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Marches Held Nationwide in Support of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women

February 15, 2017

Thousands of marchers gathered in communities across the country on Valentine's Day, to mourn missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. The largest gathering was held in Vancouver, the march's 27th year running.

Judge Rules in Favour of Sixties Scoop Victims

February 14, 2017

Ontario Justice Edward Belobaba ruled in favour of Sixties Scoop victims in the 11-year-long class action lawsuit against the Canadian Federal Government.

Federal Budget will Dedicate Funds to Sustainable Energy for Indigenous Communities

February 10, 2017

CBC news learned that the upcoming federal budget is expected to include $50 million to help remote communities develop renewable energy sources and eliminate their dependence on expensive and polluting diesel.

Chief MMIW Commissioner Shares Frustration with Slow Pace

February 7, 2017

Marion Buller, the Chief Commissioner for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, addressed the growing complaints about the commission's slow start at a press conference, indicating that she shared public's frustration, but that the delays were justified

Carleton University Plans Truth and Reconciliation Park

February 4, 2017

Ottawa's Carleton University is in the early planning stages for an Indigenous learning and gathering place, to be called the Truth and Reconciliation Park.

Citizenship Oath to Include Respect for Treaties

February 2, 2017

In response to one of the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the Minister for Immigration plans to update the Canadian Citizenship Oath to include a pledge to respect "treaties with Indigenous peoples."

Rare Copy of Treaty 8 on Display

February 1, 2017

A rare "travelling" copy of Treaty 8 — intended to be transported throughout the territories covered by the treaty — was discovered at the First Nations University of Canada, where it is now on display.

First Nations Join Environment Committee for LNG Project

February 1, 2017

The Lax Kw'alaams and Metlakatla First Nations have agreed to serve on a committee, alongside the B.C. and federal governments, to oversee the environmental impact of of the proposed Pacific Northwest Liquified Natural Gas project.

Cities Make Gradual Progress on Reconciliation Goals

January 30, 2017

After the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released its report, a number of Canadian cities declared a Year of Reconciliation to begin working towards the commission's calls to action. Two years on, this article assesses how well they're doing.

Federal Court Dismisses Site C Dam Suit

January 23, 2017

The Federal Court of Appeals has dismissed a lawsuit brought by B.C.'s Prophet River and West Moberly First Nations, hoping to block construction of the proposed Site C Dam.

Nuchatlaht Nation Hires Tsilhqot'in Legal Team to Pursue Aboriginal Title Claim

January 20, 2017

The Nuuchatlaht First Nation on Vancouver Island has filed a case in B.C. Supreme Court, requesting recognition of its right and title to traditional lands. The nation has hired the same legal team that successfully sued for Aboriginal title on behalf of the Tsilhqot'in First Nation in 2014.

BC First Nations will Sue to Stop Trans Mountain Pipeline

January 17, 2017

British Columbia's Coldwater, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations announced plans to take legal actions against the proposed twinning of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline, which was recently approved by the federal government.

Indigenous Leader Arthur Manuel Dead at 66

January 12, 2017

Indigenous leader, author and activist Arthur Manuel has died at the age of 66.

Haida Team to Host Second Indigenous Basketball Tournament

January 12, 2017

After the success of 2016's World Indigenous Basketball Challenge, the Skidegate Saints will again be hosting teams from around the world for a tournament in August. In addition to the 16-team men's tournament, the second tournament will also feature a four-team women's division.

Gitsxan Chiefs Take Pacific LNG Project to Court

January 10, 2017

Two Gitxsan Nation hereditary chiefs have filed a judicial review of the Pacific Northwest LNG terminal project that has been approved for construction near Prince Rupert. The chiefs claim that the construction of the terminal would violate their Aboriginal fishing rights.

Protestors Attend Transmountain Pipeline Info Session

January 5, 2017

Following the federal government's approval of the Transmountain pipeline expansion project, Kinder Morgan has begun holding information sessions in affected communities. The first session, in Coquitlam, was met by a group of protestors who object to the pipeline project.

Federal Government still Non-Compliant on Indigenous Children's Rights, say Groups

January 4, 2017

The First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, along with the Assembly of First Nations, has filed a motion with the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, asking that the federal government be declared non-compliant with the Tribunal's ruling from a year ago.

Vancouver Art Gallery Exhibits Kwakwaka'wakw Artist

January 3, 2017

Kwakwaka’wakw artist Sonny Assu's work is featured in the Vancouver Art Gallery Exhibit "We Come to Witness: Sonny Assu in Dialogue with Emily Carr." The exhibit features pieces in which Assu dialogues with the paintings of Carr to challenge the narrative of vanishing Indigenous culture that she

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