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Marie Battiste, Mi'kmaw pioneer in Indigenous education, named to Order of Canada

A pioneer in Indigenous education from Nova Scotia's Potlotek First Nation has been named an honorary Officer of the Order of Canada. Marie Battiste is being recognized for her contributions to the field of Indigenous education and her commitment to traditional languages and knowledge. Battiste spent much of her career in Canada — she is now a professor at the University of Saskatchewan — but grew up in Houlton, Maine. She holds a master's degree from Harvard and a PhD from Stanford University.

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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...

7/23/2019

article AFN annual assembly kicks off in Fredericton
(New Brunswick) -- The Assembly of First Nations will open its 40th annual general assembly in the Fredericton region on Tuesday. First Nation leaders from across Canada...
article Wataynikaneyap Power, federal government sign funding agreement
(Ontario) -- The federal government has formally thrown its support behind a major power transmission project that aims to connect 17 remote First Nation communities to...
article Are you young, from a small town, and have a bold idea? There's money to bring that idea to light
(Ontario) -- The London Community Foundation is looking for young people with bold ideas to address urgent needs in their communities. The foundation has partnered with...

7/22/2019

article Indigenous people don't want to be excluded from snow crab fishery, national chief says
(Canada) -- Canada needs to respect First Nations jurisdiction when it comes to the snow crab fishery, says Perry Bellegarde, national chief of the Assembly of First...

7/20/2019

article Settlements between Ottawa and 9 Sask. First Nations, for missed 1880s $5 treaty payments, total $38.5M
(Ottawa) -- Settlements between the Government of Canada and nine First Nations in Saskatchewan announced this week, made for past damages, are valued at a combined...

7/17/2019

article New totem pole displays First Nation diversity and presence
(Oregon) -- Standing 24 feet tall, totem represents the more than 60 tribes within Sheldon High School’s student population. A brightly colorful 24-foot tall totem...

7/16/2019

article National Métis group gave IT contracts to 2 companies linked to policy adviser
(Ottawa) -- The Métis National Council (MNC), facing its second federal audit in the last seven years, paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to two companies directed by...
article AMC women's council distances itself from woman accusing leader of sending 'creepy' messages
(Manitoba) -- The women's council for the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs says it will no longer be involved in social media accusations against the organization's...
article Fund launched to support Pikangikum FN evacuees currently in Thunder Bay, Ont.
(Ontario) -- A new fund has been launched by the Thunder Bay Community Foundation to provide support to the estimated 1,000 Pikangikum First Nation residents who are...

7/15/2019

article RCMP investigation triggered audit of national Métis organization
(Ottawa) -- The federal government launched an ongoing financial probe of a national Métis organization following a meeting with investigators with the RCMP, CBC News...
article Woman, 22, wants in-person apology after she says grand chief pursued her online
(Manitoba) -- A 22-year-old woman who said she was messaged multiple times online by a Manitoba First Nations leader wants a full accounting for what she calls "...

7/12/2019

article Thunder Bay not taking any more Pikangikum evacuees, city officials say
(Ontario) -- The City of Thunder Bay has reached the limit of the number of Pikangikum First Nation evacuees it can safely accommodate and will not accept any more, city...

7/11/2019

article Developer offers to give land back to First Nation where Oka Crisis happened
(Quebec) -- A Quebec developer is offering to give back to the Mohawks of Kanesatake part of a forested area of land that was at the heart of the Oka Crisis. Grégoire...
article Man dead after assault in Grassy Narrows First Nation: OPP
(Ontario) -- Provincial police say they are investigating after a man died in a northern Ontario First Nation community. OPP say they were called to assist a man who had...
article Atoskewin Success Centre celebrates completion of renovations
(Saskatchewan) -- Tuesday marked the grand opening celebration for the Atoskewin Success Centre’s new location. It was an opening six years in the making. The...
article Broadview RCMP: Missing 17-year-old female from Cowessess First Nation
(Canada) -- Broadview RCMP is asking the public’s assistance in locating a 17-year-old female from Cowessess First Nation. Jamie Quewezance was last seen at a...
article 'It’s historic': Peguis First Nation opening urban reserve in Winnipeg
(Manitoba) -- Manitoba’s largest Indigenous community is celebrating an expansion into Winnipeg. Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett and Peguis...
article Forest fire threatening Pikangikum grows in size, airlifts continue
(Ontario) -- A forest fire threatening a First Nation in northwestern Ontario has grown in size, officials said Thursday as more flights were planned to airlift...
article Full evacuation of Pikangikum First Nation resumes amid growing forest fire
(Ontario) -- The evacuation of Pikangikum First Nation in northwestern Ontario has resumed as a growing forest fire rages nearby. The Ministry of Natural Resources says...
article VIDEO: Indigenous communities threatened by northern Ontario wildfires
(Ontario) -- Wade Durham from Ornge talks about the situation on the ground in Pikangikum First Nation.

7/10/2019

article Premiers, Indigenous leaders cover youth, economy at Big River FN
(Saskatchewan) -- The first day of historic Canadian premiers meetings, officially known as the Council of the Federation (CoF), wrapped up on the Big River First Nation...
article AFN Chief Calls 40,000 Indigenous Children In Care A Human Rights Issue
(Saskatchewan) -- The head of the Assembly of First Nations had a receptive audience with most of Canada’s premiers Tuesday over the need to implement changes to...
article Cree tourism to get boost from creation of majority Cree-owned travel agency
(North Canada) -- In the hopes of making it easier for travellers to discover the James Bay region, the Cree Outfitting and Tourism Association has helped launch a...
article Vulnerable teens lacked supervision in foster home without water or adequate food
(Manitoba) -- No running water, little food and staff nowhere to be found. Those were the conditions a Winnipeg police officer stumbled upon while trying to return one...

7/9/2019

article Three-quarters of Indigenous youth optimistic reconciliation will happen in their lifetime, according to poll
(Canada) -- Almost three-quarters of Indigenous youth who took part in a new survey said they are optimistic there will be meaningful reconciliation in their lifetime....

7/8/2019

article Supreme Court rules Federation of Newfoundland Indians did little to stop sharing of its sensitive legal documents
(Ottawa) -- The Federation of Newfoundland Indians is appealing a recent court ruling involving its attempt to recover sensitive legal documents the group feels should...
article Plastics and algal blooms included in draft of new Great Lakes agreement
(Ontario) -- The federal and provincial governments want the public’s feedback on a new draft agreement to protect the Great Lakes. The agreement has been in place...
article Last Pauingassi evacuees forced from homes by smoke en route to Winnipeg
(Manitoba) -- The last residents of Pauingassi First Nation forced from their homes due to heavy forest fire smoke are expected to arrive in Winnipeg Monday.
article Severe thunderstorms heading into parts of Manitoba
(Manitoba) -- The parched province of Manitoba is expected to get some wet relief on Monday, though some parts could see quite intense downpours, Environment Canada says...
article Full evacuation from Pikangikum First Nation begins due to forest fire
(Ontario) -- The Ontario government says a full evacuation of the northern First Nation of Pikangikum has begun as a forest fire burns nearby. A spokesman for the...
article Village in Ontario with no road access being evacuated
(Ontario) -- For the second time in just over a month a village in Northwest Ontario is being evacuated due to smoke from wildfires. Pikangikum First Nation, with a...

7/7/2019

article Officials try to limit spread of a forest fire near Keewaywin First Nation
(Ontario) -- Provincial officials say the forest fire heading towards Keewaywin First Nation in northwestern Ontario continues to grow. The province's Ministry of...
article Forest fire smoke forces about 200 evacuees out of 2 Manitoba First Nations
(Manitoba) -- Billowing smoke from forest fires has forced community members to flee from two First Nations in southeastern Manitoba. Evacuations are currently underway...

7/6/2019

press release Canada and Blood Tribe Celebrate Settlement of a Specific Claim
(Alberta) -- Working collaboratively to settle outstanding claims is key to achieving reconciliation with First Nations in Canada. Settling claims is one of many steps...

7/4/2019

article Blood Tribe settles historic claim with Ottawa over mismanagement of cattle assets
(Alberta) -- Residents of Canada’s largest reserve are to receive $150 million by the end of summer to settle a historic claim that the federal government...

7/3/2019

article Sioux Lookout declares state of emergency as town hosts Keewaywin First Nation evacuees
(Ontario) -- About 200 residents of Keewaywin are expected to leave the northwestern Ontario First Nation by the end of the day Wednesday, bound for Sioux Lookout, as a...
article 5 house fires in 9 days leave Six Nations firefighters exhausted and scrambling
(Ontario) -- An "unprecedented" number of house fires has left two families displaced and is stretching the Six Nations of the Grand River community fire...

7/2/2019

article Grand chief ends hunger strike as Algonquin, government reach deal on former U.S. embassy site
(Ottawa) -- The grand chief of the Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation has ended her hunger and hydration strike after reaching a deal with the federal government over an...
article Nunavut's $500K 'model of care' review was over budget and overdue, documents show
(North Canada) -- Nunavut's "model of care" review project is supposed to have the answers for many of the shortcomings in the territory's delivery of...
article Activists hold Indigenous sovereignty event in downtown Edmonton
(Alberta) -- As many gathered to celebrate Canada Day, a group of activists held an Indigenous sovereignty event in downtown Edmonton. For the third year in a row,...
article First Nations push for greater share of forestry tenures as policies evolve
(British Columbia) -- The foundations of Canada's forestry sector are changing as First Nations, strengthened by legal victories and legislation, look for more...
article 'It's a big-time gift': Mi'kmaq speakers create new immersion curriculum
(New Brunswick) -- They may be a small minority, but first-language Mi'kmaq speakers are trying to make a big difference at the Alaqsite'w Gitpu School on the...

7/1/2019

article Two-thirds of Indigenous people don't feel respected in Canada, according to pre-election survey
(Canada) -- Two thirds of Indigenous people feel that the federal government does not respect their community and identity, according to a recent poll. It's one of...
article Visible minorities more concerned about Indigenous people's welfare than other Canadians, says poll
(Ottawa) -- A recent pre-election survey suggests that visible minorities in Canada are more likely than the general population to be concerned about the quality of life...
article Native Speaker Dispels Myths About First Nations at Library Event
(Washington) -- When LaVerne Kearns was a child, her father wouldn’t teach her any of the tribal traditions he had grown up with. “When I asked my father...
article First Nations push for greater share of forestry industry as policies evolve
(Canada) -- The foundations of Canada's forestry sector are changing as First Nations, strengthened by legal victories and legislation, look for more control of the...

6/28/2019

article Community rallies online after reports of attempted child abductions on Stoney Nakoda First Nation
(Alberta) -- Two Stoney Nakoda mothers have launched an online neighbourhood watch group to keep the community abreast of suspicious activity, after a few recent reports...

6/27/2019

article Sheehan drops $2.6 million on Sault company
(Canada) -- Sault MP Terry Sheehan today announced $2.6 million in FedNor funding for Sault-based Professional Aborginal Testing Organization Inc. (PLATO). The...
article Community-led agenda outlined in Institute of Indigenous Peoples' Health strategy
(Saskatoon) -- First Nation communities will soon be able to take the lead on research regarding the health of Indigenous Canadians. On Thursday, the national Institute...
article $43 M plan for Indigenous health research launched at U of S
(Saskatchewan) -- The Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health, based at the University of Saskatchewan, aims to support Indigenous people and their communities to...
article Marie Battiste, Mi'kmaw pioneer in Indigenous education, named to Order of Canada
(Nova Scotia) -- A pioneer in Indigenous education from Nova Scotia's Potlotek First Nation has been named an honorary Officer of the Order of Canada. Marie Battiste...
article Controversial Sask. road project shelved, municipality pledges to work with First Nations
(Saskatchewan) -- A controversial Saskatchewan road project where ancient Indigenous artifacts were discovered has been halted for 2019, says the reeve of the local...
article Take Time to Learn About Indigenous Culture
(Canada) -- In 2017, I wrote that I would not be celebrating Canada's 150th birthday. Instead, I encouraged settlers to read, watch, or listen to an Indigenous...
article First Nations, first-hand art: A look at Yukon artists rebuilding their culture
(Yukon) -- Each summer, Yukon is a hotspot for festivals that showcase Indigenous art, with one of the biggest being the Adaka Cultural Festival, which begins on June 28...

6/26/2019

article 'We don't want another 30 years of dictatorship': First Nation unites to oust 'lifetime' chief
(Ontario) -- While Canada was celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day last week, about 30 members of the Ojibway Nation of Saugeen met outside the locked gates of a...

6/25/2019

article Regina Indian Industrial School transfer of land housing cemetery 'first step in reconciliation'
(Saskatchewan) -- The grounds housing a cemetery where some three dozen Indigenous children who died while attending Regina's Indian Industrial School (RIIS) are...
article Mohawk students must leave their nation to attend high school
(Indian Country) -- Students on the Mohawk territory that spans across two countries, a state, and two provinces must travel to Canada or the U.S. to attend high school.

6/24/2019

article Treaties, teaching, and reconciliation: What's on the agenda for the Dehcho Assembly
(North Canada) -- Treaties don't make nations, nations make treaties — that's this year's theme for the Dehcho Assembly in Fort Simpson, N.W.T. The...
article 'It was powerful': Cree babies are 1st to be born through Chisasibi midwifery program
(North Canada) -- Cayde and Ella Snowboy are the first two babies to be born under the Cree Board of Health and Social Services' midwifery program. They're also...

6/21/2019

article London art mentorship program connects youth with Indigenous roots
(Ontario) -- It was through the art of screen printing that Robin Henry was able to embark on a healing journey that would eventually reconnect the London artist with...

6/20/2019

article Algonquin Nation erects wigwam opposite Parliament in protest over future of former U.S. embassy
(Ottawa) -- Members of the Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation have erected a wigwam in front of the former U.S. embassy opposite Parliament Hill in Ottawa in an effort to draw...
article Manitoba's new 'utility scale' solar farm aims to spark First Nations interest in green energy
(Manitoba) -- 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...
article Chief asks why the PM makes time for a Raptors parade but hasn't visited Grassy Narrows
(Toronto) -- Grassy Narrows First Nation members are in Toronto as part of the community's campaign to secure construction and long-term funding for a care home for...

6/19/2019

article RCMP seeks names of potential victims of coerced sterilization
(Ottawa) -- The RCMP is seeking the names of potential victims of coerced sterilization procedures and wants lawyers to help in the process, Commissioner Brenda Lucki...
article Dene First Nations say they have been betrayed by the federal government
(Canada) -- Five Dene First Nations from northern Saskatchewan and northern Manitoba came looking for answers on Parliament Hill Wednesday. “Prime Minister Trudeau...

6/18/2019

article NACCA launches growth fund to support Indigenous startups and entrepreneurs
(Canada) -- The National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association (NACCA) has launched the Indigenous Growth Fund, to support First Nations, Inuit, and Métis...

6/16/2019

article First Nations, developer call for return and protection of sacred burial site
(British Columbia) -- Indigenous leaders from across British Columbia and parts of the United States gathered at a sacred burial site in Abbotsford, B.C., alongside the...

6/15/2019

article Native women's shelter encourages Montrealers to step into spirit of reconciliation
(Montreal) -- For staff at the Native Women's Shelter of Montreal, their sixth annual Spirit Walk will be more than just the shelter's biggest fundraiser of the...

6/14/2019

article Research about Inuit labour market should consider land-based economy, StatCan says
(North Canada) -- The land-based economy must be included in any examination of the Inuit labour market, says a new report from Statistics Canada based on the 2017...
article Senate passes Indigenous Languages bill with amendments addressing Inuit concerns
(North Canada) -- The Senate has passed legislation that lawmakers say could help save many Indigenous languages on the brink of extinction and facilitate the language...
article Higgs government survives 1st session of house with mix of successes and setbacks
(New Brunswick) -- When the new Progressive Conservative minority government opened its first session of the legislature last November, it had one overriding priority:...
article Federal Indigenous child welfare reform bill one step closer to becoming law
(Ottawa) -- The federal government’s proposed changes to the First Nation, Metis and Inuit child welfare system is one step closer to becoming law. Bill C-92...
article Economic development group seeking Indigenous youth representatives
(Ontario) -- The Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (CANDO) is seeking Indigenous youth to sit on the 2019 National Youth Panel. CANDO annually...

6/13/2019

article Manitoba First Nations put treaty land resolutions on hydro line table
(Ottawa) -- As the Trudeau and Pallister governments prepare for elections in the fall, some First Nations leaders appear to be using the Manitoba Hydro transmission...
article VIDEO: Reaction to questionable spending in Sagkeeng First Nation
(Saskatchewan) -- The Federal Government says a recent audit that questions spending at Fort Alexander Health Centre in Sagkeeng First Nation is up to the community to...
article Alta. First Nation wins land claim
(Alberta) -- A June 12 federal court has ruled that a land claim made by southern Alberta’s Blood Tribe is legitimate and that it is entitled to additional land...
article 1 charged with sexual assault, interference after search in Waywayseecappo First Nation
(Manitoba) -- A 41-year-old man has been charged with sexual assault and sexual interference after police found him hiding in the bush in a Manitoba First Nation. The...
article B.C.’s focus on foster care neglects need to support struggling families, experts say
(British Columbia) -- When it comes to child welfare, social work experts and parents in British Columbia say we’re investing in the wrong end of the system...
article Northern Ontario artist designs Twitter emoji
(Ontario) -- An artist from Northern Ontario will have her work on display around the world for millions of people to see and share in celebration of Indigenous History...
article Teen evacuated from Pikangikum First Nation due to wildfire killed in car crash
(Ontario) -- Officials say a 16-year-old girl who had been evacuated from a remote First Nation in northern Ontario was hit by a car and killed on Wednesday. The chief...

6/12/2019

article FSIN wants independent oversight of probes when people die dealing with police
(Saskatchewan) -- Indigenous groups want Saskatchewan to establish an independent civilian-led authority to oversee investigations when people die or are hurt in...
article First Nations burial site caught in bureaucracy
(British Columbia) -- Lightning Rock is a sacred site to the Semá:th (Sumas) First Nation in the Fraser Valley. Thousands of people could be buried nearby, including...
article First Nations push for conservation plan to protect 40,000 sq. km of northern B.C.
(British Columbia) -- First Nations in northern British Columbia are calling on the provincial government to endorse an ambitious proposal for a 40,000-square kilometre...
article First Nation evacuees begin to receive compensation 8 years after flood disaster
(Manitoba) -- Thousands of former flood evacuees are beginning to see compensation from the provincial and federal government eight years after being displaced from four...
article Indigenous rights advocate Sandra Lockhart passes away
(Saskatchewan) -- A Dakota-Cree woman from Mistawasis First Nation in Saskatchewan, Lockhart transferred to Lutselk’e First Nation when she married her husband...

6/11/2019

article Akaitcho land claims & self-government process should be finalized next year, negotiator says
(North Canada) -- After 19 years, the Akaitcho land claim and self-government processes may soon be finalized. According to the community negotiator for the Yellowknives...
article Akaitcho settlement could be settled by 2020: negotiator
(North Canada) -- Fred Sangris, former Ndilo chief and community negotiator for the Yellowknives Dene First Nation, says a long awaited Akaitcho settlement agreement...
article Senate committee passes UNDRIP bill, Tories warn of an Indigenous 'veto'
(Ottawa) -- The Senate's Aboriginal peoples committee has passed a bill that will implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (...
article VIDEO: Questionable spending at Sagkeeng FN
(Manitoba) -- An internal audit shows $1.3 million in questionable spending at Sagkeeng Health Centre in Manitoba.
article 'Speed dating for business': New Indigenous-led forum strives to make connections
(Ontario) -- A two-day forum taking place in Thunder Bay, Ont., aims to make connections between First Nations from across northern Ontario and businesses in a wide...
article Trust, hope and pride: Selkirk First Nation has its own security officers
(North Canada) -- The Selkirk First Nation in Yukon has been grappling with how to bring a greater sense of safety to the community of Pelly Crossing. That's why the...
article Walpole Island First Nation working to keep its language alive
(Ontario) -- Walpole Island First Nation held an indigenous language celebration at the Walpole Island Cultural Centre on June 5, as they work to revive their...
article 11,000 people have been forced to evacuate as firefighters battle wildfires in Canada
(Canada) -- Wildfires in Alberta, Canada have burned more than 700,000 acres of land and have forced 11,000 people to evacuate, according to the province's...
article Residents returning to Pikangikum First Nation with forest fire held at bay
(Ontario) -- Residents evacuated from a northwestern Ontario First Nation have begun to return home as a nearby wildfire is held at bay. Pikangikum First Nation Chief...
press release Manitoba's First Social Impact Bond Successfully Secures Investment
(Manitoba) -- Manitoba’s first social impact bond (SIB) will launch this fall, Families Minister Heather Stefanson and Tara Petti, chief executive officer, Southern...
press release Province Reignites Talks With First Nations on Ownership of Northern Airports
(Manitoba) -- The Province of Manitoba announced today that discussions with First Nations regarding the transfer of ownership of northern airports have resumed with the...

6/7/2019

article Sask. artifact rules violate international law, says professor
(Saskatchewan) -- The failure to notify First Nations of a rare artifact discovery in central Saskatchewan violates international law, says an academic. The bigger...
article Taku River Tlingit want to sell hydroelectric power to Yukon
(British Columbia) -- The Taku River Tlingit First Nation in Atlin, B.C., says its hydropower expansion could supply Yukon with more clean energy — but Yukon...

6/6/2019

article Indigenous Rights Bill In Jeopardy, Days After MMIWG Report Urged Its Passage
(Ottawa) -- Odds are shrinking that an NDP MP’s bill proposing the government review its laws to ensure they meet minimal international rights standards for...
article Minister says First Nations consultation only required after shale gas exemption approved
(New Brunswick) -- The Higgs government is defending its decision to wait until its partial lifting of a moratorium on fracking to begin consultations with Indigenous...
article Road project postponed after pressure from Sask. First Nations over artifacts
(Saskatchewan) -- The RM of Winslow has delayed construction of a road after the discovery of three artifacts on a farmer's land, the province says. “We have...
article Growing First Nations coalition will 'go the distance' to stop Sask. road project after artifacts found
(Saskatchewan) -- A growing coalition of First Nations says it's prepared to "go the distance" to stop a controversial gravel road project in central...

6/5/2019

article Saskatchewan First Nations want road project stopped after rare artifact discovery
(Saskatchewan) -- Sheldon Wuttunee says he felt connected to his ancestors when he held an ancient Indigenous artifact in his hands for the first time Wednesday. The...

6/3/2019

article Paul McCartney praises Mi'kmaq cover of Beatles' classic, 'Blackbird'
(Nova Scotia) -- When Emma Stevens covered the Beatles’ “Blackbird” it was already a special moment — but after the man who wrote the song took...

5/31/2019

article Liberals want citizenship oath to recognize rights of Indigenous peoples
(Ottawa) -- This week Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, introduced Bill C-99, An Act to amend the Citizenship Act, to change Canada’...
article Revamped citizenship guide still a work in progress
(Ottawa) -- With the elections around the corner, the promised overhaul of Canada’s citizenship guide is still a work in progress. That leaves newcomers to the...
article Opinion: Tlingit history and culture thrive as Hoonah expands cruise destination
(Alaska) -- This brief 100-year-old news note about an Alaska salmon cannery hardly begins to tell the story of the importance of fishing and its relationship to the...
article The Government of Canada Invests to Expand Sport and Physical Activity Programming in Indigenous Communities
(Ontario) -- The Government of Canada is committed to building stronger and healthier Indigenous communities in Canada. The transformative power of sport plays an...

5/28/2019

article Citizenship oath may be changed to reference Indigenous rights
(Ottawa) -- The Canadian government has tabled legislation that would change the oath of citizenship to include a reference to the rights of Indigenous peoples. It...
article Proposed change to the Oath of Citizenship
(Ottawa) -- The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, today introduced Bill C-99, An Act to amend the Citizenship Act, to change...
article Simeon Mikkungwak named Speaker of Nunavut Legislative Assembly
(North Canada) -- Members of the Nunavut Legislative Assembly have picked Simeon Mikkungwak, MLA for Baker Lake, as their new speaker.

5/27/2019

article Peguis threatens eviction, banishment to anyone caught using or dealing drugs in First Nation housing
(Manitoba) -- Peguis First Nation is cracking down on illegal drug use — issuing a formal memo threatening to evict anyone caught consuming or dealing drugs in the...

5/24/2019

article 'Historic milestone': Fort McKay Métis declare self-governance
(Alberta) -- The Fort McKay Métis near Fort McMurray has declared self-governance after members voted to adopt a constitution, elections act, membership act and...
article Ailing 'lifetime' chief of Ojibway Nation of Saugeen appoints wife as successor
(Ontario) -- The ailing and embattled lifetime chief of a small Ojibway First Nation in Ontario announced this month he was appointing his wife to replace him at the...
article Ontario making it easier for First Nation people to buy tax-exempt gas
(Ontario) -- First Nation people, band councils, band-empowered entities, and tribal councils are entitled to purchase tax-exempt gasoline for their exclusive use from...
article Arson charges laid in wildfire that forced evacuations of eastern Manitoba First Nations
(Manitoba) -- Three people face arson charges in connection with a massive wildfire that forced the evacuation of thousands of people from Little Grand Rapids and...
article Chief Poundmaker exoneration spurs calls for more historical corrections
(Saskatchewan) -- Trisha Sutherland says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was right to apologize for the 1885 conviction of Chief Poundmaker, but that it can't stop...

5/23/2019

article Trudeau exonerates Chief Poundmaker, apologizes for treason conviction
(Ottawa) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has exonerated Chief Poundmaker, who was convicted of the crime of treason-felony in 1885. Members of a Saskatchewan First...
article Charges laid in alleged sexual, physical abuse of 17 children in Garden Hill First Nation
(Manitoba) -- Two men from Garden Hill have been charged with multiple sexual offences against children, including one man who had access to a foster home in the...

5/21/2019

article Tsuut'ina officially opens largest sportsplex on a southern Alberta First Nation
(Alberta) -- The largest sportsplex on a southern Alberta First Nation is officially open to nation members and the public. On Tuesday, Tsuut'ina Chief Lee Crowchild...
article Ontario Indigenous leader 'perplexed' with revised high school curriculum as collaboration 'never happened'
(Ontario) -- Ontario's education minister has announced the provincial government's revised Indigenous curriculum but it's not sitting well with one First...
article Old Crow, Yukon, declares climate change state of emergency
(North Canada) -- Officials in the Yukon's most northern community have declared a state of emergency, saying the traditional way of life in Old Crow is under threat...
article Yellowknife on-the-land wellness camp celebrates one year anniversary
(North Canada) -- Over 2,000 people have accessed an on-the-land Indigenous healing camp opened in Yellowknife through funding from the Arctic Inspiration Prize, the...

5/20/2019

article First Nation loses its four dialysis machines; province says they weren't used
(Ottawa) -- Nurses at Berens River First Nation initially thought someone had stolen their health centre's four dialysis machines. The province says it was simply...

5/17/2019

article Northern and Aboriginal Policy
(Ottawa) -- Northern and Aboriginal Policy is a knowledge area within the Public Policy division of the Conference Board of Canada. The success of Canada’s...
article Missing person advisory canceled, Crow Agency boy located
(Montana) -- A Missing Endangered Person Advisory has been canceled for Nakota Earth Boy, a 15 year old American Indian male.
article Mushuau Innu First Nation welcomes new safety officers
(Prince Edward Island) -- The Government of Canada is committed to supporting the health and safety of First Nation communities. Today, the Honourable Seamus O’...
article Kejimkukujik National Park opens for 50th season
(Nova Scotia) -- Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site opens its campground to visitors today and looks forward to a summer that will feature exciting new...

5/16/2019

article Nova Scotia records should be released in unconquered people case: Appeal Court
(Nova Scotia) -- The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal has rejected the province's attempt to invoke solicitor-client privilege in the case of a former Crown lawyer who...

5/13/2019

article Mill River appeal raises wider issue of Aboriginal rights over private land, lawyer says
(Prince Edward Island) -- The appeal by the Mi'kmaq of P.E.I. over the sale of Crown land in Mill River could have wider implications for how Aboriginal land claims...

5/10/2019

article Federal minister wants province to work with Mi'kmaq and Ottawa on Aboriginal title in New Brunswick
(Ottawa) -- Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett hopes the New Brunswick government will work with the federal government and the Mi'kmaq on...

5/9/2019

article Lynn Beyak suspended from Senate after refusing to take down letters condemned as racist
(Ottawa) -- Lynn Beyak has been suspended from the Senate for the remainder of this parliamentary session after refusing to apologize for posting letters on her website...

5/6/2019

article 'It's amazing to me': Meet the Inuk elder in this photo shared around the world
(North Canada) -- Helen Konek enters her igloo, walking down the steps carved from ice. The 17-year-old stares ahead into the camera. She's framed by the entrance,...
article Senator Lillian Dyck to receive lifetime achievement award
(Saskatchewan) -- Lillian Dyck is nearly in her mid-70s but says she still doesn't feel ready for a lifetime achievement award. Dyck, who has worked in...
article 'The system is broken,' Ontario First Nations firefighters say of fire protection in Indigenous communities
(Ontario) -- The head of an Ontario organization representing firefighters in Indigenous communities says the current system that dictates how fire protection is handled...
article Remote Ontario aboriginal centre hit by killer fire, blizzard
(Ontario) -- Toronto residents can only try to imagine the conditions existing in an aboriginal community of about 960 souls some 600 km north of Thunder Bay in Ontario...

5/3/2019

article Two Ontario First Nations are claiming title to large parts of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay. Here's what that means
(Ottawa) -- In July 1615, French explorer Samuel de Champlain made his way by canoe down the French River toward Georgian Bay. Close to the mouth of the river, he...
article Provincial Child Care Council welcomes new members
(British Columbia) -- Three early care and learning proponents are joining the Provincial Child Care Council, a diverse group providing advice and recommendations to...
article Ontario leaders, NAN grand chief offer condolences to First Nation after 'tragic loss' in house fire
(Ontario) -- Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief, council, and provincial leaders from northwestern Ontario are offering their condolences to the residents in...

5/2/2019

article Murray Sinclair warns of violent rebellion if Indigenous rights continue to be oppressed
(Canada) -- In a wide-ranging interview spanning the decades of his life from lawyer to judge and now senator, Murray Sinclair issued a frank warning to Canada. There...
article COMMENTARY: The Indian Act’s concentration of power
(Canada) -- The distribution of public power in Western parliamentary systems separates into the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government. The...
article Carolyn Bennett backs off policy changes to modern treaty and self-government processes
(Canada) -- Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett said Thursday she would back off plans to replace two key policies that have for decades directed the...
article Chiefs, activists vow to fight what they call Trudeau's 'White Paper 2.0' plan
(Edmonton) -- First Nations chiefs and grassroots activists marched on an Assembly of First Nations forum in Edmonton Wednesday to send a message that they plan to...

4/30/2019

article OP/ED: Corrie Scott: Jody Wilson-Raybould comes from a long line of Indigenous truth-tellers
(Ottawa) -- On Anti-Bullying Day, Canadians watched their former minister of justice and attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould — a Kwakwaka’wakw Canadian...

4/29/2019

article K'asho Got'ine government could be on verge of creating new protected area in Sahtu
(North Canada) -- 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'...
article Kashechewan evacuees plan Queen's Park, Parliament Hill protest
(Ontario) -- Evacuees from Kashechewan First Nation will be heading even further south this week. Their destination: Queen's Park and Parliament Hill. They'll be...
article Kashechewan First Nation goes to Ontario legislature for action on annual flooding
(Ontario) -- Residents of Kashechewan First Nation and supporters are rallying Monday at Queen's Park to demand the provincial government help the northern Ontario...
press release New Ecological Stewardship Report from First Nations Showcases Tribal Models of Culturally Appropriate and Values-Centered Development
(Colorado) -- In a related companion piece to its recently released Increasing Ecological Stewardship of Tribal Lands, Natural Resources and Historical Sites publication...

4/26/2019

article National chief concerned with Sask. minister's 'lobbyist' comment
(Saskatchewan) -- The national chief of the Assembly of First Nations is raising concerns about Saskatchewan's social services minister referring to national...

4/25/2019

article Native Rights Language Could Expand Approval Process for NGTL Natural Gas Projects
(Ottawa) -- The Liberal government in Ottawa has inserted a global native rights ideal into the approval process for C$3.4 billion ($2.6 billion) in projects by...

4/22/2019

article P.E.I. Mi'kmaw soldier buried in France honoured in new tribute
(France) -- It was 102 years ago that Pte. Peter Knockwood from Lennox Island died in battle at Vimy Ridge in France in the First World War — long-gone but not...

4/18/2019

article Mediation underway at Alberta First Nations school after teacher walk-out
(Alberta) -- A mediator has been brought in to work with band councillors and school staff at a First Nations in northern Alberta after a walk-out last week stretched...

4/17/2019

article Federal climate law crucial to Indigenous constitutional rights, court told
(Ontario) -- The federal government has to tackle climate change given the catastrophic impact unchecked global warming will have on Canada's Indigenous people,...
article Indigenous leader accuses Saskatchewan of delaying child welfare reform for jobs
(Saskatchewan) -- An Indigenous leader in Saskatchewan is accusing the provincial government of keeping the status quo when it comes to child welfare because of social...
article Ottawa fighting First Nation groups over compensation for child welfare discrimination
(Ottawa) -- The federal government is battling First Nations organizations before the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal to avoid compensating First Nation children who went...

4/15/2019

article Are Conservative Senators Going to Kill Law Protecting Indigenous Rights?
(Ottawa) -- Almost a year after Parliament passed a law committing Canada to accept the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the legislation...
article Native delegate at Liberal convention talks Trudeau record on Aboriginal issues: “nice words but…”
(Toronto) -- Outside the Liberal Party of Canada Convention in Toronto, we encountered a First Nations delegate attending the convention as an observer.

4/14/2019

article Liberals move ahead on Indigenous agenda after SNC affair, caucus ousters
(Ottawa) -- Justin Trudeau's Liberals say they are still hearing support from Indigenous people and leaders, despite concerns raised publicly about Trudeau's...

4/10/2019

article Fired for not being Indigenous: B.C. man awarded damages from Aboriginal non-profit
(British Columbia) -- A judge has awarded $30,000 in damages to a B.C. man who was fired from his position with a Vancouver Aboriginal health organization "because...

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