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
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