Supreme Court Rules Residential School Records Confidential

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

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FSIN Dismayed By Rural Crime Response Team

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

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Female Indigenous Leaders Point To Where MMIWG Went Wrong

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

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Government of Canada, Crees of Eeyou Istchee Sign Cree Nation Governance Agreement

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.

Marilyn Poitras Resigns As A MMIWG Commissioner

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 First Nations Concerned About Lloydminster Casino Project

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

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