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Ontario making it easier for First Nation people to buy tax-exempt gas

First Nation people, band councils, band-empowered entities, and tribal councils are entitled to purchase tax-exempt gasoline for their exclusive use from authorized on-reserve gasoline retailers.

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7/8/2020

article Grand Chief Ed John pleads not guilty to sex crimes dating back to 1974
(British Columbia) -- A B.C. grand chief charged with sex crimes dating back to the 1970s has pleaded not guilty to all counts against him. Grand Chief Edward John did...
article Nova Scotia Health Authority welcomes first Indigenous board member
(Nova Scotia) -- The board of the Nova Scotia Health Authority says it has a long way to go to reflect the diversity of the province, but it is taking the first step. On...

7/7/2020

article Ottawa, AFN pen agreement to map out funding for First Nations child welfare overhaul
(Ottawa) -- The federal government signed an agreement with the Assembly of First Nations Tuesday to outline how it will fund an overhaul of the First Nations child...
article Kenney speechwriter Paul Bunner meets with Indigenous leaders
(Alberta) -- Alberta Premier Jason Kenney's speechwriter has met with Indigenous leaders in the province following criticism for columns he had written years ago...
article Local representatives react to agreement between feds and AFN
(Ottawa) -- Local representatives are weighing in on the Assembly of First Nations and the Government of Canada agreeing to discuss funding for First Nation run child...
article Recreational chinook openings leave First Nations frustrated on the Lower Fraser
(Washington) -- Lack of respect for First Nations fisheries priorities by federal authorities has left members of the Lower Fraser Fisheries Alliance frustrated. That...

7/5/2020

article First Nations losing oil revenue amid fall in consumption, drilling
(Canada) -- In a windswept corner of the Blood Tribe land in southwest Albert is a pumpjack that towers more than three storeys off the ground and reaches three...
article Curve Lake First Nation gets turtle crossing signs in local dialect
(Ontario) -- A southern Ontario First Nation is hoping to protect turtles while helping revitalize their local dialect through new turtle crossing signs. Curve Lake...

7/3/2020

article B.C.’s Indigenous rights law faces 2020 implementation deadline
(British Columbia) -- B.C.’s first annual report on its embrace of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is being presented in the...
article Yukon First Nation to hold vote recount after margin of victory deemed too narrow
(North Canada) -- After announcing that Lynda Dickson had been re-elected chief of the Carcross/Tagish First Nation in Yukon on June 30, the First Nation has now put...
article Siksika First Nation officials urge caution as COVID-19 investigations quadruple
(Alberta) -- The Siksika First Nation now has 10 recorded active cases of COVID-19 and 258 people under investigation for the virus, according to updates from Dr. Deena...
article Planned excavation work in Oka, Que., digs up concern from Mohawk longhouse
(Quebec) -- The traditional governing body in Kanesatake, Que., is opposing a proposed archeological dig in the municipality of Oka. Excavation work is scheduled to be...

7/2/2020

article First Nations day school students want new investigation of abuse claims, say RCMP probe marred by 'bias'
(British Columbia) -- The B.C. RCMP investigation into First Nations day school abuse allegations against John Furlong, the former 2010 Vancouver Olympics CEO, was...
article N.W.T. entrepreneur wants to help communities build their own internet networks
(North Canada) -- Eight years ago, Lyle Fabian laid down his first kilometre of fibre optic cable in his home community of K'atl'odeeche First Nation, a reserve...
article Blackfoot Confederacy calls for Jason Kenney to fire speechwriter
(Calgary) -- The Blackfoot Confederacy is the latest group of Indigenous Albertans calling for the firing of Alberta Premier Jason Kenney's speechwriter after a 2013...

7/1/2020

article Lynda Dickson re-elected as chief of Carcross/Tagish First Nation
(North Canada) -- Lynda Dickson has been re-elected as the Haa Shaa du Hen, or chief, of Carcross/Tagish First Nation in Yukon. According to the First Nation's...
article 'Anti-racism work defeated' by new attempt to educate Senator Beyak; First Nations coalition says
(Ontario) -- A coalition of First Nations leaders, community members and residential school survivors are continuing their call for Senator Lynn Beyak to resign or be...
article OP/ED: Canada's history with Indigenous people is cruel and unfair, but we need to own up to it
(Canada) -- Canada Day is different this year, and not just because of the pandemic. Conversations of systemic racism are happening not only in the United States, but...
article OP/ED: Open letter on Canada Day calls for support, respect for all
(Manitoba) -- Dear Canada, dear Canadians, You are beautiful. True, north, strong and free. So why are you mean, so ignorant, rude and hateful?! Not all the time and not...
article Matawa First Nations seek more funding to ensure safe schools
(Ontario) -- The Chiefs of Matawa First Nations Tribal Council say they are "sounding the alarm" about the lack of supplementary funding available to make...

6/30/2020

article SIGA casinos to reopen July 9
(Saskatchewan) -- All seven Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA) casino properties in the province are set to re-open to the public the evening of July 9. SIGA...

6/29/2020

article First Nations Are Faring Well in Pandemic, but Fear BC’s Latest Moves
(British Columbia) -- Swift and decisive action by First Nations leaders helped communities avoid worst-case pandemic scenarios and fare better than the general B.C....
article People occupying land at Victoria Park call for cancellation of Canada Day
(Ontario) -- A group of people occupying land at Victoria Park is planning a larger gathering on Canada Day in a call to cancel the national holiday. "Canada Day is...

6/28/2020

article Saskatchewan's First Nations, Métis and Northern Affairs minister denies flunking file
(Saskatchewan) -- Faced with accusations she failed in her response to the pandemic, Saskatchewan's First Nations, Métis and Northern Affairs minister defended...

6/26/2020

article Indigenous youth in need of employment supports: Report
(Canada) -- More than 350,000 young Indigenous people will come of employment age in less than six years, and they could boost the country’s economy by $27.7...
article Indigenous leaders say they should have been consulted before B.C. government eased pandemic restrictions
(British Columbia) -- Indigenous leaders say the B.C. government did not consult them before easing COVID-19 restrictions earlier this week, despite the province having...

6/25/2020

article Nı̨̀ı̨̀kè! Yellowknife now has stop signs in English and Wiliideh
(North Canada) -- The stop signs are part of the city’s reconciliation plan, based on community feedback that Wiliideh, the dialect spoken by Yellowknives Dene, should...
article COVID-19 antibody testing underway on remote Cormorant Island, off north Vancouver Island
(British Columbia) -- Health officials are now hoping to learn more about how far the coronavirus has spread on remote Cormorant Island, off northern Vancouver Island,...
article Matawa plans to transform Dawson Court building into training, wellness facility
(Ontario) -- Matawa First Nations Management (MFNM) will once again breathe new life into an empty building in Thunder Bay, Ont. On Wednesday, it was announced that the...
article OPH launches COVID-19 resource page for Indigenous people in Ottawa
(Ottawa) -- Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has created a special set of resources including posters, videos and culturally specific guidance for Indigenous people with...

6/24/2020

article Manitoba promises 'proactive, preventative supports' as birth alerts set to end July 1
(Manitoba) -- A controversial practice that has led to newborns being seized from their mothers in hospital is coming to a end in Manitoba. Families Minister Heather...

6/23/2020

article Treating racism: Canadian doctors of colour share their experiences in medicine
(Canada) -- Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets across the U.S. and Canada to protest against police brutality after the death of George Floyd in...
article Indigenous women's voices must be heard, says new co-chair of provincial advisory council
(Ontario) -- The newly appointed co-chair of Ontario's Indigenous Women's Advisory Council says the province has heard the concerns of critics, and both chair positions...
article Blair says feds will make First Nations policing an essential service
(Ottawa) -- Public Safety Minister Bill Blair says First Nations policing must be made an essential service — something Indigenous leaders have been pressing the...

6/22/2020

article Ghislain Picard says Indigenous people are 'fed up with consultations,' want reforms now
(Ottawa) -- The Quebec and Labrador regional chief for the Assembly of First Nations says decades of commissions and reports, federal and provincial, have led nowhere.
article First Nations woman who took to social media to get her kids back from CFS now suing agencies, governments
(Manitoba) -- A First Nations woman who waged a social media campaign in 2017 in a bid to regain custody of her children is now suing the Manitoba child and family...
article Meet Ashley Hayward, one of five of UM’s 2020 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship recipients.
(Manitoba) -- These awards, considered the Canadian equivalent of the United Kingdom’s Rhodes Scholarships, help recruit and keep in Canada top doctoral students...

6/21/2020

article 'Mixed feelings' as some northern Ontario First Nations ease border restrictions
(Ontario) -- Some First Nations in northeastern Ontario have re-opened their borders as COVID-19 numbers drop, others are keeping checkpoints up but allowing more people...

6/19/2020

article B.C. investigating allegations ER staff played 'game' to guess blood-alcohol level of Indigenous patients
(British Columbia) -- B.C. is investigating allegations health-care staff in emergency rooms were playing a "game" to guess the blood-alcohol level of patients...
article First Nations Chiefs urge Quebec to respect Aboriginal and treaty rights in relation to Bill 61
(Canada) -- The Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador has called upon the Quebec government to abide by the duty to consult and the constitutional provisions on...
article 'Devastation is what it is': Sask. First Nation's chief loses home in fire deemed suspicious by police
(Saskatchewan) -- Chief Jack Rayne says he lost everything when his house burned to the ground. “Devastation is what it is, all of our belongings, my home that I...
article 'Mixed feelings' as some northern Ontario First Nations ease border restrictions
(Ontario) -- Some First Nations in northeastern Ontario have re-opened their borders as COVID-19 numbers drop, others are keeping checkpoints up but allowing more people...
article An Ontario firekeeper explains the Four Directions of the Medicine Wheel
(Ontario) -- The Four Sacred Directions of the Medicine Wheel guide every aspect of the life of A.L. McDonald, a firekeeper in southwestern Ontario. "It's the...
article Students create sculpture inspired by Indigenous stories via online classes
(British Columbia) -- A group of high school students brushed finishing oil onto a sculpture at a ceremony in Vancouver Thursday, after several weeks of online video...
article OP/ED: Ironside leaves dubious legacy for First Nations
(Ontario) -- Among the many burials in Queen Street East’s pioneer cemetery are the final resting places of the Ironside family. Among the Ironside family...
article Bannock, beads and beats: CBC Ontario unites to mark National Indigenous Peoples Day with virtual powwow
(Ontario) -- Growing up as a young boy on the powwow trail, Todd Genno never wanted to be an emcee. Too much responsibility. Too much work. Yet, powwow after powwow,...

6/18/2020

article Clean energy project to improve living standards at Xeni Gwet’in First Nation
(British Columbia) -- A remote, off-grid First Nation community west of Williams Lake will see more than two dozen homes transition from diesel generators to a cleaner,...
article Two coastal B.C. First Nations investing $25 million in renewable energy projects
(British Columbia) -- Between two coastal First Nations in B.C., $25 million will be invested into renewable energy, to help reduce dependence on diesel-powered...
article 'A very powerful moment in our history': Southern First Nations take greater control over health care
(Manitoba) -- First Nations in southern Manitoba will take greater control over their healthcare services as part of a new agreement with the federal government....
article Ottawa denying millions for First Nations child welfare prevention services, says FSIN
(Ottawa) -- Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) is breaking a commitment to provide "unlimited" funding for preventive child welfare services and is now in...
article First Nation education agreements to be signed
(Alaska) -- School District 60 says it will sign Monday a pair of local education agreements with the Doig River and Halfway River First Nations.The school district says...
article Sask. Indigenous family opted out of son's remote lessons to teach him about the land
(Saskatchewan) -- When schools across Saskatchewan closed due to COVID-19, Michelle and Philip Brass knew they had to pick up where their son's schooling left off...
article Steven Lewis Point becomes 1st Indigenous chancellor of University of British Columbia
(British Columbia) -- Former B.C. lieutenant-governor Steven Lewis Point has been appointed the University of British Columbia's next chancellor. A statement...

6/16/2020

article Lack of Indigenous investigators at Quebec's police watchdog makes agency hard to trust, says chief
(Quebec) -- Quebec's police watchdog, which is investigating the deaths of two First Nations people shot and killed by police in New Brunswick, has no Indigenous...
article Don't blame family who held funeral linked to new northern Sask. outbreak, chief says
(Saskatchewan) -- Clearwater River Dene Nation has brought back its checkstop as the region faces a new COVID-19 outbreak linked to a recent funeral and wake. Leaders...
article Fly-in northern Ontario First Nation reports 2 more COVID-19 cases
(Ontario) -- The chief of a fly-in Ojibway First Nation in northern Ontario said the community is facing a possible COVID-19 outbreak after two more tests came back...
article Indigenous land-based teaching program uses pandemic time to 'train their trainers'
(Ontario) -- Instead of hosting a camp for Indigenous kids in northern Ontario this summer, the First Peoples' Centre at Canadore College in North Bay is training...

6/15/2020

article AFN national chief calls for overhaul of policing in Canada
(New Brunswick) -- Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde called for a complete overhaul of the policing system in Canada Sunday, two days after a...
article RCMP shooting of First Nation man sparks anger and fear, and intensifies calls for reform
(Canada) -- The RCMP shooting of Rodney Levi, a 48-year-old father of three from a Mi’kmaq First Nation in New Brunswick, is sparking anger and fear, and...
article Francis: Canada's failing grade on First Nations accountability
(Canada) -- As Americans take to the streets to uphold their constitutional rights, Canadians must also acknowledge our own shortcomings in terms of policing, but also...
article Anishinaabe scholar unsurprised by recent violent encounters between police and Indigenous people
(Canada) -- Newly released dashcam footage of RCMP tackling and punching Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Chief Allan Adam is an "upsetting" example of police...
article Indigenous nurses say they work to help patients feel safe during their 'most vulnerable' times
(Canada) -- Throughout the month of June, CBC Indigenous is introducing you to some of the health care workers who are keeping our communities safe. Here are three...
article Unacceptable delay for inquiry into Innu children in care, says N.L. children's advocate
(North Canada) -- A long-promised inquiry into the handling of Innu children taken from their families has not gone ahead, and the list of grieving families has grown in...
article Roy Little Chief, Siksika politician and advocate for Indigenous rights, dead at 81
(Alberta) -- Roy Little Chief, a former chief of the Siksika First Nation and prominent voice for Indigenous rights, is dead at age 81. For more than 60 years, Little...

6/14/2020

article First Nation leaders call for Indigenous-led investigative team to look into 2 deaths
(New Brunswick) -- First Nation leaders are calling for an Indigenous-led team to head the investigation into the deaths of Chantel Moore and Rodney Levi, two Indigenous...

6/13/2020

article FSIN asserts treaty right to Indigenous children in care
(Saskatchewan) -- Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations Vice-Chief David Pratt is slamming Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe and his government, accusing them of not...

6/12/2020

article Northern Ontario fly-in First Nation faces 'crisis within a crisis' after second COVID-19 case
(Ontario) -- A fly-in First Nation in northern Ontario has its second case of COVID-19, creating a "crisis within a crisis" in the community, which is already...
article Trudeau has 'serious questions' after watching video of Chief Adam's arrest
(Alberta) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today he has "serious questions" about the arrest of Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Chief Allan Adam after...
article FSIN Chief calls for overhaul of legal system after First Nation chief's arrest
(Saskatchewan) -- Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations Chief Bobby Cameron condemned a “dark history of racism” in Saskatchewan police agencies after...
article Nunavut Court of Appeal overturns 2 sentences that rejected mandatory gun offence guidelines
(North Canada) -- The Nunavut Court of Appeal has overturned a pair of sentences, in which judges in both cases said Canada's mandatory four-year minimum for...
article Tribal council to restrict entry to most of Vancouver Island's west coast until COVID-19 safety conditions met
(British Columbia) -- A Vancouver Island First Nation has issued an order aimed at protecting its members from COVID-19, just as the B.C. government is making plans to...

6/11/2020

article Protecting communities, elders paramount for First Nations during COVID-19
(British Columbia) -- First Nations across B.C. have developed their own strategies to keep their members safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, an approach that will...
article Justice Department pilot project proves worth the investment, says minister
(North Canada) -- A pilot project hosted by the N.W.T. Department of Justice for more than four years has shown a positive return on investment, according to an...
article Tlicho annual gathering to drop cultural components this year due to COVID-19 restrictions
(North Canada) -- The annual Tlicho summer gathering will be very different this year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Chiefs are still working out the details, but...

6/10/2020

article Chantel Moore death prompts call for N.B. agency to investigate police shootings
(New Brunswick) -- The family of a 26-year-old Indigenous woman who was shot dead by police in Edmundston last week deserve answers sooner rather than later, the...
article 'Birthing a nation' during a pandemic: Indigenous doulas try to maintain practices and protocols from afar
(Saskatchewan) -- Birth is a sacred ceremony in Indigenous cultures, but the COVID-19 pandemic has made following some protocols challenging. "As an Indigenous...
article Alberta Health investigating case of Anishinaabe woman who was sent home after stroke
(Alberta) -- The province of Alberta has launched an investigation into why an Anishinaabe woman who was feeling unwell, had slurred speech and had difficulty walking...
article Human rights group alleges Indigenous seniors neglected at Slave Lake continuing care facility
(Alberta) -- An Edmonton human rights group is calling for a public inquiry into Points West Living continuing care facilities in Alberta, led by Indigenous community...
article N.W.T. MLAs recommend most COVID-19 benefits continue indefinitely
(North Canada) -- Three committees of regular MLAs issued their recommendations to the N.W.T. government Tuesday after wrapping up a review of their response to COVID-19...
article N.W.T. government says no new funding for schools to prevent spread of COVID-19 — yet
(North Canada) -- Public schools in the N.W.T. may have to meet new stringent health and safety standards with no additional funding from the territorial government. A...

6/9/2020

article Nunavut leaders calling for systematic review of RCMP service in the territory
(North Canada) -- A growing number of Nunavut leaders are calling for a territory-wide review of the RCMP after more than 30 cases have emerged involving allegations of...
article OP/ED: Lawyer calls out RCMP for racism in arrest of First Nations Chief Allan Adam
(Alberta) -- Prominent defence lawyer Brian Beresh says the Mounties were racist in the encounter that left a First Nation chief with a battered face and two serious...
article Alberta First Nations appeal suspension of monitoring in oilpatch
(Alberta) -- Three northern Alberta First Nations are asking to appeal the province’s suspension of environmental monitoring in the oilpatch because it “...
article Another milestone delayed by COVID-19, this time it's the Akaitcho agreement-in-principle
(North Canada) -- Like so much else this spring, a long-awaited agreement-in-principle for the Akaitcho land claims process has been delayed because of COVID-19. Last...
article Roadblocks come down on Manitoulin Island as pandemic fears ease
(Ontario) -- A non-essential travel ban that had been enacted around M'Chigeeng First Nation has been lifted, CTV News reporter Ian Campbell has confirmed. The ban...
article Twins from Neyaashiinigmiing First Nation head to Michigan State University
(Ontario) -- Twin Anishinaabe boys are heading to Michigan State University in the fall after successful high school careers at St. Andrew's College in Ontario....

6/8/2020

article Federal ministers concerned by brutality claims during arrest of Alberta Indigenous chief
(Alberta) -- Canada's public safety minister says the government will be paying close attention to the independent inquiry into allegations of racism and police...
article Inuit women in Nunavut suffer 'unnecessary violence,' racism from RCMP, legal aid board says
(North Canada) -- Inuit in Nunavut, especially women, suffer systemic police abuse, including excessive violence and persistent racism, according to the territory's...
article First Nations appeal Alberta Energy Regulator decision to suspend monitoring requirements
(Alberta) -- First Nations in northern Alberta have filed an appeal against the Alberta Energy Regulator after it issued sweeping decisions last month to suspend a...
article Indigenous stroke survivor says health system repeatedly failed her
(Alberta) -- Valerie Sawdo woke up at 6 a.m. on May 22 with blurred vision. She was unable to walk and the left side of her body felt numb. She had to crawl down the...
article K'atlo'deeche First Nation cancels events for foster families from outside N.W.T.
(North Canada) -- The chief of K'atl'odeeche First Nation near Hay River, N.W.T., says she won't be able to welcome foster children and their families to the...

6/3/2020

article Number of children in Saskatchewan’s care hits 11-year high, with 86% identified as Indigenous
(Saskatchewan) -- The number of children in Saskatchewan’s care last year was the highest it’s been in over a decade, with a huge proportion of those...
article ‘World Of Dance’ Fans Left Disappointed As Native-American Dance Troupe Are Sent Home: ‘I Was Excited To See Something Different’
(Canada) -- “World of Dance” fans weren’t impressed after Indigenous Enterprise got eliminated from the competition.The dancers from Navajo Nation in...

6/2/2020

article 'Start by changing your team name': Inuk MP responds to Edmonton Eskimos post referencing racism
(Alberta) -- A social media post by the Edmonton Eskimos referencing racism drew criticism over the weekend given the ongoing controversy over the team's name, which...
article OP/ED: Our recovery from COVID-19 should be rooted in reconciliation
(Saskatchewan) -- Sometimes when I'm telling a story, especially to younger kids, I'll let a moment slip into a pause, then see a hand shoot up and hear "...
article White people have to step up to identify systemic racism in Canada, labour expert says
(British Columbia) -- shouldn't fall on people of colour, says a Vancouver-based labour relations specialist, who adds white people need to also take responsibility...
article Homeless people explain decision to camp by CRAB Park as they prepare to fight port authority injunction
(British Columbia) -- Despite the promise of shelter, medical attention and access to a safe supply of drugs given to the residents of Oppenheimer Park, many chose...

6/1/2020

article Enoch man rallies community to clean up illegal dumping on nation land
(Alberta) -- Robert Hope remembers visiting the rodeo at Sand Hills in the early 1970s. His uncle would pick him up and take him to the show, joining the other attendees...
article Lutsel K'e Dene say N.W.T. gov't could destroy long-sought lodge business
(North Canada) -- The Łutsel K'e Dene First Nation says a policy shift regulating remote lodges could destroy its plans for the Frontier Lodge, an integral part of...
article Could body cameras be coming to some RCMP detachments? It's complicated
(North Canada) -- On May 5, a 31-year-old man in Clyde River, Nunavut, was killed in an altercation with an RCMP officer. In the characteristically cryptic language of a...
article Meet some of the First Nations health care workers on the front lines during a pandemic
(Canada) -- Throughout the month of June, CBC Indigenous is introducing you to some of the health care workers who are keeping our communities safe. Here are three First...
article First Nation enters online challenge to help reclaim its Anishinaabemowin language
(Ontario) -- Biigtigong Nishnaabeg, an Ojibway First Nation on the north shore of Lake Superior continues to work to grow and showcase its language project. "About...

5/29/2020

article Ottawa won't dictate terms to First Nations: minister
(Ottawa) -- Canada's Indigenous services minister says Ottawa won't dictate terms to First Nations on holding ceremonies and powwows during a pandemic. "If...
article Ottawa announces $650M in new COVID-19 funding for Indigenous communities
(Ottawa) -- The federal government is making an additional $650 million available for Indigenous communities to deal with current COVID-19 needs and prepare for a...
article B.C. First Nation adopts historic law to protect Fraser River
(British Columbia) -- A First Nations community situated along both sides of the Fraser River in B.C.’s Interior is taking steps to protect water in their...
article Deh Cho MLA blasts finance minister over pandemic liquor sales
(North Canada) -- Ronald Bonnetrouge says MLAs have been patient so far with the territorial government's response to COVID-19. But in the legislature Thursday, that...
article Saskatchewan First Nations request $120M US to build own PPE stockpile
(Saskatchewan) -- Saskatchewan First Nations have made a $120 million US request to Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) to build up their own personal protective equipment...
article Lake Manitoba First Nation's plans for June powwow worry community member
(Manitoba) -- A knowledge keeper and former chief in Lake Manitoba First Nation worries the plan to go ahead with the annual powwow in June could bring the novel...

5/28/2020

article Saskatoon technology enlisted to help vulnerable Indigenous women
(Saskatchewan) -- A pilot project is using Saskatoon technology to keep vulnerable Indigenous women safe. "Knowing this could make a difference in even one life is...
article B.C. First Nation adopts historic law to protect Fraser River
(British Columbia) -- A First Nations community situated along both sides of the Fraser River in B.C.’s Interior is taking steps to protect water in their...
article RCMP apologize after officer was asked to leave to Fort Good Hope, N.W.T., says chief
(North Canada) -- The chief of Fort Good Hope, Northwest Territories says his community's trust with the RCMP has been partially restored. Chief Danny Masuzumi said...
article Former MP among more northern Sask. residents denied medical services in south
(Saskatchewan) -- More stories have emerged from northern Saskatchewan residents, including former MP Georgina Jolibois, who say they have been denied medical...
article Group helping youth in remote First Nations hopes to keep connection alive through COVID-19
(North Canada) -- A group launched a handful of years ago to help promote leadership and development with youth in remote First Nations in northwestern Ontario, hopes it...
article Former employees of Manitoba First Nation charged with fraud
(Manitoba) -- Four people who worked in education services for a Manitoba First Nation have been charged with fraud totalling $450,000. RCMP say they received a report...

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...
article How Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation aims to revitalize critical salmon stocks in Yukon
(Yukon) -- If all goes to plan, 30,000 Chinook salmon eggs will be fertilized upstream of Dawson City this summer as part of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First...

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...

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