Highlights / Carolyn Bennett

Indigenous, Politics

Federal minister is ‘revolted’ by police treatment of Indigenous people

It appears the issue about how–and why–Canadian police treat First Nations people will not be going away anytime soon. Last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki had a very public debate on the matter. On Tuesday, »

Health, Indigenous, Politics, Society

Indigenous leader gives Ottawa failing grades in wake of inquiry

The Native Women’s Association of Canada has issued a failing report card to Ottawa to mark the one year anniversary of the release of National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, published on June 3 of last »

Indigenous, Politics, Society

Ottawa and Mohawks of Akwesasne reach historic land settlement

A First Nation land claim dispute with Canada’s federal government that dates back decades has been settled. It involves an approximately 8,000-hectare parcel of land south of the St. Lawrence River in the most westerly portion of the province of »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, Indigenous, Politics, Society

‘Proposed arrangment’ but no pipeline agreement in Wet’suwet’en talks

Work resumed Monday in northern British Columbia on the Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline that has sparked protests across the country in support of Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs who oppose the $6.6-billion project running through the band’s traditional territory. The resumption »

Environment & Animal Life, Indigenous, Politics, Society

Delicate talks between Wet’suwet’en and ministers move to second day

Talks aimed at finding common ground that might lead to an end to a dispute that has led to blockades of railway lines across the country are continuing today in Smithers, British Columbia. The long-sought and delicate talks between Wet’suwet’en »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, Indigenous, International, Internet, Science & Technology, Politics, Society

Ministers and chiefs seek common ground at B.C. meeting

Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs and federal and provincial ministers were set to meet in Smithers, British Columbia Thursday afternoon to try to find a way out of the dispute that has rocked the country as First Nations activists have staged blockades »

Indigenous, Politics, Society

Ottawa and Blood Tribe formalize historic agreement

The Blood Tribe, residents of Canada’s largest reserve, will receive $150 million by the end of the summer to settle an historic claim that the federal government destroyed the tribe’s cattle industry over a century ago. Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn »

Indigenous, Politics, Society

Ottawa signs historic agreement with Métis in three provinces

The federal government has signed historic agreements with the Métis nations in Alberta, Ontario and Saskatchewan The first-ever accords follow years of legal disputes and failed negotiations. Earlier this month, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, speaking at the third annual Crown-Métis »

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, Politics, Society

Murray Sinclair honoured with Canada World Peace award

Murray Sinclair was in Montreal last week to receive the Canada World Peace award from the Canadian branch of the World Federalist Movement. It’s a non-profit organization that promotes the development of democratic institutions and international law. “It’s always nice to be recognized »