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Ottawa Building could House Indigenous Centre

August 18, 2016

Proposals for repurposing the former US embassy building in Ottawa include a centre spotlighting the "culture, achievements and the prominent role" of Canada's indigenous peoples. The heritage building across from Parliament Hill has been empty since 1999.

Haida Chiefs Stripped of Titles for Enbridge Support

August 17, 2016

Two hereditary chiefs within the Haida Nation were stripped of their titles in protest of the chiefs' support of Enbridge's proposed Northern Gateway oil pipeline.

Amnesty Calls for a Stop to Site C

August 9, 2016

Human-rights watchdog Amnesty International has issued a report, called The point of No Return, that calls for all approvals on the controversial Site C Dam project to be rescinded.

Mount Polley Protestors Arrested

August 9, 2016

A group of protestors consisting of the Secwepemc Women’s Warrior Society and their supporters occupied the downtown Vancouver offices of mining firm Imperial Metals following the two-year anniversary of the Mount Polley mining disaster.

First Nations Partnership will Bring Electricity to Remote Ontario Nations

August 7, 2016

The Ontario government has hired Wataynikaneyap Power to connect 17 remote First Nations to that province's power grid via an 1,800-km power line. The transmission company is a partnership between 22 First Nations, FortisOntario and RES Canada.

Native Women’s Association Raises Concerns About MMIW Inquiry

August 4, 2016

The Native Women's Association of Canada has released a list of criticisms about the finalized terms of reference for the new national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women, which was appointed this week.

Commissioners Named for MMIW Inquiry

August 3, 2016

The federal government has named the five commissioners who will conduct the two-year inquiry into Canada's missing and murdered indigenous women. The Commission will be led by Marion Buller, B.C.'s first Indigenous female judge.

Activists and Locals Object to Site C Approvals

July 30, 2016

Fisheries and Oceans Canada has issued approvals for BC Hydro to start work on the controversial Site C dam project in the Peace River valley. Opponents had hoped the approvals would be withheld until an appeal by local First Nations had made its way through Federal Court.

Manitoba's First Nations to get High-Speed Internet

July 28, 2016

The Manitoba First Nations Technology Council has received $4.2 million from the federal government to bring high-speed internet to that province's first nations, including the most remote. Their plan is to install 3,600 km of fibre-optic cable over the next decade.

Rights Groups Question Missing Women's Inquiry Terms

July 21, 2016

Women's rights and human rights groups are expressing concerns about the upcoming national inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women after the inquiry's Terms of Reference were leaked by APTN.

Report Recommends Nation-to-Nation Relationship with Métis

July 21, 2016

A report by lawyer Tom Isaac, originally commissioned by the Conservative government, recommends that Canada establish a a "nation-to-nation, government-to-government relationship" with the country's Métis peoples.

UBC Medical School Leads in Aboriginal Graduations

July 21, 2016

The Aboriginal Admissions program at UBC's Faculty of Medicine continues to show the way when it comes to graduating indigenous medical students. Since the program's inception 14 years ago, 62 aboriginal students have graduated from the medical school, including eight in 2016.

BC First Nations Sue Feds Over Fraser Fishing Rights

July 20, 2016

Three first nations are suing the federal government to overturn Department of Fisheries and Oceans decisions that restrict aboriginal fisheries in the Fraser River, while allowing sport fishery of the same salmon runs in the Juan de Fuca Strait.

Alberta Reports Outline how Child Welfare System Fails Aboriginal Children

July 19, 2016

Reports by Alberta's Child and Youth Advocate and the province's Auditor General have both shed light on how the provincial child welfare system is failing children.

Canada will not Make UNDRIP Law

July 12, 2016

Justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould told the Assembly of First Nations that making the UN Declartion on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP) into Canadian law was "unworkable" and a "simplistic" approach to replacing the Indian Act.

First Nation Outside Calgary Plans Major Development

July 11, 2016

Alberta's Tsuut'ina First Nation has announed plans for "one of the largest, if not the largest, First Nations development partnerships in Canada," according to Chief Roy Whithey.

Quebec's Mikinak Community Claims Indigenous Status

July 7, 2016

A community that self-identifies as Quebec's newest First Nation has signed up 400 members since January, and is issuing its own official-looking status cards.

Federal Funds Announced for On-Reserve Child Healthcare

July 6, 2016

The federal government has announted that $382 million will be dedicated to providing on-reserve health-care services for First Nationsl children. The funding is aimed to support Jordan's Principle, an idea named after Cree child Jordan Anderson, who died in hospital in 2005.

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