Close to 20 buildings, mostly homes slated to be demolished after being damaged in the 2011 Manitoba floods at the Lake St. Martin First Nation, were sold and moved after Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Canada paid $1.98 million to have them demolished. Indications are that the buildings were sold by the band’s chief and council, some still with their previous owner’s possessions inside.
CBC News Posted: Apr 24, 2014
Recently, Chief Tammy Cook-Searson wrote an open letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper regarding Bill C-23, “The Fair Elections Act“. In the letter she reminds the Prime Minister of his promise to respect First Nations. She contends that the “Fair” Elections Act is an attack on the First Nations peoples’ right to vote in regards to the proposed ban on vouching.
By Chief Tammy Cook-Searson, special to, CBC News Posted: Apr 24, 2014
The University of Saskatchewan College of Education and the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness are pleased to sponsor Wâhkôhtowin: Indigenizing Practice in Post-Secondary Education on September 18, 19 and 20, 2014. A Call for Proposals is open until June 15, 2014.
Earlier this week, the Government of Canada and Metapenagiag Mi’Kmaq Nation signed an agreement to settle the 1895 Surrender Specific Claim. Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, represented the Government of Canada and Chief Freeman Ward, represented the Metepenagiag Mi’kmaq Nation, which is located in northern New Brunswick.
At 24, Bryce Williams is the youngest chief in British Columbia, narrowly defeating long-time chief Kim Baird in 2012. Today he’s juggling the responsibility of the first urban self-governing nation in the province as governed by the 2009 Tsawwassen First Nation Treaty agreement. In Tsawwassen First Nation, with a population 328, there is a luxury housing development taking place along with the construction of the second largest mall in Canada, scheduled to open in 2016.
By Pauline Holdsworth, Emilie Riva-Guerra, CBC News Apr 23, 2014
Michael Pomedli, professor emeritus at STM College, University of Saskatchewan and First Nations University of Canada, is launching his book Living With Animals: Ojibwe Spirit Powers. The event takes place Thursday April 24, 2014 at 7:00 pm at McNallyRobinson Books, 3130-8th St. E., Saskatoon, SK.
With an expected decision forthcoming from the federal government in June, aboriginal groups are saying that they will continue to oppose the Northern Gateway pipeline project in the courts. The proposed pipeline would carry product from Alberta’s oil sands to Kitimat, B.C. for export to Asia, reducing Canada’ dependence on the U.S. market.
Thomson Reuters Posted: Apr 21, 2014
Late last week the Federal Court of Appeal upheld a significant ruling that would extend the Federal Government’s responsibilities to Métis and non-status Indians. The case dates back to 1999 with the government reportedly having already spent $9 million fighting the case, not including an expected appeal to the Supreme Court.
The Canadian Press Posted: Apr 17, 2014
The Canadian Bar Association presents, 2014 National Aboriginal Law Conference: Nation-Building Under Land Claim Agreements, Treaties and Self-Government Agreements. This conference will take place June 19-20, 2014 at the Frobisher Inn, Iqaluit, Nunavut.
Earlier this week a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to launch a solar project at Deer Lake First Nation, an isolated community located 580 kilometres northwest of Thunder Bay, ON. Chief Royle Meekis says the project, consisting of 624 solar panels on the roof of the school will provide enough power to take the school off the grid which will in turn allow the funding to be redirected to open 5 boarded up houses.
CBC News Posted: Apr 16, 2014