article Day school survivors get easier access to lawyers of their choice in class action settlement
(Ottawa) -- Following a June 17 Federal Court order, it is now easier for the former students of Indian and federal day schools to get legal advice from lawyers of their...
article Ottawa's lack of co-operation over residential school claim records 'tragic,' says Murray Sinclair
(Ottawa) -- Ongoing litigation over records from the residential schools compensation process undermines the federal government's reconciliation agenda and...
article Ottawa's move to block statistical reports on residential schools 'modern-day colonialism,' says survivor
(Ottawa) -- The federal government's attempts to control the records produced by an organization that processed over 38,000 residential school abuse claims "...
article Ottawa opposed creation of detailed statistical reports on residential schools
(Ottawa) -- The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation is appealing an Ontario Superior Court ruling that sided with Ottawa to prevent the creation of detailed...
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article Ottawa, AFN pen agreement to map out funding for First Nations child welfare overhaul
(Ottawa) -- The federal government signed an agreement with the Assembly of First Nations Tuesday to outline how it will fund an overhaul of the First Nations child...
article Local representatives react to agreement between feds and AFN
(Ottawa) -- Local representatives are weighing in on the Assembly of First Nations and the Government of Canada agreeing to discuss funding for First Nation run child...
article OPH launches COVID-19 resource page for Indigenous people in Ottawa
(Ottawa) -- Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has created a special set of resources including posters, videos and culturally specific guidance for Indigenous people with...
article Blair says feds will make First Nations policing an essential service
(Ottawa) -- Public Safety Minister Bill Blair says First Nations policing must be made an essential service — something Indigenous leaders have been pressing the...
article Ghislain Picard says Indigenous people are 'fed up with consultations,' want reforms now
(Ottawa) -- The Quebec and Labrador regional chief for the Assembly of First Nations says decades of commissions and reports, federal and provincial, have led nowhere.
article Ottawa denying millions for First Nations child welfare prevention services, says FSIN
(Ottawa) -- Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) is breaking a commitment to provide "unlimited" funding for preventive child welfare services and is now in...
article Ottawa won't dictate terms to First Nations: minister
(Ottawa) -- Canada's Indigenous services minister says Ottawa won't dictate terms to First Nations on holding ceremonies and powwows during a pandemic. "If...
article Ottawa announces $650M in new COVID-19 funding for Indigenous communities
(Ottawa) -- The federal government is making an additional $650 million available for Indigenous communities to deal with current COVID-19 needs and prepare for a...
article First Nations health authorities tell Commons committee they need more PPE
(Ottawa) -- Indigenous health authorities that service Western Canadian First Nations say they are experiencing problems accessing enough medical and protective...
article Ottawa announces another $75M in pandemic funding for Indigenous people living off-reserve
(Ottawa) -- The federal government says it will provide $75 million to organizations that address the "critical needs" of Indigenous people living in urban...
article Federal COVID-19 supply council member quits over links to company that landed Indigenous Services contract
(Ottawa) -- A member of a council created by the federal government to provide procurement advice during the COVID-19 pandemic stepped down late Wednesday evening over...
article Indigenous organization says it's taking Ottawa to court over 'discriminatory' COVID-19 aid
(Ottawa) -- An organization that represents off-reserve status and non-status First Nations people, Métis and southern Inuit is taking Ottawa to court over what it says...
article Federal COVID-19 Indigenous business relief still leaves 'critical gaps,' says financial organization
(Ottawa) -- A First Nations financial organization in the Atlantic region is voicing concern over the exclusion of band-owned, non-taxable businesses in federal...
article Ottawa doctors embrace telemedicine as Nunavut sees 1st COVID-19 case
(Ottawa) -- Ottawa health-care providers who treat patients from Nunavut are changing the way they care for Inuit amid COVID-19 travel restrictions and physical...
article How a January meeting laid groundwork for Indigenous Services' response to COVID-19
(Ottawa) -- On Jan. 28, weeks before the World Health Organization would declare COVID-19 a pandemic, a nascent federal network for First Nations emergency management...
article Ottawa working to secure PPE, more COVID-19 test kits, additional funds for First Nations, Hajdu says
(Ottawa) -- Patty Hajdu, federal minister of health and the MP for Thunder Bay - Superior North, said the federal government is working to ensure First Nation...
article Solitary confinement now considered cruel, unusual punishment
(Ottawa) -- The use of extended periods of solitary confinement in Canada’s federal prisons is now considered unconstitutional and cruel, as Ottawa has abandoned a...
article 'Disrespectful': Urban Indigenous population feels short-changed by federal COVID-19 response
(Ottawa) -- The urban Indigenous population is being marginalized by the federal government's COVID-19 funding strategy, say witnesses who testified Tuesday before...
article Ottawa overestimated cost of compensating First Nations children under tribunal order: budget officer
(Ottawa) -- The federal government overestimated the cost of complying with a Canadian Human Rights Tribunal order that it compensate First Nations children apprehended...
article Long Point First Nation calls on Quebec, Ottawa for public security assistance
(Ottawa) -- As the number of First Nations in Quebec declaring states of emergency grows in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, one Algonquin community in western Quebec...
article Mi'kmaw woman calls for 60 Indigenous languages to be adopted as official languages of Canada
(Ottawa) -- A parliamentary petition written by a Mi'kmaw woman is proposing that 60 Indigenous languages spoken in Canada be adopted as national official languages...
article Sewing, seal stew and stories: Inuit women in Ottawa gather to share traditions
(Ottawa) -- On the second floor of an empty school in Ottawa's Vanier neighbourhood, sewing machines hum, women chatter in Inuktitut and the scent of seal meat stew...
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article Loto-Quebec preparing to reopen Casino Lac Leamy in Gatineau
(Ottawa) -- Loto-Quebec says preparations are underway to reopen the Casino Lac Leamy and the Hilton Lac-Leamy hotel during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Quebec Government...
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Law Enforcement & Security
article NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh booted from Commons for calling Bloc MP a racist
(Ottawa) -- NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has been expelled from the House of Commons for calling a Bloc Québécois MP racist and for refusing to apologize and withdraw his...
article Zero-tolerance: Top Indigenous leader calls for systemic change for policing
(Ottawa) -- The only way to overcome racism in Canada’s policing agencies is to impose systemic change and a zero-tolerance policy aimed at eliminating the...
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article Ottawa delays release of national action plan on missing and murdered Indigenous women
(Ottawa) -- The federal government is postponing the release of an action plan on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls that was expected to land next month....
article Ottawa delays release of national action plan on missing and murdered Indigenous women
(Ottawa) -- The federal government is postponing the release of an action plan on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, which was expected next month to mark...
article Ottawa teen's 7th annual run for missing and murdered Indigenous women goes virtual
(Ottawa) -- Teenager Theland Kicknosway's annual run for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls is being turned into a virtual event this year, and he's...
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article No Indigenous community will be 'left behind' in COVID-19 response, says minister
(Ottawa) -- Indigenous communities will get the supplies and resources they need to prepare for local COVID-19 outbreaks and teams are now ready to deploy to those...
article Tension, fear rising inside Dorm 3 of Ottawa jail over COVID-19
(Ottawa) -- Prisoners in a provincial jail in Ottawa say they are not receiving proper medical care for flu-like symptoms sweeping through the facility during the COVID-...
article Ottawa to deploy isolation tents, temporary shelters in case COVID-19 spreads to Indigenous communities
(Ottawa) -- The federal government is prepared to use isolation tents and temporary shelters to deal with a potential outbreak of COVID-19 in Indigenous communities,...
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article With blockades coming down, what will the Wet’suwet’en solidarity movement leave behind?
(Ottawa) -- Did reconciliation die? It’s an uncomfortable question that was raised after the Wet’suwet’en rallying cry that sparked blockades and...
article Indigenous youth group gets death threat over Wet'suwet'en support
(Ottawa) -- An Indigenous youth organization in Ottawa says it's changing the location of its weekly Friday gathering after receiving a death threat over its...
article Movement sweeping country with blockades will shift focus to Ottawa, says Secwepemc chief
(Ottawa) -- The movement sweeping the country with rail and road blockades since the Feb. 6 RCMP raid in Wet'suwet'en territory will likely shift its focus to...
article Trudeau Says Indigenous Groups Must End Crippling Rail Blockades
(Ottawa) -- Crippling blockades of key Canadian rail arteries "must now come down," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday, acknowledging that attempts at...
article Trudeau says rail barricades 'need to come down now,' rules out sending in soldiers to restore rail service
(Ottawa) -- While ruling out deploying the army to lift Indigenous blockades restricting freight transport, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today called the blockades...
article Liberals postponing planned tabling of UNDRIP bill because of blockade crisis, says Mohawk chief
(Ottawa) -- The Liberal government has decided to postpone tabling its promised bill on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a result of ongoing...
article Ottawa 'clearly' sees a path forward to defuse rail blockades: Miller
(Ottawa) -- Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller says there is a clear "path forward" to defuse the ongoing tensions caused by protests that have hamstrung...
article 'We need Canadians to show resolve': Trudeau asks for patience as rail blockades continue
(Ottawa) -- Addressing the House of Commons Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asked Canadians to be patient with his government as it seeks a negotiated end to...
article Via Rail service to resume between Ottawa and Quebec City
(Ottawa) -- Passenger trains will run again between Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City starting on Thursday. Via Rail said CN, which owns those rail lines, has notified...
article SATIRE: Trudeau: We must acknowledge the sacred sovereignty of Canada’s oil and gas companies
(Ottawa) -- Calling for calm amid protests over the construction of a pipeline through Wet’suwet’en territory, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is reminding...
article Inside the meeting between Mohawks and Canada's Indigenous services minister
(Ottawa) -- Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller asked the Mohawks of Tyendinaga to temporarily halt a demonstration that has shut down one of Canada's most...
article Meeting between Trudeau and cabinet ministers to discuss cross-country protests concludes
(Ottawa) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and a group of cabinet ministers have concluded a meeting in Ottawa that was called to discuss how to resolve the protests and...
article Ottawa committed to quick, peaceful resolution to cross-country pipeline protests: Trudeau
(Ottawa) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government is committed to finding a quick and peaceful resolution to the anti-pipeline blockades that have shut down...
article Ottawa rejects calls to shut down rail blockades, will focus on negotiation
(Ottawa) -- The federal government is ramping up its efforts to convince Indigenous communities to peacefully end a series of rail blockades, as Canadian National...
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Mining & Drilling
article First Nations leaders call for peace as federal politicians debate infrastructure disruptions
(Ottawa) -- First Nations leaders brought a message of peace and calm to a press conference thrown by the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) as MPs returned to Parliament...
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article New funding for First Nations child welfare agreement will help healing strategy, Cowessess chief says
(Ottawa) -- According to a 2018 children's advocate report, more than 80 per cent of children in care in Saskatchewan are Indigenous. A federal bill, signed last year,...
article Indigenous families given new lease on life as pandemic opens up housing options
(Ottawa) -- Last fall, Mary Jean Hookimaw decided to leave what she describes as a violent household. She soon discovered being a single mother in Ottawa with four young...
article Ottawa-area building housing Indigenous affairs departments treated for bedbugs
(Ottawa) -- Some employees at Indigenous Services Canada and Crown-Indigenous Relations may have to get their homes inspected for bedbugs after the presence of the...
article Lynn Beyak has been suspended from the Senate for a second time
(Ottawa) -- With little fanfare, the Senate of Canada voted today to suspend Sen. Lynn Beyak for the remainder of this parliamentary session because she failed to...
article SIU clears Ottawa police officers in shooting death of Indigenous man
(Ottawa) -- Ontario's police watchdog says no charges are warranted in the January 2019 death of an Indigenous man shot and killed by two Ottawa Police Service...
article Government asking for an extra $2.1 billion for Indigenous programs
(Ottawa) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government is asking Parliament to spend an additional $2.1 billion on Indigenous programs and initiatives, above and...
article Another Indigenous Community Gets Clean Drinking Water After 17 Years
(Ottawa) -- On February 12, 2020, the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services, together with Chief Derek Maud and their community of Lac Seul First...
article Indigenous leaders should have keys to 100 Wellington, Metis leader says
(Ottawa) -- A group of Metis citizens from Western Canada was left waiting in the cold as they sought approval from federal bureaucrats to enter an Ottawa building meant...
article 8 teams split $2.6M Arctic Inspiration Prize for 2020
(Ottawa) -- A program that helps northern youth in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories succeed in university and college life has won the Arctic Inspiration Prize's...
article Robinson-Huron Treaty First Nations demand Ottawa, Ontario stop land claim talks that impact their rights
(Ottawa) -- First Nations that are part of the Robinson-Huron Treaty group demanded Tuesday that Canada and Ontario back off ongoing land claim talks with neighbouring...
article Sen. Lynn Beyak denies claiming to be Metis
(Ottawa) -- Sen. Lynn Beyak is denying she ever claimed to be Metis. She issued a two-line statement Wednesday saying the media have reported that she is Metis but she...
article 'Good medicine': Community rallies at Algonquin College defaced mural
(Ottawa) -- People who took part Tuesday in an Indigenous healing event at Algonquin College say they won't be cowed by an act of vandalism at the college last week.
article Algonquin College to hold healing ceremony after Indigenous mural defaced
(Ottawa) -- Students, staff and community members will gather at Algonquin College this afternoon to find strength and heal after an Indigenous mural was vandalized last...
article Lynn Beyak claimed she was Métis during her anti-racism training sessions
(Ottawa) -- Ontario Sen. Lynn Beyak is again facing suspension from the Red Chamber for failing to complete her anti-racism training — a project that started off...
article Lynn Beyak facing accusations of ‘overtly biased views’ during Indigenous racism training
(Ottawa) -- Sen. Lynn Beyak called herself Métis, claimed racism doesn’t exist in her northern Ontario hometown, and displayed “overtly biased views,...
article Ottawa police continue to investigate suspicious death of Inuk woman
(Ottawa) -- Ottawa police continue to investigate what they describe as the suspicious death of an Inuk woman whose body was found near Carling Ave. and Kirkwood Ave. on...
article Senate ethics committee recommending Lynn Beyak be suspended again
(Ottawa) -- The Senate ethics committee is recommending that Sen. Lynn Beyak be suspended a second time from the upper house because she failed to take her anti-racism...
article Federal government holding back true cost of fighting First Nations children at tribunal
(Ottawa) -- The Justice department won’t provide the total legal costs of its ongoing fight against First Nations children at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal...
article Indigenous mural vandalized at Algonquin College
(Ottawa) -- Ottawa police hate crime officers are investigating paint being smeared on a three-storey mural that nods to Indigenous stories of creation at Algonquin...
article Ottawa says talks 'productive' on how to distribute First Nations child-welfare compensation it still opposes
(Ottawa) -- Negotiations on how to compensate First Nations children taken from their homes and communities through the on-reserve child welfare system have been "...
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