As of December 24, First Nations activists were entering the fourth day of a blockade of a CN rail line by dozens of Aamjiwnaang First Nation members as part of national anti-government demonstrations. The protests, part of the Idle No More movement, are demonstrating against Bill C-45 that eliminates federally protected waterways and facilitates the sale of reserve lands without consultation.
The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) appeared in front of an Ontario Superior Court of Justice last week as intervenor as requested by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC). The legal action is in regards to the Government of Canada’s refusal to provide relevant documents to the TRC.
The Saskatchewan Federation of Indian Nations (FSIN) recently reiterated its commitment to the protection of Treaties. They feel the recently enacted federal omnibus legislation will have negative impacts on inherent First Nation treaty rights.
Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Shawn Atleo recently expressed the need to follow up on the recommendations of the British Columbia Missing Women Commission. He’s calling for an independent National Public Commission of Inquiry on missing and murdered Indigenous women.
The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) recently released an open letter addressed to the Right Honourable Governor General David Johnston and the Right Honourable Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper. The letter asks that discussions be undertaken in regards to Treaty relationships and obligations.
Saskatchewan First Nations activists are planning a week of rallies as part of a surging grassroots movement called Idle No More. The protests are in reaction to the effects of the Harper government’s policies on Aboriginal communities; the latest is Bill C-45, the omnibus budget legislation which they say weakens environmental laws.
The Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs is warning First Nations across the province to avoid a talent contest targeting aboriginal youth and using the Canadian Idol name without permission. The website, First Canadian Auditions, has been soliciting $150 audition fees and promising a $50,000 top prize.
The Globe and Mail recently published the obituary of Saskatchewan aboriginal activist Jim Sinclair, who died on November 9, 2012 at the Allan Blair Cancer Centre, Pasqua Hospital, Regina, Saskatchewan. He was 79.
Hundreds of people from Saskatoon’s First Nation community recently protested the Harper Government’s Bill C-45, which includes changes to the Indian Act. The protesters marched peacefully from the Rainbow Community Centre on 20th to Conservative MP Kelly Block’s office on 22nd St.