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Ontario First Nation Files for Aboriginal Title over Parliament Hill

December 8, 2016

Ontario's Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation has filed an aboriginal title claim over the Ottawa region, including Parliament Hill. The claim threatens to derail the current Algonquins of Ontario treaty negotiation, which was otherwise nearing completion

Supreme Court Case Could Impact Energy Projects

December 5, 2016

A court case brought by two First Nations groups — the Inuit of Clyde River and the Anishinaabeg of Deshkaan Ziibing (known as Chippewas of the Thames First Nation) — against the federal government, is being heard by the Supreme Court.

Psychologist Blames Colonization for Suicides, Not Mental Illness

December 5, 2016

A psychologist with years of experience in First Nations communities attributes the recent string of suicides in Northern Saskatchewan to colonization, not mental illness.

US Army Stops Dakota Access Pipeline Construction

December 4, 2016

The U.S. Department of the Army has announced that alternate routes for the Dakota Access Pipeline must be explored, causing construction to halt.

Pipeline Approvals Continue to Inspire Protests

December 2, 2016

Days after the federal government announced that it would approve two pipelines, protestors took to the streets again in Vancouver, Victoria and Winnipeg.

Inuit Activist Demands Compensation from Greenpeace for Anti-Sealing Campaigns

December 1, 2016

In the new documentary Angry Inuk, sealskin seamstress and activist Aaju Peter declares that the environmental charity Greenpeace should compensate Inuit people for the effects of its anti-sealing campaigns.

Tool Created to Keep Affordable Indigenous Housing Sustainable

December 1, 2016

The planned phase-out of federal housing subsidies is forcing off-reserve Indigenous housing providers to change their business models.

Tsleil-Waututh Nation Determined to Stop Trans-Mountain Pipeline

November 30, 2016

Following the federal government's approval of Kinder Morgan's proposed expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline, the Tsleil-Waututh Nation has vowed to stop its construction.

Federal Government Appeals Ruling that Eases Residential School Survivor Compensation Claims

November 30, 2016

The federal government is appealing the ruling of a Manitoba judge that would lower the standards required for residential school survivors to claim compensation for sexual abuse.

Feds Ask Ontario Court to Throw out Sixties Scoop Suit

November 29, 2016

In a written submission, the federal government has asked an Ontario Superior Court judge to throw out a class action lawsuit by Sixties Scoop survivors, on the basis that past actors can't be held to current standards, no matter the harms they caused.

Science Confirms First Nations Oral Tradition

November 26, 2016

A study recently published in the scientific journal Nature Communications is using DNA evidence to confirm oral histories of the Metlakatla and Lax Kw'alaams First Nations.

Biologist and First Nations Chiefs Sued by Fish Farm Company

November 23, 2016

Fish-farming company Marine Harvest is suing biologist Alexandra Morton and three unnamed First Nations chiefs with trespassing on one of their facilities.

B.C. Commits to Indigenous Control of Child-Welfare Decisions

November 22, 2016

In response to a report on how the province's child welfare system fails Indigenous children, the government of British Columbia has committed to handing over control of child-welfare decisions in aboriginal communities to Indigenous authorities.

MMIW Inquiry will Examine Police Behaviour

November 22, 2016

The commissioners of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls have announced that they will include examinations of police behaviour in their investigations.

Federal Government Fails to Meet Indigenous Hiring Targets

November 21, 2016

Despite a two-decade-old promise to fill half of all departmental positions with Indigenous hires, and a recent explosion of job postings, the Department of Indigenous Affairs has failed to hire many Indigenous workers under the Trudeau administration.

Heiltsuk Nation Claims Government Hiding Information about Sunken Tug's Impact

November 11, 2016

In the wake of the sinking of a tug boat off the coast of Bella Bella, the Heiltsuk Nation has issued a release stating that the federal government is hiding information about the environmental impacts of the incident.

New Brunswick First Nation Claims One Third of Province

November 9, 2016

New Brunswick's Elsipogtog First Nation has filed a land claim requesting aboriginal title to one-third of the province's territory. The claim was motivated by fears triggered by shale gas exploration three years ago.

RCMP Kept a List of Indigenous Activists Considered "Threats"

November 8, 2016

An Access to Information request has revealed that between 2014 and 2015, the RCMP compiled a list of 89 Indigenous activists it considered "threats."

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