The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) will be holding the National First Nation Directors of Education Forum on February 23 and 24, 2016 in Ottawa, Ontario on the traditional territory of the Algonquin Nation. This event takes place at the Delta Ottawa City Centre.
According to an internal federal government report, almost half of First Nations across Canada have “little to no fire protection” and only 56% have adequate fire protection, the majority relying on neighbouring municipalities.
Canadian Press Posted: Dec 21, 2015
“Pocket Oji-Cree” was recently launched in Thunder Bay, Ontario written by language teacher Patricia Ningewance Nadeau. Published by her own company Mazinaate Press in Winnipeg, it is the fourth in a series of phrase books that began with “Pocket Ojibwa” written ten years ago and has since been translated into Cree, Inuktitut, and now Oji-Cree.
Sooke RCMP are investigating the recent discovery of 55 large garbage bags containing asbestos waste dumped at Beecher Bay First Nations land on Vancouver Island, B.C. RCMP are hoping that someone will recognize the unique pattern in the linoleum flooring and contact them.
CBC News Posted: Dec 22, 2015
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
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
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
An Ontario regional Chief raised the case of Charnelle Masakeyash during an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) news conference last week which released a report showing 8 of 54 murders involving indigenous women investigated by the OPP are unsolved.
CBC News Posted: Dec 17, 2015
Recently, the Regina Board of Police Commissioners extended the $50,000 reward in the disappearance of Tamara Keepness who went missing from her home in 2004. Regina Police Chief Troy Hagen says there are still leads coming in.
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