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Manitoba's new 'utility scale' solar farm aims to spark First Nations interest in green energy

Fisher River Cree Nation will soon be home to the biggest solar farm in Manitoba — a one megawatt facility that will be hooked up to the province's power grid — and its backers are hoping that the project will pique the interest of other First Nations. "The focus of this particular project is revenue generation for the community," says David Crate, the chief of Fisher River.

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10/16/2019

article 'We just want to go home': First Nations storm evacuees grow tired of Winnipeg
(Manitoba) -- Shirley Sinclair is no stranger to city hotels. The Dauphin River resident lived in them for almost a year after the 2011 flood and is back in one again...

10/14/2019

article Nunavut Liberal candidate pledges aid for elders, children, hunters
(North Canada) -- Megan Pizzo-Lyall is on the campaign trail as Nunavut's Liberal Party candidate. She is sure it's her Nunavummiut need as their political voice...
article Manitobans could face more than week-long delay to get power back after snowstorm
(Manitoba) -- Hundreds of people are seeking shelter in Winnipeg after being evacuated from First Nations communities as Manitoba reels from a snowstorm that has left...
article 'It's a symbol of our strength': Heiltsuk open first Big House in 120 years
(British Columbia) -- Chief Coun. Marilyn Slett of the Heiltsuk Nation says it's hard to put into words the excitement and emotion she feels at Sunday's opening...

10/12/2019

article Morley Googoo removed as regional chief of Assembly of First Nations
(Nova Scotia) -- Morley Googoo has been removed from his role of regional chief of the Assembly of First Nations. In a news release Friday, the chiefs of Newfoundland...
article Quebec Indigenous leaders question gov't commitment to Indigenous issues
(Quebec) -- With just over one week to go until Canadians head to the polls in a federal election, Quebec's Indigenous leaders are condemning past governments for...
article State of emergency requested for six Manitoba First Nations following October snow storm
(Winnipeg) -- A state of emergency has been requested for six Manitoba First Nations as they deal with the effects of an October snow storm that has blanketed the...

10/11/2019

article Party leaders debate climate, deficits, Indigenous services, assisted dying, SNC-Lavalin
(Ottawa) -- In the last debate of the federal election campaign, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau kicked off his pitch to Canadians by saying Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-...
article Medical boarding homes 'over capacity' in Yellowknife and Edmonton
(North Canada) -- Two medical boarding homes in Yellowknife and Edmonton don't have enough beds for patients on most nights, forcing the overflow of clients to stay...
article Yukon First Nations aim to preserve, revitalize their languages through video
(North Canada) -- A project is underway to help preserve and revitalize the languages of Yukon First Nations, entailing the production of 280 videos recorded in the...

10/10/2019

article Federal election seeing a record number of Indigenous candidates and First Nations swing votes: AFN
(Ottawa) -- The Assembly of First Nations says the current federal election is seeing a record number of Indigenous candidates — and First Nations voters could...
article Nipissing First Nation chief backing NDP, says Liberals broke promises
(Ontario) -- Last election the Liberals got massive support from Canada's native communities. That has changed, and Nipissing First Nation Chief Scott McLeod says he...

10/9/2019

article Indigenous issues refusing to be ignored this election
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article Innu Nation challenges agreement between Ottawa, NunatuKavut Community Council
(Ottawa) -- The Innu Nation is taking legal action against a memorandum of understanding between Canada and the NunatuKavut Community Council, arguing it will harm the...
article Quebec ‘has failed in its duty,’ premier says in apology to Indigenous peoples
(Quebec) -- Quebec’s premier apologized to First Nations and Inuit people Wednesday for discrimination they suffered in dealing with the state, noting the province...
article Tuktoyaktuk teens will show their climate change doc at UN conference
(North Canada) -- A group of seven teenagers from Tuktoyaktuk has been invited to show a documentary they made on climate change at a United Nations convention this...
article Seamus O'Regan taking leave from campaign, citing family reasons
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article B.C. women are not getting the health care they need, report says
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10/8/2019

article Scheer, Bernier only 2 in debate who wouldn't back UN Indigenous rights declaration
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article Innu Nation asks federal court to quash NunatuKavut agreement with federal government
(Ottawa) -- The Innu Nation is again challenging the Indigenous status of the NunatuKavut Community Council, this time in federal court.
article It's Hard to Imagine a Bleaker Leaders' Debate at a More Important Time
(Ottawa) -- This election is scant on debates. Literally, in that last night was the only chance Anglo viewers will get to see four of the major parties (and two fringe-...
article OP/ED: By fighting a compensation ruling, the government denies First Nations children justice — again
(Ottawa) -- Canada is facing what former Minister of Indigenous Services Jane Philpott described as a "humanitarian crisis" with respect to Indigenous child...
article Police arrest 10 people in Vancouver who joined Extinction Rebellion protest
(British Columbia) -- Vancouver Police say 10 people were arrested late Monday for obstruction of justice after they refused to leave a bridge linking the city’s...
article NDP commit to improving conditions in mercury-contaminated Grassy Narrows First Nation
(Ontario) -- The New Democratic Party of Canada and leader Jagmeet Singh have committed to improving conditions within the Grassy Narrows First Nations community in...
article Discrepancies between cash withdrawal and travel dates questioned at chief’s fraud trial
(Saskatchewan) -- The bank records belonging to Napoleon Mercredi were a central focus of discussions during day two of the former Fond Du Lac chief’s trial. To...
article Government plans to help First Nations, Métis groups get capital for resource projects
(Edmonton) -- First Nations and Métis groups could soon have access to $1 billion in loans and loan guarantees over four years to start their own large and medium-sized...
article Quebec Cree community to get regional hospital
(Quebec) -- Representatives from the Cree Nation are welcoming news of funding for a new 52-bed regional hospital and health centre to be built in the James Bay...

10/7/2019

article Watch tonight's federal leaders debate in 3 Indigenous languages
(Canada) -- Voters will be able to watch the federal party leaders debates this week with translation into several Indigenous languages. The decision of what languages...
article First Nations vote unlikely to hit levels seen in 2015 election, say experts
(Canada) -- The First Nations vote might not turn out at the polls later this month in the high numbers seen at the end of the 2015 federal election, some observers say...
article First Nations groups upset government is appealing compensation
(Saskatoon) -- In September, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ordered the federal government to pay billions of dollars in compensation to First Nations children and...

10/5/2019

article May commits to process for First Nations to opt out of Indian Act
(Canada) -- A Green government would create a framework for Indigenous communities to opt out of the Indian Act as part of its strategy for reconciliation, party leader...
article Trans Mountain pipeline: Why some First Nations want to stop it — and others want to own it
(Canada) -- Mike LeBourdais stands on top of the Trans Mountain pipeline where it crosses under his land. If anyone is aware of how controversial and polarizing...
article Singh targets Liberal record on Indigenous issues as government appeals human rights ruling
(Canada) -- NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh attacked the Liberals' record on Indigenous issues, saying the government's decision to appeal the latest ruling on...
article Trudeau appeal could block billions in compensation to Indigenous children
(Canada) -- The government of Justin Trudeau will appeal a court ruling that found Indigenous youth were “wilfully and recklessly” harmed under national...
article Scheer's relationship with Indigenous people is being tested in this election
(Canada) -- Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says he is committed to building an open and positive relationship with Indigenous people as prime minister — but...

10/4/2019

article Supreme Court rules in favour of man arrested protesting 2009 Six Nations blockade
(Ontario) -- The Supreme Court of Canada has backed a lower court ruling in a case involving the arrest of a man during a protest against an Ontario Indigenous community...
article Trudeau government seeks judicial review in decision to compensate First Nations kids
(Ottawa) -- The Liberal government led by Justin Trudeau is challenging a landmark human rights ruling to compensate apprehended First Nations children harmed by the on-...
article Month Of The Métis Proclaimed In Saskatchewan
(Saskatchewan) -- Today, the Minister Responsible for First Nations, Métis and Northern Affairs, as well as the Minister Responsible for the Provincial Capital...

10/3/2019

article 3 first-time voters explain why they're excited to cast their ballots
(Canada) -- Three Canadians who will be voting for the first time in this month's federal election may have different backgrounds and political leanings — but...
article Chief Ava Hill of Six Nations on the federal election, her legacy and more
(Ontario) -- CBC Hamilton and CBC Kitchener-Waterloo headed to Six Nations of the Grand River last Friday and The Morning Edition's host, Craig Norris, spoke with...
article N.W.T. voted for change, soon MLAs will decide what that looks like
(North Canada) -- For the second straight election, voters in the Northwest Territories have signalled they're ready for change. Soon, the work will begin to...
article Field of dreams: New ball diamond unveiled at northern Ontario Indigenous high school a 'safe place'
(Ontario) -- Indigenous high school students attending a school near Sioux Lookout, Ont., have a brand new baseball field to play on thanks to a partnership with, and...
article Scheer says he'd seek 'judicial review' of First Nation child welfare compensation
(Ottawa) -- Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer today called for a "judicial review" of a Canadian Human Rights Tribunal decision to compensate First Nations...

10/2/2019

article 'An incredibly strong voice': Yukon First Nations urged to vote in federal election
(North Canada) -- Yukon First Nations leaders are reminding citizens about their collective voting power. "We have an incredibly strong voice," said Kluane...
article Francis Kavanaugh re-elected to 3rd term as grand chief of Grand Council Treaty 3
(Ontario) -- The First Nations in Treaty 3 territory in northwestern Ontario and Manitoba have re-elected Francis Kavanaugh to serve another term as ogichidaa or grand...

10/1/2019

article ‘Understanding trauma’: program shows doctors the biases Indigenous women face
(Canada) -- An online training program is aiming to educate health-care professionals about biases Indigenous women may experience as highlighted by allegations of...
article OP/ED: The Two Questions I Want To Ask Federal Leaders
(Canada) -- This federal election is unfolding as though we’re living in a vacuum—as if this election were happening in the same old status quo context that...
article The 27 sites Nova Scotia has announced as newly protected lands
(Nova Scotia) -- The Ecology Action Centre (EAC) is applauding a move by the province that will protect more than 14,000 hectares of land. In a media release, the group...
article Osoyoos Indian Band develop a place with purpose
(British Columbia) -- On an overcast but warm September morning, Dyawen Louis’ voice echoes over the southern Okanagan Valley. In the Nsyilxcen language, the...
article 'Very lucky' — Woman jailed for stabbing another woman in the neck
(Ontario) -- A woman handed a 22-month sentence Monday for stabbing another woman in the neck last December was fortunate her victim wasn’t killed, a Windsor judge...
article OSPCA mobile spay and neuter unit travels to northwestern Ontario First Nation
(Ontario) -- The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is scheduled to be in Naicatchewenin First Nation this week as the society says the trip to the...
article Blanket exercise taking steps toward reconciliation
(Ontario) -- Students and faculty at Lakehead University took a walk through the past to learn more about Indigenous people’s history and experiences and to...
article N.B. students taught that ‘every child matters’ by Elsipogtog First Nation elder
(Canada) -- People across New Brunswick wore orange shirts on Monday in honour of residential school survivors. The Orange Shirt Day campaign was inspired by B.C’s...

9/30/2019

article Quebec should apologize for systemic discrimination in treatment of Indigenous people, Viens report says
(Quebec) -- The Quebec government should apologize to First Nations and Inuit for the harm they have endured as a result of provincial laws, policies and practices, says...
article Arson suspected after sacred lodge burnt in Chippewas of the Thames First Nation
(Ontario) -- A First Nation community near London, Ont. is reeling after it's Midewiwin Lodge was found charred, and members of the community suspect the fire was...
article Crown appeals for new trial for man acquitted in shooting death of Indigenous man
(Ontario) -- The prosecution appeal of the not guilty verdict in the case of a Hamilton-area homeowner who shot and killed an Indigenous man begins Monday in Toronto.
article St. John's skaters ride The Rooms
(North Canada) -- St. John's skateboarders were able to pull off some tricks inside one of the province's most iconic buildings over the weekend, as the Boarder...

9/28/2019

article Canadian Indigenous water activist Autumn Peltier addresses UN on clean water
(Canada) -- Canadian Indigenous water activist Autumn Peltier, 15, addressed hundreds of international guests at UN headquarters in Manhattan on Saturday, where she...

9/27/2019

article Off-reserve Mi'kmaq sue N.S. over treaty hunting, fishing rights
(Nova Scotia) -- The Nova Scotia government is facing a class-action lawsuit in a dispute over Mi'kmaw treaty hunting and fishing rights. Earlier this week, the...
article Nunatsiavut president waiting for sit-down with premier on ferry concerns
(North Canada) -- The president of the Nunatsiavut government says he's disappointed Premier Dwight Ball had time to deal with comments made by an MHA earlier this...
article First Nations, non-profits also affected by suspension of rural grant program
(British Columbia) -- When the B.C. government recently cancelled a rural grant program, smaller municipalities across the province were left without funding they had...
article Lack of affordable housing on Vancouver Island forces family to sleep in a tent and a van
(British Columbia) -- Jagmeet Singh learned first-hand Thursday about the affordable housing crunch, when a weeping Betty Nicolaye came to his campaign event to tell him...
article Students learn life-long food skills through Six Nations school program
(Canada) -- For the youngest students of the Everlasting Tree School, Tuesday isn't "Tuesday," but "Pasta Day." The school, located on Six...
article 'Heart of our community' gone as complex burns to the ground in First Nation
(Manitoba) -- Grief and bewilderment are the two emotions running through the minds of the people in the Canupawakpa Dakota First Nation as they struggle to come to...

9/26/2019

article In Nunakput, residents grapple with the N.W.T.'s most complex challenges
(North Canada) -- Lunchtime is sacred at Jody Illasiak's place in Paulatuk, N.W.T. Every day, he comes home from his construction job, his kids come home from school...
article 7 Indigenous communities buying stake in Wabamun-Fort McMurray power line
(Alberta) -- Seven Alberta Indigenous communities are signing a deal to buy a 40-per-cent interest in a 508-kilometre, 500-kilovolt electricity transmission line that...
article Cost of upholding rights in Supreme Court case 'too high,' appellants worry
(Manitoba) -- The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and other minority-language organizations are worried their constitutional rights might also be seen as too costly by the...
article New space gives Cree students a place for traditional learning in Waswanipi
(North Canada) -- More than 150 people attended a community inauguration Tuesday of a special space where Cree high school students will learn about their indigenous...
article Film series brings the voice of First Nations to Gund Gallery
(Ontario) -- RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World, written and directed by Catherin Bainbridge, was the powerful kickoff to Kenyon’s first ever First Nations...

9/25/2019

article 'Vindication for our ancestors': Sask. First Nation reclaims original name
(Saskatchewan) -- It's an error that took more than a century to correct. The Sakimay First Nation near Grenfell, Sask., will again be known as Zagime Anishinabek....
article In Victoria, Climate Change Is At The Heart Of An Intriguing, 3-Way Race
(British Columbia) -- I’m really afraid of the future that my son is going to face.” Charles Campbell is sitting in his dining room, the crimson walls lined...
article NDP candidate wants to revive Indigenous rights bill which died with the election call
(North Canada) -- An NDP candidate says that, if she is elected, she will seek to revive a bill aimed at ensuring Canada's laws are in harmony with the United...
article Indigenous Communities Acquire 40 per cent Interest in Award-Winning Alberta Powerline
(Alberta) -- ATCO and Canadian Utilities Limited (CU) announced today (9/23) that seven Indigenous communities have entered into definitive agreements to purchase a...
article The long roads to election: Candidates traverse distance and demographics in enormous northern Sask. riding
(Saskatchewan) -- Georgina Jolibois stands by a dirt road in the northern Saskatchewan community of Weyakwin, waiting for two young boys to get their grandmother from a...
article Two Year Old Killed By A Pack Of Dogs In Northern Manitoba
(Manitoba) -- A pack of dogs in Northern Manitoba killed a two-year-old boy. Police claim they attained a report of a dog attack in God Lake Narrows on early Monday...

9/23/2019

article Supreme Court hears cases in Winnipeg this week in historic first
(Manitoba) -- For the first time in its 144-year history, the Supreme Court of Canada will hear two cases outside of Ottawa this week, and it will happen in Winnipeg....
article The 1st First Nations to participate in a federal election reflect on the politics of voting
(Canada) -- On Oct. 31, 1960, members of Hiawatha and Curve Lake First Nations in Ontario made history in Canada by voting in a federal byelection without losing treaty...
article People's Party of Canada will explore options to replace the Indian Act if elected
(Ontario) -- People’s Party of Canada founder and party leader Maxime Bernier says the government has a lot of things to fix when it comes to “complex”...
article Blackfoot Nation renews agreement with Alberta Government
(Alberta) -- The Government of Alberta has committed to continuing to work alongside the Blackfoot Nation. The deal, signed Monday in Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park...
article Man charged in connection with shooting on Big River First Nation in Saskatchewan
(Saskatchewan) -- RCMP say a man continues to recover in hospital after a shooting in Saskatchewan.
article Indigenous high schoolers to explore world of business with new Grenfell Campus program
(North Canada) -- Indigenous high school students from Newfoundland and Labrador will be able to take part in a free program this fall aimed to expose them to university...
article Gwich'in elder discusses life and wisdom in new Yellowknife library program
(North Canada) -- The Yellowknife Public Library is offering the chance to learn from an elder, and kicked off the series Friday with William Greenland, who is...

9/22/2019

article Trudeau ducks question on whether he'd accept First Nations child welfare compensation ruling
(Saskatoon) -- Liberal leader Justin Trudeau sidestepped a direct town hall question from a First Nations leader Thursday on whether a Liberal government would accept a...

9/21/2019

article Trudeau ducks question on whether he'd accept First Nations child welfare compensation ruling
(Saskatoon) -- Liberal leader Justin Trudeau sidestepped a direct town hall question from a First Nations leader Thursday on whether a Liberal government would accept a...

9/20/2019

article Trudeau commits to 'necessary funding' for kids in Indigenous communities during Saskatoon town hall
(Saskatchewan) -- Liberal Party of Canada Leader Justin Trudeau was questioned about several issues during his town hall in Saskatoon on Thursday, with Indigenous issues...
article New Chief elected by Westbank First Nation
(British Columbia) -- Westbank First Nation elected a new Chief on Thursday evening. After sitting on Westbank First Nation council since 2012, Christopher Derickson...
article Northern federal election hopefuls face off in Thompson
(Manitoba) -- People in Thompson got the chance to meet some of the candidates running to represent their riding for the first time on Thursday night at a forum focused...
article Closing Indigenous education gap would impact number of future arrests in Sask., StatsCan study says
(Saskatchewan) -- A new "microsimulation" study concludes that eliminating the education gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Saskatchewan would...
article Leader of organization behind fake status cards facing sex charges involving minor
(Canada) -- The leader of a self-described Indigenous organization that distributed fake Indian status cards is facing three sex-related charges involving a minor, court...
article Maskwacis celebrates new chapter with grand opening of first public library
(Alberta) -- A trip to the local library has finally become a possibility for 15,000 people living in Maskwacis. The library, in the Howard Buffalo Memorial Centre, will...

9/17/2019

article NAC: Should Trudeau get another chance?
(Canada) -- The Canadian federal election has officially begun. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has until October 21st to convince Canadian citizens that he and his...

9/16/2019

article Cannabis dispensary celebrates soft launch on Zagime Anishinabek near Regina
(Saskatchewan) -- Omagakii Medical Dispensary staff members spent the majority of Monday stocking the shelves with oil tinctures, flowers and accessories after a...
article B.C. government ends 'birth alerts' in child welfare cases
(British Columbia) -- The B.C. government is ending a controversial practice that allowed hospitals and child welfare agencies to flag safety risks to infants at birth...

9/15/2019

article What matters to Indigenous voters in Manitoba?
(Canada) -- As Canadians get ready to head to the polls, everyone has an opinion about what the most important issues are. For Indigenous voters, key issues include...
article Family continues search for missing Manitoba man, 1 year after disappearance
(Canada) -- Kelly Lavallee says all she wants is closure and to bring her son home. Her son, Dwayne Lavallee, has been missing for just shy of one year. The 21-year-old...
article After the Gold Rush: 160 years later, Barkerville includes First Nations' stories at living museum
(Canada) -- Every summer, 60,000 tourists flock to Barkerville Historic Town and Park to marvel at rustic gold rush buildings and interact with actors portraying Chinese...
article Keepers of the Language: Inuktitut helps host stay in touch with his roots
(Canada) -- CBC is doing a series of stories to recognize that the United Nations has declared 2019 the International Year of Indigenous Languages. The observance is...

9/12/2019

article An Indigenous guide to the 2019 federal election
(Ottawa) -- With the 2019 federal election approaching on Oct. 21, here's a look at the parties' Indigenous candidates and platforms. The list of candidates will...
article First Nations powerline technicians program up for national award
(Ontario) -- A First Nation-driven training and employment program has been selected as a finalist for a national economic development award.
article Most non-European B.C. residents have faced ethnic discrimination, poll finds
(British Columbia) -- While immigration is not currently one of the three most important issues facing Canada for most would-be voters in this year’s federal election,...
article Multi-million dollar national Inuit health survey to be led by Inuit, for Inuit
(North Canada) -- Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami is launching an ambitious new project to gather up-to-date health information from Inuit of all ages, wherever they live.
article Inuk director's new film shows One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk that changed everything
(North Canada) -- The latest feature film by Zacharias Kunuk, director of the multi-award winning film Atanarjuat: the Fast Runner (2001), depicts oral history about how...

9/11/2019

article Election 2019: First Nations seeking economic reconciliation
(Saskatchewan) -- Real change and a renewed nation-to-nation relationship was prime ministerial hopeful Justin Trudeau’spitch to Indigenous Peoples in 2015.

9/10/2019

press release The Government of Canada announces the coming into force of an Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families
(Ottawa) -- Reducing the number of Indigenous children in care continues to be one of the Government of Canada's most important priorities.
article Trudeau, Goodale and Sajjan visit Halifax to survey Dorian recovery efforts
(Nova Scotia) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and two federal cabinet ministers visited Halifax Tuesday to survey the damage caused by Dorian, the hurricane-strength...
article Federal election campaign to officially kick off Wednesday
(Ottawa) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will officially kick off the federal election campaign with a visit to Rideau Hall at 10 a.m. ET Wednesday, Liberal sources...
article How Canadians Raised Millions to Save 2,000 Pristine Acres
(British Columbia) -- The students in a fifth-grade class at Cambridge Elementary School in British Columbia, Canada were on an environmental mission in June. At their...
article Mé​​​​​​​tis veterans receive apology, promise of compensation from federal minister
(Saskatchewan) -- Métis veterans in Canada have received an apology and promise of compensation from a federal minister. In a packed room at the Royal Canadian Legion in...
article New federal Arctic policy includes focus on health, environment, infrastructure
(North Canada) -- The federal government has released its long-awaited policy on developing the Canadian Arctic. The lengthy document, released by the Department of...
article Federal government releases long-awaited Arctic policy
(North Canada) -- The federal government has released its long-awaited policy on developing the Canadian Arctic. The lengthy document, released by the department of...
article Students on Ice expedition brings the classroom to the polar regions
(Ottawa) -- Geoff Green is sporting a healthy tan and looking surprisingly relaxed at an early August reception at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa. True, he has...
article Pre-election goodies for First Nation bridges, clean water projects
(Ontario) -- Ahead of a federal election, Ottawa was rolling out funding and breaking ground on First Nation community infrastructure projects across Northern Ontario....
article Kwanlin Dün partners in program to help people with FASD in justice system
(North Canada) -- Yukon's Kwanlin Dün First Nation is partnering in a new program aimed at helping Indigenous people with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) navigate...
article First-of-its-kind program to fill gap in Indigenous childbirth care
(Saskatchewan) -- Directors hope an Indigenous birth support worker program set to launch in Saskatoon this winter will become the new standard for Indigenous maternal...
article 'We feel very unappreciated': Sagkeeng First Nation teachers protesting contracts
(Manitoba) -- As students return to school across the province, children at one First Nations school are off to a rocky start. A number of elementary school teachers on...
article Eaglechild totem pole moving from Prince Albert, Sask. to First Nation
(Saskatchewan) -- The Eaglechild totem pole, which has stood on the riverbank in Prince Albert, Sask., for 45 years, has been cut down. “I was emotional. I wanted...
article N.B. artist takes first place in international competition for Indigenous artwork
(Canada) -- An artist from New Brunswick's Tobique First Nation has taken first place at an international competition for his Indigenous artwork.
article Sixteen-year-old dead after house fire on Beardy’s First Nation
(Saskatchewan) -- Rosthern RCMP say a 16-year-old girl is dead after a house fire on the Beardy’s First Nation Sunday afternoon. Police say at this point they...

9/9/2019

article Scheer should break with Harper's approach to Indigenous peoples, says AFN national chief
(Ottawa) -- Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer should signal he won't copy former prime minister Stephen Harper's approach to the relationship between Ottawa and...
article Indigenous fire practices once shaped the Northwest — and they might again
(Washington) -- Upon arriving in Washington, many settlers assumed that the lands they had entered were perfect representations of unspoiled nature. They explored...

9/8/2019

article Ottawa ordered to compensate First Nations children impacted by on-reserve child welfare system
(Ottawa) -- Ottawa must pay potentially billions of dollars in compensation to First Nations children harmed by the on-reserve child welfare system, following a ruling...
article First Nations leadership concerned about who will be included in child welfare ruling
(British Columbia) -- First Nations leadership in British Columbia is calling on the Canadian government to "do the right thing" and ensure nobody is left...

9/7/2019

article 'Make this a federal election campaign issue': Crowd gathers for forum on Downtown Eastside
(British Columbia) -- A crowd gathered at Vancouver's Woodwards Courtyard Saturday afternoon for a CBC town hall that convened to address some of the most...
article Ottawa invests $1M to support Indigenous people with FASD in the justice system
(Saskatchewan) -- The federal government has committed nearly $1 million to helping Indigenous people with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder in Saskatchewan and Yukon.
article Quebec Cree deal with travel, isolation just to see a medical specialist
(Quebec) -- A simple trip to see the doctor can often be anything but simple for Cree patients in Quebec — it can involve days of travel and many weeks, months or...
article U of W student, Sen. Murray Sinclair receive Red Cross humanitarian awards
(Manitoba) -- Sen. Murray Sinclair and a University of Winnipeg student developing a Swampy Cree language app were honoured with awards from the Canadian Red Cross on...
article Watch the First Clip From Ellen Page and Ian Daniel's New Documentary About Environmental Racism
(Nova Scotia) -- In There’s Something In the Water, a new documentary premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival this weekend, co-directors and...

9/6/2019

article Ottawa ordered to compensate First Nations children impacted by on-reserve child welfare system
(Ottawa) -- Ottawa must pay tens of thousands of dollars to every First Nations child who was placed in the on-reserve child welfare system, following a Friday ruling by...
article Creation of new water utility for First Nations moves step closer
(Nova Scotia) -- The creation of a new water utility for 15 Indigenous communities in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick is one step closer to reality....
article Ottawa ordered to compensate First Nations children impacted by on-reserve child welfare system
(Ottawa) -- Ottawa must pay tens of thousands of dollars to every First Nations child who was placed in the on-reserve child welfare system, following a Friday ruling by...

9/5/2019

article Wind Turbines To Reduce Emissions For Kluane First Nation
(Ottawa) -- The government of Canada recently announced C$3.1 million in funding for the Kluane First Nation (KFN) to install and operate wind turbines that will help...
article Revamped B.C. treaty negotiation process drawing mixed reaction from First Nations
(British Columbia) -- The First Nations Summit, province of British Columbia and federal government unveiled a new policy approach to the way treaties are negotiated in...
article Man facing 50 charges after fleeing into oncoming traffic: RCMP
(Saskatchewan) -- A joyride has turned into a list of 50 charges after a 26-year-old Sweetgrass First Nation man was arrested on Friday in northwest Saskatchewan, police...
article Leaders say new Kashechewan school a 'relief,' but $15M short of perfect
(Ontario) -- It's been one year since Kashechewan students were forced out of the elementary school because of mouldy portables. In August, 2018, Chief Leo Friday...
article Six Nations businessman sending 3 jets with hurricane relief aid to Bahamas
(Worldwide) -- A prominent First Nations businessman is leading a relief effort to help the hurricane-stricken Bahamas that will see three jets leave Hamilton Wednesday...

9/4/2019

article Quebec Cree community bans plastic bags, Styrofoam
(North Canada) -- The James Bay Cree community of Chisasibi has become the first in Eeyou Istchee to ban plastic shopping bags and Styrofoam containers. Since Aug. 19,...
article OP/ED: The N.W.T. may, finally, be ready for more women in gov't
(North Canada) -- Late last year in Hay River, I stood in line waiting to vote for a new Dene Nation leader. A brave Indigenous woman, Eileen Marlowe, had put her name...
article Advocate delivers scathing review of protective services for Inuit children
(North Canada) -- Child protective services is not regarded as a resource, but as a source of fear. That's one of the jaw-dropping findings of Newfoundland and...
article 'It's about time': Ottawa's Indigenous Theatre prepares to launch
(Ottawa) -- Stage director Muriel Miguel is beaming as she shuffles among the cast members of the inaugural production in Ottawa's new Indigenous Theatre. Opening...

9/3/2019

article Cree police sign collective agreement with the Cree Nation Government
(Quebec) -- The Cree Nation Government has recently signed its first collective agreement with the unionization of the Eeyou Eenou Police Force, the regional police...

9/1/2019

article Bob Joseph and 21 Things you may not know about the Indian Act
(Canada) -- The things many of us don’t know about the Indian Act of 1876 could fill a book. In fact, they have. Written by first-time author Bob Joseph, a member...

8/31/2019

article Some First Nations tighten membership criteria in response to Bill S-3's extension of Indian status
(Canada) -- Some First Nations are tightening their membership and residency codes against the thousands of people across Canada who could potentially gain Indian status...
article 19-year-old Kateri Lynn elected to Detah council, takes most votes
(Canada) -- Kateri Lynn, 19, was the youngest candidate to run in the Yellowknives Dene First Nation council elections in the Northwest Territories communities of Detah...
article Emergency foster home with focus on Innu culture to open in Sheshatshiu
(Canada) -- An emergency foster home to house children in care for short-term stays will soon open its doors in Sheshatshiu, Labrador. It's another step toward...
article AFN National Chief urges Canada to press Brazil over violence against Indigenous people
(Canada) -- Canada needs to pressure Brazil to end violations of Indigenous rights, says the head of Canada's largest Indigenous organization in a letter sent to...

8/30/2019

article Some First Nations tighten membership criteria in response to Bill S-3's extension of Indian status
(Canada) -- Some First Nations are tightening their membership and residency codes against the thousands of people across Canada who could potentially gain Indian status...
article Emergency foster home with focus on Innu culture to open in Sheshatshiu
(North Canada) -- An emergency foster home to house children in care for short-term stays will soon open its doors in Sheshatshiu, Labrador. It's another step toward...

8/28/2019

article Supreme Court of Canada could hear 'conquered people' case: Mi’kmaq law professor
(Ottawa) -- Don’t be surprised if the Supreme Court of Canada sides with the province and agrees to hear the conquered people case, says a Mi’kmaq law...
article Chris Derrickson challenging Chief Roxanne Lindley in Westbank First Nation election
(British Columbia) -- There will be at least one new face on Westbank First Nation council following its September election. Chief Roxanne Lindley defeated long-time...
article Iqaluit mayor won't seek re-election
(Ontario) -- Iqaluit Mayor Madeleine Redfern will not run in the upcoming municipal election. Redfern made the announcement at a city council meeting Tuesday. "I...
article Closing arguments set for case of German tourist shot west of Calgary
(Alberta) -- Closing arguments are scheduled today in the trial of a youth accused of shooting a German tourist in the head on a highway west of Calgary. The teen from...
article Probe underway into fatal police-involved shooting on Saskatchewan First Nation
(Saskatchewan) -- A man is dead after a police-involved shooting on a Saskatchewan First Nation. Two officers from the Wadena RCMP detachment were called Tuesday...
article Trial of aboriginal youth in the shooting of a German tourist continues
(Saskatchewan) -- One year ago, Horst Stewin and his family were touring Canada to celebrate the man’s 60th birthday. They were touring Alberta as the man liked...
article Tseshaht First Nation to hold healing event for former AIRS students
(British Columbia) -- The Tseshaht First Nation is planning a healing event Sept. 27–28 at Maht Mahs Gymnasium and the Tseshaht Longhouse for the “lost souls...

8/27/2019

article Delays in signing protected areas agreement could cost K'asho Got'ine government $1M
(North Canada) -- Delays on signing an establishment agreement on the Ts'udé Nilíné Tu'eyta protected area in the Northwest Territories could cost the K'asho...
article Ontario government ends Ring of Fire regional agreement with Matawa First Nations
(Ontario) -- The provincial government has officially ended the regional framework agreement between Queen's Park and the First Nations closest to the Ring of Fire,...

8/26/2019

article Charges laid after pedestrian killed on Saskatchewan First Nation
(Saskatchewan) -- A pedestrian is dead after he was hit by a car in a residential lane on Saskatchewan's Piapot First Nation.

8/23/2019

article B.C. must reform mineral tenure laws that do not require Aboriginal consultation: First Nations leaders
(British Columbia) -- B.C. First Nation leaders say the provincial government must reform mineral tenure laws that have allowed Imperial Metals to obtain mineral rights...
article Nova Scotia Mi’kmaw Summer Games underway at We’koqma’q First Nation
(Nova Scotia) -- As a mother of eight children, Ruby Paul knows how difficult it can be to make sure her kids live active, healthy lifestyles. So, when she saw the...

8/22/2019

article Fire at Arlanxeo
(Ontario) -- Sirens sounded for several minutes Thursday morning in Sarnia’s Chemical Valley.

8/21/2019

article 'The way they taught us wasn't the way': Federal Indian day school settlement agreement approved
(Saskatchewan) -- Kurt Adams still bears the scar left by a ruler a teacher used to strike him on the head. In the late 1960s, for Grades 1 to 3, Adams attended what was...
article Federal government pledges up to $41M for Kasabonika Lake First Nation education
(Ontario) -- The federal government has pledged up to $41 million to improving education on Kasabonika Lake First Nation. In an announcement made Tuesday, the government...

8/20/2019

article Federal government funds economic development projects in Seine River
(Ontario) -- A northwestern Ontario Indigenous community will build a new, 8,000-square-foot multi-use centre with help from the federal government. FedNor on Monday...
article Vuntut Gwitchin change residency rules for council candidates, but not councillors
(North Canada) -- The Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation (VGFN) has changed a controversial section of its constitution around residency requirements for council candidates,...

8/19/2019

article Nunavut addictions treatment centre planned for Iqaluit
(North Canada) -- An addictions and trauma treatment centre will open its doors in Iqaluit in about five years, according to the centre's executive director Jakob...
article Post-secondary leaders renew focus on reconciliation after gathering in Yukon
(British Columbia) -- Post-secondary school leaders from across Canada are leaving Yukon with fresh ideas about how infuse their institutions with Indigenous knowledge...
article Mi'kmaw Summer Games give Indigenous youth a chance to come together
(Nova Scotia) -- For Steven Googoo, a band councillor for Waycobah First Nation, the Nova Scotia Mi'kmaw Summer Games aren't just exciting — they're a...

8/18/2019

article From beading to diaper making, incoming Yukon teachers learn First Nations basics
(Canada) -- The school year in Yukon is approaching but some teachers have already started working — learning about the territory's First Nations. Thirty-five...

8/17/2019

article 'Looked like fire': Lightning strike at First Nation sends 13 people to hospital
(Canada) -- More than a dozen people were sent to hospital Friday evening after a bolt of lightning struck a tent that had fallen over at a powwow on Ebb and Flow First...
article 'An important message': Heart garden planted at RCMP detachment in Whitehorse
(Canada) -- A bed of flowers in the shape of heart has been planted in front of the RCMP detachment in Whitehorse. The heart garden was unveiled on Tuesday. Its red and...

8/16/2019

article Indigenous tourism businesses booming in B.C. as visitors spend $705M a year
(British Columbia) -- Indigenous tourism businesses are seeing rapid growth in B.C. as more international visitors seek experiences that bring them closer to Canadian...

8/14/2019

article Paul McCartney Stunned By Teen Girl Video Surfacing
(North Canada) -- Paul McCartney was stunned by teen girl Emma Stevens’ viral video covering The Beatles classic “Blackbird” surfacing online, and he...

8/12/2019

article Canada Supports Indigenous Participation in Manitoba’s Forest Sector
(Manitoba) -- Canada’s forest sector continues to play a key role in our economy and our efforts to address climate change. That is why Canada is investing in...
article OP/ED: Action needed for B.C.’s forestry-dependent communities
(British Columbia) -- As summer progresses and more weeks pass by with no word from John Horgan and the NDP, hard-hit forestry communities grow ever more discouraged...
article OP/ED: Alberta separatism at this point a non-viable movement
(Alberta) -- We are a long way from Alberta separating from Canada, even though there was a separatist meeting in Calgary on the weekend and even though one-quarter of...
article Calgary Vet Students Care for Tsuut’ina and Siksika First Nations Horses
(Edmonton) -- A new rotation at the University of Calgary’s faculty of veterinary medicine is providing fourth-year students the chance to participate in hands-on...
article ITA, First Nations sign MOU to increase trades participation
(British Columbia) -- The Industry Training Authority in B.C. has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council to increase its members...
article P.E.I. heritage on display
(North Canada) -- Old Home Week has been an Island tradition for more than 125 years. In comparison, Diana Xia is a relative newcomer, but the week is something her...
article VIDEO: Culture week at Saskatchewan’s Wanuskewin Heritage Park
(Saskatchewan) -- Honey Constant with some of the activities taking place at Wanuskewin Heritage Park during culture week Aug 12-14.

8/11/2019

article Yukon First Nation harnesses power of social media to teach local language
(Canada) -- One Yukon First Nation has turned to the power of social media for people to learn and practice its Indigenous language. Since mid-July, the Tr'ondëk...

8/10/2019

article RCMP-led Indigenous youth camp hopes to improve First Nation and Métis representation within the force
(Canada) -- The RCMP doesn't reflect all of the communities it serves — yet, according to Alberta-based officers. But Sgt. Kim Mueller is trying to change that...
article Saddle Lake Cree Nation girl earns recognition from UNESCO
(Canada) -- Bella Morrisseau Whiskeyjack might only be nine years old but she is about to become a published author. Encouraged by a teacher to enter a speech...
article Coming of age: N.W.T. elders host gender-inclusive rite of passage camp
(Canada) -- A special rites of passage camp tailored for LGBTQ, gender-fluid and two-spirit youth transitioning into adulthood was held in Fort Providence last weekend....

8/6/2019

article $1.2-million price tag for wildfire evacuations of First Nations in Ontario over last five years
(Ontario) -- People in northern Ontario - and especially First Nations communities - are increasingly having their safety and well-being threatened by wildfires....
article Onion Lake Cree Nation ordered again by judge to post financial statements
(Saskatchewan) -- A Saskatchewan Court of Queen's Bench judge has ordered the Onion Lake Cree Nation to post its financial documents online. Last fall, band member...
article N.W.T. fisher says government is too controlling
(North Canada) -- Though a new fish processing plant is being built in Hay River, N.W.T., there's a growing need to rebuild relations between the territorial...

8/2/2019

article With marine conservation area comes $55M for Inuit communities, PM announces
(North Canada) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in Iqaluit on Thursday to announce $54.8 million for Inuit in five communities on Baffin Island tied to the...
article Leaders ask how their groups fit in Dene Nation at 49th annual assembly
(North Canada) -- Though the theme of the 49th Dene National Assembly was "one drum, many heartbeats," for many present, the theme was how do different...
article Megan Pizzo-Lyall announced as Liberal candidate for Nunavut in upcoming election
(North Canada) -- Megan Pizzo-Lyall will run in the 2019 federal election under the Liberal party banner, she announced Thursday night in Iqaluit alongside Prime...

8/1/2019

article Canada will pass its target of protecting 10% of marine areas by 2020, Trudeau says
(Canada) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced plans to create a new protected area off the Nunavut coast, which the government says will help it exceed its target...
article Mi'kmaq select Norman Sylliboy of Eskasoni as new grand chief
(Nova Scotia) -- Norman Sylliboy of Eskasoni First Nation in Nova Scotia has been named grand chief of the Mi'kmaq Grand Council. He replaces Grand Chief Ben...
article What would an arts centre look like in Iqaluit? Arts group plans to find out
(North Canada) -- Iqaluit is getting closer to having its own performing arts centre — a goal Qaggiavuut has been working toward for 10 years. Qaggiavuut, the non-...

7/31/2019

article Northern First Nations will need trauma support after hunt for B.C. pair ends, chiefs say
(North Canada) -- It isn't clear when, where or how the hunt for two B.C. homicide suspects will end, but Indigenous leaders suspect it will linger in the minds of...
article Damaged totem pole to be laid to rest after City of Prince Albert seeks advice of elders
(Saskatchewan) -- An iconic monument in Prince Albert is set to be torn down, for safety's sake. The totem pole that has long graced the banks of the North...

7/30/2019

article Feds fund First Nations company to remove derelict boats as part of $1.2M cleanup plan
(British Columbia) -- A First Nations-owned company in Victoria will remove 16 abandoned boats from the shores of southern B.C. this fall with the help of federal...

7/27/2019

article 'The way it should be done': NYC mayor sends fact-finding mission to Indigenous communities in northern Quebec
(Quebec) -- Indigenous leaders in Quebec are welcoming representatives of New York City who want to hear what they have to say before negotiating to purchase more power...
article Indigenous women need to fight for power, former N.W.T. MP told UN panel
(North Canada) -- N.W.T. politician Ethel Blondin-Andrew says she is inspired by Indigenous women around the world who are not just fighting for their voice in the...
article SNC-Lavalin affair could turn Indigenous votes away from the Liberals, national chief warns
(Canada) -- The SNC-Lavalin affair and Jody Wilson-Raybould's exit from the federal Liberal caucus will factor into the choices Indigenous voters make in the fall...
article Canada pays tribute to indigenous people before hockey games, school days. Some complain it rings hollow.
(Ontario) -- The day at Admiral Collingwood Elementary School here on the banks of Georgian Bay begins not with Canada’s national anthem, but with a reminder of...

7/24/2019

article Jody Wilson-Raybould to release 'timely' and 'must-read' book during election campaign
(Canada) -- Former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould will release a book in the middle of the fall election campaign. Her publisher is promising a "timely...

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