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Are First Nations legally allowed to sell cannabis on their territories?

January 11, 2019

A provincial lottery will select the first 25 operators of legal cannabis stores in Ontario, but there are already places you can go and buy marijuana right now in northern Ontario. They're on First Nations. Whether they are legal or not depends on who you ask. The CBC's Erik White brought us that story.



Thunder Bay police board apologizes, pledges to improve police-Indigenous relations

January 14, 2019

Sunday reconciliation ceremony acknowledged board 'failed' Indigenous people, heard calls to move forward



Jane Philpott tapped to fill Treasury Board cabinet vacancy

January 13, 2019

Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott has been chosen to fill the cabinet vacancy as president of the Treasury Board, CBC News has learned.



David Lametti named Canada's new justice minister in Liberal cabinet shuffle

January 14, 2019

Montreal MP replaces Jody Wilson-Raybould, who moves to Veterans Affairs



Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shuffles cabinet, Philpott takes over as Treasury Board president

January 14, 2019

Toronto-area MP Jane Philpott has taken the helm of spending and operations for the federal government, sealing her reputation as a fixer in Justin Trudeau’s goververnment.



Giant Indigenous Peoples Atlas floor map gives students a new perspective on Canada

January 13, 2019

Map helps kids understand 'how long this country has not been Canada, how long it's been Indigenous land'



Take more selfies! Curator wants Indigenous people to flood social media with their photos

January 11, 2019

Pushing back against a long, complicated history with the camera



New book shares stories of Peterborough Indigenous burial site

January 12, 2019

Worker discovered 2,000-year-old First Nations remains under downtown lot



Urban. Indigenous. Proud. film series challenges First Nations stereotypes

January 14, 2019

N’Swakamok Native Friendship Centre is holding a screening of a film series entitled “Urban. Indigenous. Proud.” Jan. 21.



Ottawa allocates funding grants to bolster Indigenous research projects

January 13, 2019

For Melissa Arcand, Indigenous agriculture is a matter of family heritage.



First Nations slow traffic on Highway 401 in support of Wet’suwet’en members against pipeline

January 11, 2019

Traffic was backed up on different parts of Highway 401 in Ontario Friday as First Nations purposely drive slow in support of those against a British Columbia pipeline.



Caravan on Hwy 401 slows traffic on Canada’s busiest road in support of Wet’suwet’en Nation

January 12, 2019

Traffic was backed up on different parts of Hwy 401 Friday by a caravan of mainly from the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, who purposely drove slowly in a show of solidarity for members of the Wet’suwet’en Nation.



Supporters Set up on Nipigon Bridge in Solidarity with Wet’suwet’en Land Protectors

January 12, 2019

From 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on January 12, 2019, a group of supporters of the Wet’suwet’en land protectors on the Gidmet’en unceded lands held a peaceful protest on the Nipigon Bridge.



'The door has widened': senator hears of mounting sterilization concerns

January 11, 2019

Increased national awareness about coerced sterilization of Indigenous women has resulted in mounting concerns about other vulnerable women who may have been endured the practice, an Ontario senator says. Sen.



A father gathers strength to fight for MMIWG and MMIMB

January 14, 2019

John Fox is worried about being forced to drop a lawsuit against police.



Munsee Delaware Nation lawyer appointed as justice to the Ontario Court of Justice

January 11, 2019

Justice Jodie-Lynn Waddilove looks forward to her new role after being appointed as one of five new justices to the Ontario Court of Justice, effective Dec. 26.



Sir John A. Macdonald dinner 'opens up ears' (7 photos

January 12, 2019

This year's sold-out event featured speaker Donald Smith, who spoke of first prime minister's interactions with First Nations



13 First Nations come together to create new forestry agreement

January 14, 2019

New partnership protects Indigenous assets, rights according to one signatory party



My Dreams for Indigenous Education in Canada

January 12, 2019

Stó:lō educator Jo-ann Archibald, new Order of Canada recipient, imagines the brightest future for her field.



Until Canada gives Indigenous people their land back, there can never be reconciliation

January 13, 2019

2017 marks the fact that we have been officially colonized by Canada for 150 years. This is an important milestone and it is time for us to decide if we want to continue to be colonized peoples or if we want to seek self-determination.



'This is not what reconciliation looks like': Anti-pipeline protesters rally in St. John's

January 13, 2019

'The environment matters to everyone, Indigenous rights matter to everyone'



Third person charged in death of Saddle Lake Cree Nation woman

January 11, 2019

Julian Catalin Whiskeyjack, 30, of Saddle Lake has been charged by RCMP



Why First Nations need more leaders like Crystal Smith

January 11, 2019

When Crystal Smith considers the current pipeline dispute involving the Wet’suwet’en First Nation, she strains to hear the voices of those she believes matter most: the Wet’suwet’en people.



Philadelphia Wings in-game announcer apologizes for racially insensitive remarks

January 13, 2019

In-game announcer Shawny Hill and the Philadelphia Wings apologized Sunday after he made racially insensitive remarks about Georgia Swarm forward Lyle Thompson.



TransCanada's pipeline plans in BC may have just killed reconciliation with First Nations

January 12, 2019

For many Canadians, the idea of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples died last week when the RCMP sent heavily-armed police to break up the Unist'ot'ten protest camp that has been blocking pipeline plans for a decade in northern BC



First Nations work together to monitor caribou, with camera traps, GPS and traditional knowledge

January 11, 2019

6 Yukon First Nations are pooling resources to work collaboratively to monitor the Southern Lakes herd



Mi'kmaq group working to turn former RCI site into reserve land

January 12, 2019

If successful, the 90-hectare property near Sackville will become part of Fort Folly First Nation



Lawsuit over Fort McMurray First Nation finances fuels protest outside band office

January 12, 2019

Band councillor who launched suit now suspended, faces disciplinary hearing



Live stream of baby taken by child services challenges privacy laws — but family feels empowered

January 12, 2019

Social media circumvents rules meant to protect those involved in CFS system, experts say



Standing Rock, the sequel: Canadian tribe battles pipeline land grab

January 12, 2019

A standoff between heavily armed Canadian police and Wet'suwet'en tribal activists opposing a $40 billion pipeline project running through their ancestral lands is inviting comparisons with Standing Rock Sioux protests in the US.



This pipeline is challenging Indigenous law and Western law. Who really owns the land?

January 12, 2019

Pipeline owners say they have consent, but Wet’suwet’en leaders are divided



Blindsided:’ Manitoba officials seize newborn from mother in hospital

January 12, 2019

Two social media videos show a newborn baby girl being taken from the arms of her Indigenous mother by Manitoba social workers and police – an apprehension that First Nations leaders say is all too common in a child-welfare system biased against Indigienous peoples.



Trudeau, Horgan under fire for downplaying Aboriginal title following RCMP raid of Wet’suwet’en

January 11, 2019

B.C. Premier John Horgan and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau both broke their silence Wednesday on a pipeline company’s injunction against members of the Unist’ot’en House and Gidimt’en Clan, and the RCMP’s raid Monday on unceded Wet’sewet’en territory.



Trudeau government ignored pleas of Wet’suwet’en members fighting for rights: NDP MP

January 11, 2019

NDP MP Nathan Cullen believes the Trudeau government needs to be more respectful of the rights of the a group of Wet’suwet’en people in their opposition to a gas pipeline project.



APTN Investigates: Orphans on the Land

January 12, 2019

Alberta is starting to see the results of decades of industrial activity on the land. Heavy industries like oil and gas have left a mess behind and it needs to be cleaned up.



Employment program for homeless in Yellowknife showing signs of success

January 11, 2019

An employment program for homeless people in Yellowknife is proving to be successful this winter season.



Stellat’en First Nation in B.C. feeling the benefits of signing with the CGL pipeline

January 11, 2019

It’s a quiet snow day in Stellat’en First Nation and the sound of drumming and singing can be heard throughout the community.



Indigenous patients still dealing with discrimination in health care, advocates say

January 14, 2019

Lawyer calls for mandatory sensitivity training for doctors



New Vancouver art exhibit explores Indigenous land and water rights

January 13, 2019

'We really see the destruction that is happening in our territories.'



Indigenous youth 'keep our songs, so they're never lost,' says champion powwow singer

January 12, 2019

Youth group aims to compete in Lethbridge powwow



First Nations family 'blindsided' by how child services takes newborn from mom, posts video to call for change

January 11, 2019

Police remove baby as family members cry, cuddle the child and then carefully place her in car seat



Why the RCMP may not be a neutral player in the Wet'suwet'en anti-pipeline dispute

January 11, 2019

Criminologist Jeffrey Monaghan says the RCMP has an enduring bias against Indigenous social movements





Issue 4 of The Official Chiefs of Ontario Magazine, The Advocate is now online! To view, please click here: https://www.mediaedgemagazines.com/the-chiefs-of-ontario-coo/oo72/


Find your latest legislative updates and year-in review on the Chiefs of Ontario Legislative Year-In Review & Bi-weekly Updates site. We have developed this blog to keep you abreast of the legislation, programs, and strategies that impact First Nations across Ontario.

You will find information on federal and provincial legislation that impacts First Nation communities, and outlined the key strategies and programs that Ontario has initiated since releasing The Journey Together in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action. There will be regular updates every other week on legislation as it passes through both House of Parliament and the Ontario Legislature. To view the blog, please click the following link: https://chiefsofontario.wordpress.com/ 


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