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Resigns

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:   Education bill drives Atleo out   Atleo resigns   Shawn Atleo   Swallowed by the divide   Education act fell apart  

 

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

 

Ruling upheld

OTTAWA - The Federal Court of Appeal has largely upheld a landmark ruling that could extend Ottawa's responsibilities to hundreds of thousands of aboriginal people who are not affiliated with specific reserves and have essentially no access to First Nations programs, services and rights.  (CBC)   MORE:   'Status Indian'    Cutting down the numbers  

 

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)  MORE:   AFN national chief welcomes ruling  

 

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:    2014 SCTC 3   .pdf   No land will change hands    

 

Retooling First Nations education  

The federal government’s reworked plan for native education sets minimum quality standards for reserve classrooms but leaves aboriginal schooling under First Nations control.   (CP)    MORE:   New education plan for First Nations 

 

Inquest recommendations

THUNDER BAY - The jury at the inquest into the death of a Neskantaga First Nation man in Thunder Bay has made 23 recommendations to help prevent similar tragedies in the future.  (CBC) 

 

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) 

 

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:   Firefighters to stop helping evacuees   MB sues flooded First Nations

 

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  

 

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) 

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)    

 

Feds sued

OTTAWA - The court action asks Federal Court to force Ottawa to upgrade their water systems, provide ongoing support to keep them operating safely and to refund money the bands say the government has saved over the years by not doing so.  (CP)

  

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    

 

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   Day in court   Chief not under investigation

 

Foster home audit

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

 

Red flags raised

OTTAWA - The federal government took a close look at the group that represents Metis people across Canada after questions arose over its expenses, newly released documents show.  (CP)

 

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)   MORE:   Aboriginal cops cracking code of silence   

  

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)  

 

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.  (Winnipeg Free Press)   MORE:   Chief charged

 

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

 

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  

 

SCC land claim ruling

OTTAWA - The Manitoba Metis Federation claims the federal government never lived up to its obligation to set aside thousands of kilometres of land - including all of present-day Winnipeg - for the children of the Metis.  (CP)  MORE:   MMF have won SCC land claims case   Metis win   

 

Settlement cash

PETERBOROUGH - More than 200 people were lined up at the Curve Lake community centre waiting to get their portion of a $71M settlement the federal government paid to three First Nations communities.   (QMI) 

   

Money not making it to where it is needed

Half of status First Nations children in Canada live in poverty, a troubling figure that jumps to nearly two-thirds in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, says a newly released report.   (CBC) 

Poverty or Prosperity   .pdf  

'High Poverty' among Canada native children

Fire leaves 70 homeless

Residents arrive in Kapuskasing

Still not following the money

Government spending on Canada's Aboriginals

'Time to move on'

Co-founder uneasy

Focus more on the Indians and less on the Chiefs

Atleo taking medical leave   Shawn Atleo

Bands under supervision

Audit: Attawapiskat First Nation

2012-2013 Financial overview

Default prevention and management

Attawapiskat's financial troubles

Spence calls for cancellation  

Disconnect growing

Anniversary

Idle No More

Idle no more rallies  

UN fact finder in to look at plight of First Nations

UN on Canadian mission

Canada faces crisis

State of emergency

State of emergency

Government reimbursed

Spence out of hospital

Atleo to return to work

Twitter spat  

Successes and failures of self-governance 

Save face

Bridge protest not part of Idle No More

OPP Commissioner's message

Day of action snarls traffic  

Chief squanders credibility

AFN obstructionists

Demonizing of Atleo  

Protests pose awkward questions

Police turn to province for guidance

Audit a 'distraction'

Reporters barred from hunger strike site

Native bands challenge omnibus budget bill in court 

Audit 'severely critical'

'We need to stop building crap'

'Accountable' wanted  

'No evidence of due diligence' 

'Unreasonable'

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

Native agenda rises

Opportunity

Natives as frontmen

Spence meets with GC

Idle no more protests

Ongoing talks

Opportunity lost

Idle No More's website

Blockade taken down

First Nations leaders meet to clarify

Movement grows too big to track

Idle no more spreads beyond border

Hunger strike enters 3rd week

Theresa Spence

Fasts to be held on NS reserves

Attawapiskat won't drop legal action  

Tribes are becoming sovereign

Feds provide $500K

Bridges targeted

Bridges blocked

What's at stake

Travel routes targeted

Simplistic arguments

Cash is not the answer

Harper to meet

Theresa Spence

Spence says she can't sustain hunger strike

Documents show money flowing through reserve  

First Nations audits

Misappropriation accusation

Homeless in the far north  

Housing crisis

15 modular homes to be sent  

Mobile homes to cost $1.2M  

Habitat partner

Habitat for Humanity

Single letter helps change law

Salary bill goal unclear

Bill for accountability won't fix problems

Judge rules for appointed manager

Booted   

Conditions 'normal'  

Attawapiskat financial statements

Chief blasts minister   

Innu Development Limited Partnership    

Well paid community leader

Anger over salaries

Officials visited

AFN Special Chiefs Assembly

Start building homes

'Step-by-step' solutions  

Feds aware of crisis for years

Attawapiskat equation: $1M=4 houses

'Things don't add up'

Third party management  

Shacks and slop pails  

Failure to act  

Aboriginal Affairs

AANDC budgets

Chuck Strahl   John Duncan

Where some of the money goes

Victor Diamond Mine

Spotlight on

Headlines prompt action

Red Cross arrives

Failure  

An embarrassment to Canada  

A report isn't help

Pikangikum First Nation

Coroner's office research  

Another suicide  

Fixes to stop native teen suicides  

Death review of youth suicides

Shocking condition

Elementary and Secondary Education

   

Overseer eats up millions

OTTAWA - Millions of Casino Rama dollars meant to help lift First Nations out of poverty have been swallowed by legal fees, unexplained expenses and payments to at least one band that doesn't officially exist, suggest newly released audits.   (Star)  

Probe urged in Rama payouts

Managing as been good

RCMP will look into gambling website

Northern Bear Casino

FSIN keeping eye on new online gambling site

Reading this online may be illegal

Illegal smoke shop buys a firetruck

Government moves against shop

Smoke shop raid  

Booming business  

Open  

Province's laws moot

Canupawakpa

Court attack in smoke shop war

MB changes the law

Improperly suspended

Smoke shop raid

Smoke shop raid again  

Rainbow Tobacco

2nd raid

Smoke shop to continue

Smoke fight heats up

Long fight ahead expect on tobacco

1st Nation sues over seized smokes  

Jurisdiction in question over seizure

Alberta Gaming & Liquor Commission

Smokes were legal

RCMP sounds alarm over smokes

Native leader warns of confrontations

Cigarette trade hit by border dispute

AFN joins tobacco battle

AB charges chief  

AB charges Chief and company

Casino board questioned

SIGA

FSIN discusses Lerat role in casino agency  

Lonechild resigns

Where will buyout cash come from? 

   

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

Charges over treaty money

Charges

Native health officials face charges

Yellow Quill First Nation

9 accused

Official to plead guilty

Metis Addictions Council of Saskatchewan

Fraud charges laid  

Native housing association taken over

Native group misspent $6.4M

   

Lawsuit

MONTREAL - The Innu communities of Uashat Mak Mani-Utenam and Matimekush-Lac John have asked a Quebec court for an injunction against the operations of Rio's Iron Ore Company of Canada unit in Quebec and Labrador, as well as an estimated C$900M in damages.  (Reuters)  

Rio Tinto

Mercury poisoning

Mercury poisoning effects linger

Ontario Minamata disease

Evictions

Uashat-Maliotenam

First nations say they will fight oilsands, pipeline 

Study links toxic level in river to coal mines

Aboriginal movement poses new threat to miners

Alarming results

Raw sewage is spilling onto the forest floor

Spill caused by vandals

Injunction   Taseko Mines

Seeking injunctions

Mine or Lake

Tsilhgot'in Nation

   

Case not closed

OTTAWA - All RCMP divisions in Canada have been ordered to review their unsolved cases of missing and murdered aboriginal women to look for new and unexplored leads, and have 6 months to report on their progress.  (Vancouver Province)  

National Operational Overview     

Operational Overview  .pdf

Number surprises top Mountie

Fix known for years

BC insists Highway of Tears is safe

Aboriginal women over-represented

 Aboriginal women more prone to violent death

Differences in how women are murdered

 No more silence

 Nothing happening

Draft report

OPP spent 3 years searching  

Things would be different 

Canada's missing  

UN report

UN Special Rapporteur

James Anaya

Situation of indigenous peoples in Canada

1,186 murdered and missing women

More than a 1,000

Missing should prompt inquiry

 Inquiry not the answer

 New list of missing

Missing database

New database 

Mounties review 417 missing cases

RCMP questions claim

Conflicting numbers

Sisters in Spirit

Justice for missing and murdered

Highway of tears

Missing women a national priority

Feds focus on missing women  

Evan Solomon

   

Grand chief out

WINNIPEG - Murray Clearsky is accused of withdrawing money from the organization's bank account at ATMs in Minnesota.  (QMI)  

Southern Chiefs' Organization

Removed as SCO grand chief

Suspended

Gambling sparks probe

Spending allegations 

   

UN ruling against NWT

A UN committee ruled the territorial housing corporation discriminated against Cecilia Kell when they let her non-aboriginal, abusive husband claim their Behchoko. NWT, home.  (CBC)   JUDGMENT:  CEDAW-C-51-D-19-2008   .pdf

No jail time 

WINNIPEG - Daryl Cote, 57, was handed a conditional sentence of two years less a day after admitting to defrauding the now-defunct health agency Anishinaabe Mino-Ayaawin (AMA) Inc. and the Dauphin River First Nation.  (QMI)

   

Put salaries online

OTTAWA - The Canadian Taxpayers Federation wants First Nations chiefs to make their salary information available to the public online.  (CTV)  MORE:   Time to shine light on politicians    

Federal court grants rights

OTTAWA - The Federal Court has ruled Metis and non-status Indians are indeed "Indians" under a section of the Constitution Act, and fall under federal jurisdiction.  (CP)   MORE:   2013 FC 6   Ruling could cost 'billions' 

   

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:  Officers shot at   Mounties say they are 'under siege'   Man charged   RCMP blames booze, anger    

   

Chief out

FORT MCMURRAY - The Federal Court has stripped a long-serving chief of a northern Alberta reserve of his title due to voting irregularities.  Jim Boucher, chief of the Fort McKay First Nation for close almost 2 decades, won the 2011 election by 1 vote.   (CBC)

Beer makers sued

PINE RIDGE - The Oglala Sioux Tribe at Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is suing local alcohol distributors, and some of the nation’s largest beer manufacturers - including Anheuser-Busch, Miller, and Molson Coors - for $500M.  (Epoch Times)

   

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)  

First Nations' human rights complaints

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)  JUDGMENT:  2011 SCC 56  

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 

   

Bureaucrats' plan questioned

OTTAWA - Hundreds of complaints have been expressed by First Nations families across Canada since an announcement that remaining compensation from the $1.9B settlement fund for those sexually abused as a child attending residential schools would be dispersed for educational purposes.  (CP)

Document dump

Form filling fees illegal 

Journey of healing

Death records handed over  

Residential school TB

Indian residential schools in Canada 

Experiments had Ottawa's approval

Aboriginal children used in medical tests

Bureaucrats' experiments

Vaccine tested on aboriginals

Human experimental work  

Hearings wrap 

Sinclair   Wilson   Littlechild

Residential school victims program cut

Survivors notified of possible privacy breach  

Aboriginal Canada and natural resources

Aboriginal health conference

Court decision brings legal claims

Too many chiefs

Another teen found dead

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 

Don't ask government for toilets

Audit slams Roseau River 1st Nation

Interim report

TRC Interim report  

Call for awareness campaign

Loan allegations   Blott & Company

First Nations summit in Ottawa  

Time to revamp Indian Act  

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

1st Nations can confront government

Canadian Human Rights Act

Programs for First Nations

Ottawa gives slop pails

Spotlight on band council

Residents take on overpaid council

Glooscap First Nation

Building trust  

Ottawa appeals lawsuit

RCMP unaware

RCMP 'herded' kids to residential schools

New reserve pay numbers  

Things to know about the paycheques   

Chief defends salaries  

Canada's Indian industry

Chiefs say release lacks context

Bad Medicine

Band alleges century of neglect

System a disgrace   

Housing project plagued by obstacles

'Too many chiefs, not enough Indians'

Ottawa, leaders commit to overhaul

Truth & Reconciliation Commission

Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Truth & Reconciliation Commission

Lawsuit settled

BC signs deal with 6 First Nations

Native children flooding into aid

Judge approves class-action suit

Settlement gives hope to others 

Chief steps down

Feds step in

30 chiefs and counting

Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation

TB 185 times higher for Inuit

Following the money

Eviction notices

Mohawk Council 

Blood quantum

Broken peoples, broken policy   

No truth, no reconciliation

Fed's bill falls short of expectations

Dying for attention

Combating fake Métis ID cards

$21M fishery settlement

Hagwilget Village

Suicides turn focus north

Peguis First Nation

Ottawa to co-manage

Spending scandal

Peguis First Nation

Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Chief defends salary   Pay & perks

Board dissolved   FNUC

Journey for truth hindered by egos

Bitter finger pointing

1 year for voter fraud

Algonquins of Barriere Lake

Barriere Lake solidarity

OPP almost moved in on blockades

Bands’ lawyer wants case to UN

Former agency boss charged

Face off on St. Lawrence

Grand River Enterprises

Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP)

Assembly of First Nations (AFN)

Shawn Atleo

Council signs new bridge agreements

Police dismantle native protest

Harry LaForme   Phil Fontaine

Head of commission steps down

Protesters block bridge

Flagging postal codes

First Nations left off jury lists

Cash fight splits first nation

Treaty process flawed

Conditional sentence

Pipeline protest

Loan blacklist targets reserves

'Grave consequences'

Premier tells municipalities to ignore fee

Time to move on

Air evacuation of Northern reserves

Take action, don't run

Aboriginal population  

No charges sought for natives

Court rules proved title to land

Judgement presents challenge to BC

Brant denied bail

Ontario returning Ipperwash to natives

Inquiry faults police, Ont., Ottawa

Harper apologizes for abuse

Taxes are fueling Organized Crime

Natives doubtful of report

Another body found on reserve

Nunavut & Ottawa share responsibility

Lakota break away from US

Lakota people

Delegation withdraws from treaties

Republic of Lakotah

It's all about economics

Mountie defends pepper-spraying

Six Nations to issue building permits

RCMP give Sechelt band apology letter

Truth a casualty of confrontation

Sechelt band wants answers

1st Nations vote for self-government

Report: 'Settle land claims'

Court dismisses Metis land claim

Canadians wary of 'entitlements'

Cree, Ottawa seal truce

Ipperwash inquiry

Ipperwash Crisis 

Rail blockade ends

Judge suspends operations

Thousands abused

Lawyer sues ex-firm for $30M

Aboriginal Healing Foundation

Big money, big problems

Residential school payouts a magnet for fraud

Cabinet approves $2B residential school deal

Blockade organizer warns of actions

Lawyer prevails

Ottawa pays $45.6M to lawyers

Defending the legal pay day

Regina lawyer's fee: up to $40M

Dispute delays payments to victimized natives

Lawyers set to be paid $80M in abuse deal

Cabinet approves $2B residential school deal

Woodlands survivor calls cheque an insult

Survivors wait while lawyers squabble

Putting a Price on Suffering

This time, abusers are lawyers

Legal fees for abuse could top $1B

Court upholds $25M payment

BCSC 1700 Tsilhqot'in v. BC   .pdf

   

Drug strategy proposed

Matawa First Nations leaders are proposing a $34M strategy to halt prescription drug abuse - a strategy that would fund addiction and mental health workers in 9 communities.   (CBC)  

 

Prescription drug abuse  

Eabametoong First Nation   

 

   

Settlement

TORONTO - Residents and businesses affected by a lengthy and sometimes violent aboriginal land-claims dispute in Caledonia, Ont., will receive $20M in compensation as the result of a class-action settlement.    (CTV)  

Charges laid against protesters

Caledonia households get $430K

Caledonia compensation offer insult

Tensions flare after judge halts talks

US agents swarmed

OPP, Province not liable

Offer of $125M a 'slap in the face'

Roadblocks coming down

OPP’s Fantino urges calm

Grand River land dispute

Hush money  

Deal to hush up disgrace  

Caledonia family, OPP reach deal

No choice   

Cat-and-mouse

Report warned of potential violence

Charges dropped

Julian Fantino   

Fantino vows pushback

Point of view

Chairman quits

Ontario judge gives nod to wiretaps

Opportunists seek victims' money

 
 

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