Canada’s Supreme Court has heard arguments from the Federal Government and the Manitoba Métis Federation over whether or not Ottawa backed out of its promise 141 years ago to set aside over 5,000 square kilometers of land for 7,000 children of the Red River Metis.
CBC News, December 13th, 2011
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
The Assembly of First Nations and RCMP have agreed to work together to solve cases of missing and murdered aboriginal people. The agreement will increase communication and encourage collaboration on crime prevention strategies across the country.
Kristy Kirkup, Toronto Sun, December 15th, 2011
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
An online discussion was held from Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax on December 12, 2011. The discussion offered Indigenous high school students from across Canada the opportunity to discuss their impressions of postsecondary education and their educational goals.
The webinar can here viewed here.
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.
Donald Worme had a connection with the legal system prior to becoming a lawyer. He was a witness to his mother and his sisters murders. Despite this horrific event, Worme is the eternal optimist , and uses his grandfathers teachings of Cree values to continue the fight for human rights.
Ned Powers, Saskatoon Express, December 12-19th, 2011.
The federal government wants the Ontario Community of Attawapiskat to accept a third party manager. Chief Theresa Spence, has no objection to the aid the federal government will be sending to the housing crisis in the Cree community, but has refused to accept a third party manager, stating it will cause yet another crisis in the community.
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.
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.