N.W.T. Man Home For Christmas After 10 Years On Edmonton’s Streets

Earlier this week Albert Koe, who left Fort McPherson, NWT to go to jail 15 years ago, returned in time for Christmas with his family. After being released, he battled addictions and was recently the subject of a recent story on APTN. After the story aired, an employee from Primco Dene, a company owned by the Cold Lake First Nation noticed Koe wearing one of the company’s hats. Company employees then stepped up to offer him a plane ticket home for the holidays.

By The Trailbreaker, Trail’s End, CBC News Posted: Dec 22, 2015

Government of Canada Backing Off First Nations Financial Transparency Act Enforcement

Recently, Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, said that the Canadian government is reinstating funds frozen under the controversial First Nations Transparency Act, passed by the previous Harper Government. She also said that court actions against various First Nations that have not complied, will be suspended.

By Kathleen Harris, CBC News Posted: Dec 18, 2015

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Shoal Lake First Nation Soon To Have Road Access

The isolated community of Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, has been cut off for the past 100 years when the peninsula that the community was located on became an island by construction of an aqueduct to the City of Winnipeg, 135 kilometres away. Now a deal has been struck to construct a access road to reconnect the community which is located just 15 kilometres from the Trans-Canada Highway.

By Cameron MacIntosh, CBC News Posted: Dec 17, 2015

Prime Minister Trudeau Intends To Engage Pope Francis On Residential School Apology

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated recently that he will, ‘engage’ Pope Francis directly on a apology for the role of the Roman Catholic Church’s role in the residential schools. The final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) recently called upon the Pope to apologize for the Church’s role.

By Susana Mas, CBC News Posted: Dec 16, 2015