Jerry Natanine, community leader and former mayor of Clyde River, holds a feather as he speaks during a press conference on Parliament Hill following a ruling at the Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa on Wednesday, July 26, 2017.
Photo Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Talking about Indigenous people: news and reports from RCI

Read Radio Canada International recent reports on issues related to Indigenous communities, culture and rights.

Supreme Court landmark decisions on development-indigenous rights

By Marc MontgomeryWednesday 26 July, 2017

Jerry Natanine, community leader and former mayor of Clyde River, gestures after the Supreme Court quashed seismic testing for oil in Nunavut
© Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press

It’s been a three-year battle for the mostly Inuit communities of Baffin Island, but today they’ve won their battle at the highest court in the land. The Supreme Court of Canada has cancelled plans for seismic oil and gas exploration off the coast of Baffin Island, which residents say could potentially harm marine life and their reliance on the fish and animals for sustenance and traditional way of life… more

Canada’s Indigenous leaders kick off annual meeting in Saskatchewan

By Levon SevuntsTuesday 25 July, 2017

Assembly of First Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde speaks with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett before the start of the Assembly of First Nations Special Chiefs assembly in Gatineau, Quebec on Tuesday December 6, 2016.
© PC/Adrian Wyld

Hundreds of Indigenous leaders from across Canada are meeting in Saskatchewan today to  discuss the ongoing suicide crisis, the beleaguered inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and troubled relations with various police forces. The three-day annual meeting of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) in Regina will also be attended by several federal cabinet ministers, including Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and Environment Minister Catherine McKenna... more

Still more delays with already controversial inquiry

By Marc MontgomeryFriday 21 July, 2017

Thunder Bay’s scheduled community hearing for the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls has been pushed back three months.
© CBC

After facing sometimes severe criticism for delays and lack of information the inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls, has announced yet more delays this weekmore

Indigenous throat-singing featured at museum

By Lynn DesjardinsMonday 17 July, 2017

© Ivaluarjuk.com

Throat-singing is one of the jewels of Inuit culture and will be featured at musical events at the Canadian Museum of Nature. The museum is running special exhibits and programming this summer called Focus on the Arctic. Kathleen Merrit, known as Iva, will be joined by Riit (Rita Claire Mike-Murphy) for a musical show that celebrates Inuit and Celtic roots… more

North American Indigenous Games kick off in Toronto

By Levon SevuntsMonday 17 July, 2017

Taboo performs during the opening ceremony of the 2017 North American Indigenous Games, in Toronto on Sunday, July 16, 2017.
© PC/Mark Blinch

More than 5,000 athletes from across North America are in Toronto this week to take part in the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG), which are being held in Eastern Canada for the first time in 25 years. The opening ceremony was held on Sunday in a packed stadium at the Aviva Centre in Toronto’s North York suburb… more

Oka Crisis: brewing up again 27 years later

By Marc MontgomeryThursday 13 July, 2017

July 11, 1990: A Mohawk man stands on an overturned police vehicle blocking a highway through Kanesatake.
© CP/Paul Chiasson

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The crisis began in early 1990 when the small town of Oka Quebec, just off the north east tip of Montreal Island where the Ottawa River empties into the Lake of Two Mountains. The town wanted to expand a golf course and housing development onto land which had been long claimed by the local Mohawk reserve as theirs… more

Labrador Innu slam Ottawa’s foot dragging on funding for foster care program

By Levon SevuntsTuesday 4 July, 2017

Residents walk in the northern Labrador community of Natuashish, N.L. on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007.
© PC/Andrew Vaughan

The federal government’s indecision in funding a critical community-developed foster care program for Innu children in Labrador is leading to devastating loss of identity, culture and language in dozens of children who are placed in care far from their communities and families, say Labrador Innu leadersmore

Indigenous chiefs will go protest pipelines in U.S.

By Lynn DesjardinsFriday 30 June, 2017

Indigenous people in the U.S. have been staging anti-pipeline protests like this one North Dakota and have asked Canadian chiefs for their support.
© Terray Sylvester/Reuters

A large delegation of chiefs from indigenous communities across Canada will travel to the U.S. to protest oil pipelines on American Independence Day, July 4th. There are over 120 First Nations from Canada and Tribes in the U.S. which have signed the Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion opposing the extraction of bitumen from oilsands in western Canada and its shipment to the U.S… more

Indigenous rights movement wins Amnesty award

By Lynn DesjardinsMonday 29 May, 2017

Canadian activists accepted the award on behalf of Canada's Indigenous rights movement.
© Amnesty International

Canada’s Indigenous rights movement has won Amnesty International’s top award for human rights work. It is the first time a Canadian entity or person has won the Ambassador of Conscience Award. The honour was shared with U.S. music artist and activist Alicia Keys… more

First Nations doctor strives to combine Aboriginal and Western medicine

By Levon SevuntsFriday 12 May, 2017

Karen Hill is a family physician at the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory who combines Western medicine and traditional Indigenous medicine in her practice.
Karen Hill is a family physician at the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory who combines Western medicine and traditional Indigenous medicine in her practice. © Levon Sevunts

Karen Hill knows that to help her community she needs more than what the Western medicine she practices can offer. For years now, Hill, a family doctor in her home community at the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, in southern Ontario, has been working with traditional Indigenous medicine practitioners to care for the sick in her Haudenosaunee or Iroquois community… more

New guide aims to break stereotypes in stories on mental health in Indigenous communities

By Levon SevuntsMonday 10 April, 2017

Six-year-old Chenille Tomagatick visits a relative’s grave at a cemetery in the northern Ontario First Nations reserve in Attawapiskat, Ont., on Tuesday, April 19, 2016. The James Bay community of 2,000 is under a state of emergency due to a spike in youth suicide attempts.
Six-year-old Chenille Tomagatick visits a relative’s grave at a cemetery in the northern Ontario First Nations reserve in Attawapiskat, Ont., on Tuesday, April 19, 2016. The James Bay community of 2,000 is under a state of emergency due to a spike in youth suicide attempts. © PC/Nathan Denette

Canadian reporters working on stories involving Indigenous mental health issues are getting some much-needed guidance and advice from seasoned journalists. The Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma, an educational charity promoting physical and mental wellbeing of journalists, has added a new chapter to the second edition of its bilingual guide Mindset: Reporting on Mental Health / En-Tête : Reportage et Santé Mentalemore

Indigenous woman to head RCMP division in B.C.

By Carmel KilkennyThursday 2 March, 2017

Brenda Butterworth-Carr is the first Indigenous woman to head the RCMP Division E in British Columbia.
Brenda Butterworth-Carr is the first Indigenous woman to head the RCMP Division E in British Columbia. © RCMP

Brenda Butterworth-Carr is from the Tr’ondek Hwech’in Han Nation in Yukon. Now she will be the first Indigenous woman to hold the top RCMP job in British Columbia.

Currently the Assistant Commissioner, Butterworth-Carr is Division E’s new commanding officer, the largest of the RCMP’s 15 divisions in Canada… more

Indigenous community voices support for oil development

By Levon SevuntsThursday 29 December, 2016

Construction continues in northern Alberta’s energy sector, including this new Enbridge pipeline in the area between Fort McMurray and Conklin. (Kyle Bakx/CBC)
© Kyle Bakx/CBC

Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline has been vehemently opposed by many Indigenous groups in Canada, but there are also Aboriginal voices that strongly support the oilpatch. Chief Jim Boucher, from Fort McKay in northeastern Alberta, is one of them… more

Indigenous family bans English to preserve culture

By Lynn DesjardinsMonday 5 September, 2016

Like many parents, Nancy Mike and Andrew Morrison have to work hard if they want to preserve their aboriginal language. Because so much English is spoken in Iqaluit in the northern territory of Nunavut, they have decided to ban Englishmore

Dam threatens indigenous culture: Amnesty International

By Lynn DesjardinsSunday 14 August, 2016

Amnesty International Canada has launched a worldwide campaign to stop construction of a massive hydroelectric dam in western Canada. It says the dam violates Canada’s commitments to uphold the human rights of indigenous peoples. “This is a dam that wouldmore

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