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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...

7/26/2017

article 'The time is here': Sask. has record number of female First Nations chiefs
(Saskatoon) -- A record number of Saskatchewan First Nations are now led by women. According to figures provided by the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, 16 of...
article 'We're concerned': After Supreme Court rulings, duty to consult a hot topic at AFN meeting
(Canada) -- Government and industry's duty to consult with First Nations was on the minds of many chiefs on Wednesday, after the Supreme Court delivered two rulings...
article 'It's just not fair, It's not right': First Nations say schools still getting short-changed
(Saskatoon) -- First Nations say their students and teachers are still getting short-changed. "It's just not fair. It's not right," said File Hills...

7/25/2017

article 'Don't be fooled,' says chief skeptical of Ottawa on 1st day of AFN meetings
(Saskatchewan) -- From criticism of the federal government's treatment of First Nations children to the announcement of a new fiscal relationship with Ottawa, it was...
article First Nations leaders kick off annual meeting in Regina
(Saskatchewan) -- An ongoing suicide crisis, the beleaguered inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and police relations will be among the many hot topics of...
article B.C. Indigenous leader praises Horgan’s commitment to First Nations issues
(British Columbia) -- British Columbia’s new Premier has placed First Nations issues near the top of his government’s to-do list, committing his cabinet to...

7/24/2017

article Canada wasn't — and isn't — ready for an Indigenous governor general
(Canada) -- Former astronaut Julie Payette is soon to be sworn in as Canada's next governor general, continuing the regular rotation of English and French governors...

7/20/2017

article 'Stagnant' bureaucracy slows co-operation between First Nations and government, new grand chief says
(Manitoba) -- The new grand chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs will call on governments to cut through "stagnant" bureaucracy to address issues facing...

7/19/2017

article Arlen Dumas elected grand chief of Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs
(Manitoba) -- Arlen Dumas, chief of the Mathias Colomb Cree Nation, has been elected grand chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs. Outgoing Grand Chief Derek Nepinak...

7/17/2017

article Boycott of premiers' meeting by Indigenous groups unfortunate, Notley says
(Edmonton) -- Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said Monday it was "unfortunate" three of the five national Indigenous groups invited to meet with Canada's...
article Indigenous leaders boycott 'segregated' premiers meeting in Edmonton
(Edmonton) -- Leaders from the three national Indigenous organizations will skip the meeting with premiers in Edmonton this week, saying the format does not adhere to...
article First Nations group will join premiers meeting despite boycott from others
(Canada) -- A First Nations group is refusing to join a boycott against meeting Canada's premiers Monday morning. "We are always there to make sure we're...

7/11/2017

article OP/ED: The Oka Crisis was supposed to be a wake-up call. Little has changed in 27 years
(Canada) -- "Just go in there and exterminate them like the rats they are." "What are we waiting for? Let's get rid of them." "Put them all...

6/28/2017

article Teepee erected in ceremony on Parliament Hill after opposition from police
(Ottawa) -- A group of Indigenous people and supporters headed to Parliament Hill Wednesday night to try and perform a ceremony and erect a teepee, but faced opposition...
article Indigenous leaders call out Trudeau over funds for social services
(Ottawa) -- First Nations leaders say Justin Trudeau is wrong when he says native communities do not yet know how they would spend additional funds for child welfare and...

6/27/2017

article Self-governing First Nations can keep all revenues, Ottawa says
(Ottawa) -- Ottawa is suspending a policy that saw transfer funding clawed back from self-governing First Nations that generate their own revenue. The moratorium will...

6/21/2017

article Original Treaty 7 document on public display at Fort Calgary
(Calgary) -- Visitors to Fort Calgary can now see the original copy of Treaty 7. The nine-page document has been kept in storage in Ottawa, but Library and Archives...

6/20/2017

article Dismantle Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, NDP leadership candidate says
(Ottawa) -- One of the candidates running for the leadership of the federal New Democratic Party says he will overhaul Ottawa's role in the care of Indigenous...

6/5/2017

article Some Indigenous groups embrace Quebec’s proposal to reopen Constitution
(Quebec) -- Many Canadians met Quebec’s plan to push for constitutional renewal with a cold shoulder or shrug of indifference, but some First Nations and Métis...

5/30/2017

article Challenge to oil tanker ban is about more than First Nations’ treaty rights
(British Columbia) -- Recent reports that a number of First Nations plan to challenge the Liberals’ oil-tanker ban off the coast of northern British Columbia open...
article Andrew Scheer hasn't engaged enough with First Nations leaders in Sask., chiefs say
(Saskatchewan) -- Andrew Scheer has his fans in Saskatchewan. Premier Brad Wall publicly congratulated him on Twitter soon after he won the bid to become Conservative...

5/24/2017

article Senators amend legislation aimed at removing sexism from Indian Act
(Ottawa) -- Senators have amended government legislation that was drafted to remove some of the sexism from the Indian Act in ways that the Indigenous Affairs Minister...

5/15/2017

article Taxing First Nations encourages accountability, good governance
(Canada) -- The Cree Nation government in the James Bay region of Quebec recently approved a draft constitution and governance agreement that — among other things...

5/11/2017

article Squamish Nation voters help NDP rookie Bowinn Ma win B.C. riding
(British Columbia) -- Hours before NDP candidate Bowinn Ma took the North Vancouver-Lonsdale riding from a Liberal cabinet minister, she was out knocking on nearly every...

5/3/2017

article 'I want to have a say': Indigenous voters push for bigger presence in B.C. election
(British Columbia) -- Just days away from the B.C. election, in what appears to be a tight race, candidates are clamouring for votes in ridings across the province...

4/30/2017

article Sinixt Tribe Face British Columbia Appeal In Sovereign Rights Ruling
(British Columbia) -- British Columbia’s government has taken the next step in a long-running legal dispute with an Indian tribe in Washington state. The case...

4/25/2017

article How Canada set up Aboriginal treaties to keep First Nations down
(Canada) -- There are many stories about how Canada was formed. One of those stories focuses on the dispossession and displacement of the land’s first inhabitants...

3/22/2017

article Budget targets $3.4B for 'critical' needs of Indigenous communities
(Ottawa) -- The federal government is increasing its spending on post-secondary education, community infrastructure and the health of Indigenous people in a clear...

2/22/2017

article Trudeau announces review of laws related to Indigenous peoples
(Canada) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Wednesday his government has assembled a working group of ministers to review all federal laws and policies as they...

1/27/2017

article First Nations elder explains why he interjected on Trudeau's behalf at Winnipeg town hall
(Manitoba) -- An elder from the Long Plain First Nation says he can't believe he made the news for speaking up when protesters interrupted the prime minister's...
article Minister Bennett lied about funding to Indigenous communities, says MP Charlie Angus
(Canada) -- Last November, Liberal MPs voted unanimously to pass an NDP motion on child welfare that called for an immediate injection of $155 million to ensure the...

1/26/2017

article Trudeau's comments in Saskatoon 'disrespectful,' says chief
(Saskatoon) -- Several First Nations leaders are blasting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for comments he made during a town hall meeting in Saskatoon on Wednesday.

1/25/2017

article 'It's ... insulting': Mi'kmaq warrior chief says of Canada's 150th celebration
(New Brunswick) -- As Canada celebrates its 150th year of Confederation, Mi'kmaq Warrior Chief John Levi says First Nations people are still struggling with poverty...
article Justin Trudeau pressed on Indigenous support at Saskatoon town hall
(Saskatoon) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau continued his town hall tour of Canada with a meeting in Saskatoon Wednesday that covered a range of topics, from carbon...

1/11/2017

article Southern Chiefs' Organization of Manitoba elects new leader
(Manitoba) -- The Southern Chiefs Organization in Manitoba has a new leader, after Grand Chief Terry Nelson was replaced by newcomer Jerry Daniels in elections held on...

12/27/2016

article Sask. First Nation to receive $4.5M compensation for treaty money withheld 130 years ago: lawyers
(Saskatchewan) -- Lawyers for a Saskatchewan First Nation say the federal government has been ordered to pay $4.5 million as compensation for treaty money withheld by...

12/20/2016

article Champagne and Aishihik First Nations enact law governing membership
(North Canada) -- Yukon's Champagne and Aishihik First Nations government is aiming to clarify its process and criteria for band membership with its new Enrolment...

12/6/2016

article Perry Bellegarde wants First Nations to move beyond 'doom and gloom' ahead of Trudeau address to chiefs
(Quebec) -- While many of Canada's First Nations are gripped by poverty, suicide and a funding crunch, AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde sounded a positive message...
article Trudeau narrowly avoids walkout during speech to First Nations chiefs
(Quebec) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau narrowly avoided an organized walkout during his speech to Indigenous leaders Tuesday after Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr...
article Trudeau reassures First Nations of commitment to deliver on promises
(Quebec) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has smoothed a rough patch with Canada’s First Nations by reassuring chiefs he is still committed to rebuilding a...

10/27/2016

article First Mi'kmaq senator aims to 'rebuild' Crown-aboriginal relationship
(Canada) -- Daniel Christmas helped transform his near-bankrupt First Nation into one of the country's most successful. Now, named what is believed to be Canada'...

10/17/2016

article A year on, anger brews over Trudeau’s inaction on indigenous rights
(Canada) -- “I can’t sustain my family on 190 pieces of chinook.” Andrew Webster, a Nuu-chah-nulth elder, still relies on the seas for a living, but...
article Council of Yukon First Nations quizzes territorial parties
(North Canada) -- The Council of Yukon First Nations has some questions for Yukon's political parties, and they tackle some big issues, according to Grand Chief...

10/16/2016

article Broken ferry on Shoal Lake 40 leaves community in limbo
(Canada) -- A barge that acts a lifeline for a First Nation without access to clean drinking water is broken leaving the community in limbo. Shoal Lake 40 First Nation...

10/12/2016

article First Nations Poised to Become Powerful Economic Force – ORC Day
(Ontario) -- Over 300 First Nation leaders and economic development officers are gathering with government and industry this week at the Ontario First Nation Economic...

9/22/2016

article 'We were treated like little kids': First Nations want better relationship with government on East Road
(Manitoba) -- Several Manitoba First Nation leaders say they hope to forge a better relationship with the Progressive Conservative government when it comes to building...

9/19/2016

article Assembly of First Nations chief urges Liberals to act on funding pledge to First Nations
(Ottawa) -- The Liberal government has promised billions of new dollars to improve the lives of Canada’s indigenous people, but the head of the Assembly of First...
article Justin Trudeau’s lofty rhetoric on First Nations a cheap simulation of justice
(Ottawa) -- By now, we all know the greatest priority of Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government is its relationship with Indigenous peoples. How could we miss the...

9/15/2016

article First Nations want power to call in military when treaty rights threatened
(Winnipeg) -- Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan is considering a request to give First Nations the power to directly call in the military when their treaty, environmental...

9/7/2016

article Jody Wilson-Raybould lays out vision for UN Indigenous rights declaration
(British Columbia) -- Canada must adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in a way that translates into real change for its Aboriginal...

9/2/2016

article In 1st of its kind, Yukon First Nation proclaims its own Heritage Act
(North Canada) -- The Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in First Nation has proclaimed a new Heritage Act, a first of its kind for Yukon First Nations. "It affirms our...

8/31/2016

article Deline, N.W.T., prepares to sign historic self-government agreement
(Northwest Territories) -- Nearly one hundred years ago, the Great Bear Lake community of Deline, Northwest Territories, was home to one of the region's most...

8/25/2016

article Northern Grand Chief calls on premier for 'made-in-Manitoba buyout' of Tolko paper mill
(Manitoba) -- Grand Chief Sheila North Wilson of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak, the group that represents northern chiefs, wants to start a dialogue on First Nations...
article 'Enough is enough': Nunavut women's council says Hunter Tootoo should have resigned
(North Canada) -- Qulliit Nunavut Status of Women Council says former federal cabinet minister Hunter Tootoo abused his position of power and should have resigned as MP...

8/24/2016

article Site C Dam project betrays Trudeau's commitment to First Nations, say critics
(Canada) -- On Aug. 20, with millions of Canadians watching, Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip picked up his mic and laid down a gauntlet. He praised Prime Minister...

8/22/2016

article 'Trained our entire lives to ignore': Gord Downie's call to action for Indigenous in the North
(Canada) -- People across the country are praising Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie for using his televised concert in Kingston, Ont., to campaign for Canada's...
article Indigenous affairs minister says Downie's words heartening but daunting
(Canada) -- A day after singer Gord Downie used the dramatic occasion of Saturday night's nationally televised Tragically Hip concert to commend the prime minister...

8/9/2016

article Ontario expands aboriginal economic investment funds
(Ontario) -- Ontario is expanding its investment in the Aboriginal Economic Development Fund, supporting new jobs and economic growth for indigenous communities across...

8/8/2016

article New First Nations B.C. seaside community a beacon of hope
(British Columbia) -- Hope is on the horizon. After so many false starts, it is difficult to say, but it’s true. You can see it in the newspaper headlines and in...

8/5/2016

article Nunavut MP Tootoo scandal sparks debate on gender equality, sexual abuse, harassment
(Nunavut) -- As questions surround Nunavut MP Hunter Tootoo’s political future, many in Nunavut have used his recent sex scandal as an opportunity to talk about an...

8/4/2016

article 'No, I'm not resigning,' Nunavut MP Hunter Tootoo says after explaining why he left Liberal caucus
(Nunavut) -- Former federal cabinet minister Hunter Tootoo says he's not stepping down as Nunavut's MP, and that the Prime Minister's Office did not ask him...
article MP Hunter Tootoo refuses to resign over ‘inappropriate relationship’
(Toronto) -- Despite growing calls for his resignation, Hunter Tootoo is refusing to step down after admitting to a “consensual but inappropriate relationship...

8/3/2016

article Hunter Tootoo quit caucus, cabinet over ‘inappropriate relationship’
(Toronto) -- Former federal fisheries minister Hunter Tootoo has admitted to a “consensual but inappropriate relationship” as the reason he resigned from...

7/29/2016

article Ottawa to change Indian Act in response to Descheneaux ruling by February
(Ottawa) -- The Liberal government plans to rid the Indian Act of rules that discriminate based on sex. The move is partly in response to a Quebec Superior Court...
article Liberals must explain what happened with Hunter Tootoo, says ex-Nunavut MP
(Ottawa) -- The Liberals need to own up and explain why Hunter Tootoo — billed as star candidate in the last election — is no longer a member of cabinet or...

7/22/2016

article ‘We’re a government’: His Excellency Grand Chief Carle returns with creation of new community
(Quebec) -- Guillaume Carle, national grand chief of the Confederation of Aboriginal People of Canada, takes his titles seriously. “Grand Chief Carle,” he...

7/20/2016

article Government supports Indigenous declaration without reservation: Wilson-Raybould
(British Columbia) -- Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould has a message for critics who suggest she is backtracking on the government's pledge to bolster...
article Youth leader wants Inuit on Prime Minister's Youth Council
(North Canada) -- When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau revealed details of the new Prime Minister's Youth Council yesterday, he used a medium most youth are familiar...

7/18/2016

article Kelly McParland: Trudeau’s first broken promise to First Nations people is a whopper, but won’t be the last
(Canada) -- It would be nice to think that once the federal Liberals won the election last October, they started going through the files they’d inherited, came...

7/15/2016

article First Nations chiefs urged to consider 'all options' on adoption of UN declaration
(Canada) -- Assembly of First Nations national chief Perry Bellegarde urged chiefs to explore "all options" when pressing the Canadian government to adopt the...

7/14/2016

article How the AFN’s fiscal agreement with INAC almost fell apart in the final hours
(Ontario) -- An agreement that supposedly lifts the two per cent cap on funding to First Nations programs and helps get money flowing into the communities became a...

7/13/2016

article First Nations chiefs from Ontario want proof 2% funding cap is gone
(Ontario) -- A group of First Nations chiefs from Ontario are raising concerns about an agreement between the Assembly of First Nations and the federal government that...

7/7/2016

article Accessing federal help a challenge without MP Hunter Tootoo, says Iqaluit mayor
(North Canada) -- Nunavut MP Hunter Tootoo's Iqaluit constituency office will be up and running in the next couple of weeks, but one local politician says what...

6/24/2016

article Governor General chided by Fort McKay chief during ceremony
(Edmonton) -- The chief of the Fort McKay First Nation chided Canada's Governor General Friday for shortchanging Aboriginal people in regards to health care and...

6/17/2016

article Political will to lift First Nations funding cap is there, needs time: chief
(Canada) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to immediately lift the two-per-cent cap on annual funding increases for First Nations on-reserve programming, but...
article Ottawa trip a success, NAN youth say
(Ottawa) -- A six-day trip to Ottawa has a group of 22 Nishawbe Aski Nation youth feeling hopeful. The group met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Members of...

6/15/2016

article First Nations youth delegates buoyed by meeting with Trudeau
(Ontario) -- A young delegate from Nishnawbe Aski Nation says she's feeling hopeful after meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau earlier this week. About 20...

6/14/2016

article Trudeau announces nearly $70M over 3 years for Indigenous mental health services
(Canada) -- The Liberal government will invest nearly $70 million in new funding over three years to address the health and suicide crisis involving Indigenous people...

6/13/2016

article Young aboriginals to meet Trudeau
(Ottawa) -- More than 20 aboriginal young people from northern Ontario are to meet Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Tuesday to discuss a number of issues plaguing their...

6/8/2016

article B.C. treaty negotiation process looks to speed up agreements, set deadlines
(British Columbia) -- The slow pace of land-claim treaty talks in British Columbia is about to get a kickstart with a series of reforms to speed up negotiations and...

6/7/2016

article New plan to expedite treaty talks between First Nations, government
(British Columbia) -- Fifteen months after the B.C. government made a high-stakes play to force reform at the provincial treaty negotiating table, the federal government...

6/4/2016

article 5 questions with Carolyn Bennett, minister of Indigenous affairs
(Canada) -- She has been called the minister of reconciliation. Carolyn Bennett is the MP for Toronto-St. Paul's and minister of Indigenous and northern affairs....

5/17/2016

article Displaced Papaschase Band officially sworn in at Edmonton Ceremony
(Alberta) -- The chief of the Papaschase Band based in Edmonton, Alta., said he is happy with the progress the band has been making to be officially recognized.

5/8/2016

article Canada to shift position on UN Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples
(Canada) -- Canada is set to formally announce a shift in its position on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, CBC has learned, nearly a...

5/6/2016

article Robert-Falcon Ouellette credits his mom's drive for success
(Winnipeg) -- There was one simple but important piece of advice Robert-Falcon Ouellette got from his mom, Sharon, growing up. "[It] was to not mumble and to...

4/30/2016

article Trudeau’s promises, First Nations impatience collide: Tim Harper
(Saskatoon) -- Perhaps it was the impatience of youth. More likely, it was the impatience of a First Nations generation meeting a prime minister who has raised...

4/25/2016

article Makwa Sahgaiehcan man feels 'betrayed' after losing job for speaking out on vote-buying
(Saskatchewan) -- A resident of the Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation in Saskatchewan who spoke out about vote-buying has lost his job at the community's school for...

4/23/2016

article Dene Nation accuses N.W.T. government of withholding $1M of its federal money
(Northwest Territories) -- The Dene National Chief says his organization is months behind in rent and bill payments because the Northwest Territories government is...
article Esgenoôpetitj First Nations chief, council dismissed over vote buying
(New Brunswick) -- The entire band council of Esgenoôpetitj First Nation has been dismissed by a federal cabinet order after an investigation found evidence of vote...
article Membertou first reserve in Atlantic Canada to try online referendum
(Nova Scotia) -- In what appears to be a first for a reserve in Atlantic Canada, Membertou First Nation is allowing its residents to vote online in an upcoming...

4/21/2016

article More than a quarter of NDP MLAs are indigenous
(Manitoba) -- The NDP's crushing defeat on Tuesday has led to a drastic reduction in the party's seats but it has also made for a significant increase in the percentage...

4/4/2016

article Federal budget provides little hope for Innu: Chief
(Canada) -- Innu Nation Deputy Grand Chief Simeon Tshakapesh says in light of the urgent problems in Natuashish and Sheshatshiu, the Trudeau government’s first...
article Funding cuts hurting First Nations
(Canada) -- Despite their worst efforts, Canada’s politicians failed in their genocidal attempt to eliminate aboriginal men, women and children 100 years ago. But...

3/29/2016

article Justin Trudeau talks deficits, pipelines and aboriginal relations in Calgary
(Calgary) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sat down for an exclusive interview with Global Calgary anchor Gord Gillies Tuesday afternoon. We asked him about deficits,...
article Canada should spend less fighting Aboriginal Peoples in court: economic adviser
(Canada) -- The sole indigenous member of Finance Minister Bill Morneau's economic advisory council says Canada would be well advised to spend less money fighting...

3/24/2016

article Liberals would set aside at least 10% of Manitoba seats for indigenous MLAs
(Manitoba) -- If Manitoba voters elect a Liberal government, the voting system will be changed and at least 10 per cent of MLAs would be indigenous. Liberal Leader Rana...

3/23/2016

article First Nations, northern infrastructure to benefit from federal budget
(Sudbury) -- With the latest federal budget announced, there are high hopes in northeastern Ontario that some much-touted infrastructure spending will come to the region...
article FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron pleased with $8.4B federal commitment
(Saskatchewan) -- Tuesday's federal budget is proof the Liberal government is serious about fixing problems on Canada's First Nations, according to Federation of...
article Money just one part of changing relationship with indigenous communities, Liberals say
(Ottawa) -- The Liberal government believes improving the lives of aboriginal peoples in Canada goes far beyond money, which is why some of the $8.4 billion promised in...
article Perry Bellegarde, AFN national chief, calls federal budget 'historic'
(Canada) -- The head of the country's largest First Nations group is calling Tuesday's federal budget "historic." "What I see today is a break...
article Indigenous leaders confident First Nations voters will turn out
(Saskatoon) -- Community leaders are confident aboriginal voters will have their say during the upcoming provincial election following a strong showing during the 2015...

3/22/2016

article Saskatoon Tribal Council wants more First Nations voters
(Saskatchewan) -- The chief of the Saskatoon Tribal Council wants First Nations people to get out and vote in the upcoming provincial election. While First Nations...
article Tribal council calls on young First Nation generation to vote
(Saskatchewan) -- The Saskatchewan general election is less than two weeks away. In preparation, Saskatoon Tribal Council (STC) has launched an initiative to get more...
article Liberal budget includes billions in new spending for Aboriginal Peoples
(Ottawa) -- Billions in new spending will be directed toward aboriginal programming, including funding to address issues including education, reserve water and child and...

3/21/2016

article Federal budget 2016: 4 things First Nation leaders are watching for
(Ottawa) -- When the Liberal government's first federal budget is revealed on Tuesday, First Nation leaders will be watching with anticipation. "I'm...
article Federal budget to include billions of dollars in funding for First Nations
(Ottawa) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is promising Tuesday’s budget will deliver “historic investments” to improve the lives of Canada’s...
article Justin Trudeau promises budget holds ‘historic’ investments for indigenous peoples
(Ottawa) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is promising his government’s first budget will deliver “historic” investments for Canada’s indigenous...

3/18/2016

article Chantal Petitclerc, Murray Sinclair among 7 new Trudeau-appointed senators
(Ottawa) -- A Paralympic gold medallist and an esteemed jurist who led the Truth and Reconciliation Commission into residential schools have been appointed to the Senate.
article Justice Murray Sinclair accepts 'sacred' appointment to Senate
(Ottawa) -- The jurist who led the Truth and Reconciliation Commission has been appointed to the Senate, which he calls a "sacred honour." "I approach...
article Liberal government under pressure to deliver funding for First Nations
(Ottawa) -- Finance Minister Bill Morneau is facing increased pressure from aboriginal advocates to move beyond symbolism in his maiden budget and spell out how the...

3/8/2016

article Opinion Justin Trudeau doesn't deserve headdress, at least not yet
(Canada) -- The photos made the rounds on social media and when I first saw one, I nearly spat out a mouthful of coffee. There was Prime Minister Justin Trudeau posing...

3/7/2016

article Indigenous leaders shocked by exclusion from climate change meeting
(Vancouver) -- Two national Indigenous organizations are demanding an explanation from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after they were excluded from a discussion on the...

3/6/2016

article Chiefs give Trudeau headdress, ask him to make good on promises
(Alberta) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has a new name: Gumistiyi. It means “The One Who Keeps Trying” in the Tsuut’ina language. Tsuut’ina is...

3/5/2016

article MORON ALERT: Sioux name gone, but UND fans haven’t moved on
(North Dakota) -- Every few weeks at the University of North Dakota, the Champions Club booster group throws a fan luncheon with coaches as the featured speakers. A...

3/4/2016

article Chiefs give Trudeau headdress, ask him to make good on promises
(Alberta) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has a new name: Gumistiyi. It means “The One Who Keeps Trying” in the Tsuut’ina language. Tsuut’ina is...
article Justin Trudeau honoured by Tsuut'ina First Nation as 'the one that keeps trying'
(Alberta) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau received thanks for his commitment to indigenous issues during an elaborate ceremony on the Tsuut'ina First Nation near...

2/26/2016

article Trudeau to visit First Nation near Calgary in March
(Calgary) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is scheduled to make an historic visit to the Tsuut'ina First Nation. Chief Roy Whitney invited Trudeau for a formal...

2/23/2016

article Indigenous groups disappointed by lack of invite to first ministers' meeting
(Ottawa) -- The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples and the Native Women's Association of Canada have written to the premiers to complain about being left out of discussions...
article Premiers want all national aboriginal groups at first ministers’ talks: Selinger
(Ottawa) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is under pressure from the premiers to ensure that the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples and the Native Women’s Association...
article Justin Trudeau to be honoured by Tsuut'ina Nation
(Canada) -- After promising "total renewal" of Ottawa's relationship with indigenous people, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will receive a ceremonial honour...

2/20/2016

article Ex-MKO Grand Chief travel claims don’t match cell phone records: audit
(Manitoba) -- A federal probe into the spending of the former grand chief of a Manitoba organization representing some of the poorest First Nations in the country has...
article What do you get when you put 5 former AFN national chiefs on one stage?
(Canada) -- There’s usually not much newsworthy about a conference of Aboriginal financial officers. But this particular meeting made a little history by bringing...

2/18/2016

article North Dakota sells Fighting Sioux items to satisfy NCAA
(North Dakota) -- Nearly four years after retiring the Fighting Sioux nickname following criticism from Native Americans, the University of North Dakota briefly found...

1/30/2016

article Alberta First Nations up pressure on province for cut of royalty revenues after review announcement
(Alberta) -- Chiefs in Alberta say they will push for a better deal with the province of Alberta despite the announcement by Premier Rachel Notley that a royalty review...

1/28/2016

article First Nations leaders expected to meet Finance Minister Bill Morneau
(Ottawa) -- Key leaders from the Assembly of First Nations are to meet Finance Minister Bill Morneau today as pressure mounts on the federal government to put promises...

1/26/2016

article Justin Trudeau to meet with national Inuit leaders today
(North Canada) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will meet with representatives from national Inuit organizations today in Ottawa and Inuit leaders plan to use the face-...

12/29/2015

article Carolyn Bennett pledges better education for First Nations, water safety on reserves
(Ottawa) -- Again and again we've heard that this newly installed Liberal government wants to make forging a new relationship with indigenous peoples of Canada a...

12/28/2015

article COLUMN: First Nations chiefs rewarded for lack of transparency
(Canada) -- The other week the federal government chose to lift sanctions and restore salaries for the 43 First Nation chiefs that were not complying with the First...

12/27/2015

article Shelve report say some First Nations leaders
(British Columbia) -- Some Sto:lo leaders are calling for the immediate dismissal of Bob Plecas, and Grand Chief Ed John, from their roles as advisors to the B.C....

12/18/2015

article Carolyn Bennett reinstates funds frozen under First Nations Financial Transparency Act
(Ottawa) -- The Canadian government is reinstating funds frozen under the controversial First Nations Financial Transparency Act, Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn...
article Ottawa lifts sanctions on First Nations that didn’t disclose finances
(Ottawa) -- The federal Liberal government showed more solidarity with Canada’s First Nations on Friday as it lifted sanctions against indigenous communities that...

12/16/2015

article Justin Trudeau makes appeal to First Nations chiefs
(Ottawa) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has told the chiefs of Canada's First Nations that no relationship is more important to him than the one with Canada's...

12/14/2015

article COLUMN: How to find room for urban aboriginal people in nation-to-nation relationships
(Canada) -- According to the 2011 Census, nearly 60 per cent of aboriginal Canadians live in cities. So when Justin Trudeau and the new Liberal government promised to...

12/9/2015

article P.E.I. Mi'kmaq chiefs 'optimistic' about Trudeau's aboriginal relationship reset
(Prince Edward Island) -- P.E.I. Mi'kmaq chiefs are expressing cautious optimism after hearing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speak at the Assembly of First Nations...
article Trudeau pledges renewed relationship with Canada's First Nations
(Ottawa) -- The newly elected leader says the public inquiry will be a top priority of his Liberal government. He's calling for a total renewal of the relationship...

12/8/2015

article Trudeau lays out plan for new relationship with indigenous people
(Ottawa) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau this morning laid out his plan to reset Canada's relationship with its indigenous people during his address to a group of...

12/7/2015

article Justin Trudeau's attendance at Special Chiefs Assembly spurs hope for real change
(Quebec) -- The Special Chiefs Assembly starts tomorrow in Gatineau, Quebec and many hope Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's attendance means real change is coming,...
article Trudeau moves toward resolving aboriginal issues with high-profile meetings
(Quebec) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will publicly put his commitment to resolving aboriginal issues at the top of his priority list in the coming days as he meets...
article Emails show divide over UND's new nickname
(North Dakota) -- In the days after President Robert Kelley announced UND's athletic nickname would be the Fighting Hawks, he received a handful of emails expressing...
article Defence lawyers slam court reports on aboriginal cases
(Canada) -- The organization representing Manitoba defence lawyers is criticizing court reports prepared by probation officers, saying the documents don't properly...

12/4/2015

article Nunavut, Inuit leaders react to speech from the throne
(Canada) -- Inuit leaders and Nunavut officials are praising today's speech from the throne, which set out the federal government's agenda for the coming session...
article Throne speech promises new tone, tax cut and turning point for First Nations
(Ottawa) -- The Liberal government has promised a new tone for Parliament in a throne speech that sets an "ambitious" agenda of tax cuts for the middle class,...

12/3/2015

article Romeo Saganash says treaties should be included in new members' oath
(North Canada) -- NDP MP Romeo Saganash's oath to the Queen last week was a little different than his fellow newly-elected MPs. When Saganash, the MP in the northern...

11/30/2015

article Robert-Falcon Ouellette ends bid for Speaker after controversial remarks
(Manitoba) -- Winnipeg MP Robert-Falcon Ouellette is withdrawing his name from the list of possible candidates for Speaker of the House after controversial remarks he...

11/27/2015

article Winnipeg MP Robert-Falcon Ouellette wants to be Speaker of the House
(Manitoba) -- Newly elected Winnipeg Centre MP Robert-Falcon Ouellette is running for Speaker of the House of Commons. Next week, MPs from across Canada will vote on...

11/26/2015

article Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould embraces new mandate with great expectations
(Ottawa) -- In the days after the Liberal party's landslide federal election win last month, Jody Wilson-Raybould's name surfaced from time to time as a possible...

11/20/2015

article OP/ED: Dear Justin Trudeau: The honeymoon is on, but will the romance last?
(Ottawa) -- Dear Justin; You know that feeling you get, the butterflies in your stomach, when your relationship is new? That rumbling, the anticipation of a meeting,...
article BLOG: With Harper gone, it's time for First Nations to look within
(Canada) -- This is a blog I wish I didn't have to write. I wish I could say that now that Canadians have changed their federal government that everything will be OK...

11/15/2015

article Canada will implement UN Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Carolyn Bennett says
(Ottawa) -- Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett says the new Liberal government will rebuild the relationship with First Nations, Métis and Inuit...
article PM Trudeau tasks Bennett with leading renewal of relationship between Canada, Indigenous peoples
(Ottawa) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau directed Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett to lead the renewal of “the relationship between Canada and...

11/14/2015

article Hitting the reset button on Ottawa-First Nations relations
(Ottawa) -- The Liberal government is "hitting the reset button" on federal-First Nations relations, says Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Carolyn...

11/7/2015

article Ottawa whacked by tribunal over historical BC First Nations case on Trudeau’s first full day in power
(Ottawa) -- On Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s first full day in power a federal tribunal smacked Ottawa for breaching its fiduciary obligation to two British...

11/6/2015

article Cuthand: Promising times for federal-aboriginal relations
(Saskatoon) -- It was better than we could have hoped for. Now there are two indigenous people in the federal cabinet — Jody Wilson-Raybould, who is Canada’s...
article FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron welcomes new Liberal government
(Saskatchewan) -- The new chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations is fighting for change, and believes the federal government is an important new ally.

11/5/2015

article Native leaders urge Ottawa to step up effort in ensuring safety of First Nations
(Ottawa) -- The Governor-General was in the midst of swearing in the Trudeau cabinet when aboriginal leaders and the Premier of Quebec called on Ottawa to rise to a...
article Sask. First Nations say indigenous cabinet representation ‘historic ‘
(Ottawa) -- Meet Justin Trudeau’s new cabinet: many of its members are young and others are seasoned. Half of them are women and two ministers are indigenous. In...

10/31/2015

article MP wants First Nations, federal government to get along
(Ottawa) -- A former Assembly of First Nations regional chief-turned-federal MP says she's confident the Liberal government can reshape Ottawa's strained...
article Housing, education key priorities for new FSIN chief
(Saskatchewan) -- The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) has a new chief: Bobby Cameron of the Witchekan Lake First Nation, who beat out two other...

10/28/2015

article B.C. First Nation writes declaration for new relationship with Canada
(British Columbia) -- A First Nation on British Columbia’s central coast is not waiting for the provincial and federal governments to draft a reconciliation...
article FSIN chiefs meet to choose new leader
(Saskatchewan) -- The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations will elect a new chief at its fall session, which starts today in Saskatoon. Helen Ben, Leo Omani and...

10/27/2015

article Justin Trudeau handling of aboriginal affairs to be closely watched
(British Columbia) -- Aboriginal advocates say that Canadians should give northern communities more respect, noting much of the youth and aboriginal vote rested on the...
article First Nations' income assistance to be slashed by court ruling, chiefs worry
(Prince Edward Island) -- The chiefs of P.E.I.'s First Nations bands are worried about big losses of income in their communities after a Supreme Court decision last...

10/26/2015

article First Nations Financial Transparency Act may fizzle out with court ruling, says expert
(Saskatoon) -- A Saskatoon-based member of a national public policy think tank thinks a court ruling and the recent change in Ottawa may spell the end for the Financial...
article Anger at Stephen Harper, disenfranchisement fuelled aboriginal voter turnout, say activists
(Canada) -- Aboriginal activists who spent months mobilizing First Nations communities say outgoing Prime Minister Stephen Harper's attempt to disenfranchise...

10/23/2015

article Can Trudeau deliver on his First Nations promises?
(Canada) -- The 42nd Canadian election campaign is finally over. It was the 18th for First Nations people in the freedom-to-vote era. And, this time, First Nation as...
article Pauktuutit calls on Liberals to restore funding for women's groups
(North Canada) -- Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada says it will lobby the new federal government to restore funding for women's programs, after dramatic cuts under...
article MORON ALERT: Devoted few attend UND nickname protest
(North Dakota) -- UND student Shane Moore said he didn't really have a plan. He just wanted to make it clear he was unhappy with the way his school's nickname...

10/22/2015

article Iqaluit municipal election saw high youth voter turnout
(North Canada) -- On Monday, nearly 1,700 Iqaluit residents turned out to elect a new mayor and council, so many in fact that election officials, who had planned for...
article Mi'kmaq communities experience big increase in voter turnout
(Nova Scotia) -- Mi'kmaq from across Nova Scotia turned out in droves to vote in Monday's federal election. "Eskasoni First Nation, which is the largest...
article Paul Martin praises Justin Trudeau's commitment to First Nations communities
(Canada) -- ormer prime minister Paul Martin praised prime minister-designate Justin Trudeau for his pledge to invest $2.6 billion in the education system for First...
article Trudeau’s promises to aboriginal people feared to be unachievable
(Ottawa) -- Justin Trudeau has made some big promises to Canada’s indigenous peoples, and the head of the Assembly of First Nations says he is anxious to get...

10/20/2015

article 'Harper awoke a sleeping giant': First Nations break election records
(Ottawa) -- Monday’s election was historic for Canada’s First Nations community, which saw 10 indigenous MPs elected. Winners included Liberal Vance Badawey...
article 4 first-time First Nations voters: why they voted, what they hope for
(Canada) -- Today, some of the most politically active people in indigenous country are reflecting on how casting a vote for the first time may have changed the nation....
article 'Indigenous Rock the Vote' claims victory as Winnipeg Centre turnout soars
(Manitoba) -- Preliminary numbers from Elections Canada for Winnipeg Centre show nearly 61 per cent of voters cast a ballot in Monday's federal election. That's...
article Assembly of First Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde welcomes Liberal win
(Saskatoon) -- The Chief of the Assembly of First Nations says he's excited with the prospect of working with incoming prime minister Justin Trudeau. Chief Perry...
article Election restores 'sense of power' in First Nations, Manitoba chief says
(Manitoba) -- There is "a sense of power" being restored to First Nations communities across the province Tuesday after the Liberals' decisive federal...
article First Nations look forward to new relationship with Ottawa: Chiefs
(Ottawa) -- Some First Nations leaders say the federal election awoke a sleeping giant that the incoming Liberal government will have to contend with — starting...

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