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
The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is asking for input on the proposed federal Indigenous Languages Act. Sessions will be held on June 22-23, 2017 at the Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel, 1088 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC.
Hearings have started for a commission looking for solutions on how to better represent Ontario’s far north in the provincial legislature. Currently there are only two ridings in northern Ontario, Timmins-James Bay and Kenora Rainy River. These two ridings cover 588,382 square kilometres. Toronto Centre in comparison covers just 13 square kilometres.
By Erik White, CBC News Posted: Jun 07, 2017
The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations recently passed a resolution supporting a new Crown prosecutor and a out of province lead investigator in the Colton Boushie case. Boushie was a 22 year old resident of the Red Pheasant First Nation who was shot and killed at Gerald Stanley’s farm resulting in a second-degree murder charge.
The Canadian Press Published on: May 19, 2017
After holding 3 days of hearings the week of May 15 in Whitehorse, Yukon, the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls won’t be hearing from families until late 2017. Instead the inquiry will spend the summer hearing from experts on violence against women.
By Margo McDiarmid, CBC News Posted: May 10, 2017
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