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Indigenous Climate Action Helping Indigenous People Address Climate Change

June 26, 2017

Volunteers for Indigenous Climate Action, a grassroots organization, are developing a tool kit for Indigenous communities to use to address climate change. They are seeking input from Indigenous communities to include in the tool kit.

Free Literacy Camps Offered to Indigenous Children

June 26, 2017

Frontier College will offer free literacy camps during the summer to First Nations, Metis, and Inuit children ages five to 15. The camps were started over 10 years ago as way to reduce summer learning loss.

Internist and Surgeon Share Health Award

June 26, 2017

Dr. Lisa Richardson, an Anishinaabe internist, and Dr. Jason Pennington, a Huron-Wendat surgeon, will share the prestigious Royal College Dr. Thomas Dignan Indigenous Health Award.

Early Confidence Vote Not Likely to Happen

June 26, 2017

In the May 9 election, BC Liberals came away one seat shy of a majority. The NDP and Green MLAs have used their combined numbers to defeat the Liberals in voting for two bills so far.

2017 National Aboriginal Day Photos Shared

June 23, 2017

Sandra Crowfoot, Windspeaker.com photographer, took photos of many events on National Aboriginal Day.

Federal Government Taking Human Rights Tribunal to Court over Ruling

June 23, 2017

Last year, the Human Rights Tribunal ruled that the federal government had discriminated against First Nations children by underfunding child welfare services on reserve. The government has been slow to make suggested changes, resulting in three compliance orders from the tribunal since 2016.

Prime Minister Announces Space in Parliamentary Precinct for Indigenous People

June 21, 2017

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that the building at 100 Wellington Street in the National Capital Region, will serve as a space for Indigenous people. This building is offered in the spirit of reconciliation to provide Indigenous people with a voice in government. 

Greater Awareness of First Nations Culture Needed

June 21, 2017

Regional Chief Isadore Day calls for greater awareness and education about Indigenous culture.

Lawyer Files Claim to Allow Residential School Survivors More Time to Apply for Compensation

June 21, 2017

Even though the deadline to apply for compensation for residential schools passed in 2012, lawyer Eleanor Sunchild believes survivors should be allowed more time to file a claim.

Residential School Survivor's Case Could Result in Damages for Intergenerational Harms

June 20, 2017

Del Riley, residential school survivor and former national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, refused to participate in the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA).

Residential School Survivors Not Applying for Benefits Under Agreement

June 19, 2017

Garnet Angeconeb, residential school survivor, has tried to help other survivors apply for benefits from the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA).

Human Rights Watch Submits Report About Police Abuse Against Indigenous Women

June 19, 2017

A report filed by the Human Rights Watch details abuse by police against Indigenous women. After interviews with more than 60 women, the Human Rights Watch determined that the abuse is not contained to one area, but instead is widespread and systemic.

Governor General Issues Apology for Calling Indigenous People Immigrants

June 19, 2017

Governor General David Johnston has apologized for a comment he made during an interview with CBC Radio's The House in which he said Indigenous people are immigrants to Canada. He made the apology during a speech at a ceremony to honour Indigenous leaders. 

Indigenous Truth Collaborative Draws Attention to Indigenous Issues During Canada 150

June 19, 2017

Rethink 150: Indigenous Truth is an Indigenous-led collaborative group located in the Okanagan Valley who is working to focus attention on Indigenous issues during Canada 150.

Child Welfare Advocate Receives Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree

June 16, 2017

Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada and advocate for First Nations children, received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Winnipeg.

City of Vancouver Acknowledges First Nations Who Saved Lives During the Great Fire of 1886

June 15, 2017

The City of Vancouver has formally acknowledged the sacrifice of First Nations families who saved the lives of Vancouverites during the Great Fire of 1886. The fire devasted the city, killing dozens of citizens and leaving only three out of 1000 building standing.

Creators of Indigenous Language Legislation Seek Input

June 15, 2017

Perry Bellegarde, Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief, and Mélanie Joly, the federal Minister of Canadian Heritage, are the creators of an Indigenous Languages Act. They have developed this agreement to protect and maintain Indigenous languages.

Another Staff Member Leaves the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Commission

June 15, 2017

Chantale Courcy, former director of operations for the Missing and Murdered Women and Girls inquiry commission, has left the commission to accept a promotion within the Federal government. Courcy is the fourth staff member to resign. 

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