A recent ruling by the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal has said that there must be a new election for the position of Chief. A George Gordon First Nation band member alleges there was fraud which a judge disagreed with, but the Court found 31 ballots unaccounted for and therefore ordered a new vote.
The Fort William First Nation, adjacent to Thunder Bay, ON has decided to admit Damien Lee as a full-fledged member. Lee, who currently teaches Indigenous Studies at the University of Saskatchewan has a Caucasian mother who married Lee’s stepfather, a member of the Fort William band when Damien was an infant.
The adopted son of an Indigenous family has won a human-rights case after he had been barred from the annual All Native Basketball Tournament in Prince Rupert, B.C. His case was scheduled to be heard by the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal, but was settled before the hearing.
David Ebner The Globe and Mail Mar. 06, 2017
Recently the Muskowekwan First Nation, located northeast of Regina, SK signed an agreement with Encanto Potash Corp., taking another step towards the development of potash at the Muskowekwan First Nation. Earlier this year Encanto announced two 20 year sales agreements with India-based firms.
Alex MacPherson, Saskatoon StarPhoenix February 28, 2017
Recently, Deputy Commissioner Brenda Butterworth-Carr was appointed as the new commanding officer of, ‘E’ Division of the RCMP, the largest in the country. Butterworth-Carr is a member of the Tr’ondek Hwech’in Han Nation in Yukon and joined the force as a native special constable in 1987. She also was commander of the Saskatchewan division from 2013 to 2016.
The Canadian Press March 2, 2017
As part of a 2015 Specific Claims Tribunal ruling dating back to 1885, Beardy’s and Okemasis First Nation will receive $4.5 million. The First Nation has decided to make a one-time $250 payment to registered members and establish a trust fund with the balance of the settlement and leverage the capital to finance the redevelopment of a community owned service station.
The Canadian Press, Regina Leader~Post 02.15.2017
Lorna June McCue recently won a bid for a human rights tribunal hearing after losing her faculty position at the University of British Columbia. She’s alleging that the requirement for peer-required research is contrary to Indigenous oral traditions.
Tristin Hopper | January 24, 2016
Recently an Ontario judge ruled that, in a case lasting almost 10 years that the Government of Canada is liable to thousands of Indigenous Ontario residents who were removed from their birth families. The children were adopted into non-Indigenous families in what became known as the, ‘Sixties Scoop’.
Recently, Quebec Superior Court Justice Chantal Masse extended a deadline to July 3, 2017 for the Government of Canada to fix sections of the Indian Act found unconstitutional. The sections in question, which violate equality provisions of the Canadian Charter of Rights, spell out who can receive official Indian status.
Gloria Galloway The Globe and Mail Jan. 24, 2017