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Health, Indigenous, Politics

COVID-19 cases declining in Indigenous communities: minister

COVID-19 infections continue to decline in Indigenous communities across Canada even as the federal government is bracing for outbreaks of more contageous variants of concern, Indigenous Services Marc Miller said Wednesday. Speaking at a media briefing in Ottawa, Miller said »

Health, Indigenous

COVID-19 vaccines have reached 27% of adult Indigenous population: minister

Health authorities in Canada have distributed more than 83,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses in over 400 First Nations, Inuit and northern communities, reaching 27 per cent of the Indigenous adult population, Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller said Wednesday. Speaking at a »

Indigenous

Filmmaker resigns after Indigenous identity questioned

Michelle Latimer co-creator and director of an acclaimed indigenous TV series has resigned from the second season . Raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Latimer was the director of the series aired on the public broadcaster, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). »

Indigenous, Politics

Feds won’t meet target for resolving drinking water woes on reserves: minister

The Trudeau government will not be able to honour its pledge to solve all drinking water problems in First Nations communities by March of 2021, Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller said Wednesday. At a press conference in Ottawa, Miller said »

Economy, Indigenous, Politics, Society

Indigenous rights: A new current in the Nova Scotia lobster dispute

Local First Nation says Sipekne’katik did not consult them before launching disputed fishery The ongoing dispute over Indigenous fishing rights in Nova Scotia has seen a new player emerge to add to the troubled waters. This time however, it might »

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

Lobster dispute: Mediator appointed amid tensions

In the ongoing dispute between Indigenous and commercial lobster fishers in east coast Nova Scotia, the federal government has appointed a mediator. He is Alistair Surette, president and vice-chancellor of Université Sainte-Anne, a Francophone university in Pointe-de-l’Eglise, Nova Scotia, which is »

Economy, Indigenous, Politics

Lobster conflict in emergency Parliamentary debate

The escalating tensions in southwestern Nova Scotia over the lobster fishery resulted in an emergency debate in Canada’s Parliament last night. Due to COVID, such sessions continue to see only a limited number of members present in person in Parliament, »

Indigenous, Politics, Society

Violence escalates at the weekend in Nova Scotia lobster dispute

Indigenous group vs commercial fishers The ongoing dispute between Indigenous fishers and local commercial lobster fishers entered a new and violent chapter on the weekend. A lobster pound where Indigenous had stored their catch was burned in a suspicious fire, »

Indigenous, Politics, Society

Indigenous leaders condemn mob attacks against Mi’kmaw fishermen

Indigenous leaders in Canada and in Nova Scotia are condemning Tuesday’s disturbances targeting Mi’kmaw fishermen as racist hate crimes and calling for the federal government to intervene in the ongoing lobster fishery dispute between First Nations and commercial fishermen. Indigenous »

Indigenous

Indigenous group launch $4B lawsuit over huge hydro power project

The enormous project to dam the Churchill River in central Labrador to create a massive hydro-electric project is now the subject of a $4 billion dollar lawsuit by the indigenous Innu of the region. The massive project is a joint »