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12/10/2018

article OP/ED: Alberta First Nations ‘unanimously’ support Bill C-69? Hardly
(Alberta) -- Roy Fox (Maikiinima) is Chief of the Kainaiwa (Blood Tribe). He is a pioneer in First Nations self-management of their resources, and a former CEO of the...
article Indigenous leaders in 'crisis talks' with PM over Closing the Gap
(Australia) -- Indigenous leaders held “crisis talks” with Scott Morrison last week to demand the government keep its promise to enter into a formal...

12/8/2018

article Northern B.C. First Nation election still in limbo months after appeal filed
(British Columbia) -- It's been four months since Nak'azdli Whut'en members cast their votes for four open council seats. But those who were newly elected...
article University to provide college counseling to Native American students
(Rhode Island) -- Next summer, the University will host College Horizons, a week-long program that directs college admission resources to Native American high school...

12/7/2018

article Northern B.C. First Nation election still in limbo months after appeal filed
(British Columbia) -- It's been four months since Nak'azdli Whut'en members cast their votes for four open council seats. But those who were newly elected...

12/6/2018

article Gold Horse Casino To Open Dec 21
(Saskatchewan) -- The Gold Horse Casino has confirmed it’ll be opening its doors on December 21 at 9 a.m. They’re planning a grand opening sometime in 2019...

12/5/2018

article Philpott says child services bill can be a 'turning point' in Crown-Indigenous relationship
(Ottawa) -- Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott says the federal government's proposed legislation on Indigenous child services can be a clarion call across...
article Ottawa could be facing human rights tribunal hearing to settle First Nations child welfare compensation
(Ottawa) -- The federal government could be headed back before the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal to settle an outstanding question on compensation for First Nations...

12/4/2018

article Casino Rama’s Future Operation Concerns Gateway Casinos Due to Many Parties Involved
(Ontario) -- Gateway Casinos and Entertainment is well-known across the Canadian provinces for its extensive and diverse casino operation, further expanding over this...

12/3/2018

article Video showing Thunder Bay police striking First Nations teen 'sets us back,' says federal minister
(Ontario) -- Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett says a video depicting a Thunder Bay police officer striking a First Nations youth on a stretcher...
article Saskatoon Tribal Council improving harm reduction services
(Saskatchewan) -- A multi-year funding agreement will help a harm reduction program led by the Saskatoon Tribal Council (STC) improve its services for Indigenous people...

11/30/2018

article Ottawa to hand over child welfare services to Indigenous governments
(Ottawa) -- Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott said Friday that the federal government plans to hand over control of child welfare services to Indigenous...

11/28/2018

article Province's new trespassing laws unconstitutional, show 'deep disrespect' for treaty rights: FSIN
(Saskatchewan) -- The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations says the province's new rules around trespassing are unconstitutional. Justice Minister Don Morgan...
article Six Nations fire station closed after thieves try to steal trucks in 'elaborate' theft
(Ontario) -- A Six Nations fire station has been forced to close, leading to response delays in the region, after a brazen break and enter where thieves tried to steal...

11/26/2018

article Ottawa blowing deadlines on First Nations historical claims, says report
(Ottawa) -- Ottawa is consistently missing its legislated deadline for responding to historical claims filed by First Nations, according to a recently released report....
article First Nations self-government summit in Halifax to talk goals and processes
(Nova Scotia) -- A member of the ancestral Mi'kmaw national government says First Nations Chiefs need to consider their definition of self-government, ahead of a...

11/14/2018

article Promised Indigenous rights recognition legislation won't be in place before next election
(Canada) -- One of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's key promises on Indigenous rights — delivered on Valentine's Day — won't come to pass before...

11/13/2018

article Long-time Lac La Ronge Indian Band chief seeks federal Liberal nomination
(Saskatchewan) -- A long time chief from northern Saskatchewan has set her eyes on federal politics. Tammy Cook-Searson, Chief of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band, is...

11/11/2018

article Tsilhqot'in and Ottawa to sign financial deal as part of new relationship: chief
(British Columbia) -- The leader of Canada's first Indigenous group to win title to its territory says an updated agreement it's negotiating with the federal...

11/10/2018

article K'atl'odeeche First Nation's new chief talks about what's next for the reserve
(North Canada) -- The new chief of K'atl'odeeche First Nation says people want to be heard, and she's here to listen. April Martel was elected Tuesday from...

11/7/2018

article Steps Toward Manitoba Coalition of First Nations and Municipalities
(Manitoba) -- Manitoba is looking at the formation of a Coalition with its First Nations population. Portage la Prairie City Indigenous Community Coordinator Cornell...

11/3/2018

article Pride, apprehension marks 20th anniversary of historic B.C. First Nations treaty
(British Columbia) -- Twenty years ago this week, Joseph Gosnell sat in the same chair in his home that he sits in today, waiting for a phone call with the results of an...

11/2/2018

article Dene left in the dark about Ottawa's new Arctic region, chief says
(Ottawa) -- Dene National Chief Norman Yakeleya says the federal government left the Dene Nation in the dark during discussions about a new Arctic region. The Department...

10/30/2018

article Kenney's Indigenous legal fund idea a 'divide-and-conquer' tactic, senator says
(Canada) -- A Manitoba senator says a proposal by Alberta's United Conservatives to pick up the legal tabs of pro-pipeline First Nations is an example of age-old...

10/29/2018

article Treaty 3 area Chiefs sign unity agreement for Highway 17 twinning from Kenora to Manitoba
(Ontario) -- A group of First Nation leaders in the Kenora area gathered in Thunder Bay on Monday to meet with senior representatives of Ontario's Ministry of...

10/27/2018

article In a true nation to nation relationship, actions speak louder than empty promises
(Ottawa) -- In 1971, the Manitoba Indian Brotherhood, now the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, presented our position paper "Wahbung: Our Tomorrows" to then-Prime...

10/26/2018

article Indigenous #MeToo catching fire in B.C. First Nations communities
(British Columbia) -- A recent Facebook post by Lauraleigh Paul, the daughter of Vancouver artist Lawrence Paul, alleging an Indigenous actor had sexually assaulted her...
article FWFN Chief Collins reminds Premier Ford to 'not forget' about Indigenous people
(Ontario) -- Wearing a shirt that recognizes the partnership between Fort William First Nation and Resolute Forest Products pulp and paper mill on Thursday, Chief Peter...
article Ontario group wants Indigenous communities to oppose federal rights framework
(Ontario) -- The Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians says the proposed Indigenous recognition rights framework meant to affirm their rights will do the exact...

10/25/2018

article Bobby Cameron re-elected as chief of Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations
(Saskatchewan) -- Incumbent Bobby Cameron defeated challenger Delbert Wapass to win re-election as chief of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations in voting in...
article Delegates call for major overhaul of Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations
(Saskatchewan) -- The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations' next chief will be elected in Saskatoon Thursday, and many voters say they want to see big changes...

10/23/2018

article From 'Aboriginal' to 'Indigenous' in the Justin Trudeau era
(Canada) -- Justice and reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples have been key priorities since Justin Trudeau was elected in October 2015. Prime Minister Trudeau and key...

10/17/2018

article Supreme Court ruling shows need for more Indigenous Parliamentarians and judges, says lawyer
(Ottawa) -- Following a Supreme Court ruling that there is no duty to consult Indigenous Peoples in drafting legislation, some officials say more Inuit, Métis and First...

10/6/2018

article Readers recount the hassles faced while using, or trying to use, an Indian status card
(Canada) -- When Gisele Rickard and Jessie James went to buy a new truck in Orangeville, Ont., they met with the dealership, went through all the paperwork and...

10/2/2018

article First Nations leaders urge new Quebec government to keep its promise on Indigenous rights declaration
(Quebec) -- Following the Coalition Avenir Québec's win in the Quebec election Monday, First Nations leaders are reminding premier-designate François Legault of his...
article Namesake First Nation completes sacred lance run to Saskatoon's new Chief Mistawasis Bridge
(Saskatchewan) -- Saskatoon's new Chief Mistawasis Bridge will carry a heavy load. The bridge, which opened Tuesday, will obviously carry city traffic. But it must...

10/1/2018

article Treaty Day recognizes special relationship between Crown, Mi'kmaq
(Nova Scotia) -- Treaty Day in Nova Scotia was proclaimed in 1993 but two people participating in events Monday remembered back to 1986 when the occasion unofficially...

9/27/2018

article FSIN breaks impasse by opting to have no interim chief during election campaign
(Saskatchewan) -- The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) won't have an interim chief this month. The federation called an emergency meeting Wednesday...

9/25/2018

article First Nation gets bylaw passed for new Whitehorse hotel, but not without angering chief
(North Canada) -- Two Yukon First Nations are getting their 20-metre tall hotel, following heated debate in Whitehorse city council chambers. City councillors voted...
article MP drops F-bomb in Commons, accuses Trudeau of not caring about Indigenous rights
(Quebec) -- The tone of debate in the House of Commons hit a low for the second time in two weeks Tuesday when an NDP MP from Quebec used the F-word during question...

9/17/2018

article Leaked video shows Trudeau 'upset' at meeting with Sask. First Nations chiefs
(Saskatchewan) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed frustration about "time management" during a meeting with First Nations leaders from around the...

9/13/2018

article Fontaine says communities need to be rid of the 'poisons' of racism
(Ontario) -- Phil Fontaine, the former chief of the Assembly of First Nations, told a Timmins business audience Thursday night that racism is one of the “poisons...
article Trudeau not honouring $2.6B education promise, First Nations leaders say
(Ottawa) -- First Nations leaders want Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to know their schools still can't afford science labs, sports equipment or Indigenous language...

9/10/2018

article Trudeau's words don't match early indicators on Indigenous rights framework: letter
(Ottawa) -- Ottawa's plan to introduce legislation to enshrine Indigenous rights in federal law may be "dead on arrival," according to one of three authors...

9/6/2018

article Police arrest male suspect following Saulteaux F.N. shooting
(Saskatchewan) -- Jonathan Swiftwolfe was arrested near a residence on the Mosquito First Nation. He remains in custody and is due to appear in court on Friday, at 9:30...

8/31/2018

article Former grand chief accused of harassment and intimidation
(Ontario) -- A former Nishnawbe Aski Nation deputy grand chief is lobbing accusations of sexual harassment and intimidation at former grand chief Stan Beardy. Anna-Betty...

8/30/2018

article Ontario chief facing several sexual harassment allegations
(Ontario) -- A northern Ontario First Nation organization is investigating several allegations of sexual harassment against Stan Beardy, a former Ontario regional chief...

8/27/2018

article A deep look into the troubles within the Chiefs of Ontario
(Ontario) -- The Chiefs of Ontario (COO) racked up a deficit of more than $1.3 million in the last fiscal year that continues to grow each month by tens of thousands of...

8/10/2018

article Heiltsuk Nation disappointed by feds' choice in $67-million oceans protection contract
(Ottawa) -- Heiltsuk leadership say the federal government put its reconciliation process “on thin ice” by failing to adequately consult Indigenous...

7/27/2018

article Widow can keep home on reserve even though she's not a band member: Judge
(Nova Scotia) -- A Nova Scotia judge says the widow of a former First Nations chief can stay in their family home on reserve land even though she is not a member of the...

7/26/2018

article Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Bennett tells chiefs she did not meddle in AFN election
(Ottawa) -- Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett told chiefs gathered for an Assembly of First Nations meeting in Vancouver Thursday that she did not try...
article Does the AFN need an overhaul? Leaders say it needs to represent all First Nations people, not just chiefs
(British Columbia) -- Now that the race for the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations is over and Perry Bellegarde has been re-elected, some leaders and...
article Government working on an Indigenous code of conduct: minister to chiefs
(British Columbia) -- Canada's minister of Indigenous relations says the federal government needs to "get out of the way" of First Nations in their efforts...

7/25/2018

article Bellegarde wins another term as AFN national chief on 2nd ballot
(British Columbia) -- Perry Bellegarde won a second term as national chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) on Wednesday amid allegations a federal minister...
article Canada’s premiers meet Indigenous groups, three major groups decline
(Ottawa) -- Canada’s premiers emerged from meetings with Indigenous organizations last Wednesday with little in the way of concrete initiatives after several major...
article Traditional medicine use declining in First Nations across Quebec, survey finds
(Quebec) -- Fran Montour didn't grow up with her Kanien'kehá:ka culture, but at 60 year old, she's making an effort to learn more about traditional medicine...

7/24/2018

article Assembly of First Nations National Chief in tough re-election battle
(Vancouver) -- Perry Bellegarde is fighting to keep his job as National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations against competitors who challenge his commitment to...
article Incumbent AFN national chief faces rivals during final round of speeches
(Vancouver) -- Perry Bellegarde, the incumbent national chief for the Assembly of First Nations, faced fire Tuesday from four opponents vying to replace him as the head...
article Indigenous way of life at stake in AFN election, Kahnawake's Diabo says
(Vancouver) -- In the race to lead the Assembly of First Nations, Russell Diabo isn’t running a campaign so much as a call to arms. His message: The Trudeau...
article AFN a 'cheerleader' for Ottawa, says national chief candidate
(Ottawa) -- One of the candidates for national chief for the Assembly of First Nations said Tuesday the organization had "strayed" from its principles and is...
article Family evicted from waterfront lot after dispute with First Nation over unpaid lease
(Saskatchewan) -- A dispute over unpaid lease costs for waterfront property on a Saskatchewan First Nation has led to a family being told to destroy their cottage or...
article Indigenous cultural exchange underway
(British Columbia) -- Two members of an indigenous group from northern Russia are being immersed in the tribal culture of the Samish Indian Nation.

7/23/2018

article Assembly of First Nations is out of touch and needs an overhaul, says ex-national chief
(Canada) -- Noel Starblanket still remembers the meeting in Ottawa in 1980 at the Skyline Hotel, which laid part of the groundwork for the creation of the Assembly of...

7/22/2018

article Four First Nations sign agreement-in-principle, heading to self-government, with B.C., federal governments
(British Columbia) -- A group of four First Nations in British Columbia’s Cariboo region have signed an agreement-in-principle with the provincial and federal...

7/21/2018

article Trudeau's undisclosed plan for Indigenous self-government sets stage for election of next national chief
(Ottawa) -- Many liberal-minded Canadians felt that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took a giant step forward when he appointed the country's first Indigenous justice...

7/19/2018

article Canada's premiers meet Indigenous groups, although three major groups decline
(New Brunswick) -- Canada's premiers emerged from meetings with Indigenous organizations Wednesday with little in the way of concrete initiatives after several major...

7/17/2018

article Rosemary McKay challenges Alvin Fiddler for NAN Grand Chief
(Ontario) -- The election for Grand Chief of Nishnawbe Aski Nation this summer will be a two-person race.

7/14/2018

article RCMP probe abuse allegations at Peguis First Nation child-care centre
(Manitoba) -- Manitoba RCMP are investigating allegations of child abuse at a daycare in Peguis First Nation. Officials at Peguis Free Spirits Child Care, Peguis Child...

7/11/2018

article How the Oka Crisis has shaped 4 generations in Kanesatake and Kahnawake
(Quebec) -- Every year on July 11, Bryan Deer spends the morning at the foot of the Mercier Bridge connecting Montreal with Kahnawake as a reminder to his community and...
article The specific claims process is about justice for First Nations, not charity
(Canada) -- "Specific claims" is a simple phrase that describes a hugely important issue: the body of outstanding violations against First Nations, accumulated...
article More supports needed for First Nations patients sent to Winnipeg for long-term medical treatment: report
(Winnipeg) -- A new report suggests that Anishininew people from the Island Lake region in Manitoba who relocate to Winnipeg for medical treatment face social isolation...

7/10/2018

article Peguis First Nation set to open Winnipeg's 2nd urban reserve
(Winnipeg) -- Peguis First Nation will establish an urban reserve in Winnipeg following an agreement with the city in the spirit of reconciliation. The community is...
article Atikameksheng elects mostly female council, including political newcomer for chief
(Ontario) -- The community of Atikameksheng Anishnawbek First Nation, west of Sudbury, has elected its new council, including a first-time politician as its new leader....

7/8/2018

article Memorandum of Understanding signed by Blood Tribe and Federal Government
(Alberta) -- In an effort to renew the relationship between the Federal Government and the Blood Tribe and to work towards reconciliation, an MoU (Memorandum of...

7/7/2018

article Missanabie Cree First Nation gets reserve status
(Ontario) -- The Missanabie Cree First Nation is receiving reserve status from the federal government. "I think that it is bittersweet in a lot of ways,"...
article 'They'll decide when the teepees come down,' says FSIN chief of protesters
(Saskatchewan) -- Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations executives visited the Justice for Our Stolen Children camp on Thursday afternoon. Chief Bobby Cameron said...
article Ian Mulgrew: First Nations' lawyer deserved better from law society, judge says
(Alberta) -- An Indigenous lawyer facing client complaints in Alberta failed to prove the Law Society of B.C. discriminated against her by refusing to allow her to...

7/6/2018

article Ian Mulgrew: First Nations' lawyer deserved better from law society, judge says
(Alberta) -- An Indigenous lawyer facing client complaints in Alberta failed to prove the Law Society of B.C. discriminated against her by refusing to allow her to...

7/3/2018

article Protest teepees at Saskatchewan legislature staying after meeting with ministers
(Saskatchewan) -- Protesters occupying a growing number of teepees set up across from the Saskatchewan legislature say they aren't going anywhere until they have...
article Protesters say justice camp in Regina will stay up following meeting with provincial ministers
(Saskatchewan) -- The Justice For Our Stolen Children camp at Wascana Park near the Saskatchewan legislature will remain standing, according to representatives....

7/1/2018

article Canada’s indigenous population is overrepresented in federal prisons — and it’s only getting worse
(Toronto) -- For more than two decades, Canada’s crime rate has been steadily declining. And since hitting an all-time high in 2012, Canada’s incarceration...

6/28/2018

article Premier Scott Moe wants Regina police to remove teepees from park
(Saskatchewan) -- Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe is backing calls for police to remove teepees that protesters have set up on the legislature grounds, forcing changes to...
article New northern Ontario MPP-elect says having Indigenous relations ministry is 'critical'
(Ontario) -- The New Democrat MPP-elect for the new northern Ontario riding of Kiiwetinoong says it's "critical" that Ontario continue to have a stand-...

6/27/2018

article First Nations want change
(British Columbia) -- The Shuswap Nation Tribal Council is calling on the provincial and federal governments to overhaul the treaty negotiation system after Prince...

6/22/2018

article B.C. First Nations flex growing business muscle: panel
(British Columbia) -- B.C.’s Indigenous communities represent a vast untouched commercial opportunity, and businesses are sitting up and paying attention. At the...
article Community partnerships key to First Nations reconciliation, says land surveyor
(Ontario) -- When Paul Burston first met the people of Mishkeegogamang, a remote northern Ontario reserve near Pickle Lake, the First Nations community was struggling...

6/21/2018

article The cost of freedom: A Cree elder’s take on modern resistance
(Canada) -- Cree Elder Patrick Etherington recently spent a week at Inuit and Northern Affairs Canada, in Ottawa, educating public servants about his culture. This...

6/19/2018

article Federal, Indigenous officials begin finalizing proposed languages act
(Canada) -- The federal government is one step closer to creating a national Indigenous Languages Revitalization Act after government and Indigenous officials met in...

6/17/2018

article Embassy embarrassment
(Saskatchewan) -- The Treaty 6 Embassy was supposed to represent the very best the Onion Lake Cree Nation had to offer. With a museum, a "grand foyer" and a...
article First Nations teens dig into their ancestors' past at archeological site
(Alberta) -- On a warm spring morning in southern Alberta, Kerisa McHugh-Kerr squats on the dusty ground where her ancestors once camped hundreds of years ago.

6/16/2018

article Historic B.C. treaty vote could transform future of Lheidli T'enneh First Nation
(British Columbia) -- Voting is underway to determine the fate of a groundbreaking treaty in north-central British Columbia, 11 years after it was first rejected by...
article Historic B.C. treaty vote could transform future of Lheidli T'enneh First Nation
(British Columbia) -- Voting is underway to determine the fate of a groundbreaking treaty in north-central British Columbia, 11 years after it was first rejected by...

6/7/2018

article Sask. MP under fire for high-fiving fellow MP after voting against Indigenous rights bill
(Ottawa) -- Battlefords-Lloydminster MP Rosemarie Falk is being criticized for high-fiving fellow MP Dane Lloyd, who represents the Alberta riding of Sturgeon River-...

6/6/2018

article Indigenous issues ignored in Ontario election, Six Nations Chief says
(Ontario) -- The progress made on Indigenous issues with the current Ontario government cannot slide backwards with a new premier, Chief Ava Hill says. Hill is chief of...

6/2/2018

article Paqtnkek Mi'kmaw Nation builds system to deliver free Wi-Fi internet to homes and businesses
(Nova Scotia) -- Paqtnkek First Nation in Nova Scotia will begin construction this June on two towers that will deliver free internet access to homes in the community.

5/27/2018

article Carl Marshall could be first Cape Breton Mi’kmaq person to become medical doctor
(Canada) -- Carl Marshall wanted to be doctor so he could make a difference. As it turns out, he’s likely also making history. On Thursday, the 25-year-old, who...
article Manitoba wildfire evacuees hope to return home soon
(Manitoba) -- Evacuation orders are still in place for residents of Manitoba’s Little Grand Rapids First Nation, but community members are eager to return home now...

5/2/2018

article 'We are all impatient': Trudeau promises First Nations leaders fundamental change
(Ottawa) -- Amid much talk of the next federal election, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday promised First Nations chiefs further reforms to the often fractious...

5/1/2018

article First Nations leaders debate Trudeau commitment to Indigenous rights
(Canada) -- The Trudeau government's commitment to finding new ways to recognize and strengthen Indigenous rights in Canada is facing a major litmus test. Indigenous...
article Trudeau Liberals press case for Indigenous rights legislation with divided chiefs
(Canada) -- The Liberal government took its case directly to First Nations chiefs that Ottawa's planned Indigenous rights legislation poses no threat, but instead...

4/28/2018

article Britain transfers Franklin’s shipwrecks to Canada, Inuit
(Nunavut) -- Franklin’s two iconic Arctic shipwrecks now legally belong to Canada and Nunavut Inuit. On Thursday, April 26, the British government officially...
article What Does the 2018 Budget Mean for Canada’s First Nations Reserves?
(Canada) -- Canada is always ranked among the top places to live in the world and for good reason. However, despite being held in such high regard, many of its citizens...
article Latest rocket launch renews concerns over Inuit food security
(Nunavut) -- When the European Space Agency (ESA) launched a satellite into orbit Wednesday, it did not inform Inuit groups that a rocket stage, possibly containing...
article Sheila North won't seek re-election to MKO, mulling bid for national chief
(Manitoba) -- Grand Chief Sheila North won't seek another term as leader of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak, but that doesn't mean she's done with politics...
article 'Learning how to be good allies': B.C. group focuses on restoring relationships as path to reconciliation
(British Columbia) -- As Canada grapples with how to achieve reconciliation with Indigenous people, a group in British Columbia has come together to figure out how to...
article Better food, vitamins could help curb TB in Nunavut: researcher
(Nunavut) -- Here’s a simple, cost-effective proposal to reduce Nunavut’s sky-high rates of tuberculosis: give vitamin pills and more fresh food to people...
article Train more Inuktut-speaking social workers, Nunavut inquest verdict recommends
(Nunavut) -- A verdict reached yesterday in a coroner’s inquest states there is no known reason to explain how or why baby Amelia Annie Leah Onalik-Keyookta died...
article Singer Jeremy Dutcher reaches across a century to connect with Wolastoq language
(New Brunswick) -- Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa is an ambitious 11-track project that weaves the past and present together in hopes of drawing attention to the fading...
article Fred Sasakamoose honoured at local tournament
(Saskatoon) -- The third annual Fred Sasakamoose “Chief Thunderstick” All-Reserve Invitation Senior Contact Hockey Tournament got underway this weekend....

4/26/2018

article 'We were not consulted:' Aboriginal youth advocate critical of B.C.'s legislative changes
(British Columbia) -- A long-time Aboriginal youth advocate says the B.C. government should have done a better job consulting First Nations before introducing...

4/25/2018

article What do First Nations really think about Trans Mountain?
(Alberta) -- Ask Greenpeace, and they’ll tell you First Nations are eco-warriors bravely protecting the ocean from rapacious pipeline-crazed plutocrats. Ask the...

4/24/2018

article Mulgrew: First Nations' fishing fight shows courts can't do politicians' job
(British Columbia) -- A B.C. Supreme Court decision on First Nations’ claims to commercial fishing entitlements pulls back the curtain on the chaos (and incredible...

4/22/2018

article Indigenous author says Indian Act is overdue for change
(Canada) -- The Indian Act has been around nearly as long as Canada and has shaped the lives of Indigenous people by giving the federal government the power to determine...

4/13/2018

article How Justin Trudeau is sacrificing science in the name of aboriginal peace
(Canada) -- Last month, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with Bill Nye, the television star-turned-progressive advocate for putting science at the forefront of...
article Feds could look to private sector to help close First Nations infrastructure gap
(Canada) -- The federal government is considering ways to involve the private and not-for-profit sectors in its efforts to address the massive infrastructure gap on...

4/11/2018

article Indigenous rights aren’t a subplot of pipeline debate
(Canada) -- Imagine if decades from now a student of Canadian political history is digging into the Kinder Morgan pipeline saga. What kind of picture would she get from...

4/7/2018

article Health care in northern Ontario First Nation now managed close to home
(Ontario) -- A remote First Nation in Ontario's far north will now have a much larger say over how health care is delivered in the community. The Keewaytinook...
article Street outreach van delivers testing, medical care
(Ontario) -- It’s Ellie to the rescue. Ellie, the name given to Elevate NOW and the Joseph Esquega Health Centre’s new colourfully decorated outreach van,...
article Robots designed by students compete for the grand prize
(Ontario) -- Teaching science and technology in the classroom is good, but giving students the opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge, to work as a team, and...
article Indigenous students unveil digital art inspired by cultural objects at the Royal Ontario Museum
(Toronto) -- Indigenous students from OCAD University in Toronto got the chance this year to breathe life into cultural artifacts stored away at the Royal Ontario Museum...
article Indigenous filmmaking team to make screen adaptation of Eden Robinson's Son of a Trickster
(Toronto) -- It was during a conversation in January at a trendy eatery in Toronto when plans to have Eden Robinson's acclaimed novel Son of a Trickster adapted for...
article Cuthand: Our Indigenous athletes set a great example for youth
(Saskatoon) -- This week the 2018 Tony Cote Winter Games were held in Saskatoon. This was the first time the games have been honoured to use the name of Chief Tony Cote...

4/6/2018

article 'Treaty Indian' letter shows disconnect between First Nations and government health care, academic says
(Alberta) -- An Alberta Health Services letter addressed in error to "Treaty Indian" is a microcosm of the struggles Indigenous people face in the Canadian...
article People admitted to hospital from First Nation had common viruses, Alberta Health Services says
(Alberta) -- Alberta Health Services says all of the people admitted to hospital from a First Nation west of Calgary where a baby girl died had a variety of common...

4/3/2018

article Ottawa has 'turned a corner' in First Nations child welfare: Philpott
(Ottawa) -- Canada's Indigenous services minister says Ottawa has fully complied with a 2016 ruling from the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal that said the federal...

3/29/2018

article 4 Island Lake First Nations pull out of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak
(Manitoba) -- Four First Nations in the Island Lake region have announced that they are pulling out of the Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak organization, a political...

3/25/2018

article Ottawa promises to eliminate TB from the Inuit homeland by 2030
(Ottawa) -- The federal government committed itself yesterday to eliminating tuberculosis from the four regions of Inuit Nunangat by 2030. “The rate of...
article Four years in the making: re-creation of Wolastoqey regalia revealed at open house
(New Brunswick) -- The New Brunswick College of Craft and Design unveiled a re-creation of traditional Wolastoqey regalia, a project that was four years in the making....

3/20/2018

article AFN chief says Sen. Beyak’s letters ‘discredit’ the Senate, calls for sanctions
(Ottawa) -- The national chief of the Assembly of First Nations is calling on Senators to consider sanctioning unaffiliated Senator Lynn Beyak over racist letters posted...

3/19/2018

article Funding Indigenous economic development
(Ontario) -- The province is providing local First Nations with $2.5 million for Indigenous economic development projects in the region. In total, Ontario will be...

3/10/2018

article New Westminster aims to increase First Nations participation on committees
(British Columbia) -- New Westminster hopes to enhance the diversity of its committees by having more First Nations voices on its advisory committees. Council recently...

2/27/2018

article Budget boosts funding for First Nations self-government, Indigenous services
(Ottawa) -- The federal budget provides new dollars to allow First Nations to move beyond the Indian Act while continuing investments aimed at closing spending gaps in...

2/26/2018

article Assembly of First Nations elects first woman as Alberta Regional Chief
(Edmonton) -- In the nearly four decades that the Assembly of First Nations has existed, a woman has never occupied Alberta's Regional Chief position. Marlene...

2/18/2018

article Canada indigenous leaders divided over Trudeau's pledge to put them first
(Ottawa) -- When the Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, came to power in 2015, he pledged to mend the broken relationship with indigenous peoples across the...
article Yukon First Nations mark 45 years since historic trip to Ottawa
(Yukon) -- For Peter Johnston, grand chief of the Council of Yukon First Nations, it's personal as well as political. Forty-five years ago this month, Johnston's...

2/14/2018

article Justin Trudeau promises new focus on rights of Indigenous peoples
(Ottawa) -- “Going forward, recognition of rights will guide all government relations with Indigenous Peoples,” Prime Minister says in speech to House of...
article Trudeau promises government recognition of Indigenous rights
(Ottawa) -- The federal government says it will support Indigenous people in realizing their visions for their futures and in rebuilding their nations by creating new...
article Trudeau promises new legal framework for Indigenous people
(Ottawa) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is promising a fundamental rethink of how the federal government recognizes Indigenous rights and title, vowing to work with...
article First Nations leaders react with caution to Justin Trudeau's Indigenous rights plan
(Ottawa) -- First Nations leaders remain cautious of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's announced plan to recognize Indigenous rights in the Constitution through...

2/9/2018

article Saskatchewan farmer found not guilty in death of Colten Boushie
(Saskatchewan) -- A jury has found a Saskatchewan farmer not guilty in the fatal shooting of an Indigenous man. Gerald Stanley was charged with second-degree murder in...
article Indigenous rights question remains in Ottawa's planned environmental assessment overhaul
(Ottawa) -- The chief of a First Nation that lost a court battle over consultation on an oil pipeline says he believes a bill unveiled Thursday could give Indigenous...

1/27/2018

article Former New Zealand MP says Canada's new trans-Pacific trade deal may leave Indigenous Peoples defenceless
(Canada) -- On the cusp of Canada's signing of the resurrected Trans-Pacific Partnership, a former Maori parliamentarian from New Zealand is warning First Nation...
article Talking about treaties: 2 First Nations people share their learning journeys
(Canada) -- Two First Nations scholars say myths about treaties are still being perpetuated, and that, if studied, treaties offer insight into what a respectful...

1/24/2018

article Whitecap Dakota First Nation signs framework agreement for treaty with Canada
(Saskatchewan) -- A historic agreement between Canada and a Saskatchewan First Nation was signed earlier this week, setting the stage for the Whitecap Dakota First...

1/23/2018

article 'We must get this done': Liberals stick to First Nations water promise amid new boil-water advisories
(Ontario) -- As part of its goal to end long-term boil water advisories for First Nations reserves, the federal government has added nearly 250 more drinking water...
article First Nations on back-end of water list hope Liberal promises don't run dry
(Ontario) -- A little more than a week before Robert Nault was replaced as Indian Affairs minister by the Paul Martin Liberal government, his office faxed a letter to...

1/22/2018

article Whitecap Dakota First Nation & Ottawa sign framework agreement for treaty
(Saskatoon) -- Whitecap Dakota First Nation and the Government of Canada are celebrating the signing of a landmark framework agreement. A signing that set the stage for...

1/21/2018

article FSIN supports demand for First Nations' say in federal transfer payments
(Saskatchewan) -- The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations is supporting the chief of Fond du Lac First Nation in calling for First Nations to be consulted about...
article Trudeau becomes first sitting PM to visit northern Ontario reserve
(Ontario) -- In what was the first visit by a sitting prime minister to a fly-in community in Ontario's north, Justin Trudeau asked young people on the impoverished...

1/16/2018

article Alberta MLA apologizes for saying 'these people don't traditionally vote' about Indigenous constituents
(Alberta) -- A United Conservative Party MLA from southern Alberta apologized Tuesday after saying "these people don't traditionally vote" about his...

1/13/2018

article Despite funding hike, Ottawa still faces rights complaint over First Nations policing
(Ottawa) -- A First Nations community in northern Ontario is marching on with a human rights complaint regarding what it sees as inadequate funding for its police force...

1/12/2018

article A fight over sovereign tribal rights in Canada could be nearing it’s end
(British Columbia) -- Tribal members are waiting for the next move from British Columbia’s provincial government in a long-running battle over sovereign rights....

1/8/2018

article Flat Bay Band chief signals intention to distance community from Qalipu band
(Canada) -- The chief of the Flat Bay Band wants her community to distance itself from the Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation Band , and apply to deliver benefits to status...

12/29/2017

article Liberal government signals 'dramatic change' in funding relationship with First Nations
(Ottawa) -- Canada's newly minted Indigenous services minister says new funding agreements with First Nations will signal a "dramatic change" in the...
article More consultation needed on First Nations funding proposal, FSIN chief says
(Saskatoon) -- It's a sweeping change that could eventually change the way First Nations fund everything from health care to education and housing. Under changes...

12/27/2017

article Mi'kmaq leader seeks official language designation in Nova Scotia
(Nova Scotia) -- The chief of Nova Scotia's largest First Nation says he wants to pursue talks with the provincial government about declaring Mi'kmaq an official...

12/19/2017

article Petition calling for more representation of Indigenous people in citizenship guide headed to House of Commons
(British Columbia) -- A petition to include more robust Indigenous history and knowledge in Canada's citizenship guide has garnered enough signatures to be tabled in...

12/13/2017

article Cocaine, marijuana and cash used to buy votes in Saskatchewan First Nation election, report says
(Saskatchewan) -- Cocaine, marijuana and tens of thousands of dollars in cash were used to bribe voters in a recent Saskatchewan First Nation election, says a report...

12/9/2017

article National Inuit leader sees potential in Department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs split
(Nunavut) -- As long as splitting the federal department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada helps improve Inuit lives on the ground, Natan Obed, president of...
article Sask. MP questions lack of advance polls on First Nations in byelection
(Saskatchewan) -- MP Sheri Benson wants to know why there were no advance polls placed on First Nations for the federal byelection to replace a Saskatchewan MP. The...

12/4/2017

article Indigenous Affairs is no more — departmental split is underway, Liberal government says
(Ottawa) -- The Liberal government's promised move to dissolve Indigenous Affairs and Northern Development (INAC) and replace it with separate departments reached a...
article Campbell says 14 applied for top court job
(Ottawa) -- Not now, but maybe next time. That was the message sent Monday to Indigenous communities, lawyers, judges and advocates who had hoped in vain for a historic...

11/29/2017

article Absence of Indigenous candidate a ‘great missed opportunity,’ law expert says
(Canada) -- Justin Trudeau’s decision to name Sheilah Martin, a bilingual Alberta appeals court judge, to the Supreme Court of Canada Wednesday was a crushing blow...
article Justice minister hopes for Indigenous judge on Supreme Court
(Canada) -- Jody Wilson-Raybould says newly appointed Supreme Court justice Sheilah Martin has 'extensive experience' working with Indigenous Peoples. The...

11/27/2017

article Audits of Indigenous programs get little attention, watchdog says
(Canada) -- Canada's Auditor-General says audits of programs for First Nations, Inuit and Métis tend to get scant attention from both the media and politicians, and...

11/21/2017

article Liberal government backs bill that demands full implementation of UN Indigenous rights declaration
(Ottawa) -- Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould says the Liberal government will back a bill that calls for the full implementation of the United Nations Declaration...

11/18/2017

article What does treaty education look like in Saskatchewan?
(Saskatchewan) -- Treaty education in Saskatchewan — brought into the spotlight by recent controversial comments by the province's education minister —...

11/6/2017

article Canada legal fight may ‘destroy the faith’ in First Nations treaties
(Canada) -- The indigenous groups thought they had reached a deal: A vast landscape in the north of Yukon Territory would be mostly set aside for preservation, with only...
article Settling Treaty 8 claim means 'money in the bank' for future of Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation
(Canada) -- The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation plans to place the majority of a $50-million settlement with the federal government into a trust fund for projects that...

10/30/2017

article Alberta First Nation members achieve win in battle for financial accountability
(Alberta) -- Last October, dozens of community members marched through the snow-covered roads of Samson Cree Nation calling for a forensic audit to scrutinize band...
article Alberta First Nation members achieve win in battle for financial accountability
(Alberta) -- Last October, dozens of community members marched through the snow-covered roads of Samson Cree Nation calling for a forensic audit to scrutinize band...

10/25/2017

article Trudeau responds to census findings on Indigenous Peoples
(Ottawa) -- Wednesday’s census figures show alarming economic indicators for Indigenous communities in Canada. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government...

10/24/2017

article FSIN to elect vice-chiefs at fall legislative assembly in Saskatoon this week
(Saskatchewan) -- There will be at least one new person in a leadership role with the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations after the fall session of its...

10/10/2017

article Cut out 'middlemen' and fund First Nations in N.W.T. directly, says Dene Nation chief
(North Canada) -- The national chief of the Dene Nation wants Ottawa to fund First Nations communities in the Northwest Territories directly instead of funneling money...

9/25/2017

article Northern Ontario First Nations take federal and Ontario governments to court over $4 annual treaty payments
(Ontario) -- Twenty-one First Nations in northern Ontario are taking the federal and Ontario governments to court in Thunder Bay, Ont. on Monday to demand an increase to...

9/23/2017

article Justin Trudeau Apologizes to Canada's Native Peoples, Something the U.S. Hasn't Done Publicly
(Canada) -- Indigenous peoples were "victims" of a government that set out to destroy their culture, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday...
article 'There is equitable funding': Bennett says more teachers, new model needed for First Nations education
(Canada) -- Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett says the shortage of teachers on northern and remote First Nations "has been happening for way too long....

9/17/2017

article Manitoba's NDP chooses Wab Kinew as new leader
(Manitoba) -- Manitoba's New Democratic Party has elected Wab Kinew as its new leader. Kinew beat out three-time leadership candidate and former MLA Steve Ashton 728...

9/16/2017

article First Nation removes its flag from Nanaimo city hall
(British Columbia) -- A flag flown at Nanaimo City Hall is the latest flashpoint in a long-running imbroglio that has consumed the city's government the last two...

9/13/2017

article MORON ALERT: Sen. Lynn Beyak says First Nations should give up status cards
(Canada) -- After vowing to the take the summer months to meet with Indigenous peoples after a series of controversial remarks, Conservative Sen. Lynn Beyak says she now...
article Nothing for Indigenous people in Canada to celebrate on 10th anniversary of UN rights declaration
(Canada) -- Ten years ago this week — on Sept. 13, 2007, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted by the UN's General...
article Where does Canada sit 10 years after the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples?
(Canada) -- It's been 10 years since the world's Indigenous Peoples celebrated the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples...
article OP/ED: Trudeau's promise of a renewed relationship with Indigenous Peoples seems to be all talk
(Ottawa) -- The seemingly never-ending string of transgressions from a government that's supposed to be resetting its relationship with First Nations, Inuit and...

9/10/2017

article Inuit leader frustrated with agenda of Oct. 3 first ministers meeting
(Canada) -- The head of Canada's national Inuit organization says he's not impressed with the way the Liberal government announced a meeting with premiers and...

9/5/2017

article Saskatchewan government gets 'below fail' grade on Indigenous issues: professor
(Saskatchewan) -- The province of Saskatchewan has struggled to make real progress on Indigenous issues, say critics — from high unemployment and school dropout...

9/2/2017

article What would Canada look like without the Indian Act?
(Canada) -- For the first time in a while, former prime minister Paul Martin, architect of the Kelowna Accord, says he's happy with where the federal government is...
article Paul Martin feels 'better about where we're going' after Indigenous Affairs split
(Ottawa) -- For the first time in a long time former prime minister Paul Martin, architect of the Kelowna Accord, says he's happy with where the government is...

8/30/2017

article 'It's an admission of failure': Sask. chief, academic unsure about Indigenous Affairs ministry split
(Canada) -- Chief Felix Thomas doesn't know whether the division of the Ministry of Indigenous and Northern Affairs will be a good thing or not. He does know that...

8/29/2017

article 'I worry about this': Trudeau's move to dissolve Indigenous Affairs Department prompts concern
(Ottawa) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is proposing fundamental reforms to Indigenous affairs, upending a system of governance that has been in place for the better...
article Spend time honouring Indigenous heroes rather than debating Macdonald: Murray Sinclair
(Toronto) -- The former chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission says tearing down tributes that are considered offensive to Indigenous Peoples would be...

8/28/2017

article Indigenous Affairs department split, Seamus O'Regan new veterans minister in cabinet shakeup
(Ottawa) -- Indigenous and Northern Affairs is being split into two departments as part of a federal cabinet shakeup that also sees New Brunswick MP Ginette Petitpas...
article Indigenous Affairs ministry splits, 2 new ministers in Trudeau cabinet shakeup
(Ottawa) -- The Ministry of Indigenous and Northern Affairs is being split into two departments as part of a federal cabinet shakeup that also sees New Brunswick MP...

8/27/2017

article 'A period of inaction': Prof., FSIN give Brad Wall gov't low marks on Indigenous issues
(Saskatchewan) -- Real Carriere has experienced Saskatchewan from a northern trap line, from his desk in a provincial government ministry, and now at the front of a...

8/21/2017

article Ottawa's first Indigenous peoples court to be announced Friday
(Ottawa) -- The provincial government will announce the opening of Ottawa's first court for Indigenous peoples this week, CBC News has confirmed. A ceremony to make...

8/20/2017

article Indigenous chief says Trudeau needs ‘wake-up call’ on land rights
(Ottawa) -- First Nations leaders have expressed their concerns about the treatment of Indigenous people in Canada to a United Nations committee that examines racial...

8/2/2017

article BORROWS: Why Canada’s Indigenous principles document matters
(Canada) -- What can Canada learn from the United States when it comes to Indigenous issues? At first blush, the answer might be “not much.” Native Americans...

8/1/2017

article Ovide Mercredi reviews Law Society of Upper Canada's relations with Indigenous people
(Canada) -- A former national chief of the Assembly of First Nations will help the Law Society of Upper Canada examine the way it deals with Indigenous people.

7/28/2017

article The AFN meetings are over, now where does the work begin?
(Canada) -- The annual meeting of the Assembly of First Nations is over, and now the work of lobbying for change begins anew for the country's largest First Nations...

7/27/2017

article When Restitution is a Pittance: First Nations in Canada Simply Walk Away
(Canada) -- Every year, members of the First Nations in Canada line up to receive compensation from the Canadian government for lands that were appropriated a century or...
article First Nations Chief Asks Canada to Prosecute Hate Speech
(Saskatchewan) -- Hate crimes are growing out of control in Canada and the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations Chief Bobby Cameron is urging the justice system to...

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