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OPP investigate cyberbullying in northern First Nations

A recent incident of cyberbullying on Wapekeka First Nation has prompted an Ontario Provincial Police investigation. OPP did not provide details, but a spokesperson said disturbing messages were sent to some young people in the remote community, 600 kilometres north of Thunder Bay. "They were of a serious nature," the spokesperson told Tbnewswatch on Monday.

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9/19/2020

article Right to freedom of speech among First Nations was unclear — until now
(British Columbia) -- The B.C. Civil Liberties Association has written an unprecedented letter, arguing that the Charter of Rights and Freedoms applies to First Nations...
article Mi'kmaq tackle decades-old standstill on fishing rights with historic, self-regulated lobster fishery
(Canada) -- After decades of differing opinions with government officials on First Nations' right to earn a "moderate livelihood" while fishing, a Mi'...

9/17/2020

article Court halts Thunderchild First Nation byelection for ousted councillor's seat
(Saskatchewan) -- A federal court has halted a byelection to replace an ousted Thunderchild First Nation councillor days before voting was to begin. On Wednesday,...

9/16/2020

article Tofino-area First Nation considering closing doors to visitors again
(British Columbia) -- COVID-19 cases are on the rise throughout B.C. Tourists are continuing to pour into the Tofino area at a significantly higher clip than expected....
article Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation says more resources needed to keep Tribal Parks open during pandemic
(British Columbia) -- With COVID-19 cases on the rise throughout B.C. and tourists continuing to arrive at a significantly higher clip than expected, the Tla-o-qui-aht...

9/15/2020

article First Nations seek order forcing ministry to release data on COVID-19 cases near their communities
(British Columbia) -- A coalition of First Nations is calling for an order forcing the B.C. Ministry of Health to release data on confirmed and presumptive COVID-19...

9/14/2020

article Marine life, mineral disputes remain as Nunavut mine hearings resume
(North Canada) -- Ten months after an abrupt adjournment, the Nunavut Impact Review Board is reconvening its meetings to assess an expansion at the Mary River mine in...
article First Nation on B.C.'s central coast urges community-led contact tracing to curb COVID-19
(British Columbia) -- The Heiltsuk Nation renewed its call on the B.C. government to collaborate and adopt a community-led contact tracing mechanism on its reserve land...

9/13/2020

article Manitoba First Nations on high alert after three probable COVID-19 cases identified
(Manitoba) -- Manitoba First Nations are ramping up their safety protocols and working with all levels of government to help mitigate the risk of community COVID-19...
article Hiawatha First Nation family keeps local kids busy with craft kits during pandemic
(Canada) -- When the children of Hiawatha First Nation were out of school because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kim Muskratt wondered how she could help. Muskratt, who owns...

9/12/2020

article Manitoba's 1st cases of COVID-19 on First Nations identified at Fisher River, Peguis
(Manitoba) -- Three people have tested positive for COVID-19 in two neighbouring Interlake communities, the first time the disease has been identified on First Nations...

9/11/2020

article Manitoba Metis Federation filing human rights complaint over COVID-19 data collection, sharing
(Manitoba) -- The Manitoba Metis Federation plans to file a human rights complaint against the provincial government, its health minister and its top doctor, alleging...
article Why this Kanien'kehá:ka community is offering home learning for its students
(Quebec) -- While thousands of children in Quebec have returned to the classroom, roughly half of the student population in Kahnawake, Que., are expected to be starting...
article Mi'kmaq planning their own moderate livelihood fishery outside DFO seasons
(Nova Scotia) -- Canada's Minister of Fisheries and Oceans is downplaying plans by Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq to create their own moderate livelihood fishery,...

9/9/2020

article Powell River First Nation declares COVID-19 outbreak emergency
(British Columbia) -- A B.C. First Nation has issued a state of emergency after confirmation that four members have COVID-19 and several others are reporting symptoms of...

9/8/2020

article 'It is urgent,' Commissioner calls for Indigenous bodies to oversee police
(Canada) -- Aboriginal civilian groups that would oversee police actions are long past due in Canada, says a commissioner who served on the inquiry into missing and...

9/7/2020

article Newly elected AFN regional chief says appoinment bittersweet
(Canada) -- Paul Prosper was elected Assembly of First Nations regional chief for Nova Scotia and Newfoundland during a nomination meeting Sept. 3. Prosper will...

9/6/2020

article Membertou First Nation ready for back-to-school
(Nova Scotia) -- Membertou First Nation is ready to welcome students back to class this week. For the first time since mid-March, students will be back in class at...

9/5/2020

article Ontario using COVID-19 as a 'smokescreen' to trample treaty rights, chiefs say
(Ontario) -- Ontario's COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act won't withstand a constitutional challenge, says the lawyer representing First Nations – including...
article Pre-existing overcrowding, internet problems complicate First Nations' return to school
(Manitoba) -- As schools get set to reopen, remote First Nations in northern Manitoba grapple with getting teachers in safely, overcrowded classrooms and weak internet...

9/4/2020

press release Nuu-chah-nulth raise alarm after first COVID-19 case on reserve
(British Columbia) -- Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council has confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in a member living on reserve in its territory.

9/3/2020

article Ottawa agrees to certify 2 class action lawsuits over the treatment of First Nation children
(Ottawa) -- The federal government has consented to the certification of two class action lawsuits over funding for First Nation child welfare services and the state of...
article Vancouver Island First Nations council calls on B.C. to act after first COVID-19 case on reserve
(British Columbia) -- The Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council (NTC) has called on the provincial government to act after the first case of COVID-19 was reported yesterday on...
article With program's popularity growing, Saskatoon Cree Bilingual School to move to new facility
(Saskatchewan) -- Students and families at Saskatoon's St. Frances Cree Bilingual School have been advocating for new school facilities for years, as the popularity...
article Tensions rise as big-game hunters enter Tahltan Nation territory despite quarantine
(British Columbia) -- The Tahltan Nation is setting up checkpoints at 40 access points to its large northwestern territory to keep out hunters and the threat of COVID-19.

9/2/2020

article Saddle Lake family business crafts PPE that honours Cree culture
(Alberta) -- A family business operating out of the Saddle Lake Cree Nation, around 170 kilometres northeast of Edmonton, is finding success creating personal protective...
article New Mi'kmaq wigwam at P.E.I. National Park shows 'living heritage' on Greenwich trail
(Prince Edward Island) -- A traditional Mi'kmaq wigwam is now on display at P.E.I. National Park in Greenwich — to help Islanders and visitors alike learn more...
article Tseshaht First Nation protests over fishing rights on Somass River
(British Columbia) -- Members of Tseshaht First Nation have blocked the boat ramp at Clutesi Haven Marina as they wait for a response from the Department of Oceans and...

9/1/2020

article Innu Nation prioritizing election reform after man dies following apparent campaign party
(North Canada) -- Following the death of a man who had apparently just attended a campaign party, newly elected Innu Nation Grand Chief Etienne Rich is looking to...
article Elders on FaceTime, virtual feast help First Nations students during pandemic
(Ontario) -- The Seven Generations Education Institute in northwestern Ontario makes access to elders a priority for its students and the global pandemic means they'...
article OP/ED: Public monuments should represent history and reconciliation, not celebrate Canada's colonization
(Saskatchewan) -- I have no objections to acknowledging important historical figures in public spaces, but that history — and those figures — should reflect...

8/31/2020

article Corrections staffer alleges Indigenous identity 'fraud' in the public service in human rights complaint
(Canada) -- An assistant warden at a federal correctional institution wants the federal public service to change how it handles claims of Indigenous identity during...

8/29/2020

article Ted Williams elected chief of Rama First Nation
(Ontario) -- Ted Williams has been elected chief of Rama First Nation. After the ballots were counted last night, Williams came out on top of the two-person race to lead...
article Saanich First Nations school board postpones in-class teaching
(British Columbia) -- Artwork still hangs on the windows of the empty Lau’welnew Tribal School that has been closed since March. “I’m excited to see my...

8/28/2020

article Manitoba First Nations win lawsuit to stop province from continuing flood channel work without consent
(Manitoba) -- Four Manitoba First Nations have won an injunction to stop the province from continuing construction on an access road and other work related to a proposed...
article Stoney Nakoda taking province to court over approval of Fortress water sales
(Alberta) -- The Stoney Nakoda Nation is taking the Alberta government to court over its decision to allow Fortress Mountain Resort to sell water from its water licence...
article Costco opens massive new store on Tsuut'ina Reserve, the first on a First Nation in North America
(Alberta) -- Dozens of shoppers were lined up and waiting as Costco opened a new 151,000 sq. ft. store Friday on the Tsuut'ina Nation just southwest of Calgary, its...
article Province, feds playing 'ping-pong' on pandemic funding for First Nations schools, NDP says
(Ontario) -- Students from remote First Nations in northern Ontario are being short-changed by both levels of government when it comes to their safety during the...

8/27/2020

article Top Nunavut cop gives more details into how Kinngait man was killed by officer
(North Canada) -- In the face of mounting pressure for transparency and rising tensions in Kinngait, Nunavut, the territory's top Mountie made the unusual decision...
article Schools resort to phone and fax machine to restart classes in northern Ontario First Nations
(Ontario) -- High school students in some remote First Nations in northwestern Ontario will talk to their teacher on a landline and get their lessons through a fax...
article 'Our people are horse people': First Nations trainers on track for success at Assiniboia Downs
(Manitoba) -- Behind the bright lights of the Assiniboia Downs racetrack in Winnipeg is a community of First Nations thoroughbred horse trainers — and they happen...

8/26/2020

article SIU clears police officers in the death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet
(Ontario) -- Ontario's Special Investigations Unit has cleared five Toronto police officers of wrongdoing in the death of 29-year-old Regis Korchinski-Paquet, it...

8/25/2020

press release Cape Breton man charged with child abduction after missing teen found safe
(Nova Scotia) -- A charge against a Cape Breton man accused of abducting an Indigenous teenage girl has people wondering -- once again -- why an Amber Alert wasn't...
article Listuguj chief hopeful about return to Campbellton school after COVID-19 barrier
(Quebec) -- The chief of Listuguj First Nation in Quebec says he is hopeful students from his community will be welcomed when they return to high school in neighbouring...
article Without new federal funding, some Ontario First Nations may close schools until 2021
(Ontario) -- Two First Nation high schools in northwestern Ontario will remain closed next month because of a lack of funding to mitigate the risk of transmitting COVID-...

8/24/2020

article Kanien'kehá:ka activist highlights loss of land with 'tongue-in-cheek' tourism signs
(Quebec) -- Oka National Park, a housing development, an industrial farm, and even a golf club. These are just some of the places that Ellen Gabriel, an activist and...
article Eskasoni embraces new Mi'kmaw doctor, nurse practitioner
(Nova Scotia) -- Working at the Eskasoni Health Centre is like coming home for a new doctor and a new nurse practitioner. Athanasius Tanas Sylliboy of Eskasoni started...
article This First Nation school resumed classes 4 weeks ago. It's been 'nerve racking' but successful, staff say
(British Columbia) -- There were two questions that nagged at Kyla Blair when the school where she works, and that her children attend, restarted class. Would her kids...
article Saskatoon Wildlife Federation Forms Partnership with First Nations
(Saskatoon) -- The Saskatoon Wildlife Federation and Saskatoon Tribal Council have signed seven memorandums of understanding with a number of Indigenous communities in...

8/23/2020

article Advocates renew calls for northern travel restrictions after Fox Lake Cree Nation lockdown
(Manitoba) -- Manitoba First Nations political advocacy groups are calling on provincial public health officials to reinstate travel restrictions to the north after a...
article Grand Chiefs call for a return to travel restrictions in northern Manitoba
(Manitoba) -- With the number of COVID-19 cases rising in the province, First Nations leaders are urging the government to reintroduce travel restrictions to northern...

8/22/2020

article Northern Manitoba First Nation goes into lockdown after traveller to Gillam tests positive for COVID-19
(Manitoba) -- A northern Manitoba First Nation has gone into lockdown after it says someone who travelled to the nearby town of Gillam later tested positive for COVID-19...

8/21/2020

article First Nations are vital to Sioux Lookout's economy
(Ontario) -- Sioux Lookout is reaping the rewards of a strong alliance with its neighbouring First Nations built on trust and collaboration. Mayor Doug Lawrance spoke on...
article Federal ministers agree to discuss Six Nations' historical land claims as occupation continues
(Ontario) -- The federal government has committed to engage in negotiations around unresolved land issues related to Six Nations of the Grand River amid a month-long...

8/20/2020

article FSIN calls upon SHA for investigation after woman suffers alleged negligence
(Saskatchewan) -- The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) is asking the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) to conduct a thorough investigation after a...

8/19/2020

article RCMP release new info on Cape Breton man believed to be with missing teen
(Nova Scotia) -- RCMP have released new information identifying a man police believe is involved in the case of a missing teenager in Cape Breton. Cpl. Lisa Croteau said...
article Barrier business booming for First Nation-owned company
(Saskatchewan) -- The COVID-19 pandemic has forced a bit of irony on the back-to-school business plans for Pro Metal Industries: It’s working overtime to bring...
article London woman alleges discrimination after status card refused at consignment store
(Ontario) -- An Indigenous woman living in London said she was left feeling embarrassed and discriminated against after what was supposed to be a fun shopping trip to a...
article Manitoba government boosts First Nations policing by $2.6 million, hires four new officers
(Manitoba) -- The Manitoba government is boosting funding for First Nations policing by $2.6 million over three years, bringing the total to over $15 million annually by...
article Youth organize hand games tournament in Fort Providence, navigating pandemic restrictions
(North Canada) -- In Fort Providence, N.W.T., two Indigenous youth organized a hand games tournament after months of being unable to practice the tradition due to public...

8/18/2020

article Innu Nation filing human rights complaint against Ottawa for causing 'suffering of the worst kind'
(Ottawa) -- Innu Nation has filed a legal challenge against the Canadian government alleging its funding practices are breaking Innu families apart rather than keeping...
article Circuit courts to return to Manitoba First Nations
(Manitoba) -- The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) and the Provincial Court of Manitoba announced on Monday that circuit courts will return to First Nation reserve...

8/17/2020

article Sask. regional director recorded calling eastern Métis 'monkeys,' 'mongrels' in speech
(Saskatchewan) -- A Saskatchewan-based Métis leader was recorded using derogatory words to describe who he referred to as "eastern Métis" people. Métis Nation...
article Treaty Three Police Service launches new program designed to address sexual violence, human trafficking
(Ontario) -- An Indigenous police service in northwestern Ontario is hoping a new program will help address sexual violence and human trafficking in Treaty Three...
article Northern Ontario First Nation forest fire evacuees awaiting word it's safe to return home
(Ontario) -- The chief of Eabametoong First Nation, in northern Ontario, says he's waiting for word that the Nipigon 45 forest fire is under control before evacuees...

8/16/2020

article Tsleil-Waututh Nation builds solar energy project for its North Vancouver administrative building
(British Columbia) -- The Tsleil-Waututh First Nation in North Vancouver has started building a solar energy project for their administrative building. The project is...
article First Nation to recieve pandemic supplies through drone shipments
(Ontario) -- An Ontario First Nation is turning to a drone delivery company for contact-free shipments of protective equipment and testing supplies in an effort to...

8/15/2020

article Sask. First Nations go hands-on with pandemic back-to-school plans
(Saskatchewan) -- While parents form covert Facebook groups and teachers mull collective action over the province’s back-to-school pandemic plan, some First...
article Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw chiefs purchase salmon from Skeena River
(British Columbia) -- Salmon from the Skeena River were a welcomed sight by four First Nations in B.C’s central Interior where they were distributed to on and off-...

8/14/2020

article New body aims to create First Nations school board in Yukon
(North Canada) -- First Nations leaders in Yukon say a newly-created directorate will help them exert more control over the education of Indigenous students in the...
article Sask. First Nations company creating 'sugar cube' barriers to fight COVID-19 spread in classrooms
(Saskatchewan) -- A metal fabrication company in Regina is fast-tracking the production of Plexiglas desk shields and sanitation stations to meet the demand from schools...

8/13/2020

article Mushkegowuk Grand Chief raises concerns about new law that changes environmental assessment process
(Ontario) -- As exploration activity starts up again in the mineral-rich Ring of Fire in northern Ontario, a First Nations group is raising concerns about recent...
article Northern Ontario First Nation makes history with its community-based curriculum
(Ontario) -- Claire Onabigon believes that knowing your own history can lead you to a brighter future and she hopes a new curriculum in her First Nation's schools...
article COVID-19 safety measures in place for forest fire evacuees, health unit says
(Ontario) -- Thunder Bay's medical officer of health says the health unit has taken a number of steps aimed at protecting forest fire evacuees from Red Lake and...

8/12/2020

article Majority of Quebecers recognize systemic racism is an issue for First Nations people, survey suggests
(Quebec) -- The majority of Quebecers believe racism and discrimination are problems for Indigenous people but don't admit to having made racist or discriminatory...
article Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation asks Tofino businesses for support as emergency funding runs dry
(British Columbia) -- Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation (TFN) leaders have asked Tofino business owners to provide financial support to their Emergency Operations Centre (EOC)...
article 'This is about prayer': Inside Edmonton's Camp Pekiwewin
(Alberta) -- Jeremy Samuel McFeeters thought he'd stay at Camp Pekiwewin for a night, maybe a few nights at most. Homeless for two years, McFeeters got used to...
article St. Mary's First Nation opens addictions after-care centre
(New Brunswick) -- St. Mary's First Nation hosted an open house on Tuesday afternoon for a new after-care treatment home for people making the transition back into...
article Members of Eabametoong First Nation arrive in Thunder Bay Ont., following evacuation
(Ontario) -- Community members from Eabametoong First Nation arrived in Thunder Bay, Ont., on Wednesday afternoon, as a forest fire approximately 53 kilometres southwest...

8/11/2020

article An Ontario First Nation Tribe Is Trying To Get Ryan Reynolds To Be Their New Chief
(Ontario) -- It's official — 2020 couldn't possibly get any weirder. An Ontario First Nation tribe has nominated Ryan Reynolds to be their new Chief. Yes,...
article Ryan Reynolds, Paul McCartney Nominated for First Nation's Next Chief
(Canada) -- Ryan Reynolds or Sir Paul McCartney could become the next chief of a First Nation in Canada ... the native community has spoken, and the famous non-natives...
article Deadly force, neglect kills dozens of Indigenous people in Ontario's justice system
(Ontario) -- The number of Indigenous people killed by police or dying in custody in Ontario points to the need to remake, not reform the justice system, says an...
article Parents concerned about coronavirus seek alternatives to classroom learning
(Canada) -- Dawnis Kennedy pulled her son out of Grade 2 at his Winnipeg school one week before schools closed in March because of the coronavirus pandemic, and she'...
article 'My son is gone': Candlelight vigil held to honour man killed outside of Winnipeg hotel
(Manitoba) -- Family and friends of Joshua Hansen are struggling to cope with his loss and the idea of living in a world without him. About 100 people attended a...

8/10/2020

article Demonstrators calling for meeting with federal ministers over Caledonia development
(Ontario) -- Demonstrators occupying a residential development just outside Caledonia have written an open letter to their community and are calling for federal...
article Former business owner 'humiliated' after N.W.T. minister says meeting would be unsafe
(North Canada) -- Lisa Thurber, a former business owner living in Enterprise, N.W.T., said she feels "humiliated and disrespected" after a minister told her...
article Here's where $5M in federal funds for Indigenous businesses is going
(North Canada) -- The federal government has announced how $5 million in federal funding from its regional fund for Indigenous business in the North is being spent. The...
article 90% of masks Alberta students will get at school are from Old Navy — meet the company making the other 10%
(Alberta) -- When Alberta students head back into their K-12 classrooms this fall, they (and school staff) will be provided with two reusable masks, courtesy of the...
article Anishinaabek Dementia Care website aims to educate and assist
(Ontario) -- A new website is aiming to share Indigenous teachings about dementia and also help those living with it and their caregivers connect with local resources.
article Scottie Wemigwans becomes Lakehead Public School Board's 1st-ever Indigenous trustee
(Ontario) -- Scottie Wemigwans has become Lakehead Public School's newest trustee — and the first person to fill its newly-created Indigenous trustee position...
article Attawapiskat musician lands book deal with Penguin Random House Canada
(Canada) -- Cree musician Adrian Sutherland is writing a book and has signed a publishing deal with Penguin Random House Canada. Sutherland is a singer/songwriter and...
article Northern artists' masks selected to be part of national exhibit
(North Canada) -- Most people these days wear masks as protection from COVID-19, but 45 masks will soon be exhibited as artwork and part of the "Breathe. Collection...
article 'All his wisdom will be missed': Lifelong Inuvialuit advocate dies at 71
(North Canada) -- Randal 'Boogie' Pokiak, the first ever chair of the Inuvialuit Development Corporation and a lifelong advocate for Indigenous rights and...

8/8/2020

article See Pikangikum First Nation through this teenage photographer's lens
(Ontario) -- In this original video from CBC Indigenous, see the stars, wilderness and beauty surrounding Pikangikum First Nation, Ont. through the eyes of 15-year-old...
article Yukon Salmon Sub-Committee recommends First Nations take ‘additional measures’ to conserve Chinook
(Yukon) -- The Yukon Salmon Sub-Committee is recommending Yukon First Nations take “additional measures” to conserve Chinook salmon as this year’s run...

8/7/2020

article Canada Energy Regulator announces members of 1st Indigenous advisory committee
(Canada) -- The Canada Energy Regulator has announced the members of a new Indigenous advisory committee which is expected to play a key advisory role to the regulator...
article Roberta Joseph re-elected chief of Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in
(North Canada) -- Roberta Joseph has been re-elected as chief of the Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in First Nation, according to unofficial byelection results. Citizens took to...
press release 'People need help': Nunavut MP gathering firsthand stories of housing crisis
(North Canada) -- Nunavut MP Mumilaaq Qaqqaq says a lack of housing in the territory is the primary concern she hears from residents — so she's launching a...
article First Nations, fishing guide push for jet-boat ban on Pitt River to protect salmon
(British Columbia) -- Fishing guide Dan Gerak says this has been the worst year he's ever seen for jet boats damaging salmon spawning grounds by tearing through...

8/6/2020

article Visitors and non-residents entering closed remote B.C. First Nation’s territories
(British Columbia) -- As Haida Gwaii grapples with a COVID-19 outbreak, some Nuu-chah-nulth communities fear a similar fate. Despite closing their borders to visitors,...
article Meet the candidates for chief of the Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in in Yukon
(North Canada) -- Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in citizens will vote Thursday for a new chief, two months after the election was originally scheduled. Four people are running...
article Prophet River First Nation pulls out of lawsuit over Site C dam in northeastern B.C.
(British Columbia) -- The Prophet River First Nation has pulled out of a lawsuit against the B.C. government over the Site C dam project, leaving the West Moberly First...
article Supreme Court to hear appeal in case of Peter Khill, acquitted in shooting ruled self-defence
(Ontario) -- The Supreme Court of Canada will hear an appeal in the case of Peter Khill, a Hamilton-area homeowner who was acquitted after shooting and killing an...
article First Nations sisters in remote border community given quarantine order despite exemption
(Minnesota) -- Two First Nations women in Ontario say they've been harassed by public health staff after being wrongfully flagged under the federal Quarantine Act...

8/5/2020

article Racism in B.C. healthcare: Deadline for First Nations survey coming up on Aug. 6
(British Columbia) -- The emergency room staff allegedly called the game “The Price is Right.” When an Indigenous person arrived for care, doctors and nurses...
article New supportive housing aims to help Indigenous women reconnect with their culture
(Canada) -- New supportive homes for Indigenous women have been opened in Victoria, where residents will be given the opportunity to reconnect with their culture through...
article Spectre of atomic bomb still looms over N.W.T. community 75 years after Hiroshima
(North Canada) -- Seventy-five years after two nuclear bombs were dropped in Japan — killing hundreds of thousands of people in the cities of Hiroshima and...
article How to ethically support First Nations artists during COVID
(Canada) -- A new campaign launched by the Indigenous Art Code highlights the importance of buying Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander art from ethical sources,...

8/4/2020

article Kanesatake confirms its first 5 cases of COVID-19
(Quebec) -- Six months into the coronavirus pandemic in Canada, Kanesatake's Emergency Response Unit (ERU) announced its first confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the...
article Use your COVID-19 awareness to help First Nations kids breathe easier, doctor urges
(Ontario) -- Dr. Tom Kovesi can skip a step these days when he wants to explain how stagnant indoor air is a problem for First Nations children. "Before COVID,...

8/2/2020

article B.C. First Nation adopts ‘digital twinning’ software to better manage territory
(British Columbia) -- A First Nation on Vancouver Island is the first in Canada to use digital twinning software to improve mapping and resource management across its...

8/1/2020

article OCN to develop own child welfare law by next October
(Canada) -- First Nations, Inuit and Métis Children, Youth and Families, to reduce the number of youth in care and allowing Indigenous communities the chance to create...

7/31/2020

article Senator Murray Sinclair says dismantling systemic racism will be a long fight
(Canada) -- One of Canada's most respected Indigenous rights advocates has faced many setbacks over his decades-long career, fighting for justice for Indigenous...
article Candidate for chief wants to ensure 'the people have a voice' in Rama
(Ontario) -- One of the two candidates for chief in Rama First Nation’s upcoming election is running on a platform of transparency and fiscal responsibility. Those...
article Yukon First Nations general assemblies go online this year
(North Canada) -- It's a tradition for Yukon First Nations to hold annual general assemblies, where citizens gather to discuss governmental affairs, set priorities...

7/30/2020

article Lunenburg resident calls for more public recognition of Mi'kmaw, Black history
(Nova Scotia) -- In Lunenburg, N.S., a town that enthusiastically embraces its seafaring history, you'll find few public displays celebrating the Black and Mi'...
article Northern Ontario First Nation wants legislation that changes environmental assessments repealed
(Ontario) -- The Chief of a northern Ontario First Nation is calling on the province to repeal an omnibus bill that includes changes to the Environmental Assessment Act.
article Kátł'odeeche First Nation passes vote that gives it more power over its land
(North Canada) -- Members of the Kátł'odeeche First Nation near Hay River, N.W.T., have voted to take more authority over its own land. Members voted on its custom...

7/29/2020

article 'An honour': Edmonton Oilers defenceman wears jersey with Cree syllabics
(North Canada) -- An Indigenous NHL player paid special homage to his nation on his jersey during Tuesday night's Battle of Alberta between the Edmonton Oilers and...

7/28/2020

article Wetaskiwin explores next steps to build more inclusive city
(Alberta) -- Wetaskiwin city council has passed a motion that could see a growing grassroots campaign of inclusivity become official. On July 20, the mayor and...
article Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation opens medical receiving home for residents visiting Winnipeg
(Manitoba) -- People from Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation now have a much-needed home away from home when visiting Winnipeg for medical appointments.
article Nunavut woman who flew to N.W.T. for surgery turned away due to hospital's equipment issues
(North Canada) -- Brenda Ongahak has been waiting for about a year to get surgery on her knee. Last week, she travelled from Kugluktuk, Nunavut, to Yellowknife to get...

7/27/2020

article N.W.T. First Nation prepares for important vote that gives it powers over its land
(Northwest Territories) -- One First Nation in the N.W.T. is gearing up for an important vote that will decide how much responsibility it will have over reserve lands....
article A First Nation Builds a Forestry Future from the Ashes of the Past
(British Columbia) -- Rain on the windshield of Ben Wilson’s Ford pickup obscures the south shore of Francois Lake as we approach on the ferry. On the dash, the...
article N.W.T. First Nation prepares for important vote that gives it powers over its land
(North Canada) -- One First Nation in the N.W.T. is gearing up for an important vote that will decide how much responsibility it will have over reserve lands.
article First Nation raises own Pride flag for 1st time, challenges others to do the same
(Canada) -- The Opaskwayak Cree Nation raised its own Pride flag for the first time on Monday and the chief is encouraging other First Nations to do the same. "I...

7/25/2020

article Bear Clan Patrol gets $1.2M boost to support chapter in Kenora
(Manitoba) -- Kenora's Bear Clan Patrol hit the city's streets on Friday after getting $1.2 million in funding as part of a year-long pilot project to get the...

7/24/2020

article Gwich’in Tribal Council gears up for election in the fall
(North Canada) -- The Gwich’in Tribal Council (GTC) is preparing for an upcoming election in September, in which a new Grand Chief and Deputy Grand Chief will be...
article Kátł'odeeche Fırst Natıon refusing out-of-territory visitors over COVID-19 fears
(North Canada) -- The Kátł'odeeche Fırst Natıon near Hay River, N.W.T., is closing its reserve to out-of-territory visitors again, due to the fear of COVID-19.
article Why this Sudbury woman is making masks from turtle shells and birch bark
(Ontario) -- When Sheryl Boivin puts her handmade face mask on, created from unlikely, found objects such as turtle shells, she says she feels protected. For the last...

7/22/2020

article Kwanlin Dün First Nation, RCMP pen deal to improve community policing
(North Canada) -- Kwanlin Dün First Nation and Whitehorse RCMP have signed an agreement that they say lays the groundwork for better community policing.The letter of...
article How B.C.'s most vulnerable kids fell into the clutches of a social worker who betrayed them
(British Columbia) -- Craig cried on the day he learned Kelowna social worker Robert Riley Saunders was a liar. Because it meant his foster son — Stephen —...
article Instagram hotspot becomes headache for homeowner: cites trespassing and safety concerns
(Manitoba) -- The owner of a property that features Instagram-worthy caves would like to see a plan put in place before tourists venture out to the community for photos...
article Saskatchewan First Nation defrauded of $1M by former general manager, RCMP say
(Saskatchewan) -- Saskatchewan RCMP have charged the former general manager of Clearwater River Dene First Nation with fraud following a forensic audit and years of...

7/21/2020

article Gwich'in Tribal Council grand chief turns away from politics, toward family
(North Canada) -- Grand Chief Bobbie Jo Greenland-Morgan of the Gwich'in Tribal Council says she has decided not to seek re-election so she can spend more time with...
article Chief says pressure on Higgs for inquiry into justice system won't let up
(New Brunswick) -- George Ginnish, chief of Natoaganeg First Nation near Miramichi, says the push for an inquiry into systemic racism in the justice system and policing...
article Canada’s Oka Crisis marked a change in how police use force
(Canada) -- Some words are visceral reminders of collective historic trauma. “Selma” or “Kent State” recall the civil rights movement and the use...
article Federal, AFN child welfare agreement years in the making
(Ottawa) -- A recent agreement between Ottawa and the Assembly of First Nations on child welfare completes more than 30 years of lobbying. Kenora lawyer says elders with...
article Sto:lo grand chief sues First Nations Health Authority for $388,125
(British Columbia) -- Sto:lo Tribal Council Grand Chief Doug Kelly is suing the B.C. First Nations Health Authority he once chaired for $388,125, alleging a breach of...

7/20/2020

article Former RCMP officers reflect on how to fix policing in the North
(North Canada) -- Since the RCMP's earliest days, it has relied on Indigenous people for survival. In the North, Canada's project of extending sovereignty over vast...
article OPP investigate cyberbullying in northern First Nations
(Ontario) -- A recent incident of cyberbullying on Wapekeka First Nation has prompted an Ontario Provincial Police investigation. OPP did not provide details, but a...
article Back to Batoche Days to be held online this year
(Saskatchewan) -- This summer was supposed to be the big 50th anniversary celebrations of Back To Batoche Days. The one-of-a-kind celebration of the Métis Nation's...

7/19/2020

article Boil water advisories still in effect in three First Nations communities
(Manitoba) -- Boil water advisories (BWA) in three Manitoba First Nations communities are still in the process of elimination since the 2015 federal election campaign....

7/18/2020

article First Nations say more people are out on the land this year around Whitehorse — and leaving a mess
(North Canada) -- Two First Nations in Whitehorse say there are a lot more people out exploring and enjoying their settlement lands this year — and that those...
article As COVID-19 curve flattens, Indigenous leaders call on federal government for more support
(Ottawa) -- While the federal government says the COVID-19 curve is continuing to flatten in Indigenous communities, their leaders and allies are keeping pressure on...

7/17/2020

press release Gwich'in Tribal Council announces candidates for its 2020 election
(North Canada) -- The Gwich'in Tribal Council has announced its 2020 general election candidates for grand and deputy chief, and the current chiefs are not seeking re-...
article These baby books are written entirely in the Kanien'kéha language
(Quebec) -- How do you sing Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star in Kanien'kéha? What about Itsy Bitsy Spider? These are some of the popular nursery rhymes Kahnawake, Que...
article Sandy Bay First Nation man found safe, police say
(Manitoba) -- A 21-year-old man reported missing from Sandy Bay First Nation has been safely located.
article First Nations say more people are out on the land this year around Whitehorse — and leaving a mess
(North Canada) -- Two First Nations in Whitehorse say there are a lot more people out exploring and enjoying their settlement lands this year — and that those...

7/16/2020

article Federal, provincial governments announce funding for infrastructure projects in northern Ontario
(Ontario) -- The federal and provincial governments have announced funding for a number of infrastructure projects in smaller northern Ontario communities, to help...
article Ottawa 'forced' to rethink off-reserve pandemic support, says Native Council of P.E.I.
(Ottawa) -- The Native Council of P.E.I. is pleased with a new announcement of pandemic support from Ottawa, and supports its national parent group in dropping a...
article Pedzeh Ki First Nation leaves Dehcho negotiations
(North Canada) -- The Pehdzeh Ki First Nation in Wrigley, N.W.T, has left the Dehcho First Nations and its land-claim negotiation process. Pehdzeh Ki Chief Maurice Moses...

7/15/2020

article OP/ED: Government must stop dragging its feet and establish a federal commissioner for youth
(Ottawa) -- This column is an opinion by Del Graff, the president of the Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates, an association of government-appointed children's...
article Kashechewan gives chief and council power to banish drug dealers from James Bay community
(Ontario) -- A woman originally from Attawapiskat is being forcibly removed from Kashechewan because she's believed to be a drug dealer. She is the first person to be...
article Mi'kmaw nurse calls for inquiry, talks racism in health care
(New Brunswick) -- A Mi'kmaw nurse is calling on the province to hold an inquiry into systemic racism in New Brunswick. Cheyenne Joseph joins a growing chorus of...
article Alberta's top doc condemns COVID-19 discrimination against Siksika residents, praising band leaders
(Alberta) -- Alberta's chief medical officer of health says she was disappointed to hear some Siksika First Nation members are being turned away from local businesses,...
article Ontario to end practice of birth alerts that's led to babies being seized from new mothers
(Ontario) -- The Ontario government is directing children's aid societies to stop sending "birth alerts" — the controversial practice of notifying hospitals about...
article Mississauga Nation launches online culture and language initiatives
(Canada) -- The Mississauga Nation is launching a three-pronged initiative online to try and help revitalize culture, language and identity in its communities.

7/14/2020

article Chris Sicotte seeks more diversity on Saskatoon council but says his Indigeneity isn't 'be all and end all'
(Saskatchewan) -- Chris Sicotte says that shortly after he announced he was running for the Ward 3 seat on Saskatoon city council, neighbours in Fairhaven came to talk...
article N.S. police chiefs back call to decriminalize possession of small amounts of illegal drugs
(Nova Scotia) -- The association representing Nova Scotia's police chiefs is backing its federal counterpart in calling on Ottawa to decriminalize the possession of...
article Missing man, 21, last seen Monday morning on Sandy Bay First Nation
(Manitoba) -- Manitoba First Nations Police are asking for help finding a missing 21-year-old man from Sandy Bay First Nation. Ethan Markus James Beaulieu was last seen...

7/13/2020

article First Nations in B.C. stay firm on stance to seal off communities from tourists
(British Columbia) -- Indigenous bands along the British Columbia coast say their borders will remain closed to tourists and non-residents despite the economic impact,...
article OP/ED: New France, First Nations and a dream unfulfilled
(Quebec) -- I grew up thinking that the first French settlers came to North America for the sole purpose of making boatloads of “écus” and converting “...

7/11/2020

article Mikisew Cree First Nation sets date for election
(Northwest Territories) -- The Mikisew Cree First Nation has set a date for its 2020 election – a few months after chief and council announced it would be...

7/10/2020

article Former Hay River teacher shares story of racism in N.W.T. school system
(North Canada) -- Storm Lynn will never forget the memory of walking into a classroom as a substitute teacher, and witnessing a white teacher screaming at her Indigenous...
article Popular B.C. Interior beach closed by local First Nation amid COVID-19 concerns
(British Columbia) -- A popular beach in B.C.'s southern Interior is now closed to the public due to concerns visitors might spread COVID-19 to the local First...
article Independent investigator to determine extent of anti-Indigenous racism in B.C. health-care system
(British Columbia) -- Independent investigator Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, who was asked to look into B.C.'s health-care system, says her examination will be wide-...
article Listuguj chief says New Brunswick travel ban doesn't consider ancestral rights
(New Brunswick) -- The chief of Listuguj First Nation says New Brunswick didn't consider the ancestral rights of the Mi'kmaq people when he imposed a travel ban...
article Cliffs of Fundy, Bonavista Peninsula named UNESCO Global Geoparks
(Nova Scotia) -- Two sites in Atlantic Canada have been recognized as new UNESCO Global Geoparks, a designation that recognizes sites and landscapes of international...
article Saskatoon Tribal Council, partners thank province for support during coronavirus pandemic
(Saskatoon) -- The Saskatoon Tribal Council (STC), Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA) and other First Nation partners recognized the province for being leaders...
article Stemete7uw’i Friendship Centre in need of help
(British Columbia) -- The Stemete7uw’i Friendship Centre in 100 Mile House is in need of help, according to Wendy Hamblin, secretary of the Board of Directors....

7/9/2020

article Sask. government failed to consult First Nations on $4B irrigation plan, says FSIN
(Saskatchewan) -- Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations Chief Bobby Cameron says the provincial government should have consulted First Nations before it announced a...
article Hateful words, diminished services: How racism rears its head for N.L.'s Indigenous people
(North Canada) -- Mary Janet Hill can't recall the first time she experienced racism. There was the time Hill, who is from the Innu community of Sheshashiu in...
article Independent investigator's report to determine range, extent of anti-Indigenous racism in health-care system
(British Columbia) -- Independent investigator Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond said Thursday that her investigation into B.C.'s health-care system will be multi-phased,...
article Inuit TV could be coming to screen near you, from new Inuktut-language broadcaster
(North Canada) -- Nunavut may be getting a new all-Inuktut TV channel this year. Inuit TV plans to have Inuktut programming in dialects from all Inuit regions, including...

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...

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