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Ontario appeals Robinson treaties annuities case, but open to settlement negotiations

The Ontario government has filed a notice to appeal a landmark ruling on treaty annuities, even as it enters settlement negotiations with Ottawa and the First Nations involved in the case. The Ontario Superior Court ruled in December 2018 that annuity payments from the Robinson-Huron and Robinson-Superior treaties signed in 1850 were not frozen in time.

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11/19/2019

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

11/18/2019

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(Ontario) -- Moose Cree First Nation says it has withdrawn its application for a judicial review of mining company NioBay's drilling permit in the James Bay lowlands.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

11/17/2019

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

11/13/2019

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

11/11/2019

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

11/9/2019

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

11/8/2019

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

11/7/2019

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

11/6/2019

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

11/5/2019

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

11/4/2019

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

11/3/2019

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

11/2/2019

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

11/1/2019

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

10/31/2019

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

10/30/2019

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

10/29/2019

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

10/28/2019

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

10/25/2019

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

10/24/2019

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

10/23/2019

article Saskatoon clears path to forming 8th urban reserve in city
(Saskatchewan) -- Saskatoon will soon have a new urban reserve. On Tuesday officials from the City of Saskatoon and the Kahkewistahaw First Nation "cleared a path...
article Alberta regional chief hopeful 'momentum' continues with Liberal minority government
(Alberta) -- The Alberta regional chief of the Assembly of First Nations says she's looking forward to working on Indigenous issues with the Liberal minority...
article Jody Wilson-Raybould's reputation could give her rare influence for an Independent MP, experts say
(British Columbia) -- In the early years of Confederation, there were members of Parliament known as "loose fish,'' who floated free from parties but swam...
article Liberal minority 'best-case scenario,' says B.C. Assembly of First Nations chief
(British Columbia) -- After four years of a majority government, B.C.'s chief of the Assembly of First Nations says a Liberal minority is the "best case...
article Oldest known map of southwest Yukon visits territory for 150th birthday
(North Canada) -- When a precious map arrived in the Yukon from San Francisco last week, Tom Buzzell was shocked at its size. "It was actually smaller than I'd...
article First Nations professionals connect with non-Indigenous employers at Calgary event
(Calgary) -- Close to 50 companies big and small have gathered at the Grey Eagle Resort and Casino for a three-day event focused on connecting Indigenous professionals...

10/22/2019

article 10 Indigenous candidates elected to the House of Commons
(Canada) -- Ten Indigenous candidates were elected to the House of Commons Monday, one fewer than the 2015 election where a record 11 Indigenous MPs were elected. But...
article After a grim campaign, Trudeau emerges damaged but victorious
(Ottawa) -- Faced with a Liberal shutout in Alberta and Saskatchewan and rising tensions in the West, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ended the election campaign by vowing...
article Métis leader Louis Riel's 'undeniable contribution' to Manitoba honoured in new coin
(Ottawa) -- The Royal Canadian Mint has issued a new coin featuring a portrait of Louis Riel, an important Métis leader and the founder of Manitoba. The coin was...
article Indigenous Voters Need a Reason to Care About Canada
(Canada) -- Canada voted Monday to elect its new prime minister and House of Commons. The Liberal party lost the majority it had enjoyed the past four years but managed...
article NDP's Mumilaaq Qaqqaq, 25, is Nunavut's next MP
(North Canada) -- Mumilaaq Qaqqaq, 25, was the youngest candidate running for federal MP in any of the three territories. Early Tuesday morning, she became one of the...
article Yvonne Jones slams 'misguided' Innu leadership in NunatuKavut legal spat
(Ottawa) -- Moments after her election win sent Yvonne Jones back to Ottawa for a third term, the Labrador MP broke her silence about a legal challenge to NunatuKavut...
article Labor still hoping for bipartisan position on Indigenous voice to parliament
(Australia) -- The shadow minister for Indigenous Australians, Linda Burney, says Labor will persist with trying to land a bipartisan position on the voice to parliament...

10/21/2019

article Canada’s Indigenous communities suffer ‘abhorrent’ housing conditions: UN report
(Canada) -- A United Nations report is highlighting the role “abhorrent” housing conditions play in the poverty and exploitation that Indigenous people face...
article Alberta Indigenous leaders talk to Thunberg about energy transition; finding environmental, economic balance
(Alberta) -- Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg continued her tour of Alberta's oilsands region on Saturday, an Indigenous group says, conducting interviews...
article Mural in Edmonton that offered thanks to climate activist Greta Thunberg defaced
(Alberta) -- A mural of Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg that recently appeared in Edmonton has been defaced. The mural features a portrait of the 16-year-old...
article First Nations-led study yields new digital tools to promote economic growth and employment
(Ontario) -- A group of seven First Nations in southwestern Ontario is getting a new set of digital tools to help their leaders work together in promoting employment and...

10/19/2019

article More evacuees from First Nations could return home this weekend: Manitoba Hydro
(Canada) -- More evacuees from First Nations communities who were forced from their homes by power outages after last week's snowstorm could be returning home this...
article Scheer says he would compensate First Nations children, families affected by on-reserve child welfare system
(Canada) -- Conservative leader Andrew Scheer said Friday he supports compensating First Nations children and families who "suffered" under the on-reserve...
article Man starts hunger strike in Kanesatake over 301-year-old land dispute
(Canada) -- A First Nations man in Quebec is on the eighth day of a hunger strike to raise awareness of a 301-year-old unresolved land dispute in Kanesatake. Al...
article More evacuees from First Nations could return home this weekend: Manitoba Hydro
(Winnipeg) -- More evacuees from First Nations communities who were forced from their homes by power outages after last week's snowstorm could be returning home this...

10/18/2019

article Two Senate changes are long overdue and within reach
(Canada) -- Parliament does not have the unilateral power to make changes to the Senate’s fundamental characteristics. That was made clear by two advisory opinions...
article Scheer says he would compensate First Nations children, families affected by on-reserve child welfare system
(Ottawa) -- Conservative leader Andrew Scheer said Friday he supports compensating First Nations children and families who "suffered" under the on-reserve...
article Where the parties stand on Indigenous issues
(Ottawa) -- This year’s federal election campaign has seen a significant drop in priority for Indigenous issues, especially in terms of the federal leaders’...
article Nechako River court case starts Monday
(British Columbia) -- A trial starts Monday in B.C. Supreme Court as two First Nations go up against Rio Tinto Alcan Inc. and the provincial and federal governments....
article Broadband expansion project to bring high-speed internet to five remote communities
(Ontario) -- Five remote Indigenous communities in northwestern Ontario will use $30 million in provincial funding to connect their residents to high-speed internet. The...
article Garden River First Nation signs agreement for highway resurfacing project
(Ontario) -- Garden River First Nation has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the resurfacing of the portions of Highway 17 and Highway 17B that run through...
article Indigenous communities face 'abhorrent' housing conditions, UN report finds
(Ottawa) -- Indigenous people fare far worse than non-Indigenous populations when it comes to attaining safe and secure housing, both worldwide and here in Canada,...
article Kids in hotels, separated families: The reality of being a homeless parent
(Saskatchewan) -- A statement sent to CBC from Jeff Redekop, the director of Income Assistance Service Delivery on Friday afternoon, said the Ministry of Social Services...
article Inuit artists call Elizabeth May 'hypocritical' for touting Indigenous rights but opposing seal hunt
(Canada) -- Two prominent Inuit artists say Green Party leader Elizabeth May is being "hypocritical" by claiming to support Indigenous rights while also...

10/17/2019

article Elections Canada creates 'mega-polling station' for Manitoba storm evacuees
(Manitoba) -- Elections Canada is setting up what calls a "mega-polling station" to allow storm evacuees in Manitoba to vote in Monday's federal election....

10/16/2019

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

10/14/2019

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

10/12/2019

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

10/11/2019

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

10/10/2019

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

10/9/2019

article Indigenous issues refusing to be ignored this election
(Ottawa) -- At recent all-candidates meetings in urban Ottawa ridings, there's been no shortage of questions on Indigenous policies, reconciliation and the treatment...
article Innu Nation challenges agreement between Ottawa, NunatuKavut Community Council
(Ottawa) -- The Innu Nation is taking legal action against a memorandum of understanding between Canada and the NunatuKavut Community Council, arguing it will harm the...
article Quebec ‘has failed in its duty,’ premier says in apology to Indigenous peoples
(Quebec) -- Quebec’s premier apologized to First Nations and Inuit people Wednesday for discrimination they suffered in dealing with the state, noting the province...
article Tuktoyaktuk teens will show their climate change doc at UN conference
(North Canada) -- A group of seven teenagers from Tuktoyaktuk has been invited to show a documentary they made on climate change at a United Nations convention this...
article Seamus O'Regan taking leave from campaign, citing family reasons
(North Canada) -- Less than two weeks before the federal election, Seamus O'Regan, Liberal incumbent for St. John's South-Mount Pearl, is taking some time away...
article B.C. women are not getting the health care they need, report says
(British Columbia) -- The health-care system in British Columbia is failing women of all ages and races, says a new report. The report, called In Her Words, found women...

10/8/2019

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

10/7/2019

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

10/5/2019

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

10/4/2019

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

10/3/2019

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

10/2/2019

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

10/1/2019

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

9/30/2019

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

9/28/2019

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

9/27/2019

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

9/26/2019

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

9/25/2019

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

9/23/2019

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

9/22/2019

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

9/21/2019

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

9/20/2019

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

9/17/2019

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

9/16/2019

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

9/15/2019

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

9/12/2019

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

9/11/2019

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

9/10/2019

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

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