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Health, Indigenous, Politics, Society

Ottawa and Indigenous leaders try to move forward on suicides

Some political momentum may be building for more concerted action to stop First Nations youth and teens from taking their own lives. On Tuesday, New Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller told a gathering of the Assembly of First Nations that» 

Indigenous, Politics

Assembly of First Nations outlines 2019 federal election priorities

Policies to fight climate change, preserve the environment and recognize the equality of First Nations laws to common and civil law are the key priorities of Canada’s Indigenous communities in the upcoming federal elections, says Assembly of First Nations (AFN)» 

Indigenous, Society

AFN leader says Canada must press Brazil on Indigenous survival

The head of the Assembly of First Nations says Canada needs to press Brazil to “end its violence” against Indigenous Peoples. In a letter to Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, Chief Perry Bellegarde says he has “grave concerns” over what» 

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Study finds shocking (but unsurprising) rates of Indigenous child poverty

Almost five years after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s pledge to do more to help Canada’s indigenous peoples, a new study reveals that First Nations children face the highest rates of poverty in the country, with almost one in every two» 

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» 

Indigenous

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» 

Indigenous

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»