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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» 

International, Society

Ottawa issues sharper warning on Hong Kong travel

The federal government has issued another travel warning for Canadians travelling to Hong Kong. The new advisory went up on the government’s website this morning, telling Canadians to “exercise a high degree of caution in Hong Kong due to ongoing» 

Economy, International, Society

Canada’s ambassador to Washington is stepping away

David MacNaughton is resigning as Canada’s ambassador to the United States, effective at the end of the month. In a statement on Thursday, MacNaughton, who helped guide Canada through difficult NAFTA regnotiations, called the decision “bittersweet.” “Serving as Canada’s ambassador in» 

Health, International, Politics, Society

Some visa services restored in Havana

There’s finally a bit of movement for Canadians and Cubans forced to deal with the Canadian Embassy in Havana, vastly downsized because of a still-unsolved illness that struck Canadian and U.S. diplomats almost two years ago. After months of pushback» 

International, Politics

Canada to block new Russian passport holders from Eastern Ukraine, says Freeland

Canada will not recognize passports issued by Russia to Ukrainian citizens in rebel-held areas of Eastern Ukraine, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland announced Tuesday. Speaking to reporters at the conclusion of the Ukrainian Reform Conference ministerial meeting in Toronto, Freeland» 

International, Politics

Canada supports Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 indictments, says Freeland

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada supports the indictment by Dutch prosecutors of three Russians and one Ukrainian in connection with the 2014 downing of a Malaysian passenger jet over eastern Ukraine despite opposition from Malaysia’s prime minister, who» 

International, Politics

Freeland attends emergency Lima Group meeting on Venezuela

Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is attending an emergency meeting of the Lima Group in Peru today, as Venezuela is sinking back into political stalemate following a failed military coup attempt by the Western-backed opposition. The pre-dawn military uprising» 

Indigenous, International

B.C. Indigenous groups get a say in Columbia River Treaty renegotiation

Three Indigenous groups from British Columbia will get a greater say in talks between Ottawa and Washington to modernize a bilateral treaty that coordinates flood control and hydropower generation along the Columbia River, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland announced Friday.» 

International, Politics

Canada ‘very concerned’ about foreign meddling, says Chrystia Freeland

Interference by foreign “malign actors” in the upcoming federal election in Canada “is very likely,” Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Friday. “We’re, we are very concerned.  I think our judgement is interference is very likely,” Freeland told reporters Friday.» 


White supremacism and Islamophobia are ‘gravest threats,’ Freeland tells UN

White supremacism and Islamophobia are among “the gravest threats” facing the world, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland told the United Nations Thursday. The terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 15, when a white supremacist terrorist killed 50»