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Indigenous leaders denounce Quebec Premier Legault as ‘paternalistic,’ ‘arrogant’

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MONTREAL — Indigenous leaders in Quebec on Friday denounced Premier François Legault for his decision not to meet with them during a two-day economic summit in Montreal.

Ghislain Picard, chief of the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador, criticized Legault for speaking with reporters after the speech and for not meeting with Indigenous leadership.

“He did not have time to meet with the chiefs, but he did have time to speak to the media,” Picard said at the conference, called the Grand Economic Circle of Indigenous People and Quebec.

Picard said Legault was in “electoral mode,” adding that the premier’s refusal to meet in person with the chiefs “shows a certain level of arrogance.”

Indigenous leaders said Legault had only planned to deliver remarks to the gathering but then finally agreed to take three questions at the end of his speech from those in attendance.

Réal McKenzie, chief of the Innu Matimekush-Lac John of Schefferville, Que., asked Legault about royalties owed to Indigenous Peoples in exchange for the use of their lands. John Martin, chief of the Micmacs of Gesgapegiag, asked the premier about First Nations communities being excluded from accessing natural resources.

Neither chief said they were satisfied with the premier’s responses.

The two-day event, which concluded Friday, aimed to bring Indigenous and non-Indigenous business people together.

During his speech, Legault announced a $10-million investment over five years for First Nations Executive Education, a program based at HEC Montréal business school.

Earlier Friday, Indigenous Affairs Minister Ian Lafrenière announced a $3.3-million investment for a hotel project in Kahnawake, south of Montreal.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 26, 2021.

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This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship.

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UPDATE: Central Alberta man turns himself and his child into police

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Alberta RCMP would like to thank Albertans, the media and our partners in law enforcement for their assistance in this matter.

Dec 27, 2021, at 10:30 p.m. Malin Nyhus turned himself and his son Elijah into the Wetaskiwin RCMP Detachment.

Malin Nyhus will be held for a Judicial Interim Release hearing.

Updates will be provided when available. Elijah was turned over to the RCMP unharmed and to be reunited with his mother.

 

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Alberta RCMP requests public assistance locating child after parental abduction

On Dec. 24, 2021 at approximately 3 p.m., Wetaskiwin and Camrose RCMP were dispatched to a report of a father contravening a custody order and believed to have abducted his 3-year-old son Elijah NYHUS.

Wetaskiwin RCMP’s investigation indicates the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench had issued an order on Dec. 23, 2021, directing that Elijah was to be returned to his mother by 3 p.m. on Dec. 24, 2021. As indicated above, Elijah was not returned and his whereabouts still remain unknown.

Alberta RCMP have engaged the assistance of the Wetaskiwin RCMP General Investigation Section (GIS) and Wetaskiwin Crime Reduction Unit (CRU), as well as the assistance of municipal police agencies throughout Alberta to exhaust efforts to locate the father and son. Wetaskiwin RCMP do not believe the child is in danger of serious harm or death and as such, have not met the criteria for an Amber Alert.

On Dec. 26, 2021, Wetaskiwin RCMP GIS obtained a warrant for the arrest 35-year-old Malin Anthony Nyhus for:

  • Abduction – Contravening a custody order, Section 282(1) of the Criminal Code
  • Disobeying order of the court, Section 127(1) of the Criminal Code

Wetaskiwin RCMP GIS, with the assistance of other Alberta RCMP units, are actively trying to locate this father and son. RCMP believe Malin Nyhus may be travelling to southern Alberta and possibly into British Columbia.

Malin and Elijah were last seen in Red Deer, Alta., on the evening of Dec. 24, 2021.

Elijah Nyhus is described:

  • 3’5”
  • Slim build
  • Red Hair
  • Brown eyes
  • Pale skin

Malin Nyhus is described:

  • 6’ – 6’3”
  • 186 lbs – 230 lbs
  • Medium build
  • Blond Hair
  • Hazel Eyes

Malin Nyhus is believed to be operating an older model 2007 White Pontiac Grand Prix displaying British Columbia license plate: LRO-91K. The license plate may have been replaced with a non-registered Alberta license plate: CKY-4592.

There is concern for Elijah’s well-being. If you have any information as to Malin or Elijah’s whereabouts, please contact the Wetaskiwin RCMP at 780-312-7200 or your local police. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

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Red Deer RCMP announce acting Officer in Charge

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As of Dec. 17, 2021, Inspector Holly Glassford has taken on the acting Officer in Charge of the Red Deer RCMP role while the search for a new OIC takes place.

Insp. Glassford is filling the role following the retirement of Superintendent Gerald Grobmeier, who served as Red Deer’s OIC for nearly three years. Insp. Glassford has 23 years of service with the RCMP, and has served throughout Canada, including numerous postings in the Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia and Alberta. In 2019, she was appointed as the Operations Officer for the Red Deer detachment.

“I am pleased to serve as the interim Officer in Charge for Red Deer,” said Inspector Glassford. “As we head into a new year, I look forward to continuing the great work the Red Deer RCMP is doing to support and protect our community.”

The OIC hiring process is currently underway, and Inspector Glassford is expected to be in the role until the position is filled.

 

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