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Stz'uminus First Nation Starts New Town Construction

September 1, 2016

The Stz'uminus First Nation has started construction on a new town in the community of Oyster Bay. When completed, this first phase of construction will include retail and office buildings, a gas station, hotel, and residential area.

Report Highlights High Poverty Rates Among Indigenous Children

September 1, 2016

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has released a report on child poverty rates in Canada. Based on data from the 2011 National Household Survery, the study shows that aboriginal children living on reserve have by far the highest rate of poverty of all groups in the country.

SFU Hosts Indigenous Basketball Challenge

August 31, 2016

Indigenous basketball teams from around the world came together for the first HaiCo World Indigenous Basketball Challenge, hosted at Simon Fraser Univeristy in Burnaby.

One Third of Reserve Residents Depend on Risky Water Sources

August 30, 2016

A Globe and Mail investigation has found that roughly a third of First Nations people living on reserve depend on water sources that the federal government has deemed high or medium risk.

Study Shows High Rate of Aboriginal Homelessness

August 30, 2016

A new federal study shows that the number of Indigenous people in Canadian homeless shelters far outstrips their representaiton in the general population. The study is the first time federal researchers have focused on the numbers of specific groups within shelter populations

NEB's Energy East Hearings Shut Down

August 29, 2016

National Energy Board hearings on TransCanada's proposed Energy East pipeline have been suspended after protestors interrupted their proceedings. The mayor of Montreal, where the hearings were taking place, has raised concerns over conflicts of interest among the panel members.

Sixties Scoop Class Action Suit has Court Hearing

August 25, 2016

Survivors of the Sixties Scoop — in which 16,000 First Nations children in Ontario were removed from their families and placed in non-Native homes — gathered at the Osgoode Hall law courts in Toronto for a rally in advance of a one-day court hearing.

Ahousaht Residents Arrested for Fish Farm Protests

August 25, 2016

Four indigenous protestors from the community of Ahousaht were arrested by the RCMP after they attempted to prevent employees at the Dixon Bay farm from restocking a previously closed salmon farm. No charges were laid, and the four were subsequently released.

Saskatoon Hosts World Indigenous Business Forum

August 25, 2016

Hundreds of indigenous business leaders gathered in Saskatoon at the World Indigenous Business Forum. The attendees at the Forum came together to network, and learn from each other's experiences.

BC First Nation Issues Eviction Notice to Salmon Farm

August 22, 2016

Hereditary chiefs of the Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw First Nation issued a 72-hour eviction notice to a Japanese-owned fish farm off the BC coast that operates on their traditional territory.

AFN Chief for Strengthening of Hate Speech Laws

August 19, 2016

In the wake of the shooting death of 22-year-old Coulten Boushie in Saskatchewan, and the outpouring of hateful online comments that followed, Assembly of First Nations national chief Perry Bellegarde is calling for the strengthening of hate speech laws.

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.

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