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Class action

REGINA - A class action lawsuit filed blames the federal government for medical experiments allegedly performed on Indigenous people without their consent.   (Regina Leader-Post)  MORE:   Class action suit    Merchant


Solicitor-client privilege

OTTAWA - The federal information watchdog is investigating Library and Archives Canada's decision to invoke 'solicitor-client privilege' in its refusal to release a nearly 100-year-old document on the federal government's treatment of sick First Nations children.   (CBC)    Document released


Chiefs sue

WINNIPEG - The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs is suing the Government of Manitoba for almost $1B, alleging the decision to approve the Shark Club Gaming Centre while refusing to open a First Nations-owned casino in Winnipeg cost First Nations millions of dollars in lost revenue.   (CBC)


You're not indigenous

CORNER BROOK - Matthew Connolly, 57, may believe he is indigenous but the government of Canada does not. Connolly was one of 82,630 people who received a letter dated Jan 31, 2017, denying his application for membership in the Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation.  (Toronto Star)  


Man with a feather

The 'No' spoken by Elijah Harper in June 1990, as he held an eagle feather in his seat in the Manitoba legislature, was soft, certain - and historic.  His recurring 'No' effectively scuttled the Meech Lake constitutional accord.  (Toronto Star)   MORE:   Elijah Harper


Feds provide inadequate care

OTTAWA - Even as the federal government pressures provinces and territories to take up its offer of billions to improve mental health services for Canadians, an internal memo suggests it's failing in its own responsibility to provide adequate care for mentally ill children in First Nations communities.     (CP)    MORE:   Group homes closed



REGIAN - RCMP executed a drug warrant at a home on the Key First Nation north of Kamsack.  Officers arrested Clarence Papequash, 64, a councillor and former chief of the reserve.  Papequash faces five counts of drug trafficking, in addition to various firearm-related charges.  (CTV)   MORE:   Former Chief charged


Costs documented

WINNIPEG - Internal federal documents estimate it will cost $165M to replace government-issued slop pails with modern indoor plumbing on 4 of Canada's poorest reserves, but only a fraction of that has been budgeted.   (CP)    Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada  


Land rights

VANCOUVER - Rick Desautel was 40 miles north of the border and the officers would quickly find he was an American citizen without permits to hunt in the Canadian province of BC.  Desautel's case could set a precedent that would grant tens of thousands of Native Americans living in the US a new set of rights - in Canada.  (Guardian UK)   JUDGMENT:   2017 BCSC 2389      Border straddling   Border crossing issues and the Jay Treaty   .pdf   Jay Treaty  


Audit finds unexplained payments

ALEXANDER FN - A 'forensic investigation' has identified $2.1M in 'unexplained payments' to a former chief of the Alexander First Nation and 7 administrative staff, according to a leaked internal document.    (CBC)   MORE:   Computer server disappears    Chief charged   Chief declares a media blackout   Election results quashed    


7 year battle

TORONTO - A First Nations group has won a 7-year legal battle to appoint a representative to the OLG board of directors.  (Toronto Star)

Bribed voters

Cocaine, marijuana and tens of thousands of dollars in cash were used to bribe voters in a recent SK First Nation election, says a report commissioned by the federal government.  Former RCMP officer Bob Norton concluded there is 'no doubt' ballot-buying occurred during the April 20 election at Mosquito, Grizzly Bear's Head, Lean Man First Nation.  (CBC)


Class-action lawsuit

OTTAWA - 2 Canadian law firms have filed a $1.1B class-action lawsuit on behalf of former patients of government-run 'Indian hospitals,' which comprised a decades-long segregated health care system now marred by allegations of widespread mistreatment and abuse.    (CBC)  RELATED:   Fighting Tuberculosis in Nunavut means addressing more than just the disease


Chief suspended

FORT LIARD - The Acho Dene Koe band suspended Chief Harry Deneron until further notice, citing a 'lack of confidence' in his leadership amid an ongoing lawsuit involving Deneron and the band's development corporation.   (CBC)


Title claim

OTTAWA - In a move to block a treaty between the Algonquins of Ontario and the federal and Ontario governments, a group of Quebec Algonquins have filed an Aboriginal title claim for lands in downtown Ottawa, including Parliament Hill, the Supreme Court of Canada and Lebreton Flats.  (CBC)  



CHURCHILL - In 1952, the provincial government decided the Sayisi Dene were killing off too many caribou around Little Duck Lake in northern MB and convinced the federal government to move the entire community away from its hunting grounds.  On Aug. 17, 1956, a government plane arrived in Little Duck Lake, loaded more than 250 community members and flew them to the barren tundra outside Churchill, MB.  By the time the government agreed to relocate the people to Tadoule Lake in 1973, of the more than 250 members who were originally moved, 117 had died.   (CBC)   MORE:   Government apologizes 



YELLOWKNIFE - A recently revealed program of police surveillance across Canada is 'alarming' and a 'threat to our own security,' says former NWT premier Stephen Kakfwi.   (CBC)


Dilapidated homes

WINNIPEG - Internal government documents say Manitoba First Nations live in some of the most dilapidated homes in the country and it will cost $2B to eliminate mould and chronic overcrowding in that province alone.  (CP)  


AFN, RCMP agreement

NIAGARA FALLS - The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) signed an agreement with the RCMP to address racism and discrimination within the force as the two sides look for new ways to improve relations.  (CBC)   MORE:   New fiscal agreement 


Cree Nation sues

TORONTO - The James Bay Cree Nation has filed a lawsuit seeking title to about 48,000 square kilometres of land in NE ON.  (CP)


Little progress

OTTAWA - While some progress has been made, aboriginal people are not on track to achieve parity with the rest of Canadians by 2022 - the target date set by the board to close the gaps, the NAEDB found.  (CBC)   REPORT:   Aboriginal Economic Progress Report 2015   First Nations becoming less prosperous


Feds owe $4M

DUCK LAKE - The Specific Claims Tribunal said in its decision that the federal government withheld treaty payments to Beardy's Okemasis First Nation between 1885 and 1888 following the Northwest Rebellion Rebellion.  (CP) 


Foster home audit

OTTAWA - The federal auditor general released a scathing report on the state of Child and Family Services in the Northwest Territories.  (CBC)   REPORT:   Child and family services in the NWT 

No accountability

OTTAWA - The federal government is moving to provide 10-year grants to some First Nations with little bureaucratic oversight.   (CBC)

Legal fees

Health Canada knew

Company accused

Cut out middlemen

Canada faces crisis

Money not making it to where it is needed

Poverty or Prosperity   .pdf  

'High Poverty' among Canada native children

Residents arrive in Kapuskasing

Still not following the money

Government spending on Aboriginals

'Time to move on'

Co-founder uneasy

Focus more on Indians and less on the Chiefs  

Follow the money


Idle No More

Idle no more rallies  

UN fact finder to look at plight of First Nations

UN on Canadian mission

State of emergency

State of emergency

Government reimbursed

Spence out of hospital

Twitter spat  

Bridge protest not part of Idle No More

OPP Commissioner's message

Day of action snarls traffic  

Bands under supervision 

Chief squanders credibility

Demonizing of Atleo  

Protests pose awkward questions 

Nameless death 

Attawapiskat's financial troubles

Audit 'severely critical'

'We need to stop building crap'

'Accountable' wanted  

'No evidence of due diligence' 


A peoples' movement

Growing protest movement

APTN: Idle no more

CBC: Idle No More

Flash mobs  

How does native funding work?

3rd party manager pulled

Protest blocks Boxing Day traffic

Audit a 'distraction'

Spence meets with GC

Spence calls for cancellation

Reporters barred from hunger strike site

Native bands challenge budget in court

Idle no more protests

Ongoing talks

Opportunity lost

Blockade taken down

First Nations leaders meet to clarify

Movement grows too big to track

Hunger strike enters 3rd week

Theresa Spence

Fasts to be held on NS reserves

Housing crisis

Attawapiskat won't drop legal action  

Tribes are becoming sovereign

Feds provide $500K

Travel routes targeted

Bill for accountability won't fix problems

Spence says she can't sustain hunger strike

First Nations audits

Misappropriation accusation

Anger over salaries 

'Step-by-step' solutions  

Feds aware of crisis for years

Third party management  

Shacks and slop pails  

Aboriginal Affairs

Chuck Strahl   John Duncan

15 modular homes to be sent  

Mobile homes to cost $1.2M  

Habitat for Humanity

Salary bill goal unclear 

Bridges targeted

Bridges blocked

Harper to meet

Judge rules for appointed manager

Conditions 'normal'  

Attawapiskat financial statements

Chief blasts minister   

Where some of the money goes

Victor Diamond Mine

Headlines prompt action


Deal in principle

OTTAWA - The federal government has announced they will pay hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation to the survivors of what is known as the '60s Scoop.   (CTV) 

Sixties Scoop 

Judge rules

Money behind the Sixties Scoop 

Coerced sterilization

SASKATOON - Indigenous women in SK are proposing a class-action lawsuit against the province, its health regions, individual physicians and the country for what they call coerced sterilization.  The SK Health Region apologized publicly for past coerced sterilization after a 57-page report (.pdf) was released.   (CBC) 

Tribunal rules

OTTAWA - The federal government discriminates against First Nation children on reserves by failing to provide the same level of child welfare services that exist elsewhere, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has ruled.  (CBC)

2016 CHRT 2

Students in jeopardy   .pdf

Ottawa discriminated

Hole in the system

Federal spending on education on FNs   .pdf   


Bureaucrats causing cost overruns

Retooling First Nations education

New education plan for First Nations 

Underfunding services

Historic ruling

Money won't solve problems

Open secret

Child sexual abuse is a disturbing reality in many of Canada's First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities, research is beginning to show.  And only now are prominent indigenous leaders speaking out publicly for the first time about the need for communities to take a hard look.  (CP)  


Sex abuse tied to suicide

Susan Aglukark  

Church admits  

Survivors of pedophile 

Metis and non-status are Indians

OTTAWA -The Supreme Court of Canada has unanimously ruled that Metis and non-status are Indians under the Constitution.  The landmark, 9-0 ruling will have an impact on the relationship between the federal government and 600,000 Metis and off-reserve Indians across the country.  (CP)

2016 SCC 12

Metis, non-status are federal responsibility

Who now qualifies?

What the decision means

Red flags raised

Manitoba Metis Federation


MMF have won SCC land claims case

Metis win   

Ruling upheld

'Status Indian'

Cutting down the numbers

Federal court grants rights

2013 FC 6

Ruling could cost 'billions'    

Child set fire

ONEIDA FN - One of the children who died in a house fire along with 4 family members on the Oneida First Nation was playing with matches or a lighter before the house went up in flames. After an almost 6-month investigation, the OPP and other forensic agencies have concluded the fire was set by one of the children.   (CBC) 

Fire protection audit

Fire protection briefing note  

Little or no

Fire leaves 70 homeless

Home left burning

Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation

Unpaid bills part of response dispute

2 children dead

House fires

Poor firefighting capability

Reserves need $28M for fire protection  

First Nations evicting

VANCOUVER - BC First Nations are wasting no time in enforcing their claim on traditional lands in light of a landmark Supreme Court of Canada decision recognizing aboriginal land title.   (CP)    

BC failed to consult


Aboriginal titles true meaning: billable hours

2014 SCC 44

Court grants land title

Historic ruling

SCC expands title rights    

SCC rules against First Nation

2014 SCC 48

Province has right to permit logging

SCC upholds province logging rights

Changes afoot 

Seeking injunctions

FN leader accepted money


Iron Ore Company of Canada

Rio Tinto

Mercury poisoning report

ON pledges better help    

Mercury poisoning

Mercury poisoning effects linger

Ontario Minamata disease



First nations say they will fight pipeline 

Study links toxic level in river to coal mines

Aboriginal movement poses threat to miners

Alarming results

Raw sewage is spilling onto the forest floor

Spill caused by vandals

Injunction   Taseko Mines

Mine or Lake   

Class action

REGINA - A proposed $600M class action lawsuit has been launched by the mother of a missing Indigenous woman from SK, alleging the RCMP has been systemically negligent in its investigations into murdered and missing Indigenous women across Canada.  (Toronto Star) 

Merchant Law Group   

Mother with class action lawsuit

Class action filed 


MMIW speeding toward failure 

Next director quits

Unresolved cases  

OPP report

Call for changes

Minister agrees with reset request

Commissioner resigns

Poitras on why she resigned    

1st hearing wrap

MMIW inquiry launched

Fortress of bureaucratic incompetence

Poor communication


Ottawa looking into concerns

2nd report card   NWAC

Aboriginal women overrepresented

Government wraps consultations on inquiry

70% killed by aboriginal men

Numbers questioned 

Hope report will yield new tips

Throwing money 

Oppal inquiry

1st phase

Canada announces $40M inquiry

Avoid BC's mistakes 

Judge to lead inquiry 

Throwing money 

Canada announces $40M inquiry 

Overdue, over budget

1st phase    

Missing men also need attention

UN report

UN Special Rapporteur

James Anaya

Situation of indigenous peoples in Canada

1,186 murdered and missing women

More than a 1,000

Case for keeping race data   

Canada's missing   

Finding solutions for families 

Toronto Star analysis   .pdf 

3 each met a violent end

Prime targets

The taken  

Most unsolved cases

Red River mystery

Victim killed by someone they knew

Number surprises top Mountie

Fix known for years

Aboriginal women over-represented

Aboriginal women more prone to violent death

Differences in how women are murdered

No more silence

Nothing happening

Draft report

Stranger danger

A look at root causes   

Women's Memorial March

Annual women's memorial march

Missing should prompt inquiry

Inquiry not the answer

New list of missing 

Missing database

Mounties review 417 missing cases

RCMP questions claim

Justice for missing and murdered

Highway of tears

Feds focus on missing women  

Evan Solomon

OPP spent 3 years searching  

Halt to finance disclosure rules

OTTAWA - Bill C-377 required unions to disclose all transactions over $5,000, reveal the details of officers or executives who make over $100,000 to the CRA.  (Globe & Mail)

Ottawa reducing First Nations transparency

Band transparency gutted

Judge sides with band

Failing to report

21 northern FNs face funding freeze

AB's Blood Tribe salaries and expenses


Indian Act hampers accountability

Cree Nation launches court action 

Some transparency

Two-thirds haven't disclosed


Put salaries online

No transparency in billing          

Exchange on Union Transparency Bill

Guilty re-elected

Duane Antoine, who recently pleaded guilty to theft charges relating to band money, has been re-elected chief of the Poundmaker Cree First Nation.  (CBC)  

Weakness in election laws

Yellow Quill First Nation

9 accused

Official to plead guilty

Metis Addictions Council of Saskatchewan

Native group misspent $6.4M

Guilty plea

YORKTON - Clarence Papequash, a band councillor on the Key First Nation in SK, who was accused of selling drugs, has pleaded guilty to 2 charges.     (CP) 

Undetected fraud

Pleads guilty     

I haven't stolen anything

Southern Chiefs' Organization

Organization must explain expenses  

Removed as SCO grand chief


Gambling sparks probe

Spending allegations 

RBC, KPMG sued

Charges stayed, 4 years later

MASKWACIS - Carolyn Buffalo, former chief of the Montana Cree First Nation in Maskwacis, AB, will not be returning to court to face tobacco smuggling charges.  Buffalo was charged with possessing and storing contraband cigarettes after the province and the RCMP seized 16M cigarettes from a Quonset hut on the Montana First Nation in January 2011.  (CBC)

Reading this online may be illegal

Illegal smoke shop buys a firetruck

Booming business  


Court attack in smoke shop war

MB changes the law 

Improperly suspended

Overseer eats up millions

Casino Rama

Probe urged in Rama payouts

Managing as been good

Smoke shop raid

Smoke shop raid again  

Smoke shop to continue

Smoke fight heats up

Long fight ahead expect on tobacco

1st Nation sues over seized smokes  

RCMP sounds alarm over smokes

AB charges chief  

Casino board questioned

FSIN discusses Lerat role in casino agency  

Lonechild resigns

Where will buyout cash come from? 

Drinking water

OTTAWA - There are 71 long-term drinking water advisories - in existence for a year or more - in First Nations communities across Canada.  Since Nov 2015, 18 such warnings have been lifted, allowing the communities to drink their tap water.  But 12 advisories have been added, according to figures provided by the Department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs.   (CBC) 

Unsafe water

Human Rights Watch

Make it Safe

Bureaucratic 'fix'

Boil-water advisory

Breakfast money

THUNDER BAY - RCMP allege more than $1.2M in public money was fraudulently obtained by a former co-manager for the Kashechewan FN between 2007 and 2012.  Giuseppe (Joe) Crupi, 50, from Thunder Bay, ON, has been charged with fraud following an investigation.  (CBC)   MORE:   Man charged   Diverting funds  

  Grassroots database

A community-led online database documenting the brutal deaths and disappearances of indigenous women in Canada has been launched.  The website - an initiative of 3 groups, No More Silence, Families of Sisters in Spirit and the Native Youth Sexual Health Network - is called It starts with us - MMIW.   (CBC)    

Election review

THUNDER BAY - Aboriginal Affairs is reviewing a complaint that Indian status cards were being issued out of a Thunder Bay hotel room as part of a scheme to re-elect the incumbent chief at Lac des Mille Lacs First Nation.    (CBC)  

Department shifted money

OTTAWA - A new document shows Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) shifted half a billion dollars meant for infrastructure over a 6-year period to try to cover shortfalls elsewhere.  (CBC)  Bernard Valcourt

Fear of retaliation

OTTAWA - The threat of retribution prevents many native women from lodging human-rights complaints against the powerful members of their communities, Canada's Human Rights Commissioner says.  (Globe & Mail)   REPORT:   CHRC annual report 2013   .pdf    

Finder's fee

WINNIPEG - 2 First Nation chiefs say they were offered money as enticement to sign their communities up for Bank of Montreal loan agreements arranged by the Usand Group financial firm that an internal document shows used 'kickbacks' as a tool to secure clients.  (APTN) 

Showdown looms

MKO - Manitoba Keeewatinowi Okimakanak's Grand Chief David Harper, who is facing serious allegations of financial mismanagement, said he paid back the money he used from MKO on personal expenses and was confident a review of the books would absolve him of an improprieties. (APTN)   MORE:   Chief accused   

Ballot box destruction

CUT KNIFE - RCMP received the call on Sept 30th that 2 men had removed the ballot box from the building where the vote was being had, taken it outside, and tossed them into a fire.  A 34-year-old man from Poundmaker Cree Nation was arrested shortly after and released.  (CTV)   MORE:   Charges pending 

Deals canceled 

FREDERICTON - The provincial government is cancelling a tax and gaming revenue-sharing agreement with First Nations across New Brunswick.   (CBC)  PREVIOUS:   NB reviews agreements     

Marry out, move out

KAHNAWAKE - A Quebec judge has ruled that Kahnawake's 'marry out, move out' law violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.    (CTV)  MORE:   'Marry out, stay out'   Mob drives family from home   Hate crime?    Racism   Mobbing 

2nd switched at birth

NORWAY HOUSE - 2 men from a northern Manitoba First Nation have discovered they were likely switched at birth at a federally run hospital 40 years ago.  In this latest case, the 2 were born 3 days apart. DNA tests confirmed that one man was raised by the biological mother of the other. (CBC) MORE:   2 friends   

Switched at birth

WINNIPEG - Luke Monias and Norman Barkman tried coming to terms with news that they were switched at birth.  Monias and Barkman were born on June 19, 1975, at a federally run Indian hospital in Norway House and grew up as close friends in the northern fly-in community of Garden Hill First Nation.  (CBC)   MORE:   Men switched at birth 

Funding agreement rejected

REGINA - 5 First Nations across SK say they won't be signing on to federal funding agreements.    (CBC)  

Name change

HOBBEMA - Samson Cree First Nation says Hobbema will become "Maskwacis" - Cree for “Bear Hill” - on January 1st.  (CBC)     

Children taken

VANCOUVER - A Port Coquitlam, BC, couple is fighting to get 3 young foster children returned after the children were taken by the Squamish First Nation in North Vancouver and placed with another foster family.  The children were taken by the Squamish nation's child welfare arm, the Ayas Men Men Child and Family Services, pursuant to its guardianship powers.   (CBC)  

Medical care rejections

OTTAWA - Families, Charlie Angus says, routinely meet a dead end when they launch an appeal in what is a 3-stage process.  '80% were rejected in the 1st round. The few that went to the 2nd round had a 99% rejection rate. On the 3rd round, 100% of these children were denied by the bureaucrats at Health Canada.'   (CBC) 


OTTAWA - Shawn Atleo's surprise resignation appears to be rooted in a kind of political battle fatigue that saw the national chief waging a near constant rearguard action against rivals to his leadership of the Assembly of First Nations.   (CBC)   MORE:   Atleo resigns   Shawn Atleo   Education act fell apart   Too many chiefs 

Charged with fraud

ATTAWAPISKAT - Clayton Kennedy was co-manager of the band's finances from July 2010 until the end of the summer of 2012. In his private life, Kennedy is also the partner of Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence.  He is now co-manager of Taykwa Tagamou Nation, in Cochrane, ON.  (CBC)     MORE:   Charged with fraud     

Debt payback

GITWINKSIHLKW - It was a good old-fashioned 'mortgage burning' as the Nisga'a marked the final repayment of an $84M debt they built up, borrowing from the federal government to finance the costs of 26 years of treaty negotiations.  (Globe & Mail)    Nisag'a 

Fishing rights

OTTAWA - 5 First Nations on Vancouver Island, who are part of the collective known as the Nuu-chah-nulth, have had their right to catch and sell nearly all species of fish found within their territories recognized by the country's highest court.  (CBC)   

Misuse of funds

OTTAWA - A team of professional auditors is now looking into claims made against the chief and council of the Big Island Lake Cree Nation.   (CP)  

Warrant issued

SASKATOON - Members of the Whitecap Dakota First Nation allege a former employee has stolen more than $1M from the SK reserve.   (CTV) 

Children found sniffing gas

NATUASHISH - RCMP in Natuashish say they went to the home with Chief Simeon Tshakapesh and a mental health worker to attend to the children, who ranged in age from 9 to 12.  (CTV)   MORE:   Charges being considered

Chief facing extortion charges

BUFFALO POINT - John Thunder, Chief of the Buffalo Point First Nation, faces extortion charges in a complicated scheme involving federal influence to sidetrack cottagers from pursuing court action against him.    MORE:   Chief charged

Exploration firm sues Ontario

SUDBURY - In a statement of claim filed in the Superior Court, the Sudbury-based company Northern Superior Resources says it obtained rights to mining claims to prospect and explore in an area about 740 kilometres NW of Thunder Bay.  The company says the province should have engaged First Nations in consultation on its behalf. (CBC)  

Financial crisis

The financial crisis of the Natuashish Innu band in Labrador has been years in the making, according to financial audits.  The band, which is $1.5M to $7M in debt, has been struggling to pay its employees since August.  Spending began spiraling out of control 3 years ago which show the band's expenses rose 50% between the 2008 and 2011 fiscal years.    (CBC) 

MANFF surrenders services

WINNIPEG - The Manitoba Association of Native Firefighters will no longer be handling the welfare of First Nations people displaced by the 2011 flood.  (CBC)   MORE:   MB sues flooded First Nations

A different story

BAIR-JAMES - Little noticed by the world outside, the Cree of northern Quebec are writing a startlingly different story than their cousins on the western shore of James Bay. (CBC)    MORE:    Eeyou Istchee   Matthew Coon Come  

ON AG pledges to take action

TORONTO - Attorney General John Gerretsen says it will take time to consider all the recommendations from a report on the representation of First Nations people on juries - but he's taking the first steps.   (CBC)   PREVIOUS:   Justice system 'in crisis'   ON's justice system in crisis    

Tribunal ruling

WILLIAMS LAKE - The decision by the Specific Claims Tribunal could bring the Williams Lake Indian Band a federal payment of up to $150M in compensation for the loss of thousands of hectares of land along the Fraser River.  (Globe & Mail)  RULING:    No land will change hands       

Attempt to keep case out of courts

OTTAWA - The federal government has been billed more than $3M for its unsuccessful attempts to keep a high-stakes battle over First Nations child welfare out of the courts.  (CP)   PREVIOUS:   Case will show discrimination   Allegations of phony claims   RCMP asked to probe   Policy strands patients   Staff may have used emergency flights for shopping trips

Residents make an arrest

KIMMIRUT - About 10 Kimmirut residents risked their lives in the early morning of July 28 to subdue an intoxicated 20-year-old man who, soon after the arrival of a big alcohol shipment, fired multiple rounds at the community’s RCMP detachment.   (Nunatsiaq News)   MORE:  Mounties are 'under siege'   Man charged   RCMP blames booze, anger

Human rights complaints

The Canadian Human Rights Commission has received more than 300 complaints from aboriginal people and First Nations groups since 2008, when legislation was changed to allow the commission to look at issues such as reserve housing and federal funding for reserve services.   (CBC)  

Smuggling hotbed?

AKWESASNE - A Justice Department report said multiple tonnes of high-potency marijuana are smuggled through the St Regis Mohawk Reservation, located on the US side, each week by native American groups that are supplied by Canada-based gangs, an operation that also smuggles "multi-thousand tablet quantities" of ecstasy into the US.  (CBC)

Commercial fishing not a right

OTTAWA - A First Nation in BC lost its bid to gain widespread access to commercial fishing rights in a Supreme Court decision.  (CBC) 

Detective services sought

The federal government wants to hire a national detective service to streamline the way it investigates allegations of electoral impropriety in native communities.  (CBC)

MB wants $1.9M for documents

WINNIPEG - The Manitoba government is under fire for requesting a $1.9M fee to hand over to the Winnipeg Free Press public documents concerning flood compensation paid to First Nations.  (Toronto Star)  

Evacuees must re-register  

Ineligible flood claims  

Alberta ranks last

Rotting First National, wealth chief

Chief defends salary 

Off the mark

OTTAWA - A decade and 38,000 claimants later, the assessment process for the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement has yet to wrap up, and may take until 2023. And the cost, originally estimated at $960M, is so far more than triple that amount, with an added $700M in administration fees alone - including payments to lawyers who have been allowed to charge both the government and the victims they represent.  (PostMedia)

Body of teen found

Question safety of youth 

Another body pulled from river

Familiar tragedy  

Cree health board calls for careful viewing

13 Reasons Why

Lengths youth must go for an education

Victimization of aboriginal people in Canada

List of Indian residential schools


Call for charges against lawyers

5 years delay in lawyer criminal investigation     

Survivor seeks reopening

Final report 

Records can be destroyed

2017 SCC 47

Inquest findings

Inquest begins findings

Watchdog expands probe of TBPS   TBPS

5,315 alleged abusers located 

Records ruled on

Hearings wrap 

Sinclair   Wilson   

Survivors notified of possible privacy breach   

Survivors will decide fate of documents

Court rules against destruction     

Legal misstep

Draft reveals  

Another class action lawsuit

Pana Merchant

Leaked offshore tax havens 

Solution, isn't

First Nations Market Housing Fund

Sterilization of indigenous women

Indian residential school system 

School impacted nearly all social indicators

Chief justice ignites debate

Aboriginal Canada and natural resources

TRC final report

TRC findings  

By the numbers

Destroying accounts irreversible

Survivors outcry over erasure of records

Official seeks to destroy documents  

Bureaucrats' plan questioned

Document dump

Form filling fees illegal 

Journey of healing

Residential school TB

Experiments had Ottawa's approval

Aboriginal children used in medical tests

Bureaucrats' experiments

Vaccine tested on aboriginals

From apology to action

Cultural genocide

Aboriginal affairs spending shortfall $1B  

Aboriginal health conference

Stillbirth rates significantly higher

Government ordered to release documents

'Millennium Scoop'

Residential school deaths

Inquest into deaths in Thunder Bay

Ottawa taken to court

Truth commission in court

At least 3,000 children died 

New beginnings  .pdf  

Cooperation or conflict?   .pdf 

Programs for First Nations

Audit slams Roseau River 1st Nation

Interim report

Call for awareness campaign

Loan allegations

BC 1stN’s students to get equal funding

Abuse twice what was expected  

Canadian Indian residential school system  

History of residential schools

Mapping the future

Canadian Human Rights Act

Band alleges century of neglect

Ottawa, leaders commit to overhaul

Truth & Reconciliation Commission

Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Native children flooding into aid 

Ottawa gives slop pails

Building trust  

Ottawa appeals lawsuit

RCMP 'herded' kids to residential schools

Canada's Indian industry

Chiefs say release lacks context

Bad Medicine

30 chiefs and counting

Housing project plagued by obstacles 

Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation

Blood quantum

Mohawk Council 

Broken peoples, broken policy   

No truth, no reconciliation

Dying for attention

Settlement gives hope to others 

Chief steps down

Feds step in

Peguis First Nation

Spending scandal

Peguis First Nation


Barriere Lake solidarity  

First Nations left off jury lists

'Grave consequences'

No charges sought for natives

Report: 'Settle land claims'

Ipperwash inquiry

Ipperwash Crisis 

Aboriginal Healing Foundation

Judge approves class-action suit

$21M fishery settlement

Grand River Enterprises

Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP)

Harry LaForme   Phil Fontaine   

Lakota people

Republic of Lakotah

Six Nations to issue building permits

Truth a casualty of confrontation

Defending the legal pay day

Survivors wait while lawyers squabble

Putting a Price on Suffering

This time, abusers are lawyers

Legal fees for abuse could top $1B

BCSC 1700 Tsilhqot'in v. BC   .pdf

ODs prompt state of emergency

BLOOD INDIAN RESERVE - For months, the Blood Tribe has been under siege by the highly addictive street drug Oxy 8o, also called fake oxycodone or OxyNEO.  (CTV)  

Blood Tribe press release  

Drug strategy proposed

Prescription drug abuse  

Eabametoong First Nation   


Suspension hearing 

HAMILTON - The law society is seeking to suspend John Findlay, a lawyer with Findlay McCarthy PC whose firm apparently spent $1.5M of a settlement meant for residents and businesses impacted by the Caledonia protest.   (CBC) 


Caledonia households get $430K

Caledonia compensation offer insult

OPP, Province not liable

Grand River land dispute

Hush money  

Caledonia family, OPP reach deal

No choice   


Report warned of potential violence

Julian Fantino   

Fantino vows pushback

Ontario judge gives nod to wiretaps

Roadblocks coming down

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