Off the Hour / May 29th, 5-6pm / Award for Grassy Narrows First Nation's chief
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Today on the show, last week, Chief Roger Fobister Sr. accepted the J.R. Dymond Public Service Award on behalf of his community of 1,400 indigenous Anishinabe of the Grassy Narrows First Nation. This award for distinguished public service resulting in exceptional environmental achievement recognizes Grassy Narrows’ ongoing 12-year long fight against clearcut logging. We’ll be joined live by Chief Fobister to find out more.
The, the annual march to demand an end to deportations and status for all in Canada takes place on the eve of the deadline for people facing deportation to Haiti and Zimbabwe. When a moratorium on deportations to Haiti and Zimbabwe was lifted in December, thousands of families who have been in Canada for years were given until June 1st to apply for permanant residence on humanitarian grounds. We’ll speak with a member of Solidarity across borders to tell us more about this Sunday’s demonstration.
Then, beginning on Saturday, Indigenous people and their allies will be converging on Ottawa to mark the end of the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Residential schools, and to await the release of the final report. On Sunday, hundreds of people are expected to attend a Walk for Reconciliation from Gatineau to Ottawa. Terry Audla, the President of Inuit Tapiirit Kanatami organization to talk about the significance of those events.
And finally, In what’s been described as the largest scandal in modern sports history, nine high-ranking soccer officials, including two current vice presidents of soccer’s world governing body, FIFA, were indicted along with five sports marketing executives on federal corruption charges by the U.S. Justice Department. Among those arrested in connection with the probe is Jack Warner, former vice president ofFIFA, who is accused of taking a $10 million bribe to cast his ballot for South Africa to host the 2010 World Cup. With the FIFA Women’s World Cup set to kick off across Canada next week, we’ll bring you coverage of this latest scandal from Democracy Now.
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