Transportation Gap Still Exists in Northern Canada

According to the report on northern transportation, <a href="http://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/stories/article/65674big_transportation_gap_persists_in_canadas_north_report/"Northern Assets: Transportation Infrastructure in Remote Communities transportation infrastructure in Canada’s North is much more expensive to build and maintain. The Conference Board of Canada report also suggests that climate change is interfering with existing winter roads and rail links.
Nunatsiaq Online, December 16th, 2011

150 Year-Old Tlingit Mask Sold in Paris

A 150-year-old Tlingit “mosquito mask”, made of wood, was sold in Paris, France for close to $400,000 dollars. The amount was far above the $40,000 it was expected to get. A European collector foiled the efforts of a rival Canadian bidder from repatriating the rare object. Although the global interest in historic aboriginal art bolsters the work of modern-day First Nations artists, for many Aboriginal people who live in poverty, there are no benefits.
Randy Boswell, PostMedia News/StarPhoenix, December 16th, 2011

Federal Consent Needed For United Nations Inquiry

The Native Women’s Association of Canada and the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action have lobbied with the United Nations to conduct an inquiry into the cases of missing and murdered Aboriginal women. The UN is prepared to go ahead but requires the federal government of Canada’s consent. Aboriginal women are reported to be 3.5 times more likely to be victims of violence than the rest of the population.
Bradley Bouzane, PostMedia News, Published in Saskatoon StarPhoenix December 14th, 2011.

Supreme Court of Canada Hears Metis Land Case

On Tuesday, December 13th, 2011, Supreme Court judges listened to hours of arguments discussing whether the governments of Canada and Manitoba had kept their end of the deal with regards to land promised to the Metis in 1870. The land in question is deemed to be possibly worth billions of dollars. The Supreme Court will proceed with the case but there is no timeline.
Mia Rabson, Winnipeg Free Press, Published in Saskatoon StarPhoenix December 14th, 2011.

New Evacuation Policy for Northern Communities

City and provincial officials have created a report outlining various changes to evacuation procedures during natural disasters such as fires or floods in northern communities. Some of the changes include increased notice of evacuation from 24 to 48 hours, keeping families together, and ensuring there is supervision for younger evacuees.
Jeremy Warren, The Starphoenix, December 13th, 2011.