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Teenager charged with 19 murders in Guyana school dormitory fire

People stand inside the remains of a burnt secondary school dormitory after several children, most of them from Indigenous communities, died after a fire gutted the building overnight, in Mahdia, Guyana in this handout image obtained by Reuters on 22nd May, 2023.

Georgetown, Guyana Reuters A 15-year-old girl who is accused of having started a fire at a school dormitory in Guyana last week was charged with 19 murders on Monday. The fire killed 18 mostly Indigenous girls and one five-year-old boy in the building in the central city of Mahdia. The girl started the fire after […]

Explainer – What is Australia’s Indigenous ‘Voice to Parliament’ campaign?

FILE PHOTO: A sticker of the Australian Aboriginal Flag along with the word "RESPECT" is pictured on a structure at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, a site of protest since 1972, in Canberra, Australia, May 4, 2022. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Sydney, Australia Reuters Australia plans to hold a federal referendum later this year to constitutionally recognise its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through the establishment of a representative Voice that will provide non-binding advice to the parliament. A sticker of the Australian Aboriginal Flag along with the word “RESPECT” is pictured on a structure […]

Attacks on Brazil’s Indigenous people rose sharply in 2021 – Catholic report

Brazil Sao Paulo Indigenous Day protest

Brasilia, Brazil Reuters Attacks on Brazil’s Indigenous people and invasions of their lands by illegal miners and loggers, mainly in the Amazon, increased dramatically in 2021, escalating an already “terrifying” situation, the Catholic Church’s Indigenous Missionary Council (Cimi) said on Wednesday. In its annual report on violence against Indigenous people, Cimi detailed a dramatic intensification […]

Saints of Past Ages: St Anne

Canada Alberta Lac Ste Anne pilgrimage site

In a special Saints of Past Ages, EMILY MCFARLAN MILLER, of Religion News Service, takes a look at St Anne and why she is so important to Indigenous peoples in Canada…

In Canada’s Quebec, Indigenous people continue to fight French law

Canada Quebec Premier Francois Legault

Montreal, CanadaReuters A sweeping law adopted by Quebec on Tuesday to promote French usage is elevating already simmering tensions with indigenous groups, who see the move as an imposition and have vowed to fight it. Bill 96, passed by a majority of Quebec legislators, sets stricter rules to enforce French usage in the province, adding […]

Meeting between Canadian First Nations and Pope postponed

Toronto, CanadaAP A meeting at the Vatican between Pope Francis and Canadian Indigenous people who were abused at church-run boarding schools has been postponed because of the new coronavirus variant.  National Chief RoseAnne Archibald of the Assembly of First Nations said Tuesday that the delegation had planned to travel to Rome next week and meet […]

Australian Christian leaders say government move to address Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage, including reparations, doesn’t go far enough

Brooke Prentis

Last updated 2:50pm (AEST)Sydney, Australia Australian Christian leaders say the Federal Government’s $A1 billion Closing the Gap announcement does not go far enough to address Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage, and acknowledge the past wrongs suffered by the nation’s Indigenous people. Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the funding, including $A378.6 million in redress payments for survivors […]

World’s tropical forests and people imperiled by legal rollbacks under COVID-19

Amazon Brazil deforestation

Mexico CityThomson Reuters Foundation Threats against Indigenous people and rainforests have risen during the coronavirus pandemic as governments have rolled back social and environmental safeguards to boost economic growth, land rights activists said on Thursday. Governments in five countries with tropical forests have weakened legal safeguards to aid economic recovery, while expanding projects near native […]