In a ruling this week, the British Columbia Court of Appeal has upheld aboriginal land rights and title. The affirmation of the B.C. Supreme Court ruling did however tighten the criteria for proving land occupancy. Due to the significance of the findings the case is expected to go on to the Supreme Court of Canada.
Vancouver — The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Jun. 27 2012
The Native Canadian Centre of Toronto is hosting a National Aboriginal History Month Celebration Event on June 30th, 2012 from 12:00 PM-8:00 PM at Yonge & Dundas Square. There will be entertainers as well as craft vendors exhibiting and selling their wares and food.
The 2012 edition of the Canadian North Great Northern Arts Festival will be taking place at Inuvik, Northwest Territories on July 13th-22nd. This year’s festival theme is the year of the drum.
A youth panel was held at last week’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Over 600 students from over 40 schools attended, stressing the need for mandatory residential school curriculum content.
By Creeson Agecoutay, The StarPhoenix June 23, 2012
Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Shawn Atleo recently signalled his support of the ground breaking for the new elementary school at the community of Attawapiskat, Ontario. Based on a 2011 AFN survey, 219 First Nation communities indicated they need a new school.
The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) has released Manitoba report, the second regional report after the results for British Columbia were released last year. The First Nations Food, Nutrition and Environmental Study (FNFNES) is a ten year, Health Canada partnership between the AFN, University of Montreal and University of Northern British Columbia.
To mark the work of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada, The University of Saskatchewan Library is launching, Knowledge Keepers: Authorship-Artistry-Archives, an exhibition of First Nation, Métis and Inuit materials. The physical exhibition can be viewed in The Link, first floor, Murray Library until December 18, 2012 or the virtual exhibition can be viewed at: http://library.usask.ca/indigenous
The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Saskatchewan Division held their annual Aboriginal Conference last week. The theme was safe water. Delegates received a prayer from Elder Dexter Asapace of Kawacatoose First Nation and also heard from the Director of the Safe Drinking Water Foundation (SDWF).
Since legislation was changed in 2008, Aboriginal people have filed over 300 complaints with the Canadian Human Rights Commission. When the Canadian Human Rights Act was amended in 2008 First Nations governments were given three years to prepare, while the legislation applied to the federal government immediately. Of the complaints filed, 162 were against First Nations governments and 150 against the federal government.
CBC News Posted: Jun 18, 2012
The Office of the Chief Electoral Officer has received proper nomination papers from 8 individuals for the office of National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN). The election will take place on July 18th, 2012 at the AFN 33rd Annual General Assembly in Toronto, ON.