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Indigenous, Society

Trouble over aboriginal finances on Alberta reserve

The question of where federal funding is going once it is sent to indigenous reserves, has arisen once again. A controversy is brewing at the Alexander First Nation in Alberta  where an outside financial forensic audit determined over $2 million went to »

Indigenous, Politics

Ottawa apologizes to Sayisi Dene First Nation for forced relocation

Canada’s federal government has apologized to Manitoba’s Sayisi Dene for Ottawa’s role in the devastating forced relocation of the indigenous community from its ancestral lands to the barren tundra on the shores of Hudson Bay 60 years ago. Canada’s Indigenous »

Highlights, Indigenous, Politics, Society

Study: Questions raised about Aboriginal groups funding/spending

A new study highlights issues about income and expenses on aboriginal reserves in Canada. The study performed by the non-profit public policy research group, C.D.Howe Institute suggests aboriginal bands may want to look more deeply into how their money is »

Economy, Health, Indigenous, International, Politics, Society

Chief Theresa Spence resigns

Chief Theresa Spence has stepped down as leader of the Attawapiskat First Nation in northern Ontario.  She led the community of 1,800 since being elected on August 27th 2010. A former deputy-chief for Attawapiskat, she is now running to be »

Environment & Animal Life, Indigenous, Politics, Society

Indigenous Nation evicts hydro personnel, continues occupation

After an eviction notice sent to Manitoba Hydro, the western Canadian province’s electrical energy utility was ignored, the Indigenous Pimicikamak Cree Nation of Cross Lake occupied the generating station on their traditional lands, and ended up meeting with representatives of the utility »

Arts & Entertainment, Indigenous, Politics

Chilean-Canadian artist connects with Indigenous traditions, politics

Working with the concepts of “Last Nations” and Indigenous “First Nations”, Chilean-Canadian artist Carolina Echeverria and First Nation Mohawk artist Kakwirakeron (Ross) Montour are the focus of a new exhibition “At the Woods’ Edge” starting Saturday (June 21) in the »

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

UN Special Rapporteur: Crisis among Indigenous peoples of Canada

“Canada faces a continuing crisis when it comes to the situation of indigenous peoples of the country,” according to the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples James Anaya in a report released Monday (May 12), “The well-being »

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

Mining ventures need early Indigenous First Nation participation, says Grand Chief

No mining venture will succeed without Indigenous First Nations participation at the earliest stages, Anishinabek Nation Lake Huron Grand Chief Isadore Day, told those attending the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) conference in Toronto on Monday (March 3), “First »


Indigenous First Nation spiritual walkers arrive on Parliament Hill in Ottawa

Forty-nine days after it started as a spiritual journey from the Canadian northern Indigenous First Nation community of Attawapiskat, some 20 adults and youths arrived in Ottawa on Parliament Hill Monday (February 24). Some of them have walked the entire 1700 »

Economy, Indigenous, Politics, Society

The numbers behind Canada’s funding of Indigenous First Nation education

After Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced $1.9 billion in funding for Indigenous First Nation education February 7, lawyer Judith Rae thought she would check out the impact of the funding. She specializes in First Nation legal issues at the »