Lake St. Martin First Nation Homes Sold and Moved, Not Demolished

Close to 20 buildings, mostly homes slated to be demolished after being damaged in the 2011 Manitoba floods at the Lake St. Martin First Nation, were sold and moved after Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Canada paid $1.98 million to have them demolished. Indications are that the buildings were sold by the band’s chief and council, some still with their previous owner’s possessions inside.

CBC News Posted: Apr 24, 2014

Lac La Ronge Indian Band Chief’s Open Letter to Prime Minister Harper

Recently, Chief Tammy Cook-Searson wrote an open letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper regarding Bill C-23, “The Fair Elections Act“. In the letter she reminds the Prime Minister of his promise to respect First Nations. She contends that the “Fair” Elections Act is an attack on the First Nations peoples’ right to vote in regards to the proposed ban on vouching.

By Chief Tammy Cook-Searson, special to, CBC News Posted: Apr 24, 2014

B.C.’s Youngest Chief Balances Tradition With Major Development

At 24, Bryce Williams is the youngest chief in British Columbia, narrowly defeating long-time chief Kim Baird in 2012. Today he’s juggling the responsibility of the first urban self-governing nation in the province as governed by the 2009 Tsawwassen First Nation Treaty agreement. In Tsawwassen First Nation, with a population 328, there is a luxury housing development taking place along with the construction of the second largest mall in Canada, scheduled to open in 2016.

By Pauline Holdsworth, Emilie Riva-Guerra, CBC News Apr 23, 2014

B.C. First Nations Say No Compromise On Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline

With an expected decision forthcoming from the federal government in June, aboriginal groups are saying that they will continue to oppose the Northern Gateway pipeline project in the courts. The proposed pipeline would carry product from Alberta’s oil sands to Kitimat, B.C. for export to Asia, reducing Canada’ dependence on the U.S. market.

Thomson Reuters Posted: Apr 21, 2014

Ontario First Nation Solar Power Project Opens

Earlier this week a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to launch a solar project at Deer Lake First Nation, an isolated community located 580 kilometres northwest of Thunder Bay, ON. Chief Royle Meekis says the project, consisting of 624 solar panels on the roof of the school will provide enough power to take the school off the grid which will in turn allow the funding to be redirected to open 5 boarded up houses.

CBC News Posted: Apr 16, 2014