Crown ordered by provincial judge to pay Batchewana First Nation band members $390,000 for failed prosecution
Anishinabek News – Feb. 24, 2017
The band members did not consent to the Crown withdrawing the logging charges because they wanted to address the issues of treaty and aboriginal rights. “In light of the Crown’s withdrawal and Justice Kwolek’s decision, BFN has decided to commence civil proceedings to litigate the validity of the 1859 Pennefather Treaty and we will continue to take the highroad as we seek redress in the pursuit of our aboriginal and treaty rights,” said Chief Dean Sayers.
Indigenous Affairs Minister confident about improving water quality on reserves
The Globe and Mail - Feb. 23 2017
“We will get this done because the will is there and the capacity is just rising,” Dr. Bennett said on Thursday in an interview with The Globe and Mail. “People are really serious about long-term solutions and not patchwork quilts any more.”
Federal government accused of ‘racially discriminating’ against First Nations children (again)
Toronto Star - Feb. 23, 2017
The indigenous leaders — including Blackstock, Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde and Ontario Sen. Kim Pate — were marking the 10th anniversary of a human rights tribunal case that led to a landmark decision last year. The tribunal concluded that the federal government discriminated against thousands of indigenous kids for failing to provide adequate funding for services.
New 'nurse navigator' guides Indigenous patients on cancer journey
CBC - Feb. 23, 2017
Debra Evic, 19, was diagnosed with an advanced form of the brain cancer glioblastoma after she developed severe nausea and headaches during a student trip to Quebec City. More awful still is that she's the third of her siblings to develop cancer. Two other sisters have died of the disease within the last two years, one at age 15 and the other at age 21. All of the sisters have been treated in Ottawa. What's different this time is that the family is going through it with the help of Carolyn Roberts, the hospital's first Aboriginal Patient Nurse Navigator.
Thunder Bay, Ont., police look to Sask. to improve Indigenous relations
CBC – Feb. 23, 2017
The Thunder Bay Police noted that the Regina Police Service sponsors and participates in a powwow aiming to connect with Indigenous communities. In Saskatoon, the Thunder Bay representatives sat down with two elders working with the Saskatoon Police Service cultural resources unit to discuss outreach and how to better develop relationships with First Nations and Métis people.
Nearly $3 Billion in federal spending approved for 2016-17 to go unspent: PBO
CBC – Feb. 23, 2017
The federal budget watchdog says nearly $3 billion in planned government spending authorized by Parliament will go unspent this fiscal year. A large portion of that total — almost a third — is tied to the government's infrastructure program, said an analysis released Thursday by the parliamentary budget office. This includes $100 million which was supposed to go to Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada.
Police remove last Standing Rock protesters in military-style takeover
The Guardian – Feb. 23, 2017
The armed occupation brought an end to the sprawling Oceti Sakowin camp. “I honestly thought the camp would always be there,” said Linda Black Elk, a member of the Catawba Nation who works with the Standing Rock Medic & Healer Council. “I thought that people would be able to make their lives there. We would make a treaty claim and it would be back in the hands of the Lakota people.”
'Excited over the simple things': First Nation enjoys turning on the taps after 10 years without clean water
CBC – Feb. 22, 2017
Makayla McWatch lives on Pic Mobert First Nation, a semi-remote community 350 kilometres northwest of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., that was under a boil-water advisory for 10 years. Up until last year, she had no memory of drinking water straight from the tap. She can remember, however, what she experienced when she turned on the faucet. "It smelled like when you leave something out for a couple of days … It smells really rotten and stuff."
Blackstock on 10-year anniversary of human rights complaint: Canada has ‘no idea’ when it will properly fund programs for First Nations children
APTN – Feb. 23, 2017
“We are, of course, standing here in the wake of two non-compliance orders on the government of Canada,” said Blackstock, who is the executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society. “We’re now preparing for non-compliance motions, again, at the tribunal.” She said during cross-examinations of federal witnesses recently the tribunal Canada doesn’t know when it’s going to be able to comply.
COLUMN: Canada 150: what's for Indigenous people to "celebrate," exactly?
NOW Toronto – Feb. 22, 2017
"While there are most certainly many memorable moments in our Canadian history, ours is also a history of imperialism, colonialism and cultural superiority," Paquette writes. Canadians tend to overlook the fact that this country was born out of treaties with Indigenous peoples. These treaties are legally binding agreements. It's because the Canadian government has failed to live up to the commitments in these original covenants that we find ourselves faced with a dark legacy in respect to Indigenous peoples.
Indigenous programs gain ground on campuses
Toronto star – Feb. 23, 2017
“Indigenous programs are able to implement different ways of thinking,” says Rice, dean of OCAD University’s indigenous art program. “It counters the oppressive nature that has been placed against us with residential schools and loss of language. It’s recovering all these elements that are key to a traditional education system.”