In a recent ruling the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in an unanimous decision that thousands of records related to residential school abuses are confidential and should be destroyed. The issue which has divided Indigenous groups left the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Carolyn Bennett, “very disappointed’ by the decision.
By Kathleen Harris, CBC News Posted: Oct 06, 2017
The Government of Canada announced a agreement in principle with the survivors of the, Sixties Scoop for about $800 million, ending years of legal wrangling. Crown-Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett said the move will “begin to right the wrongs” caused by the policy
Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) Vice Chief Kimberly Jonathon is disappointed with the provincial government’s measures in regards to rural crime. None of the FSIN’s suggestions which came after the shooting of Colten Boushie in a Biggar-area farmyard were acted upon. According to Statistics Canada youth crime in Saskatchewan has decreased 30% in the past decade.
Brian Fitzpatrick, Regina Leader-Post August 23, 2017
Data obtained recently by the CBC from the Edmonton Police Service reveals that Edmonton police stop Indigenous women for ‘street checks’ 9.7 times more than a white person. Black people were 5 times more likely to be stopped. Edmonton police insist that the stops are not racially motivated.
By Andrea Huncar, CBC News Posted: Jun 27, 2017
The Globe and Mail in attempting to investigate what, “reset” means regarding the troubled Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) inquiry, talks to three past presidents of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC). People interviewed cited too narrow of a mandate, choices in administrative support and even the location choice of Vancouver which is the home province of the chief commissioner.
Gloria Galloway The Globe and Mail Aug. 13, 2017
Recently, the Agreement on Cree Nation Governance (Governance Agreement) was signed today by the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, for the Government of Canada, and by Grand Chief Dr. Matthew Coon Come for the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee)/Cree Nation Government. The Chiefs of the Cree First Nations of Eeyou Istchee also signed the Concurrence to the Governance Agreement.
Kim Wheeler of the CBC clears up some of the myths regarding status cards, government ID identifying someone as a “status Indian” as defined by the Indian Act.
By Kim Wheeler, CBC News Posted: Jun 16, 2015
A Court of Queen’s Bench judge has ordered a byelection for September 13, 2017 for the office of Chief at the George Gordon First Nation, located around 110 kilometres north of Regina, SK. He found that 17 voters were prevented from casting ballots. A vacant band councillor position will also be filled in the September byelection.
CBC News Posted: Jul 11, 2017
Marilyn Poitras, one of the commissioners for the national inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) has resigned. In her resignation letter to the Prime Minister she states she can’t continue her work within the current structure. Poitras has served as a assistant professor at the University of Saskatchewan, College of Law.
CBC News Posted: Jul 11, 2017
Two Saskatchewan First Nations, Thunderchild and Big River First Nation say they are being left out of some of the projects at the Lloydminster Casino development. Thunderchild First Nation Chief Delbert Wapass and others remaining in the group say they’ve been left in the dark on the financial details of the project which had the sod-turning ceremony last month.
By Jason Warick, CBC News Posted: Jul 06, 2017