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K'asho Got'ine government could be on verge of creating new protected area in Sahtu

If all goes well, the N.W.T. will be 10,000 square kilometres richer in protected land by this fall. Negotiators representing the K'asho Got'ine government and the territorial government are close to finalizing an establishment agreement to protect Ts'ude Niline Tu'eyeta, or Ramparts River and Wetlands, outside Fort Good Hope.

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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...

12/11/2019

article Senator announces inquiry into unrecognized histories of Indigenous peoples
(Canada) -- A Canadian senator is pushing to open an inquiry into the unrecognized histories of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples and their contributions to Canada...
article Indigenous women urge Hamilton council to apologize to the water after Chedoke spill
(Ontario) -- A group of Indigenous women concerned about the health of the water will hold a quiet ceremony this month for Hamilton city councillors to apologize...
article OP/ED: Indigenous intercultural competency education ‘fundamental’ for lawyers in B.C.: law society VP
(Canada) -- Hot on the heels of the B.C. government’s plans to bring its laws into harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples...
article Elements Casino Mohawk is proud to launch The Buffet
(Ontario) -- A day or night out with friends and family should be relaxing, lighthearted and fun – the perfect distraction from our busy day-to-day lives. At...

12/10/2019

article Free financial literacy services proposed as part of First Nations child welfare compensation order
(Canada) -- The First Nations Child and Family Caring Society has lined up help from the Royal Bank of Canada as part of its proposal on how to distribute compensation...
article Free financial literacy services proposed as part of First Nations child welfare compensation order
(Canada) -- The First Nations Child and Family Caring Society has lined up help from the Royal Bank of Canada as part of its proposal on how to distribute compensation...

12/9/2019

article 30-year-old federal document shows plan to 'block' Inuktut services, Inuit group says
(North Canada) -- Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI), the organization that represents the Inuit of Nunavut in negotiations, says it has uncovered a 30-year-old...
article Lawyers in B.C. will be first in Canada required to study Indigenous issues, history, law society says
(British Columbia) -- The Law Society of British Columbia has moved to require Indigenous cultural competency training for all practising lawyers in the province, in...
article First Nations want Big Bar landslide cleared ASAP to allow fish passage
(British Columbia) -- First Nations leaders from across B.C. are calling for immediate action on the Fraser River to remove the blockage at the Big Bar landslide site...
article Plans being made to move Kashechewan, but not fast enough for frustrated flood-prone First Nation
(Ontario) -- Pushing through the brush and stepping over fallen trees, Stephane Friday looks around and smiles. "It's my first time here," says the 25-year...

12/7/2019

article B.C. treaty commissioner expects UNDRIP bill to speed treaty talks, more deals
(British Columbia) -- The often bumpy and slow path toward treaty making in British Columbia has a new tool that can help glide over major obstacles and potentially help...
article 'Kids will fall through the cracks:' Advocates critical of child-welfare changes
(Manitoba) -- Advocates for children and First Nations say the federal government hasn't provided funding for, or details about, extensive child-welfare changes...
article Jerseys hung outside homes in northern Sask. First Nation to remember young Wollaston Lake hockey player
(Canada) -- The video shows two rows of young men wearing hockey jerseys. It's a December night in northern Saskatchewan. The young men each hold a hockey stick in...
article A life of fighting monsters leaves coyote battling PTSD in new Indigenous tale
(British Columbia) -- A new book teaches about mental health issues with Indigenous storytelling, incorporating the Okanagan language nsyilxcən. In Blue Coyote,...

12/6/2019

article Jody Wilson-Raybould to push for Indigenous rights recognition framework
(Ottawa) -- After the closing Thursday of the Assembly of First Nations annual December meeting In Ottawa, Jody Wilson-Raybould, a former federal justice minister and...

12/5/2019

article What to expect from today's speech from the throne
(Ottawa) -- The Liberal government will lay out its priorities for its second term in office in the throne speech today — a chance for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to...

12/4/2019

article Talks to start soon on settling First Nations child welfare compensation, minister tells AFN
(Ottawa) -- Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller said Tuesday the government is laying the groundwork for talks on a compensation settlement package for First Nation...
article OP/ED: Ignoring all those inconvenient traditional and unceded Indigenous rights
(Ottawa) -- Despite its gushing declarations of support for Indigenous people, the government is defying an order to compensate thousands of families for discrimination.
article 'We have hope': Ottawa pledges to support First Nations suicide prevention strategies
(Saskatchewan) -- In the wake of a 10-year-old girl's suicide on his reserve, the Chief of Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation flew more than 3,000 kilometres to Ottawa...
article Amid uncertainty, Manitoba First Nations, Métis communities consider control of child welfare services
(Manitoba) -- Multiple Manitoba Indigenous communities are mulling a move to take authority over their child welfare systems when a federal law takes effect next month,...
article First Nations need billions in funding to take over child welfare services, says AFN regional chief
(Manitoba) -- 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...
article Nechi Institute lease terminated to make room for more addiction treatment
(Alberta) -- The Nechi Institute will have to find a new home since the Alberta government is terminating its lease at Poundmaker's Lodge as of March 31, 2020.
article Ottawa failed to work with First Nations to prepare for new child welfare law, says AFN national chief
(Ottawa) -- Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde says Ottawa has failed to work with First Nations to prepare for a new Indigenous child welfare law...
article Talks to start soon on settling First Nations child welfare compensation, minister tells AFN
(Ottawa) -- Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller said Tuesday the government is laying the groundwork for talks on a compensation settlement package for First Nation...

12/3/2019

article USET passes Chief Sneed’s eagle feather resolution
(Washington D.C.) -- Many Native American tribes have used eagle feathers in various ceremonies and events since time immemorial. Currently, only members of federally...
article OP/ED: Ignoring all those inconvenient traditional and unceded Indigenous rights: Neil Macdonald
(Ottawa) -- I often wonder, when I hear some important speaker rattle off the rote land acknowledgements that have become the standard introduction for official events...
article Kelly Fraser on why singing in Inuktitut is important to her
(North Canada) -- The first time I met Kelly Fraser, Inuk pop singer, she was getting ready to head to the Junos after being nominated for her album, Sedna. Her second...

11/29/2019

article Why B.C.'s Indigenous rights bill is 'impractically broad' and inconsistent with Canadian law
(British Columbia) -- British Columbia’s Bill 41, aimed at implementing the Universal Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) into provincial...
article Crown-Indigenous minister calls on Sen. Beyak to pull letters supporting assimilation of First Nations people
(Ottawa) -- Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett is calling on Sen. Lynn Beyak to remove letters still on her website that support Indigenous assimilation...
article 'A chance to live': Single mom of 5 shares profound impact of organ donation
(North Canada) -- Colleen Atsynia was in her mid-40's when kidney disease forced her to leave her job, her family and her northern Quebec community of Wemindji for...
article Bear Clan Patrol expands to Portage la Prairie with $50K in funding
(Manitoba) -- A community patrol group with a presence in several Manitoba communities is expanding to Portage la Prairie with help from the municipality and the...
article Federal Court denies Ottawa's attempt to pause First Nations child welfare compensation order
(Canada) -- The Federal Court of Canada has denied the federal government's motion to pause a human rights tribunal ruling ordering compensation for First Nations...
article Alberta golfer fights to claim hole-in-one prize SUV from summer tournament
(Alberta) -- Percy Potts said a last minute prayer before swinging his club on the par-3 17th hole at Goose Hummock golf course. The ball landed eight feet from the hole...
article 'Strong like Superman': Boy OK after being hit by semi while trying to board school bus
(Manitoba) -- A six-year-old boy from Sandy Bay First Nation is lucky to be alive after he was hit by a semi-trailer truck Thursday morning while trying to board his...

11/28/2019

article Indigenous politician who admitted buying votes removed as Meadow Lake Tribal Council vice-chief
(Saskatchewan) -- When Chief Elmer Campbell read about Indigenous politician Larry Iron admitting he was involved in a vote-buying scheme, Campbell decided to take...

11/27/2019

article Human rights tribunal postpones compensation submission deadline on First Nations child welfare case
(Canada) -- The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has pushed back a deadline set for submissions on how compensation should be distributed under its Sept. 6 order that the...

11/26/2019

article Ottawa admits it's 'wrongdoer' as judge prepares ruling on compensating First Nations children
(Ottawa) -- Federal Court Justice Paul Favel said Tuesday he would soon issue a ruling on a federal government motion that is part of a two-phase legal strategy to quash...
article Inquest called into death of man shot by Long Plain First Nation police force
(Manitoba) -- Manitoba's chief medical examiner has called an inquest into the death of a man who was shot by police on Long Plain First Nation earlier this year.
article Rally at Sask. Legislature calls for 'immediate' end to coerced sterilizations
(Saskatchewan) -- Carrying signs that read "protect our women" and "stopped forced sterilization," a group marched to the Saskatchewan Legislature on...

11/25/2019

article Ottawa plans to settle First Nations child welfare class-action lawsuit as it battles tribunal order in court
(Ottawa) -- The Trudeau government announced Monday it's planning to settle a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of First Nations children affected by the on-reserve...

11/22/2019

article Manitoba slams lack of detail on plan to overhaul Indigenous child welfare
(Manitoba) -- Canada is only six weeks away from one of the largest-ever reforms to the Indigenous child welfare system, and Ottawa has not shared information about how...

11/21/2019

article Commission seeks public input for Dawson land use plan
(North Canada) -- The Dawson Regional Planning Commission in Yukon is releasing its work to date for public feedback. The commission, which is developing a land use plan...
article Anne with an E explores Mi'kmaq First Nation history in PEI
(Prince Edward Island) -- In season three of the beloved coming-of-age series, Anne with an E, we meet Ka'kwet, an independent, resilient Mi'kmaq girl. Played by...

11/20/2019

article Internal probe hears former N.S. AFN chief may have used death threats to suppress sexual assault allegations
(Canada) -- An investigation launched by the Assembly of First Nations gathered evidence suggesting a former regional chief from Nova Scotia used his influence along...
article Concerned groups urge N.S. to reject mill’s plan to pump effluent into strait
(Nova Scotia) -- The Northern Pulp mill's plan to pump treated wastewater into the Northumberland Strait lacks information and minimizes the risk to fishing grounds...
article SIU probing death of man in Lac Seul First Nation from fatal gunshot wound
(Ontario) -- Ontario's Special Investigations Unit is probing the death of a 38-year-old man in Lac Seul First Nation, who is believed to have died from a self-...
article Thunder Bay receives final flight of Bearskin Lake residents as evacuations continue
(Ontario) -- Thunder Bay is not expecting to receive any more flights from Bearskin Lake First Nation as evacuations from the community continue. The city is one of the...

11/19/2019

article 'They're kids': Expert on human trafficking speaks about victims, prevention in Thunder Bay
(Ontario) -- A Canadian expert on human trafficking wants people in Thunder Bay, and across northwestern Ontario, to understand that any child anywhere could be lured...
article Internal probe hears former N.S. AFN chief may have used death threats to suppress sexual assault allegations
(Nova Scotia) -- An investigation launched by the Assembly of First Nations gathered evidence suggesting a former regional chief from Nova Scotia used his influence...

11/18/2019

article Exploration on Moose Cree First Nation for go ahead as Chief, Council withdraw legal opposition to NioBay
(Ontario) -- Moose Cree First Nation says it has withdrawn its application for a judicial review of mining company NioBay's drilling permit in the James Bay lowlands.
article 2010 coroner's investigation raised questions over Thunder Bay hospital's discharge practices
(Ontario) -- A coroner's investigation raised questions about the Thunder Bay hospital's discharge practices for vulnerable patients almost 10 years before a 19-...

11/17/2019

article The fight of his life: How an Ojibway man stepped into the boxing ring to overcome his past
(Canada) -- Paul Machimity didn't see the white towel. Machimity, 49, was exchanging blows with Mike Kaupinen, from the House of Five boxing club in Niagara Falls,...

11/13/2019

article 8 questions with new Six Nations Chief Mark Hill
(Ontario) -- The new chief of the Six Nations of the Grand River is Mark Hill. He was elected over the weekend and sworn in on Tuesday. He spoke with CBC Radio's...

11/11/2019

article Women start new tradition to honour Eskasoni's veterans
(Nova Scotia) -- Eskasoni First Nation has a new Remembrance Day tradition. Banners with photos of local veterans line the street of the main road. Rosie Basque and Mary...
article Bearskin Lake First Nation declares state of emergency due to flooding threat
(Ontario) -- Bearskin Lake First Nation declared a state of emergency Sunday due to a flooding threat, according to a statement from Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN). An ice...

11/9/2019

article Matt James Wins Prestigious NAMA Country Album Of The Year
(New York) -- Matt James won the Best Country/Americana Album Of The Year award at the 19th Annual Native American Music Awards (NAMA) held this Saturday, November 2...

11/8/2019

article Remembering William Basque, the Mi’kmaw veteran behind the poem, Sma’knis
(Nova Scotia) -- Rose Basque recalls when her late husband, William Basque, wrote the poem, Sma’knis, back in 1992. She said he had trouble going to sleep one...

11/7/2019

article FSIN calls for 'needs-based, treaty-based' education funding formula
(Saskatchewan) -- Saskatchewan's Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) says an interim federal funding model to address gaps in Indigenous education...
article Inmates 'deserve to be safe': Death of Cornell Henry exposes security failings at Saskatoon jail
(Saskatchewan) -- The father of a Saskatoon Correctional Centre inmate who was attacked after his personal file fell into the hands of another prisoner is threatening...
article Care of Indigenous children at Batshaw compromised by 'racist attitudes,' report finds
(Quebec) -- Indigenous children and their families are subject to "racist attitudes" at the organization that oversees a Montreal youth protection agency,...

11/6/2019

article OP/ED: 'Communal need for healing' after boy's death, Winnipeg mother says
(Manitoba) -- As I typed this, I was preparing to head to a gathering in honour of a little boy, his mother's only child, who was taken from his family. Little...
article Shooting death of young Indigenous man forces rural community to confront racism
(Alberta) -- In many ways, Kristian Ayoungman was seen as an example of reconciliation in action. He lived on the Siksika First Nation, but growing up, he went to school...
article New $15M 'temporary' school opens in Kashechewan First Nation
(Ontario) -- When he first walked through the doors of the new school, Ashton Sutherland could not wait to see the hallway. For the Grade 6 student in Kashechewan, it...

11/5/2019

article Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act introduced in BC
(British Columbia) -- Legislation introduced by British Columbia’s government in collaboration with the First Nations leaders would bring into provincial law...
article Montreal city councillor steps down as reconciliation advisor after Indigenous identity questioned
(Quebec) -- A Montreal city councillor says she will no longer be responsible for the city's reconciliation portfolio after questions arose on social media about her...
article Supporting remote First Nation communities to transition to clean energy
(British Columbia) -- Remote First Nation communities in B.C. will soon be eligible for financial support to transition from diesel to clean energy.
article Kingsclear First Nation recognized nationally for economic development
(Quebec) -- Kingsclear First Nation has been recognized nationally for its work developing new business opportunities. "It feels really good to be recognized ... it...
article 'Abysmal' policy: Saskatchewan, Alberta seek First Nations support in fight with Ottawa
(Saskatchewan) -- Alberta and Saskatchewan blasted the federal government over energy policy at a First Nations event Monday, urging Indigenous communities to fight...
article Prince Albert Grand Council to hold first-ever national justice and policing gathering
(Saskatchewan) -- The first-ever National Symposium on First Nations Policing and Indigenous Justice, taking place Nov. 5-7, will bring together Indigenous leaders,...
article A 200-year-old First Nation treaty is on display at Museum Strathroy-Caradoc
(Ontario) -- Treaty 21, also known as the Longwoods Treaty, is on display this week at Museum Strathroy-Caradoc for Treaties Recognition Week.

11/4/2019

article Ottawa in talks to settle First Nations child welfare class action lawsuit
(Ottawa) -- Ottawa says it has started talks to settle a $6 billion proposed class action lawsuit filed earlier this year on behalf of First Nations children affected by...

11/3/2019

article FSIN asks federal government to drop judicial review of child welfare decision
(Saskatchewan) -- The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) is adding their voice to the groups asking the federal government to drop an appeal on a Canadian...

11/2/2019

article Lheidli T'enneh First Nation to hold first potlatch in 73 years
(Canada) -- For the first time in 73 years, the Lheidli T'enneh First Nation will hold a potlatch. With the help of neighbouring nations, the Lheidli T'enneh are...

11/1/2019

article How Canada could have done a better job at Confederation
(North Canada) -- Sen. Murray Sinclair, who is the former chief commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, is this year's recipient of the Symons Medal...
article James Bay Cree First Nation looks to banish drug dealers and alcohol bootleggers
(Ontario) -- A northern Ontario First Nation is looking to banish drug dealers and alcohol bootleggers from its community. Moose Cree First Nation held a membership...
article Manitoba First Nations raise concerns over federal and provincial State of Emergency response: IRTC
(Manitoba) -- The Interlake Reserve Tribal Council and member First Nations raised concerns in Ottawa Friday about the provincial and federal state of emergency response...

10/31/2019

article Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs plans to set up First Nations Gaming Authority to negotiate with province
(Manitoba) -- The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs says it's frustrated Indigenous people aren't being involved in discussions about gambling in the province, so it...
article Hundreds in Wood Buffalo will struggle to pay rent with planned cuts in Alberta budget
(Alberta) -- Grace Richards couldn't find a place to live in Conklin, Alta., so she built herself a small shack with no running water or electricity. It's a...
article First Nations paranormal hunters scour Six Nations for spirits
(Ontario) -- Todd Thomas can't see anything, but he senses there's a big tall shadow named Richard O'Malley hovering over him. Thomas thought he heard that...

10/30/2019

article First Nation trying to stop $453M Manitoba Minnesota power line project
(Manitoba) -- The Sagkeeng First Nation in Manitoba is taking the province to court over a $453-million power transmission project it says it wasn’t properly...
article Who wore it best? Cree cousins dress as The Amazing Race Canada winners for Halloween
(Canada) -- The latest season of The Amazing Race Canada made such an impact on two Cree cousins that the girls will be trick-or-treating this Halloween as Anthony...

10/29/2019

article Legal playing field tilted against First Nations in resource development battles, says new report
(Ottawa) -- Canada's legal landscape continues to be heavily in favour of corporations when it comes to court injunctions during conflicts with First Nations over...
article Western separatism would have to face treaty nations, say First Nations leaders
(Canada) -- Prairie First Nation leaders say Alberta and Saskatchewan can't separate without their consent because the legal underpinnings allowing Canada to settle...
article Healing through grief: 'If I wasn't doing what I'm doing ... I probably wouldn't be here'
(Alberta) -- Mason Buffalo carries a headstone to his cousin's grave. He lowers the concrete block to the ground at the base of a white cross. It hits the dirt with...
article Indigenous students' haunted house spooky enough to scare Ellen's producer? They think so
(Alberta) -- A group of about two dozen high school students from Sunchild First Nation along with their industrious social studies teacher have been sending videos to...
article Varcoe: Fort McKay First Nation calls for UCP to approve Moose Lake plan
(Ontario) -- The chief of the Fort McKay First Nation remembers when he first went out to the Moose Lake area in northern Alberta to learn how to hunt and trap with his...
press release Homewood Ravensview Welcomes Chief Rebecca David of the Pauquachin First Nation to the Position of Cultural Liaison
(British Columbia) -- Homewood Ravensview is pleased to announce that it has hired Chief Rebecca David of the Pauquachin First Nation to serve as Ravensview's first...

10/28/2019

article New Carcross bridge 'template' for working with First Nations, Yukon gov't says
(Canada) -- When Richard Mostyn took over the highways portfolio, the Yukon government's relationship with Carcross/Tagish First Nation was a lot like the Nares River...
article We've spelled this N.W.T. community's name wrong for almost 50 years
(North Canada) -- The Yellowknives Dene First Nation recently emailed a notice asking certain news organizations to begin — please — to correctly spell...
article Trail-building project for First Nation teens stalled after province redirects $100K in funds
(British Columbia) -- The Skawahlook First Nation in Agassiz, B.C. will not be able to expand trails in a local park — and it blames the B.C. government for...
article Neighbours help each other after power outage forces evacuation in northern Manitoba
(Manitoba) -- A pair of northern Manitoba communities banded together to keep elders and children warm after a winter storm knocked out power for more than 24 hours....

10/25/2019

article Supreme Court of Canada to hear case of 'extinct' First Nation
(Ottawa) -- The Supreme Court of Canada will hear a case involving the Sinixt First Nation, which has been fighting for nearly a decade to reverse the Canadian...
article “Extinct” Indigenous group fights for recognition
(British Columbia) -- Canada’s Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case of an American indigenous man who claims to be a descendant of the Sinixt First Nation,...
article Hunger strike ends in Kanesatake over 301-year-old land grievance
(Ontario) -- After 15 days, a First Nations man in Quebec has ended a hunger strike to raise awareness of a 301-year-old unresolved land dispute in Kanesatake. Al...
article FSIN hopes to see child welfare, cannabis discussions continue in fall legislature session
(Saskatchewan) -- With the fall session of the legislature underway in Saskatchewan, the chief of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) says he hopes to...
article UNDRIP in British Columbia: A much-needed path for First Nations and industry
(British Columbia) -- Almost a century before anyone had conceived of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP), there was the 1910...
article 'I was so surprised:' Member of The Wiggles wears ribbon skirt given by Sask. Cree family
(Saskatchewan) -- A little girl from the Poundmaker Cree Nation got a big surprise this week. Emma, a member of children's band The Wiggles, accepted and wore on...
article A path to the past: History trail project taking shape in northern Quebec
(Quebec) -- A walking trail taking shape in northern Quebec aims to connect people from Waswanipi — youth in particular — to the history of their community,...

10/24/2019

article Tsilhqot’in Nation thankful Trudeau and Liberals back in power
(Canada) -- Leaders of the Tsilhqot’in Nation welcomed news of the reelection of the Liberal federal government as a result of the election Monday, saying the...

10/23/2019

article Saskatoon clears path to forming 8th urban reserve in city
(Saskatchewan) -- Saskatoon will soon have a new urban reserve. On Tuesday officials from the City of Saskatoon and the Kahkewistahaw First Nation "cleared a path...
article Alberta regional chief hopeful 'momentum' continues with Liberal minority government
(Alberta) -- The Alberta regional chief of the Assembly of First Nations says she's looking forward to working on Indigenous issues with the Liberal minority...
article Jody Wilson-Raybould's reputation could give her rare influence for an Independent MP, experts say
(British Columbia) -- In the early years of Confederation, there were members of Parliament known as "loose fish,'' who floated free from parties but swam...

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