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.
The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, announced recently the Harper Government’s plan for new investments in First Nation water and wastewater systems on reserve. The investments are targeted at high and medium priority risk systems in over 50 First Nation communities.
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”.
Comments from Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo regarding the discussions with the Prime Minister, and the Governor-General. In the message he reveals that his doctor has ordered him to take some time to rest and recover.
Duncan McCue, a Vancouver based news and current affairs reporter with CBC News, The National reports on the cultural importance of the, ‘Idle No More’ movement. McCue, an Anishinaabe from the Georgina Island First Nation in southern Ontario has a law degree from the University of British Columbia.
Lloyd Axworthy, President of the University of Winnipeg and Wab Kinew, director of indigenous inclusion at the University of Winnipeg comment on Aboriginal-Non-Aboriginal relations in Canada.
Kenojuak Ashevak, the premier artist and guiding visionary of Inuit art, died at home in Cape Dorset early Tuesday morning at age 85. She received many honours over her lifetime including the Order of Canada and a print, Enchanted Owl was made into a postal stamp in 1970.
The Globe and Mail Tuesday, Jan. 08 2013
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.
A Federal Court of Canada ruling on January 8th, 2013 is being interpreted as a major victory for Métis 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
The Globe and Mail’s National Affairs Columnist, Jeffrey Simpson, recently wrote a commentary regarding aboriginal affairs in Canada.