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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.

Northern Gateway Approval Overturned

June 30, 2016

The Federal Court of Appeal has ruled 2-1 that the government's approval of the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline is invalid thanks to inadequate consultation with first nations.

Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of BC Presents Helder Ponte Band Administrator Award

June 28, 2016

In 1979 when war forced Helder Ponte’s family to flee Angola (Africa), he said, “I didn’t feel lucky.” He and his wife moved to the East Kootenays where he learned he “… had no idea how cold ‘cold’ really was” and soon appreciated it could get colder than zero Celsius.

New Heritage Minute Addresses Residential School History

June 23, 2016

Joseph Boyden, the Giller-winning author, has written the script for a new Heritage Minute video telling the story of Chanie Wenjack, a 12-year-old who died after running away from the Cecilia Jeffrey Residential School in 1966.

Highway of Tears to get Bus Service

June 15, 2016

The BC government has announced that a scheduled bus service running between Prince Rupert and Prince George will start up by the end of 2016. At least 18 women have gone missing or been murdered along the route since the 1970s.

Human Rights Watch Reports on First Nations Water Crisis

June 7, 2016

Human Rights Watch has released a 92-page report (“Make It Safe: Canada’s Obligation to End the First Nations Water Crisis,”) detailing the extent to which First Nations communities do not have access to safe water.

Proposed Development Will Test Liberals' Commitment to Indigenous People

June 6, 2016

A proposal to build condominiums on land sacred to the Algonquin Nation will put the Federal Government's commitement to First Nations to the test. The Zibi project would be built on two islands in the Ottawa River and an adjacent parcel of riverfront land in Gatineau.

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