Assembly of First Nations Applauds Federal Court of Appeal Decision

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) commented recently on the Federal Court of Appeal decision allowing the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal to continue hearings on First Nation child welfare. The Tribunal is hearing evidence for a human rights complaint alleging discrimination against First Nations children based on a longstanding pattern of inequity in government funding and child welfare services for First Nations children.

Prisons Fail Aboriginal Inmates

Canada’s prison system continues to fail indigenous people, according to a scathing new report from the country’s prison watchdog Howard Sapers. A special report entitled “Spirit Matters: Aboriginal People and the Corrections and Conditional Release Act” reveals that the number of Aboriginal Peoples incarcerated has increased by 43 percent in the last five years.
By Michael Woods, Postmedia News With StarPhoenix Files Betty Ann Adam March 8, 2013

Whitecap Dakota First Nation Projects Proceeding

Whitecap Dakota First Nation Chief Darcy Bear recently outlined several projects that will be proceeding at the First Nation in 2013. Included are: a $32M, 160 room hotel which will start construction in the spring, and a permanent clubhouse for the Dakota Dunes Golf Links, recently ranked 15th best course in Canada by Golf Digest. A number of other projects are in the planning stages, including a resort community and a business park.
By Scott Larson, The StarPhoenix Feb. 28, 2013