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Indigenous, Society

Louis Levi Oakes, last-known Mohawk code talker, dies at 94

The last surviving Mohawk code talker from the Second World War, Louis Levi Oakes, has died at 94, leaving behind a path filled with awe, resonance and heroism. Kanien’kéha, the Mohawk language, was one of 33 Indigenous languages used during» 


Inuit, First Nations, Métis welcome Canadian gov’s Indigenous child protection legislation

Eye on the Arctic brings you stories and newsmakers from around the North Canada’s Inuit, First Nations and Métis organizations say they welcome the Indigenous child protection legislation introduced by the federal government in the House of Commons on Thursday. “With» 

Indigenous, Politics, Society

Ottawa set to begin overhaul of Indigenous child welfare system

The federal government has unveiled a sweeping overhaul of Canada’s Indigenous child welfare system that will effectively turn over child care to First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities. News of the plan was revealed last fall by then-Indigenous Services Minister» 

Indigenous, Politics, Society

Historic legislation to protect First Nations’ languages is tabled in Ottawa

Historic legislation aimed at protecting the languages First Nations peoples have spoken for millennia was introduced in Canada’s Parliament on Tuesday. Bill C-91 comes as the the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau continues its efforts of make amends for» 


First Nations leaders and delegates gathering to set course for 2019

Hundreds of First Nations leaders, elders, women, youth and other delegates are set to gather in Ottawa for the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Special Chiefs Assembly (SCA) this week to set priorities and strategic direction for the coming year. The» 

Indigenous, International, Politics, Society

Nova Scotia moving to make amends to the Mi’kmaq nation

This story began thousands of years ago when a people now known as the Mi’kmaq nation, roamed much of what came to be called Eastern Canada. They lived peacefully, working the land, hunting and fishing to survive. Then the white» 


Canada’s Indigenous leaders kick off annual meeting in Saskatchewan

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» 

Economy, Environment, Indigenous, International, Politics, Society

Powerful Indigenous leaders boycotting major Canadian meeting

As premiers and territorial leaders gather in Edmonton for this week’s Council of the Federation meeting, the leaders of three powerful Indigenous organizations say they will not be attending. The leaders say the Council’s format does not meet their standards» 

Economy, Environment, Indigenous, Politics

First Nations to rely on tradition and custom to bridge divisions over pipelines: national chief

Canadian Indigenous communities will use the power of tradition, prayer and ceremony to heal a rift among First Nations chiefs over support for two controversial pipelines approved by the federal government this past week, says Assembly of First Nations national» 

Economy, Environment, Health, Indigenous, Society

Advocate admonishes Ottawa for lack of progress on First Nations issues

A leading advocate for First Nations children and their families is admonishing Canada’s federal government about the snail’s pace its taking fixing problems that have festered for too long. In a speech to the International Society for the Prevention of»