AFN Response to Federal Announcement

The Assembly of First Nations has responded to the Harper Government announcement on First Nations water and wastewater improvements by pointing out the this measure was previously announced in the March 2012 budget. Former Auditor General Sheila Fraser indicated that safe water status had worsened over her ten-year term and a government-commissioned study found that $4.7 billion is needed over the next ten years to fix the problem.

Ottawapiskat Twitter Tag

Artist, public speaker and creator of the Idle No More logo, Aaron Paquette, has introduced some satire into the controversy surrounding grassroots movement. By fusing the northern Ontario reserve name Attawapiskat and Ottawa together he created Ottawapisat with the caption “there’s no running democracy, run by a unaccountable tribal chief in a dysfunctional community”.

AFN Chief To Announce PM Meeting Expectations

Today at 2:00 pm ET, Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, together with members of the AFN national executive committee, Saskatchewan Regional Chief Perry Bellegarde and British Columbia Regional Chief Jody Wilson-Raybould will announce their clear expectations in advance of the January 11 meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and members of Cabinet.

Federal Court of Canada Ruling

A Federal Court of Canada ruling on January 8th, 2013 is being interpreted as a major victory for MĂ©tis and non-status Indians as the court declared that they qualify as being “Indians” under the 1867 Constitution Act. While the court did not order the federal government to begin negotiations regarding health, education and land, the judge did feel his judgement will pressure the government to do just that.
Globe and Mail, Tuesday, Jan. 08 2013