New AFN Chief Wants First Nations To Share in Resource Wealth

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

Recent Supreme Court Ruling Opens Door For Metis Land Claims

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