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Sick Indigenous elder accused of being drunk at Winnipeg hospital, family says

An Indigenous elder's family is calling for two staff members at a Winnipeg hospital to be fired after the 72-year-old woman, suffering from sepsis, was accused of being drunk. "They assumed she was consumed with alcohol," Sheila North said about her mom, Sadie North, who was so sick she could hardly form words.

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10/20/2020

article CBC Inuktitut language podcast Inuit Unikkaangit reunites Inuit with their stories
(North Canada) -- The CBC North archive holds thousands of hours of recently digitized interviews and conversations with Inuit, in Inuktitut, going back decades. This...

10/18/2020

article History of racism, exclusion colours provincial election for Indigenous Sask. residents
(Saskatoon) -- Many First Nations people are preparing to cast their ballots in the Saskatchewan provincial election Oct. 26, but they haven't historically always...

10/16/2020

article Feds ready to use spending to fight anti-Indigenous racism in health care, minister says
(Ottawa) -- The federal government is ready to use its financial leverage over the health system to fight anti-Indigenous racism in health care, Indigenous Services...
article Sick Indigenous elder accused of being drunk at Winnipeg hospital, family says
(Manitoba) -- An Indigenous elder's family is calling for two staff members at a Winnipeg hospital to be fired after the 72-year-old woman, suffering from sepsis,...
article 'Do your job': Sipekne'katik chief calls on PM to protect Mi'kmaw fishermen
(Nova Scotia) -- The chief of the Sipekne'katik First Nation is calling for better protection after a mob of hundreds of commercial fishermen and their supporters...
article Moderate livelihood fishery in Cape Breton is peaceful. But selling catch a challenge
(Nova Scotia) -- While there are ongoing tensions between Indigenous and non-Indigenous fishers in southwest Nova Scotia, a Cape Breton First Nation says its moderate...
article George River caribou herd shows first population gain in over 25 years
(Quebec) -- A summer "baby boom" in the long-struggling George River caribou herd in Labrador and Quebec has led to an increase in population numbers —...

10/15/2020

article COVID-19 in Indigenous communities: New cases continue to climb in First Nations
(Canada) -- There are 197 active cases of COVID-19 on First Nations reserves across Canada as of Oct. 13, according to data from Indigenous Services Canada. In an update...

10/14/2020

article ‘Wake up call:’ Manitoba chief says increasing COVID-19 cases on reserves concerning
(Manitoba) -- A COVID-19 outbreak at a fly-in reserve in Manitoba and increasing infections in First Nations populations in the province has leaders worried. “It...
article 'Extinct' tribe optimistic that Supreme Court will reverse hurtful declaration
(Toronto) -- The only First Nations tribe to ever be formally declared extinct in Canada could soon have that declaration reversed by the Supreme Court after more than...

10/13/2020

article Stanley Mission, Sask., sets up roadblocks, curfew after 6 cases of COVID-19 found in community
(Saskatchewan) -- A First Nation in northern Saskatchewan has closed many of its buildings and blocked the road into the community after an increase in COVID-19 cases....
article Indigenous death doula mentorship program aims to teach youth to help others through grief
(Canada) -- A new death doula mentorship program is being offered to Indigenous youth to equip them with skills to help others deal with grief and loss in their...

10/12/2020

article Surprise return of 55-year-old tikinagan sign of hope, renewal for Cree man
(Ontario) -- After a fateful connection on social media earlier this month, a 51-year-old man from Constance Lake First Nation in northern Ontario is being reunited with...

10/11/2020

article Sioux Valley Dakota Nation declares state of emergency, calls for mental health resources after 4 deaths
(Manitoba) -- A First Nation in southwestern Manitoba is declaring a state of emergency, after four of its community members have died by suicide in recent weeks. In a...
article Isolation tents, Red Cross deployed to Manitoba First Nations battling COVID-19
(Manitoba) -- Sunshine Bushie and her three children aren't leaving their home in Little Grand Rapids First Nation. More than 30 people on the Manitoba fly-in...
article Wellness campaign for northern Manitoba First Nations launches with flu shot PSA
(Canada) -- A multi-phased wellness campaign that targets First Nations in northern Manitoba is beginning with the launch of a public service announcement encouraging...

10/10/2020

article Concerns raised as number of COVID-19 cases surge on First Nations in Manitoba
(Manitoba) -- People living on Manitoba reserves are being warned to stay home this Thanksgiving weekend, as the number of COVID-19 cases surge among First Nations...
article Research on First Nation's wool dogs gives more insight into Tseshaht's pre-colonial history
(British Columbia) -- New research into the diets of dogs who lived in the region near Port Alberni on Vancouver Island has shed new light on the pre-colonial history of...
article Police 'reviewing' allegations First Nations man was beaten to death in Thunder Bay, Ont.
(Thunder Bay) -- Thunder Bay police say they are aware of allegations a First Nations man was beaten to death in the city but say the coroner's office is conducting...

10/9/2020

article Judge gives Six Nations members until Oct. 22 to leave occupied subdivision or not take part in hearing
(Ontario) -- An Ontario Superior Court judge has given the 1492 Land Back Lane camp until Oct. 22 to vacate land slated to become a subdivision in Caledonia, Ont.,...
article B.C. officials wrestled to define major industrial projects as essential through pandemic
(British Columbia) -- As the B.C. government developed an essential services list in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, bureaucrats tangled with how to justify ongoing...
article OPP says 2nd raid on Six Nations land back camp would inflame conflict, solve nothing
(Canada) -- Another raid on a parcel of land slated for a subdivision in Caledonia, Ont., reclaimed by Six Nations members won't solve the historical land grievance...

10/6/2020

article Quebec premier apologizes to family of woman who died in hospital after staff insulted her on video
(Quebec) -- Quebec Premier François Legault has made a public apology to the family of Joyce Echaquan, the Atikamekw woman who died in a Joliette hospital last week...
article Yellowknives Dene First Nation hands out eviction notices on Yellowknife Bay
(North Canada) -- The Yellowknives Dene First Nation has handed out eviction notices to houseboaters anchored on the nation’s side of Yellowknife Bay.
article Province of Alberta signs historic agreement with Stoney Nakoda and Tsuut'ina First Nations
(Alberta) -- “This historic agreement puts proof behind the word ‘reconciliation,’ or as I like to call it, ‘reconcili-action.’ By forming...

10/4/2020

article Fraser Institute study finds provinces can help First Nations by reducing regulation of casinos
(Canada) -- A new study by the Fraser Institute found that provinces can help First Nations generate more revenue and improve living standards by reducing regulation of...

10/3/2020

article First Nation staffer offers a familiar face to COVID-19 patients
(Canada) -- Before Najwa Karamujic drives home, she sprays down her entire body with aerosol disinfectant. She can't have any contact with her family once she's...
article Fort William First Nation votes in LTC home referendum
(Ontario) -- The dream of an elder care facility on Fort William First Nation could take a major step closer to reality Saturday. A referendum open to Fort William First...
article Rapid COVID-19 testing helps remote First Nations cope with shortage of isolation space
(Thunder Bay) -- A new machine about the size of a microwave that tests for COVID-19 and provides results within an hour is already making a difference in Sandy Lake...
article Rise in COVID-19 cases in First Nations communities a concern
(Canada) -- In the last few weeks, Indigenous communities have been facing an alarming rise in the number of new and active COVID-19 cases. In the last month alone,...

10/2/2020

article First Nation staffer offers a familiar face to COVID-19 patients
(Edmonton) -- Before Najwa Karamujic drives home, she sprays down her entire body with aerosol disinfectant. She can't have any contact with her family once she'...
article Injured woman airlifted out of Stoney Nakoda casino after injury
(Alberta) -- An injured woman was airlifted out of the casino at Stoney Nakoda Friday after suffering an unspecified injury. STARS confirmed they were dispatched at 11:...

10/1/2020

article First Nations grapple with COVID-19 cases after having significantly lower rates initially
(Canada) -- As of July 31, the percentage of First Nations individuals living on reserve reported positive for COVID-19 was one-quarter of the rate of the general...
article 5 new cases of COVID-19 a 'wake-up call' for community, say Six Nations health officials
(Ontario) -- Public health officials are calling an overnight spike of five new COVID-19 cases on Six Nations Territory a wake-up call for community members. Ohsweken...
article Death of Atikamekw woman in Quebec hospital draws comparisons to death of Brian Sinclair 12 years earlier
(Quebec) -- The tragic story of a Atikamekw woman who recorded nurses' racist comments about her as she lay dying in a Quebec hospital is drawing comparisons to the...
article Sask. government's lack of response to HIV crisis warning points to systemic racism issues: advocate
(Saskatchewan) -- Margaret Kisikaw Piyesis says Saskatchewan's health minister ignored warnings of a growing HIV "epidemic" — and she wonders why....
press release Fishery growth has had positive impact on First Nations in the Maritimes: report
(Nova Scotia) -- An increase in band-held commercial fishing licences since the Marshall ruling on Indigenous treaty rights has generated dramatically higher revenues...
article Homicide, hate crime investigation needed into death of Joyce Echaquan, say lawyers
(Quebec) -- The Quebec medical staff captured in an online video spewing racist insults while treating Atikamekw woman Joyce Echaquan shortly before her death should be...
article Anishnaabe Crown attorney who helped to create Indigenous courts in Toronto dies suddenly
(Ontario) -- An award-winning Anishnaabe Crown attorney who helped to co-found specialized courts in Toronto dealing with Indigenous people in trouble with the law died...

9/30/2020

article Canadian study urges provinces to aid First Nations’ casino efforts
(Canada) -- Independent Canadian public policy think-tank Fraser Institute is urging the country’s policymakers to reduce regulation of the gaming industry to help...

9/28/2020

article Family of 7 tests positive for COVID-19 on northern Manitoba First Nation
(Manitoba) -- A family of seven from York Factory First Nation in northern Manitoba has tested positive for COVID-19 — after a trip to Winnipeg. The cases are the...
article Manitoba First Nation bans travel to Winnipeg due to COVID-19 spike
(Manitoba) -- A Manitoba First Nation has banned travel to Winnipeg as cases in the city continue to rise. On Monday, the Tataskweyak Cree Nation announced it had been...
article 2 First Nations in northern B.C. see spike in COVID-19 cases
(British Columbia) -- Two First Nations in northern B.C. confirmed 27 new cases of COVID-19 last week, and reported the death of an elder due to the disease. Aileen...
article Anti-police sentiment makes job 'scarier and more difficult' for First Nations police
(Ontario) -- Anishinabek Police Sergeant Chantal Larocque fights crime in the three First Nations she patrols. But with a smile and a sympathetic ear, she also fights a...
article Controversial Discovery Islands fish farms pose 'minimal risk' to wild salmon, DFO says
(British Columbia) -- The battle to have 18 open-net fish farms removed from a critical salmon migration route is heading for more consultation after Fisheries and...

9/26/2020

article Yellowknives Dene First Nation, Canada finalize agreement over Thaidene Nëné National Park Reserve
(Canada) -- The Yellowknives Dene First Nation has finalized an agreement with the federal government over the Thaidene Nëné National Park Reserve. Chief Ernest Betsina...
article First Nation development corporations face recovering lost ground
(Saskatchewan) -- Sean Willy, CEO of Des Nedhe Development, took a pay cut this year. As English River First Nation’s economic development corporation, Des Nedhe...
article Children in First Nations communities 25 times more likely to have type 2 diabetes: Study
(Canada) -- A newly released study has found that children in First Nations communities are 25 times more likely to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes compared to other...

9/24/2020

article First Nations face overlapping crises and inadequate support during pandemic
(Canada) -- For six months now, the people of the Matawa First Nations have been living in a state of emergency. The communities of Webequie, Nibinamik, Neskantaga,...
article How Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory builds bridges with powerful, provocative performances
(Canada) -- Throughout her career, Iqaluit artist Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory has written and performed plays, curated exhibits and collaborated on musical projects.
article Listuguj impatient with failure to define 'moderate livelihood' in fishery
(New Brunswick) -- Listuguj's fall lobster fishery is underway in the Bay of Chaleur, and the First Nation's plan to sell part of the catch isn't covered by its licence...

9/23/2020

article Métis Nation-Saskatchewan files statement of claim over provincial duty to consult
(Saskatchewan) -- The Métis Nation-Saskatchewan is taking the provincial government to court over its duty to consult policy, which it calls unconstitutional. The...
article Cree partners keep large-scale eelgrass research on track during pandemic
(North Canada) -- For decades, Cree hunters have been reporting a dramatic decline in eelgrass beds along the James Bay coast and dwindling numbers of Canada geese,...
article Mi'kmaw community says rights-based fishery regulations rival those of DFO
(Nova Scotia) -- The First Nation community operating a new, self-regulated lobster fishery in Nova Scotia says its harvesting regulations rival and may even exceed the...
article Court date set for First Nations legal challenge against Ontario forestry management plan
(Ontario) -- Chapleau Cree First Nation, Missanabie Cree First Nation and Brunswick House First Nation have filed legal proceedings against the provincial government...
article Evening classes — COVID-19 fix — a hit at Colville Lake high school
(North Canada) -- For high school students in Colville Lake, school runs from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. ‘It’s better than waking up in the morning for me,’...

9/21/2020

article Ousted Caldwell First Nation chief vows to clear her name
(Edmonton) -- The twice ousted chief of the Caldwell First Nation is ready to defend her reputation against what she calls an “ongoing disinformation campaign...
article B.C. privacy commissioner will hear First Nations complaints about COVID
(British Columbia) -- British Columbia's information and privacy commissioner will investigate a complaint by a coalition of First Nations over a lack of information...
article Manitoba First Nation offers cash prizes in weight loss competition
(Manitoba) -- A First Nation in Manitoba with high rates of diabetes is hoping to boost community health by holding a weight loss competition with some large cash prizes...
article Three First Nations in northwestern Ont. report new COVID-19 cases
(Ontario) -- As COVID-19 numbers rise throughout southern Ontario, new cases of the virus are starting to pop up in rural First Nations throughout the northwestern...

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...

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