admiral who took the fall.Based on a new journalistic investigation, Pearl Harbor: The Accused was co-commissioned by Bell Media and the U.K.’s Channel 4. Montreal-based Handel Productions (Scam City, Raising Pompeii) along with London’s Arrow Media have used archival footage and dramatic recreations — filmmakers shot along the shores of the St. Lawrence River near Montreal — to tell the story behind one of the biggest catastrophes of the Second World War.On Dec. 7, 1941 — “a date that will live in infamy,” former U.S. president Franklin Roosevelt told Americans — Admiral Husband Kimmel was commander-in-chief of the United States Pacific Fleet. He seemed ill-prepared when a massive dawn airstrike by the Japanese neutralized the U.S. fleet. In total, 2,403 Americans died at the Hawaiian naval base and 1,178 were wounded. Eighteen ships were sunk or run aground, including five battleships. Twitter
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Twitter Advertisement This image shows Michelle Yeoh, from left, Henry Golding and Constance Wu in a scene from the film, Crazy Rich Asians. (Sanja Bucko/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP) Advertisement The winner of the PGA award has often gone on to win the best picture prize at the Oscars as happened last year with The Shape of Water. It diverged, however, in the two previous years.Animated nominees included Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Incredibles 2.Winners will be unveiled at a ceremony in Beverly Hills on Jan. 19. Advertisement The producers behind hits Black Panther, Crazy Rich Asians, A Star Is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody are among the 10 nominees for the top prize at the Producers Guild Awards.The Producers Guild of America announced its selections Friday for its 30th installment, which also included BlacKkKlansman, The Favourite, Green Book, A Quiet Place, Roma and Vice.Notably absent from the nominees were First Man and If Beale Street Could Talk. Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment
Advertisement Robyn-Lee Jansen Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook While she didn’t know the photographer personally prior to the shoot, Jansen said he “had been vouched for” by a few other models and had “assured” her the shoot was safe.The photographer also told Jansen he “had never had a problem with fire shoots in the past.”The shoot started fine, but things took a turn for the worse when it came time to incorporate the fire element.“The photographer seemed rushed, and his family had called multiple times, as we were running a little late,” said Jansen. “He proceeded to work with fire behind me, and then yelled, ‘stand still, this part gets tricky.’”Jansen said that before she even had a chance to ask for any further explanation, “he squirted a bottle of liquid paraffin oil while standing closer to me.”The next thing Jansen knew, “I was up in flames.”She immediately managed to “drop duck and roll into a puddle and get the flames out,” but the damage was already done.Then, the photographer insisted he drive Jansen – who was in shock at this point – to the hospital himself. “In a panic, he made me wait until he was finished packing up all of his camera equipment before he would take me,” she said.Jansen said she has been left with second degree burns over 25% of her legs and first-degree burns on her anterior legs, hip, back, and right arm, as a result of the incident.Asked about a recovery timeline, Jansen told Daily Hive that doctors have given her two weeks to heal, and “if I am not almost fully healed by then, I will have to undergo skin grafts.”Following this, “if I can get into surgery right away that would be another three to four weeks.”But that estimate, she added, “doesn’t include the time it will take for the scarring and skin pigment to normalize.”Although there are no infections and doctors have told her she is healing well, Jansen said she’s been informed that “any healing done on my own after three weeks leaves an 80% chance of scarring.”The incident has also left Jansen currently unable to walk, “let alone go about my job as a model with all my wounds and extreme pain.”As a result, she has had to cancel all her paid jobs for the next “two to three months.” In addition, she said, “there is still the issue of severe scarring. All of these things will hinder my ability to model.”A warning to other modelsReflecting on the “horrible and horrific” incident, Jansen said she believes the whole situation “was caused due to negligence and recklessness on the photographer’s behalf.”She hopes that by sharing her story other models will learn from her experience, and properly vouch for their own safety prior to any photoshoot.“I know a lot of younger models are very trusting, and slow to voice their opinion,” she said. “I would like all models to be more demanding and assertive.”If the photographer – or brand – “really values” the model they’re working with, “they will happily run through all tricky situations before hand so you are sure and confident of what you are doing.”And if they don’t seem like they are willing to negotiate – or threaten to find another model – “then that’s a red flag.”“Don’t trust other people’s words when going into a risky shoot,” she said. “Demand that there be safety procedures in place.”If the photographers can’t provide or guarantee this, she said, “then just don’t do it. It’s not worth your time and safety.”It’s a lesson Jansen had to learn the hard way, but one she says she’ll never forget.“Never again will I accept anything where I could possibly be injured again, no matter how safe the photographer says it is, or how many other models he has worked with,” she said.GoFund Me campaign createdWhile she continues to recover one day at a time, a GoFundMe page has now been created to assist Jansen with financial issues surrounding the whole situation.Seeking legal help, paying her bills, recuperating lost wages, and dealing with extra medical expenses not covered “is going to be tough especially as an international student,” she said.Robyn-Lee JansenWhile she “doesn’t usually like to ask for help,” Jansen said anything is appreciated during this “distressing” time. “I am away from all my friends and family, and my boyfriend has taken off work to take care of me.”Financial assistance “would really help go a long way for the next few months of care and recovery,” she said. “It will be a long road to recovery and I am hoping long term I won’t be left with too much scarring.”By Eric Zimmer ~ DailyHive Story contains images some may find graphic. Discretion is advised.After what she says was one of the “one of the most traumatic and terrifying moments” of her life, a 22-year-old international student and freelance model living in Vancouver is recovering in hospital from severe burns all over her body, after a recent photoshoot gone wrong.On June 13, Robyn-Lee Jansen responded to a freelance modelling job, “where the photographer wanted to work with fire – behind me from a distance – in order to create some awesome shots.” Advertisement Advertisement Twitter
(Former AFN natioal chief Matthew Coon Come (left) walks beside AFN national chief candidate Pam Palmater during the grand entry Tuesday. Coon Come, Grand Chief of the Cree, is backing Palmater in her bid. APTN/Photo)By Tim Fontaine and Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsTORONTO–With less than 24 hours until chiefs begin electing a new leader of the Assembly of First Nations, it’s make-or-break time for the eight candidates.For many chiefs in attendance, this will be their first opportunity to meet one-on-one with those vying for the position of national chief.As of Tuesday, 314 chiefs and proxies had registered for the Toronto AFN gathering, but officials said they expected more to register by tomorrow, the day of the vote. A total of 1400 people had registered to attend the gathering by Tuesday morning.There are about 634 chiefs who are eligible to vote for the national chief. The winning candidate needs to garner at least 60 per cent of the vote.Eight candidates are in the race for national chief.Four women are vying for the job, including Ellen Gabriel, a Mohawk from Kanesatake, who rose to prominence during the Oka crisis, Joan Jack, an Ojibway lawyer from the Berens River First Nation and former Treaty 3 grand chief Diane Kelly, a lawyer from Ojibways of Onigaming First Nation, and Pam Palmater, a Mi’kmaq lawyer and professor at Ryerson University.The field of candidates also includes incumbent National Chief Shawn Atleo, George Stanley, Alberta AFN regional chief from the Cree First Nation of Frog Lake, Bill Erasmus, Dene Nation chief from the Northwest Territories and Terrance Nelson, the five-time former chief of Roseau River.Much of this politicking takes place in caucus rooms. Over the next day and during the voting process, chiefs from each region will meet in these private rooms to discuss amongst themselves where each candidate stands.“Usually they’ll have an idea on who they want to vote for on the first ballot. And then after that what happens is that the candidates will go around to the various caucus rooms and find out if they can pinpoint specific items that they need to work on to gain support for that caucus. Because after the first ballot everything can change very quickly.” says John Beaucage, who ran unsuccessfully for national chief in 2009.Bob Watts,chief of staff to former AFN national chief Phil Fontaine, said each of the camps would also spend Tuesday working furiously to shore up their existing support and try to peel support away from the other candidates.“Right now it’s about shoring up votes, making sure supporters are still supporters and finding ways of networking out in the other camps and seeing where there is help and where there is no help,” he said. “There is a lot of work in the backrooms.”Perhaps the most formal and visible election event is the all-candidates forum. Traditionally held the night before voting begins, candidates have the opportunity to address the chiefs in attendance in a strictly timed and structured format.Beaucage says this will be crucial for incumbent Atleo.“They’re looking at the past record for National Chief Atleo. They’re seeing what was promised three years ago and they’re seeing how that promise was delivered and they’re trying to determine if Chief Atleo deserves another term.”Watts said speech preparation plays a big part of what is happening in the backrooms of each camp.“(Atleo) has probably gone over his speech this afternoon a hundred times to make sure that he is going to hit everything they expect of him. This is going on in all the camps,” said Watts. “This is big politics and people take it really seriously.”While it might be easy to assume that the level of applause is an indication of support, that’s not always the case. At the 2009 AFN election in Calgary, Nelson received the most applause at the all-candidates forum, yet was eliminated in the first round of voting.The speeches will be playing a decisive role in this year’s outcome as many chiefs have still to make up their minds as to who they will support. It appears Atleo has a lock on a large part if not all the B.C. votes making Ontario, which has the second largest block of chief, as a key battleground. Many Ontario chiefs say they are waiting to see how the speeches unfold before deciding where to turn.Talk among chiefs and observers indicate that if Atleo emerges from the first ballot in a show of strength, his opposition will melt away. It seems there is little appetite for the marathon voting sessions from 2009.Watts said this year’s election is probably one of the most important in recent memory.“There is a lot at stake. There is probably more at stake in this election than in any other election,” said Watts. “Just with the way things are going with free prior and informed consent, the focus on resource development, the alternative that the government seems to be presenting that, ‘we’ll go ahead and do stuff and worry about it later,’ versus First Nations saying we want processes, we want to be involved, we want high standards in terms of how things are being done. So these are contrasting visions of the country of how development will happen.”And the high stakes have brought out some of the big hitters in First Nations politics.Former AFN national chief Matthew Coon Come, who is Grand Chief of the Cree, has publicly backed Palmater’s candidacy. He walked next to her as they entered during the grand procession to open the AFN gathering amid drums and singing.Coon Come, however, refused to comment Tuesday on why he backed Palmater.Another former national chief Ovide Mercredi, who is now a band councillor for Misipawistik Cree Nation in Manitoba, has thrown his considerable influence behind Atleo.“(Atleo) is the only guy that can lead,” said Mercredi, as he walked into the Toronto Metro Convention Centre where the AFN vote will be held.This year’s election has also seen a level of criticism directed at the incumbent not usually seen in AFN contests.Palmater has strongly rebuked the work of the AFN and Atleo, accusing the incumbent national chief of being too close to the Conservative government and enabling the assimilation of First Nations people.While her blunt talk has earned her a large following on social media, some chiefs believe that she has crossed the line.Snuneymuxw Chief Doug White, whose community is on Vancouver Island, said the rhetoric employed by Palmater has been “destructive” and done little to advance the cause of First Nations people.“It is a destructive form of politics that destroys the dignity…of the AFN,” said White, who is supporting Atleo. “Throwing rocks doesn’t serve our people.”White also said he was “deeply disturbed” by Nelson and his decision to use a planned trip to Iran as part of his campaign.“It attacks the dignity of the AFN for a candidate to be sidling up to such a repressive regime,” said White. “No social movement in history has ever advanced by peddling ignorance and allying with oppressors.”Rumours have also circulated that some chiefs from the prairie regions may consider leaving the AFN if Atleo again wins the post.The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations has openly criticized Atleo for ignoring the direction of chiefs who want the AFN to take a stronger position on enforcing treaty rights.Onion Lake Cree Nation Chief Wallace Fox has publicly accused Atleo of pushing the assimilation policies of the Conservative government. Fox nominated Atleo for national chief in 2009.FSIN vice-chief Morley Watson, however, dispelled talk of treaty chiefs walking away from the AFN if Atleo wins.“Whoever (the chiefs) decide to back, we will work with them,” said Watson.firstname.lastname@example.org@aptn.ca
APTN National NewsThe Athabasca Fort Chipewyan First Nation has filed a constitutional challenge against a Shell Oil project in the tar sands region of northern Alberta.The ACFN says the federal and provincial governments failed to uphold their treaty promises to consult on large scale industrial projects and to protect hunting rights.The First Nation says they hope to set new precedents within Canadian law.Eriel Deranger, spokesperson for ACFN, spoke with APTN about the challenge.
By Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe Franklin expedition ship found by researchers on the Arctic seabed has a detailed and colourful history within Inuit oral tradition, yet the Inuit garnered only one 17-word sentence among the press releases and backgrounders released by the Prime Minister’s Office at the time after Tuesday’s announced discovery.An analysis of ice patterns and movements reveals the wreck was likely pushed from the area where Inuit said they initially found the ship to where Canadian researchers discovered it over a century later, said Tom Zagon, a research scientist with the Canadian Ice Service.“We can see the natural drift of ice actually occurs and supports the Inuit oral history,” said Zagon, during a press conference Wednesday.Ryan Harris, the Parks Canada marine archeologist who led the ship’s search, said both Franklin ships, HMS Terror and HMS Erebus, appear in the oral tradition. The Inuit, however, provided a more detailed description of one ship said to have been found south of King William Island off Grant Point on the Adelaide Peninsula in an area known as Ootloo-lik “the place of the bearded seal.”Harris said this was the shipwreck discovered by his search team.“The information that was gleaned from the Inuit with respect to that second, southern vessel is far more detailed and nuanced,” he said. “For that reason, we, like previous searchers, started in the south in the belief that the information was a bit more informative and it’s quite detailed with reports of the vessel there when it was first identified by the Inuit. They were ultimately able to visit the ship and obtained useful material from the ship.”Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the discovery of the submerged shipwreck Tuesday. The hunt for the Franklin ships, which were last seen by European eyes in 1845, has been a priority for the Harper government. Parks Canada led six searches for the ships since 2008.Yet, the general public wouldn’t know about the key role Inuit oral history played in the selection of the search area by reading the information posted on the PMO’s website. There, the role of the Inuit in the Franklin saga is mentioned only in passing.“Indeed, except for some encounters with the Inuit, the crews of the vessels were never seen again,” said the historical backgrounder on the PMO’s website, which is also available in the Inuit language of Inuktitut.The PMO did not respond to an APTN National News question on why the Inuit received barely a mention.According to the historical record, the Inuit provided several detailed accounts of their encounter with the wrecked ship south of King William Island to 19th Century and early 20th Century explorers who went searching for the ill-fated Franklin expedition and its two lost ships. It’s unknown which of the two ships was found south of the island.In Dorothy Harley Eber’s book, Encounters on the Passage; Inuit meet the Explorers, one of the most detailed accounts of the location of the wrecked ship south of King William Island was given to American journalist William Henry Gilder who accompanied American explorer Frederick Schwatka on his 1878 search of the Franklin expedition.Gilder reported the team managed to interview a man named Ikinnelikpatolok who had been to a ship trapped in the sea ice.“The next white man he saw was dead in a bunk of a big ship which was frozen near an island about five miles due west of Grant Point, on Adelaide Peninsula. They had to walk about three miles on smooth ice to reach the ship…About this time he saw the tracks of white men on the mainland. When he first saw them there were four and afterward only three. This was when the spring snows were falling,” reported Gilder, who is quoted in Eber’s 2008 book. “When his people saw the ship so long without anyone around they used to go on board and steal pieces of wood and iron. They did not know how to get inside by the doors and cut a hole in the side of the ship, on a level with the ice, so that when the ice broke-up during the following summer the ship filled and sunk.”A similar story was told by the Inuit of the Boothia Peninsula to British naval officer Leopold McClintock in 1859. McClintock led a search for the lost Franklin ships and crew funded by Sir John Franklin’s widow Lady Jane Franklin.“After much anxious enquiry we learned that two ships had been seen by the natives of King William Island; one of these was seen to sink in deep water and nothing was obtained from her…but the other was forced on shore by the ice where they suppose she still remains, but is much broken,” reported McClintock, according to Eber’s book. “And Ootloo-lik is the name of the place where she grounded…The latter also told that the body of a man was found on board the ship, that he must have been a very large man and had long teeth.”McClintock, however, thought Ootloo-lik was on the west coast of King William Island, wrote Eber, while the area was later thought to be south of the island. Eber said successive interpretations placed the area on O’Reilly Island and on Grant Point.In 1969, L. A. Learmoth, a Hudson Bay Company trader who knew Inuktitut, wrote in the spring issue of The Beaver that the area was actually a large swath of territory where Inuit regularly hunted for bearded seal, wrote Eber. The area extended south from King William Island, down to the Adelaide Peninsula, west to Jenny Lind Island and to the coast of the Queen Maud Gulf, wrote Eber.“This represents quite a stretch of water intermixed with dozens and dozens of small islands which makes it very tricky to survey and all essentially uncharted, though we have made significant inroads,” said Harris.Another explorer who searched for the remains of Franklin’s ship and crew, American Charles Hall, also heard a similar story. Hall went to King William Island in 1864 and spoke to Inuit from the Boothia Peninsula who told him they had been on a stranded ship.“A native of the island first saw the ship when sealing; it was far off seaward, in the ice. He concluded to make his way to it, though at first he felt afraid, got aboard, but saw no one, although from every appearance somebody had been living there. At last he ventured to steal a knife and made off as fast as he could to his home. But on showing the (Inuit) what he had stolen the men of the place all started off for the ship. To get into the (cabin) they knocked a hole through because it was locked. They found there a dead man whose body was very large and heavy, his teeth very long,” reported Hall, according to Eber’s book. “They said they had made a hole in the bottom by getting out one of the timbers or planks. The ship was afterwards much broken up by the ice, and the masts, timbers, boxes, casks, etc., drifted to shore…The (Inuit) saw that nearly the whole side of one side of the vessel had been crushed in by the heavy ice.”Eber wrote that Inuit gave accounts they boarded the ship to five 19th Century and early 20th Century explorers searching for Franklin and his. Three of the accounts claimed the Inuit made a hole in the hull and the ship sunk, Eber wrote.Harris said it would have been difficult for the Inuit at the time to break through the hull, which was 36 inches thick and comprised of layered wood.As for the second ship, the accounts on this one are sparse. It seems, according to Inuit accounts, the second ship ended up east of King William Island near Matty Island, according to Eber.Eber said in an interview with APTN National News the stories of the Franklin ship are still circulating and it’s worthwhile to sift through them for clues.“The difficulty with these stories is that they eventually begin to be not second-hand stories or third or fourth-hand stories, but really old stories that are pretty difficult to check out. But they can be checked out physically and pay off,” she said. “We do learn things from them.”During her research for the book, Eber came across one story that led her to believe part of the ill-fated Franklin expedition’s tale may never be known.Two Inuit from Nunavut’s Kitikmeot region told her a story handed down from grandfather to grandfather.“This great-great grandfather went hunting caribou east of Chantrey Inlet about (240 kilometres) south of Gjoa Haven (Nunavut) and he saw an inuksuk he hadn’t seen before. He decided to go and investigate and in this cairn was a lot of white and brownish-coloured material wrapped in a leather pouch that was paper for sure. There were a lot of strange markings. That’s writing. They were brownish coloured papers, not dark brown but light brown. He figure these papers were cursed by a spirit who had left them there and he took them and destroyed every last one of them,” wrote Eber, quoting Tommy Anguttitauruq who heard the story from Matthew Tiringaneak who heard it from his grandfather.“What mysteries might have been solved by those brown-coloured papers?” wrote Eber.email@example.com@JorgeBarrera
Tom Fennario APTN National NewsAfter a turbulent weekend in North Dakota over the Dakota Access pipeline, water protectors took their message straight to the capital Monday.Hundreds of supporters joined the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and marched on Bismarck.firstname.lastname@example.orgFollow @tfennario
The Canadian PressPolice have released a high-tech image they say is a likeness of the mother of a baby girl found dead in a dumpster on Christmas Eve.They have also released a composite sketch of the baby.Police say the mother’s image was produced by a company in Virginia that specializes in DNA phenotyping, which can predict physical appearance and ancestry from unidentified DNA.It’s the first time Calgary police have used the technology.“They have had success in the United States,” Staff Sgt. Martin Schiavetta of the homicide unit said Wednesday. “This technique actually has been publicly utilized in Canada twice already in Ontario – in Windsor and Sudbury.”Police said they received numerous tips after the baby was found in the northwest community of Bowness, but all were investigated and ruled out.“We have exhausted all other investigative inquiries,” said Schiavetta. “We are really at an investigative standstill.”As part of that investigation, police found biological material at the scene that they sent in for the DNA phenotyping.The results indicate that the mother is likely to be of mixed race – possibly Indigenous – with fair skin. Her hair is described as dark, probably brown or black, and her eyes are hazel that may also appear green.Schiavetta said the technology cannot predict age, weight, height or hairstyle.“This is a scientific approximation and obviously a mother’s – or anyone’s – physical appearance can change,” he said. “Concentrate on the hair colour, the eye colour and the ethnicity.”Schiavetta said investigators hope the image will lead to tips that help find the mother.An autopsy showed the baby was breathing on her own at some point after being born.Police said identifying the mother will help determine what led to the baby being placed in the dumpster. They still don’t know whether the death is suspicious, so the mother is not being sought as a suspect.“We have some really difficult and challenging questions to ask the mother, but please do not assume that the mother placed the baby there,” said Schiavetta.Anyone who may know the identity of the woman in the Calgary case is asked to call the homicide tip line at 403-428-8877 or the Calgary Police Service at 403-266-1234.Another Canadian case where the same technology was used in 2017 was the homicide of Renee Sweeney in Sudbury, Ont. The case has stymied police since 1998 when she was repeatedly stabbed behind the counter of the adults-only video store where she worked.In Windsor, Ont., police used the technology in the 1971 murder of a six-year-old girl named Ljubica Topic. She was playing outside her home with her older brother when a man approached the pair and offered her money to come with him. Her body was found nearby four hours later.Both cases remain unsolved.The company, Parabon Nanolabs, said on its website that the images from the DNA profile have helped in several U.S. cases – including police arresting and charging a Baltimore resident with murder in January for the 2017 death of his girlfriend.A Texas man confessed to murder in November 2017 after police released an image matching his description.The technology also helped identify and convict a North Carolina man who gunned down a couple in their home in 2012.
Keyaira Gruben and her daughter Cedar. Gruben filed a human rights complaint against St. Thomas University. Photo: Angel Moore/APTNAngel MooreAPTN NewsKeyaira Gruben never expected that protecting her rights as an Indigenous student at university would lead to an argument in the classroom with the social work program coordinator.“That this is really sad that this is how this issue comes to light when it should have been brought into light and addressed a long time ago and instead it was addressed in this manner which was not professional,” Gruben told APTN News.Gruben has been in a battle with St. Thomas University since she started the Mi’kmaq Maliseet social work program two years ago.She said she has right to bring her baby to class.The university disagrees.Gruben filed a human rights complaint against the university in October 2018.She said the video shows what’s really going on.“The fact that something like this which displays a quite different reality than what they’ve been portraying it doesn’t leave me surprised one bit that they would be trying to deny or distort or discredit the evidence in front of them,” she said.Watch Angel’s story about Keyaira Gruben here. The video shows a confrontation between Gruben and the coordinator in front of other students in the class.The coordinator is clearly upset that Gruben went public with her complaints.At times both voices are raised.The coordinator tells Gruben if she doesn’t like the way the program is run she can leave.Along with being a student, and mother, Gruben is also a band councillor of Kingsclear First Nation.She has the support from her community.Chief Gabriel Atwin said that after watching the video, it’s clear St. Thomas is not supporting Indigenous students to succeed.“Talking to Keyaira in a condescending I would say way unfortunately us as Indigenous people have gone through so much,” he said.When Gruben applied for the program two years ago, she heard that it was child friendly.“So I just assumed I’d be able to attend the program with my child,” she said.“I also have other friends who have gone through the cohort and they had their young infants and toddlers with them through the whole program.”When classes started in October 2017, there was already another infant in the classroom.“It felt very communal like there was a lot of maternal love that i felt in the program from a lot of the different women and they all connected with the babies for the most part,” Gruben said.But a few months later, people complained that the infants were disruptive.There was no baby policy in place and a solution could not be reached.(Jeffrey Carleton says the university won’t be reviewing video of confrontation between Gruben and administrator. Photo: Angel Moore/APTN)Jeffrey Carleton, spokesperson for the university said accommodations were made.“St. Thomas has been known as an accommodating place for mothers and nursing mothers,” he said.“And for many years professors individually would deal with issues if it arose in the classroom and make accommodations for students.”A separate room was designated for the mothers and babies and a policy was developed – allowing babies in the classroom only to be breastfed or in emergency situations.“In the additional room we added internet and Skype so that the nursing mothers could continue their studies while the class was going on if their child was being disruptive,” said Carleton.Brandy Stanovich, the interim president of the Indigenous Women’s Association of the Wabanaki Territories, said children are medicine and St. Thomas has an obligation to honour mothers and children.“They need to support our traditional roles and help revive our culture and not put up blockers like that,” she said.(Brandy Stanovich, the interim president of the Indigenous Women’s Association of the Wabanaki Territories. Photo: Angel Moore/APTN)Gruben said the separate baby room compromised her education.She tried to appeal the decision, but her efforts made no difference.“I got an email from the director of the social work program stating that if any child was brought to class that the teachers would stop teaching,” said Gruben.“So I said perfect this would be a good opportunity for me, us to finally have a talking circle then and she replied that there would be no talking circle.”The next day, Gruben was in the baby room, when the program coordinator called her into the class.An argument ensued and was recorded on video.Soon after she received a letter from the university saying if she didn’t comply with their new baby policy she could be withdrawn from the program.Carleton said he hasn’t seen the video and won’t look into it.”I didn’t know about the video but what’s positive about going to human rights route is that there is very specific language and requirements set down by the New Brunswick human rights commission by which the student’s complaint will be measured by.Gruben said she’s not surprised the university is ignoring the video.“That’s really how privilege works, they get to pick and choose what they share, what they don’t share, what they erase and what they minimize,” she said.“And that’s what these colonial institutions have always done to indigenous voices.Keyaira Gruben talks about why she got in the program and whether it met her expectations Atwin said the video needs to be investigated.“I believe it was very unprofessional and it needs to be investigated.Gruben is waiting on the decision from the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission.She has one year left in her program.Her daughter Cedar now goes to daycare.Amoore@aptn.ca@angelharksen
Brittany HobsonAPTN NewsA national organization representing children and youth in Canada is calling on governments to address the number of youth suicides in the country.Death by suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people in Canada.The Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates (CCCYA) say not enough is being done to combat the problem.“We can no longer tolerate the inaction of federal, provincial and territorial governments,” Del Graff, the Child and Youth Advocate for Alberta, told reporters Tuesday.“The fact that we’re the only G7 country without a national strategy is telling. The fact that we don’t have a national children’s commissioner in Canada is telling. That fact that we don’t even have a mechanism for complaints about children who have human violations is telling,” he said.“As Canadians we ought to be able to demand more.”The group released a new study on youth suicide at its national conference in Winnipeg.In it they put forward three recommendations for the federal government.“We call on the government of Canada to develop and implement a fully resourced, national suicide prevention strategy for Canada with designated funding to the provinces and territories to create their own or to support existing strategies where applicable,” said Jackie Lake Kavanagh, the Child and Youth Advocate for Newfoundland and Labrador.The CCCYA says national data on suicides and attempted suicides is lacking.The second recommendation calls on Canada to develop and implement a cross-jurisdictional data system and to compel provinces to mandatory report attempted and completed suicides.“The current landscape on suicide statistics in Canada is fraught with under reporting and inconsistency across jurisdictions,” said Lake Kavanagh.“This is especially true when it comes to data collection on Indigenous youth suicide.”There are no recent data examining rates of suicide among Indigenous youth but recent numbers from Statistics Canada show the suicide rate among First Nations people was three times higher than non-Indigenous from 2011-2016.For Metis it’s two times higher and for Inuit its approximately nine times higher.How many youth who are in care when they die by suicide is also not known.But Graff says there is a direct link between the child welfare system and mental health.“Many of the young people, if not all of the young people, within the child welfare system have experienced some levels of trauma and trauma is an indicator that, in fact, they are going to need to have those additional supports,” said Graff.“When those supports are not adequately provided we see issues like addictions, mental health concerns, suicide.”Daphne Penrose’s office tracks the number of child deaths and the circumstances around them in Manitoba.She is the Advocate for Children and Youth in the province.From 2017-2018, 20 youth died by suicide. Four were in care at the time of their death.Penrose said while the child welfare system does play a role, access to mental health resources for all youth is the main issue.“This is a problem with respect to mental health and wellness of children and the ability for children who are struggling to be able to reach out,” she said.“There are many kids in this situation who are not involved in the child welfare system.”Lastly, The CCCYA recommends governments work with Indigenous youth and leadership to develop plans that will reflect what is needed in each community.The Canada Suicide Prevention Service enables callers anywhere in Canada to access crisis support using the technology of their choice (phone, text or chat), in French or English:Phone: toll-free 1-833-456-4566, Text: 45645, Chat: email@example.com@bhobs22