Residential School Victims Should Have Court Representation Say Advocates

New Democratic Member of Parliament (MP) Charlie Angus states that the victims of residential school abuse should have legal representation in a case regarding what to do with documents stemming from a police investigation into abuse in Ontario. Advocates for the victims argue the material could corroborate their abuse claims under the lawsuit settlement process.
By The Canadian Press July 29, 2013

David Suzuki, Assembly of First Nations Challenge Federal Caribou Assessment

Prominent broadcaster and scientist David Suzuki along with Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Shawn Atleo challenged the federal government regarding the method that it employs to determine the economic value of caribou. The David Suzuki Foundation and the AFN released a report, The Cultural and Ecological Value of Boreal Woodland Caribou and Habitat which offers a different outcome.

Theo Fluery Joins UIC First Nations

Retired NHL player Theoren Fleury has joined UIC First Nations as a business development manager. Fluery who visited nearly 70 First Nations communities on his book promotion tour in 2009 noticed many incomplete construction projects and felt there was a need for a company to help aboriginal people learn skills and find jobs as well as addressing chronic infrastructure shortfalls that exist in many Canadian First Nations communities.
By Reid Southwick, For The Calgary Herald July 23, 2013

Possible End To First Nations Policing Concerns Many

A group of First Nations chiefs met recently to decide the future of policing in the Treaty Three area which includes northwestern Ontario and eastern Manitoba. The most recent collective agreement granted First Nations officers wage parity with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) ending the wage discrimination that had existed. The chiefs say government underfunding makes it impossible to maintain wage parity.
CBC News Posted: Jul 23, 2013

Three Premiers Skip Aboriginal Leaders Meeting

The premiers of Alberta, Newfoundland & Labrador and Nunavut missed the Wednesday meetings that were scheduled with national aboriginal leaders during the annual premiers meetings, the Council of the Federation. Michèle Audette, the president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada, told CBC News on Wednesday she was not happy to see that three premiers were absent from the meeting.

Aboriginal Leaders To Meet With Premiers

Canada’s aboriginal leaders will be meeting with Canada’s premiers when provincial and territorial leaders sit down today at Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON. There will be five aboriginal groups represented, they are: Assembly of First Nations, Métis National Council, Native Women’s Association of Canada, Congress of Aboriginal Peoples and the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami. Many issues are expected to be discussed including housing and ending violence against aboriginal women. The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) submitted a presentation, “Taking Action Together on Shared Priorities Towards a Fair and Prosperous Future” to the Council of the Federation.
By Susana Mas, CBC News Posted: Jul 24, 2013

Canadian Bar Association Legal Conference: Do You Know YOUR Treaty Rights?

The Canadian Bar Association (CBA) Legal Conference is taking place August 18th-20th, 2013 in Saskatoon, SK. One of the professional development offerings is, Do You Know YOUR Treaty Rights? presented by the National Aboriginal Law Section. Several additional programs may be of interest, such as Aboriginal Sentencing: What does it mean for you? presented by the CBA Judges Forum.