Recently the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) announced it is in discussions with some Saskatchewan First Nations on legal options to halt auction sales of Crown land. The FSIN’s position is that while there are outstanding land claims along with landless First Nations, there should be no land sales until these are settled.
Three parties have concluded an agreement in principle regarding lands in eastern Ontario. The settlement would give the Algonquins of Ontario $300 million funding and at least 47,550 hectares of provincial Crown lands would be transferred to Algonquin ownership.
The Canadian Press Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016
Recently, the Governments of Yukon, Canada and several Yukon First Nations groups have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) towards addressing First Nations concerns regarding changes to the Yukon Environmental and Socio-Economic Assessment Act (YESAA).
The James Bay Cree Nation has filed a lawsuit seeking title to about 48,000 square kilometres of land in northeastern Ontario. The suit alleges that the Governments of Canada and Ontario have “unjustifiably infringed” on the Cree Nation’s title and rights and is claiming $495 million in damages.
By The Canadian Press, CBC News Posted: Mar 08, 2016
The Millbrook First Nation, a Mi’kmaq band in Nova Scotia has plans to redevelop a community on the site of a Mi’kmaq village that was destroyed by the Halifax Explosion 99 years ago. The 3.9 hectare site will soon be declared reserve land as part of an outstanding Mi’kmaq claim.
The Canadian Press Posted: Feb 15, 2016
Approximately 500 B.C. First Nations leaders are meeting with B.C. Premier Christy Clark in an attempt to reach an agreement following the Tsilhqot’in land rights ruling by the Supreme Court. The June 2014 ruling granted aboriginal title to the Tsilhqot’in Nation in B.C.’s Central Interior.
By Dirk Meissner, CBC News Posted: Sep 09, 2015
Recently, five Te’mexw member First Nations signed an Agreement-in-Principle with the Governments of Canada and British Columbia. The document contains 27 chapters encompassing issues such as governance, taxation and lands.
April 9, 2015 – Victoria, British Columbia – Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
Perry Bellegarde, the newly elected National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), says that the way to improve the situation of Canada’s First Nations people is to participate in sharing resource wealth from traditional lands. Bellegarde received 63% of the votes cast to claim the position on the first ballot.
Gloria Galloway The Globe and Mail Wednesday, Dec. 10 2014
Recently members of a northeastern Saskatchewan Indian band filed a statement of claim in Saskatoon Court of Queen’s Bench alleging Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nation (FSIN) Chief Perry Bellegarde improperly blocked the band’s membership claim.
This past weekend Robert Doucette, Metis Nation of Saskatchewan (MNS) President said that the recent Supreme Court of Canada ruling will have an impact on Metis land claims as well. Two University of Saskatchewan experts say Doucette could be right. U of S Professor Dwight Newman, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Rights in Constitutional and International Law and U of S Canada Research Chair Ken Coates say Doucette’s comments have merit.
By Jason Warick, The Starphoenix July 21, 2014