News/Indigenous

Family rallies around Wilson-Raybould as First Nation chiefs blast Trudeau over reconciliation ‘farce’

February 12, 2019

After Bill Wilson got off the phone Monday evening with his daughter Kory Wilson he said he got the sense that there was something wrong, but he couldn’t quite place the unease or link it to his other daughter, Jody Wilson-Raybould. He immediately remembered the phone call on Tuesday, when he heard the news Wilson-Raybould had resigned from […]

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Widespread mould causing ‘health disaster’ in remote First Nation, MP says

February 7, 2019

NDP MP Charlie Angus says he is “shaken up” after visiting a remote First Nation in northern Ontario, where seemingly every home has mould and more than half of them need to be replaced.  “What we’re seeing is a full-on health disaster,” said Angus, who is the MP for Timmins–James Bay. “The mould is wreaking havoc […]

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Trudeau told Aesop’s Fable about sun and wind during meeting with AFN chiefs

January 30, 2019

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recounted an Aesop’s Fable to regional chiefs from the Assembly of First Nations during a closed-door meeting in Ottawa earlier this month, according to a memo from the talks. The memo on the Jan. 14 meeting was written by Gord Peters, the deputy grand chief for the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians, submitted to […]

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Ottawa taking ‘first step’ to review First Nation’s water system after CBC report

January 29, 2019

The federal government says it will look into what it would take to improve the water and sewer system in Garden Hill First Nation in Northern Manitoba — a fly-in reserve where many residents refuse to drink their tap water for fear it’s unsafe. About 180 homes in the community lack running water and indoor […]

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Cabinet shuffle shows reconciliation no longer priority for Trudeau, say Indigenous advocates

January 15, 2019

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s decision to break up the “dream team” that was leading the work of mending Canada’s relationship with Indigenous Peoples is triggering concerns Ottawa is pulling back on its reconciliation agenda. Trudeau announced Monday he was moving cabinet minister Jody Wilson-Raybould from the Justice Department to Veterans Affairs, and Jane Philpott from Indigenous Services to Treasury […]

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Deal reached between Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs and RCMP over road access for pipeline company

January 10, 2019

After three days of talks with the RCMP, the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs say an agreement has been reached over the enforcement of an interim injunction order to allow pipeline workers into the nation’s traditional territory. Hereditary​ chiefs met Thursday in Smithers, B.C., with the RCMP and representatives from Coastal GasLink. They have agreed to allow the company […]

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Meetings continue between Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs and RCMP over road access for pipeline company

January 10, 2019

Meetings are ongoing Thursday in Smithers, B.C., between Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs and the RCMP over the enforcement of an interim injunction order to allow pipeline workers into the nation’s traditional territory. The Coastal GasLink project is run by TransCanada Corp., now officially known as TC Energy, and is meant to move natural gas from northeastern […]

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Coastal GasLink pipeline could face federal regulatory review

January 10, 2019

In addition to opposition from the hereditary chiefs of Wet’suwet’en Nation, the proposed Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline faces another battle that TransCanada says could put the project at risk. The National Energy Board (NEB) launched a multi-step process last fall to determine whether the $4.8-billion pipeline should fall under federal jurisdiction and perhaps undergo further regulatory review — ​potentially delaying […]

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Tentative deal reached in B.C. anti-pipeline protest

January 9, 2019

A tentative agreement has been reached to allow workers for a natural gas pipeline company to access to an area in northern B..C. that had been the focal point of a First Nation protest.    The hereditary leadership of the Wet’suwet’en Nation spelled out some of the details of the tentative deal in a Facebook livestream on Wednesday from the […]

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This First Nation produces clean water. So why are so many residents afraid to drink it?

January 9, 2019

As the assistant operator at the water treatment plant in Garden Hill First Nation in northern Manitoba, it was Andrew Flett’s job to ensure there was clean drinking water for the community’s 4,000 residents. Although he was still an apprentice, he was second-in-command and approached his work with meticulous care. “There’s no breaks, no holidays when it comes to […]

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