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First Nations need billions in funding to take over child welfare services, says AFN regional chief

First Nations would need about $3.5 billion in funding over five years to effectively take over responsibility for child welfare services as they will be able to do under a new law that comes into force on Jan. 1, says Manitoba's Assembly of First Nations (AFN) regional chief.

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4/3/2020

article COVID-19 cases in First Nations spur leaders to call for field hospitals
(Canada) -- As COVID-19 cases rise on reserves, First Nations leaders are calling for "outside of the box" thinking to deal with the pandemic. Chief Jason...
article Fort Liard hamlet and First Nation at odds over COVID-19 communication
(North Canada) -- The mayor in Fort Liard, N.W.T., and the band manager of the community's First Nation both say that the other side is failing to communicate in the...
article Grassy Narrows First Nation and federal government sign agreement to build on-reserve mercury care home
(Ontario) -- Grassy Narrows First Nation, or Asubpeeschoseewagong Netum Anishinabek, and the federal government have reached an agreement for an on-reserve care facility...

4/2/2020

article COVID-19 cases in First Nations spur leaders to call for field hospitals
(Canada) -- As COVID-19 cases rise on reserves, First Nations leaders are calling for "outside of the box" thinking to deal with the pandemic. Chief Jason...
article First Nations In Canada Left To Fend For Themselves During Coronavirus Pandemic
(Alberta) -- Most of the 634 First Nations in Canada are shutting down their borders and blocking entrances to their reserves in a frenzied bid to prevent the spread of...
article ‘I don’t see why anything should be secret’: First Nation rejected $28 million in Site C dam deal, court docs reveal
(British Columbia) -- BC Hydro offered West Moberly First Nations $28 million in lump-sum payments and annual payments to address the impacts of the Site C dam,...
article Walpole Island First Nation restricts access to non-residents due to COVID-19
(Windsor) -- Walpole Island First Nation began restricting access to non-residents Wednesday as a means of preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the community. Non-...
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...

4/1/2020

article First Nations Know Pandemics. This Time, They Say, Will Be Different
(Canada) -- “We got it. We just stayed right in bed; every girl that was in the convent was in bed. I was so sick then. I tried to fight it, you know, and the nun...
article Doctors to be assigned virtually to Manitoba First Nations during COVID-19 pandemic
(Manitoba) -- As more Manitoba First Nations continue to shut access to their communities, doctors are preparing to treat their on-reserve patients remotely. The...
article 41-year-old male missing from Sunchild First Nation, not seen since March 7th
(Alberta) -- Rocky Mountain House RCMP is asking for public assistance in locating a missing 41-year-old male. Cody Lagrelle was reported missing to police on March 29,...

3/31/2020

article Curfew implemented for Blood Tribe members under 18
(Alberta) -- Southern Alberta communities are taking their own precautionary measures to slow down the spread of COVID-19, with the Blood Tribe being the first in the...
article Overcrowding, vulnerable population make COVID-19 big worry for First Nations
(New Brunswick) -- As the number of cases of COVID-19 increases in New Brunswick, concern within the Indigenous communities across the province grows too. With...
article 'Feel like we're treated worse than inmates': Nunavut residents under government quarantine in Winnipeg hotel
(Manitoba) -- A few dozen people waiting to go home to Nunavut are under strict self-isolation orders in a Winnipeg hotel that they aren't allowed to leave...
article Manitoba First Nations ask defence minister to set up military hospital
(Manitoba) -- Two First Nations communities in Manitoba have made a direct appeal to Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan to establish a military hospital in their region in...
article Quebec's Indigenous leaders welcome checkpoints designed to limit COVID-19 spread
(Quebec) -- Some First Nation leaders in Quebec say they are pleased with the province's decision to forbid non-essential travel to several regions considered...
article Hamilton police officer, Six Nations officer test positive for COVID-19
(Ontario) -- The service was notified of the confirmed test Monday, according to a statement which said the officer is believed to have contracted the virus within the...

3/30/2020

article Deputy PM Chrystia Freeland cool to Manitoba chiefs' request for Cuban doctors
(Manitoba) -- Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland appeared Monday to reject a request by a group of First Nations in Manitoba for Canada to allow Cuban doctors into...
article Lac La Ronge Indian Band restricts access over COVID-19
(Saskatchewan) -- Lac La Ronge Indian Band (LLRIB) passed an emergency measures bylaw on Monday morning limiting access to their territory in north-central Saskatchewan...
article Long Point First Nation calls on Quebec, Ottawa for public security assistance
(Quebec) -- 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 Several First Nations communities closed to non-residents
(Ontario) -- Almost half a dozen First Nations across Southwestern Ontario have decided to deny access to visitors to stop the spread of COVID-19, with one regional...
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 Blood Tribe announces mandatory curfew for youths
(Alberta) -- The Blood Tribe Chief and Council are taking steps to minimize the risk of community transmission of COVID-19. Effective immediately, all residents under...
article MORON ALERT: Quebec couple fleeing COVID-19 'endangered' Yukon First Nation, chief says
(Canada) -- A Quebec couple, apparently fearing the spread of COVID-19, travelled thousands of kilometres across the country to find haven in a remote northern Yukon...
article Nunavut hamlets to deliver water to Inuit households daily for hand washing
(North Carolina) -- Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated said it's investing more than a million dollars to help bring clean water to communities. The territorial Inuit...
article Young people have no 'bulletproof' protection from COVID-19 — particularly smokers and vapers
(Manitoba) -- If you are young and think you are immune to COVID-19, some doctors would like you to pay attention to the following message: "While COVID-19 is less...

3/29/2020

article Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council, other First Nations mobilize resources
(British Columbia) -- Coastal First Nations have restricted visitors to protect communities from the spread of COVID-19 as they work with Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council...
article N.S. government slow to fully embrace duty to consult First Nation communities: lawyer
(Nova Scotia) -- The Nova Scotia government was “really annoyed” at the prospect of having to consult Pictou Landing First Nation before providing taxpayer...

3/28/2020

article Here’s a look inside the Stoney Nakoda First Nation Emergency Response centre
(Alberta) -- The three First Nations under the Stoney Tribal Administration have enacted an incident command system to respond to the COVID-19 virus pandemic. The...
article ‘Stay home and stay safe,’ urges First Nation leader
(Sudbury) -- Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Glen Hare is urging members of First Nation communities to stay at home and limit exposure to the novel coronavirus...
article First Nations can now delay elections during COVID-19 pandemic, says federal minister
(Canada) -- First Nations which postpone their elections because of the COVID-19 pandemic will not be penalized by the federal government, as some had feared. "I...

3/27/2020

article ‘We need to act now’: Indigenous leaders say coronavirus funding won’t go far enough
(Canada) -- Indigenous leaders from across Canada say they are worried supports promised by the federal government to help First Nations, Inuit and Metis deal with the...
article Junot transitional housing project upheld by provincial planning tribunal
(Ontario) -- A controversial transitional housing project in Thunder Bay, now has the green light from the provincial Local Appeal Planning Tribunal. Ontario Aboriginal...

3/26/2020

article State Journal features Poler's efforts to bring First Nations perspectives to campus
(Wisconsin) -- UW-Madison’s Omar Poler (Sokaogon Ojibwe) was featured in a Wisconsin State Journal report headlined, “Know Your Madisonian: Bringing...

3/25/2020

article Eskasoni imposes curfew, erects barricades to prevent spread of COVID-19
(Nova Scotia) -- A state of emergency imposed on residents of the Eskasoni First Nation by the band council is even stricter than the one imposed by the Nova Scotia...
article More Sask. Indigenous communities take measures to prevent spread of COVID-19
(Saskatchewan) -- More Indigenous communities in Saskatchewan are introducing measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. The meaures are needed, said Federation of...
article B.C. Interior First Nation on 14-day lockdown as precaution against COVID-19
(British Columbia) -- As entire communities, First Nations in B.C. are heeding the advice to stay home and self-isolate to protect themselves against the threat of COVID...
article 'Like superheros': Northern Quebec grocery store a vital service for residents
(Quebec) -- The importance of local grocery stores in small, northern communities has become very clear to Beverly Quinn, owner of the Meechum l'Inter Marché in...
article Cree patient in Montreal tests positive for COVID-19
(Quebec) -- One Cree patient being treated at a Montreal hospital has tested positive for COVID-19 and was in self-isolation at a Cree health board facility in the city...
article There are dangers of cancelling important health appointments over COVID-19 fears: Cree officials
(North Canada) -- Health officials in northern Quebec Cree communities are warning people not to miss important medical appointments with specialists in the South over...

3/24/2020

article Assembly of First Nations declares state of emergency over coronavirus fears
(Canada) -- Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde said Tuesday his advocacy organization has declared a state of emergency to ensure there is a...
article Berens River, Misipawistik Cree Nation declare their own states of emergency to fend off COVID-19
(Manitoba) -- Two First Nations in north-central Manitoba are declaring their own states of emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Berens River First Nation and...
article Maskwacis activates 'medicine chest' treaty clause, declaring state of emergency
(Edmonton) -- The four First Nations of Maskwacis have declared a state of emergency, activating Treaty 6 measures to ensure the safety of residents should COVID-19...
article On-reserve COVID-19 testing set up in Algonquin First Nation after complaints
(Quebec) -- An Algonquin First Nation will receive on-reserve COVID-19 testing after all, following its complaints that it was being forgotten. The First Nations and...
article Siding with First Nation, N.S. judge overturns Alton Gas approval
(Nova Scotia) -- The Nova Scotia Supreme Court has ordered the province to resume consultations with Sipekne'katik First Nation over a controversial natural gas...
article Most Iqaluit businesses close doors over pandemic concerns
(North Canada) -- Many staff in the service industry of Iqaluit are out of work. Nunavut's Health Minister George Hickes declared a public health emergency over...
article On-reserve COVID-19 testing set up in Algonquin First Nation after complaints
(Canada) -- An Algonquin First Nation will receive on-reserve COVID-19 testing after all, following its complaints that it was being forgotten. The First Nations and...
article Small N.W.T. communities want to know of local COVID-19 cases
(North Canada) -- Many small communities are not happy with a decision by the N.W.T. chief public health officer to put personal privacy ahead of letting the people in...
article Rural tribes finally have a shot at faster internet
(Washington) -- Some days, members of the Hoh Indian Tribe’s administration wait until children on the reservation leave for school before they boot up their...
article Cree officials ask goose hunters to stay close to home over COVID-19 concerns
(Ontario) -- As Cree territory's popular spring goose hunt approaches, officials in Northern Quebec are asking people not to go hunt in the South over fears of COVID-19...

3/23/2020

article Assembly of First Nations declare state of emergency, as B.C. chiefs call for Ottawa to do the same
(British Columbia) -- The country's largest Indigenous organization declared a state of emergency on Monday to ensure First Nations, whose people face elevated risks...
article Treaty 3 grand chief uses Anishinaabemowin to ease COVID-19 anxieties
(Ontario) -- A northern Ontario leader is easing anxiety for elders by speaking to them in Anishinaabemowin about the risks of COVID-19. "I thought by explaining in...

3/22/2020

article First Nation closes community to non-residents
(Ontario) -- Netimizaagamig Nishnaabeg, formerly known as Pic Mobert, is the latest First Nation to restrict travel in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 into...
article More First Nations lock down borders, declare their own states of emergency to keep COVID-19 out
(Manitoba) -- More First Nations in Manitoba are locking down entry points to their communities and declaring their own states of emergency as the COVID-19 pandemic...

3/21/2020

article Eskasoni First Nation takes steps to declare state of emergency
(Nova Scotia) -- The Eskasoni First Nation says it will declare a state of emergency to enforce public health measures if residents do not comply with health and safety...
article FSIN calls for premier to close provincial borders to stem COVID-19 spread
(Saskatchewan) -- The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) is calling for Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe to close provincial borders to help stem the spread...
article Nipissing First Nation not closing borders to outsiders due to COVID-19
(Ontario) -- Nipissing First Nation Chief Scott McLeod believes geographically, Nipissing First Nation is in a great spot. Some other more isolated First Nation's in...
article Fort McKay restricting access to the community
(Alberta) -- Fort McKay began restricting access to the community on Thursday, March 19 after COVID-19 was first detected in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.

3/17/2020

article Métis federation loses lawsuit against Manitoba government over quashed $67.5M payout
(Manitoba) -- The Manitoba government was within its rights to cancel a $67.5-million payment to the Manitoba Metis Federation connected to future hydroelectric...
article Northern and Northmart stores freezing prices for 60 days
(North Canada) -- Northern and Northmart stores are freezing prices for 60 days amid concerns about the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, pandemic. According to a news...

3/16/2020

article Ontario First Nations 'robbing Peter to pay Paul' as COVID-19 preparations ramp up
(Ontario) -- Attawapiskat resident Lucien Lazarus says he and his family are now washing their hands every time they re-enter the house. That's because the COVID-19...
article Nishnawbe Aski Nation Sets COVID-19 Task Force
(Thunder Bay) -- Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler has announced the development of a Task Team to lead NAN’s response to the global COVID-19...
article Remote First Nations not prepared for COVID-19 outbreak, MP says
(Ontario) -- Charlie Angus, Member of Parliament for Timmins-James Bay, is critical of the approach that the federal government is taking in case COVID-19 spreads to...
article NWO First Nations launch program to train water plant operators
(Ontario) -- A tribal council representing eight First Nations communities in northwestern Ontario is partnering with a Canadian charity to train future water plant...

3/15/2020

article Saskatchewan First Nation has presumptive case of COVID-19
(Saskatchewan) -- The Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation (PBCN) in northeastern Saskatchewan is dealing with a presumptive case of infectious COVID-19 in one of its eight...

3/13/2020

article First Nations taking preventative measures to combat COVID-19
(Canada) -- Western Canada’s biggest First Nation isn’t waiting for the provincial or federal governments to tell it what to do when it comes to combating...
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 Signing of Peace and Friendship Treaty staged to educate people
(New Brunswick) -- The signing of a Peace and Friendship Treaty was re-enacted — in languages the original Wabanaki signers would have appreciated — at a...

3/12/2020

article Reflecting on Yellowknife's 1st Indigenous relations advisor
(North Canada) -- The city of Yellowknife made history in September 2018 when it hired its first ever Indigenous relations advisor — but a year and a half later,...
article Semiahmoo First Nation chief says he's had 'zero' consultation with Surrey over policing transition
(Ontario) -- The chief of the Semiahmoo First Nation says he’s disappointed that Surrey’s mayor hasn’t contacted him to discuss the city’s...

3/11/2020

article First Nations in Quebec, Ontario to study impact of Gazoduq pipeline on their territories
(Quebec) -- Eight communities from three First Nations in Quebec and Ontario have signed a working agreement with Gazoduq Inc., the company behind a proposed 780-...
article 'Disheartened' N.W.T. friendship centres ask MLAs to reinstate funding
(North Canada) -- Friendship centres in the N.W.T. and Nunavut support more than 13,000 people, but the N.W.T government decided it would sunset its half-a-million-...
article 6 First Nations sue province for charges against Indigenous loggers
(New Brunswick) -- Six Wolastoqey First Nations are suing the province for not recognizing their treaty rights to Crown timber. Oromocto, Woodstock, Saint Mary's,...
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...

3/10/2020

article Climate change is putting N.W.T. cemeteries in 'crisis' and communities are worried
(North Canada) -- Many communities in the Northwest Territories are worried about the impacts climate change is having on their cemeteries. The issue was brought up by...

3/9/2020

article Warm temperatures still hampering winter road access to northern First Nations
(Ontario) -- Warm weather continues to play havoc with winter roads to northwestern Ontario First Nations. Roads to all communities are now open to at least partial...
article On International Women's day, this Mi'kmaq woman remembers her fight against sexism
(Prince Edward Island) -- Georgina Knockwood Crane married her husband, Hubert, on Dec. 19, 1970. She was a Mi'kmaq woman from Abegweit First Nation and he was a...

3/7/2020

article When multiple First Nations lay claim to ancient Indigenous remains, how does repatriation get sorted?
(Canada) -- What happens when multiple First Nations lay claim to ancient Indigenous remains that are held by Canada's museums and governments? That's the...

3/6/2020

article Recognition of title rights ‘still a struggle’ for First Nation after court win
(British Columbia) -- As members of the Wet’suwet’en Nation mull a draft deal over rights and title, another Indigenous community knows what that kind of...
article Winter road conditions pose challenge to Liberals' timetable for lifting boil water advisories: minister
(Ontario) -- Fort Severn First Nation in northern Ontario declared a state of emergency this week after the pump that supplies its water failed — and warmer-than-...
article Sioux Lookout, Ont. dwelling for Indigenous students celebrates success
(Ontario) -- The Independent First Nations Alliance (IFNA) held an official grand opening for its Home Away from Home Community Student Dwelling in Sioux Lookout, Ont.,...
article When multiple First Nations lay claim to ancient Indigenous remains, how does repatriation get sorted?
(Canada) -- What happens when multiple First Nations lay claim to ancient Indigenous remains that are held by Canada's museums and governments? That's the...
article 'I'm just lost right now': First Nation's hockey coach suspended for social media post she didn't write
(Manitoba) -- The coach of a First Nation's bantam hockey team is fighting to get back behind the bench after being suspended for a profanity-laden social media post...

3/5/2020

article Pehdzeh Ki First Nation in Wrigley will step away from Dehcho process, says chief
(North Canada) -- The Pehdzeh Ki First Nation in Wrigley, N.W.T, says it intends to walk out of the Dehcho negotiation process. Chief Maurice Moses expressed the First...
article Fort Albany First Nation 'alarmed' by Northern Road link announcement
(Ontario) -- A northern Ontario Indigenous community says it's "alarmed" over the recent announcement of the building of an all-season road which would run...
article Stop sign project in Inuvik on pause after questions over Gwich'in wording
(North Canada) -- The group behind newly translated signs in Inuvik, N.W.T., is pausing their project after people began to question the Gwich’in translation they...
article 'I didn't know who to tell': First Nations victims of intimate partner violence suffer from lack of services
(Manitoba) -- Helena Wood, Arlene Wood and Kathleen Wood are linked by common threads: all three come from the same remote community in northern Manitoba. All three...
article The long journey to safety: Northern women travel farthest to access domestic violence shelters
(North Canada) -- It was the first and only time Ann Kasook attempted to run away. She still feels shaken when she talks about that frigid winter night in Inuvik, N.W.T...

3/3/2020

article Indigenous program creates 12 Alberta businesses, including 'Indian taco' food truck
(Alberta) -- A program designed to kick-start Indigenous businesses in southern Alberta is jumping straight from its successful pilot and into its second class. The...

3/2/2020

article Conservatives need to start thinking about approach to Indigenous issues, MP says
(British Columbia) -- National protests sparked by the opposition of some Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs to a pipeline project in B.C. are also sparking debate...
article Glooscap First Nation loses quota for importing Greek feta cheese
(Nova Scotia) -- The Glooscap First Nation in Nova Scotia has lost its quota to import 25 tonnes of feta cheese from Greece. The one-year quota was awarded as part of...

2/29/2020

article Indigenous students from Cape Breton use animation to bring Mi'kmaw books to life
(Canada) -- Elementary and middle school students from First Nations across Cape Breton gathered in Membertou, N.S., for a special project Friday that saw almost 200...
article U of T hockey player passes the torch to another young woman from her First Nation
(Canada) -- As one university hockey player from Garden River First Nation graduates, another from the community will join the same team, continuing the legacy. Jana...

2/28/2020

article Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq on verge of milestone fisheries agreement
(Nova Scotia) -- Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq are poised to sign an agreement that finally defines how a "moderate living fishery" will operate in the province....

2/27/2020

article 'We're not respected': College hockey player from N.W.T. speaks out about 'racial slur'
(North Canada) -- A young Indigenous athlete from Aklavik, N.W.T., is speaking out after racist language was hurled at her at a hockey game. Davina McLeod, who plays...
article Anishinabek governance vote: a step towards self-determination or return of the 'Indian agent?'
(Ontario) -- Jason Abel says he isn't normally political, but he has spent hours going door-to-door in his community of Atikameksheng handing out flyers to his...
article 'Absolutely disgusting': Son of fallen RCMP officer angered by vandalized monument
(Manitoba) -- The son of slain RCMP officer Const. Dennis Strongquill says he is outraged and hurt by the vandalism to a Winnipeg statue honouring fallen officers. The...
article North Cowichan to seek suggestions from First Nation in renaming street
(British Columbia) -- North Cowichan will reach out to the Penelakut Tribe in efforts to find a new name for a portion of Humbird Street, located close to Echo Heights...

2/25/2020

article Feta fuss: N.S. First Nation calls in RCMP over $3M cheese deal gone sour
(Nova Scotia) -- A Nova Scotia First Nation has called in the RCMP to investigate its partners in a cheese business that went sour. Between 2017 and 2019, the federal...
article More consultations coming for First Nations community on flood project: government
(Manitoba) -- The provincial government says they will be consulting with First Nations communities about a flood-protection project, but an area chief says what he'...

2/22/2020

article Research team from B.C.'s Camosun College turns The Witness Blanket into virtual reality
(British Columbia) -- Art commemorating the tragic legacy of residential schools may soon be available in isolated First Nations through a virtual reality project...

2/20/2020

article 'Critical step' to reconciliation: Manitoba to transfer control of northern airports to First Nations
(Manitoba) -- Manitoba has begun the process of transferring the province's northern airports and marine operations to First Nations ownership and operation. Premier...

2/18/2020

article $4.7B 'Grande Alliance' agreement in northern Quebec is called Cree vision of development
(Quebec) -- The Cree Nation Government says a $4.7 billion economic development project signed Monday with the province of Quebec is the Cree vision of development and...

2/17/2020

article Quebec, Cree Nation team up in long-term economic development deal
(Quebec) -- The Quebec and Cree Nation Governments have signed a long-term economic development deal for the Eeyou Istchee James Bay region, with the goal of ensuring...

2/14/2020

article Australia and Canada team up for indigenous businesses
(Worldwide) -- An indigenous economic development partnership has been forged at the recent Australia-Canada Economic Leadership Forum held in Melbourne. It will help to...

2/13/2020

article Colville Lake says it doesn't want N.W.T. government 'standing in the way' of negotiations
(Northwest Territories) -- The N.W.T. is "standing in the way" of meaningful progress on Indigenous self-government, according to a strongly worded letter from...
article Calgary-born actor delves into Mohawk ancestry for sci-fi role in Utopia Falls
(Ontario) -- Phillip Lewitski says he felt some ancestral guidance when it came time to film his climactic sequence in CBC Gem’s Utopia Falls.

2/9/2020

article Saugeen stone amphitheatre repairs build skills and confidence among community workers
(Canada) -- An amphitheatre restoration project in Saugeen First Nation is rebuilding more than just stone walls. Men in the community are getting the opportunity to...

2/2/2020

article Urban voice needed in talks on UN Indigenous rights, says leader
(British Columbia) -- Urban Indigenous people should have a voice in the UNDRIP consultations between the provincial government, but there are no organizations to turn...
article Police arrest man in connection to defaced Indigenous mural
(Ottawa) -- Ottawa police's hate crime unit has charged a man in connection with the defacing of a Algonquin College mural featuring First Nations themes. Police say...

2/1/2020

article 'It looked like paradise': Mi'kmaw elders reflect on how paper mill pollution changed their community
(Canada) -- The shutdown of the Northern Pulp paper mill in Pictou, N.S., on Friday could mean the painful end of an era for workers at the mill and in the province'...

1/31/2020

article 'It's hopeful': New Indigenous child welfare law prompts questions, optimism in Alberta
(Alberta) -- The provincial government has questions about a new federal law affirming Indigenous jurisdiction over child intervention services, but some who work in the...
article Fort McKay First Nation and Alberta government achieve major milestone for Moose Lake with roadmap announcement at historic summit
(Alberta) -- Today, Fort McKay First Nation Chief Mel Grandjamb and Alberta's Minister of Environment and Parks, the Honourable Jason Nixon, announced a three-month...
article New art at SFU’s Surrey campus to showcase Indigenous ways and build community
(British Columbia) -- SFU’s Artist-in-Residence—Laiwan, a Vancouver interdisciplinary artist and SFU alumnus—is creating a new process-based and site-...

1/29/2020

article Quebec Cree hip-hop duo make video about youth struggles
(North Canada) -- Northern Quebec rap duo The NorthStars has released a new song and video with a powerful message about what some Indigenous young people face. The...

1/28/2020

article Lack of funding a roadblock to free driving lessons in remote First Nations communities
(British Columbia) -- For many, learning to drive is a rite of passage. But for those who live in remote Indigenous communities in northern B.C., that access can be...

1/26/2020

article The bone collector: The untold story of one Inuk elder's WW II efforts
(North Canada) -- In late May 1940, 20-year-old Qapik Attagutsiak voluntarily picked up a burlap bag, put her one-year-old son in her amauti ⁠— a traditional...
article After the apology, Indigenous groups seek firm commitments from Quebec government
(Quebec) -- There was optimism last fall when Quebec Premier François Legault stood before the National Assembly apologized for the province’s mistreatment of...
article Urban Indigenous people forgotten in UNDRIP talks, say advocates
(British Columbia) -- Advocates say urban Indigenous residents are being left out of UNDRIP consultations even though a majority of B.C.’s Indigenous people live...
article Lake research video translated into Ojibway
(Canada) -- An environmental science video has been translated to Ojibway and the creators are hoping it sparks youth interest in science and language revitalization....
article 'I took a big sigh': Elder, niece-in-law complete pair of mukluks after 60 years
(Alberta) -- Agnes White made the first stitch on a pair of mukluks for her brother in Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T., in 1958. More than 60 years later, and with some help from...

1/25/2020

article Yellowknives Dene seek benefits agreement from Giant Mine cleanup
(Canada) -- The Yellowknives Dene are asking why they're still being treated like any other stakeholder when it comes to the $1-billion Giant Mine cleanup. The...
article Ottawa backed away from commitment to approve child welfare lawsuit, lawyer says
(Ottawa) -- Ottawa is balking at a pledge to consent to the certification of a proposed class action lawsuit over First Nation child welfare — less than two months...
article Sutherland sworn in as new Chamber chair
(Saskatchewan) -- A First Nations individual from Beardy’s and Okemasis First Nation has risen to the top at the Battlefords Chamber of Commerce. Harris Sutherland was...

1/24/2020

article Det'on Cho signs agreement to run operations at N.W.T. rare earths mine
(North Canada) -- In what could be a Canadian first, an N.W.T. first nation has signed an agreement to run mining operations on a project in their own traditional...
article A London program that turns Indigenous women into warriors needs a financial lifeline
(Ontario) -- A game-changing program for Indigenous women is in jeopardy thanks to cash crunch. Staff at Positive Voice program are looking for a new financial lifeline...
article 'Help us': Drug, gang deaths prompt Sask. First Nation to declare state of emergency
(Saskatchewan) -- A string of drug and gang-related violence has prompted leaders of Onion Lake Cree Nation to declare a state of emergency. The community has...
article Cree interest in private home ownership very high, but issues with readiness remain: report
(Ontario) -- Programs to increase financial literacy and education encouraging high-income earners to move out of social housing are just some of the ideas put forth in...
article 'Indigenous women are reclaiming their rightful spots': Sask. play shines light on Lakota hero
(Saskatchewan) -- The Lakota creation story of the white buffalo is centuries old, but some say its messages are more important than ever. Ptesanwin — or White...

1/22/2020

article 'National travesty': report shows one third of Canada's prisoners are Indigenous
(Canada) -- More than 30% of inmates in Canadian prisons are Indigenous – even though aboriginal people make up just 5% of the country’s population,...
article International Inuit organization announces youth leadership award winners in honour of Hans-Pavia Rosing
(North Canada) -- The Inuit Circumpolar Council Council (ICC) announced the recipients of its inaugural youth leadership awards on Monday, recognizing what the...

1/21/2020

article Over-representation of Indigenous people in federal prisons reaches 'disturbing' historic high
(Canada) -- The over-representation of Indigenous people in federal custody has reached a new historic high according to a statement released by Canada's...
article Premier reaffirms no new effluent will enter Boat Harbour after January
(Nova Scotia) -- Pictou Landing First Nation Chief Andrea Paul is expressing concern that although Boat Harbour will stop receiving effluent from Northern Pulp at the...
article 'They have a monopoly': Northern Manitoba First Nations decry Perimeter Aviation following crash
(Manitoba) -- A group of northern Manitoba First Nations says Perimeter Aviation has longstanding issues after a plane crash on a remote community left passengers "...
article New housing opening in northern B.C. for Indigenous patients who have to travel for medical appointments
(British Columbia) -- BC Housing and the First Nations Health Authority have partnered to provide temporary housing near medical facilities in Prince George and Fort St...
article Two cases of diphtheria confirmed in area of Onion Lake Cree Nation in Sask.
(Saskatchewan) -- Health officials say two cases of diphtheria have been diagnosed in the area of Onion Lake Cree Nation in Saskatchewan. A medical health officer for...
article Sask. Chamber of Commerce unveils Indigenous Engagement Charter
(Saskatchewan) -- Businesses in Saskatchewan that want to boost their Indigenous engagement now have a new resource to help them do so. The Saskatchewan Chamber of...

1/20/2020

article Reconciliation can't happen without reclamation of land, argues Max FineDay
(Saskatchewan) -- Max FineDay is not yet 30 years old, but he's making his mark as he travels across the country talking about reconciliation to Indigenous and non-...
article Progress on TB-elimination in Nunavut stalled due to lack of funding
(North Canada) -- Nearly two years after the federal government committed to eliminating tuberculosis among Inuit by 2030, progress is stalled and the former minister...
article Plane crashes into snowbank in northern Manitoba
(Manitoba) -- There were some tense moments for passengers on a plane that crashed into a snowbank shortly after landing in northern Manitoba on Sunday. The Perimeter...

1/19/2020

article 'True North!' during Ojibwe anthem unites Jets fans
(Manitoba) -- A Winnipeg tradition of yelling "True North!" during the singing of O Canada at Jets games had a different take on Friday night when the anthem...
article New Cree language app targets students, teachers and newcomers
(Alberta) -- More than 150 elders from five northern Alberta First Nations have contributed to a new tool designed to preserve Cree words and phrases. The free app,...

1/17/2020

article Dene Nation seeks formal apology for TB treatment in 'Indian hospitals'
(North Canada) -- The Dene Nation is seeking a formal apology for the way its members were treated in medical institutions. The move comes as a class action lawsuit...
article Yukon gov't, First Nation agree on road project in southeast Yukon
(North Canada) -- The Yukon government and the Liard First Nation have signed a deal for the first phase of upgrades to the Nahanni Range Road. It will mean training and...

1/16/2020

article 'I will repay every debt I have': Businesswoman Heather Abbey promises to repay $62,000 of public money
(Saskatchewan) -- Saskatchewan's arts agency has completed its audit of five projects undertaken by Indigenous entrepreneur Heather Abbey. It is asking her to repay...

1/15/2020

article First Nations chiefs prepare to take on Quebec over its legal challenge of new federal child welfare law
(Quebec) -- The Quebec government's decision to launch a constitutional challenge of Bill C-92, which went into effect Jan. 1, has prompted First Nations leaders in...
article Better tools needed to ease tensions between Winnipeg's immigrant, Indigenous communities, report says
(Manitoba) -- Indigenous people should have more influence when it comes to helping newcomers learn about Canadian culture, says a report released Wednesday morning that...
article Projects like Coastal GasLink offer 'life-changing' opportunities for First Nations: Haisla councillor
(British Columbia) -- A pipeline at the centre of a conflict between hereditary chiefs and a natural gas company in northern British Columbia is creating jobs for...
article New Quebec audio guide shows how to correctly pronounce Inuktitut place names in Nunavik
(Quebec) -- Quebec's toponymy commission worked with the Avataq Cultural Institute to develop the online audio registry, to help non-Inuktituk speakers correctly...

1/14/2020

article NunatuKavut Community Council launches 2 new programs for medical travel and home repairs
(North Canada) -- The NunatuKavut Community Council has launched two new pilot programs, one to help with travel costs for people needing medical attention and another...
article Tenants of N.S. Indigenous housing group decry deplorable building conditions
(Nova Scotia) -- The tenants of a non-profit housing association meant to benefit Indigenous people living in urban areas in Nova Scotia are speaking out about what they...
article Quebec Cree, Algonquin say moose populations need more protection
(Quebec) -- Some Indigenous hunting groups in Quebec say more needs to be done to protect moose populations in the province. Cree hunters are being asked to avoid...

1/13/2020

article N.W.T. sees 29 name changes after waiving fees to reclaim Indigenous names
(North Canada) -- Ashley Lennie was a teenager when she found out the name on her birth certificate, Inglangasuk, was a different surname than the one she has used her...
article Kanesatake, surrounding municipalities join forces to create permanent liaison committee
(Montreal) -- Six months after tempers flared over a proposed bequest of land on disputed territory, the Mohawk Council of Kanesatake and mayors of surrounding...
article Mi'kmaq First Nation leading project to increase cultural content in classrooms
(North Canada) -- The Qalipu First Nation says it's on the right track to increase Indigenous content in Newfoundland and Labrador's schools. Although still in...
article Lake St. Martin takes Ottawa to court over ending benefits for those displaced by 2011 flood
(Ottawa) -- A Manitoba First Nation plans to argue in court that the federal government is cutting off evacuee benefits without providing secure housing more than eight...

1/10/2020

article Here's the backstory on this Inuvialuit parka left at an Edmonton thrift shop
(Alberta) -- A vintage sealskin parka that ended up being donated to an Edmonton thrift shop isn't a rare cultural relic, but it's an important piece of history...
article The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open wins $100K Toronto critics prize
(Ontario) -- The Toronto Film Critics Association has given the Indigenous story, which was written and directed by Kathleen Hepburn and Elle-Maija Tailfeathers, its...

1/9/2020

article App developed locally to connect Indigenous kids to health services is going national
(Ontario) -- A tool developed in the Manitoulin Island community of Wikwemikong to assess the health of Indigenous children is going Canada-wide thanks to a $1.5-million...
article New Chair to take a hard look at cancer outcomes for Indigenous Peoples in BC
(British Columbia) -- Dr. Nadine Caron says she hears difficult stories every day from some of her Indigenous patients in rural British Columbia facing a diagnosis of...
article Indigenous youth, RCMP officers come together for Regina workshop focused on building relationships
(Saskatchewan) -- Fourteen Grade 9 to 12 students from around Canada were in Regina this week with an RCMP mentor, hoping to foster better future relationships between...
article Mom's challenge of Indigenous smudging ceremony denied by B.C. Supreme Court
(British Columbia) -- British Columbia’s Supreme Court says a mother has failed to establish that Indigenous ceremonies performed in her children’s...
article Why Griffin Poetry Prize-winning poet Billy-Ray Belcourt writes with passion and an urgent call to action
(Canada) -- Billy-Ray Belcourt is a writer and academic from the Driftpile Cree Nation. His debut collection of poetry, This Wound is a World, issued a call to turn to...

1/8/2020

article Former Indian day school students can submit their settlement claims starting next week
(Ottawa) -- Thousands of students who suffered harms while attending federally operated Indian day schools will be able to submit claims for compensation starting next...

1/7/2020

article Hereditary chiefs say no access to Wet'suwet'en territory until B.C. addresses title issues
(British Columbia) -- It's been one year since a conflict between a pipeline company and Wet'suwet'en people came to a head in the first nation's...
article New UBC chair will study how cancer outcomes of Indigenous people in B.C. can be improved
(British Columbia) -- Dr. Nadine Caron, Canada's first female Indigenous general surgeon, will study the experiences and unique needs of Indigenous cancer patients,...

1/6/2020

article Happy Nalujuk Night! A night of fear and candy
(North Canada) -- It's Old Christmas Day, but on the north coast of Labrador parents and children are gearing up for a different sort of celebration. Every year on...

1/4/2020

article Assembly of First Nations creates plan to help homeless Indigenous population in cities
(Ottawa) -- The Assembly of First Nations is creating a national plan aimed at helping homeless First Nations people living off reserve. The AFN, which represents...

1/3/2020

article Federal minister says overhaul of Indigenous child welfare won't be error-free
(Ottawa) -- Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller says errors will be made as Bill C-92 comes into force. Provinces and front-line service providers say they worry it...
article 'Sudden death' of Indigenous man, 35, probed in Lac Seul First Nation, Ont.
(Ontario) -- Provincial police say they’re investigating the death of a man from Sandy Lake First Nation in northwestern Ontario’s Lac Seul First Nation...
article Pictou Landing First Nation chief says community has received threats in wake of Boat Harbour announcemen
(Nova Scotia) -- Chief Andrea Paul worries about the safety of her family and her community in the wake of the announcement that Northern Pulp will close.
article 'Everyone is on their phone more': Cell service switched on for B.C. community of 900 residents
(British Columbia) -- Life quickly changed in the remote community of Ahousaht, on an island off the west coast of Vancouver Island, when cell service was switched on...

1/2/2020

article 'They rediscover themselves'— northern Ontario First Nations turn to land-based addiction treatment
(Ontario) -- Vic Linklater believes the solution to many of the problems facing his community can be found out on the land. He is the coordinator of Moose Cree First...

1/1/2020

article First Nations building own success
(Canada) -- Earlier this year, the Canadian government released new Community Well-Being index numbers based on the 2016 census. It measured a combination of income,...

12/31/2019

article Ontario chiefs move to create Indigenous Sports Body
(Ontario) -- The Chiefs of Ontario, representing 133 First Nations, met in April 2019 and moved a resolution to create a new Indigenous Sport Body (ISB). The new...

12/30/2019

article Photo exhibition tells story of Yukon's First Nations
(North Canada) -- A new exhibition of historic photos is inspired by 'Together Today for our Children Tomorrow,' an historic document that provided the...

12/28/2019

article 'For the people, by the people': Mi'kmaw entrepreneurs making a (fashion) statement
(Canada) -- When two Mi'kmaw entrepreneurs launched their brand, L'nu'k Clothing Co., at Millbrook First Nation, N.S., in November, they say they knew it was...
article Twin Mohawk sisters create Haudenosaunee-inspired silver jewelry at Six Nations
(Ontario) -- Green flames engulf a sterling silver plate as a blow torch whistles. As the plate begins to glow a dull red, Jesse Brant turns off the torch. The green...
article Next decade could see key decisions in Robinson-Huron Treaty case
(Canada) -- Ontario First Nations under the Robinson-Huron Treaty of 1850 are awaiting the next phase of a court case that could have a major impact on the economies of...
article Eskasoni lobster fisherman 'saddened' after boat vandalized
(Nova Scotia) -- The first mate of a lobster fishing crew from Eskasoni First Nation says his vessel was vandalized while docked at St. Peters Canal over the holidays....
article VIDEO: 'For the people, by the people': Mi'kmaw entrepreneurs making a (fashion) statement
(Nova Scotia) -- When two Mi'kmaw entrepreneurs launched their brand, L'nu'k Clothing Co., at Millbrook First Nation, N.S., in November, they say they knew...

12/27/2019

article 150 km from anywhere, N.W.T. homesteader has front seat to climate change
(North Canada) -- For 20 years, John Koadloak has lived in near total isolation. He shares a shack with his wife, Mercie, and their dog, more than 150 kilometres from...

12/26/2019

article 'These young people want to heal': Music helps northern Quebec youth
(North Canada) -- Kaydie Dick says she feels "shy and a little bit proud" of a song she wrote and recorded in her northern Quebec community of Whapmagoostui...

12/24/2019

article OP/ED: Modern annuity a game-changer for First Nation families
(Canada) -- The origin of a potentially groundbreaking step toward meaningful reconciliation between Canada’s first people and settlers can be laid at the feet of Métis...
press release Indigenous Ownership in Energy Infrastructure
(Alberta) -- Alberta PowerLine (APL) is a partnership between Canadian Utilities Limited (CU), an ATCO company, and Quanta Services. APL was selected in 2014 to design,...
article Moose Cree First Nation and NioBay Metals announce the signing of a Protection Agreement
(Quebec) -- Moose Cree First Nation (“MCFN”), and NioBay Metals Inc. (“NioBay”) (TSX-V. NBY) are pleased to announce that they have signed a Protection Agreement (“PA...
article Outgoing Fort Res mayor: ‘I’m blamed’ for financial woes
(North Canada) -- The financial problems facing Fort Resolution are being dumped on the hamlet’s outgoing mayor, according to the soon-to-be ex-chief magistrate.
article 'Justice for my brother': Family wants answers about August death near Russell, Man.
(Manitoba) -- A family from Gambler First Nation is demanding answers about the death of Matthew Swain, a 40-year-old man who was found injured on a Manitoba highway in...

12/22/2019

article Nova Scotia Premier rejects pulp mill’s request to keep dumping waste water near First Nation
(Nova Scotia) -- Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil has sided against a pulp mill’s plea for a lifeline in a move that has bitterly split his province, earning...

12/20/2019

article B.C.'s Indigenous court system continues to grow with new location in Williams Lake
(British Columbia) -- Judges in Indigenous courts work with lawyers, community elders and often victims to come up with a "healing plan" for the offender, with...
article 'Stop protecting the perpetrators': Sask. survivors push Catholic Church to release names of abusers
(Saskatchewan) -- Joey Basaraba fights the urge to grab the rifle from his truck's back seat as he passes a church in Prince Albert, Sask. His hands shake as he...
article The Kahnawake Language Law was enacted by the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake on Dec. 20, 1999.
(Nova Scotia) -- After three days of public silence, Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil delivered a decision that could define his time in office — his government...

12/19/2019

article FLANAGAN: Why some First Nations are gaining ground while others are losing
(Canada) -- Earlier this year the Canadian government released new Community Well-Being (CWB) index numbers based on the 2016 census. It measured a combination of income...

12/18/2019

article Miawpukek First Nation to study genetic links with ancient Beothuk
(North Canada) -- A Newfoundland First Nation has announced a study of genetic links between its members and ancient Indigenous inhabitants of the island, including the...

12/17/2019

article 'Brink of destruction': AFN national chief demands action on fading Indigenous languages at UN
(New York) -- Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde told a UN gathering today that many Indigenous languages face extinction without further...
article Employment program at Regina high school helps students find their path to success
(Saskatchewan) -- Olivia Isnana loved baking growing up, even if she felt like she was too small or she got in the way in the kitchen. "The first time I made my...

12/16/2019

article In the wake of Indigenous rights declaration, B.C.’s lawyers make ‘distasteful’ arguments in First Nations title case
(British Columbia) -- On the same day the B.C. government passed legislation embracing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in late November,...

12/14/2019

article How Ottawa and a First Nations organization found common ground on fighting youth suicide
(Ottawa) -- An agreement struck in 2017 between Indigenous Services Canada and the Nishnawbe Aski Nation on faster funding for suicide prevention projects is "...

12/13/2019

article Vancouver police discriminated against Indigenous mother, B.C. rights tribunal rules
(British Columbia) -- The Vancouver Police Board has been ordered to pay an Indigenous mother $20,000 in damages after the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal ruled Vancouver...

12/12/2019

article Statistics Canada reports high rates of disability among Inuit, Métis, and off-reserve First Nations people
(Canada) -- Canada's Indigenous population is significantly younger, on average, than the population as whole. Yet First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people living off...

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