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Mohawk students must leave their nation to attend high school

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.

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5/27/2020

article DFO officer crosses COVID-19 checkpoint at Listuguj First Nation, prompting call for better communication
(Quebec) -- A First Nation near the New Brunswick/Quebec border says it's seeking better communication from federal service providers about visits to the community...
article Quebec Cree pass mandatory self-isolation law
(Quebec) -- Officials in northern Quebec Cree communities are moving ahead with a deconfinement plan that includes a law requiring a mandatory, 14-day self-isolation for...
article Travel restrictions reveal double-standard, says Canoe Lake Cree First Nation resident
(Saskatchewan) -- Rose Durocher longs to see her family. Her home community of Canoe Lake Cree First Nation is under government travel restrictions, even though there...
article First Nations commercial fishermen consider starting season as they await federal relief
(Manitoba) -- A group of First Nations commercial fishermen in Manitoba are wondering if they should start fishing even with little chance they can sell their catch,...
article Lack of coroner's inquest in death of inmate Cornell Henry 'beyond maddening,' lawyer says
(Saskatchewan) -- A prominent Cree lawyer says an opportunity to prevent future deaths has been missed as a result of the decision to forgo a coroner's inquest into...
article Two Manitoba police officers charged with crimes related to intimate images
(Manitoba) -- Two Manitoba police officers are facing criminal charges stemming from the recording, watching and distribution of intimate images and video, CBC News has...
article Women entrepreneurs in Alberta fight to ensure their businesses survive the pandemic
(Alberta) -- Alèthe Kaboré launched her dream business, Kyn Apparel, last October. With the help of a small loan, she invested in fabric and equipment. But COVID-19...

5/26/2020

article RCMP officer 'falsely arrested, falsely imprisoned, assaulted and battered' elder with walker, judge rules
(British Columbia) -- An elder in Smithers has been awarded $55,000 after she sued an RCMP constable and Canada's Attorney General for injuries she suffered in a...
article Kahnawake, Kanesatake businesses remain closed despite Quebec reopening
(Quebec) -- While retailers reopened in the greater Montreal area this week, two Mohawk communities will remain closed for at least another week.
article 'I can't live on': Daughter of man fatally shot by Regina police seeks answers
(Saskatchewan) -- Kahaila Morris made a point of walking by the police office near her high school as often as she could. It was a fear the 16-year-old wanted to...

5/25/2020

article First Nations health authorities say they need more PPE
(Canada) -- Indigenous health authorities that service Western Canadian First Nations say they are experiencing problems accessing enough medical and protective...
article Why First Nations communities are uninviting visitors
(Canada) -- The idea of Covid-19 entering the remote First Nation’s community of Bella Bella terrifies Marilyn Slett, chief councillor of the Heiltsuk Tribal...
article 4 First Nations reach agreement with Manitoba Hydro to end blockades: MKO
(Manitoba) -- Four Cree Nations have agreed to remove blockades after reaching a deal with Manitoba Hydro over work at the Keeyask Generating Station in northern...

5/24/2020

article First Nations health authorities tell Commons committee they need more PPE
(Ottawa) -- Indigenous health authorities that service Western Canadian First Nations say they are experiencing problems accessing enough medical and protective...
article Manitoba woodcarver creates pandemic-inspired piece featuring 7 sacred teachings
(Manitoba) -- Rick Hall is combining his lifelong experience in the bush and his artistic side to create a wood carving to mark the COVID-19 pandemic. As a logger for...

5/22/2020

article Northern tourism, fishing lodge industries hope to salvage summer season as travel restrictions loosen
(Manitoba) -- Monster lake trout, pike and pickerel lure anglers to northern lodges every summer, but it appeared some of those fish were off the hook when the pandemic...

5/21/2020

article Indigenous communities remain cautious as lockdown restrictions ease
(Alberta) -- First Nations communities in the Wood Buffalo area are remaining cautious as Alberta eases its social distancing restrictions and public health orders. When...
article Facing racist social media attacks, Manitoulin Island leaders plead for tolerance
(Ontario) -- Peace and tranquility are usually two words synonymous with Manitoulin Island, but right now there is tense feeling in the air. Elected leaders have been...
article Ottawa announces another $75M in pandemic funding for Indigenous people living off-reserve
(Ottawa) -- The federal government says it will provide $75 million to organizations that address the "critical needs" of Indigenous people living in urban...
article Order to remove highway blockade presented to First Nations, but chiefs vow not to back down
(Manitoba) -- The chief of a Northern Manitoba First Nation was served with a court order to remove a blockade on Highway 280 outside Split Lake May 20. The order,...
article Measures to stop spread of COVID-19 in First Nations limited by lack of infrastructure: report
(Manitoba) -- Suggested measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 won't be effective in remote Manitoba First Nations unless housing conditions and access to clean...
article Civil claim against former chief of Acho Dene Koe First Nation dismissed
(North Canada) -- A civil claim against the former chief of Acho Dene Koe First Nation has been dismissed. ADK Holdings Ltd., the corporate arm of Acho Dene Koe First...

5/20/2020

article Canada Energy Regulator recruiting Indigenous people to join new advisory committee
(Canada) -- The Canada Energy Regulator is looking for Indigenous people to join a new advisory committee that is expected to play "a key advisory role" to the...
article Kanesatake chief calls for Oka park to stay closed to prevent spread of COVID-19
(Quebec) -- Oka provincial park is opening on Wednesday, allowing about half the usual daily visitors to explore the hiking trails and shoreline of the Lake of Two...
article Kanesatake Mohawks block entrance to Oka provincial park
(Quebec) -- Kanesatake Mohawks set up checkpoints at the entrance to Oka provincial park Wednesday, as the park was due to reopen, stopping cars as they arrived and...
article Manitoba watchdog clears 2 First Nations police force officers in fatal Long Plain shooting
(Manitoba) -- The Independent Investigation Unit is clearing a pair of Manitoba First Nations Police Service officers of wrongdoing in the shooting death of Ben Richard...
article As deconfinement looms, Cree communities begin asymptomatic testing for COVID-19
(North Canada) -- The Cree health board in northern Quebec has increased the number of COVID-19 tests it does and expanded the list of who can be tested to include...
press release Hundreds of non-medical masks with Indigenous flair made for First Nations communities
(British Columbia) -- Shelly Johnson is a professor at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, B.C., and the Canada research chair in Indigenizing Higher Education, but...
article Out of control wildfire prompts Pine Creek First Nation to declare state of emergency
(Manitoba) -- Pine Creek First Nation has declared a state of emergency as a large wildfire continues to burn near the community, fought by crews on the ground and in...

5/19/2020

article Injunction calls for removal of Manitoba blockade set up over COVID-19 concerns
(Manitoba) -- A court injunction is ordering members of a Manitoba First Nation who are worried about the spread of COVID-19 to remove a blockade set up at a...
article Membertou commercial building going up just as N.S. shut down due to COVID-19
(Nova Scotia) -- Just as COVID-19 was shutting down much of Nova Scotia, a large commercial building started going up in the Membertou First Nation. Chief Terry Paul...
article Manitoulin officials report decrease in holiday weekend visitors
(Sudbury) -- Members of the Manitoulin COVID-19 Leadership Coordination Committee say fewer tourists came to visit the island this past long weekend. The committee is...
article Native Women's Shelter forced to close after outbreak among staff
(Quebec) -- The Native Women's Shelter in Montreal, a vital service for the city's Indigenous population, has had to close its doors because of COVID-19. Nakuset...
article Saskatoon Tribal Council Chief Mark Arcand excited about prospect of new city centre rec facility
(Saskatchewan) -- Chief Mark Arcand says a new recreation facility in inner-city Saskatoon would be beneficial to everyone. On Tuesday, Saskatoon city councillors are...
article Why on-the-land educators see opportunity in a global pandemic
(North Canada) -- Most students can identify with the feeling of looking wistfully out a classroom window on a sunny spring day. But for students in northern Canada,...

5/18/2020

article Manitoba First Nations add COVID-19 to worries as wildfire season approaches
(Manitoba) -- The chief of a northern Manitoba First Nation says she's already worried the summer wildfire season could bring more than just smoke to her community....
article Mi'kmaw elder creates 22 paintings for families of N.S. mass shooting victims
(Nova Scotia) -- Joe Michael, a Mi'kmaw elder and 25-year veteran of the RCMP from Sipekne'katik First Nation in Nova Scotia, has prepared a gift for the...
article Manitoba First Nations add COVID-19 to worries as wildfire season approaches
(Manitoba) -- The chief of a northern Manitoba First Nation says she's already worried the summer wildfire season could bring more than just smoke to her community....

5/16/2020

article Sixteen off-reserve First Nations people diagnosed with COVID-19
(Manitoba) -- Sixteen Manitoba First Nations people have tested positive for COVID-19, a joint First Nations pandemic response team reported Friday. The individuals were...
article 'La Loche will survive this virus': Seeds of hope in Saskatchewan's COVID-19 epicentre
(Saskatchewan) -- Indigenous leaders and residents of La Loche and area say the community remains resilient as it grapples with being the epicentre of COVID-19 in...
article Indigenous tourism businesses feeling the bite from COVID-19
(British Columbia) -- Indigenous tourism businesses are being impacted by COVID-19 but are also looking for new ways to make revenue. Tsleil-Waututh Nation-owned...

5/15/2020

article Chief, mother say 'discriminating' travel bans make Sask. northerners feel like 'caged animals'
(Saskatchewan) -- Residents of northern Saskatchewan say the way the provincial government has gone about its COVID-19 travel bans and highway checkpoints has led them...
article Decisions about Indigenous ceremonies lie with community leaders, says Trudeau
(Saskatchewan) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has responded to concerns about police attending a traditional ceremony at a Saskatchewan First Nation over compliance...

5/14/2020

article Federal COVID-19 supply council member quits over links to company that landed Indigenous Services contract
(Ottawa) -- A member of a council created by the federal government to provide procurement advice during the COVID-19 pandemic stepped down late Wednesday evening over...
article Band councillor on Sask. First Nation says suicide crisis is emerging amidst pandemic
(Saskatchewan) -- A band councillor for a Saskatchewan First Nation is speaking out after a rash of suicide attempts in the past few weeks on his reserve. Dustin Ross...
article First Nations fishermen in northern Manitoba welcome federal COVID-19 relief response
(Manitoba) -- A couple of First Nations commercial fishermen in northern Manitoba are glad federal relief is on its way for the struggling industry. "I was looking...

5/13/2020

article Indigenous organization says it's taking Ottawa to court over 'discriminatory' COVID-19 aid
(Ottawa) -- An organization that represents off-reserve status and non-status First Nations people, Métis and southern Inuit is taking Ottawa to court over what it says...
article Over 450 Indigenous COVID-19 cases across Canada and 7 deaths, reports Yellowhead Institute
(Canada) -- There are at least 465 Indigenous COVID-19 cases across 42 communities and seven virus-related deaths, far above what is reported by Indigenous Services...
article RCMP 'had no understanding' of sun dance ceremony that was interrupted, dancer says
(Saskatchewan) -- Members of the Beardy's and Okemasis Cree Nation aren't happy with what they're calling interference from police and the federal government...
article Kashechewan spared from spring flooding, but now has to keep COVID-19 away
(Ontario) -- About 1,100 people in Kashechewan have spent the past few weeks, wondering and worrying if floodwaters would come into their homes. For the past decade, the...
article Premier should have recognized Indigenous Peoples' history on province's 150th birthday, professor says
(Manitoba) -- Manitoba's history is Indigenous history, and it shouldn't have been left out of the premier's official address on the province's 150th birthday, says an...

5/12/2020

article Over 450 Indigenous COVID-19 cases across Canada and 7 deaths, reports Yellowhead Institute
(Canada) -- There are at least 465 Indigenous COVID-19 cases across 42 communities and seven virus-related deaths, far above what is reported by Indigenous Services...
article Electric heat pumps bring cleaner, cheaper power to Heiltsuk Nation
(British Columbia) -- Electrically powered heat pumps installed in homes near Bella Bella, B.C., are saving members of the Heiltsuk First Nation thousands of dollars on...
article COVID-19 in Sask: Senior medical health officer warns stigma may prevent testing
(Saskatchewan) -- The senior medical health officer for the Saskatchewan Health Authority has warned that stigmatizing COVID-19 is preventing some people from getting...
article First Nations should include provisions for emergencies in election codes, experts say
(North Canada) -- Some experts are saying that First Nations across Canada should consider amending their election codes to include measures that would allow an election...
article Lessons from H1N1 flu in 2009 helped Quebec Cree communities prepare for COVID-19
(Quebec) -- Dr. Darlene Kitty knows a thing or two about facing a pandemic and says lessons learned during the last one are helping Cree communities in northern Quebec...
article Tseshaht First Nation youth raises more than $1K for cancer research
(British Columbia) -- Solomon Watts may only be eight years old, but the young man from Tseshaht First Nation did something big last week. Watts ran two kilometres...
article Manitoba First Nations share what back-to-school could look like next fall
(Manitoba) -- It's not likely schools on Manitoba First Nations will reopen before the fall, but a number of communities are planning what back-to-school might look...
article Métis raise flag above newly purchased Bank of Montreal building at Portage and Main
(Manitoba) -- As Manitobans celebrate the 150th anniversary of the province, descendants of the Métis who paved the way for its creation are celebrating a renewed and...
article Remembering Eddie Dillon, Inuvialuit leader from Tuktoyaktuk
(North Canada) -- Inuvialuit and others across the N.W.T. are mourning the loss of a long-time leader and community builder, Eddie Dillon. His death was announced on the...

5/11/2020

article Checkpoint confusion causing stress for some northern leaders, residents
(Saskatoon) -- Some leaders say confusion around provincial checkpoints scattered throughout northern Saskatchewan are creating stress and anxiety for communities...
article Northern leaders call for provincial cooperation after checkpoint complaints
(Saskatchewan) -- Northern Municipalities, First Nations and Métis community leaders are concerned people are being unfairly treated when leaving their community to...
article 'Shocking' lack of First Nations consultation on mega-hospital location, CAMPP says
(Windsor) -- One mistaken letter in an email address led to a “shocking” lack of proper notice to local indigenous people, the group fighting the new mega-...
article Nisga'a Treaty trailblazers reflect on agreement 20 years after it went into effect
(British Columbia) -- Twenty years ago, history was made when the Nisga'a Treaty came into effect on May 11, 2000. It was the first modern-day treaty signed in B.C...
article Wet'suwet'en elected chiefs call for minister's resignation
(British Columbia) -- Elected Wet'suwet'en chiefs are asking for the immediate resignation of Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett over an agreement...

5/10/2020

article Tree planters may get boot
(British Columbia) -- A B.C. First Nations chief is contemplating the removal of tree planters from his community following a 14-day lockdown which was lifted at 8 a.m....

5/9/2020

article Northern Sask. mayor calls for checkpoints restricting out-of-province travellers
(Saskatchewan) -- Green Lake's mayor says he wants further measures introduced to prevent people who aren't from Saskatchewan from travelling through his...

5/8/2020

article Chiefs of Ontario says COVID-19 spike is coming, urges First Nations to keep communities closed
(Ontario) -- The Chiefs of Ontario (COO) is urging First Nations across the province to keep communities closed as officials expect a spike in COVID-19 cases over the...
article First Nations COVID-19 cases undercounted, says AFN national chief
(Canada) -- Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde says COVID-19 infection rates among First Nations people are undercounted as a result of failures...
article Lessons learned during H1N1 guide Ottawa's response to COVID-19 in First Nations
(Manitoba) -- The federal government is looking to hire paramedics who can fly up to remote First Nations in case there's a surge of COVID-19 cases — evidence...
article At least 18 First Nations in northeastern Ontario close borders to keep outsiders and COVID-19 away
(Ontario) -- Brent Bissaillion's job as chief of Serpent River First Nation now includes managing border crossings and hiring border guards. It is one of at least 18...
article Federal COVID-19 Indigenous business relief still leaves 'critical gaps,' says financial organization
(Ottawa) -- A First Nations financial organization in the Atlantic region is voicing concern over the exclusion of band-owned, non-taxable businesses in federal...
article Supporters propose changes to N.B. motor vehicle act to honour Brady Francis
(New Brunswick) -- Friends and family of Brady Francis, a 22-year-old man who died in 2018 after a hit-and-run collision, are proposing changes to make reporting vehicle...
article Thought to be extinct, Beothuk DNA is still present in N.L. families, genetics researcher finds
(North Canada) -- A St. John's genetics specialist has found DNA connections that link the Beothuk people to contemporary people, almost two centuries after the last...
article Federal COVID-19 Indigenous business relief still leaves 'critical gaps,' says financial organization
(Canada) -- A First Nations financial organization in the Atlantic region is voicing concern over the exclusion of band-owned, non-taxable businesses in federal...
article Retail stores in Fort William First Nation reopen to general public
(Thunder Bay) -- Retail stores in Fort William First Nation (FWFN) reopened to the general public on May 5, but they are under new operating requirements, the band...
article Manitoba First Nation proposal to repurpose youth centre as field hospital passed over for temporary shelters
(Manitoba) -- A northern Manitoba First Nation is wondering why the federal government ignored their community's proposal for an emergency COVID-19 response space in...
article Salt River First Nation on flood watch as Slave River water levels rise
(Northwest Territories) -- Salt River First Nation in Fort Smith, N.W.T. is getting ready for a possible flood. Chief David Poitras told CBC water levels are high on the...

5/6/2020

article Acho Dene Koe First Nation loses court challenge
(North Canada) -- A Dehcho First Nation is considering its next steps after failing to convince a judge to order the N.W.T. government to enforce benefits plans the...
article Competition for new N.S. RCMP dispatch centre 'falsely stacked' against First Nation's bid: chief
(Nova Scotia) -- The chief of Millbrook First Nation says the Nova Scotia RCMP's competition for its new communication centre was "distorted and biased,"...
article Wet'suwet'en agreement outlines steps for transferring control of territory to traditional leadership
(British Columbia) -- A draft memorandum of understanding [MOU] between Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs, British Columbia and the federal government establishes a...

5/5/2020

article New Brunswick Indigenous Summer Games cancelled amid COVID-19 pandemic
(New Brunswick) -- The 2020 New Brunswick Indigenous Summer Games have been cancelled to protect the athletes and their communities from the spread of COVID–19,...

5/4/2020

article Ottawa doctors embrace telemedicine as Nunavut sees 1st COVID-19 case
(Ottawa) -- Ottawa health-care providers who treat patients from Nunavut are changing the way they care for Inuit amid COVID-19 travel restrictions and physical...
article Sask. professor named to federal COVID-19 Immunity Task Force
(Saskatchewan) -- A Saskatchewan professor and scientific director of the Institute of Indigenous Peoples' Health has been named the Indigenous Engagement Lead on...
article Despite some COVID-19 restrictions being eased in Man., new parents not ready to take risks yet
(Manitoba) -- Starting Monday, you can hit the patios and golf courses in Manitoba, but one family in the province say they're still staying close to home when it...
article Top doctor apologizes for Nunavut's only COVID-19 case turning out to be false positive
(North Canada) -- Test results from a patient in Pond Inlet believed to have Nunavut's first case of COVID-19 have come back negative. The territory reported its...
article Blocked from your northern Sask. cabin? 'Be patient,' chief says
(Saskatoon) -- The chief of Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation in Saskatchewan is asking southern residents to be patient as their access to northern cabins is blocked during...

5/1/2020

article COVID-19 outbreaks in 23 First Nations prompting concerns
(Canada) -- Federal officials say the next two weeks will be crucial in trying to determine the scope and severity of the spread of COVID-19 in First Nations communities...
article U of Manitoba's graduation powwow goes online to celebrate Indigenous grads
(Manitoba) -- Years of late nights spent writing assignments and studying for tests are coming to an anti-climactic end this spring for many new university graduates,...

4/30/2020

article On-reserve COVID-19 case rates approaching 'watershed moment,' says Indigenous Services top doctor
(Canada) -- The chief medical officer for Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) says the next two weeks will be critical to flattening the curve of COVID-19 cases in First...
article First Nation police services receive PPE by air
(Ontario) -- As part of the province’s efforts to ensure all Ontario police services are provided with the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep...

4/29/2020

article Fort Chipewyan chief fears flooding could arrive soon
(Alberta) -- The chief of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation in Fort Chipewyan, Alta., fears the recent flooding seen in Fort McMurray could arrive in his community of...
article Pond Inlet doesn't know how it will get water if its infrastructure isn't fixed soon
(North Canada) -- Pond Inlet is worried it won't be able to access its water supply if it doesn't get a temporary pumping system in place before spring thaw in a...
article Blood Tribe confirms first case of COVID-19
(Alberta) -- We have received confirmation from Blood Tribe Department of Health, there is one confirmed case on the blood reserve as of today, April 29, 2020 at 11:15...
article COVID-19 outbreak in La Loche, Sask., derails province's reopening plan in village
(Saskatchewan) -- The continuing COVID-19 outbreak in the far northern Saskatchewan village of La Loche — which claimed the province's sixth victim Wednesday — has...
article Maurice Johnson found not guilty in Brady Francis's hit-and-run death
(New Brunswick) -- A Moncton judge has found Maurice Johnson not guilty in the hit-and-run death of Brady Francis that happened two years ago. In handing down her...
article 12-year-old Eastmain hunter opens goose hunt amid calls to follow COVID-19 bush guidelines
(North Canada) -- For Hilton John Weapenicappo of Eastmain, Que., this year's Goose Break holiday, an annual tradition for Cree in northern Quebec, got off to a...
article First Nation upset as bitter debate over giving school Indigenous name ends in 'compromise'
(British Columbia) -- It began as a reconciliation effort to bestow a new, Indigenous name on a high school in Prince George, B.C. But it sparked vehement opposition and...

4/27/2020

article 1 in 4 Alberta COVID-19 cases now tied to meat plant, as outbreak spreads to nearby First Nation
(Alberta) -- Canada's largest outbreak of COVID-19 linked to a single site — an Alberta meat-packing plant — has now spread to a nearby First Nation, a...
article Northern leaders say they weren't consulted on development of plan to close northern Sask.
(Saskatchewan) -- The provincial government says conversations with northern leaders around travel restrictions in Saskatchewan's north started weeks ago, but many...
article How a January meeting laid groundwork for Indigenous Services' response to COVID-19
(Ottawa) -- On Jan. 28, weeks before the World Health Organization would declare COVID-19 a pandemic, a nascent federal network for First Nations emergency management...
article Plans still being drawn up to protect Kashechewan from spring flood and COVID-19
(Ontario) -- Hundreds of people in Kashechewan are heading into the wilderness to avoid spring flooding in the James Bay community. The annual evacuation of the First...
article Lack of teachers, internet puts Garden Hill First Nation's school year at risk
(Manitoba) -- One northern Manitoba First Nation has cancelled the remainder of its school year, while others face barriers to educating students while classroom...
article Velma Orvis, Ojibway and Cree elder who died Friday, remembered for 'unconditional love'
(Manitoba) -- Velma Orvis was medicine. That's how one of her co-workers at a North End drop-in centre for at-risk women described the 79-year-old Winnipeg elder who...

4/25/2020

article B.C. First Nation extends state of emergency after elder dies from coronavirus
(British Columbia) -- The ‘Namgis First Nation on a small island just north of Vancouver Island has extended its state of emergency after an elder became the first...

4/24/2020

article 'We cannot open our communities': COVID-19 cases rise in northern Sask.
(Saskatchewan) -- Now is not the time to reopen communities in northern Saskatchewan, says one official, as the number of COVID-19 cases spread in the area. "The...
article Gull Bay First Nation COVID-19 facility to be operational by Monday
(Ontario) -- Members of Gull Bay First Nation (GBFN) are hoping to have a separate COVID-19 facility constructed by Sunday, which will help the community tackle a recent...
article 'They gambled': Northern crisis worker says Sask. too slow on travel restrictions
(Saskatchewan) -- Clarence Natomagan said the governments' restrictions on travel to northern Saskatchewan are too little, too late, as at least two dozen people are...
article Cree School Board suspends in-school learning until at least the fall
(Quebec) -- Schools in northern Quebec Cree communities will remain closed until at least the fall. The decision was announced late Thursday by the Cree School Board...

4/23/2020

article Gull Bay First Nation confirms 6 positive COVID-19 cases
(Ontario) -- The Chief of Gull Bay First Nation confirms there are six positive cases of COVID-19 in his community. King said with six positive tests, that gives the...
article Ottawa working to secure PPE, more COVID-19 test kits, additional funds for First Nations, Hajdu says
(Ottawa) -- Patty Hajdu, federal minister of health and the MP for Thunder Bay - Superior North, said the federal government is working to ensure First Nation...
article Former Acho Dene Koe First Nation chief says election should go ahead as planned
(North Canada) -- A former chief of Acho Dene Koe First Nation in Fort Liard, N.W.T., is challenging a decision by the First Nation's chief and council to postpone...
article VIDEO: Kettle & Stony Point Chief being tested for COVID-19
(Ontario) -- The Chief of Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation is being tested for COVID-19. In a Facebook message to residents of the First Nation Wednesday...
article Alberta teen to be released after sentencing for shooting German tourist
(Alberta) -- The Morley teen found guilty in the 2018 shooting of a German tourist west of Calgary has been sentenced to 14 months in custody, seven months supervision...
article Solitary confinement now considered cruel, unusual punishment
(Ottawa) -- The use of extended periods of solitary confinement in Canada’s federal prisons is now considered unconstitutional and cruel, as Ottawa has abandoned a...
article Three charged, drugs, rifle seized at Hiawatha First Nation
(Ontario) -- Three people face narcotics and weapons charges after an investigation by Peterborough County OPP into allegations of drug trafficking at Hiawatha First...
article STC chief says Saskatoon delivery program 'making a difference in people's lives'
(Saskatoon) -- A delivery service operating in Saskatoon is battling food security by delivering two fresh meals, five days a week, to hundreds of homes throughout the...

4/22/2020

article COVID-19 risk to Indigenous communities will rise when provinces ease lockdowns, says federal official
(Canada) -- Indigenous communities will face elevated risks of COVID-19 infections once provinces and urban centres begin easing lockdown restrictions, says a top...
article COVID-19 in Sask: 6 new cases, all from northern regions
(Saskatchewan) -- Six new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed on Wednesday, all from northern Saskatchewan, including five in the far north region. A total of 326 cases are...

4/21/2020

article 'Disrespectful': Urban Indigenous population feels short-changed by federal COVID-19 response
(Ottawa) -- The urban Indigenous population is being marginalized by the federal government's COVID-19 funding strategy, say witnesses who testified Tuesday before...
article Cree youth turn to social media to promote COVID-19 safety awareness
(North Canada) -- Cree youth in northern Quebec are using a series of social media challenges to encourage young people to listen to their leaders, stay at home and...

4/20/2020

article Curfews, lockdowns, and checkpoints: How First Nations are grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic
(Manitoba) -- While the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases increases in First Nations across the country, some communities have issued lockdowns, erected checkpoints,...
article Deborah Smith remains chief after physical distancing election in Brokenhead Ojibway Nation
(Manitoba) -- The COVID-19 pandemic did not stop voters in Brokenhead Ojibway Nation from casting votes in the band election on Saturday. Chief Deborah Smith was re-...
article Cluster of COVID-19 cases confirmed on Cormorant Island off the B.C. Central Coast
(British Columbia) -- A cluster of COVD-19 cases on Cormorant Island, B.C., has led to the declaration of a local state of emergency for the 'Namgis First Nation,...
article Nipissing First Nation lifting shutdown order
(Ontario) -- Essential businesses on Nipissing First Nation will be allowed to reopen Wednesday provided they meet all public health requirements and protect the safety...
article COVID-19 in Sask: Province records 2 more cases, recoveries remain the same
(Saskatchewan) -- Of the province’s 315 cases, 134 are considered travel-related, 132 are contacts or linked to mass gatherings, with 29 having no known exposure...

4/19/2020

article Curfews, lockdowns, and checkpoints: How First Nations are grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic
(Canada) -- While the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases increases in First Nations across the country, some communities have issued lockdowns, erected checkpoints, and...
article Over 1000 meals coming to Indigenous homes in at-risk neighbourhoods in Saskatoon
(Saskatchewan) -- The Saskatoon Wildlife Federation (SWF) and the Saskatoon Tribal Council are teaming up to provide “the most ambitious meal program” in the...

4/18/2020

article 'Doing my damnedest': Family living in a shutdown world of COVID-19 juggles a lot — with very little
(Manitoba) -- Mary Burton wakes up around 6 a.m. every day to soak in quiet time before the chaos. She makes coffee, checks her work computer and starts a breakfast of...
article First Nations businesses sought financial aid weeks prior to $306 million COVID-19 fund
(Canada) -- First Nations financial authorities were sounding alarms about the impact COVID-19 will have on First Nations economies as early as March, prior to a $306...
article ‘It’s unprecedented:’ Manitoba First Nation going ahead with band election
(Manitoba) -- Members of a Manitoba First Nation will each be handed a mask, gloves and sanitizer as they head to the ballot box on Saturday. “We’ve never...

4/17/2020

article Indigenous leaders say federal authorities need to address outbreak at Mission Institution
(British Columbia) -- Federal authorities are not addressing the country’s worst prison outbreak of COVID-19 with the urgency it deserves, according to Indigenous...
article 'A real team effort': Alberta First Nations remain COVID-19-free more than one month into pandemic
(Alberta) -- COVID-19 has been spreading across Alberta since the start of March, but the province's 46 First Nations reserves have managed to keep the virus out so...
article Community report: In Jean Marie River, chief has been moved to tears
(North Canada) -- The sign confronting drivers on the road into Jean Marie River First Nation is clear: due to Covid-19, visitors aren’t invited. Sometimes a...
article Northern communities need resources to address COVID-19 pandemic, say Matawa First Nations
(Ontario) -- The chief executive officer of Matawa First Nations says the communities they represent don't have the resources to properly prepare for a COVID-19...
article Northern Manitoba chiefs voice support for new remote First Nation travel restrictions
(Manitoba) -- Leaders in some northern Manitoba First Nations are relieved a new provincial order will restrict movement in and out of remote communities where a COVID-...
article Lac Seul First Nation going to Supreme Court of Canada in hydro dam flooding compensation case
(Ontario) -- The Lac Seul First Nation in northwestern Ontario will have its case heard by the Supreme Court of Canada, tasking the court with the question of how...
article This is what access to clean water looks like for a First Nation in a remote corner of Ontario
(Ontario) -- Jonathan Mallet lies on the frozen surface in the Lake of the Woods. Moments before, his quad vehicle had flipped him and his sled carrying water jugs onto...
article Sask. Indigenous beauty influencers share their messages behind '#PassTheBrush Challenge'
(Saskatchewan) -- When April Moosomin, or 'April Dawn' as her clients know her, made her #PassTheBrush TikTok video she knew she wanted to do more than simply...

4/16/2020

article 'Nothing like I've ever done before': COVID-19 poses new challenge for Canadian Rangers
(Ontario) -- Within 24 hours, Master Cpl. Christopher Keesic expects to receive orders to begin house-to-house checks on the more than 2,400 people living in Moose...
article Former Sagkeeng First Nation principal sentenced to life in prison for vigilante killings of drug dealers
(Manitoba) -- A former principal of a Manitoba First Nation school has been sentenced to life in prison for the vigilante killings of two drug dealers. Claude Francis...
article Eabametoong First Nation's 1st COVID-19 case spending his days drawing, worrying of further spread
(Thunder Bay) -- Andrew Yesno was thawing a couple of geese he pulled from the freezer to pluck when the telephone rang inside his parents' house. He washed his...

4/15/2020

article Brokenhead Ojibway Nation to hold band election this week with COVID-19 precautions
(Manitoba) -- A First Nation in Manitoba is taking as many precautions as they can think of to move ahead with their band's election this Saturday. "It's a...
article Eabametoong chief says there was delay in contact tracing on community's 1st COVID-19 case
(Manitoba) -- The chief of a fly-in First Nation in Ontario says local contact tracing of the community's first COVID-19 case was delayed by at least 24 hours....
article Pictou Landing chief 'shocked' by look of Boat Harbour months after mill shutdown
(Nova Scotia) -- For the first time in her life, the chief of Pictou Landing First Nation says she can't smell the familiar stench of effluent being dumped into Boat...

4/14/2020

article M’Chigeeng launches Hwy 540 checkpoint at east entrance of community
(Ontario) -- On March 29, the chief and council of M’Chigeeng passed a Band Council Motion for the establishment of checkpoints in M’Chigeeng First Nation as...
article Clawing back children's allowance an atrocity, say First Nation leaders
(Manitoba) -- Manitoba First Nations leaders gathered on Tuesday to discuss their concerns about a new bill they say would stop children in care from being able to sue...
article Nunavut baby's death while in mandatory self-isolation in Yellowknife hotel prompts investigation
(North Canada) -- An infant from Kugluktuk, Nunavut, died late last week while self-isolating with his father in a hotel in Yellowknife. Jason Agligoetok said he'd...

4/13/2020

article 'We do want to ratchet up the testing': FSIN Vice Chief says more needs to be done for Sask. northern communities amid pandemic
(Saskatchewan) -- The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) says a case of COVID-19 confirmed in northern Saskatchewan was caused by a nurse bringing the...
article FSIN want more measures for healthcare professionals after COVID-19 case in Northern Sask.
(Saskatchewan) -- The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) is calling on the province to put better measures in place for healthcare professionals servicing...
article First Nations TikTok users hope to inspire youth to learn more about their cultures
(Canada) -- First Nations TikTok users are using the app to share their cultures and hopefully inspire the younger audience to want to learn more about them. Sherry...

4/12/2020

article ‘I think it’s working,’ chief says of temporarily closing St. Clair Parkway amid COVID-19 concerns
(Manitoba) -- Just about every public facility in Sarnia, from parks to playgrounds, is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but a First Nations community in the city...
article First Nations TikTok users hope to inspire youth to learn more about their cultures
(Canada) -- First Nations TikTok users are using the app to share their cultures and hopefully inspire the younger audience to want to learn more about them. Sherry...

4/10/2020

article Aamjiwnaang First Nation closes traffic to non-residents as COVID-19 precaution
(Ontario) -- The Aamjiwnaang Band Council has taken steps to ensure community safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. The council has decided to slow the flow of traffic to...
article B.C. First Nations say Ottawa will match province's $300 social assistance supplement on reserves
(British Columbia) -- First Nations leaders in B.C. say Ottawa has agreed to match the provincial commitment to provide people on social assistance with an added $300 a...

4/9/2020

article Vulnerable First Nations brace for COVID-19’s spread
(Canada) -- Long before COVID-19 arrived at Kettle and Stony Point First Nation, Chief Jason Henry started bracing for the first case. He knew that overcrowding on the...
article Almost 150 years later, the Siksika First Nation is getting Chief Crowfoot’s regalia back
(Alberta) -- A dozen Indigenous relics dating from the signing of Treaty 7, confined to a British museum for more than 140 years, are coming home to Alberta. The regalia...

4/8/2020

article Number of COVID-19 cases reported in Indigenous communities more than doubles
(Ontario) -- The number of positive cases of COVID-19 in Indigenous communities across the country has more than doubled since last week, according to Indigenous...
article Toquaht Nation on Vancouver Island gives $500 emergency benefit to all adult citizens
(British Columbia) -- Some coastal First Nations are providing immediate emergency relief funding to their people to help offset the hardships brought on by the COVID-19...
article Close to 200 new housing units on hold during outbreak
(Ontario) -- More than 180 housing units are in the plans for Kenora, Dryden and Sioux Lookout once the coronavirus has passed. "Some times all we need is for us to get...
article Non-residents won’t be permitted to enter Fort William First Nation
(Ontario) -- Fort William First Nation Chief Peter Collins has announced further measures to protect the reserve from the COVID-19 pandemic.
article Pandemic planning means tough decisions, frank discussions
(Ontario) -- Creating pandemic plans for northern Indigenous communities involves making some difficult decisions, said one woman who helped two communities put plans...
article Pikwakanagan warning visitors to stay away
(Quebec) -- Volunteer firefighters are stationed at the entrance to Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation telling visitors all its businesses are closed as a...
article Province invests $37 million to assist First Nations during COVID-19 pandemic
(Ontario) -- With First Nations communities particularly vulnerable to an outbreak of COVID-19, the Ontario government is investing millions to support remote...
article Rama First Nation closed for tobacco
(Ontario) -- Rama First Nation is officially closed for all tobacco business as of 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday. In a release, a spokesperson for the community says they are...
article 'Lives could be lost'; Chief of Eabametoong FN 'disappointed' in government response to COVID-19 case
(Ontario) -- The chief of Eabametoong First Nation (EFN), about 300 kilometres northeast of Thunder Bay, said he's "disappointed" and "not happy" with the response from...
article OP/ED: History will repeat itself if First Nations remain underfunded in the fight against COVID-19
(Canada) -- Cindy Blackstock is the executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada. Isadore Day, member of Serpent River First Nation...
article Alberta women’s group helping connect people while apart
(Alberta) -- Being home and isolated during the COVID-19 pandemic, it can become easy to feel alone and bored. That’s why the Institute for the Advancement of...
article Chisasibi youth, close contact diagnosed with COVID-19
(North Canada) -- A youth from Chisasibi and a close contact are the latest Quebec Cree to be diagnosed with COVID-19 bringing the total to six. The young person is a...
article New case of COVID-19 in Yukon, this time in a rural community
(North Canada) -- Yukon's chief medical officer has announced another confirmed case of COVID-19 in the territory — the first to be found in a rural community...

4/7/2020

article Manitoba First Nations implement curfews during COVID-19
(Manitoba) -- As Indigenous communities continue to close their borders to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic, some First Nations in Manitoba are having to take measures...
article Ontario's Ministry of Health stalling plans for northern field hospitals, says grand chief
(Ontario) -- The grand chief of an organization that represents 49 First Nations in northwestern Ontario says the province's Ministry of Health is undermining...

4/6/2020

article Remote Ontario First Nation requests aid after confirmed coronavirus case
(Ontario) -- The chief of a Northwestern Ontario First Nation said Monday he has not seen a plan to provide proper medical assessment, isolation or treatment of cases of...

4/5/2020

article A remote First Nation prepares for its most daunting challenge: limiting the spread of coronavirus
(Ontario) -- Isolation has so far protected many of Canada’s remote Indigenous communities from the coronavirus. Far from the big cities where the virus is taking...
article Several First Nations grapple with confirmed COVID-19 cases
(Canada) -- At least nine First Nations have confirmed cases of COVID-19, raising concerns about further transmission and prompting calls for greater responses from the...
article Curfews, checkpoints hope to protect First Nations communities from COVID-19
(New Brunswick) -- More First Nations in New Brunswick are taking steps to protect their residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. Chief Sacha LaBillois of the Ugpi'...
article Rolling River First Nation distributes care packages to every household on reserve
(Manitoba) -- One First Nation in southern Manitoba has helped their members during the COVID-19 pandemic by distributing care packages to every household on the reserve...

4/3/2020

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

4/2/2020

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

4/1/2020

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

3/31/2020

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

3/30/2020

article Deputy PM Chrystia Freeland cool to Manitoba chiefs' request for Cuban doctors
(Manitoba) -- Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland appeared Monday to reject a request by a group of First Nations in Manitoba for Canada to allow Cuban doctors into...
article Lac La Ronge Indian Band restricts access over COVID-19
(Saskatchewan) -- Lac La Ronge Indian Band (LLRIB) passed an emergency measures bylaw on Monday morning limiting access to their territory in north-central Saskatchewan...
article Long Point First Nation calls on Quebec, Ottawa for public security assistance
(Quebec) -- As the number of First Nations in Quebec declaring states of emergency grows in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, one Algonquin community in western Quebec...
article Several First Nations communities closed to non-residents
(Ontario) -- Almost half a dozen First Nations across Southwestern Ontario have decided to deny access to visitors to stop the spread of COVID-19, with one regional...
article Long Point First Nation calls on Quebec, Ottawa for public security assistance
(Ottawa) -- As the number of First Nations in Quebec declaring states of emergency grows in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, one Algonquin community in western Quebec...
article Blood Tribe announces mandatory curfew for youths
(Alberta) -- The Blood Tribe Chief and Council are taking steps to minimize the risk of community transmission of COVID-19. Effective immediately, all residents under...

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