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Indigenous youth in need of employment supports: Report

More than 350,000 young Indigenous people will come of employment age in less than six years, and they could boost the country’s economy by $27.7 billion per year if they are given the right employment supports, according to a report from the Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business (CCAB) and the Diversity Institute at Ryerson University.

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8/8/2020

article See Pikangikum First Nation through this teenage photographer's lens
(Ontario) -- In this original video from CBC Indigenous, see the stars, wilderness and beauty surrounding Pikangikum First Nation, Ont. through the eyes of 15-year-old...
article Yukon Salmon Sub-Committee recommends First Nations take ‘additional measures’ to conserve Chinook
(Yukon) -- The Yukon Salmon Sub-Committee is recommending Yukon First Nations take “additional measures” to conserve Chinook salmon as this year’s run...

8/7/2020

article Canada Energy Regulator announces members of 1st Indigenous advisory committee
(Canada) -- The Canada Energy Regulator has announced the members of a new Indigenous advisory committee which is expected to play a key advisory role to the regulator...
article Roberta Joseph re-elected chief of Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in
(North Canada) -- Roberta Joseph has been re-elected as chief of the Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in First Nation, according to unofficial byelection results. Citizens took to...
press release 'People need help': Nunavut MP gathering firsthand stories of housing crisis
(North Canada) -- Nunavut MP Mumilaaq Qaqqaq says a lack of housing in the territory is the primary concern she hears from residents — so she's launching a...
article First Nations, fishing guide push for jet-boat ban on Pitt River to protect salmon
(British Columbia) -- Fishing guide Dan Gerak says this has been the worst year he's ever seen for jet boats damaging salmon spawning grounds by tearing through...

8/6/2020

article Visitors and non-residents entering closed remote B.C. First Nation’s territories
(British Columbia) -- As Haida Gwaii grapples with a COVID-19 outbreak, some Nuu-chah-nulth communities fear a similar fate. Despite closing their borders to visitors,...
article Meet the candidates for chief of the Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in in Yukon
(North Canada) -- Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in citizens will vote Thursday for a new chief, two months after the election was originally scheduled. Four people are running...
article Prophet River First Nation pulls out of lawsuit over Site C dam in northeastern B.C.
(British Columbia) -- The Prophet River First Nation has pulled out of a lawsuit against the B.C. government over the Site C dam project, leaving the West Moberly First...
article Supreme Court to hear appeal in case of Peter Khill, acquitted in shooting ruled self-defence
(Ontario) -- The Supreme Court of Canada will hear an appeal in the case of Peter Khill, a Hamilton-area homeowner who was acquitted after shooting and killing an...
article First Nations sisters in remote border community given quarantine order despite exemption
(Minnesota) -- Two First Nations women in Ontario say they've been harassed by public health staff after being wrongfully flagged under the federal Quarantine Act...

8/5/2020

article Racism in B.C. healthcare: Deadline for First Nations survey coming up on Aug. 6
(British Columbia) -- The emergency room staff allegedly called the game “The Price is Right.” When an Indigenous person arrived for care, doctors and nurses...
article New supportive housing aims to help Indigenous women reconnect with their culture
(Canada) -- New supportive homes for Indigenous women have been opened in Victoria, where residents will be given the opportunity to reconnect with their culture through...
article Spectre of atomic bomb still looms over N.W.T. community 75 years after Hiroshima
(North Canada) -- Seventy-five years after two nuclear bombs were dropped in Japan — killing hundreds of thousands of people in the cities of Hiroshima and...
article How to ethically support First Nations artists during COVID
(Canada) -- A new campaign launched by the Indigenous Art Code highlights the importance of buying Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander art from ethical sources,...

8/4/2020

article Kanesatake confirms its first 5 cases of COVID-19
(Quebec) -- Six months into the coronavirus pandemic in Canada, Kanesatake's Emergency Response Unit (ERU) announced its first confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the...
article Use your COVID-19 awareness to help First Nations kids breathe easier, doctor urges
(Ontario) -- Dr. Tom Kovesi can skip a step these days when he wants to explain how stagnant indoor air is a problem for First Nations children. "Before COVID,...

8/2/2020

article B.C. First Nation adopts ‘digital twinning’ software to better manage territory
(British Columbia) -- A First Nation on Vancouver Island is the first in Canada to use digital twinning software to improve mapping and resource management across its...

8/1/2020

article OCN to develop own child welfare law by next October
(Canada) -- First Nations, Inuit and Métis Children, Youth and Families, to reduce the number of youth in care and allowing Indigenous communities the chance to create...

7/31/2020

article Senator Murray Sinclair says dismantling systemic racism will be a long fight
(Canada) -- One of Canada's most respected Indigenous rights advocates has faced many setbacks over his decades-long career, fighting for justice for Indigenous...
article Candidate for chief wants to ensure 'the people have a voice' in Rama
(Ontario) -- One of the two candidates for chief in Rama First Nation’s upcoming election is running on a platform of transparency and fiscal responsibility. Those...
article Yukon First Nations general assemblies go online this year
(North Canada) -- It's a tradition for Yukon First Nations to hold annual general assemblies, where citizens gather to discuss governmental affairs, set priorities...

7/30/2020

article Lunenburg resident calls for more public recognition of Mi'kmaw, Black history
(Nova Scotia) -- In Lunenburg, N.S., a town that enthusiastically embraces its seafaring history, you'll find few public displays celebrating the Black and Mi'...
article Northern Ontario First Nation wants legislation that changes environmental assessments repealed
(Ontario) -- The Chief of a northern Ontario First Nation is calling on the province to repeal an omnibus bill that includes changes to the Environmental Assessment Act.
article Kátł'odeeche First Nation passes vote that gives it more power over its land
(North Canada) -- Members of the Kátł'odeeche First Nation near Hay River, N.W.T., have voted to take more authority over its own land. Members voted on its custom...

7/29/2020

article 'An honour': Edmonton Oilers defenceman wears jersey with Cree syllabics
(North Canada) -- An Indigenous NHL player paid special homage to his nation on his jersey during Tuesday night's Battle of Alberta between the Edmonton Oilers and...

7/28/2020

article Wetaskiwin explores next steps to build more inclusive city
(Alberta) -- Wetaskiwin city council has passed a motion that could see a growing grassroots campaign of inclusivity become official. On July 20, the mayor and...
article Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation opens medical receiving home for residents visiting Winnipeg
(Manitoba) -- People from Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation now have a much-needed home away from home when visiting Winnipeg for medical appointments.
article Nunavut woman who flew to N.W.T. for surgery turned away due to hospital's equipment issues
(North Canada) -- Brenda Ongahak has been waiting for about a year to get surgery on her knee. Last week, she travelled from Kugluktuk, Nunavut, to Yellowknife to get...

7/27/2020

article N.W.T. First Nation prepares for important vote that gives it powers over its land
(Northwest Territories) -- One First Nation in the N.W.T. is gearing up for an important vote that will decide how much responsibility it will have over reserve lands....
article A First Nation Builds a Forestry Future from the Ashes of the Past
(British Columbia) -- Rain on the windshield of Ben Wilson’s Ford pickup obscures the south shore of Francois Lake as we approach on the ferry. On the dash, the...
article N.W.T. First Nation prepares for important vote that gives it powers over its land
(North Canada) -- One First Nation in the N.W.T. is gearing up for an important vote that will decide how much responsibility it will have over reserve lands.
article First Nation raises own Pride flag for 1st time, challenges others to do the same
(Canada) -- The Opaskwayak Cree Nation raised its own Pride flag for the first time on Monday and the chief is encouraging other First Nations to do the same. "I...

7/25/2020

article Bear Clan Patrol gets $1.2M boost to support chapter in Kenora
(Manitoba) -- Kenora's Bear Clan Patrol hit the city's streets on Friday after getting $1.2 million in funding as part of a year-long pilot project to get the...

7/24/2020

article Gwich’in Tribal Council gears up for election in the fall
(North Canada) -- The Gwich’in Tribal Council (GTC) is preparing for an upcoming election in September, in which a new Grand Chief and Deputy Grand Chief will be...
article Kátł'odeeche Fırst Natıon refusing out-of-territory visitors over COVID-19 fears
(North Canada) -- The Kátł'odeeche Fırst Natıon near Hay River, N.W.T., is closing its reserve to out-of-territory visitors again, due to the fear of COVID-19.
article Why this Sudbury woman is making masks from turtle shells and birch bark
(Ontario) -- When Sheryl Boivin puts her handmade face mask on, created from unlikely, found objects such as turtle shells, she says she feels protected. For the last...

7/22/2020

article Kwanlin Dün First Nation, RCMP pen deal to improve community policing
(North Canada) -- Kwanlin Dün First Nation and Whitehorse RCMP have signed an agreement that they say lays the groundwork for better community policing.The letter of...
article How B.C.'s most vulnerable kids fell into the clutches of a social worker who betrayed them
(British Columbia) -- Craig cried on the day he learned Kelowna social worker Robert Riley Saunders was a liar. Because it meant his foster son — Stephen —...
article Instagram hotspot becomes headache for homeowner: cites trespassing and safety concerns
(Manitoba) -- The owner of a property that features Instagram-worthy caves would like to see a plan put in place before tourists venture out to the community for photos...
article Saskatchewan First Nation defrauded of $1M by former general manager, RCMP say
(Saskatchewan) -- Saskatchewan RCMP have charged the former general manager of Clearwater River Dene First Nation with fraud following a forensic audit and years of...

7/21/2020

article Gwich'in Tribal Council grand chief turns away from politics, toward family
(North Canada) -- Grand Chief Bobbie Jo Greenland-Morgan of the Gwich'in Tribal Council says she has decided not to seek re-election so she can spend more time with...
article Chief says pressure on Higgs for inquiry into justice system won't let up
(New Brunswick) -- George Ginnish, chief of Natoaganeg First Nation near Miramichi, says the push for an inquiry into systemic racism in the justice system and policing...
article Canada’s Oka Crisis marked a change in how police use force
(Canada) -- Some words are visceral reminders of collective historic trauma. “Selma” or “Kent State” recall the civil rights movement and the use...
article Federal, AFN child welfare agreement years in the making
(Ottawa) -- A recent agreement between Ottawa and the Assembly of First Nations on child welfare completes more than 30 years of lobbying. Kenora lawyer says elders with...
article Sto:lo grand chief sues First Nations Health Authority for $388,125
(British Columbia) -- Sto:lo Tribal Council Grand Chief Doug Kelly is suing the B.C. First Nations Health Authority he once chaired for $388,125, alleging a breach of...

7/20/2020

article Former RCMP officers reflect on how to fix policing in the North
(North Canada) -- Since the RCMP's earliest days, it has relied on Indigenous people for survival. In the North, Canada's project of extending sovereignty over vast...
article OPP investigate cyberbullying in northern First Nations
(Ontario) -- A recent incident of cyberbullying on Wapekeka First Nation has prompted an Ontario Provincial Police investigation. OPP did not provide details, but a...
article Back to Batoche Days to be held online this year
(Saskatchewan) -- This summer was supposed to be the big 50th anniversary celebrations of Back To Batoche Days. The one-of-a-kind celebration of the Métis Nation's...

7/19/2020

article Boil water advisories still in effect in three First Nations communities
(Manitoba) -- Boil water advisories (BWA) in three Manitoba First Nations communities are still in the process of elimination since the 2015 federal election campaign....

7/18/2020

article First Nations say more people are out on the land this year around Whitehorse — and leaving a mess
(North Canada) -- Two First Nations in Whitehorse say there are a lot more people out exploring and enjoying their settlement lands this year — and that those...
article As COVID-19 curve flattens, Indigenous leaders call on federal government for more support
(Ottawa) -- While the federal government says the COVID-19 curve is continuing to flatten in Indigenous communities, their leaders and allies are keeping pressure on...

7/17/2020

press release Gwich'in Tribal Council announces candidates for its 2020 election
(North Canada) -- The Gwich'in Tribal Council has announced its 2020 general election candidates for grand and deputy chief, and the current chiefs are not seeking re-...
article These baby books are written entirely in the Kanien'kéha language
(Quebec) -- How do you sing Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star in Kanien'kéha? What about Itsy Bitsy Spider? These are some of the popular nursery rhymes Kahnawake, Que...
article Sandy Bay First Nation man found safe, police say
(Manitoba) -- A 21-year-old man reported missing from Sandy Bay First Nation has been safely located.
article First Nations say more people are out on the land this year around Whitehorse — and leaving a mess
(North Canada) -- Two First Nations in Whitehorse say there are a lot more people out exploring and enjoying their settlement lands this year — and that those...

7/16/2020

article Federal, provincial governments announce funding for infrastructure projects in northern Ontario
(Ontario) -- The federal and provincial governments have announced funding for a number of infrastructure projects in smaller northern Ontario communities, to help...
article Ottawa 'forced' to rethink off-reserve pandemic support, says Native Council of P.E.I.
(Ottawa) -- The Native Council of P.E.I. is pleased with a new announcement of pandemic support from Ottawa, and supports its national parent group in dropping a...
article Pedzeh Ki First Nation leaves Dehcho negotiations
(North Canada) -- The Pehdzeh Ki First Nation in Wrigley, N.W.T, has left the Dehcho First Nations and its land-claim negotiation process. Pehdzeh Ki Chief Maurice Moses...

7/15/2020

article OP/ED: Government must stop dragging its feet and establish a federal commissioner for youth
(Ottawa) -- This column is an opinion by Del Graff, the president of the Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates, an association of government-appointed children's...
article Kashechewan gives chief and council power to banish drug dealers from James Bay community
(Ontario) -- A woman originally from Attawapiskat is being forcibly removed from Kashechewan because she's believed to be a drug dealer. She is the first person to be...
article Mi'kmaw nurse calls for inquiry, talks racism in health care
(New Brunswick) -- A Mi'kmaw nurse is calling on the province to hold an inquiry into systemic racism in New Brunswick. Cheyenne Joseph joins a growing chorus of...
article Alberta's top doc condemns COVID-19 discrimination against Siksika residents, praising band leaders
(Alberta) -- Alberta's chief medical officer of health says she was disappointed to hear some Siksika First Nation members are being turned away from local businesses,...
article Ontario to end practice of birth alerts that's led to babies being seized from new mothers
(Ontario) -- The Ontario government is directing children's aid societies to stop sending "birth alerts" — the controversial practice of notifying hospitals about...
article Mississauga Nation launches online culture and language initiatives
(Canada) -- The Mississauga Nation is launching a three-pronged initiative online to try and help revitalize culture, language and identity in its communities.

7/14/2020

article Chris Sicotte seeks more diversity on Saskatoon council but says his Indigeneity isn't 'be all and end all'
(Saskatchewan) -- Chris Sicotte says that shortly after he announced he was running for the Ward 3 seat on Saskatoon city council, neighbours in Fairhaven came to talk...
article N.S. police chiefs back call to decriminalize possession of small amounts of illegal drugs
(Nova Scotia) -- The association representing Nova Scotia's police chiefs is backing its federal counterpart in calling on Ottawa to decriminalize the possession of...
article Missing man, 21, last seen Monday morning on Sandy Bay First Nation
(Manitoba) -- Manitoba First Nations Police are asking for help finding a missing 21-year-old man from Sandy Bay First Nation. Ethan Markus James Beaulieu was last seen...

7/13/2020

article First Nations in B.C. stay firm on stance to seal off communities from tourists
(British Columbia) -- Indigenous bands along the British Columbia coast say their borders will remain closed to tourists and non-residents despite the economic impact,...
article OP/ED: New France, First Nations and a dream unfulfilled
(Quebec) -- I grew up thinking that the first French settlers came to North America for the sole purpose of making boatloads of “écus” and converting “...

7/11/2020

article Mikisew Cree First Nation sets date for election
(Northwest Territories) -- The Mikisew Cree First Nation has set a date for its 2020 election – a few months after chief and council announced it would be...

7/10/2020

article Former Hay River teacher shares story of racism in N.W.T. school system
(North Canada) -- Storm Lynn will never forget the memory of walking into a classroom as a substitute teacher, and witnessing a white teacher screaming at her Indigenous...
article Popular B.C. Interior beach closed by local First Nation amid COVID-19 concerns
(British Columbia) -- A popular beach in B.C.'s southern Interior is now closed to the public due to concerns visitors might spread COVID-19 to the local First...
article Independent investigator to determine extent of anti-Indigenous racism in B.C. health-care system
(British Columbia) -- Independent investigator Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, who was asked to look into B.C.'s health-care system, says her examination will be wide-...
article Listuguj chief says New Brunswick travel ban doesn't consider ancestral rights
(New Brunswick) -- The chief of Listuguj First Nation says New Brunswick didn't consider the ancestral rights of the Mi'kmaq people when he imposed a travel ban...
article Cliffs of Fundy, Bonavista Peninsula named UNESCO Global Geoparks
(Nova Scotia) -- Two sites in Atlantic Canada have been recognized as new UNESCO Global Geoparks, a designation that recognizes sites and landscapes of international...
article Saskatoon Tribal Council, partners thank province for support during coronavirus pandemic
(Saskatoon) -- The Saskatoon Tribal Council (STC), Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA) and other First Nation partners recognized the province for being leaders...
article Stemete7uw’i Friendship Centre in need of help
(British Columbia) -- The Stemete7uw’i Friendship Centre in 100 Mile House is in need of help, according to Wendy Hamblin, secretary of the Board of Directors....

7/9/2020

article Sask. government failed to consult First Nations on $4B irrigation plan, says FSIN
(Saskatchewan) -- Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations Chief Bobby Cameron says the provincial government should have consulted First Nations before it announced a...
article Hateful words, diminished services: How racism rears its head for N.L.'s Indigenous people
(North Canada) -- Mary Janet Hill can't recall the first time she experienced racism. There was the time Hill, who is from the Innu community of Sheshashiu in...
article Independent investigator's report to determine range, extent of anti-Indigenous racism in health-care system
(British Columbia) -- Independent investigator Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond said Thursday that her investigation into B.C.'s health-care system will be multi-phased,...
article Inuit TV could be coming to screen near you, from new Inuktut-language broadcaster
(North Canada) -- Nunavut may be getting a new all-Inuktut TV channel this year. Inuit TV plans to have Inuktut programming in dialects from all Inuit regions, including...

7/8/2020

article Grand Chief Ed John pleads not guilty to sex crimes dating back to 1974
(British Columbia) -- A B.C. grand chief charged with sex crimes dating back to the 1970s has pleaded not guilty to all counts against him. Grand Chief Edward John did...
article Nova Scotia Health Authority welcomes first Indigenous board member
(Nova Scotia) -- The board of the Nova Scotia Health Authority says it has a long way to go to reflect the diversity of the province, but it is taking the first step. On...

7/7/2020

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 Kenney speechwriter Paul Bunner meets with Indigenous leaders
(Alberta) -- Alberta Premier Jason Kenney's speechwriter has met with Indigenous leaders in the province following criticism for columns he had written years ago...
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 Recreational chinook openings leave First Nations frustrated on the Lower Fraser
(Washington) -- Lack of respect for First Nations fisheries priorities by federal authorities has left members of the Lower Fraser Fisheries Alliance frustrated. That...

7/5/2020

article First Nations losing oil revenue amid fall in consumption, drilling
(Canada) -- In a windswept corner of the Blood Tribe land in southwest Albert is a pumpjack that towers more than three storeys off the ground and reaches three...
article Curve Lake First Nation gets turtle crossing signs in local dialect
(Ontario) -- A southern Ontario First Nation is hoping to protect turtles while helping revitalize their local dialect through new turtle crossing signs. Curve Lake...

7/3/2020

article B.C.’s Indigenous rights law faces 2020 implementation deadline
(British Columbia) -- B.C.’s first annual report on its embrace of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is being presented in the...
article Yukon First Nation to hold vote recount after margin of victory deemed too narrow
(North Canada) -- After announcing that Lynda Dickson had been re-elected chief of the Carcross/Tagish First Nation in Yukon on June 30, the First Nation has now put...
article Siksika First Nation officials urge caution as COVID-19 investigations quadruple
(Alberta) -- The Siksika First Nation now has 10 recorded active cases of COVID-19 and 258 people under investigation for the virus, according to updates from Dr. Deena...
article Planned excavation work in Oka, Que., digs up concern from Mohawk longhouse
(Quebec) -- The traditional governing body in Kanesatake, Que., is opposing a proposed archeological dig in the municipality of Oka. Excavation work is scheduled to be...

7/2/2020

article First Nations day school students want new investigation of abuse claims, say RCMP probe marred by 'bias'
(British Columbia) -- The B.C. RCMP investigation into First Nations day school abuse allegations against John Furlong, the former 2010 Vancouver Olympics CEO, was...
article N.W.T. entrepreneur wants to help communities build their own internet networks
(North Canada) -- Eight years ago, Lyle Fabian laid down his first kilometre of fibre optic cable in his home community of K'atl'odeeche First Nation, a reserve...
article Blackfoot Confederacy calls for Jason Kenney to fire speechwriter
(Calgary) -- The Blackfoot Confederacy is the latest group of Indigenous Albertans calling for the firing of Alberta Premier Jason Kenney's speechwriter after a 2013...

7/1/2020

article Lynda Dickson re-elected as chief of Carcross/Tagish First Nation
(North Canada) -- Lynda Dickson has been re-elected as the Haa Shaa du Hen, or chief, of Carcross/Tagish First Nation in Yukon. According to the First Nation's...
article 'Anti-racism work defeated' by new attempt to educate Senator Beyak; First Nations coalition says
(Ontario) -- A coalition of First Nations leaders, community members and residential school survivors are continuing their call for Senator Lynn Beyak to resign or be...
article OP/ED: Canada's history with Indigenous people is cruel and unfair, but we need to own up to it
(Canada) -- Canada Day is different this year, and not just because of the pandemic. Conversations of systemic racism are happening not only in the United States, but...
article OP/ED: Open letter on Canada Day calls for support, respect for all
(Manitoba) -- Dear Canada, dear Canadians, You are beautiful. True, north, strong and free. So why are you mean, so ignorant, rude and hateful?! Not all the time and not...
article Matawa First Nations seek more funding to ensure safe schools
(Ontario) -- The Chiefs of Matawa First Nations Tribal Council say they are "sounding the alarm" about the lack of supplementary funding available to make...

6/30/2020

article SIGA casinos to reopen July 9
(Saskatchewan) -- All seven Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA) casino properties in the province are set to re-open to the public the evening of July 9. SIGA...

6/29/2020

article First Nations Are Faring Well in Pandemic, but Fear BC’s Latest Moves
(British Columbia) -- Swift and decisive action by First Nations leaders helped communities avoid worst-case pandemic scenarios and fare better than the general B.C....
article People occupying land at Victoria Park call for cancellation of Canada Day
(Ontario) -- A group of people occupying land at Victoria Park is planning a larger gathering on Canada Day in a call to cancel the national holiday. "Canada Day is...

6/28/2020

article Saskatchewan's First Nations, Métis and Northern Affairs minister denies flunking file
(Saskatchewan) -- Faced with accusations she failed in her response to the pandemic, Saskatchewan's First Nations, Métis and Northern Affairs minister defended...

6/26/2020

article Indigenous youth in need of employment supports: Report
(Canada) -- More than 350,000 young Indigenous people will come of employment age in less than six years, and they could boost the country’s economy by $27.7...
article Indigenous leaders say they should have been consulted before B.C. government eased pandemic restrictions
(British Columbia) -- Indigenous leaders say the B.C. government did not consult them before easing COVID-19 restrictions earlier this week, despite the province having...

6/25/2020

article Nı̨̀ı̨̀kè! Yellowknife now has stop signs in English and Wiliideh
(North Canada) -- The stop signs are part of the city’s reconciliation plan, based on community feedback that Wiliideh, the dialect spoken by Yellowknives Dene, should...
article COVID-19 antibody testing underway on remote Cormorant Island, off north Vancouver Island
(British Columbia) -- Health officials are now hoping to learn more about how far the coronavirus has spread on remote Cormorant Island, off northern Vancouver Island,...
article Matawa plans to transform Dawson Court building into training, wellness facility
(Ontario) -- Matawa First Nations Management (MFNM) will once again breathe new life into an empty building in Thunder Bay, Ont. On Wednesday, it was announced that the...
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...

6/24/2020

article Manitoba promises 'proactive, preventative supports' as birth alerts set to end July 1
(Manitoba) -- A controversial practice that has led to newborns being seized from their mothers in hospital is coming to a end in Manitoba. Families Minister Heather...

6/23/2020

article Treating racism: Canadian doctors of colour share their experiences in medicine
(Canada) -- Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets across the U.S. and Canada to protest against police brutality after the death of George Floyd in...
article Indigenous women's voices must be heard, says new co-chair of provincial advisory council
(Ontario) -- The newly appointed co-chair of Ontario's Indigenous Women's Advisory Council says the province has heard the concerns of critics, and both chair positions...
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...

6/22/2020

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 First Nations woman who took to social media to get her kids back from CFS now suing agencies, governments
(Manitoba) -- A First Nations woman who waged a social media campaign in 2017 in a bid to regain custody of her children is now suing the Manitoba child and family...
article Meet Ashley Hayward, one of five of UM’s 2020 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship recipients.
(Manitoba) -- These awards, considered the Canadian equivalent of the United Kingdom’s Rhodes Scholarships, help recruit and keep in Canada top doctoral students...

6/21/2020

article 'Mixed feelings' as some northern Ontario First Nations ease border restrictions
(Ontario) -- Some First Nations in northeastern Ontario have re-opened their borders as COVID-19 numbers drop, others are keeping checkpoints up but allowing more people...

6/19/2020

article B.C. investigating allegations ER staff played 'game' to guess blood-alcohol level of Indigenous patients
(British Columbia) -- B.C. is investigating allegations health-care staff in emergency rooms were playing a "game" to guess the blood-alcohol level of patients...
article First Nations Chiefs urge Quebec to respect Aboriginal and treaty rights in relation to Bill 61
(Canada) -- The Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador has called upon the Quebec government to abide by the duty to consult and the constitutional provisions on...
article 'Devastation is what it is': Sask. First Nation's chief loses home in fire deemed suspicious by police
(Saskatchewan) -- Chief Jack Rayne says he lost everything when his house burned to the ground. “Devastation is what it is, all of our belongings, my home that I...
article 'Mixed feelings' as some northern Ontario First Nations ease border restrictions
(Ontario) -- Some First Nations in northeastern Ontario have re-opened their borders as COVID-19 numbers drop, others are keeping checkpoints up but allowing more people...
article An Ontario firekeeper explains the Four Directions of the Medicine Wheel
(Ontario) -- The Four Sacred Directions of the Medicine Wheel guide every aspect of the life of A.L. McDonald, a firekeeper in southwestern Ontario. "It's the...
article Students create sculpture inspired by Indigenous stories via online classes
(British Columbia) -- A group of high school students brushed finishing oil onto a sculpture at a ceremony in Vancouver Thursday, after several weeks of online video...
article OP/ED: Ironside leaves dubious legacy for First Nations
(Ontario) -- Among the many burials in Queen Street East’s pioneer cemetery are the final resting places of the Ironside family. Among the Ironside family...
article Bannock, beads and beats: CBC Ontario unites to mark National Indigenous Peoples Day with virtual powwow
(Ontario) -- Growing up as a young boy on the powwow trail, Todd Genno never wanted to be an emcee. Too much responsibility. Too much work. Yet, powwow after powwow,...

6/18/2020

article Clean energy project to improve living standards at Xeni Gwet’in First Nation
(British Columbia) -- A remote, off-grid First Nation community west of Williams Lake will see more than two dozen homes transition from diesel generators to a cleaner,...
article Two coastal B.C. First Nations investing $25 million in renewable energy projects
(British Columbia) -- Between two coastal First Nations in B.C., $25 million will be invested into renewable energy, to help reduce dependence on diesel-powered...
article 'A very powerful moment in our history': Southern First Nations take greater control over health care
(Manitoba) -- First Nations in southern Manitoba will take greater control over their healthcare services as part of a new agreement with the federal government....
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 First Nation education agreements to be signed
(Alaska) -- School District 60 says it will sign Monday a pair of local education agreements with the Doig River and Halfway River First Nations.The school district says...
article Sask. Indigenous family opted out of son's remote lessons to teach him about the land
(Saskatchewan) -- When schools across Saskatchewan closed due to COVID-19, Michelle and Philip Brass knew they had to pick up where their son's schooling left off...
article Steven Lewis Point becomes 1st Indigenous chancellor of University of British Columbia
(British Columbia) -- Former B.C. lieutenant-governor Steven Lewis Point has been appointed the University of British Columbia's next chancellor. A statement...

6/16/2020

article Lack of Indigenous investigators at Quebec's police watchdog makes agency hard to trust, says chief
(Quebec) -- Quebec's police watchdog, which is investigating the deaths of two First Nations people shot and killed by police in New Brunswick, has no Indigenous...
article Don't blame family who held funeral linked to new northern Sask. outbreak, chief says
(Saskatchewan) -- Clearwater River Dene Nation has brought back its checkstop as the region faces a new COVID-19 outbreak linked to a recent funeral and wake. Leaders...
article Fly-in northern Ontario First Nation reports 2 more COVID-19 cases
(Ontario) -- The chief of a fly-in Ojibway First Nation in northern Ontario said the community is facing a possible COVID-19 outbreak after two more tests came back...
article Indigenous land-based teaching program uses pandemic time to 'train their trainers'
(Ontario) -- Instead of hosting a camp for Indigenous kids in northern Ontario this summer, the First Peoples' Centre at Canadore College in North Bay is training...

6/15/2020

article AFN national chief calls for overhaul of policing in Canada
(New Brunswick) -- Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde called for a complete overhaul of the policing system in Canada Sunday, two days after a...
article RCMP shooting of First Nation man sparks anger and fear, and intensifies calls for reform
(Canada) -- The RCMP shooting of Rodney Levi, a 48-year-old father of three from a Mi’kmaq First Nation in New Brunswick, is sparking anger and fear, and...
article Francis: Canada's failing grade on First Nations accountability
(Canada) -- As Americans take to the streets to uphold their constitutional rights, Canadians must also acknowledge our own shortcomings in terms of policing, but also...
article Anishinaabe scholar unsurprised by recent violent encounters between police and Indigenous people
(Canada) -- Newly released dashcam footage of RCMP tackling and punching Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Chief Allan Adam is an "upsetting" example of police...
article Indigenous nurses say they work to help patients feel safe during their 'most vulnerable' times
(Canada) -- Throughout the month of June, CBC Indigenous is introducing you to some of the health care workers who are keeping our communities safe. Here are three...
article Unacceptable delay for inquiry into Innu children in care, says N.L. children's advocate
(North Canada) -- A long-promised inquiry into the handling of Innu children taken from their families has not gone ahead, and the list of grieving families has grown in...
article Roy Little Chief, Siksika politician and advocate for Indigenous rights, dead at 81
(Alberta) -- Roy Little Chief, a former chief of the Siksika First Nation and prominent voice for Indigenous rights, is dead at age 81. For more than 60 years, Little...

6/14/2020

article First Nation leaders call for Indigenous-led investigative team to look into 2 deaths
(New Brunswick) -- First Nation leaders are calling for an Indigenous-led team to head the investigation into the deaths of Chantel Moore and Rodney Levi, two Indigenous...

6/13/2020

article FSIN asserts treaty right to Indigenous children in care
(Saskatchewan) -- Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations Vice-Chief David Pratt is slamming Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe and his government, accusing them of not...

6/12/2020

article Northern Ontario fly-in First Nation faces 'crisis within a crisis' after second COVID-19 case
(Ontario) -- A fly-in First Nation in northern Ontario has its second case of COVID-19, creating a "crisis within a crisis" in the community, which is already...
article Trudeau has 'serious questions' after watching video of Chief Adam's arrest
(Alberta) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today he has "serious questions" about the arrest of Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Chief Allan Adam after...
article FSIN Chief calls for overhaul of legal system after First Nation chief's arrest
(Saskatchewan) -- Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations Chief Bobby Cameron condemned a “dark history of racism” in Saskatchewan police agencies after...
article Nunavut Court of Appeal overturns 2 sentences that rejected mandatory gun offence guidelines
(North Canada) -- The Nunavut Court of Appeal has overturned a pair of sentences, in which judges in both cases said Canada's mandatory four-year minimum for...
article Tribal council to restrict entry to most of Vancouver Island's west coast until COVID-19 safety conditions met
(British Columbia) -- A Vancouver Island First Nation has issued an order aimed at protecting its members from COVID-19, just as the B.C. government is making plans to...

6/11/2020

article Protecting communities, elders paramount for First Nations during COVID-19
(British Columbia) -- First Nations across B.C. have developed their own strategies to keep their members safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, an approach that will...
article Justice Department pilot project proves worth the investment, says minister
(North Canada) -- A pilot project hosted by the N.W.T. Department of Justice for more than four years has shown a positive return on investment, according to an...
article Tlicho annual gathering to drop cultural components this year due to COVID-19 restrictions
(North Canada) -- The annual Tlicho summer gathering will be very different this year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Chiefs are still working out the details, but...

6/10/2020

article Chantel Moore death prompts call for N.B. agency to investigate police shootings
(New Brunswick) -- The family of a 26-year-old Indigenous woman who was shot dead by police in Edmundston last week deserve answers sooner rather than later, the...
article 'Birthing a nation' during a pandemic: Indigenous doulas try to maintain practices and protocols from afar
(Saskatchewan) -- Birth is a sacred ceremony in Indigenous cultures, but the COVID-19 pandemic has made following some protocols challenging. "As an Indigenous...
article Alberta Health investigating case of Anishinaabe woman who was sent home after stroke
(Alberta) -- The province of Alberta has launched an investigation into why an Anishinaabe woman who was feeling unwell, had slurred speech and had difficulty walking...
article Human rights group alleges Indigenous seniors neglected at Slave Lake continuing care facility
(Alberta) -- An Edmonton human rights group is calling for a public inquiry into Points West Living continuing care facilities in Alberta, led by Indigenous community...
article N.W.T. MLAs recommend most COVID-19 benefits continue indefinitely
(North Canada) -- Three committees of regular MLAs issued their recommendations to the N.W.T. government Tuesday after wrapping up a review of their response to COVID-19...
article N.W.T. government says no new funding for schools to prevent spread of COVID-19 — yet
(North Canada) -- Public schools in the N.W.T. may have to meet new stringent health and safety standards with no additional funding from the territorial government. A...

6/9/2020

article Nunavut leaders calling for systematic review of RCMP service in the territory
(North Canada) -- A growing number of Nunavut leaders are calling for a territory-wide review of the RCMP after more than 30 cases have emerged involving allegations of...
article OP/ED: Lawyer calls out RCMP for racism in arrest of First Nations Chief Allan Adam
(Alberta) -- Prominent defence lawyer Brian Beresh says the Mounties were racist in the encounter that left a First Nation chief with a battered face and two serious...
article Alberta First Nations appeal suspension of monitoring in oilpatch
(Alberta) -- Three northern Alberta First Nations are asking to appeal the province’s suspension of environmental monitoring in the oilpatch because it “...
article Another milestone delayed by COVID-19, this time it's the Akaitcho agreement-in-principle
(North Canada) -- Like so much else this spring, a long-awaited agreement-in-principle for the Akaitcho land claims process has been delayed because of COVID-19. Last...
article Roadblocks come down on Manitoulin Island as pandemic fears ease
(Ontario) -- A non-essential travel ban that had been enacted around M'Chigeeng First Nation has been lifted, CTV News reporter Ian Campbell has confirmed. The ban...
article Twins from Neyaashiinigmiing First Nation head to Michigan State University
(Ontario) -- Twin Anishinaabe boys are heading to Michigan State University in the fall after successful high school careers at St. Andrew's College in Ontario....

6/8/2020

article Federal ministers concerned by brutality claims during arrest of Alberta Indigenous chief
(Alberta) -- Canada's public safety minister says the government will be paying close attention to the independent inquiry into allegations of racism and police...
article Inuit women in Nunavut suffer 'unnecessary violence,' racism from RCMP, legal aid board says
(North Canada) -- Inuit in Nunavut, especially women, suffer systemic police abuse, including excessive violence and persistent racism, according to the territory's...
article First Nations appeal Alberta Energy Regulator decision to suspend monitoring requirements
(Alberta) -- First Nations in northern Alberta have filed an appeal against the Alberta Energy Regulator after it issued sweeping decisions last month to suspend a...
article Indigenous stroke survivor says health system repeatedly failed her
(Alberta) -- Valerie Sawdo woke up at 6 a.m. on May 22 with blurred vision. She was unable to walk and the left side of her body felt numb. She had to crawl down the...
article K'atlo'deeche First Nation cancels events for foster families from outside N.W.T.
(North Canada) -- The chief of K'atl'odeeche First Nation near Hay River, N.W.T., says she won't be able to welcome foster children and their families to the...

6/3/2020

article Number of children in Saskatchewan’s care hits 11-year high, with 86% identified as Indigenous
(Saskatchewan) -- The number of children in Saskatchewan’s care last year was the highest it’s been in over a decade, with a huge proportion of those...
article ‘World Of Dance’ Fans Left Disappointed As Native-American Dance Troupe Are Sent Home: ‘I Was Excited To See Something Different’
(Canada) -- “World of Dance” fans weren’t impressed after Indigenous Enterprise got eliminated from the competition.The dancers from Navajo Nation in...

6/2/2020

article 'Start by changing your team name': Inuk MP responds to Edmonton Eskimos post referencing racism
(Alberta) -- A social media post by the Edmonton Eskimos referencing racism drew criticism over the weekend given the ongoing controversy over the team's name, which...
article OP/ED: Our recovery from COVID-19 should be rooted in reconciliation
(Saskatchewan) -- Sometimes when I'm telling a story, especially to younger kids, I'll let a moment slip into a pause, then see a hand shoot up and hear "...
article White people have to step up to identify systemic racism in Canada, labour expert says
(British Columbia) -- shouldn't fall on people of colour, says a Vancouver-based labour relations specialist, who adds white people need to also take responsibility...
article Homeless people explain decision to camp by CRAB Park as they prepare to fight port authority injunction
(British Columbia) -- Despite the promise of shelter, medical attention and access to a safe supply of drugs given to the residents of Oppenheimer Park, many chose...

6/1/2020

article Enoch man rallies community to clean up illegal dumping on nation land
(Alberta) -- Robert Hope remembers visiting the rodeo at Sand Hills in the early 1970s. His uncle would pick him up and take him to the show, joining the other attendees...
article Lutsel K'e Dene say N.W.T. gov't could destroy long-sought lodge business
(North Canada) -- The Łutsel K'e Dene First Nation says a policy shift regulating remote lodges could destroy its plans for the Frontier Lodge, an integral part of...
article Could body cameras be coming to some RCMP detachments? It's complicated
(North Canada) -- On May 5, a 31-year-old man in Clyde River, Nunavut, was killed in an altercation with an RCMP officer. In the characteristically cryptic language of a...
article Meet some of the First Nations health care workers on the front lines during a pandemic
(Canada) -- Throughout the month of June, CBC Indigenous is introducing you to some of the health care workers who are keeping our communities safe. Here are three First...
article First Nation enters online challenge to help reclaim its Anishinaabemowin language
(Ontario) -- Biigtigong Nishnaabeg, an Ojibway First Nation on the north shore of Lake Superior continues to work to grow and showcase its language project. "About...

5/29/2020

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 B.C. First Nation adopts historic law to protect Fraser River
(British Columbia) -- A First Nations community situated along both sides of the Fraser River in B.C.’s Interior is taking steps to protect water in their...
article Deh Cho MLA blasts finance minister over pandemic liquor sales
(North Canada) -- Ronald Bonnetrouge says MLAs have been patient so far with the territorial government's response to COVID-19. But in the legislature Thursday, that...
article Saskatchewan First Nations request $120M US to build own PPE stockpile
(Saskatchewan) -- Saskatchewan First Nations have made a $120 million US request to Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) to build up their own personal protective equipment...
article Lake Manitoba First Nation's plans for June powwow worry community member
(Manitoba) -- A knowledge keeper and former chief in Lake Manitoba First Nation worries the plan to go ahead with the annual powwow in June could bring the novel...

5/28/2020

article Saskatoon technology enlisted to help vulnerable Indigenous women
(Saskatchewan) -- A pilot project is using Saskatoon technology to keep vulnerable Indigenous women safe. "Knowing this could make a difference in even one life is...
article B.C. First Nation adopts historic law to protect Fraser River
(British Columbia) -- A First Nations community situated along both sides of the Fraser River in B.C.’s Interior is taking steps to protect water in their...
article RCMP apologize after officer was asked to leave to Fort Good Hope, N.W.T., says chief
(North Canada) -- The chief of Fort Good Hope, Northwest Territories says his community's trust with the RCMP has been partially restored. Chief Danny Masuzumi said...
article Former MP among more northern Sask. residents denied medical services in south
(Saskatchewan) -- More stories have emerged from northern Saskatchewan residents, including former MP Georgina Jolibois, who say they have been denied medical...
article Group helping youth in remote First Nations hopes to keep connection alive through COVID-19
(North Canada) -- A group launched a handful of years ago to help promote leadership and development with youth in remote First Nations in northwestern Ontario, hopes it...
article Former employees of Manitoba First Nation charged with fraud
(Manitoba) -- Four people who worked in education services for a Manitoba First Nation have been charged with fraud totalling $450,000. RCMP say they received a report...

5/27/2020

article DFO officer crosses COVID-19 checkpoint at Listuguj First Nation, prompting call for better communication
(Quebec) -- A First Nation near the New Brunswick/Quebec border says it's seeking better communication from federal service providers about visits to the community...
article Quebec Cree pass mandatory self-isolation law
(Quebec) -- Officials in northern Quebec Cree communities are moving ahead with a deconfinement plan that includes a law requiring a mandatory, 14-day self-isolation for...
article Travel restrictions reveal double-standard, says Canoe Lake Cree First Nation resident
(Saskatchewan) -- Rose Durocher longs to see her family. Her home community of Canoe Lake Cree First Nation is under government travel restrictions, even though there...
article First Nations commercial fishermen consider starting season as they await federal relief
(Manitoba) -- A group of First Nations commercial fishermen in Manitoba are wondering if they should start fishing even with little chance they can sell their catch,...

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