Alberta News in Brief for August 16

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016 11:45am

Residential fire on O’Chiese First Nation may be arson

August 16, 2016. Preliminary findings on a fire that claimed a residence on the O'Chiese First Nation on Sunday may not have been accidental. Rocky Mountain House RCMP responded to the fire call on Aug. 14 and upon arrival found the residence fully engulfed in flames.  The cause and origin of the fire is being investigated by the RCMP, Forensic Identification Section, and the First Nations Technical Services Advisory Group Inc. Police are urging the public to provide any information they may have in relation to how this fire was started. Public are asked to contact the Rocky Mountain House RCMP at (403) 845-2882 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


Feehan part of panel to discuss MMIWG

August 16, 2016. A panel discussion on the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls will highlight Tuesday’s offerings at the 2016 GlobalFest Human Rights Forum in Calgary. Alberta minister of Indigenous relations Richard Feehan will be among the panel participants. The week-long event began Monday. The annual Human Rights Forum topics are structured around UNESCO's Coalition of Municipalities against Racism and Discrimination. The forum is a platform for sharing experiences, knowledge, and practical solutions necessary to address issues of racism and discrimination and encourages systemic change.