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Report shows residential school victims received about $3B in compensation

The cost of compensating victims of Canada’s now-infamous residential school system was over $3 billion, according to a final report released Thursday by Parliament’s Independent Assessment Process Oversight Committee. The committee, which has been overseeing the compensation process since 2007, »

Health, Indigenous, Politics

Remaining traces of a tragic past; residential school office to be demolished

The so-called residential schools have become a dark stain on Canadian history. For well over 100 years, young indigenous children were taken from their families to be taught in centralized boarding schools often far away. They were to be taught »

Arts & Entertainment, Indigenous

Quebec rapper mourns Indigenous deaths, releases single called “Génocide”

Among the numerous Quebec artists that have raised their voice following the passing of Joyce Echaquan, a 37-year old Atikamekw woman who died in a public hospital after being insulted and humiliated by nurses, Algonquin rapper Samian is one to »

Politics, Society

Legislation introduced for holiday to honour residential school survivors

The federal government is making another attempt to create a new statutory holiday that would honour victims and survivors of Indian residential schools, a policy that saw more than 150,000 First Nations, Inuit and Metis children separated from their parents »

Health, Politics, Society

Ottawa announces added funding to help Indigenous Canadians deal with COVID

Ottawa has announced $82.5 million in new funding for Indigenious communities to help address increased mental health needs brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller, who made the announcement Tuesday, said the funding is aimed at »

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

Indian Day Schools settlement hearing wrapping up in Winnipeg

A three-day hearing into a proposed settlement for survivors of Indian Day Schools was scheduled to wrap up Wednesday in Winnipeg. Federal Court Justice Michael Phelan is deciding whether to approve the settlement for a nation-wide class action lawsuit to »


Notable book recommendations from across northern Canada

Eye on the Arctic brings you stories and newsmakers from around the North.  The First Nations Book Fair (Kwahiatonhk: Salon du livre des Premières Nations) gets underway in the Canadian province of Quebec November 22-25 to promote Indigenous books and authors. Eye »

Indigenous, Politics, Society

Reconciliation or creating divisions? History, Canada, Macdonald and the First Nations peoples.

(public commenting is open- scroll to bottom- Comments will be posted following moderation) There is a recent social justice movement in Canada that has gained great momentum and influence in the political area. Statues of once important figures in Canadian »

Indigenous, International, Politics

Parliamentary Debate: Papal apology for role in disastrous residential schools.

Today the Canadian Parliament will begin debate  on whether to ask Pope Francis to issue a formal apology for the role of the Catholic Church in the tragic residential school system That system was an over 100 year bitterly dark »